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Air Liquide supplies Slovenia’s first hydrogen filling station

Air Liquide Hydrogen station in Lesce, Slovenia

Since mid-September, in Lesce – near Lake Bled in Slovenia – the first filling station for hydrogen-fueled vehicles has been up and running. This Air Liquide station has a daily capacity of 20 kg and aims to fill a hydrogen-powered bus developed by Rampini, an Italian company.

The project, supported by the European Union, has partners that include the Center of Excellence for Low-Carbon Technologies (CONOT), PETROL, DOMEL, TPJ and INEA.

The station is currently serving as a demo, and the feedback gathered during this phase will be used to ascertain future needs in terms of hydrogen infrastructure, while also helping to create a legislative framework for the expansion of this new energy.

October 10, 2013 - 11:42 AM No Comments

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited Announces Operational Update-Delivers 40 mCHP fuel cell units

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (ASX/AIM: CFU), a world leader in developing and manufacturing fuel cell based micro combined heat and power generators provides the following operational updates in its core markets of the UK and Germany:

· UK: CFU to deliver fuel cell components for 40 integrated fuel cell micro combined heat and power units to Ideal Heating as part of the EU-funded ‘SOFT-PACT’ project

· Germany: state of Hesse approves subsidies for BlueGEN micro power plants

UK: Delivery of fuel cell components for 40 integrated m-CHP units:

CFU, German utility E.ON, software developer HOMA Software and heating system manufacturer Ideal Heating teamed up in 2011 to demonstrate the application of fuel cell based micro combined heat and power (m-CHP) appliances for use in domestic applications. The first 40 BlueGEN™ fuel cell units financed through the ‘SOFT-PACT’ project were delivered in 2012 for installation into residential properties in Germany and the UK and now the second tranche of 40 CFU products, consisting of fuel cell components for integration into a full fuel cell m-CHP product have been delivered to Ideal Heating’s manufacturing plant in Hull.

These integrated units will be demonstrated in real world installations in residential locations in selected countries across Europe under the ‘SOFT-PACT’ project significantly funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under the Seventh EU Framework Grant Scheme. The units will be installed from the first quarter of 2014 and will provide significant carbon emission reductions and energy efficiency benefits over conventional power and heating technologies to end users.

CFU’s fuel cell technology has the world’s highest electrical efficiency from a small-scale generator (up to 60% delivered electrical efficiency and 85% total efficiency including heat for hot water) and significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than two-thirds, compared to coal fired electricity generation, and by more than half when compared to average UK grid emissions.

Germany: state of Hesse approves subsidies for BlueGEN micro power plants – first installation to go be operational this week:

CFU welcomes the decision by the regional government of the German state of Hesse to support the installation of BlueGEN micro power plants under a state-wide subsidy programme. The state of Hesse has already approved the first installation, which will be commissioned and installed in a few days and provides electricity and heat to a multi-family building.

Additional BlueGENs are now expected to be planned and installed in Hesse in the near future. To ensure a successful implementation, CFU and the state government of Hesse will partner with local and regional energy providers. The first partner in this project is Frankfurt-based Gas-Union which, as a large corporation, already has extensive co-generation experience and therefore is well placed to deliver the project’s full potential. As a partner of the local providers, Gas-Union will facilitate and coordinate the installation of fuel cells.

“Within a matter of months, both Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia have decided to actively support fuel cells. The subsidies in Hesse are another relevant step towards successfully penetrating the national markets in Germany”, said Bob Kennett, Managing Director of CFU.

October 10, 2013 - 6:56 AM No Comments

HSU Hydrogen Fueling Station Hosts First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Commute from the Bay Area


Anand Gopal poses with the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV-adv) that he drove from the Bay Area.

By Meg Harper

Anand Gopal, research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) and former Schatz Energy Fellow, and Elizabeth Pimentel-Gopal, former HSU Assistant Director of Admissions, drove from Berkeley to Arcata to visit friends and family over the second weekend of September. Rather than a mundane weekend trip, theirs was a precedent-setting event; their entire trip was powered by hydrogen fuel.

Their trip represents the first time the HSU Hydrogen Fueling Station has been used to fuel a vehicle commuting to and from the Bay Area aside from the vehicles under test at SERC. Filling the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid vehicle (FCHV-adv) with hydrogen at 700-bar (10,000 psi) gave the vehicle a range of over 285 miles and enabled Anand and Elizabeth to complete their return trip to one of the nearest hydrogen stations (located in Richmond and Emeryville). For Anand the event was especially meaningful. During his time at SERC, the HSU student team that he advised won an international hydrogen energy design competition in 2005, which inspired the development of the HSU hydrogen station.

October 10, 2013 - 6:44 AM No Comments

Karlsruhe starts Fuel Cell bus shuttle service

Karlsruhe FC Bus

Two Mercedes-Benz Citaro fuel cell hybride buses are to begin servicing a shuttle route for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany following the inauguration of a hydrogen refuelling station at the institute’s North campus on the 11th June. The fifteen kilometer route links the North, South and East campuses with services every 30 minutes.

The buses feature the same fuel cell stacks as found in the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL fuel cell car, hybridised with a 27 kWh lithium-ion battery. The latest generation of the bus uses 50% less hydrogen than its predecessor, and as such it has been possible to reduce the number of storage cylinders from nine to seven for a total of 35 kg of hydrogen on board for a range of more than 300 kilometres. The same buses are scheduled to be put into service in CHIC Phase 1 location in Bolzano, Italy.

Here more about FC bus operations in Europe on October 8, 2013 at the Scotland Hosue in Brussels, October 16-17 at the International Fuel Cell Bus Forum and on October 18 at the Busworld Academy in Kortrijk, Belgium.

October 10, 2013 - 6:05 AM No Comments