High Capacity and Improved Reliability Liquid Hydrogen Pump System


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
High Capacity and Improved Reliability Liquid Hydrogen Pump System
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
FirstElement Fuel, Inc. was awarded a $3,376,800 grant to develop a high-capacity, improved reliability liquid hydrogen pump system capable of 10kg/min fills and for multiple applications, including light, medium and heavy-duty on-road vehicles.

Contact Information

Daniel Siu
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Energy Analyst
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Livermore, Oakland
Northern California
Cross Streets
7810 National Dr., Livermore, CA 94550; EBMUD Port of Oakland (Wake and Engineer Rd.), Oakland,

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CCR section number: tit. 14, sections 15301, 15303
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15301 provides that projects which consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, and which involve negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency’s determination, are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposed project will add equipment to two commercial properties in Livermore and Oakland. The equipment will undergo functional and safety testing at the Livermore site before being moved to Oakland. There will be a 12-month demonstration period at Oakland to collect operational data on the equipment. The Livermore location is heavily industrial and is an approximately 4.5 acre site. The Oakland location is zoned as an “Exempt Public Agency” since it is on East Bay Municipal Utilities District property, and is approximately 4 acres. Construction will be limited to foundation work and piping at both the Livermore and Oakland sites. There will be minor modifications to the existing facilities that do not result in an increase of more than 2,500 square feet. With the equipment installation relatively small, the project falls within section 15301 and will not have a significant effect on the environment. Section 15303 provides that projects which consist of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure, are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. This project will install small new equipment on existing land; the estimated footprint of the test equipment is 14' W x 6' L x 10'H. Thus, only minor modifications are made, only small structures will be installed, and no new grading or paving is necessary. For these reasons, this project will have no significant impact on the environment and is categorially exempt under 14 CCR Section 15303. The proposed project consists of installation of small new test equipment at an existing hydrogen facility with an estimated total footprint of less than 2,500 square feet, at the site. Therefore, the proposed project falls within section 15303 and will not have a significant effect on the environment.


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