Trillium partners with Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District to provide clean energy

New hydrogen station provides zero-emission commute for city buses

HOUSTON, Nov. 2, 2021 - Trillium, a leading provider of alternative and renewable fueling solutions, recently announced a new partnership with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) in Illinois. MTD turned to Houston-based Trillium to design, build, operate and maintain a fueling station for hydrogen fuel cell buses. The green hydrogen is produced on-site via electrolysis.

"Trillium is proud to assist MTD in achieving its zero-emission goals by designing, building, operating and maintaining its hydrogen fueling station," said Kim Okafor, general manager of zero-emission solutions for Trillium. "This station is revolutionary and will continue to be a benchmark for other transit agencies as they develop their clean energy plans."

MTD's new zero-emission buses are the first of its kind to run on hydrogen, powered entirely by 5,500 solar panels. The clean hydrogen produced is able to power over 20, 60-foot hydrogen fuel cell buses for MTD, serving the cities of Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District hydrogen fuel cell bus

The hydrogen fuel cell electric buses save over 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel per bus each year, with one bus reducing greenhouse gases up to 135 tons annually. Hydrogen fueling takes no more time than conventional diesel fueling, which enables flexible route and service designs. MTD's fleet of 114 buses is expected to be 100% low or no emission by 2022.

Trillium operates over 200 alternative fueling stations across the country, offering design and build expertise, 24/7 operations and maintenance, grant writing and commercial assistance. For more information, email

About Trillium

Trillium, a member of the Love's Family of Companies, is a leading provider of renewable fuels and alternative fueling solutions, specializing in fuel supply, design, installation and operation for innovative energy solutions. Trillium's alternative fuels offerings include compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure as well as low carbon energy supply from renewable natural gas, solar installation and on-site electricity generation. For more than 20 years, Trillium has exceeded customer expectations by delivering superior quality, reliability and dependability at more than 200 alternative fueling stations nationwide. Trillium specializes in designing, building and operating these facilities and provides 24/7 maintenance services for various types of professional fleets. Combined, Love's Travel Stops and Trillium own nearly 70 public-access CNG facilities. To learn more, visit