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Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District For Hydrogen Bus Refueling Station In Oakland

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The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) is constructing a new hydrogen bus refueling station in Oakland. When complete, the station will provide hydrogen to refuel up to 24 buses daily. This contract leverages a U.S. Department of Energy $65 million project that provides twelve hydrogen fuel- cell buses to a consortium of Bay Area transit agencies. The buses are in daily use The hydrogen refueling station will supply the buses with hydrogen fuel with state-of-the-art fast-fueling capability. . Once complete and operational, this station will be the single largest hydrogen fueling station for transit buses in the United States.

Grant Amount

The Energy Commission is providing $3,000,000 in Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program funds.

Match Funding

AC Transit is providing match funding in the amount of $2,663,175.

Project Benefits

Hydrogen fuel cell buses produce zero tailpipe emissions (other than water) and will reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to 2010 ARB certified conventional diesel buses and depending on the amount of renewable hydrogen fuel dispensed. This station will dispense 33.3% renewable hydrogen produced by an on-site electrolyzer. The electrolyzer, the station and AC Transit’s operations yard will be powered by renewable electricity produced by solar panels and a stationary solid-oxide fuel cell. The fueling station operation will reduce 700 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually and will displace 100,000 gallons (diesel gallons equivalent) total petroleum fuel per year. The project will create 20 jobs (temporary during construction) and two permanent (station maintenance and operation) jobs.

Grant Agreement Number: 600-10-013

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