WHAT WE DO
To support its mission, the Collaborative will engage in several activities related to facilitating the commercialization of stationary fuel cells in California. These activities will include:
- Developing recommendations for policies/programs that support technologies and solutions that meet the Collaborative’s goals of cost-effective, clean, reliable, and diverse sources of energy.
- In developing recommendations, it must be recognized that there will be a transition or bridge from natural gas to renewable fuels over the longer term, thereby setting the vector for fuel diversity;
- Working with industry, government, environmental organizations, and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for siting fuel cells that yield mutually beneficial results;
- Encouraging the improved performance and reduction of costs of fuel cell products including the support of hybrid technologies (e.g., wind, solar, and/or fuel cells) as a cost effective system to achieve a diverse energy supply;
- Identifying financing and incentive opportunities for stationary fuel cell installations recognizing labor opportunities and training as a part of financing opportunities;
Implementing an inter-organizational policy to utilize fuel cells in government facilities, (e.g., sustainable buildings);
- Working with public entities to encourage the establishment of competitive bulk procurement agreements;
- Working closely with regulatory agencies to identify and address regulatory barriers (e.g., work towards a harmonized fire code regulation);
Encouraging outreach and education to help make fuel cells an integral part of distributed generation;
- Developing and issuing state procurement instruments that encourage the placement of clean distributed generation in state buildings;
- Supporting (including funding) demonstration projects for evaluation of technical and environmental benefits;
- Collecting, evaluating and distributing data on the commercialization of fuel cells for power generation and fuel storage in California; and
- Investigating new technology initiatives that would integrate mobile and stationary fuel cells efforts.