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Delta Announces the Launch of First Fuel Cell Powered Telecom Tower for Idea Cellular in Madhya Pradesh

Delta Power Solutions announces the launch of first fuel cell powered telecom tower for Idea Cellular in Madhya Pradesh, India

Gurgaon, Haryana, India–Delta Power Solutions announces the launch of first fuel cell powered telecom tower for Idea Cellular in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is arguably the first ever project of its kind in India which is based on sustainable business model for mass deployment. In the first phase of the project, 30 telecom towers will be powered with this green technology. This initiative will help Idea cellular to reduce carbon foot print & provide an option to expand its green footprint across the country.

Delta and Dantherm Power (a Subsidiary of ‘Ballard Power Systems’) are jointly working to deploy the fuel cell power solution in Idea Cellular Network. The fuel cell system will be integrated and deployed by Delta, along with Delta’s Site Management and Control System (SMCS). These sites will be remotely monitored by Delta’s Network Operation Centre (NOC) in Gurgaon, Haryana. Delta will provide all product and operational support to Idea Cellular under the managed service contract.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a directive in January, 2012 requiring 50% of all rural telecom base station towers and 33% of all urban towers in the country to be powered by hybrid solutions within 5-years. Hybrid solutions involve a combination of renewable energy sources, such as hydrogen fuel cells, and grid electricity.

Anil Tandon, Chief Technology Officer of Idea Cellular said, “We intend to move quickly in complying with TRAI’s directive. Fuel cell-based power will be a focus for us because of its reliability, efficiency and green attributes.”

Idea Cellular is part of the US $35 billion Multinational, Aditya Birla Group and is India’s third-largest mobile services operator. The Company has more than 100 million subscribers.

Fuel cell systems will be deployed at cell tower locations in close proximity to an Aditya Birla Group chemical plant in the region of Nadga, Madhya Pradesh, which produces hydrogen as a by-product of the chemical production process. The hybrid green energy solution being provided by Delta will displace diesel generators that are currently required to operate on a near-daily basis, due to frequent grid power outages.

Dalip Sharma, MD of Delta Power Solutions and John Sheridan, Ballard President and CEO in a joint comment stated, “There is a tremendous opportunity for clean energy solutions in the fast-growing India market. This initial deployment with Idea Cellular is an exciting step in validating the financial and environmental benefits of our fuel cell products to Idea Cellular and to prospects in India.”

About Delta Group

Delta Group is the world’s leading provider of power management and thermal management solutions, as well as a major source for components, visual displays, industrial automation, networking products and renewable energy solutions. Delta Group has sales offices worldwide and manufacturing plants in Taiwan, China, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, India, Brazil and Europe. As a global leader in power electronics, Delta’s mission is “To provide innovative, clean and efficient energy solutions for a better tomorrow.” Delta is committed to environmental protection and has implemented green, lead-free production and recycling and waste management programs for many years. More information about Delta Group can be found at www.deltaww.com.

About Delta Power Solutions (India)

Delta Power Solutions (India), is a 100% subsidiary of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PLC, part of the Delta Group, a leading multinational with headquarters in Taiwan with 6.6 billion USD revenue for 2010. Delta Power Solutions (India) is a world-class provider of power management solutions in the areas of Telecom Power Supplies, Uninterrupted power supply, Industrial Automation, Components, Renewable Energy and Display Solutions. The group has been operating in India since 1992. The company is responsible for developing business in the SAARC region and is also recognized as the “Centre for Technical Excellence” for the SAARC region. The company has an impressive installation base with regional support centers all over India and the SAARC region. Delta has been awarded ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:1999 certifications by Underwriters’ Laboratories, USA, for Quality, Procedures, and Environment management.

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 incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

February 23, 2012 - 2:00 PM No Comments

U.S. Army Unveils World’s First Military Fleet of Fuel Cell Vehicles

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The U.S. Army today unveiled a fleet of 16 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that the military services in Hawaii are testing in an effort to research efficient, clean and renewable energy sources and reduce the U.S. military’s dependence on petroleum.

“The Army continues to investigate technologies and partnerships that give the United States a decisive advantage,” said Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, commanding general of U.S. Army, Pacific. “These fuel cell vehicles will move the U.S. Army in the Pacific toward a sustainable path that reduces energy security challenges and strengthens our energy independence.”

During a Feb. 22 ceremony at historic Palm Circle at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, officials from the services comprising U.S. Army, Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Marine Corps. forces, Pacific – government leaders including U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, and industry partners demonstrated the use of the 16 General Motors hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The zero-emission vehicles, funded by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), Office of Naval Research and Air Force Research Laboratories, are being tested in Hawaii’s ideal climate for real-world conditions reflecting each service’s needs.

The military fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles serves as the test platform powered by renewable hydrogen. Each vehicle travels up to 200 miles on a single tank, refuels in five minutes and produces only water as emissions.

“The development of fuel cell vehicles and an associated transportation infrastructure on which new military and civilian fleets can be tested and employed will reduce dependence on foreign oil and help move our state and country forward,” said Sen. Daniel Inouye. “Hawaii is uniquely situated to benefit from the shift toward electric and fuel cell vehicles.”

The Army actively seeks and supports industry partnerships to increase compatible renewable energy development. Fielding of military fuel cell vehicles with the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines is the latest effort of the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative, a partnership among 13 agencies, companies and universities. More information on the initiative can be found at http://www.Hydrogen2hawaii.com.

“This large scale experiment will last more than two years and, during it, we will mature and accelerate these technologies in support of our Nation’s energy efficiency goals,” said Dr. Grace M. Bochenek, TARDEC director. “The combined efforts of these defense laboratories are delivering the transportation and energy capabilities for the future.”

“Once the key hydrogen infrastructure elements are proven in Hawaii, other states can adopt a similar approach,” said Charles Freese, executive director of global fuel cell activities for GM. “The military is paving the way, demonstrating the practicality and applicability of this technology.”

Headquartered at the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal in Warren, MI, TARDEC is the Nation’s laboratory for advanced military automotive technology and serves as the Ground Systems Integrator for all Department of Defense (DOD) manned and unmanned ground vehicle systems. With roots dating back to the World War II era, TARDEC is a full life-cycle, systems engineering support provider-of-first-choice for all DOD ground combat and combat support weapons, equipment and vehicle systems. TARDEC develops and integrates the right technology solutions to improve Current Force effectiveness and provides superior capabilities for Future Force integration. TARDEC’s technical, scientific and engineering staff lead cutting-edge research and development in Ground Systems Survivability; Power and Mobility; Ground Vehicle Robotics; Force Projection; and Vehicle Electronics and Architecture. TARDEC is a major research, development and engineering center for Research, Development and Engineering Command and an enterprise partner in the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. http://tardec.army.mil/

February 23, 2012 - 8:00 AM No Comments

The Gas Co. and GM open center for hydrogen-powered cars

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The Gas Co. and General Motors plan to open a service center in Honolulu for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles this week.

The two companies will dedicate the facility at The Gas Co.’s property at 515 Kamakee St. in Kakaako on Thursday, along with members of the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative.

GM plans to use the facility to maintain its fleet of fuel cell vehicles in Hawaii.

“We have been working with GM on providing them the space so that they can develop a service center to maintain their fuel cell cars and that’s what this is, the center’s now been set up,” Stephanie Ackerman, a spokeswoman for The Gas Co., told PBN.

The automaker and the utility first announced a partnership two years ago to use The Gas Co.’s pre-existing pipeline infrastructure to support the cars.

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February 23, 2012 - 6:17 AM No Comments

Scientists develop enhanced container for hydrogen fuel

Korean scientists have developed an enhanced material to contain hydrogen fuel that could significantly reduce the size of containers while holding more fuel, the government said Thursday.

The new material could help speed up the development of hydrogen-fuel cars while improving the efficiency and overall competitiveness of such vehicles, as it will help reduce the size of fuel tanks, according to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The ministry partly funded the research by a team from Insilicotech, a local materials development company.

Existing hydrogen containers use microporous materials, which have small pores that hold hydrogen and are about 0.321 nanometer in diameter.

The team successfully expanded the size of pores in the material to 0.8 nanometer by injecting pyridine molecules that work as pillars between layers of the porous material.

As a result, the density of hydrogen in the new pillared material rose to 61.7 grams per liter (g/L) from only 40 g/L in conventional materials, according to the ministry.

This nearly meets the performance standard for hydrogen fuel tanks in cars suggested by the U.S. Department of Energy, which is 70 g/L, it said.

“The outcome of this research greatly enhanced the study on hydrogen containers that can also be used as materials for fuel cell batteries,” Choi Seung-hoon, a lead researcher from Insilicotech, was quoted as saying.

A paper containing the result of the research, titled “Pillared Covalent Organic Frameworks with Balanced Volumetric and Gravimetric Hydrogen Uptake,” was published Jan. 12 by an international journal, the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. (Yonhap)

February 23, 2012 - 5:27 AM No Comments