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BMW, Linde Material Handling and TUM receive funding from the Ministry of Transport in support of the field testing of fuel cell industrial trucks at BMW plant Leipzig

BMW team member at the BMW Plant in Spartanburg, SC, fuels a hydrogen-powered fuel cell fork lift

The BMW Group, Linde Material Handling and the fml Chair of Munich Technical University received the grant notification from the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development for the development of a fleet of hydrogen-powered forklift trucks and tow tractors for logistics trains. The funding of the research project that will run until April 2016 is being carried out under the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) and amounts to a sum of € 2.9 million.

The aim of the project is to test the eco-friendly and efficient hydrogen drive system in industrial trucks under realistic production conditions and optimise it for industrial-scale production. Charging cycles, battery replacement and the maintenance of common lead/acid batteries require relatively long downtimes for conventional trucks. The fuel cell hybrid system for forklift trucks and tractors, however, is refuelled within just a few minutes and requires very little maintenance – thus the vehicles offer higher availability.

The preparations for this unprecedented field trial in Germany are currently underway at the BMW plant in Leipzig. This involves the setup of the Germany’s first indoor hydrogen refuelling station in the production shop for BMW i automobiles. For this project, Linde Material Handling is providing the industrial trucks fitted with fuel cell system and hydrogen tank that are envisaged for the supply of parts in production. The fml Chair will oversee the scientific monitoring and evaluation regarding ecological and economic sustainability. Last, but not least, BMW will test the technology under everyday conditions in a real production environment, using CO2-neutral

October 22, 2013 - 12:40 PM Comments: Closed

First international fuel cell bus technology exchange in Hamburg

HyERThe American Public Transport Association calculates that an average household would save $ 10.000 if it would switch to public transport.  But for some transport operators, this doesn’t go far enough. Many transit agencies actively prepare for an entire shift to completely emission-free means of transport.

On October 16th and 17th Hamburg hosted the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop to enhance the discussion and collaboration of the worldwide spearheads in this field. The workshop will brought together panelists and participants from industry, policymakers and transit operators among others.

British Columbia, California, London, Oslo and Hamburg are exemplary cities and regions that are already successfully integrating the first zero emission fuel cell buses in their public transport systems. These buses use hydrogen as a clean energy carrier. The common objective of the field trials is to support the manufacturers of these buses as well as the future hydrogen suppliers to reach full commercial viability in the next decade. For the initial phase their joint efforts are being supported with funding programs on the national level in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Nether-lands, as well as on the European level. Recently, the European funding scheme for hydrogen and fuel cell applications has been expanded under the EU Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation.

The ongoing developments and strategies require a close exchange of knowledge especially on an international level. With the objective to further enhance fuel cell technology and its infra-structure, discuss market access strategies and share best practices, partners will congregate in Hamburg for the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop. Their discussions will increase the global understanding of requirements for the technical optimization of fuel cell buses and their introduc-tion to the market as well as highlight current and future plans for meeting technical and socio-economic demands.

This is the first event to bring together a broad variety of stakeholders from Germany, Europe, the US and other countries to give a comprehensive overview on the status of the fuel cell tech-nology in general and the operational advantages of fuel cell buses in particular. There will also be an opportunity to collaborate on design and safety standards for bus and fueling technology, expand the market for zero emission technologies, and network with other international fuel cell bus stakeholders from various European countries, Brazil, Japan, India, and China.

The aim of the conference is to provide an overview of the current testing activities with fuel cell buses and to give an estimation of their relevance regarding the shift in public transport to low-emission drives. All stakeholders and guests will bring in their ideas to further prepare the mar-ket for fuel cell buses and their hydrogen infrastructure. Also it is intended to kick-start common activities for future purchase networks for fuel cell buses to economically benefit from econo-mies of scale.

Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg: “We are glad to host the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop 2013 in our city. The workshop marks the starting point for a regular and structured global exchange on fuel cell bus technologies and its infra-structure. Hamburger Hochbahn has been a forerunner with this technology since 2003. The collaboration with our partners worldwide will further encourage us in our objective to purchase only emission-free buses from 2020”.

Dirk Inger, Director Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Policy, Electric Vehicles at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development: “The use of hydro-gen and fuel cells in buses is very important regarding the development and the acceptance of these future technologies. The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, in cooperation with the industry, supports research and development activities with around 1.4 billion Euro through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (NIP). The main focus is on applications in the transport sector, in energy storage, and in buildings. Our goal is to push the launch of clean technologies to the market. The International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop and the exchange of international experts provide an important encouragement for the future use of this technology in this as in other areas”.

Bert de Colvenaer, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking EU: “The workshop continues efforts begun in 2003 by the CUTE and HyFleet/CUTE projects for the demonstration of hydrogen buses. I am happy to see that meanwhile the European program for fuel cell and hydrogen is bearing fruits. We therefore highly appreciate the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop to smooth the way for further global exchange on fuel cell bus technology and help bring together a growing number of stakeholders from public transport as well as in-dustry. The workshop illustrates that fuel cell buses can become a commercially viable option after 2020. However to achieve this goal we have to start today”.

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, NOW National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, Man-aging Director (Chair): “Hydrogen and fuel cell technology is developing into a real alternative for the specific needs of transport companies, particularly in city centres, i.e. low noise and no CO2 emissions while operating. Fundamental for this success is the National Innovation Pro-gramme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). Now it is time to organise the second stage up to commercial market breakthrough and set the course in terms of policy for market activation from 2014. At the forefront is the building up of a refuelling structure for hydrogen, which must be carried out by both the political and industrial spheres together”.

More information? Contact: Kathrin Gisdon, Press Coordinator hySOLUTIONS GmbH,

Tel. 0049 (40) 3288 4479, Mail: kathrin.gisdon@hysolutions-hamburg.de

October 22, 2013 - 6:48 AM Comments: Closed

Fuel Cell Company Altergy Receives ANSI/CSA FC1-12 Certification/Listing

FOLSOM, CA–Altergy Systems announced today that its Freedom Power series of fuel cell power systems have received certification to the new American National Standards Institute safety standard for Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems (ANSI FC1-2012) requirements.  Altergy is the first US Company to achieve this Certification.

ANSI/CSA FC-1, the industry standard for stationary fuel cell power systems, has been upgraded incorporating more rigorous safety and performance requirements, including UL1741 for integrated DC-DC converters, UL991 for safety controls, IEC/UL60950 for electrical safety, meet IP23 rating per ANSI/IEC60529 for outdoor applications, and are fully compliant to the National Electric Code (NFPA 70).

“ANSI/CSA FC1-12 certification demonstrates Altergy’s leadership in product design, product safety as well as the integrity and consistency of its manufacturing processes and controls,” stated David Milas, Altergy’s Senior Product and Process Certification Engineer.


About Altergy

Altergy Systems® is the global leader in the design, manufacture, sales, marketing and deployment of fuel cell based clean energy systems.  Altergy’s Freedom Power™ products provide freedom from the grid, freedom from foreign oil, freedom from traditional energy solutions, freedom from batteries and freedom from pollution and are “Changing the Way the World Gets Its Power.”

October 22, 2013 - 6:22 AM Comments: Closed

Whatever Happened to the Hydrogen Highway?

Whatever happened to the hydrogen highway?

CAFCP–Last week, Mark Glover with the Sacramento Bee visited the California Fuel Cell Partnership to get an update on the progress of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and the hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

“Recent events show that California still sees a future for hydrogen,” wrote Glover.

Read the full article on www.sacbee.com

October 22, 2013 - 6:01 AM Comments: Closed

XL Group’s Complex Accounts Team Provides Innovative New Performance Warranty Insurance Product to Bloom Energy

Zurich, Switzerland —XL Group’s Complex Accounts team is pleased to announce that it has provided an innovative new Performance Warranty insurance product to Bloom Energy of Sunnyvale, California. The new cover XL Group developed has enabled Bloom Energy to finance the installation of dozens of Bloom Energy Servers, totaling 6.1MW in capacity. These systems are expected to generate over 50 million kilowatt hours of clean, reliable electricity. The XL Group insurance policy assures the performance of Bloom’s fuel cell server technology over the term of the financing.

Joachim Walch, Head of XL Group’s Complex Accounts unit said: “Companies seeking to implement innovative projects, often in newer industries, find they cannot get the insurance cover they need. But moving forward means risk and our role as insurers is to find innovative answers to new challenges.

“Our Complex Accounts team is dedicated to work closely with the different parties involved in a project, to be able to develop risk transfer solutions that cannot be found elsewhere in the market. By having our experts on both sides of the Atlantic work together with Bloom Energy and their consultants we were able to create a bespoke insurance product that helped move this important project forward.”

The insurance solution was developed together with consultants New Energy Risk and with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. acting as broker. According to advisors representing the lender, Silicon Valley Bank, the XL Group solution is “the first insurance warranty product we have seen, that actually makes a difference to the lender.”

The transaction involves the use of an innovative financing approach developed by Bloom and its finance and insurance partners, whereby the energy off-taker entered into a long term agreement to purchase the electricity (a PPA), and the generation of the electricity is backed by a Bloom Product Performance Warranty, which is in turn fully insured by XL Group. Financing is being provided by Silicon Valley Bank. This high-value approach has enabled uniquely efficient and cost effective financing. The policy is provided by XL Group insurance company Indian Harbor Insurance Company.

XL Group’s Complex Accounts team partners with both national and international companies across different industries that are looking for cover from economic risks which could potentially have an unexpected negative impact that they’re not able or willing to bear alone. These may include risks to specific innovation-related projects, a business’ value chain, or its annual revenue or profitability. Starting where other insurers traditionally set their limits, the team creates unconventional coverage for truly unique operational business risks. At present their geographic focus is primarily in Europe; in the United States they work exclusively in partnership with New Energy Risk.

October 22, 2013 - 5:25 AM Comments: Closed