Port of Stockton Webinar
BayoTech held an informational webinar regarding the hydrogen hub at the Port of Stockton.
Hydrogen Hub at the Port of Stockton, California
BayoTech’s Port of Stockton hydrogen hub will provide the port with reliable, clean hydrogen to meet the increased demand for hydrogen in the Stockton area. On October 3, 2023, BayoTech hosted a webinar to share information about the project.
BayoTech Webinar Q&A (10/3/2023)
During the webinar, the BayoTech team received several questions related to the project. Each of those questions was answered and can be reviewed in the above video. For your convenience, we have also summarized the questions and answers below, in addition to providing more information for certain answers that required additional context. We encourage anyone with more questions related to the project to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What is the route that trucks take when they enter and leave the Hydrogen Hub?
A: During the webinar the answer to this question was misstated. Below is an amendment to that answer and a description of the current agreement in place with the Port of Stockton.
Truck traffic will be limited to Navy Drive, which is a route designed and designated to accommodate commercial trucks carrying heavy loads.
Q: Will there be retail fueling at the site or will fueling take place elsewhere?
A: Hydrogen produced on the site will be transported off the site for retail use at participating locations. There will be no public fueling at the port facility.
Q: How many jobs will be created during construction? How many permanent jobs will be created once the site is operational?
A: The project has signed a labor agreement with LiUNA and will create over 20 local jobs during construction. The project will also hire up to 10-12 local permanent positions once the site is operational.
Q: Will scholarships or opportunities for vocational training be offered?
A: At our first hydrogen hub in Missouri, we have partnered with the local Ranken Technical College to develop programs that provide innovative training to equip the future workforce with the skills needed to support the hydrogen industry. We hope to replicate this in the community surrounding the Port of Stockton.
Q: Can you tell us about the safety of the hub site and some of the features of the trailers that are on the site?
A: The trailers on site are designed and certified to USDOT standards, which involves structural analysis certification. The trailers also have a built-in feature to vent hydrogen in the instance of an accident, which helps to reduce risk.
The site is also monitored 24/7.
Q: How will this benefit the local tax base?
A: This project will generate new sales, property, and employment tax revenue. Once operational, the project will generate an estimated $350,000 annually for the local community.
Q: Have any other BayoTech facilities had leaks or fire to date?
Q: What kind of feedstock is being used to produce the hydrogen?
A: The Port of Stockton hub will be producing hydrogen through steam methane reforming from a blend of natural gas and renewable natural gas.
Q: How much hydrogen will be produced at the site? Who will purchase the hydrogen?
A: The site will produce up to 2,000 kilograms of hydrogen daily, which can fuel up to 50 zero-emission fuel cell trucks each day. BayoTech will distribute zero-carbon hydrogen to customers throughout the region via compact transport trailers.
Q: How far will the hydrogen be transported?
A: Most of the hydrogen produced will be used within 25-100 miles of the port. Demand around and near the site is high. Hydrogen produced at the site can go as far as 200-300 miles. BayoTech will distribute zero-carbon hydrogen to customers throughout the region via compact transport trailers.
Q: Where is BayoTech in relation to building the project?
A: The project is currently undergoing review as outlined and required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Port of Stockton serves as the lead agency for that review. Once approved, the project will begin preparation for construction, which is expected to be completed in 2024.
Q: Does BayoTech have a DE&I program?
A: Yes. We proactively create a safe space for people to be themselves, share their ideas and belong. We embrace all forms of diversity from ethnicity to gender to experience. We know that leveraging our differences will make us even stronger.
Q: Can you discuss the hydrogen goals of California?
A: Our project supports the statewide policy goal of developing 200 hydrogen stations to allow the state to satisfy the fueling needs of more than 100,000 light-duty fuel cell electric vehicles.
Q: How many hydrogen-fueled vehicles are operating in the immediate area?
A: There are over 100 forklifts in the area utilizing hydrogen fuel. Additionally, trucks and buses are rapidly deploying in the area and region.
Q: How competitive is the cost of hydrogen versus diesel?
A: Contracted prices can be close to equal the cost of diesel.
Q: Is this project subsidized by the state or federal government?
Q: Will BayoTech be an active member in the local community?
A: BayoTech is committed to being a good neighbor in each community it enters. BayoTech will actively seek out opportunities to contribute to enhancing the local workforce, collaborate with local community stakeholders, and engage with the local community to provide support for local causes.