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

8:15 AM

Welcome, Introductory Remarks and Overview

  •  Jeff Serfass, Executive Director,California Hydrogen Business Council
8:25 AM
Addressing the Shift of Energy Use in the Maritime Sector
  • Thomas A. Cropper, President, California State University Maritime Academy

8:45 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.

Moderator: Ryan Storz, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, California State University Maritime Academy

  • Joseph Pratt, Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Energy Innovation Department, Sandia National Laboratory: Maritime Applications
  • Cory Shumaker, Project Coordinator, California Hydrogen Business Council: Ports Applications
Followed by Open Discussion

9:40 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,  Vice President of Business Development, Plug Power  

  • Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland
  • Joe Carrillo, Regional Vice President, Northern California, SSA Marine Terminal, Port of West Sacramento
  • Scott Taylor, CEO, GSC Logistics (Invited)

Followed by Open Discussion

10:45 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.

Moderator: Dr. Michael Mac Kinnon, Senior Scientist, National Fuel Cell Research Center at

  • Laurence Dunn, Nuvera Hyster-Yale: Off-road port equipment (large forklifts, stackers)
  • Dr. Abas Goodarzi, President and CEO, US Hybrid: On-road vehicles (Class 8 trucks, refrigeration units)
  • Johan Burgren, Business Manager, PowerCell Sweden AB: Fuel Cells in Maritime (Cold Ironing)
  • Prof. Keir Moorhead, Maritime Vocational Instructor, California State University Maritime Academy: Clean Boats (ferries)

Followed by Open Discussion

12:30 PM


1:30 PM


Morning Recap - Audience Discussion

  • Jeff Serfass, Executive Director,California Hydrogen Business Council

1:45 PM

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

  • Jay Keller, President, Zero Carbon Energy Solutions

2:15 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.

  • Chris Kretz, Business Development Manager Hydrogen Fueling, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Followed by Open Discussion

2:40 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: Karen Schkolnick, Director of Strategic Incentives Dvision BAAQMD

  • Leslie Goodbody, California Air Resources Board
  • Larry Rillera, CEC Update on California Sustainable Freight Action Plan and Implications for Ports”

Followed by Open Discussion

3:50 PM

Networking Break

4:20 PM

Final Remarks – The Case for Hydrogen in Ports and Maritime

  • Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

4:45 PM

Open Discussion, Outcomes and 2018 Action Items

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

5:30 PM

Happy Hour Networking - Mare Island Brewery


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