Federal, state, and local officials formally dedicated the station this morning at AC Transits Emeryville division, where hydrogen to fuel the fleet is produced in part by solar-powered electrolysis.
AC Transit General Manager David Armijo said, For over a decade, AC Transit has been developing the most comprehensive, zero-emission, fuel cell transit program in North America, and operating zero-emission buses in real-world service. Now, with increased fueling capacity, we have a greater capability to offer clean, quiet, zero emission transportation to the communities we serve.
AC Transits newest on-site energy station, engineered by Linde North America, Jacobs, and EPC, and built by W.L. Butler Construction, demonstrates the use of renewable hydrogen hydrogen produced using Proton OnSites solar-powered electrolyzer. Engineering and construction firm Cupertino Electric, Inc. installed a 510 kilowatt DC solar photovoltaic system for AC Transit that will generate energy to help fuel the transit systems hydrogen-powered buses running throughout the Bay Area.
The station also features Lindes latest advancements in compression and dispensing technology, enabling buses to be refueled at rates up to five kilograms/minute a time comparable to refueling diesel buses. Thanks to a major grant from the California Air Resources Board, one dispenser is accessible to the public for fueling hydrogen fuel cell electric passenger cars, including the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL, now on the road in both Northern and Southern California.
Linde is excited to provide a clean fuel solution that delivers so many quality-of-life benefits to Bay Area residents. Their public transportation has just gotten quieter, the air theyre breathing is fresher and cleaner, and were using a domestically produced fuel instead of imported oil. These are positive, concrete steps toward reducing greenhouse gases and increasing sustainability. Linde is proud to take such a prominent role in improving our future, said Pat Murphy, President, Linde North America.
Fuel cells do not burn the fuel they use. Instead, they combine hydrogen with oxygen from the air electrochemically to produce electricity and emit only water vapor. AC Transit operates twelve 40 hybrid-electric, zero-emission fuel cell buses, each powered by a 120 kW UTC Power fuel cell system and a Siemens ELFA Drive System.
We are proud to partner with AC Transit, said Joe Triompo, VP and General Manager, UTC Power. Their leadership in the deployment of fuel cell buses in the United States and their commitment to reducing their environmental impact are inspiring. We believe the future of energy is here and embodied in the fuel cell buses operated by AC Transit. With multiple fuel cell buses in operation today, AC Transit and the community they serve are already reaping the benefits of superior efficiency, increased reliability and reduced emissions for environmentally responsible operations.
In recognition of AC Transits solar installations across its facilities, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) presented a check, representing what will amount to more than $500,000 in rebate incentives from PG&E through the California Solar Initiative (CSI) program, to AC Transits General Manager. Additionally, in honor of AC Transits HyRoad Program, Tom Sullivan, Chairman of Proton OnSite, presented a $20,000 check to Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley to further youth science education in alternative fuels.