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The National Fuel Cell Research Center at UCI announces record year for hydrogen dispensed at the UC Irvine Hydrogen Fueling Station

Amount dispensed into Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in 2017 was double that of 2016


Irvine, Calif., January 11, 2018 — In 2017, a total of 48,599 kilograms of hydrogen was dispensed, more than double the 23,909 kilograms in 2016. While two hydrogen fuel cell electric buses refueled at the station, the majority of the increase was from light duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) such as the Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity, and Hyundai Tucson.

The UCI Hydrogen Station, established and operated by the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC), was initially commissioned in 2003. In 2007, it became the first dual-pressure station operating in the United States with public access for FCEV fueling. Capacity has been expanded twice, with a third expansion in the planning stages. The station is regularly used by Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai fuel cell vehicle drivers, and by UCI Anteater Express and the Orange County Transit Authority who each have a zero emission hydrogen fuel cell electric bus in their fleet.

"As a leader in the wide ranging efforts to support the transition to a hydrogen economy and zero emission transportation, the NFCRC has been at the forefront of both mobile and stationary fuel cell development and deployment. It is gratifying to reach this important milestone, and we look forward to establishing a new record in 2018," said Professor Scott Samuelsen, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center.

The NFCRC continues to work with its global and domestic industry partners and government agencies to enable the market for fuel cell electric cars, trucks, buses, and locomotives.

About the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine: The Center was dedicated in 1998 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to (1) accelerate the development and deployment of fuel cell technology, (2) enable the stationary and mobile fuel cell market, (3) address market hurdles, (4) convene government agencies, business and academia to develop effective public-private alliances, and (4) provide leadership in the preparation of educational materials and programs to help develop the national work force in fuel cell technology. The NFCRC focuses on both mobile and stationary fuel cells, the development of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and the interface between stationary fuel cell technology, transportation, and the emerging hydrogen economy.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit

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