CHBC Non-Member News 03-2012


California Hydrogen Business Council 2012 - Non-Member News #3

Welcome to the CHBC News. This week, several interesting developments and events will unfold which you should be informed about.


On June 19, the Washington Fuel Cell Summit aims to shape agency and congressional understanding of fuel cells and hydrogen energy as national priorities. 


Also, DOE will host two Fuel Cell webinars, and the CEC will conduct the first of two workshops regarding California fueling infrastructure development.  


For members, the first CHBC "All-Hands Call" on June 21, 1 PM PT, will provide an update on the latest information on California government and industry developments, as well as events and CHBC activities. 


On August 15, the CHBC will host a tour of the Gills Onion Energy System in Oxnard, CA. Details below. Non-members are welcome to join us on the tour.


We also want to welcome Total Transportation Services, Inc. as our newest organizational member! They've provided the Class-8 Fuel Cell truck showcased at the Spring CHBC General Meeting. Thanks also to Ballard, which upgraded their membership to the Gold Level! If you're considering participating in the CHBC, contact Emanuel ( or go to


Read on to learn see specifics on these and other items.  

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In This Issue
Washington Fuel Cell Summit
CHBC All-Hands Call June 21
Gills Onion Facility Tour August 15
New DOE/EERE Webinars on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
CEC Workshops to Select Locations for H2 Infrastructure
CaFCP Launches "Go Campaign"
Turnaround for DoE Secretary Chu
Major Automakers Reconfirm Commercialization Targets For FCEVs
New Organizational Members
Washington Fuel Cell Summit
June 19, 2012, Washington DC

On June 19, 2012, government and industry will convene for one valuable day in Washington DC to learn about the latest advancements and keys to market successes for fuel cells, including open discussion around remaining challenges. Attend the most important event of the year, aimed at shaping agency and congressional understanding of fuel cells and hydrogen energy as national priorities.

Fuel Cell Summit

The Hydrogen Education Foundation is hosting this one-day summit with the support of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and Technology Transition Corporation. The event will feature high level government keynote speakers, industry experts, panel discussions, an expo, a Ride and Drive with fuel cell vehicles, and networking opportunities.

The CHBC is a Collaborating Organization of the Summit. To learn more go to

CHBC All-Hands Call June 21 


All members are welcome to attend the first CHBC All-Hands Call on June 21, 1 PM PT. The All-Hands Call provides updates on the CHBC activities, government and industry developments, and upcoming events. It also allows CHBC members to highlight issues that ought to be addressed by the CHBC Board and staff.  


Agenda for All-Hands Call

  • Introduction/ Welcome
  • Purpose of the meeting
  • Government developments and activities
  • Industry News  
  • Upcoming Events
  • Questions/Discussion

To participate, join the CHBC >> before the call!


Gills Onion Facility Tour August 15, 2012 at 11 AM PT.


All interested parties are invited to attend a tour of Gills Onions' award-winning Waste-to-Energy project, the Advanced Energy Recovery System (AERS), which converts 100% of their daily onion waste (up to 300,000 lbs) into renewable energy and cattle feed, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and saving the company in annual electricity costs.

Prior to the tour, the system will have undergone a major expansion to the AERS - by adding a large flow battery system.

Register at All attendees can meet after the tour at a nearby restaurant (Lunch is included in the $35 non-member registration fee).


The system was featured in the CHBC supported webinar series "Hydrogen Learning for Local Leader". The presentation can be found here >>.

New DOE/EERE Webinars on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells - June 19 and 20

 On June 19, Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will conduct a webinar titled "The Brookhaven National Laboratory's (BNL) Low-Platinum Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles". The webinar will begin at 9 AM PT.

The webcast will showcase electrocatalysts developed by BNL scientists that use less costly platinum and increase the effectiveness of fuel cells for use in electric vehicles. Sign up here >>



On June 20, at 10 AM PT, EERE, in partnership with the Battelle Commercialization Council of Labs, will conduct a webinar titled "Accelerating Innovation: Fuel Cells" This webcast will highlight four fuel cell-focused technologies developed at DOE national laboratories, all of which are found on EERE's Energy Innovation Portal. During this webcast, attendees will learn about cutting-edge hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, with a focus on core-shell nanocatalysts for hydrogen production and fuel cell electrodes, as well as activated aluminum hydride hydrogen storage. Sign up here >>

CEC - Notice of Two Public Workshops Regarding Approaches for Selecting Locations for the Hydrogen Infrastructure Network

California Energy Commission staff will convene two public workshops for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. Commissioners may be in attendance. The purpose of these workshops is to discuss approaches for selecting locations for infrastructure and other requirements, as well as criteria necessary to dispense hydrogen transportation fuel as inputs for developing a new hydrogen solicitation.

The workshops will be held on:

June 22, 2012 and June 29
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California

Remote Access Available by Computer or Phone via WebEx:

Remote Attendance
For the June 22 Workshop:
VIA COMPUTER: Go to and enter the unique meeting
number: 928 838 939. When prompted, enter your name and the following meeting
password: meeting@12

For the June 29 Workshop:
VIA COMPUTER: Go to and enter the unique meeting
number: 923 825 266. When prompted, enter your name and the following meeting
password: meeting@8

For more information:

California Fuel Cell Partnership Launches "Go Campaign"

The goal of this campaign is to get hydrogen and fuel cells back in limelight and generate some positive buzz.

Follow the Go Campaign >>

Turnaround for DoE Secretary Chu: Praises & Supports Hydrogen at HTAC Meeting  
With friendly permission from Peter Hoffmann - Originally published in the June edition of
"The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter"

"Energy Secretary Steven Chu, long perceived as opposed to hydrogen energy who repeatedly has proposed cutting key hydrogen and fuel cell budgets, dropped a bombshell of sorts last month by coming out foursquare in support of this energy carrier. His surprising change of heart came in a speech May 10 after the official public session meeting of the DoE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) here had ended. He talked for about half an hour in a closed members-only meeting that evening of the HTAC Hydrogen Production Expert Panel subcommittee.

Summarizing, several participants in the session said that Chu acknowledged the benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells. He now sees that hydrogen has a role to play in storing electricity which may enable greater penetration of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar. Chu, according to these participants, also said that the newly discovered shale gas reserves provide a good source of relatively low-cost hydrogen in the near term. After meeting with the major automobile companies, Secretary Chu now believes that the car companies are sincerely developing fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as the next generation vehicle, and are not developing FCEVs as "green-washing" to demonstrate their commitment to low-carbon transportation.

He acknowledged that FCEVs can travel 300 miles today without further breakthroughs in technology, and can be refueled in minutes instead of hours."

The CHBC welcomes this positive development within the Department of Energy. You can subscribe to the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter at  

Major Automakers Reconfirm Commercialization Targets For Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

At the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2012 in Toronto, auto representatives from Daimler AG, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota displayed some of their new fuel cell cars. Some have announced the delivery to showrooms as early as 2013, two years earlier than originally planned.

They also confirmed that they are moving ahead with plans to rollout hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2015. This timeline was first announced with the signing of a letter of understanding in 2009 by all the major manufacturers.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Daimler already has 200 B-class vehicles in service with electric engines powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Three vehicles completed an around-the-world tour in 2011. Daimler will soon open a fuel cell manufacturing facility in Vancouver, British Columbia to produce fuel cell stacks for its new-generation B-Class fuel cell vehicles and the company will introduce fuel cell vehicles to the marketplace in 2014.
  • Honda has been leasing its FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle to a limited number of retail consumers in Southern California since 2008.
  • Hyundai announced that between 2012 to 2015, they will bring 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the road in the United States, Europe, and Asia. By 2015, Hyundai hopes a roomy and fully-featured fuel cell powered Hyundai SUV will be provided at an affordable price. 
  • Toyota will bring a fuel-cell sedan to market by 2015 and currently has over 100 FCHV-adv vehicles on U.S. roads.



New Organizational Members

Total Transportation Services, Inc.

TTSI, a mid-sized American company, is one of the largest delivery carriers in Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach - one of the busiest seaports in the world.

Headquartered in Rancho Dominguez, CA, TTSI is a progressive, asset-based logistics provider with distinct expertise in distributing imports within the US and Canada. With a strong central leadership, TTSI is able to offer agile distribution solutions and a variety of transportation options, from the simplest delivery to the most complex supply networks. Their strengths lie in solving situations before they become problems and adjusting services to meet client's specific requirements.

TTSI's Executive Management Team has developed a highly successful, comprehensive business model while focusing on two goals - Staying a Step Ahead and Leaving Small Footprints.

More info:


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