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NREL Opens Hydrogen Fueling Station

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently celebrated the opening of a hydrogen fueling station at its National Wind Technology Center.   The new station enhances NREL’s capabilities for testing and validating fuel cell vehicles in Colorado’s unique environment.

“The hydrogen fueling station at the wind site will allow us to perform high-altitude and cold-weather testing of fuel cell vehicles,” NREL’s Keith Wipke said.  “We are now in negotiations with several automakers to bring their prototype fuel cell vehicles to NREL.”

A fuel cell vehicle on loan from Daimler was the first car to fill up at the station this fall.  The vehicle was at the lab as part of NREL’s extensive technology validation effort, which includes six years of working with automotive companies and their fuel providers to evaluate the on-road performance of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the necessary fueling infrastructure.

The hydrogen dispensed at the station is produced via renewable electrolysis thanks to the wind-to-hydrogen (Wind2H2) demonstration project.  A partnership between NREL and Xcel Energy, the Wind2H2 project integrates wind turbines and photovoltaic arrays to hydrogen-producing electrolyzer stacks.

“NREL’s approach of close-coupling the wind and photovoltaic electricity sources produces some of the greenest hydrogen on the planet,” NREL’s Kevin Harrison said.

While the station isn’t currently open to the public, an agreement now in development may provide access to non-NREL users.

Visit the Hydrogen Fueling Station Locations section of the Alternative & Advanced Fuels Data Center to find hydrogen fueling stations across the United States.

December 7, 2009 - 12:49 PM No Comments

PSA Peugeot Citroën pushes back the limits of electric vehicles with its latest rechargeable fuel cell hybrid demonstrator


PSA Peugeot Citroën will present a demonstrator equipped with rechargeable fuel cell technology for hybrids at the “Toute la lumière sur l’hydrogène énergie” show in Lyon, France, from December 7 to 11. The event is designed to showcase hydrogen as a fuel source.

This fully electric vehicle, based on a Peugeot 307 coupe cabriolet, features the latest advances in fuel cell, battery and hydrogen storage technology.

Thanks to its hydrogen fuel cell range extender, the EV demonstrator has a driving range of 500 kilometres, close to that offered by a current-model vehicle with an internal combustion engine.

The FiSyPAC fuel cell reliability project initiated in 2006 primarily focused on designing high performance, high efficiency components. Significant advances were made through collaboration with French research laboratories, such as the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) for the fuel cell stack, and manufacturer partners, such as JCS for the lithium-ion batteries.

As a result, the Peugeot 307 CC FiSyPAC demonstrator ranks among the world’s top performers, needing less than one kilogramme of hydrogen per 100 kilometres. PSA Peugeot Citroën has also successfully quadrupled the fuel cell’s lifespan and increased its efficiency by nearly 20% since 2006.

Although considerable, these advances still run up against a number of roadblocks, including the cost of the fuel cell system and the lithium ion batteries, the fuel cell’s lifespan and the deployment of the necessary infrastructure to market hydrogen to the general public.

Given this situation, process engineering and mass marketing would seem foreseeable as from 2020-2025.

This fundamental research work on fuel cells for hybrids is helping PSA Peugeot Citroën advance in hydrogen technology and increase its understanding of alternative powertrains, including hybrid, rechargeable hybrid and electric configurations.

This knowledge will be applied to various projects currently being developed at PSA Peugeot Citroën, chief among them the Peugeot Ion and Citroën C-Zero EVs to be introduced in late 2010, the Peugeot 3008 and Citroën DS5 diesel hybrids scheduled for roll-out in 2011 and the rechargeable diesel hybrid slated for 2012.

December 7, 2009 - 7:26 AM No Comments

Japan: Hydrogen Bicycles to Reduce Carbon Emissions

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, airport staff is testing hydrogen powered bicycles to replace cars to get around the airport facility.

[Yuko Tsubone, Airport Employee]:
“Because (the airport) is really large, it makes it easier to get around. I also think it’s really nice since you can pedal without having to put in a lot of effort, and so you don’t get tired.”

The bicycle uses a hydrogen fuel cell to charge the onboard battery, similar to that used in an electric assisted bicycle. The system allows users to quickly fill up on hydrogen instead of waiting for a battery to charge.

The fuel cell generates electricity through an electrochemical reaction. Hydrogen is broken down and then combined with oxygen converting chemical energy into electrical energy.

[Yusuke Nagai, Hydrogen Energy Dept., Iwatani Corp.]:
“The bicycle has a hydrogen cartridge and fuel cell inside. The hydrogen is sent to the fuel cell, and the electricity that is produced is then used to provide the power to assist pedaling.”

The main benefit of using hydrogen as the energy source for the bicycles is that it is 100 percent environmentally friendly. The only waste product is water which emits only steam rather than carbon dioxide.


December 7, 2009 - 6:38 AM No Comments

Fuel Cell Today to launch Fuel Cells: Sustainability at the 2010 World Future Energy Summit

Fuel Cell Today (FCT), the leading market intelligence provider to the fuel cell industry, is to launch its 2010 Industry Review publication, entitled Fuel Cells: Sustainability, at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi. FCT’s Analysts will launch and present key findings from the Review on 19th January 2010 at WFES’s expert showcase seminar.

As well as benchmarking the state of the fuel cell industry at the start of 2010, Fuel Cells: Sustainability analyses two key aspects of environmental and economic sustainability; emissions reduction and job creation potential. The Review launch at WFES represents a timely opportunity for businesses and policymakers alike to find out more about fuel cells’ contribution to pollutant reduction and economic stimulus.

Fuel Cells: Sustainability presents how fuel cells may contribute to CO2 and regulated pollutant emissions reduction across a number of sectors including energy supply, industry, and transportation, providing ten year CO2 footprint forecasts for fuel cells in various applications worldwide.

The Review also explores economic sustainability and the role of fuel cells as a major contributor to economic wellbeing. In a continuingly uncertain economic climate, fuel cells may offer a stimulus to the economies of various countries, and the potential for significant job creation. The FCT Analysts present 10-year forecasts of job creation potential worldwide across the fuel cell supply chain, principally in fuel cell manufacturing, but also in installation and maintenance.

In addition, the Review presents the state of the industry at the start of 2010, quantifying unit shipments and industry developments in 2009 and providing 5-year shipment projections. Despite recession and economic slowdown, the progress of the fuel cell industry towards commercialisation has continued with manufacturing capacity and the supply chain both expanding. Widespread government and private funding continue to be available with significant positive impact on shipments.

FCT welcomes WFES attendees to its 2010 Review launch, which will be held at 11.20am on Tuesday 19th January, as part of the ‘Expert Showcase’ series of seminars. For more information, please contact review@fuelcelltoday.com To pre-order your copy of the Review, please see:


Note a 10% early bird discount on the GBP500 cover price applies for orders received before 31/12/2009

December 7, 2009 - 6:00 AM No Comments