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Midlands Technical College Formally Joins USC-Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative

College Brings Expertise in Workforce Training to Grow Midlands’ Fuel Cell Economy
Columbia, S.C. – (February 2, 2012) – Today, Midlands Technical College (MTC) announced
that it will join the USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative, a collaboration of SCRA,
EngenuitySC, the University of South Carolina and the City of Columbia, to position Columbia,
S.C., as a leader for fuel cell innovation and technology. Dr. Sonny White, MTC President, will
join the Collaborative’s executive committee, and Tom Ledbetter, executive director for MTC’s
Enterprise Campus, will join the Collaborative’s management team to advise operations.
MTC has actively participated with the Fuel Cell Collaborative’s efforts in building Columbia’s
fuel cell economy since its inception in 2006. In August 2008, MTC hosted the Hydrogen Road
Tour, a public event that featured ten hydrogen vehicles as part of a cross-country trek of clean,
efficient hydrogen vehicles. And in 2009, MTC worked with the Collaborative as a partner of the
National Hydrogen Association’s Hydrogen Conference and Expo held in Columbia, S.C., and
showcased some of its fuel cell programs.
Currently, MTC houses two fuel cell solutions firms within its state-of-the-art business
accelerator located at the MTC Enterprise Campus in northeast Columbia. LOGANEnergy, a
leading fuel cell solutions firm, opened its newest mobile power systems facility in June 2011,
LOGANEnergy Carolina. Trulite, Inc., relocated to Columbia, S.C. in 2009 and is currently the
only fuel cell company to offer both fuel cell and fuel source in one fully integrated system.
Trulite recently made national industry news when its Trulite Hydrocell was selected by the U.S.
Department of Energy to power the tree at its annual holiday party. MTC also uses Trulite
products to power its irrigation system on campus.
“Midlands Technical College is proud to officially become a partner of the USC-Columbia Fuel
Cell Collaborative after years of supporting its mission and furthering the fuel cell economy in
the Midlands,” said Dr. Sonny White, President of MTC. “We look forward to bringing the
industry and workforce training expertise we have gained from having two fuel cell firms at our
facilities to the Collaborative and further enhancing Columbia’s reputation as a global leader of
fuel cell solutions.”
In addition to the businesses growing at MTC’s Business Accelerator, the college also has two
full-scale labs devoted to the design and fabrication of fuel cell technology and has also
pioneered two new training programs, including: the Principles of Alternate Energy Certificate
program, addressing the fundamentals of fuel cells and other alternative energy sources; and
the Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate Degree. Successful graduates of both
programs will be qualified to enter the workforce as medium-level operators, laboratory
technicians or senior manufacturing technicians.
“The addition of MTC to the USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative strengthens our
group and furthers our reputation as the leading force behind Columbia’s fuel cell economy,”
said Bill Mahoney, CEO of SCRA, one of the Collaborative’s original charter members. “MTC’s
training expertise will help the Collaborative represent all facets of the fuel cell industry – from
research to development to deployment in the field.”
MTC joins the Collaborative as it prepares to launch the next iteration of its Greater Columbia
Fuel Cell Challenge, an award-winning business-plan competition designed to support the
commercialization of innovative fuel cell technologies. The 2010 winner, Weylchem Sustainable
Materials, is working on a pilot project producing ammonia borane, a multi-purpose compound
that can be used to efficiently power fuel cell devices among other commercial uses, at its
facility in Elgin, S.C. The Collaborative will release final contest details for the 2012 Challenge
by the end of March.
About Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving
the primary region of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The college
enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually, and provides continuing education to
30,000 individuals and hundreds of area businesses each year. MTC is the largest provider of
transfer students to the University of South Carolina. www.midlandstech.edu
About the USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative
The USC–City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative was formed by the University of South
Carolina, the City of Columbia, EngenuitySC and SCRA, to position Columbia, S.C., as a leader
in hydrogen fuel cell innovation and technology. Its mission is to attract private sector partners,
top fuel cell scientists, entrepreneurs, and innovators to the Columbia region to help grow an
innovation pipeline from discovery to development to deployment of fuel cell technology. For
more information, visit www.fuelcellcollaborative.com.

College Brings Expertise in Workforce Training to Grow Midlands’ Fuel Cell Economy

Columbia, S.C. – – Today, Midlands Technical College (MTC) announced that it will join the USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative, a collaboration of SCRA, EngenuitySC, the University of South Carolina and the City of Columbia, to position Columbia, S.C., as a leader for fuel cell innovation and technology. Dr. Sonny White, MTC President, will join the Collaborative’s executive committee, and Tom Ledbetter, executive director for MTC’s Enterprise Campus, will join the Collaborative’s management team to advise operations. MTC has actively participated with the Fuel Cell Collaborative’s efforts in building Columbia’s

fuel cell economy since its inception in 2006. In August 2008, MTC hosted the Hydrogen Road Tour, a public event that featured ten hydrogen vehicles as part of a cross-country trek of clean, efficient hydrogen vehicles. And in 2009, MTC worked with the Collaborative as a partner of the National Hydrogen Association’s Hydrogen Conference and Expo held in Columbia, S.C., and showcased some of its fuel cell programs.

Currently, MTC houses two fuel cell solutions firms within its state-of-the-art business accelerator located at the MTC Enterprise Campus in northeast Columbia. LOGANEnergy, a leading fuel cell solutions firm, opened its newest mobile power systems facility in June 2011, LOGANEnergy Carolina. Trulite, Inc., relocated to Columbia, S.C. in 2009 and is currently the only fuel cell company to offer both fuel cell and fuel source in one fully integrated system. Trulite recently made national industry news when its Trulite Hydrocell was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to power the tree at its annual holiday party. MTC also uses Trulite products to power its irrigation system on campus.

“Midlands Technical College is proud to officially become a partner of the USC-Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative after years of supporting its mission and furthering the fuel cell economy in the Midlands,” said Dr. Sonny White, President of MTC. “We look forward to bringing the industry and workforce training expertise we have gained from having two fuel cell firms at our facilities to the Collaborative and further enhancing Columbia’s reputation as a global leader of fuel cell solutions.”

In addition to the businesses growing at MTC’s Business Accelerator, the college also has two full-scale labs devoted to the design and fabrication of fuel cell technology and has also pioneered two new training programs, including: the Principles of Alternate Energy Certificate program, addressing the fundamentals of fuel cells and other alternative energy sources; and the Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate Degree. Successful graduates of both programs will be qualified to enter the workforce as medium-level operators, laboratory technicians or senior manufacturing technicians.

“The addition of MTC to the USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative strengthens our group and furthers our reputation as the leading force behind Columbia’s fuel cell economy,” said Bill Mahoney, CEO of SCRA, one of the Collaborative’s original charter members. “MTC’s training expertise will help the Collaborative represent all facets of the fuel cell industry – from research to development to deployment in the field.”

MTC joins the Collaborative as it prepares to launch the next iteration of its Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge, an award-winning business-plan competition designed to support the commercialization of innovative fuel cell technologies. The 2010 winner, Weylchem Sustainable Materials, is working on a pilot project producing ammonia borane, a multi-purpose compound that can be used to efficiently power fuel cell devices among other commercial uses, at its facility in Elgin, S.C. The Collaborative will release final contest details for the 2012 Challenge by the end of March.

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving the primary region of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The college enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually, and provides continuing education to 30,000 individuals and hundreds of area businesses each year. MTC is the largest provider of transfer students to the University of South Carolina. www.midlandstech.edu

About the USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative

The USC–City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative was formed by the University of South Carolina, the City of Columbia, EngenuitySC and SCRA, to position Columbia, S.C., as a leader in hydrogen fuel cell innovation and technology. Its mission is to attract private sector partners, top fuel cell scientists, entrepreneurs, and innovators to the Columbia region to help grow an innovation pipeline from discovery to development to deployment of fuel cell technology. For more information, visit www.fuelcellcollaborative.com.

February 2, 2012 - 3:35 PM No Comments

State Policies Support Fuel Cells

Seventeen states enacted, expanded or implemented fuel cell and hydrogen-related tax incentives, business support, grant funding opportunities and other policies in 2011, Fuel Cells 2000 reported today.

Washington, DC– Seventeen states enacted, expanded or implemented fuel cell and hydrogen-related tax incentives, business support, grant funding opportunities and other policies in 2011, Fuel Cells 2000 reported today.

“It was a banner year for fuel cells in the U.S.,” said Jennifer Gangi, Program Director of Fuel Cells 2000. “In addition to a long list of supportive policies, we saw large purchases by well-known corporations, more fuel cell cars and buses operating on America’s roadways, and first-hand anecdotes of fuel cells generating power during hurricanes and snow storms when grid power failed. This performance in the field is justifying the investment that governments are making in fuel cells and hydrogen.”

2012 also started off strong, with the approval of California’s Advanced Clean Cars program that will significantly increase the number of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations in the state.

Fuel Cells 2000’s annual policy report, 2011 Policy Activity Wrapup – Fuel Cells & Hydrogen (http://www.fuelcells.org/2011StatesH2FCWrapUp.pdf), profiles the activities of the 17 states that took action in 2011. Notably, more than a half-dozen recent state-level policies encourage distributed fuel cell power generation under state renewable portfolio standards (RPS).

• The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) new Customer-Sited Tier Fuel Cell Program provides up to $21.6 million through 2015 to help large power consumers install fuel cells. The program is funded through a ratepayer charge under the state’s RPS.
• FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities is soliciting long-term contracts for Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to comply with Ohio’s RPS, and allows credits for fuel cell power generation.
• California established a Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM), a simplified market-based procurement mechanism for renewable distributed generation up to 20 MW; fuel cell power is eligible. California’s Public Utilities Commission has authorized utilities to procure 1,000 megawatts through RAM, which helps to support the state’s RPS goals.
• Rhode Island legislation established a feed-in tariff for distributed renewable energy generation, including fuel cells. Power companies must purchase an aggregate 40 MW or more of clean power generation by the end of 2014.
• Fuel cells were also named as eligible power generation technologies under several state RPS programs (Delaware, Minnesota, Indiana).
• California extended its popular Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) through 2015. SGIP provides rebates for fuel cell and other greenhouse gas-reducing distributed energy systems. Through 2010, it has funded more than 18 MW of fuel cell projects.
• Other recent state policies support hydrogen and fuel cell-powered transport and fueling infrastructure, including tax credits, grants and roadmaps.

2011 Policy Activity Wrapup – Fuel Cells & Hydrogen also reports on fuel cell and hydrogen policy activity in Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

For additional fuel cell information, please visit www.fuelcells.org.

February 2, 2012 - 8:41 AM No Comments

Biofuel cell generates electricity when implanted in False Death’s Head Cockroach

Journal of the American Chemical Society

Scientists have developed and implanted into a living insect — the False Death’s Head Cockroach — a miniature fuel cell that converts naturally occurring sugar in the insect and oxygen from the air into electricity. They term it an advance toward a source of electricity that could, in principle, be collected, stored and used to power sensors, cameras, microphones and a variety of other microdevices attached to the insects in a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Daniel Scherson and colleagues explain that scientists are developing ways to generate electricity from chemicals inside living things or from their movements to power implanted sensors or other miniature devices. Such devices could provide researchers or physicians with important information about processes going on inside insects, animals or even people without the need for batteries. They also could someday power artificial organs, nanorobots or wearable personal electronics. But before such “sci-fi”-sounding advances can be realized, practical biofuel cells are necessary. That’s why Scherson and colleagues developed an implantable biofuel cell for use in a live cockroach.

The biofuel cell uses a sugar in the cockroaches’ bodies called trehalose and oxygen from the air to generate electricity. It did not kill the insects or impair functioning of their internal organs. They also implanted the device into a Shiitake mushroom, and it worked. Neither fuel cell — in the roach or the mushroom — produced a large amount of energy, so the team says that any microdevice that requires high power could operate only intermittently. The electricity generated by the biofuel cell, “in principle, could be collected and stored and subsequently used to power a variety of microdevices,” say the researchers.

February 2, 2012 - 7:39 AM No Comments

AFC Energy plc : Appoints Renowned Fuel Cell Scientist

AFC Energy (AIM: AFC), a leading developer of alkaline fuel cells, announces that Naveed Akhtar has been appointed Fuel Cell Scientist of the Company with effect from January 2012.  Naveed joins AFC Energy from the Chemical Engineering department of the Technical University, Eindhoven in The Netherlands where he worked for two years, most recently holding the position of Postdoctoral Fellow.

Naveed’s role at AFC Energy will help ensure that the Company continues to secure the optimal intellectual property position going forward.

Naveed has significant experience within the field of Hydrogen Energy. After completing his MSc (Renewable Energy, 2006) from University of Oldenburg, Germany, he was employed at the University of Bayreuth, Germany as a
Scientific Co-worker to work on Modelling projects. Naveed has also received an award membership from the US Electrochemical Society and an EU-Fellowship to attend a training course on “Hydrogen Safety” at Belfast, UK (2007).

In 2007, he received a “Dorothy Hodgkin Award” (funded by E.ON) as an outstanding international candidate to pursue his PhD at the University of Birmingham, UK in the area of Single Chamber SOFCs. The following year, he was
awarded a U21 International Research Scholarship to carry out his research activities at the University of Montreal, Canada.

After completing his PhD (Chem Eng, 2009), he moved to Holland to work on two-phase modelling of PEMFCs at the Technical University, Eindhoven in collaboration with the Energy Center Netherland (ECN). Near to the end of his postdoc at TU/e, Naveed decided to leave academia and move to industry, thus he joined AFC Energy, UK.

Naveed’s biography has recently been published in the 28th edition (2011) of “Who’s Who in the World” and in “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century” by the International Biographical Centre with a distinction of “Top 100 Scientist-2011

February 2, 2012 - 6:22 AM No Comments

DOE Webinar February 6: National Hydrogen Learning Demonstration Status

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be hosting a webinar titled “National Hydrogen Learning Demonstration Status” on Monday, February 6, from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Register now to attend this free webinar.

During the webinar, NREL researchers will report on progress the lab has made in deploying fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations through DOE’s National Hydrogen Learning Demonstration. This webinar will also update participants on the metrics used by DOE and industry to evaluate the performance of fuel cell electric vehicles and fueling infrastructure in terms of fuel economy, fuel cell durability, refueling time, and fueling station use.

Beginning in April 2004, the Learning Demonstration tested, demonstrated, and validated fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure, and evaluated the interaction between the vehicles and infrastructure to optimize complete-system solutions. Four teams took part in the Learning Demonstration, led by auto manufacturers Chevron, Daimler, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corp. Additionally, Air Products and Chemical, Inc. provided station data through its DOE-funded California Hydrogen Infrastructure Project (CHIP).

The vehicle data was collected from 183 fuel cell electric vehicles spanning 154,000 hours of operation, 3.5 million miles, and more than 500,000 trips. Station data was collected from 25 stations, which produced or dispensed 152,000 kg of hydrogen while fueling the vehicles approximately 33,000 times, in all. The project was funded through DOE awards totaling $140 million, with an additional $188 million in cost-share provided by industry partners.

February 2, 2012 - 6:14 AM No Comments

Call for proposals under the Implementation Plan of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

The European Commission has published a call for proposals under the Implementation Plan of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.

The challenge facing fuel cells and hydrogen technologies is of great complexity, requiring substantial investments and a high level of scientific, technological and industrial expertise. The European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan has identified fuel cells and hydrogen among the technologies needed for Europe to achieve the targets for 2020 – 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; 20% share of renewable energy sources in the energy mix; and 20% reduction in primary energy use.

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) was established in 2008 as a long-term, public-private partnership under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union. The FCH JU pools public and private resources, with activities co-financed by the Commission and partners from industry and the research community.

The Annual Implementation Plan is the result of a joint effort by the FCP JU’s major stakeholders. It represents a set of prioritised actions which are implemented on an annual basis in order to facilitate the rapid deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.

This call for proposals consists of a wide variety of topics which fall under four areas:
- ‘Transportation and refuelling infrastructure’;
- ‘Hydrogen production and distribution’;
- ‘Stationary power generation and combined heat and power’;
- ‘Cross-cutting issues’.

To see the official call announcement, please consult:
OJ No C 14 of 17 January 2012

Remarks: Before contacting the Commission, proposers are strongly advised to consult the original call text.

Category: Calls
Data Source Provider: Official Journal of the European Union
Document Reference: OJ:C:2012:14
Subject Index: Other Energy Topics; Energy Storage, Energy Transport; Hydrogen and fuel cells; Policies; Biofuels; Innovation, Technology Transfer; Energy Saving; Fossil Fuels; Coordination, Cooperation

RCN: 34258

February 2, 2012 - 5:54 AM No Comments