Port of San Francisco Eyes Hydrogen Bunkering

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Monday August 15, 2016

The Port of San Francisco is looking at the possibility of developing a hydrogen fuelling station at Pier 54, which has been identified as the most viable site, local media reports.

The $5 million fuelling station, which will fill boats and private automobiles, is reported to be part of a goal to develop a zero-emissions ferry service in San Francisco Bay, and is expected to be the first of its kind in the world.

The port is reported to be set to act as the landlord for the station, and has provided a letter of support of the pier project to assist those applying to receive grant funding from the California Energy Commission in order to support their potential undertaking of the project.

Applications are noted to be due August 19, with the port having already identified Steven Brooks of Retail Energy Now and Jonathan Avila of StratosFuel as two potential applicants.

"The Port of San Francisco enthusiastically supports the creation of an intermodal hydrogen fueling station on Port property," said Elaine Forbes, the port's interim executive director.

"The proximity of Port property to the high population density of San Francisco would make a Port-based hydrogen station valuable in many respects."

Last year, the Scientific Alliance Scotland (SAS) called Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd's (Caledonian) project proposal to develop a zero emissions hydrogen fuel cell powered ferry "silly" and "a waste of taxpayers' money."