CCIA Incubates Colorado Hydrogen Coalition

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CCIA is proud to be working with and incubating the Colorado Hydrogen Coalition (CHC). CHC was formed in 2014 to accelerate the development of the hydrogen fuel cell technologies market in Colorado, and to promote collaborative stakeholder engagement across sectors. CHC brings together interests from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), US Department of Energy (DOE), automakers, Clean Cities – Colorado fuel cells component manufacturers, local governments and professional service providers.

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), based in Washington D.C., notes in their preliminary annual “State of States” report that Colorado has earned recognition as a state that is “gaining ground” because it has a substantial support system of energy research companies, organizations, and universities that provide research, testing and employment, including NREL and the Colorado School of Mines. Generous tax credits for zero-emission vehicles and funding for cleantech companies through Advanced Industries (AI) Accelerator programs are also factors in Colorado’s rising ranking position.

Installations and Deployments

While there are only a few stationary fuel cell installations currently operating in Colorado, much work is being done to further deployment. Several of CCIA’s members, including Steelhead Composites, Vairex, Cool Energy, and Solar Hydrogen, are among a growing list of companies working with fuel cell technologies.

Colorado is home to a number of hydrogen fuel cell projects, including:

  • Retail food chain Kroger has 120 fuel cell-powered forklifts operating at its Stapleton warehouse;
  • CableLabs’ headquarters in Louisville uses an 8-kw fuel cell backup system;
  • Colorado Springs Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) powers a remote transmitter/receiver with a fuel cell backup system; and
  • Fuel cells are powering chemical injection pumps at multi-wellhead sites in Western Colorado.
  • Additional companies working in the hydrogen space include Sundyne, Versa Power Systems, TDA Research, and Composite Technology Development.

NREL operates the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which includes a state-of-the-art Fuel Cell Development and Test Laboratory. The facility’s hydrogen and fuel cell research focuses on developing, integrating, and demonstrating hydrogen production and delivery, hydrogen storage, and fuel cell technologies for transportation, stationary, and portable applications. Major automakers such as Toyota, Daimler, GM, Hyundai, Nissan and Honda have utilized NREL’s testing capabilities. A new hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell vehicles is expected to open on October 8 on the NREL campus.

Currently, the Coalition’s work is focused in helping develop Colorado’s regulations, codes and standards to support broader commercialization of fuel cells.

“At Toyota, we believe hydrogen is the fuel for the next 100 years. Fuel cell vehicles offer the promise of convenient, carbon-free driving. Identifying and addressing challenges associated with fuel cell vehicles is essential to successful deployment, and a hydrogen roadmap would lay the preparatory groundwork.” said Craig Scott, Toyota’s National Manager for Advanced Technology.

In addition to support from Toyota, discussions have been initiated with the state energy office, automakers, municipalities and council members, and other stakeholders towards market introductions of FCEVs.

For more information about CHC, please contact Jack Paterson, CHC Chairman at John.Paterson@denvergov.org or Mary Austin, CCIA Partnerships Director at mary@coloradocleantech.com.