On July 24, 2006, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved two schools, San Diego Unified School District and California State University, Los Angeles to develop and install two different hydrogen fueling stations on their campuses for educational purposes.
After spending $50,000 to research and develop the project, the Thurgood Marshall Middle School in San Diego, dropped the project forfeiting a $1.25 million grant that was funding the development of the station. The problems cited for dropping the project were various issues related to acquiring an appropriate piece of land, and the failure of the district to come up with $1.2 million in matching funds.
Cal State, Los Angeles backed out of the building of their hydrogen fueling station citing similar reasons. The station at the Cal State campus was supposed to use 100-percent renewable wind energy to generate the necessary hydrogen. The station at the middle school in San Diego would have been powered by solar photovoltaic cells.
What would have been an incredible learning experience for students in regard to hydrogen is now just dust in the wind. The good news is that according to the National Hydrogen Association, 16 more hydrogen fueling stations are still being developed throughout the state to add to the 25 active hydrogen fueling stations already in operation inside of California.