Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District for AC Transit Hydrogen Bus Fueling Station Oakland
The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) is constructing a new hydrogen bus fueling station in Oakland. The station’s capacity will provide enough hydrogen to fuel up to 24 buses a day. This contract leverages an existing federally- funded $65 million project that is providing twelve hydrogen fuel- cell buses to a consortium of Bay Area transit agencies that are being used in daily passenger service. The hydrogen fueling station under this contract will be built to supply these buses with hydrogen fuel.
The state-of-the-art station will provide fast-fueling capability. Linde of North America has been chosen to manufacture all major equipment components for the station. Linde’s system includes their proprietary ionic compression system, liquid delivered hydrogen storage, vaporization and intermittent gaseous storage. Once completed and operating, this will be the single largest hydrogen fueling station for transit buses in the United States
The Energy Commission is providing $3,000,000 in Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program funds.
AC Transit is providing match funding in the amount of $2,663,175.
AC Transit is an Oakland-based regional public transit agency serving the western half of Alameda County and parts of western Contra Costa County of the San Francisco (East) Bay Area. AC Transit operates over 600 buses.
Linde is a global leader in hydrogen production, distribution and supply, with more than 100 years of experience in industrial gas. Linde has extensive experience in the installation and upkeep of hydrogen fueling stations worldwide, including several projects in California.
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. 33.3% of the fuel will be renewable hydrogen produced by an electrolyzer. The electrolyzer, the station and AC Transit’s operations yard will be powered by renewable electricity from solar panels and a stationary solid-oxide fuel cell. Both are part of a larger project that is funded by several federal, state, local agencies, and other funding sources and includes a total of $14.5 million in cost.
The fueling station operation will avoid 700 metric tons of GHG emissions per year and will displace of 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