Take 5: An interview with… Cody Bateman, CEO of GenH2 - H2View

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Cody, what are you working on at GenH2 right now?

We are producing hydrogen solutions that have over two decades of research and over $200m of investment funds from the public and private sectors. GenH2 has formalized and is commercializing the work of former NASA scientists to fill the infrastructure voids that have arisen from the growing demand in hydrogen. Our ability to provide the only standalone filling station that can produce, liquefy, store, and dispense hydrogen onsite in a small footprint will accelerate the infrastructure buildout needed to speed the hydrogen economy.


For hydrogen to be more available to the masses, several things need to happen. First, federal, state, and local governments need to provide financial and permit support to expedite deployment. Second, private industry needs to invest, innovate, develop, and explore the various ways hydrogen can replace fossil fuels in a carbon zero form and be financially attractive. When joint public-private partnerships are developed, great things can happen.


Our first prototype filling station is planned to open next year in Palm Springs, California. We are starting in California because their state and local governments are on the forefront of moving to the green economy. The state has established green energy tax credits and simplified permitting to make it easier to become operational in a shorter timeframe. California has 70 hydrogen filling stations which accounts for most of the US active stations.


We are using Interstate 10 as the first branch of our network as we develop the filling station infrastructure needed to expand the hydrogen trucking and car industry. The I-10 infrastructure network will be built out to the Eastern coast, with a fast follow-up for the Eastern seaboard buildout throughout the I-95 corridor.


When we last spoke in March you said GenH2 was in the process of finalizing all the funding required for mass production as well as building an industry leading research center? Can you update us on these plans?

GenH2 has expanded greatly in a short timeframe and we have plans for further expansion as the business grows. We have three locations in Titusville, Florida including our headquarters, workshop and offices in the Space Life Sciences building – all very near NASA.


Our Florida campus is home to our global headquarters as well as our new fabrication and assembly facilities. The campus currently includes a two-story office building which will house our corporate staff, our Global Command Center and our R&D laboratory.

There are two additional buildings currently on site that will serve as our fabrication and assembly facilities. These will be ready by Q4 of this year with more plans for expansion beyond the initial phase. We have plenty of space there to add additional buildings for future manufacturing and testing facilities. Additionally, we recently visited central Texas to preview sites for our 2nd manufacturing facility expected to break ground in the next few years to meet the anticipated increase in demand for hydrogen.

In addition to our geographic expansion, we have significantly added new people to the company.


And on the subject of mass production, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm unveiled a new effort to cut the cost of producing clean hydrogen by 80% to $1/kg in just one decade. How does this support GenH2’s plans?

The DOE’s call for a ‘Hydrogen Shot’; there is a definitive cost-benefit to hydrogen. According to the American Trucking Research Institute (ATRI), fuel costs account for roughly 35% of average marginal costs per mile. As diesel prices are expected to remain high, trucking companies that are best able to manage fuel consumption and contain costs will realise a competitive advantage. Building out the infrastructure of filling stations is critical for market growth and the foundation to overcome supply chain logistics issues. GenH2’s hydrogen solutions can be mass produced and installed at existing gas stations and truck stops in both urban and rural settings. While many hydrogen filling stations will continue to be simple gaseous distribution centers, truck stops, and high traffic stations will require a new approach. New total station solutions are capable of onsite hydrogen production, liquefaction, and storage with zero carbon emissions. The storage of hydrogen in liquid form is cost effective, safer and ensures the purity. The ability to dispense in both gaseous and liquid form will be a requirement in the very near future. GenH2 has the technology to produce stations for both forms.