Cryogenic Hydrogen Infrastructure Replacement Product


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Cryogenic Hydrogen Infrastructure Replacement Product
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Under agreement PIR-23-007, the California Energy Commission will provide a $5,250,000 grant to fund the project. The purpose of this project is to fund the development and demonstration of a mobile liquid hydrogen bunkering solution for medium and heavy-duty maritime applications. This refueler will enable the use of liquid hydrogen fueled ships and help decarbonize California ports. The findings from this project could be immediately applicable to decarbonization efforts in many heavy-duty transportation sectors and will facilitate the adoption of zero emission heavy equipment. Beneficiaries include owners and operators of hydrogen-fueled ships, ports that serve such ships, hydrogen suppliers, and the environment.

Contact Information

Antonio Gomez
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Mechanical Engineer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles, San Mateo
Los Angeles, San Mateo
San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California
Cross Streets
138 W Harris Ave

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The CEQA exemption under California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15301, Existing Buildings, applies. Section 15301 covers the operation, maintenance, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. This project involves the designing and building of a mobile liquid hydrogen bunkering solution. Both design and build activities will take place in existing research facilities. The mobile liquid hydrogen bunkering system will then be temporarily demonstrated at one or more existing ports in California, without the need for additional construction Authority cited: Sections 21083 and 21110, Public Resources Code. Reference: Sections 21108, 21152, and 21152.1, Public Resources Code. Zero Emission Industries, Inc. CEQA Notice of Exemption Page 2 of 2 PIR-23-007 at the ports. The deployment of this fueling system is not expected to increase activity at the demonstration site beyond normal. Hydrogen safety rules will be followed, according to a hydrogen safety plan. The project will not impact an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern where designated, precisely mapped, and officially adopted pursuant to law by federal, state, or local agencies; does not involve any cumulative impacts of successive projects of the same type in the same place that might be considered significant; does not involve unusual circumstances that might have a significant effect on the environment; will not result in damage to scenic resources within a highway officially designated as a state scenic highway; the project site is not included on any list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5; and the project will not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource. Therefore, none of the exceptions to categorical exemptions listed in CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2 apply to this project, and this project will not have a significant effect on the environment.


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