History

HyGen Industries, Inc. is a California Company dedicated to accelerating society’s transition to a renewable hydrogen economy through practical and commercially viable projects. Founded in Los Angeles in 1998, the HyGen team has over thirty years’ experience in hydrogen generation and fueling technologies and leads efforts to achieve clean air standards in the South Coast Air Basin. Currently, HyGen’s Board of Directors and associates consist of entities and individuals from government, law, media, marketing, business, finance, real estate, science and the environment, bringing a broad range of skills to the company.

HyGen’s team has been one of the major forces developing the hydrogen economy and commands the expertise and experience to develop and manage public-private partnerships. Notable achievements include:

The Clean Air Now Solar Hydrogen Vehicle Project At Xerox Corporation, El Segundo, California

Hygen, El Segundo, Hydrogen Bus Refueling

The funding and deployment of the world’s first commercially permitted solar hydrogen generating/fueling facility and hydrogen-powered vehicle fleet at Xerox in El Segundo, California for Clean Air Now (CAN). At the time, this project was the largest hydrogen fueling facility in the world, renewable or otherwise, and established the precedence for standards and codes for future projects which are now operating or in development. The project comprised a 40 KW Solar Hydrogen Generating Facility, Hydrogen Fueling Station and 3 hydrogen powered ICE converted vehicles. Project developed on behalf of CAN by Paul Staples (1994-1999).

The City of Santa Monica, 2500 Michigan Avenue

Santa Monica Michigan Ave Hydrogen Fueling Station

A .5kg Proton Electrolyzer System and 5 hydrogen converted Prius hybrids powered by certified Green E Power from the grid. This hydrogen fueling station is one of 5 developed for the South Coast Air Basin (Santa Monica, Burbank, Riverside, Ontario and Santa Anna). Three of these facilities (Burbank, Riverside and Santa Monica) are renewable.  (2004-present)

SunLine Transit Agency

The Sunline project developed out of the CAN Project at Xerox, which involved transferring the photovoltaics, hydrogen storage system, one of the converted vehicles, an improved electrolyzer system and the facility design.

  • Established the world’s first permitting protocol for standards and codes for the hydrogen economy.
  • The establishment of an Equivalent Zero Emission Vehicle standard by CARB (California Air Resources Board) that allows for the fuel cycle to be taken into consideration when calculating tailpipe emissions for ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) credits.