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CommScope Demonstrates the Benefits of Fuel Cell Technology in the Broadband Network with CableLabs Deployment

Hickory, NC–CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, deployed its hydrogen fuel cell solution to CableLabs®, the non-profit research and development consortium for the cable television industry.

CommScope’s fuel cell solution, which can provide up to 16 hours of reliable, environmentally friendly backup power, is supporting CableLabs’ head-end and cable modem termination system at its headquarters in Louisville, Colorado.

“By incorporating fuel cell technology into our infrastructure, CommScope is helping CableLabs take a leadership role in demonstrating how cable operators can continue to provide business and enterprise class services in an environmentally friendly manner,” said Chris Lammers, executive vice president and chief operating officer, CableLabs.

“The trend is well underway within the telecommunications industry to find innovative ways to improve the reliability and environmental impact of backup power solutions,” said Anil Trehan, vice president, Energy Solutions, CommScope. “Operators want to reduce their carbon footprint without jeopardizing their service. CableLabs is demonstrating to the cable industry that cost effective, green energy can be a reliable solution for their backup power needs.”

The solution uses hydrogen powered fuel cells to provide an environmentally-friendly backup power solution for network sites, including cable network head-ends and hub equipment. Unlike diesel generators that consume fossil fuels and emit carbon dioxide, the only by-products of hydrogen fuel cells are heat and water. The proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cells are housed inside an environmentally secure cabinet for outdoor deployment, and offer a smaller footprint and more dense power backup than other solutions currently available on the market today.

This is the second time a leading cable industry organization has deployed CommScope’s alternative-energy solution. The first was in 2011 when the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) deployed a similar solution to provide backup power to its data center at its headquarters in Exton, Pennsylvania. That hydrogen fuel cell was called into service during Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Both times, the fuel cell provided sufficient backup power until normal power was restored.

October 15, 2013 - 4:27 PM Comments: Closed

California-GO-Biz Announces Initiative to Streamline Permitting of New Hydrogen and Electric Fueling Stations

State of California Partners with Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai and Other Auto Manufacturers for 2015 Roll Out

Sacramento, Calif. – California state economic development director Kish Rajan today announced an effort to streamline the permitting process for zero emission vehicle fueling stations and significantly expand California’s hydrogen and electric vehicle capacity.

“California is a world leader in zero emission technology and our infrastructure needs to reflect that dynamism,” said director Rajan. “GO-Biz is partnering with several automotive companies to ensure California has the necessary infrastructure to meet the goal of delivering more hydrogen and electric vehicles to market.”

Automobile manufacturers plan to roll out hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the 2015 to 2017 timeframe and California’s share of the U.S. market for plug-in electric vehicles currently stands at nearly 40%.

“When Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle comes to market in 2015, a convenient and reliable fueling infrastructure must be ready for our customers,” said Jim Pisz, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. North American business strategy corporate manager. “Toyota is excited to partner with GO-Biz and the Governor’s Office to ensure the necessary hydrogen infrastructure is in place for the successful launch of fuel cell technology in California.”

GO-Biz will work with local, state and federal government agencies, hydrogen station developers, station hosts, electric vehicle regional planners, installers, and

hosts, in addition to the automobile companies and other interested parties, to facilitate and accelerate the permitting and establishment of both the hydrogen fueling and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“California is working to transform our transportation fleet with a goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025,” said California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. “A key component of achieving that is establishing the necessary infrastructure. To support that goal, the Energy Commission established this new position at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to spearhead the effort.”

The California Energy Commission voted unanimously to provide a total of $300,000 to GO-Biz over the next two years to fund a position to spearhead the effort. The position will report directly to the Deputy Director of Permitting at GO-Biz and proactively engage state and local partners to identify and eliminate barriers to development.

“Hydrogen-powered electric vehicles represent the next generation of electric vehicle technology,” said John Krafcik, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyundai Motor America. “Their refueling speed and range will delight their owners, and we’ll all share the environmental benefits. We’re excited to be working with California to bring H2EV technology and infrastructure to market as quickly as possible.”

Recognizing the great benefits of zero-emission vehicles, as well as the challenges to expanding this market, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an Executive Order in March 2012 to encourage the development and success of zero-emission vehicles. This Executive Order directs state government to meet a series of milestones toward a long-term target of 1.5 million ZEVs on California’s roadways by 2025.

“Mercedes-Benz applauds the California Energy Commission for funding a project manager position to fast track the deployment of hydrogen fueling stations in California,” said general manager for Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Ronald Grasman. “We believe that GO-Biz is the right partner to coordinate this effort, and we look forward to working with GO-Biz, the Energy Commission and the State of California to implement a robust, hydrogen infrastructure to support all of our common goals.”

Both hydrogen and electricity support California’s plan to diversify transportation fuels. The executive director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership echoed that sentiment.

“Fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel are part of America’s energy future,” said Catherine Dunwoody, executive director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. “GO-Biz and the State of California are showcasing the investments that government and industry have made in bringing FCEVs to the commercial market.”

The initiative began earlier this year when GO-Biz was approached by several automotive companies – including Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and General Motors – which identified a need for additional hydrogen and electric fueling stations to support plans to increase their zero emission fleets.

“Honda is very enthusiastic about a new position within GO-Biz to promote hydrogen infrastructure,” said Robert Bienenfeld, assistant Vice President of environment and energy strategy for American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. “Hydrogen refueling stations are essential for the introduction of fuel cell electric vehicles. Honda plans to introduce a next generation FCEV in 2015, and customers need to know that the fuel will be there. Governor Brown’s support is essential to our success.”

GO-Biz serves as California’s office for economic development and offers a range of services to business owners. Those services include attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, important informational briefings and much more.

October 15, 2013 - 8:11 AM No Comments

UK H2Mobility Welcomes the Greater London Authority, Welsh Government and Transport Scotland as New Project Members

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The Greater London Authority, Welsh Government and Transport Scotland are the latest organisations to join UK H2Mobility, a national project in which industry leaders and Government are working together to realise the benefits of hydrogen-fuelled road transport.

The new partners will strengthen the project’s national reach and its ability to develop a viable, co-ordinated roadmap for maximising the potential of hydrogen fuel as a zero-carbon transport solution.

Each of the new members plays a key role in planning, developing and administering transport infrastructures serving millions of people. Their experience, insights and responsibilities will be of great value as UK H2Mobility continues its second phase of work with the development of a co-ordinated business plan to harness the potential of hydrogen fuel for UK business and transport.

Already the project has identified the opportunities and the challenges that need to be met in order for hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) to become a viable proposition for UK transport. In phase one of the project it has shown how, with the right investment and refuelling infrastructure in place, by 2030 there could be 1.6 million FCEVs on the UK’s roads, delivering a significant reduction in carbon emissions and further, tangible societal and business benefits.

Transport Scotland is committed to working closely with all partners in the UK H2Mobility project to realise the potential for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to decarbonise transport, maximise Scotland’s renewable energy potential and create new economic opportunities for Scottish businesses.

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“We are delighted to be part of the UK H2Mobility Partnership. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles offer the potential to contribute to the decarbonisation of Scotland’s road transport sector, something to which the Scottish Government is firmly committed. The Scottish Government has already provided support for the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project and is also taking forward a range of other activity to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, as set out in our recent publication, Switched On Scotland.”

The Welsh Government takes a proactive role in the development of the Low Carbon Vehicle sector in Wales to maximise the sector’s opportunities for growth and jobs.

Welsh Government Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart said:

“The Welsh Government is committed to supporting the development of this sector to ensure businesses, technology organisations and academic institutions currently focussed on new automotive technologies in Wales will be in pole position to take advantage of all opportunities as the sector grows and matures.”

“I am pleased the Welsh Government has joined the UK H2Mobility programme at such an important time as it aims to develop an action plan for the roll out of hydrogen infrastructure in 2014/15.”

The Greater London Authority is focused on delivering the Mayor’s innovative ‘smart’ low carbon low emission transport system. Hydrogen-powered transport has the potential to deliver business, transport and environmental benefits for London, and why the Mayor and Greater London Authority are making a demonstrable contribution to UK H2Mobility.

Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise said:

“The era of petrol and diesel is coming to an end; the age of the Hydrogen is dawning. We are getting London ready for this massive step forward in propulsion technology by supporting business to put fuel on the ground, and consumers to buy zero emission vehicles. From the horse, to the internal combustion engine, to the fuel cell, London has been at the forefront of mobility advances through the centuries and that is where we want to stay.”

October 15, 2013 - 7:39 AM No Comments

Acta demonstrates the Acta Back-Up Power System at Green Economy and Culture International Conference 2013

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Acta S.p.A. (AIM: ACTA), the clean energy products company, is pleased to announce that it has presented and demonstrated the Acta Power back-up power system at the Green Economy and Culture International Conference at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, running from 10-14 October 2013.

The conference, approved by the United Nations (UN Global Compact) and sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, UNESCO, the Egyptian Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Vodafone Egypt and other major sponsors, is part of the “Let’s Take Care of the Planet” project, an initiative aimed at promoting environmental citizenship for children and young people and engage them in debate on environmental issues.  The conference brings 350 young people, students and educators together from different nations to learn about the value of the green economy and share their experiences and cultures (www.unconfint.com).

The presentation of the Acta Power was well received by the conference delegates and organisers.  Details of the event, including photos of the Acta Power presentation, live demonstration and other conference events, can be found at the following social media websites:



Paolo Bert, Chief Executive of Acta, commented:

We believe that the Acta Power can save money for telecom operators, while eliminating the carbon emissions associated with diesel genset back-up power systems.  We have been delighted with the enthusiastic reception of our product at this conference, and by the interest and support demonstrated by the conference organisers and sponsors.

October 15, 2013 - 6:39 AM No Comments

NASA fuel cell tech will power Al Gore’s London headquarters

By Damian Carrington, The Guardian

Fuel cell converts gas into heat and electricity without producing carbon emissions

Fuel cell technology used to power Nasa’s space shuttle will provide light and heat for Al Gore’s new London headquarters. The fuel cell, which converts gas into heat and electricity without producing carbon emissions, has been installed in a major crown estate development in Regent Street in the capital.

“The fuel cell is a real flag in the sand, demonstrating what is possible in terms of energy efficiency and carbon reduction,” said the crown estate’s head of development, Alastair Smart. The cost of the new system, the first of its kind to be installed in the UK, has not been revealed but Smart said: “It offers a commercially viable and sustainable source of energy. One of the main reasons for this is that the infrastructure lasts for 20 years, a lot longer than traditional systems.”

Climate campaigner and former vice-president Gore said the £400m Quadrant 3 redevelopment showed a “sophisticated commitment to sustainability”. The headquarters of his sustainable investment company, Generation Investment Management, will be sited in the new buildings.

The cell was developed by U.S. company FuelCell Energy. It will emit 38% less carbon dioxide than using electricity from the grid and heat from gas-fired boilers, according to the crown estate, which says 350 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions will be saved per year. Unlike fossil-fuel-burning power plants, the fuel cell produces power with virtually no nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SOx) or particulate matter (PM) pollution.

The new plant forms part of the central energy system that serves 500,000 sq ft of offices, shops, flats, restaurants and hotels in the Quadrant development.

Mike Rinker, at the US department of energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, said: “Combined heat and power fuel cell systems can help commercial buildings with high energy demands reap significant savings in energy cost and use. We anticipate this type of system could reduce the fuel costs and carbon footprint of a commercial building by approximately 40%, compared with conventional electricity and heat use.” PNNL is testing its fuel cell system at 10 businesses in California and Oregon.

Other companies are developing washing-machine-sized fuel cells, which could power individual homes.

October 15, 2013 - 5:08 AM No Comments