The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is planning to build a public hydrogen fueling station to provide fuel for airport shuttle buses and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority hybrid buses. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is partially funding this project with $1.7 million.
Linde North America, one of the largest builders of hydrogen stations (especially in Germany) has the contract to build the SFO hydrogen refueling station. The completion of this station in early 2010 means that this will be one of four hydrogen fueling stations either operational or planned in the San Francisco Bay area.
Another three hydrogen fueling stations are operational in the Sacramento area. In December 2008 I had talked about the geographical cluster-model for building hydrogen fueling stations inside of high population centers that also contain a high number of hydrogen cars.
Right now Los Angeles is the first such cluster-model with around 20 hydrogen fueling stations either operational or planned. Drivers of the BMW Hydrogen 7, Honda FCX Clarity and the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell don’t have to worry about running out of gas when traveling around LA.
The San Francisco Bay area is also starting to grow into a similar cluster model. And, why not? With Silicon Valley nearby as well as the California Fuel Cell Partnership and a high public interest in going green and reducing emissions, the Bay area is the perfect place for a cluster of hydrogen fueling stations and H2 cars to congregate.