The California Hydrogen Business Council is hosting a half-day briefing to provide an update from the November 2016 workshop on current hydrogen and fuel cell activities in ports and maritime, the needs and challenges from port and maritime customers of California Ports, and hydrogen infrastructure. After the briefing, there will be an outdoor “Show & Tell” exhibition of hydrogen fuel cell light- and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment on display.


Ocean freight contributes to the worldwide economy in greater ways than most people realize: 90% of global trade moves on the ocean. Ports around the world are economic drivers for jobs and development. A consequence for all this activity is the amount of pollution emitted by cargo vessels, port equipment, and heavy-duty trucks all moving containers around enabling the trade that the world relies on. These activities cause significant local air and greenhouse gas emissions, and the heavy-duty truck fleets that move goods from ports to around the region cause problems well beyond the boundaries of the ports.

The environmental footprint from California ports, specifically Southern California, is significant due to the volume of throughput and the fact that the ports are located in areas that already experience heavy automobile and truck traffic thereby creating smog, emitting particulate matter and ozone pollution. Disadvantaged communities suffer disproportionately from local environmental conditions that cause breathing and heart-related health problems with large associated healthcare costs.

Hydrogen fuel cell forklifts have been proven successful, currently commercially purchased by product distribution centers and factories today across the US. The success of fuel cell forklifts can be transferred to other heavy equipment. There are a variety of hydrogen and fuel cell products and systems, including stationary applications, for port environments that provide zero emission energy at the point of use, and “well to wheels” zero emission energy when the hydrogen is produced from renewable sources such as from wind (electrolysis) and biogas.

The challenge for hydrogen and fuel cell systems to meet are the economic and performance requirements of the trucking fleets and terminal operators to find market acceptance in the ports and freight sector.

Planned Attendees:

•    Ports Authorities (Local and beyond)

•    Hydrogen Technology Providers

•   Seaport Terminal Operators

•   Trucking Companies

•   Government Funding Agencies (Ports and Freight focused)



Ports staff, terminal operators, government agencies - Free


  • CHBC Members $100
  • Non-members $150

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  • CHBC Members $125
  • Non-members $175

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December 6th, 2017 1:00 PM   through   5:00 PM
Banning's Landing Community Center
100 E. Water St.
Wilmington, CA 90744
United States

1:00 PM

Check-In & Networking

1:30 PM

Welcome, Introductory Remarks and Overview

    ·  Emanuel Wagner, Assistant Director, California Hydrogen Business Council

1:35 PM

Keynote – Current Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Activities in Ports and Maritime

An overview of the current hydrogen and fuel cell demonstration projects scheduled and on-going in ports and maritime around the globe.

    ·  Cory Shumaker, Project Coordinator, California Hydrogen Business Council

    ·  Gus Block, Director, Marketing and Government Business, Nuvera Fuel Cells

Followed by Open Discussion

2:00 PM

Keynote – Opportunities and Barriers to Hydrogen Infrastructure in Ports

An update on the ways hydrogen can be provided to the ports for refueling of multiple vehicles, with a discussion on the various limitations that need to be addressed.

    · Rob Del Core, Director, Business Development, Fuel Cell Power Systems, Hydrogenics

Followed by Open Discussion

2:25 PM

Keynote – Customers Being Heard, Hydrogen Industry Taking Note

Recap of feedback received from ports, terminal operators, and trucking companies regarding advantages and limitations of hydrogen and fuel cells in their applications.

    ·  Jim Petrecky, Vice President of Business Development, Plug Power

Followed by Open Discussion

2:50 PM

Recap Audience Discussion

3:10 PM

Show & Tell – Hydrogen Technology on Display

Hydrogen fuel cell heavy- and light-duty vehicles and equipment exhibited in the parking lot provides attendees the opportunity to touch and ask questions.


· Forklift (Nuvera/Hyster-Yale)

· Class 8 Truck (TransPower)

             · Portable Generator/Light Tower (Luxfer-GTM Technologies)

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


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