× Changing the Industry The True Zero stations are located at existing gas stations across Northern and Southern California. The stations represent a critical step in supporting greater adoption of zero emission, hydrogen fuel cell technology for transportation purposes. Vehicles that use hydrogen fuel cells create a chemical reaction with the hydrogen to generate electricity and power an electric motor. Black & Veatch completed the first True Zero hydrogen fueling stations with FirstElement in Coalinga and Long Beach, California, in December 2015. As the halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the rural Coalinga location is emerging as a vehicle charging and alternative fuel hot spot. This first-of-a-kind program is changing the industry, focusing on the rapid design and development of stations in support of automakers’ objectives for a geographically expansive station footprint. This project combined FirstElement’s hydrogen domain expertise with Black & Veatch’s distributed infrastructure acumen to create a development process that was readily adaptable to a variety of site-specific locations. Construction for FirstElement was managed by Overland Contracting Inc. (OCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Black & Veatch. The fuel is made of the most abundant element in the universe — the first element — hydrogen. When it is consumed in a fuel cell vehicle, the only byproduct is water vapor. Visit our Mobility page to learn more about smart transportation solutions. 0 Related Insights The Data to Water Connection The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Water Meets "New Energy": Surging Renewables Has Utilities Eyeing Alternative Power Sources From Internet of Things to Internet of Water: How Integrated Data Can Help Stop "Day Zero" Water Utilities Urged to Exploit Data, Use Less Guesswork Amid Climate Change Worries, the Question: What to do With Too Much Water? Related Project Stories DIY Approach Makes Water Treatment Safer for Hong Kong Citizens The Hong Kong Water Supplies Department is bringing more clean drinking water to its citizens in much safer ways. Ultimately, the department set out to double the Tai Po Water Treatment Works’ production. Achieving that goal was an amazing feat in itself, but the department saw beyond the infrastructure to boldly address the equally complex challenge of safe and sustainable treatment. Lifting the Burdens of Capital Improvement Programs For more than 20 years, Black & Veatch worked with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission to upgrade its wastewater treatment system on a project-by-project basis. There were many short-term wins, but resilience dated master plan made the long-term a bit less clear. The real win, and biggest cost savings, required a different approach. Black & Veatch, Coalition Donate Electric Resiliency to Hurricane-Affected Puerto Rico School, Saving it in the Process A coalition led by Black & Veatch donated tens of thousands of dollars in technology along with the manpower to provide a new, solar-driven power source for the SU Manuel Ortiz in Yabucoa, ground zero of Hurricane Maria. Redevelopment and Restoration of Abandoned Industrial Site Brings Back Native Wildlife Black & Veatch partnered with the State of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to go beyond their initial cleanup assignment to develop a solution that focuses on long-term sustainability and natural resource management for all living creatures in the Yorklyn Valley region. New Ulu Pandan Demonstration Plant Sets the Global Standard for Water Innovation The Ulu Pandan Wastewater Treatement Demonstration Center has a treatment capacity of 12,500m3/day, and serves to test advanced water treatment technologies before deploying them on a larger scale at Tuas Water Reclamation Plant in the future.