California might have 70 hydrogen fuel stations by 2016 !
In what some would consider an "If You Build It, They Will Come" scenario straight out of "Field of Dreams," California proponents of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCEVs) adoption say the Golden State may expand its hydrogen refueling station count more than eightfold during the next three years, and such an expansion would finally support legitimate commercial sales of FCEVs.
The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) says the states needs 68 stations by 2016 to support what it calls "the early commercial market" for FCEVs. Most of these stations, which would cost about $1 million a pop to build, would naturally be clustered western Los Angeles County, Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area. The expansion would support the estimated 20,000 FCEVs that may be on California's roads by 2016, and there could be over 50,000 by 2017. The CaFCP says there were eight publicly accessible stations as of the end of last year, with 14 more under development. While those numbers don't sound extremely radical, consider that just 27 hydrogen refueling stations were added worldwide list year.
Google "California 2013 ZEV Action Plan" as well. It lays out the state's milestones, goals, and objectives for building out the infrastructure to support zero-emission vehicles -- including fuel cell powered vehicles for 2015, 2020, and 2025. Here's the near-term objective for hydrogen stations:
"Ensure adequate funding to build a minimal number of hydrogen stations to support the commercial launch of FCEVs. Current projections suggest that 68 stations are needed by the end of 2015 for initial vehicle launch and ultimately 100 stations for full commercial launch."
lets look at this in terms of [ math problem ]...70 refueling stations are Air Products&Chemicals.
FCEL is involved in the production...so we need to know the amount of hydrogen the a single Landfill or a single Treatment plant can produce. Ours to the best of my understanding isn't the refueling station, it the production of hydrogen. How many DFC/H2 units will it take to produce the amount of hydrogen needed to support 70 stations ? And...there are other companies that produce hydrogen that support Air Products. FCEL's play is Landfills & Waste Water Plants...the CH4.
Not a negative...just adjusting the scope of things.
Am I right ?