|From: Ms. Baby Boomer
|2/4/2021 2:00:50 PM
|Nikola and APS deal paves way for zero-emission
route from Phoenix to L.A. ...
Hydrogen-powered big-rig company Nikola and Arizona Public Service (APS) have received the go ahead from state utility regulators for an agreement to use surplus electricity to generate clean hydrogen gas to power fuel cell vehicles.
The deal provides Phoenix-based Nikola with a competitive electric
rate specifically designed for the production, processing, and
dispensing of hydrogen to accelerate the development of carbon-free
vehicles and fueling stations for the transportation industry.
It’s another step forward to the realization of a zero-emission heavy-duty freight corridor along the I-10 freeway between Phoenix and Los Angeles, company officials and state regulators said.
“The approval of this special rate for hydrogen production is critical for advancing the future of zero-emissions transportation and building a hydrogen economy,” Nikola CEO Mark Russell said.
Advancing hydrogen economy in the state
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) unanimously approved the application from APS for the new rate structure this month, which could serve as a national model for additional hydrogen production facilities, ACC Chairwoman Lea Márquez Peterson said.
Arizona will benefit with cleaner air, jobs for the new economy, and increased economic development, she said.
“For decades, hydrogen has been a promising, but elusive, source of clean energy for both the transportation and power sectors. We simply haven’t done enough to bring hydrogen to the mainstream,” Márquez Peterson said.
Under the rate structure, Nikola officials said they will be able to deliver hydrogen at “market leading prices” and within the ranges required for Nikola to offer competitive lease rates for its trucks’ customers.
The company anticipates deploying hundreds of millions of dollars in capital to construct its hydrogen facilities throughout the state and employ a diverse workforce in doing so, they said.
Win-win for electric customers and APS, too
APS, which filed the application for the unique rate structure in December, will also benefit from the agreement. The hydrogen fueling stations will require a very high load capacity, above 92-percent. Customers with high load factors provide operational and other economic benefits to the distribution system.
These customers help to reduce the overall cost for APS to serve all of its customers, flattening the overall load profile and allowing APS to operate its power plants in a more efficient manner, reducing the per kilowatt hour costs to APS customers, APS officials said.
Production of hydrogen-electric long haul trucks coming
Phoenix-based Nikola is a designer and manufacturer of zero-emission battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and hydrogen station infrastructure.
In a venture with Italian industrial truck maker Iveco, Nikola is planning production of a battery-electric semi truck next year in Ulm, Germany.
Nikola also has begun construction of a $600-million electric truck assembly plant in Coolidge, Ariz., where it plans to start constructing a fuel-cell semi truck in 2023. The hydrogen-electric powered semi-truck is for the medium and long-haul trucking sectors, with more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque.
To power these trucks, Nikola plans to build hydrogen fueling stations across Arizona and North America.
To view Nikola’s Two hydrogen-electric powered semi trucks in action, visit 2021 Nikola Two electric semi truck.
This story was originally published at Chamber Business News.
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|From: Ms. Baby Boomer
|2/5/2021 10:14:31 AM
|Nikola's Antonio Ruiz To Lead Global Standardization
Project for Hydrogen Fueling Technologies...
PHOENIX, Feb. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikola's Director of Fuel Cell Vehicle Code and Standards Antonio Ruiz has been appointed to lead a three-year hydrogen fueling global standardization project for the International Standardization Organization's Technical Committee 197 (ISO/TC 197).
Ruiz was unanimously approved as Convener to work with an international core group of experts to implement the fueling protocol standardization initiative following more than two years of building consensus within the global hydrogen community to prioritize this activity.
"The receipt of such international support is a significant step toward developing international standards and the fueling requirements needed to accelerate the adoption of heavy-duty fuel-cell electric trucks and, to advance the global deployment of hydrogen and fuel-cell technologies," said Ruiz.
The TC 197 committee focuses on the standardization of systems and devices for the production, storage, transport, measurement and use of hydrogen. The committee consists of hydrogen and fuel-cell technology experts that represent member countries, hydrogen industry and stakeholders throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. The international standardization of technically sound solutions may replace incompatible national requirements, allowing for consistency and global competitiveness of high-flow hydrogen fueling.
The fueling standard consists of three tasks: designing a process for developing fueling protocols; defining communications required between the vehicle and the station; and developing a high-flow fueling protocol for heavy-duty vehicles. Developing these needed fueling procedures and requirements under ISO/TC 197 and its membership ensures that these standards are technically sound, consensus-based, and adopted on a global scale.
Before joining Nikola in October 2018, Ruiz previously served as technology development manager and team lead for the U.S. Department of Energy....
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