2012 Events

2012 Events:

A California Road Map for the Commercial Rollout of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles:

Hydrogen Infrastructure Opportunities

DATE: Wed, Oct. 17, 2012

Nico Bouwkamp, California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) Bill Elrick, California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP)

This talk will present an overview of the Road Map: highlighting when and where the hydrogen infrastructure is planned to be rolled out, and will start a discussion about the opportunities in the South San Francisco Bay Area. The discussion will assume that in addition to higher capacity anchor stations recognized in the Road Map, the infrastructure is expected to be expanded using smaller connector and destination stations.

Nico Bouwkamp joined the CaFCP in 2004. In his current role as the Technology Analyst of the CaFCP, he leads and facilitates member project teams intending to solve technical and informational challenges with hydrogen fuel cell bus fueling, as well as defining the roadmap for hydrogen fueling infrastructure rollout and implementation of hydrogen stations. As the staff lead of the Road Map project, he organizes and facilitates meetings, strategizes document development and coordinates with all other CaFCP project teams. Bill Elrick has nearly two decades of experience in the advanced transportation and alternative fuels industry. He joined CaFCP as Technical Program Director in 2007. Bill and his team are working to build industry consensus to enable the commercial launch of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2015, facilitating stakeholders in developing necessary codes and standards, establishing supporting infrastructure, and preparing communities for these new vehicles and fueling stations.

Cadence Corporation Bldg. 10 Auditorium 2655 Seely Ave. San Jose, CA 95134

11:30am-12 Noon: light lunch & networking; 12 Noon to 12:45pm: Presentation, 12:45-1pm: Q&A. Fees: IEEE members: no cost. All others: $5 donation to cover costs.
Send your RSVP to j[dot]petrie[at]ieee[dot]org


Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Automated Transit Networks


Eugene Nishinaga


Automated Transit Networks, which are systems of driverless vehicles running on fixed trackways with all stations located off of the mainline are poised to become a major component of the the transit terrain. With offline stations, traffic throughput is no longer inhibited by station platform operations so high traffic densities can be achieved with the apppopriate control technology. Being able to thus operate with smaller cars, future transit service lines will be buildable for a fraction of the cost of today’s heavy rail systems. Furthermore, with the ability to be powered by electricity delivered via the track infrastructure, a totally fuel-free form of transportation will be the result. This talk will discusss the potential and the challenges of such systems.


Eugene Nishinaga, CEO/CTO (Transit Control Solutions, Inc.): Over 35 years experience in the design of control technology for driverless fixed guideway systems. With Boeing, designed control circuits for the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit in West Virginia and also software/hardware systems for the Advanced Group Rapid Transit R&D program for the Urban Mass Transit Administration. 25 years with SF BART, 17 of which, as the manager for BART’s R&D Division. Most recently, until 12/31/11, was the Chief Technical Officer for CyberTran International, Inc.

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