This investment is expected to make California achieve the objectives of its climate change policy, reduce its oil dependency and improve environmental conditions of the state.

Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman said the awards support innovative projects that provide a crucial boost to emerging fuels and vehicle technologies.

"They support a range of efforts, from cutting-edge scientific research to the development of alternative fueling stations," said Peterman.

"They also benefit all Californians by creating jobs and improving air quality while helping to develop a diverse range of transportation options the state can rely on in the future."

The funding has been awarded from the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Under the program 15 institutions from cities to companies to universities will receives grants raging from $200,000 to $6m to be channelized into various research, construction and expansion initiatives.