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ITM Power Announces Update on EcoIsland Hydrogen Refuelling Project

EcoIsland Hydrogen Refuelling Update

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is leading the EcoIsland Hydrogen Vehicle Refueller, a project supported by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. The £4.45m project will build and integrate into the power system, a hydrogen energy storage and vehicle refuelling system on the Isle of Wight.

The three year project is now coming to the end of its first year. The project is on time and on budget with the following achievements in year 1:

  • ITM Power have concluded the design of a modular 80kg/day hydrogen generation unit, the first deployment of a station this size  which the Company intends to use for the roll-out of hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK in the H2Mobility project. This modular design allows generation capacity to be increased at refuelling stations as demand increases. Key components are ordered and build is underway and on track.
  • ITM Power and SSE have surveyed a number of sites on the Isle of Wight, identifying four potential locations owned by SGN, SSE, Vestas and MJH Developments for the 80kg/day refuelling station. Planning applications have been submitted for all four sites, and approval has been received for one of these sites. ITM Power are seeking approval from all four sites.
    • ITM Power and SSE have surveyed a number of sites on the Isle of Wight, identifying four potential locations owned by SGN, SSE, Vestas and MJH Developments for the 80kg/day refuelling station. Planning applications have been submitted for all four sites, and approval has been received for one of these sites. ITM Power are seeking approval from all four sites.
    • ITM Power and Cheetah Marine have applied for planning permission for the marine refuelling system at Cheetah Marine’s site in Ventnor, Isle of Wight.
    • ITM Power has successfully converted a Honda 135 Outboard motor to dual fuel hydrogen/petrol operation for use on a catamaran designed and built by Cheetah Marine. Cheetah Marine boat build is underway.
    • IBM has developed a user interface for the refuelling system.

The project is proceeding well with delivery of the refuelling units anticipated in spring 2014 for the 12 month trial to start in autumn 2014.

It has recently been announced that EcoIsland CIC has entered liquidation. EcoIsland CIC’s role in the project was to organise and run a fuel cell electric vehicle  (“FCEV”) road show for which they were allocated £49,475 of project costs, £23,500 in grant, of which £5,800 has been claimed to date. ITM Power and the consortium will now reallocate the remaining grant and activities within the existing consortium.

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The project will design, build, install and operate two grid-connected hydrogen refuelling platforms on the Isle of Wight, with 80kg/day and 15kg/day capacities for the operation of a fleet of hydrogen vehicles including vehicles from Hyundai, Microcab and converted Ford Transit vans. Vehicles showcased will include  FCEV cars, hydrogen internal combustion engine (“HICE”) vans and a HICE boat.

ITM Power will design and build two refuellers and take a key role in the system integration.

SSE is providing the grid connection to utilise the island’s renewables and will utilise the refueller and vehicles in the final year demonstration.

Toshiba will ensure compatibility of the hydrogen system with its Energy Management System and the Distribution Network Operator (“DNO”) networks – enabling it to actively participate in the energy balancing of the distribution network in future.

IBM will develop a user interface to allow smart card payments facilities to the refuellers to meter and monitor hydrogen provision.

Vodafone will provide communications to allow remote monitoring of both refueller and vehicles and allow data collection and data cloud integration.

National Physical Laboratory will develop hydrogen purity tests to ensure compliance with FCEV requirements (ISO14687-2).

Arcola Energy will develop an educational and dissemination package and will provide public and commercial engagement activities, and will operate the hydrogen car club. With ITM Power they will organise and run a FCEV road show with ride and drive.

Cheetah Marine will build a hydrogen catamaran in conjunction with ITM Power and operate it in validation trials.

The University of Nottingham and The University of South Wales will evaluate the performance and operating characteristics of the refuelling stations and use their own ITM Power electrolyser fed refuelling stations for the generation of refuelling strategies to optimise the efficiency of operation.

October 2, 2013 - 12:52 PM No Comments

Hydrogen Energy Horizon Program goes online

The H2E Hydrogen Energy Horizon Program website, www.horizonhydrogeneenergie.com, is now online

The website www.horizonhydrogeneenergie.com brings together the vital information on the achievements of this program, which was launched in 2008 to contribute to the emergence of a sustainable and competitive hydrogen-energy field in France and in Europe.

In addition to presenting the hydrogen markets of the future, technologies,and partners, the site features the first generation of recently developed and deployed systems for customers that need delivery at remote sites, as well as electricity storage, back-up supply, and provisions for hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles such as forklift trucks. More than 280 systems have been commissioned to produce electricity from hydrogen.

The research and development effort connected to the H2E program involves every link in the hydrogen energy chain, in particular the production of hydrogen from renewable energies, the storage and the distribution of hydrogen, and the industrial rollout of fuel cell batteries to bring down their cost. H2E contributes in addition to the rollout of a regulatory framework adapted to the challenges of safety, and includes demonstrations and educational actions that allow stakeholders (firefighters, local communities, etc.) to become familiar with this new vector of clean energy.

The H2E program is being co-financed by industrial partners and BpiFrance, for a total investment in experimental research, technology, and deployments of around 200 millions euros. It brings together 19 legal partners in France (laboratories, institutes and businesses) for a total of 7 years.

Marianne Julien, who directs the H2E program, said this: “The launch of this site dedicated to the program is a new breakthrough in the promotion of hydrogen as an energy vector. The site will enable us to broadly share, with industry players and the general public alike, the research and deployments undertaken in connection with the program as developed products are brought to market.”

October 2, 2013 - 8:06 AM No Comments

Japanese start-up says commercial-grade fuel cells ready by 2014

Japanese start-up says commercial-grade fuel cells ready by 2014

Ida Torres-Japan Free Press

A Japanese start-up company claims that they are now able to create consumer-grade fuel cells when other larger companies have previously failed. Aquafairy is showcasing the prototypes of their hydrogen fuel cell technology at this week’s CEATEC 2013 in Chiba Prefecture.

According to Mike Aizawa, the company president, he is targeting to make the fuel cells available commercially by next year. He said others before him could not make the technology work because they were using methanol which has not made it very efficient. The idea of fuel cells has long been played around with by electronics companies as it is a portable and practical way to get power even without a power grid or when there is no electricity supply. But much of these companies’ research has failed or ended and did not even reach the market. Aquafariy devised a treatment that would make hydrogen, which is normally a reactive fuel, into solid form that can be used as fuel.

But Aquafairy was able to present three working prototypes at CEATEC, including a 2.5 megawatt pocket-size portable model that can charge most portable electronics gadgets. The second type is a 200-watt 7 kilogram fuel cell that is powered by a canister with solid hydrogen, just a little smaller than a car battery and is already being field-tested. It was developed together with New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and can be used in the aftermath of disasters. The third one is a long-life type of fuel cell that can be used in remote areas, like the mountains and forests. While it just gives off half a watt of power, it can last for six months.

Aquafairy was established in 2006 and Aizawa said he wouldn’t have had put up the company if he didn’t believe he could bring the fuel cells to the market. They are currently working with Japanese company Rohm for the control circuitry, but Aizawa says they’re also looking for other partners in the project. There is no market cost yet for any of the products, but he knows it would have to be a consumer-friendly price.

October 2, 2013 - 6:59 AM No Comments

Intelligent Energy an active participant in ‘H2 Mobility’ Germany; backs action plan for the construction of a hydrogen refuelling network by 2023

Leading industrial companies agree on an action plan for the construction of a hydrogen refuelling network in Germany

Loughborough – Intelligent Energy is proud to be an active participant in “H2 Mobility”, an action plan which will see the construction of a hydrogen filling network across Germany. H2 Mobility aims to grow the network of refuelling stations for fuel cell powered electric vehicles (FCEVs) to 400 across Germany. As a precondition for the market success of FCEVs, this will ensure a refuelling infrastructure is available for when the first vehicles come to market in 2015.

The six partners in the “H2 Mobility” initiative – Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total – have set up upon a specific action plan for the construction of a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network for fuel cell powered electric vehicles. By the year 2023 the current network of 15 filling stations in Germany’s public hydrogen infrastructure shall be expanded to about 400 H2 filling stations. As a first step the deployment of 100 hydrogen stations in Germany over the next 4 years is intended. This would ensure a need-related supply for fuel cell powered electric vehicles to be introduced into the market in the next years. An agreement in principle has been signed by representatives of all the partners involved.

Please click here to view the H2 Mobility Action Plan Map

In addition to plans for a nationwide filling station network, the agreement includes the principles for the procurement and distribution of the necessary hydrogen and a request for support to the German Federal Government. Following the foundation of a joint venture (subject to necessary regulatory approvals), gradual expansion of the national filling station network will commence next year. This means that an H2 supply suitable for everyday use shall be created not only for densely populated areas and main traffic arteries, but also for rural areas. The objective is to offer an H2 station at least every 90 kilometres of motorway between densely populated areas. According to this plan in metropolitan areas, drivers of fuel cell powered vehicles will have at least 10 hydrogen refuelling stations available each from 2023. Thus zero tailpipe emission H2-mobility is becoming increasingly attractive for customers. The “H2 Mobility” initiative expects that a total investment of around €350 million will be required for this future-oriented infrastructure project.

The launch of fuel cell powered production vehicles on the German market has been announced by first manufacturers for 2015. In addition to attractive procurement and operating costs for the vehicles, a need-related number of H2 filling stations is one of the major preconditions for market success. Accordingly the planned “H2 Mobility” joint venture will work closely together with the automobile industry.

Particularly in view of the high costs of such innovative technology, advances in hydrogen and fuel cell technology are at least as important. Continuation of the innovation and research activities in this field which are envisaged in the mobility and fuel strategy of the German Federal Government plays a decisive role in this respect. In particular the continuation of the “National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology” (NIP) represents the necessary support for the market establishment.

Fuel cell powered electric vehicles can make a considerable contribution to establishing Germany as the lead market for sustainable mobility solutions and efficient technologies. This is because the great advantage of this drive technology lies in the significant reduction of CO2 emissions. This innovative technology also offers great potential for strengthening Germany as an industrial location. The challenges associated with such a system change aimed at a zero-emission transport sector were already addressed at a very early stage with the formation of the inter-industry “H2 Mobility” initiative in Berlin in 2009.

The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) with its members and others* welcome the infrastructure development. With the support of the federal government the CEP tests fuel cell electric vehicles and their refuelling. The interface to the federal government in both cases is the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).

*Members of the CEP: Air Liquide, BMW, Daimler, EnBW, Ford, GM/Opel, Hamburger Hochbahn, Honda, Hyundai, Linde, Shell, Siemens, Total, Toyota, Vattenfall Europe and Volkswagen

**Others: Nissan and Intelligent Energy

Statements of the partners involved:

Thomas Pfützenreuter, Managing Director of AIR LIQUIDE Deutschland GmbH: “The signature of this agreement is a decisive step towards the construction of a network of hydrogen stations in Germany. Air Liquide is proud to take an active part in the German “H2 Mobility” initiative which aims to substantially contribute to the national ambitious objectives for electro-mobility. As an expert of the entire hydrogen energy chain including production and hydrogen filling stations, Air Liquide is actively involved in allowing the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source. Hydrogen energy is an innovative solution that offers a response in the short-term to the challenges of sustainable mobility thus contributing to the preservation of the environment.”

Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: “Hydrogen is the most common element in the Universe. However, filling stations for this environmentally friendly alternative fuel are still scarce. The “H2 Mobility” initiative wants to change this. By 2023 there should be more hydrogen filling stations in Germany, than there are conventional petrol stations along the Autobahns today. With this, we create step by step a comprehensive infrastructure for the everyday use of fuel cell technology.”

Professor Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Reitzle, Chief Executive Officer of Linde AG: “Linde has been a pioneer in the further development of hydrogen technology for many years. Especially with respect to the series production of hydrogen refuelling stations, we have achieved major advances over the last few years. The time is now right to roll out this environmentally friendly technology on a nationwide basis.”

Dr. Gerhard Roiss, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV AG: „Achieving the EU’s Energy Roadmap goals will only be possible with innovative new technologies. Hydrogen is set to also play a key role in the way we get around in the future. Setting up the infrastructure for hydrogen filling stations is our contribution to a future of emission-free motoring.”

Peter Blauwhoff, Chief Executive Officer German Shell Holding: “Shell already operates a network of hydrogen filling stations based on the very latest technology in Germany and California – including the world’s largest H2 filling station in Berlin. Following the foundation of the joint venture, Shell will play a significant role in the development of the future H2 retail station network in Germany. Hydrogen is an important component for the mobility of the future.”

Hans-Christian Gützkow, Chairman of TOTAL Germany: “Out of the 15 hydrogen refuelling stations existing in Germany today, we already run five – another TOTAL multi-energy-station will start running nearby Berlin’s future airport until the end of the year. We will continue contributing to the infrastructure’s expansion! TOTAL reinforces its pioneering role whilst building up the hydrogen network in Germany and in terms of research when it comes to produce green hydrogen from renewable sources!”

October 2, 2013 - 4:42 AM No Comments