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ITM Power Signs Equipment Development and Lease Agreement with Boeing

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, announces that it has signed an Equipment Development and Lease Agreement with Boeing Research & Technology Europe S.L.U. “Boeing” for the development, assembly and field trials of a 1Nm3/hr (2.1kg/day) PEM electrolyser. The containerised electrolysis equipment will form part of Boeing’s current off-grid refuelling station for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”).

During the last few years the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry/sector has seen sustained growth, mainly through the development and maturing of military applications and followed by wide recognition of their possibilities in civilian applications which include: border control, coastguard, law enforcement, pipeline and powerline monitoring, earth and environmental observations, communications and many more. These systems can potentially offer lower cost and investment risk as well as low infrastructure requirements for tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISAR).

ITM Power CEO, Dr. Graham Cooley, commented: “ITM Power has had a dialogue with Boeing Research & Technology –Europe for several years and actually completed some of the early ground work that led to the inception of the off-grid solar-based refuelling station for UAS that Boeing Research & Technology Europe is developing in Spain. I am delighted that Boeing Research & Technology Europe has now returned to ITM Power to complete the project with our PEM electrolyser technology and I look forward to taking our relationship further”.

Francisco Escartí, Managing Director, of Boeing Research & Technology Europe, commented: “We are very excited to test ITM Power´s PEM electrolyzer technology in our off-grid solar-based refueling station for UAS”.

February 27, 2012 - 1:05 PM No Comments

The Carbon Trust has invested in a novel, low-cost fuel cell architecture which is being commercialised by UCLB and Imperial Innovations

The Carbon Trust is injecting over half a million pounds into a collaboration between UCL and Imperial College to accelerate the commercialisation of an innovative fuel cell.

The new technology could help the UK gain a significant share of a fuel cell market estimated by the Carbon Trust to be worth up to $26bn in 2020.

Fuel cells efficiently convert the chemical energy contained in a fuel directly into electricity – they produce electricity like a battery but are fuelled like an engine or a boiler. Although fuel cells are already emerging in specific markets, they are currently too expensive for widespread commercial applications, such as road vehicles and co-generating heat and power. A reduction of a third in the cost of mass-producing a fuel cell system could unlock a global fuel cell market worth billions of pounds annually.

The Carbon Trust is running the Polymer Fuel Cell Challenge (PFCC) to develop, prove and commercialise novel fuel cell technologies which have the potential to deliver a step-change in overall system cost.

The UCL and Imperial College collaboration led by Dr Dan Brett (UCL Department of Chemical Engineering) and Professor Anthony Kucernak (Imperial College Department of Chemistry) is developing a fuel cell stack that could offer significant cost savings by using existing high-volume manufacturing techniques employed in the production of circuit boards.

Dr Tim Fishlock, Senior Business Manager at UCLB, said: ‘This novel fuel cell stack has huge commercial potential and the funding from the Carbon Trust comes at a critical point in its development.
UCLB has also invested its own proof-of-concept funds into the project and we continue to work with our colleagues at Imperial Innovations to help bring this exciting technology to market’.

About the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.

For further information, please visit www.carbontrust.co.uk

About UCLB

UCLB is a leading technology transfer company that supports and commercialises research and innovations arising from UCL, one of the UK’s top research-led universities. UCLB has a successful track record and a strong reputation for identifying and protecting promising new technologies and innovations from UCL academics. It invests directly in development projects to maximise the potential of the research and manages the commercialisation process of technologies from the laboratory to market. UCLB supports UCL’s Grand Challenges of increasing UCL’s positive impact on and contribution to Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

For further information, please visit www.uclb.com

February 27, 2012 - 7:14 AM No Comments

Leaders of the Fuel Cell Pack

Fuel cell forklifts like the one shown here are used by leading companies across the U.S. as part of their daily business operations. | Energy Department file photo.Fuel cell forklifts like the one shown here are used by leading companies across the U.S. as part of their daily business operations. | Energy Department file photo.
Written by Sunita Satyapal:Program Manager, Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology Program

What does the report show?

  • The 34 companies profiled used more than 250 fuel cells totaling 30+ MW of stationary power — enough to supply electricity for over 21,000 households.

What do WalMart, Coca-Cola, Sysco, and Whole Foods have in common?

They’re leading the pack when it comes to hydrogen and fuel cells.

The Energy Department’s “Business Case for Fuel Cells 2011″ report illustrates how top American companies are using fuel cells in their business operations to advance their sustainability goals, save millions of dollars in electricity costs, and reduce carbon emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tons per year.

The report profiles 34 companies and highlights how they incorporate fuel cell technologies into their business models. According to the report, in the last year, profiled companies used more than 250 fuel cells totaling 30+ MW of stationary power — enough to supply electricity for over 21,000 households. In addition, companies in the report purchased or deployed more than 240 fuel cells at telecommunication sites and more than 1,030 fuel cell-powered lift trucks.

Walmart, Coca-Cola, Sysco, and Whole Foods are leading the pack:

·      Walmart — 6.8 MW for CHP (17 stores) and 70+ forklifts
·      Coca-Cola — 2.1 MW (4 locations) and 70+ forklifts
·      Sysco Corporation — 600+ forklifts at several locations, one hundred more on order
·      Whole Foods Market — 1.2 MW (4 stores) and 60+ forklifts

So how do these companies deploy fuel cell technologies in their daily operations? Many use fuel cells as a cost-saving alternative to power lift trucks in their warehouses and distribution centers. The Department’s analysis of fuel cell-powered lift trucks deployed via the Recovery Act concludes that fuel cells provide eight times lower refueling/recharging labor cost and two times lower net present value of total system cost compared to batteries.

In addition, Combined Heat and Power systems are another attractive application of fuel cell technologies. When fuel cells generate electricity they give off waste heat. In a combined heat and power system, the waste heat is captured for a wide variety of applications, including space heating and hot water.

You can read more about how fuel cells are beneficially impacting these companies’ bottom line while further promoting the use of clean energy technologies by checking out the report.

February 27, 2012 - 5:11 AM No Comments

Workshop on materials issues for fuel cells and hydrogen technologies

26 Mar 2012
Grenoble, France

The two-day Workshop will take place from Monday 26th March afternoon to Tuesday 27th March afternoon.

It intends to:

- give a complete overview of the entire portfolio of projects on Fuel Cells Hydrogen (FCH) in the JTI, NMP, Energy programmes end of the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

- bring forward the global picture of FCH research and innovation in Europe; highlight the impact of material in this area and future related policy needs

- enable the materials and FCH communities in Europe to identify joint collaboration and application areas, and gain new contacts and new ideas for strategic industrial partnerships

- make key recommendations on future research needs in the FCH domain to set up a material roadmap to foster the development of FCH in Europe.

An Opening Session will be followed by five technical sessions addressing the different hydrogen and fuel cells technologies. 30 projects will be represented from various programmes.

In each topical session, projects will be presented. Each project will highlight its objectives and approach, focus on the benefits and barriers of the material-based research method, where applicable, on the (expected) results and any further research need. Each session will be followed by a discussion to help consolidating the information to highlight future materials research needs.

The Workshop can be attended upon invitation only and will not have any attendance fee.

It is addressed  to:

- partners of the EU-funded projects of FP7 active in hydrogen fuel cells

- FCH national representatives from the Member States

- FCH technical experts

- EC Project Officers from the Programmes concerned

- FCH JTI representatives

- any other FCH stakeholder

Please reply to the invitation and register here:

February 27, 2012 - 4:00 AM No Comments