December 2018
 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Headlines
Hyundai to Invest $6.7 Billion in Fuel Cell Production, Increase Output 200-Fold
On December 11, FCHEA member Hyundai announced that it will invest 7.6 trillion won ($6.7 billion) through 2030 to increase production of fuel cell units by more than 200-fold. In an announcement to South Korean media, Hyundai said the investment will boost annual production capacity of fuel cell systems to 700,000 units from 3,000 now and create 51,000 jobs over the next 12 years.

The announcement came at a groundbreaking ceremony for Hyundai's second fuel cell system factory in Chungju, South Korea, which will increase fuel-cell system output to 40,000 units a year by 2022, according to the automaker. Hyundai also stated that with this investment, it aims to produce 500,000 units for fuel cell-powered passenger and commercial vehicles, while 200,000 units will be produced for other transportation applications such as drones, maritime vessels, and trains.

Click  here for the full article from  Bloomberg.
Air Liquide to Build First World-Scale Liquid Hydrogen Production Plant in Western U.S.
On November 26, FCHEA member Air Liquide announced that it will build the first world-scale liquid hydrogen production unit dedicated to the hydrogen energy markets, located in the Western United States. Air Liquide has also signed a long-term agreement with FirstElement Fuel Inc (FEF) to supply hydrogen to their retail liquid hydrogen fueling stations in California.

Air Liquide expects to invest over $150 million to build the facility, with construction to begin in early 2019. The plant will have a capacity of nearly 30 tons of hydrogen per day, enough to fuel 35,000 fuel cell vehicles (FCV). The plant will also support other FCV and transportation markets in the region, such as material handling forklifts and heavy duty trucks.

In addition to the long-term supply agreement, Air Liquide announced an additional agreement expressing its intent to make an equity investment in FEF, following previous assistance to the company by Toyota and Honda. With these agreements, Air Liquide will build upon its existing collaborations with Toyota and Honda to further enable a robust hydrogen fueling infrastructure in California.

Click  here for the full press release from Air Liquide.
Linde Breaks Ground on $100 Million Hydrogen Production Facility in Delaware
On November 27, FCHEA member The Linde Group held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 25 million standard cubic feet per day hydrogen production facility that is being built in Delaware City, Delaware. Linde has partnered with the Delaware City Refinery Company (DCRC), a subsidiary of PBF Energy, to locate facility alongside DCRC's oil refinery.

According to Linde and DCRC, investments from both companies in the hydrogen plant and supporting infrastructure are expected to exceed $100 million. Linde will design, build, own and operate the hydrogen plant, which is targeted for start-up during the second quarter of 2020.

Click  here for the full press release from Linde and PBF Energy.
Plug Power Announces Additional GenDrive Orders at Daimler Manufacturing Plant in Alabama
On December 10, FCHEA member Plug Power announced additional orders of its GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell systems for material handling vehicles at Daimler's manufacturing facility in Vance, Alabama. Daimler will expand its fleet with class-1, 2, and 3 GenDrive units.

According to Plug Power, prior to the current expansion, Daimler has deployed more than 400 GenDrive units at the Vance facility for material handling vehicles. According to Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh, GenDrive units have successfully run over 7 million hours at Daimler facilities.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.
Hydrogenics to Develop Fuel Cell System for New Passenger Aircraft
On December 4, FCHEA member Hydrogenics announced that the company was selected to design and supply fuel cell power modules for a new lightweight aircraft.

According to Hydrogenics, the unnamed customer's electric air mobility vehicle will be used for daily commuting and other applications, revolutionizing the way people travel between cities and around the country. Over the course of next year, Hydrogenics will develop the and supply an ultra-light fuel cell system, which will be the main propulsion unit for this aircraft.

Click  here for the full press release from Hydrogenics.
Hexagon Receives U.S. Transportation Department Permit for High-Pressure Hydrogen Transport Systems
On December 11, FCHEA member Hexagon Composites announced that it has received a special permit from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) that authorizes the manufacture, marking, sale, and use of Hexagon's 500 and 950 bar cylinders for over-the-road transport modules in the United States. The cylinders can be used to transport hydrogen and other industrial gases.

According to Hexagon, the company is the first manufacturer to receive the DOT SP20391 special permit for 950 bar cylinders. Hexagon further states that being able to move 950 bar pressure vessel systems over the road will enable the implementation of mobile hydrogen refueling units for fuel cell vehicles using 700 bar on-board storage tanks. 

Click  here for the full press release from Hexagon.
Massachusetts Healthcare Company to Deploy More than 4 Megawatts of Bloom Energy Fuel Cell Systems
On November 29, FCHEA member Bloom Energy announced that Partners HealthCare, one of the nation’s leading integrated health systems, will soon deploy 4.1 megawatts of Bloom Energy Servers at its facilities across Massachusetts.

According to Bloom, Partners made the decision to deploy Bloom's on-site fuel cell systems following a recent review of the vulnerability of its facilities to storms, floods and other outages. Partners intends to deploy the new grid-resilient systems at its corporate headquarters in Somerville, as well as Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and at its 65,000 square foot Marlborough data center.

Partners states that Bloom's fuel cell systems are a good fit for their urban and space-constrained locations, as they are 125 times more space-efficient than solar panels per kilowatt generated. In addition, generating electricity without generating air pollution and greenhouse gases helps underpin Partners’ commitment to improving the health and well-being of its local community.

Click  here for the full press release from Bloom.
Carrefour Showcases Plug Power Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklifts at French Distribution Center Opening
On November 22, Plug Power joined French multinational retailer Carrefour for the grand opening of its supply chain distribution center in Vendin-le-Vieil, France. At this facility, Carrefour has deployed 137 Plug Power GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts for two to three shift operations.

Carrefour is the second-largest retailer in the world, serving 13 million customers internationally every day. The Vendin-le-Vieil facility, a critical arm within Carrefour’s logistics networks in France, receives, stores, and distributes merchandise destined for stores in the region.

According to Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh, this is Carrefour's second major deployment of GenDrive forklifts, which will allow the retailer to increase the efficiency and reliability of its warehouse industrial vehicles while reducing carbon emissions.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.  
BMW Deploys Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklifts at Leipzig Plant
On December 4, FCHEA member BMW Group deployed 70 hydrogen fuel cell-powered industrial forklifts at its manufacturing plant in Leipzig, Germany.

The forklifts were developed by a consortium that includes FCHEA member Linde Material Handling, along with Fronius, Günsel and the Technical University of Munich. The consortium is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and its program company, NOW GmbH.
BMW's new fleet of hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts at its Leipzig plant. Source: BMW Group

According to BMW, the aim of the consortium is to establish sustainable and economically efficient drive technology for ​​indoor logistics and to deploy it on a broad basis. Together with its partners, the consortium is mapping the entire value chain for hydrogen fuel cell systems for indoor logistics. Specific emphases are on the development, testing, everyday use, economic operation, and construction of hydrogen infrastructure.

Click  here for the full press release from BMW (in German).
German Government Funds Further Deployment of Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Infrastructure, Emergency Equipment Power, Fuel Cell Rail Transport
On December 5, Germany's National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH) announced the approval of a series of funding measures by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) to procure fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and deploy additional hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

BMVI approved  3.1 million (~$3.5 million) for the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP 2) to procure 223 FCVs for the German government. An additional  20.5 million (~ $23.3 million) will be used to construct an addition 20 hydrogen fueling stations across the country. According to NOW GmbH,  5 million (~$5.7 million) was approved for the deployment of fuel cells to power digital radios for the country's emergency services.

Finally, BMVI will provide  52.7 million (~$60 million) through 2022 to further develop zero-emissions railway transportation in Germany. This follows the successful deployment of Alstom's iLint Coradia fuel cell-powered train for passenger service in Lower Saxony this past September.

Click  here for the full press release from NOW GmbH.
Olympic Committee President Tries Out Toyota Fuel Cell Bus and Car Ahead of 2020 Olympics
On November 26, International Olympics Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach experienced Toyota's fuel cell transportation technologies first hand in Tokyo, ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Toyota is the official Mobility Partner of the 2020 Olympic Games, and is using the opportunity to showcase its hydrogen fuel cell mobility solutions to the world.

President Bach was hosted by Akio Toyoda, the President of Toyota Motor Corporation, as well as Moritaka Yoshida, Executive Vice President. They first rode on Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell bus "Sora," which Toyota plans to use to transport athletes and officials during the Olympic Games. Later, President Bach and his hosts drove the Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV) at Toyota's test track in the shadow of Mount Fuji.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda (left) with IOC President Thomas Bach, posing in front of a Toyota Mirai FCV at Toyota's test track near Mount Fuji. Source: International Olympic Committee

Click  here for the full article from the IOC.
Nel Awarded $2.8 Million Grant to Construct Four Hydrogen Stations in Norway
On November 28, FCHEA member Nel ASA's Uno-X Hydrogen AS joint venture with Uno-X Gruppen was awarded NOK 24 million (about $2.8 million) to construct four new hydrogen fueling stations in southern Norway. The grant comes from Enova SF, a Norwegian public enterprise responsible for the promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.
Connecticut Governor-Elect Names FuelCell Energy Executive to Transition Team
On November 29, FuelCell Energy announced that Jennifer D. Arasimowicz, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, has been named to Connecticut Governor-Elect Ned Lamont’s Transition Team as a member of the Energy Policy Committee.

As part of the Energy Policy Committee, Arasimowicz will join a diverse group of transition advisors from the private sector, non-profits and government. Arasimowicz joined FuelCell Energy in 2012 from Total Energy Corporation, where she served as General Counsel.

In a statement, Arasimowicz said she is honored to assist Governor-Elect Lamont's Transition Team lay the groundwork for important energy policy decisions that will impact the state for years to come.

Click  here for the full press release from FuelCell Energy.
Nuvera Signs Agreement for Production of Fuel Cell Stacks in China
On December 12, FCHEA member Nuvera announced that it has signed an agreement with the Hangzhou district government of Fuyang, in Zhejiang province, China, to enable the local manufacture of fuel cell stacks beginning in 2019. According to Nuvera, the agreement includes an investment by the company to establish a production facility in Fuyang.

Nuvera states that the local production of stacks enables the company to deliver fuel cell systems more quickly to its partners in China. The fuel cells will power zero-emissions heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs), such as delivery vans and transit buses. The Chinese government has targeted HDVs to reduce fuel consumption by 18-29 percent by 2021.

Click  here for the full press release from Nuvera.
Linde Opens New Hydrogen Fueling Station in Hannover, Germany
On December 10, the Linde Group announced the opening of a new hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell vehicles at its ‘Gas and More’ retail outlet in Hannover, Germany.

According to Linde, this is one of the first hydrogen stations to be built nationwide as part of the Clean Energy Partnership, an industrial project dedicated to further deployment of hydrogen transportation. The Hannover H2 station received approximately €450,000 (~$509,000) in funding from the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, run by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
Linde's new hydrogen fueling station at its 'Gas and More' retail outlet in Hannover, Germany. Source: The Linde Group

Linde states that the new station uses a new generation of its proprietary cryogenic pump, which converts the liquid hydrogen stored into a gaseous state compressed to 900 bar. According to Linde, this will allow for up to 200 cars per day to refuel at the Hanover station. 

Click  here for the full press release from Linde.
FCHEA Members Attend Opening of Hydrogen Refueling Station in Scotland
On November 27, BOC, a member of The Linde Group, joined representatives from Toyota and Hyundai to mark the opening of a hydrogen fueling station in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Originally opened in 2015 to fuel the hydrogen buses in operation across the city as part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, the station is now capable of refueling the city’s hydrogen fuel cell cars and vans. The station has been upgraded to allow 700 bar refueling for light-duty fuel cell cars, as well as 350 bar pressure for vans, trucks and buses.
One of the Aberdeen City Council's fuel cell-powered vehicles refuels at the Kittybrewster hydrogen station in Aberdeen, Scotland. Source: Aberdeen Evening Express

The Aberdeen City Council has supported the development of fuel cell transportation infrastructure for several years, and in a press release, Councillor Philip Bell lauded the opening of the city's new hydrogen refueling station.

Click  here for the full press release from the Aberdeen City Council.
HYON Joint Venture Awarded Two Hydrogen Maritime Fuel Cell Project Grants
On December 14, the Norwegian joint venture HYON AS announced that it has been awarded grants from the Norwegian government for the development and deployment of two hydrogen fuel cell maritime projects. HYON AS was established in 2017 by Powercell Sweden AB and FCHEA members Nel ASA and Hexagon Composites to develop fuel cell systems for marine vessels.

The first award is for Project Zero Emissions Fast Ferry, which will utilize foils that lift the vessel out of the water to attain a cruise speed between 25 and 45 knots. The ferry will be able to operate without greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions. Propulsion power will be produced both by hydrogen fuel cells and batteries. HYON states that the vessel will have approximately 45% less energy consumption than current boats per passenger-km, and can be made with varying size and capacity to transport 100 to 300 passengers. 

The second award is for Project SeaShuttle, which will develop and deploy a profitable zero-emissions container transport for short-sea markets using hydrogen fuel cells. According to HYON, the ship concept will include autonomous cargo handling to help achieve cost-effectiveness.

Funding for both projects comes from PILOT-E, a research program from the Research Council of Norway. The program's objective is to develop and utilize novel environmental-friendly energy technologies to reduce emissions both in Norway and internationally.

Click  here for the full press release from HYON AS. 
New Linde Technology to Double California's Hydrogen Fuel Retail Capacity
On November 23,  NGV Global News reported that the Linde Group is outfitting True Zero’s newest retail hydrogen fueling stations in California with its highly efficient Cryo Pump 3.0/90.

According to Linde, the new equipment will more than double the retail hydrogen capacity available to California's growing network of hydrogen refueling stations for fuel cell vehicles. Linde states that the Cryo Pump 3.0/90 provides several benefits over earlier generations of fueling stations, namely increased capacity at lower operating costs and a smaller footprint.

Click  here for the full article from  NGV Global News.
Massachusetts Extends Electric Vehicle Rebate Program Through 2019
On December 6, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced a $3 million extension of the Commonwealth’s electric vehicle rebate program, Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) through at least June 30, 2019.

Starting on January 1, 2019, MOR-EV will be extended and support qualified battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles up to a $50,000 sales price with a $1,500 rebate. Current rebate levels and qualifications will continue through December 31, 2018, and consumers must submit a complete MOR-EV rebate application within three months of the vehicle purchase. 

For more information, please visit the MOR-EV website  here.
myFC's JAQ Hybrid Fuel Cell Charger Receives Key Japanese Performance Certification
On December 3, FCHEA member myFC announced that its JAQ Hybrid fuel cell charger for mobile devices is now Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) certified in Japan under the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law (DENAN), established by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

According to myFC, the JAQ Hybrid has passed PSE conformance testing with a registered conformity assessment body, and the PSE Circle Mark will be affixed on JAQ Hybrids sold in Japan. Japan is one of two global markets to which myFC has delivered the JAQ Hybrid.

Click  here for the full press release from myFC.
Nel Awarded Grant for Zero-Emissions Fertilizer Production Project
On December 14, Nel ASA announced that it has been awarded a grant under the Norwegian government's PILOT-E program to develop and deploy a green fertilizer project together with Yara International ASA, a Norwegian chemical company.

According to Nel, the project's goal is to create zero-emission fertilizer production using cost-efficient, renewable hydrogen production from water electrolysis. Final agreements for the grant will be signed in early 2019, and the project will commence soon afterwards.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.
Hyundai NEXO FCV Makes Wards 2019 Best Engines List
On December 13,  Wards Auto announced its 2019 10 Best Engines list, after evaluating 34 engines and electric propulsion systems during routine commutes in metro Detroit. Among the winners is the 2019 Hyundai NEXO fuel cell vehicle (FCV), which utilizes a 120-kW fuel cell-electric propulsion system.

Click  here for the full article from  Wards Auto.
Plug Power Wins Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award
On December 11, Plug Power announced that it has received a Green Supply Chain Award for 2018 from  Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation.

The Green Supply Chain Award recognizes providers of supply chain solutions and services assisting their customers in achieving measurable sustainability goals. The award also recognizes companies making sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy and are working to achieve measurable sustainability goals within their own operations and supply chains.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.
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Railway Gazette | 22 November 2018

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U.S. Department of Energy | 26 November 2018

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Polish Oil and Gas Company | 26 November 2018

NGT News | 28 November 2018

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Open Access Government (Op-Ed by FCHEA President Morry Markowitz) | 28 November 2018

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Requests for Papers, Proposals, & Information
Maryland Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Fiscal Year 2019 Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program ("DCEEG" or the "Program"). This first of its kind in the country grant is now entering a third cycle and is designed to support Maryland's robust and growing information technology sector.

The DCEEG provides funding on a competitive basis to encourage the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency technologies in data centers throughout the State. Grant awards will range from $20,000 to $200,000 per eligible project, subject to funding availability. Grants are designed to cover up to 50% of the net customer cost (up to $200,000) for innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency solutions.​

Successful projects must results in the reduction of energy usage within a data center through cost-effective energy efficiency measures.

Applications will be reviewed competitively and MEA will accept applications until 11:59 PM EST, December 22, 2018.

Click  here to access the Fiscal Year 2019 application and program guidelines.
Maryland Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program Seeks FY 2019 Applicants
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is accepting applications for its competitive Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP).

The program is designed to aid in the development of alternative fuel refueling/recharging infrastructure in Maryland. Each applicant’s cost share must be at least 50% of the total project cost. Eligible projects include natural gas refueling with fast-fill dispensers, propane refueling, ethanol refueling, DC fast-charging and hydrogen refueling.

As of now, MEA's budget for the Fiscal Year 2019 AFIP is up to $6 million. However, MEA reserves the right to increase or decrease the program budget. Grant awards for hydrogen refueling stations are capped at a maximum of $300,000 per station.

Completed applications must be received at MEA no later than December 31, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST.

Click  here to access the Fiscal Year 2019 application and program guidelines.
Pennsylvania ZEV Infrastructure Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently launched a new grant program for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) charging and fueling stations to increase options for ZEV owners and encourage more people to consider these clean vehicles for their next car. The funding comes from Pennsylvania’s $118 million settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions tests. 
The grants are available through Governor Tom Wolf’s Driving PA Forward initiative. The goal of the initiative is to permanently reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from vehicles. 
Up to $3 million in grants is available for acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of ZEV fast-charging equipment and hydrogen fuel cell equipment through 2019. Grants are awarded as reimbursements after completed projects, with a maximum amount of $500,000. The amount awarded depends on the charging or fueling capacity of the proposed equipment.

Application deadlines are 4:00 PM on January 25, July 15, and December 16, 2019. All applications from each period will be reviewed.

For more information and to apply, click  here for the Driving PA Forward website.
2018 Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant
The Pennsylvania FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrastructure solicitation is a special solicitation under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG) designed to support the installation of alternative fuel infrastructure along Pennsylvania Interstate Highway Corridors.

Approximately $1 million in grants will be available to install public-use electric, hydrogen, propane, and compressed natural gas refueling infrastructure along the highway corridors in Pennsylvania.

Corridors which are designated as alternative fuel corridors by the FAST Act as "Signage Ready" or "Signage Pending" by the Federal Highway Administration meaning specific sections of interstates located in Pennsylvania (I-76, I-276, I-376, I-476, I-79, I-90, I-95, and I-80) will be the sole focus of this grant program.

Individual project awards will be capped at $500,000 and the grant will provide up to a fifty percent reimbursement.

Applicants may submit more than one application if they are seeking funding to install refueling installations on separate highway segments. Depending on the fuel type proposed and application details, a project may consist of a single public station, or a series of public stations within a corridor (or multiple corridors) of eligible highway corridors in Pennsylvania.

Applications must be submitted via the Electronic Single Application (ESA) System.  Click here to apply  . Applications received after 4:00 pm on February 8, 2019 will not be accepted.

Click  here for more information on this grant opportunity.
DOE Solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Materials Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a new solicitation under the  High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative . The new funding opportunity will be a joint solicitation between the  High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program and the  High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program , announced by Secretary Perry in 2017.

It will be the second solicitation for the HPC4Mtls Program and the seventh for the HPC4Mfg Program. The solicitation seeks qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects with DOE’s national laboratories to address key manufacturing and materials challenges. Selected projects will receive access to the national laboratories’ high-performance computing (HPC) facilities and expertise to help address key challenges in U.S. manufacturing and material development.

The HPC4Mtls Program is led by the Office of Fossil Energy with support from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office. Its focus is on enhancing the U.S. materials-development, fabrication, and manufacturing industry to investigate, improve, and scale methods that will accelerate the development and deployment of materials that perform well in extreme environments. For this solicitation, the HPC4Mtls Program seek proposals that will address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments through the use of HPC modeling, simulation, and data analysis.

Solicitation proposals are due on March 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

Click  here for the full solicitation from DOE.
NYSERDA Stationary Fuel Cell Program
NYSERDA’s Stationary Fuel Cell Program aims to quickly increase the amount of electricity produced by fuel cell systems in New York State. By providing $15 million over two years, NYSERDA will help facilities to reduce the upfront costs of installing and operating fuel cells and support commercially viable fuel cell systems that help lower greenhouse gas emissions.

NYSERDA will provide $7.5 million a year for two years for a total of $15 million to support new installations of stationary fuel cell systems at eligible sites. No system can receive more than $1 million from NYSERDA.

Incentives are divided into two main categories:
  • Total Base Incentives, which include base incentives determined by installed capacity, and grid independent incentives based on the capability for operating when there are outages
  • Bonus Incentives which are based on location of the site and whether the site is deemed to be critical infrastructure

Apply online using NYSERDA’s application portal. Applications close at 5 PM Eastern Time on December 31, 2019.

Click here for the full solicitation from NYSERDA.
South Coast AQMD Hydrogen Infrastructure Partnership Program
This Program Opportunity Notice (PON) seeks to expand the availability of hydrogen refueling infrastructure in the South Coast AQMD region by making available a source of co-funding that can be accessed by the
Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC’s) strategic partners. The intent is to provide funding that can be used to improve the financial viability of a candidate hydrogen refueling station that has already undergone vetting by the Energy Commission or South Coast AQMD, or is being proposed by a public agency or industry stakeholder that will undergo evaluation by the MSRC, Energy Commission, or South Coast AQMD. The goal is to have this funding source readily available so it can be tapped by our strategic partners during and within the course of their regular procurement processes.

To this end, the MSRC has allocated $3,000,000 in Clean Transportation Funding from its FY 2016-’18 Work Program for the MSRC’s Hydrogen Infrastructure Partnership Program. This is an
initial funding allocation; the MSRC reserves the right to increase the funding available under this PON by allocating additional funds from either the FY 2016-’18 Discretionary Fund or a future Work Program. 

The period of submittal under this PON closes on April 10, 2020, unless extended by the MSRC.

Click  here for the full Program Opportunity Notice from the South Coast AQMD.
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