Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Ports Briefing - Long Beach

The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is making plans to host a half-day briefing to provide updates 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. This briefing with continue the discussion of last year’s event at Banning’s Landing, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Ports Workshop held in November 2016.


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 through 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 ports tend to be located in areas that already experience heavy automobile and truck traffic, create smog, particulate matter, and ozone. 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)


Registration coming soon.


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December 6th, 2017 12:00 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, CHBC

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.

    ·  Joseph Pratt, Sandia National Laboratory (invited) or Cory Shumaker, Project Coordinator,


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.

    · Naveen Barry, SCAQMD (invited)

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 duty vehicles and equipment will be exhibited in the parking lot to provide attendees the opportunity to touch and ask questions.

4:45 PM

Event Concludes


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