Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Ports Workshop 2017

The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is hosting a one-day workshop to discuss the current hydrogen and fuel cell activities in ports and maritime, hear the needs and challenges from port and maritime customers (port authorities, terminal operators, trucking companies) of California Ports to reduce their emission footprint and meet California state air quality requirements. This workshop will be the follow up to the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Ports Workshop 2016, held in Port of Los Angeles. At this year’s workshop, there will be updates from last year with presentations from ports authorities, terminal operators, trucking companies, hydrogen and fuel cell technology providers, and State funding agencies.


Harbors represent a vital component of U.S. infrastructure, for commerce and defense. Harbors are economic drivers for state jobs and development, entry points for goods used throughout the country, and important bases for the U.S. Navy. They also 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.

In California, the environmental footprint of ports is significant, both because of the volume of activity itself and because they tend to be located in areas that already experience heavy automobile and truck traffic, create smog, particulate matter, and ozone pollution. Areas of California suffer environmental conditions that cause breathing and heart-related health problems and health costs.

Hydrogen-fueled fuel cell electric vehicles are expanding in the California light duty vehicle market, and hydrogen fuel cell fork lifts and other products are being commercially purchased by product distribution centers and factories today.  More than ever, it becomes noticeable that there are a variety of hydrogen and fuel cell products and systems, including stationary applications, 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, everyone’s long term goal.

California programs in different stages of development will have an impact on the transition to hydrogen energy systems, including the Sustainable Freight Action Plan and Clean Air Action Plans. Hydrogen and fuel cell systems will have to meet the economic and performance requirements of the terminal operators to find market acceptance in the ports.


Planned Attendees:

•   Ports Authorities (Local and beyond)

•   Hydrogen Technology Providers

•   Seaport Terminal Operators

•   Trucking Companies

•   Government Funding Agencies (Ports and Freight focused)


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October 3rd, 2017 7:30 AM   through   5:00 PM
200 Maritime Academy Dr
Vallejo, CA 94590
United States

Developing Agenda as follows:

PURPOSE: Expand the discussion from the 2016 Ports Workshop to develop an understanding of the needs and challenges of California Ports, Terminals, and Fleets, and how hydrogen and fuel cells can help reduce their emissions footprint and meet California State air quality requirements.

7:30 AM

Check-In & Breakfast Networking

8:30 AM

Welcome, Introductory Remarks and Overview

·         Emanuel Wagner, Assistant Director, CHBC

8:35 AM

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.

Followed by Open Discussion

9:30 AM

Voice of the Customer: Opportunities and Constraints for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in Ports and Maritime Applications

Ports, terminal operators, and trucking companies will identify the advantages and limitations of hydrogen and fuel cells in their applications.

Moderator:  Jim Petrecky, Plug Power

Followed by Open Discussion

10:40 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Solutions for Ports and Maritime

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology companies will present their products in various stages of development for the ports and maritime environment.

·         Off-road port equipment (yard dogs, large forklifts, stackers)

·         On-road vehicles (Class 8 trucks, refrigeration units)

·         Stationary equipment (ship-to-shore power)

·         Clean boats

Followed by Open Discussion

12:15 PM

Morning Recap - Audience Discussion

12:30 PM


1:30 PM

Keynote –  Safety Regulations, Codes and Standards for Hydrogen in the Ports and Maritime Environment

·         Jay Keller, Zero Carbon Energy Solutions

1:50 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.

·         Naveen Barry, SCAQMD

Followed by Open Discussion

2:20 PM

Government Programs and Funding Opportunities for Hydrogen Projects in Ports and Maritime

An update on the various mechanisms of funding for hydrogen and fuel cell projects from various government funding agencies.

Moderator:  BAAQMD

·         Leslie Goodbody, California Air Resources Board

·         Larry Rillera, CEC Update on California Sustainable Freight Action Plan and Implications for Ports”

·         DOE - TBD

Followed by Open Discussion

3:40 PM

Networking Break

4:05 PM

Final Remarks – The Case for Hydrogen in Ports and Maritime

·         Tyson Eckerle, GO-Biz

4:35 PM

Open Discussion, Outcomes and Action Items

·         Moderator: Cory Shumaker, Project Coordinator, California Hydrogen Business Council

5:00 PM

Happy Hour Networking


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