National Fuel Cell Research Center Announces Record Year for Hydrogen Dispensing

Amount dispensed into fuel cell electric vehicles in 2017 was double that of 2016

The National Fuel Cell Research Center at UCI announces record year for hydrogen dispensed at the UC Irvine Hydrogen Fueling Station

Jan. 11, 2018 - In 2017, a total of 48,599 kilograms of hydrogen was dispensed, more than double the 23,909 kilograms in 2016. While two hydrogen fuel cell electric buses refueled at the station, the majority of the increase was from light duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) such as the Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity, and Hyundai Tucson.

The UCI Hydrogen Station, established and operated by the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC), was initially commissioned in 2003. In 2007, it became the first dual-pressure station operating in the United States with public access for FCEV fueling. Capacity has been expanded twice, with a third expansion in the planning stages. The station is regularly used by Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai fuel cell vehicle drivers, and by UCI Anteater Express and the Orange County Transit Authority who each have a zero emission hydrogen fuel cell electric bus in their fleet.

“As a leader in the wide ranging efforts to support the transition to a hydrogen economy and zero emission transportation, the NFCRC has been at the forefront of both mobile and stationary fuel cell development and deployment. It is gratifying to reach this important milestone, and we look forward to establishing a new record in 2018,” said Professor Scott Samuelsen, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center.

The NFCRC continues to work with its global and domestic industry partners and government agencies to enable the market for fuel cell electric cars, trucks, buses, and locomotives.

- Will Decker / UCI

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