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Where Does CA’s Hydrogen Economy Stand And What Challenges Remain In Its Path?




A photo taken on December 3, 2015 shows an ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle by Korean car manufacturer Hyundai at a short time Air Liquide hydrogen temporary station during an demonstration by Hyundai France on the Place de l'Alma in  Paris.
A photo taken on December 3, 2015 shows an ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle by Korean car manufacturer Hyundai at a short time Air Liquide hydrogen temporary station during an demonstration by Hyundai France on the Place de l'Alma in Paris.
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Talks of hydrogen one day becoming a prominent power source in the country have long swirled in the air but with little impact. A recent piece in the New York Times explains how California is hoping to push efforts forward in the state. 

The lack of infrastructure throughout the state has created challenges in attracting investment, but some executives say they expect to see an increase in investment under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. The state of California is on track to have invested around $230 million on hydrogen projects by 2023. Experts who study the use of hydrogen don’t necessarily believe hydrogen will become the dominant energy source anytime soon, but say it likely has a significant role to play in decarbonization.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss where things stand with California’s hydrogen economy and the challenges that remain. Do you have questions? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Ivan Penn, Los Angeles-based energy correspondent for the New York Times;  he tweets @ivanlpenn

Daniel Sperling, professor of engineering and environmental science and policy and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, he’s also a Board member of California Air Resources Board; he tweets @DanSperling_ITS