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CA Energy Commission - Innovative Hydrogen Refueling Solutions for Heavy Transport. Due 2/24/23.

Opportunity Title:

Innovative Hydrogen Refueling Solutions for Heavy Transport

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The purpose of this solicitation is to fund research, development, and demonstration projects that support the approved fiscal year (FY) 21-22 and pending FY 22-23 Gas R&D Program Plan’s transportation initiative titled “Advanced Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Solutions for Heavy Transport". In partnership with the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Clean Transportation Program (CTP), the solicitation will also support the 2021-2023 Investment Plan Update for the CTP’s allocation for Medium- and Heavy-Duty (MDHD) Zero-Emission Vehicles and Infrastructure activities.

In order to accelerate actions to mitigate climate change, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order (EO) N-79-20 in September 2020 and set targets for 100 percent of MDHD vehicles to be zero-emission by 2045 and 100 percent of off-road vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, for all operations where feasible.[1] Hydrogen fuel cells are a complementary zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technology, which may help decarbonize heavy off-road transport applications that can be challenging to electrify directly due to high energy requirements and continuous or multiple-shift operations that require fast refueling times. Referencing EO N-79-20, the California Air Resources Board’s 2022 Draft Scoping Plan identifies ZEV transportation-related actions needed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 under the Proposed Scenario.[2] Hydrogen fuel cells can potentially provide a decarbonization pathway for end-use sectors including, but not limited to trucks, aviation, ocean-going vessels, port operations, freight and passenger rail, and construction equipment.

MDHD vehicles and off-road mobile sources together are responsible for more than 65 percent of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions and more than 10 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions statewide.[3] Diesel engines, which are widely used in off-road and MDHD vehicles, account for the vast majority of harmful diesel particulate matter emissions that are linked to numerous negative health outcomes.[4] Under-resourced communities located near ports, railyards, distribution centers, and highly trafficked roadways are exposed to higher concentrations of diesel particulate matter. Transitioning MDHD on-road vehicles and off-road vehicles to hydrogen fuel cell technology can reduce emissions and build demand for low carbon hydrogen, spurring development of hydrogen production and distribution at scale. Growing economies of scale can drive cost reductions for hydrogen in transportation as well as end-uses in other sectors that are difficult to decarbonize (for example, fertilizer and cement production).


This solicitation is open to all public and private entities.

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Application Deadline:

Deadline to Submit Pre-Application Abstracts - November 18, 2022

Deadline to Submit Full Applications - February 24, 2023

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