CHBC Non-Member News #2 2014

California Hydrogen Business Council 2014 - News #2

Welcome to the newest edition of the CHBC News. Here's what we have for you in this issue:
+ CHBC VIP "Snack" Luncheon with Barry Wallerstein
+ Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell - Taking Applications
+ Alt. Renew. Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program Meeting
+ National Fuel Cell Symposium
+ Biogas Conference Side Event - CHBC Member Interest?
+ DOE Newswire
+ Industry News
+ Notable Events
+ Welcome Our Newest Members: BMW and Proton OnSite
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CHBC Events

Event Announcement - VIP "Snack" Luncheon with Barry Wallerstein

March 14, 2014

All organizational members are invited to meet with Barry Wallerstein, Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District


Dr. Wallerstein currently serves as Co-President of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, on the Board of Directors of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, on the Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee of the federal Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, and as a Ex Officio Member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences' Transportation Research Board. See his bio >> 


Join the CHBC as an organizational member to attend >>


Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell - Taking Applications


Hyundai is taking applications for the leasing of their 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle. For $2,999 down payment and a monthly leasing fee of $499, including gas (hydrogen gas, that is), maintenance and HOV lane access, you can apply to be one of the first drivers of this SUV.

Details at:

Note that depending on your ZIP code, your area may not yet qualify for the lease as not all areas around Los Angeles are yet covered. Hyundai expects to expand their coverage as new public fueling stations come online.


Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVT Program)


The Energy Commission staff will present a revised staff draft of the 2014-2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The Energy Commission staff and Lead Commissioner for Transportation are seeking input from the Advisory Committee, stakeholders, and the public regarding the information and recommendations contained in the investment plan update.


The meeting and public workshop will be held on:

Monday, February 10, 2014, 10 AM

Advanced Power and Energy Program
Engineering Laboratory Facility (Building 323) - Room 131
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California

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CHBC Supported Events

National Fuel Cell Symposium: "Enabling the Clean Energy Paradigm"

Thursday, February 27, 2014  

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering
100 Academy, Irvine, CA 92617  


Click here to RSVP for the event >> 

This one day symposium will convene government, industry, and academia to discuss how fuel cell technology is impacting the U.S. today and how further adoption of fuel cell technology can be accelerated to address the nation's most pressing energy, environment, and economic challenges




9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks

  • Michael Drake - Chancellor, University of California, Irvine
  • Barry Wallerstein - Executive Director, South Coast AQMD 


Keynote Address: The California Opportunity

  • Mary Nichols - Chair, California Air Resource Board


Setting the Stage: an Introduction to Fuel Cells

  • Scott Samuelsen, Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center


Keynote Address: The National Opportunity


Panel: Stationary Fuel Cells 

  • Mike Tollstrup, Executive Director, California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative
  • Chip Bottone, CEO, FuelCell Energy
  • David Wright, CEO, ClearEdge Power  




Keynote Address: Natural Resource Challenges

  • John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency


Panel: Fuel Cell Vehicles

  • Chris Hostetter, Group Vice President - Strategic Planning, Toyota Motor Sales USA 
  • Robert Bienenfeld, Assistant Vice President of Environment and Energy Strategy, American Honda Motor
  • Charlie Freese, Executive Director - Powertrain Engineering, GM
  • Mike O'Brien, Vice President of Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America
  • Ronald Grasman, General Manager for U.S. Fuel Cell Vehicle Operations, Mercedes-Benz


Panel: Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

  • Catherine Dunwoody, Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership  
  • Dr. Tim Brown, President and Co-Founder, FirstElement Fuel, Inc.
  • Jim McKinney, California Energy Commission


Keynote Address: Utility Perspective

  • Bert Valdman, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Edison International




Reminder: Biogas Conference Side Event - CHBC Member Interest? 


The CHBC is exploring if members have an interest in creating an event in collaboration with BioCycle's 14th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling, April 7-10, 2014, in San Diego.


Staff is able to provide direct input on the agenda development. If requested by members, t

he CHBC could also try to arrange a side workshop, a small reception, or other event to invite attendees to connect with companies in our hydrogen and fuel cell community.  The biogas community could stand to learn more about the synergy between their waste streams and derived products and our fuel cell and hydrogen businesses.  


This is an opportunity to help CHBC member companies connect with their markets, instead of asking their markets come to us. Please email staff >> or call 310-455-6095 x360.


DOE Newswire

SLIDESHOW: Secretary Moniz Tours 2014 Washington Auto Show

Auto Show Slideshow features Hyundai's Tucson Fuel Cell SUV and Toyota's Fuel Cell Concept Vehicle, basis for their commercial vehicle launch in 2015.

See the Slideshow >> 


Industry News
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Hydrogen fuel station receives permit to grow
Project with Hydrogen Frontiers, Powertech and ITM Power

Hydrogen generated in Chino will give operators of zero-emission fuel cell vehicles confidence to venture out of the Los Angeles area and into the Inland Empire, according to the company planning to construct a fueling station on East End Avenue. Read more >>

Notable Events
2014 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting
June 16-20, 2014

Washington, District of Columbia 


Each year, the Annual Merit Review provides a forum for evaluation and discussion of the Vehicle Technologies Office's projects. 


The Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review is held jointly with the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Merit Review, which has also posted project presentations on its website >>.


Welcome Our Newest Members


BMW North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles. 



Proton OnSite designs and manufactures proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrochemical systems to make hydrogen from water producing safe, pure, reliable onsite hydrogen to meet global hydrogen requirements ranging from grid-level support for energy storage to turbine generator cooling in power plants. 




See the organizational CHBC membership directory here >> 


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