Long Beach marches on along the path to green energy

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Long Beach officials announced earlier this month the 2019 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition will return to the Long Beach Convention Center, having last hosted in 2017.

Running from Nov. 5-7 later this year, the expo will showcase advancement in the fuel cell and hydrogen arena, especially when it comes to local infrastructure.

Long touted as a key player in Southern California’s pollution problems, the Port of Long Beach is nevertheless making strides in green energy infrastructure. Several companies, including Toyota, Nuvera and Hydrogenics, have chosen the Port for fuel cell drayage truck and material handling vehicle trials, taking advantage of nearby hydrogen fueling stations.

Last year, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved an $8 million grant for the construction of a new hydrogen refueling station at the Toyota Logistics Services location at the Port as well.

“These demonstration projects are helping to prove not only the feasibility, but the benefits, that clean and efficient fuel cells provide,” Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association spokesman Morry Markowitz said on June 5.

But it’s not just big business that can play a part in Long Beach’s green revolution. Hydrogen fueling stations in Long Beach also serve passenger vehicles, while Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific is installing three fuel cells to offset 80 percent of the facility’s energy consumption.

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