CHBC Non-Member News 01-2012


California Hydrogen Business Council Non-Member News 01 - 2012

Welcome to the latest CHBC News!


The CHBC has gotten off to a fast start in 2012. Our existing membership committee and our newly established education and outreach and advocacy committees have been hard at work


The CHBC recently provided comments on the CEC's 2012 Transportation budget and CARB's CFO regulation. Also, we are proud to announce our newest member, the Schatz Energy Research Center.  


Please read ahead for details on these activities and other CHBC initiatives. To learn more about how CHBC membership can benefit your company, give me a call or visit our website >>.    




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In This Issue
President's Message
CHBC General Meeting
AC Transit Launch Event
CEC's 2012 Transport. Budget Comments
CFO Comments
DOE's Fuel Cell Budget
New Research
New Members

President's Message
From the response we've received, I know that many of our members are excited that Jeff Serfass and Technology Transition Corporation (TTC) will be providing management services for the CHBC.
We're excited, too!  Jeff successfully led the National Hydrogen Association for over twenty years, and we're delighted to have him on board. Jeff and his staff are an integral part of the hydrogen scene, and will help us take the organization to the next level and beyond!  
We've been making many changes at the CHBC.  The restructuring of CHBC last year has provided us with a platform upon which to really take off in 2012.  Some changes have been quite obvious to our membership, and we appreciate the tremendous response we've received to those changes.  Others are less obvious, but nonetheless important to our continuing and healthy growth as an organization, and as an industry.
For example, our full board is engaged in building the organization with the formation of new Board committees. Our new advocacy committee, led by Robert Bienenfeld of Honda, has been active in ensuring that CHBC is engaged on the policy side.  Out of their efforts came CHBC's testimony at CARB on the CFO regulation, and comments to the AB 118 Advisory Committee on infrastructure funding.  The committee is working on a number of other opportunities to assist the California hydrogen business community.
We've begun to form an Education and Outreach Committee to improve public awareness on the benefits of hydrogen energy. This committee will include representatives from the general membership and be chaired by CHBC Treasurer Tyson Eckerle, Executive Director of Energy Independence Now.  
With our changes have come changes in membership and our Board, as old members once again have joined us, and new members have also come on board.  On our Board, Larry Stapleton, Vice President of Sales at Ballard Power Systems and Steve Eckhardt, Head of Business Development, Alternative Energy of the Linde Group have now joined us.  On the OEM side, General Motors and Toyota have joined the CHBC - Toyota was an early member of CHBC (welcome back!).  The Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University has also joined us.
I also want to welcome back the Bay Area Air Quality Management District as a member, this time at the Platinum level.  Jack Broadbent has been providing that agency with tremendous leadership, and sees the importance of hydrogen in meeting clean air goals.
This year we will be continuing our special VIP lunches, which allow members to have access to key officials in small group informal lunches. As well, we will continue to hold general and special topic meetings throughout the year. Our next General Meeting is scheduled for May 9, 2012 at SCAQMD. You are invited, so save the date! I hope to see you there. 
We are looking forward to a strong year of growth at the CHBC and the industry, and I invite you to be a part of it. Contact me or the CHBC staff about membership, or join right now!  
Mark Abramowitz
President, California Hydrogen Business Council

Save the Date! CHBC General Meeting May 9, at SCAQMD, Diamond Bar
Please mark you calendar for the first general meeting of the CHBC at the South Coast Air Quality Management District on Wednesday, May 9 2012.

Detailed Agenda and Speakers will soon be available.  

Launch Event for AC Transit's Emeryville Hydrogen Station
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On Tuesday, April 10, AC Transit will reveal the latest stop in the HyRoad - dedicating its Emeryville hydrogen station, fleet of new fuel cell buses, and on-site power generation. Mary Nichols, Air Resources Board Chairman and Jack Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District are committed speakers.

Contact AC Transit to sign up:  

  CEC's 2012 Transportation Budget Comments

California Energy Commission Logo The California Energy Commission released a staff draft of the 2012-2013 Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program for review by the Advisory Committee and public.

The Investment Plan allocated $11 million to the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure program, with the goal of building between 31 to 37 new hydrogen fueling stations in order to meet the expected influx of Fuel Cell Vehicles. During the Advisory Committee Meeting, CHBC Managing Director Jeff Serfass expressed appreciation for the CEC's continued support of hydrogen fueling infrastructure and how the CHBC looks forward to opportunities to work with the Commission as it moves ahead with the Investment Plan.

Other issues relating to hydrogen fueling infrastructure addressed during the meeting included the timing of the financing for new stations, funding for operation and maintenance of existing stations, and whether or not the $11 million is supplemental to the Clean Fuels Outlet solicitation. The CHBC will continue to closely monitor advancements in the CEC's Investment Plan.

See the CEC's notes on the 2012 Transportation Budget >>

CHBC Provides CFO Comments 


The CHBC recently provided comments to CARB in support of the proposed 2012 Amendments to the CFO.   


Mark Abramowitz, CHBC President, addressed the Board stating that "the CHBC is not in favor of mandates as the optimal public policy tool to achieve social goals. However, since a mandate on vehicle manufacturers to introduce Zero Emission Vehicles into the marketplace already exists, appropriate policies are necessary to assure the availability of adequate hydrogen infrastructure.  


Therefore, the California Hydrogen Business Council supports the amendments to the CFO as proposed by staff. In addition, we support voluntary mechanisms that may be acceptable to CARB and industry that may achieve substantially similar results without actually implementing the CFO."


Read the full comments >>



  DOE Outlines Fuel Cell Budget
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A webinar on the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Program FY 2013 Budget, hosted by the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association, highlighted the program's previous accomplishments and outlined goals based on the 2013 budget request. The webinar featured Sunita Satyapal, U.S. Department of Energy Program Manager for the Fuel Cell Technologies Program.


The FY 2013 budget request provides the program with $80 million, compared to $104 million appropriated in 2012. Based on the current budget request, Fuel Cell R&D accounts for $36.9 million, while Hydrogen R&D accounts for $26.2 million. Satyapal explained that the Fuel Cell Technologies Program will continue to emphasize cost reduction and the program plan focuses on targeting specific areas where cost reduction can be achieved. Even though the DOE cannot fund infrastructure directly, the Fuel Cell Technologies program plans to leverage state activities, including California's fueling station investment plan, through its technology developments.   


According to Satyapal, the United States is the current leader in fuel cell and hydrogen market growth, and the Department of Energy has been very successful in promoting its development. The DOE spent over $1 billion of its funds on fuel cell and hydrogen energy from FY 2007 to FY 2011, funding nearly 300 projects. The impact of DOE funding led to 313 patents, approximately 30 commercial technologies, and about $200 million in industry investment. The cost of fuel cell technology has been reduced by more than 80% since 2002, with 30% of that occurring after 2008.


Access the webinar slides >>



New Research

Pike Report FCEVs to Stage 2012 Rebound, Says Pike Research

Interest in fuel cell electric vehicles will re-emerge this year, as the limitations of battery EVs are realized, Pike Research says in a free white paper on fuel cells and hydrogen.


It's one of ten 2012 trends to watch, says the Colorado consultancy, as worldwide revenue from fuel cells and hydrogen reaches $785 million this year.


The use of fuel cells for residential combined heat and power is experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 67.7%, Pike says, while remote sensing may well be "the breakout market for small fuel cells in 2012," with applications including dam, seismic and wildlife monitoring, and weather stations.


Access the report >>



New Members
Community Energy Logo The Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) on California's North Coast is working to establish clean energy technologies in our society. Specializing in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and hydrogen energy systems, their work involves research and development, technology demonstration, project development, energy systems analysis, and education and training. In addition, they perform feasibility studies, resource assessments, and energy planning studies.

Learn more about SERC >>


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2012 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo set for

May 15 - 17 in Long Beach, California


ACT Expo is North America's largest alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies event


CHBC Members receive a 25% discount for the event! 


ACT Expo is North America's premiere alternative fuels and clean vehicles conference and expo representing all alternative fuel types. ACT Expo showcases the latest in advanced clean vehicle technologies and funding opportunities, and provides a forum for policy and regulation updates and sharing best practices to support the increased deployment of AFV technologies.


With a focus on direct engagement between the decision-makers and purchasers of alternative fuel vehicles, ACT Expo provides maximum engagement opportunities at every level throughout the two-day event. The 2011 ACT Expo attracted a crowd of more than 1,400 representing fleet managers from the public and private sector, OEMs, station developers, fuel providers, truck and engine manufacturers, fueling equipment suppliers and other key alternative fuel stakeholders.


For more information about the ACT Expo, visit the conference website at, call (888) 993-0302 or email


Thank you to our Platinum and Gold Members for their support!

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