Transportation and Power: PROGRAMS

TRANSPORTATION and POWER: Programs

The California Fuel Cell Partnership

Alternative Transportation, California Fuel Cell Partnership

Since 2000, we have provided staffing and management for CaFCP, a public-private collaborative recognized worldwide as the epicenter for market introduction of FCEVs and retail hydrogen station. Our staff’s dedication, expertise, and creativity helped bring the technology from “someday” to now available.

The Frontier Energy team catalyzes stakeholders, vehicle and station operators, regulatory agencies, and the codes and standards community. We guide the creation of technology roadmaps and action plans; lead marketing and outreach; develop training materials;  and develop the Station Operational Status System.

Our team’s expertise in market introduction of zero emission vehicles extends to other clients’ projects in fuel cell and plug-in electric vehicles.

Autonomous Vehicles

In conjunction with the Alliance for Transportation Innovation, we’re working with cities and industry to accelerate the introduction of self-driving vehicles and connected infrastructure. By conducting market research, facilitating community workshops, and identifying barriers to adoption, we help communities understand and address the societal and economic implications of AVs.

Advanced Power Plants

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For more than 30 years, Frontier Energy has worked with power industry researchers to improve the safety, efficiency, operating flexibility, and environmental performance of fossil fuel and renewable power plants. Most notably, we’ve supported major initiatives of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in technology development roadmapping, advanced power plant cost and performance characterization, emissions control (for criteria pollutants, trace substances, and CO2), and technology demonstration. We continue to provide “state of technology” synopses for power generation and energy storage technologies and to organize tours of innovative power plants to help EPRI members stay abreast of technology advances.

Carbon Capture & Storage

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CCS encompasses a suite of technologies to capture CO2 that would otherwise be emitted at industrial sources and store it securely away from the atmosphere in geologic formations or long-lived building materials or other products. Frontier Energy has investigated all facets of the CCS chain, including pre-combustion, post-combustion, and oxy-combustion capture; CO2 conditioning and compression; pipeline transportation; geologic storage; and beneficial use technologies. For a decade, we helped manage the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB), a public-private collaborative project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, and industry partners. WESTCARB conducted numerous CO2 storage resource studies and technology validation field projects. We’re currently leveraging that experience to help develop a business plan for commercial geologic CO2 storage in California’s central valley.

Energy Storage

Hydrogen Energy Storage Use Case

Advances in bulk energy storage are essential to attaining society’s goals for grid security and high penetration of renewable resources. Competitive solutions vary considerably depending on the quantity and duration of storage needed and, in some cases, the constraints of applicable regulatory programs. Frontier Energy has characterized numerous non-battery storage approaches, chiefly at transmission scale, and has also investigated grid-connected electrolyzers to produce hydrogen (“power to gas”) as a means of providing ancillary grid services and satisfying California renewable hydrogen requirements for fuel cell vehicles.

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