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First operational use of hydrogen power to deliver office supplies in the UK

Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham joins Simone Hindmarch-Bye, Commercial Group Co-founder and Sales Director for the launch of the Hydrogen Trials. — with Martin Horwood.

Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham joins Simone Hindmarch-Bye, Commercial Group Co-founder and Sales Director for the launch of the Hydrogen Trials. — with Martin Horwood.

The Commercial Group Trials

This week we will be trialling two hydrogen powered vans to do deliveries in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

This is the first operational use of hydrogen power to deliver office supplies in the UK and the first operational use of hydrogen vans in the Southwest.

Hydrogen power combines the many of the features of traditional fossil fuel powered vehicles, including using similar refuelling infrastructure, although without the smell or dirt of diesel and petrol, with the environmental benefits of electric vehicles.

We are trialling to find out whether these environmental and operational benefits are real.

This is the first of a number of new technology vehicle trials we be doing in the near future which will keep us at the forefront of environmental technology. Once we have seen all the alternatives, we will be making a decision as to where we will go with our vehicle fuel.

January 13, 2012 - 8:30 PM No Comments

Ballard Ships Clean Energy Fuel Cell Modules For Use In Brazil UNDP-EMTU Bus Program

  • Adds to momentum in global adoption of fuel cell buses

VANCOUVER–Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) confirmed that, as per its press release of November 2, 2011, the Company successfully shipped 3 of its 150-kilowatt FCvelocityTM-HD6 fuel cell power modules to TuttoTrasporti (TUTTO) of Brazil in December 2011.

TUTTO, the largest Brazilian integrator of hybrid transit buses, will be deploying the modules in buses as part of a UNDP-EMTU (United Nations Development Programme – Empresa Metropolitana de Transportes Urbanos) bus program. Under the program, United Nations funding is being provided to EMTU, which services the transportation needs of Sao Paulo, a city with a population of 11-million people. The new fuel cell-powered buses are expected to go into service in 2012.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, 3-million tons of greenhouse gases are emitted annually, 85% coming from vehicles. As a result, clean energy transportation is a high priority under the country’s National Plan on Climate Change.

Under Brazil’s National Plan on Climate Change – a set of inter-ministerial programs designed to cut emissions in the transportation, forestry, industrial and energy sectors – the government has committed to significant use of zero-emission transit technology. Initiatives will be implemented during the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games being held in that country, and beyond.

Larry Stapleton, Ballard’s Vice President of Sales said, “The UNDP-EMTU program is another important step toward a tipping point in the global volume of fuel cell bus orders. In combination with other recent announcements regarding growing fuel cell bus activities in North America, Europe as well as Brazil, 2012 will be a key year as we move toward fuel cell bus commercialization.”

About Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products are based on proprietary esencia™ technology, ensuring

January 13, 2012 - 6:43 AM No Comments

AlumiFuel Power, Inc. and Ingenium Technologies Provide Update on Portable Power Market Initiatives

Advanced Hybrid Technologies Aimed at Billion Dollar Portable Power Markets

PHILADELPHIA, PA–Early production stage hydrogen generation company AlumiFuel Power, Inc. (”API”), the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based wholly owned operating subsidiary of AlumiFuel Power Corporation (OTCBB: AFPW) (the “Company”), announced today that API and its portable power partner, Ingenium Technologies of Rockford, Illinois, have identified an increasing number of applications and program opportunities for their combined technologies, aimed at portable and back-up power.

The overall global market for portable power (generator and battery replacement) is $8 billion annually, including $4.75 billion for portable systems and $3.13 billion for mobile systems. The bulk of this market is in the U.S. and Europe, encompassing military applications powering battlefield electronics and munitions, first responder/emergency preparedness applications powering radios and other electronic and medical devices for Homeland Security& Disaster Relief, and commercial applications such as shoulder-mounted video cameras. Larger back-up power applications represent another multi-billion dollar market.

During 2011, Ingenium Technologies has been evaluating specific technical areas for application of the AlumiFuel hydrogen generation technology. Emphasis has been on applications for the DOD and DOE where the benefits of a hybrid approach — which includes use of both hydrogen and thermal energy generation — could be applied as inputs to energy conversion devices. Promising targets include: (1) DOD and DOE power applications, up to 10 kW, where a hybrid approach would provide lower levels of power from the thermal energy generated, and the excess hydrogen generated could be stored for peak demands. A good example is a DOD forward operating base power generation application where the excess thermal energy provides for the heating of water for onsite use, all packaged in a container that could be transported world-wide. Benefits from this type of power system include low noise levels during operation, a green fuel source, recycling of the water used, quick start-up with minimal installation requirements and rapid redeployment; and (2) DOE applications which are focused on fuel cell conversion technology with hydrogen as the energy source for automotive, forklift trucks, and remote power applications. Hydrogen storage technologies have been under development for over 15 years by the DOE for these applications, but AlumiFuel technology has advantages when onsite hydrogen generation is required. In addition, there is interest in generation of hydrogen which is initiated remotely to power an off-grid application.

API and Ingenium have already built a hydrogen generator capable of powering a 200W fuel cell. The system uses a modified PBIS-1000 canister with a different powder chemistry allowing for a very long continuous reaction with yields above 90%. The generator has demonstrated eight hours of continuous operation, a very rapid start up time, and is able to generate hydrogen flow rates suitable for fuel cells ranging from fractional kW to over 10kW.

API’s Director of Engineering, Mr. Sean McIntosh, said, “We are confident that the API-Ingenium team is on the right track to educate and capture new customers on the benefits of our advanced innovative technologies for portable power.”

About Ingenium Technologies, Inc.
Ingenium Technologies (www.ingeniumtech.com) provides world-class, cost-effective product development services and operations consulting services to a diverse client base. Ingenium’s engineering staff of over 100 full-time seasoned professionals comes from a vast array of technical disciplines, with broad experience. Ingenium provides turnkey solutions for complex systems, from concept development to design, analysis, prototyping, and certification for both military and commercial customers. Ingenium’s clients range in size from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

About AlumiFuel Power, Inc.
API (www.alumifuelpowerinc.com), the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based wholly owned operating subsidiary of AlumiFuel Power Corporation, is an early production stage alternative energy company that generates hydrogen gas and heat through the chemical reaction of aluminum, water, and proprietary additives. This technology is ideally suited for multiple applications requiring on-site, on-demand fuel sources, serving National Security and commercial customers. API’s hydrogen feeds fuel cells for portable and back-up power; fills inflatable devices such as weather balloons; can replace costly, hard-to-handle and high pressure K-Cylinders. Its hydrogen/heat output is also being designed and developed to drive fuel cell-based and turbine-based undersea propulsion systems and auxiliary power systems. API has significant differentiators in performance, adaptability, safety and cost-effectiveness in its target market applications, with no external power required and no toxic chemicals or by-products.

About AlumiFuel Power Corporation
AlumiFuel Power Corporation operates through its wholly owned operating subsidiary, AlumiFuel Power, Inc., a Philadelphia-based early production stage alternative energy company that generates hydrogen gas and heat for multiple applications requiring on-site, on-demand fuel sources.

January 13, 2012 - 6:00 AM No Comments