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Small 4-Wheel Fuel Cell Passenger EU Demonstration Project Swarm Reaches One Year Milestone

Project partners line up for photo call Two Microcabs on show at the SWARM AGM

The first anniversary of the SWARM project brought the project partners together from across Europe for the AGM in Birmingham in late October.

Hydrogen powered vehicles are considered the future of road transport in Europe but are not widely available for customers in the market today. The European FCH JU funded project SWARM (“Demonstration of Small 4-Wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport”) will establish a large demonstration fleet of small passenger vehicles that builds on and expands existing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Three regions will be participating in this effort: the British Midlands, the Brussels area and Wallonia, and the Weser-Ems region in NorthWest Germany. Each of these regions will deploy a new hydrogen refuelling site to close the gaps in a continuous ‘hydrogen highway’ that leads from Scotland via the Midlands to London, connecting to Brussels and on to Cologne and Hamburg/Scandinavia/Berlin via Bremen.

The vehicles employed are low-cost, high fuel-efficiency, hybridised, light-weight passenger cars specifically designed for city and regional transport. These vehicles provide a complementary pathway to commercialisation to the large Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of hydrogen fuel cell options, by allowing near-term rollout on a commercial basis to a wide range of users – in parallel with the planned rollouts for large OEM vehicles from 2015. Their deployment regions will gain the infrastructure, public exposure and technological understanding to act as seed locations for future large scale OEM vehicle rollout.

In view of the lower vehicle costs, this project will deploy an unprecedented number of road vehicles for a demonstration project, with three OEM’s contributing 30, 10 and 50 vehicles respectively to the project. These will be put in the hands of real users in a variety of real-life operating environments. An extensive data monitoring exercise will run throughout the 3 year demonstration phase, allowing the reliability of the vehicles tested by different users to be evaluated and leading to recommendations for the improvement of future, fully commercial vehicle designs.

The three regions will deploy several hydrogen refuelling stations, adding a total of 3 new stations to  existing supply sites, creating some of the first regional hydrogen refuelling clusters in Europe. Each region will as a consequence own a high-standard filling station with high capacity (200 kg/day) and high performance (70 MPa) refuelling technology, supported by existing smaller stations of lower capacity and pressure (depending on region).

The project will be a near-commercial stepping stone and will include a reach-out activity timed to coincide with OEM’s commercialisation plans in the 2013-2015 period, to attract further vehicles to the extensive regional refuelling infrastructure clusters – by offering cost effective and readily available focal points for additional hydrogen fleets developing around these regions. Therefore supplementing  the SWARM fleet and infrastructure by more vehicles and hydrogen filling stations supplied through other projects and separate funding.

November 29, 2013 - 12:06 PM Comments: Closed

Launch of Smart Aberdeen 2020 showcases city as leader in hydrogen technology in Europe

Two key documents which showcase Aberdeen City Council as one of Europe’s top local authorities and a leader in hydrogen technology have been launched in Brussels.

The city’s growth strategy, Smart Aberdeen 2020, was unveiled today [Wednesday, 27 November] at a round-table event, alongside the council’s hydrogen strategy, H2 Aberdeen.

The Smart Aberdeen 2020 documents promote the work of the council in relation to the EU2020 objectives and were developed to showcase the area on an EU level and help position the region for accessing European funding.

H2 Aberdeen is an initiative developed to create a hydrogen economy in the Aberdeen city region. It will help to reinforce the area’s position as a World Energy City, now and in the future. With European and Scottish Government backing for the research and development of a hydrogen infrastructure, there is a clear focus on capturing the significant economic and environmental benefits of this emerging energy sector and in the wider use of the technology.

Aberdeen City Council worked with Scotland Europa and the Scottish Government to secure the opportunity to officially launch the documents in Brussels when the 2014 – 2020 funding window was approaching, to ensure the city received high-level recognition as a leading light.

Council leader Barney Crockett said: “The European Commission’s 2020 Strategy for Growth provides an ambitious vision for Europe for the end of this decade. It recognises the need for economic growth which is smart, sustainable and inclusive to take Europe forward after the financial crisis.

“We recognise the important influence of this strategy and the impact it will have in the coming years, particularly in terms of European funding. For the Europe 2020 Strategy to be realised, public policies and funds need to be applied in a way which is smart, sustainable and inclusive. The council wishes to use this opportunity to put forward the city’s public and private sector contribution to the strategy’s implementation and progress made so far towards its targets.”

Director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Gordon McIntosh said: “We anticipate that future European Union funding programmes will need to show that they fit with the EU 2020 Strategy. The purpose of the Aberdeen 2020 document is to demonstrate that our city has a coherent and integrated set of policies, programmes and projects at a local level which fit within the strategy.

“Europe 2020 is an important strategic document and it is clear that any local authority wishing to be taken seriously must demonstrate its commitment to it. For Aberdeen City Council, which is so actively engaged in European partnership working, Aberdeen 2020 demonstrates its recent successes, current efforts and indicates its future priorities.”

The round-table event, hosted by the council and chaired by Alyn Smith MEP, began with a presentation of Aberdeen’s Hydrogen Strategy and Smart Aberdeen 2020. It included a presentation from DG Energy on policy initiatives from the European Commission in the development of hydrogen as a fuel and the challenges ahead.

The aim was to bring together policy makers from the European Union, national and
local governments, and the private sector, to discuss the next steps in the development of hydrogen as a low carbon energy vector. Discussions ranged across a variety of subjects, including:
•the need for EU and national policy;
•skills development;
•actions needed to reduce hydrogen vehicle and infrastructure costs;
•technologies that are essential to development;
•the creation of a network of refuelling stations and related infrastructure.

Councillor Crockett added: “We are determined to define the image of an international 21st century energy city and to lead a leaner, cleaner industrial revolution. Hydrogen technology and transport will play a large part in that vision and the council and its partners have a strong role to play in realising that vision.

“Aberdeen is world-famous for its expertise in offshore oil and gas production. Those skills are finding root in offshore renewables. We’re now adding the third component – a hydrogen economy. It’s a message we are sending out far and wide, and all will be welcome to come to play a part. Aberdeen is leading on hydrogen in Europe and that was clearly recognised today at the launch, which was attended by companies from all over the world.

“The launch of Smarter Aberdeen and H2 Aberdeen is the city laying out its aspirations and intentions for creating a hydrogen economy in the city and showcasing the area not only to Europe, but on a truly international level. It is a crucial step towards Aberdeen becoming a world-leading, smart energy city. I firmly believe these documents, combined with our exciting ongoing hydrogen demonstration projects will stimulate further innovative hydrogen technology initiatives and attract even more high-level investment to this city.

“We have a very good relationship with the EU Commission and building on that relationship and exploring new funding options for the region will bring great benefits to this area.”

H2 Aberdeen is built on many of the ongoing hydrogen projects running in the city and aims to:
•open up greater potential for hydrogen technology in the long term;
•present a real opportunity for businesses to diversify their activities in the energy sector;
•apply skills, know-how and expertise in the hydrogen and fuel cells market;
•develop commercial viability and the deployment of H2 cars, buses, vans and forklift trucks.

November 29, 2013 - 6:11 AM Comments: Closed

Improved hydrogen-powered heat and electricity for homes

Some homeowners have already invested in units that produce hydrogen through water electrolysis so as to produce electricity and heat without boilers. Enhanced electrolysis should increase efficiency and decrease costs for greater uptake.
Stand-alone units that generate combined heat and power (CHP) for homes, micro-CHPs, are a very efficient, sustainable alternative to the use of a gas boiler. The micro-CHP units are fuel-flexible, meaning that they can use a variety of different fuels. One promising version relies on hydrogen gas. This is produced via electrolysis of water, stored for on-demand use, and its chemical energy is converted by the CHP unit into electrical energy and heat with water as the only output.

Minimising the cost and increasing the durability (which in itself reduces lifetime costs) of the electrolysis unit would significantly increase market uptake. Scientists developed and tested an improved proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolyser to fuel micro-CHP through EU funding of the project ‘Pressurized PEM electrolyzer’ (PRIMOLYZER).

PEM electrolysers use a polymeric membrane electrolyte and platinum (Pt)-based electrodes to decompose water into hydrogen and oxygen. PRIMOLYZER studied and developed novel catalysts and polymeric (perfluoro sulfonic acid (PFSA)-based) membranes with similar thermal stability and mechanical properties but improved electrical properties compared to state-of-the-art membranes.

Partners put all the components together in membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), several of which were tested over long periods of time to evaluate durability. Two PEM electrolyser stacks were produced from the best performers. The membrane and oxygen evolution reaction catalyst were better than commercially available competitors and the purity of the hydrogen produced was quite high, fuelling the operation of a low-temperature PEM micro-CHP with no problems for approximately 220 hours. Cost analysis points to a nearly 50 % reduction in single electrolyser cost when production goes from 1 to 100 stack units.

PRIMOLYZER delivered a polymeric membrane, catalysts, MEAs, stack components and a stack capable of commercialisation within a few years. Not only that but the project developed hydrogen production technology applicable to a variety of energy domains in a future hydrogen economy. Concepts will be further developed within the scope of a project continuation, PRIMOLYZER phase II. In the meantime, outcomes make a significant contribution to the EU’s goals for sustainable hydrogen production and supply chains.


November 29, 2013 - 6:01 AM Comments: Closed

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited CFU sells 1,000 BlueGEN’s to Baltic distributor

  • CFU sells 1,000 BlueGEN units to Baltic distributor
  • Agreement signed for 1,000 BlueGEN units valued in excess of EUR20M, to be delivered in CY2014 and CY2015

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (AIM/ASX: CFU), a world leader in developing and manufacturing fuel-cell-based micro power plants, is pleased to announce it has signed a cooperation agreement with Synergy International OÜ (SI). Under this agreement, initially a minimum of 1,000 BlueGEN m-CHP units, with a value in excess of EUR20 million, will be sold to SI over the next two calendar years. The agreement has the option to be extended for a third year.

CFU has appointed SI as its exclusive distribution partner for the Baltic States and Scandinavia (Finland, Sweden and Norway). A main business partner and shareholder of SI is the Tameo Grupp, one of the biggest wholesalers of electrical materials in Estonia.

SI will be responsible for arranging the distribution and servicing of CFU’s BlueGEN product across its distribution region. Under the agreement SI will purchase from CFU, on a take-or-pay basis, 500 BlueGEN units in CY2014 and a further minimum 500 units in CY2015. The first 100 systems are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of CY2014. In addition to the distribution agreement being on a take-or-pay basis, under the agreement 50 percent of the price of the initial 500 unit sale will be paid to CFU before the end of this calendar year. Further payments will be received quarterly in advance for units to be delivered during the CY2014. This payment profile is repeated in CY2015 for the 500 units to be ordered on a take-or-pay basis.

Frank Obernitz, Managing Director of Ceramic Fuel Cells GmbH in Germany, said: “I am delighted that CFU has partnered with SI in the highly promising markets of the Baltic States and Scandinavia. We have been especially impressed by their well established network of major industry and policy stakeholders.”

Bob Kennett, Managing Director of CFU, explained: “We are very pleased to have received this major order. Apart from the commercial success, the terms of the agreed take-or-pay contract enable our company to significantly strengthen its working capital position in response to market requirements. We are very much looking forward to working closely with Synergy International in what I’m sure will be a very successful relationship.”

Taxation Refund

CFU advises that it has recently received a refund of circa $4M from the Australian Taxation Office for research and development activities relating to FY2013. The expectation of this refund was announced on 30 October 2013 in the Company’s Quarterly Cashflow announcement.

November 28, 2013 - 7:59 AM Comments: Closed

Daihatsu Showcases Fuel-cell Systems for Home, Outdoor Use

The residential fuel-cell system (left), cartridges (center) and the system for outdoor use (right)

The residential fuel-cell system (left), cartridges (center) and the system for outdoor use (right)

Motonobu Kawai, Nikkei Electronics–Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd exhibited two mock-ups of fuel-cell systems for residential and outdoor use at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013.

For the systems, Daihatsu intends to use fuel cells using liquid fuel. The fuel cells are being developed by the company for its vehicles.

One of the two systems, “FC-Dock 20C,” has a maximum output of 2kW and is designed for residential use. With 20L of liquid fuel, it can generate 10kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount that a household consumes per day. Because it is a stand-alone type that operates without an external power source, it can be used in a time of emergency.

The other system is the “FC-Dock 05C,” which is expected to be used for camping and other outdoor uses. When equipped with four 1.2L liquid fuel cartridges, it can output 100W of electricity for 12 to 15 hours. Its maximum output power is 500W. It has a handle and casters for portability.

While many automakers have chosen hydrogen gas as a fuel for their fuel-cell cars, Daihatsu employed a liquid fuel that contains a hydrazine hydrate. Though it eliminates the need for precious metals such as platinum, it is difficult for the company to build infrastructures by itself. Therefore, Daihatsu exhibited the fuel-cell systems for residential and outdoor use at the show in the aim of increasing the number of “fellows,” it said.

November 28, 2013 - 7:33 AM Comments: Closed

Ceres Power Announces “Significant technical progress” at Okinawa conference

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Ceres Power presented significant technical progress of its fuel cell technology at the recent Okinawa Fuel Cell Conference in Japan. Two technical papers were published which explain the performance advances demonstrated by the low cost Ceres’ Steel Cell over the past year, particularly in relation to robustness, efficiency and durability.

These papers support the internal test results Ceres has achieved, which include:

  • Increase of efficiency to > 50% Gross Electrical Efficiency (LHV) at Fuel Cell Module, with ongoing work to increase this further;
  • Accelerated testing of the Steel Cell technology which shows robustness to thermal cycle and repeated emergency stops (Redox) equivalent to twice the expected required design lifetime.

These findings corroborate the significant advantages of the Ceres’ Steel Cell fuel cell technology over traditional solid oxide fuel cell designs. These unique characteristics of Ceres’ Steel Cell fuel cells enable their widespread commercial adoption in a broader range of applications, from residential systems to higher power applications.

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November 28, 2013 - 6:38 AM Comments: Closed

Kellogg Installs Fuel Cell at its Bakery in San Jose California

Consumers of the best-selling waffle brand, Eggo®, will delight in knowing that their beloved food is now being produced in a more environmentally friendly way.

Kellogg Company’s Eggo® bakery in San Jose, Calif., recently installed fuel cell technology that generates enough clean, reliable energy to produce approximately half of the facility’s annual electrical consumption.  The system also uses less water to generate this power than if it had been supplied by the utility grid.

“We’re focused on introducing new processes and technology that minimize the environmental impact of our operations,” said Diane Holdorf, Kellogg Company’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “This new solution is a win-win. We’re maximizing our production while creating energy-efficient solutions for making waffles.”

The fuel cell servers – developed by Bloom Energy – sit on-site to immediately meet the bakery’s fluctuating energy demands.  They work by converting natural gas into electricity using a reaction that is more efficient than combustion.

Also this year, the San Jose bakery began testing new types of energy-efficient waffle irons which have helped achieve a 15 percent savings on electricity. Adding to the energy savings is that the design of these new grids allows the production of 12 percent more waffles per cycle.

November 27, 2013 - 8:07 AM Comments: Closed

Acta Power Fuel Cell Power System Sold to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore for installation at the famous Raffles Lighthouse

Acta S.p.A. (AIM: ACTA), the clean energy products company, is pleased to announce that it has sold an Acta Power renewable energy storage system, plus installation and training services, to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore for installation at the famous Raffles Lighthouse on the island of Pulau Satuma, built in 1854 and one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world.

The Acta Power system will be used to store renewable energy from solar and wind turbine and will provide power for the four lighthouse staff permanently located on the island.  The installation is intended to help the Government to promote the environmental profile of the island, while also allowing evaluation of renewable energy storage solutions for wider off-grid applications.

The system, using renewable power and filtered rainwater, will generate 1 m3 / h of hydrogen at 30 Bar pressure, and will produce 4kW / h of electricity via its fully integrated fuel cell module.  Including ancillary systems, installation, training and support, the sale represents the largest single product sale received by the Company to date. Shipment of the system is expected by the end of 2013 with installation to be completed during the first quarter of 2014.

Raffles Lighthouse is open daily for guided tours and is used by Government officials as a retreat.  The Company therefore believes that the installation will receive a high level of visibility among Singaporean government officials and other visitors.

Paolo Bert, Chief Executive of Acta, commented:

“In tandem with the progress we are making in the telecom back-up power sector, we are pleased to receive this first order for the installation of an Acta Power for a renewable energy storage application for powering off-grid communities. We are receiving significant levels of interest for this type of application and we hope that this evaluation will open the door to large scale installations in developing countries.”

November 27, 2013 - 7:53 AM Comments: Closed

Aqua Power Launches Indiegogo Campaign for World’s First H2O-Powered Fuel Cell

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA– Aqua Power Systems, creator of the world’s first commercialized technology that combines water and magnesium to build portable power plants and hybrid fuel cells, today announced the launch of its Indiegogo campaign which runs until January 18, 2014.

Aqua Power’s revolutionary fuel cells provide proven, portable, and emission-free power supply products that generate clean electricity where and when it is needed. The potential of Aqua Power products is especially timely in the wake of the string of natural disasters that has recently rocked the globe: Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, catastrophic flooding in Alberta and Colorado, Hurricane Sandy, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan – among many others.

With global climate change from the use of fossil fuel is threatening to make extreme weather events even more commonplace, the need for Aqua Power’s portable power has never been greater. When the grid goes down and thousands of people need power desperately, Aqua Power is the instant, environmentally friendly solution.

The Aqua Power Fuel Cell is something entirely new in energy. It’s the world’s lightest fuel cell and has the world’s longest shelf life. It’s fossil-free, has zero emissions – and it runs on water. Patented technology enables activation with virtually any liquid, anytime, anywhere to generate totally clean energy. It can be recharged endlessly by simply replacing the magnesium cell. In addition, the entire line of Aqua Power products can be made from recycled materials and are themselves 100% recyclable. The Aqua Power products are so cost effective that they are likely to not only undercut the manufacturing and energy production cost of existing fuels cells and battery technology applications, but also cut the costs of both energy and the cost to the environment all together.

The feature product for the campaign is the Aqua Power Super Lantern with ultra-bright Cree LED lights. Rated for approximately 120 hours of continuous power output, the Super Lantern can operate for more than 10 days straight. It also features USB ports that make it a portable power station for charging mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. The campaign hopes to raise $175,000 to fund full production of the lanterns and to help the company prepare for the next product launch.

Visit Aqua Power’s Indiegogo campaign at www.indiegogo.com/projects/aqua-power-water-activated-zero-emission-lantern.

Aqua Power is also launching a Thunder Clap campaign to spread the word at thndr.it/1b0gWbu.

About Aqua Power Systems Inc.

Aqua Power Systems Inc. is the world leader in the development of magnesium fuel cell technologies. Building on the pioneering work of Aqua Power Systems Japan Co. Ltd., founded by Tadashi Ishikawa in 2004, today Aqua Power Systems Inc. is introducing the patented magnesium water and magnesium air fuel cell technologies to the world. With research and development conducted in Japan, and low-cost manufacturing in China, Aqua Power Systems Inc. is rapidly expanding both its product development and production capacity to meet growing global demand for safe, lightweight, low-cost, zero-emissions, rechargeable, and most importantly, 100 percent recyclable fuel cells.

November 27, 2013 - 6:34 AM Comments: Closed

ARPA-E Announces $30 Million for Fuel Cell Distributed Generation Technologies

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Energy announced up to $30 million in Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) funding for a new program focused on the development of transformational electrochemical technologies to enable low-cost distributed power generation. ARPA-E’s Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program will develop fuel cell technology for distributed power generation to improve grid stability, increase energy security, and balance intermittent renewable technologies while reducing CO2 emissions associated with current distributed generation systems.

“To maintain our technological lead in the 21st century, American ingenuity must continue to drive new technology options for generating, transmitting, and storing energy,” said Acting Director of ARPA-E Cheryl Martin. “ARPA-E is re-imagining distributed generation by pushing the boundaries of fuel cell technology to improve grid resiliency and reliability.”

Renewable generation technologies, such as solar and wind, pose a fundamental challenge to centralized power generation due to  variability and intermittency.  In addition, centralized generation frequently requires long transmission distances that result in power losses and leave lines susceptible to disruption during natural disasters. Many of these challenges can be mitigated through a distributed system, where power is generated in close proximity to the end-user. REBELS addresses these challenges by developing innovative, low-cost distributed generation technologies using electrochemical power generation that can also act as a storage device.

Current fuel cell research generally explores technologies that either operate at high temperatures for grid-scale applications or low temperatures for vehicle technologies. REBELS projects will focus on developing intermediate-temperature fuel cells through innovative designs, fuel activation approaches, and low-cost materials to facilitate widespread distributed power generation. REBELS projects also explore multi-functional fuel cell systems that can store energy like a battery or use electricity to convert natural gas to liquids.

ARPA-E is encouraging outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams for REBELS applications and projects. ARPA-E believes that inter-disciplinary and cross-organizational collaborations can facilitate scientific and technological discoveries that a single group alone would not be able to achieve.

More information on REBELS Teaming Partner Arrangements and the full REBELS Funding Opportunity Announcement can be found at https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/#FoaId0802fb19-a7dd-4cb4-9f90-d949468c5faf

ARPA-E was officially authorized in 2007 and first funded in 2009. The Agency invests in high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E is changing what’s possible by thinking big, thinking bold, and thinking differently about energy innovation. For more information about ARPA-E and previously announced ARPA-E awards please visit: http://arpa-e.energy.gov/.

November 26, 2013 - 1:02 PM Comments: Closed

Neah Power Systems Completes Asset Acquisition of Fuel Cell Business Enabling New Market Opportunities

Newly Acquired Assets Bolster Neah Power’s Current Product Line-Up and Opens Up New Markets in the Energy Market

BOTHELL, Wash. — Neah Power Systems, Inc., (OTCBB:NPWZ) http://www.neahpower.com, a provider of power solutions using proprietary, award winning technology for the military, transportation, and portable electronics markets using the PowerChip® and the Buzz Bar technologies, announced today that the Company has completed a fuel cell technology asset acquisition that bolsters its current product line up, and opens up new market opportunities in the renewable energy sector. Neah Power Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) issued 23,198,600 restricted common shares at a price of $0.019 per share, to Clean Tech Investors LLC (the “Seller”) for a purchase price of $440,000 pursuant to the terms of an Asset Purchase Agreement.

“This is an exciting time,” said Dr. Chris D’Couto, CEO of Neah Power Systems. “The integration of this technology, intellectual property, and physical assets into the Company’s suite of product offerings, strengthens our value proposition in the renewable energy marketplace, and opens up new avenues. We will continue to update shareholders on an ongoing basis on the new opportunities enabled by this asset purchase.”

Bill Shenkin, Manager of Clean Tech Investors LLC, noted, “We are pleased to combine these assets which were developed using an excess of $15M into Neah Power Systems. We believe that the ongoing commercial success of Neah Power Systems will provide a pathway to commercialize the assets that we bring to the table.”

As part of this asset purchase and previously announced investment by Clean Tech Investors LLC, Mr. Shenkin will be joining the Board of Directors of Neah Power Systems.

November 26, 2013 - 9:03 AM Comments: Closed

California Readies Big Funding Round for Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure

NGT News–The California Energy Commission has opened up a solicitation process for selecting and funding hydrogen refueling station projects in the state.

California law mandates that the commission administers at least $20 million in grant funding annually through 2023 specifically for hydrogen refueling infrastructure, with the goal of having 100 stations in operation in the next decade. This fiscal-year’s funding round will help organizations construct, upgrade or support hydrogen refueling stations to expand the state’s network of public-access facilities.

Eligible projects must be located in California and be publicly accessible, as well as meet certain minimum technical requirements. The projects must also meet one of the following criteria: installation of new hydrogen dispensing equipment; upgrade/refurbishment of existing hydrogen dispensing equipment; installation of equipment for the on-site production and dispensing of hydrogen fuel; refueling hydrogen on a mobile basis; and/or provide operation and maintenance support for hydrogen production and dispensing equipment.

The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 14, 2014, and the commission expects to announce proposed awardees by March 28.

Comprehensive information about this solicitation is available here.

November 26, 2013 - 7:06 AM Comments: Closed

Plug Power to Participate in UK Webinar on Adoption of Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Material Handling Industry

Discussion Will Cover Commercial Progress of Fuel Cells and Prospects for Further Growth in U.S. and European Markets

LATHAM, N.Y. — Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG) announces that Plug Power will participate in a UK-based webinar that will focus on the commercial success of hydrogen fuel cells for key customers within the material handling industry, and describe the positive outlook for further growth in the United States and Europe. Mr. Warren Brower will present success seen by Plug Power and HyPulsion, a joint venture between Plug Power Air Liquide established to market hydrogen fuel cells in European markets.

The free webinar, titled “Fuel Cell Material Handling: U.S. Success & European Growth,” is organized jointly by the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and the official Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Group from the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 27, from 9:00-10:30 am U.S. Eastern Time / 2:00-3:30 pm UTC/GMT.

GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell usage in material handling vehicles has been increasing for several years now. Shorter refueling times and high performance have been critical factors in the commercial success of this sector, and for lift truck fleet operators in particular, GenDrive has become the power solution of choice.

Plug Power currently has more than 4,000 GenDrive® fuel cell units deployed across North America, with players such as Coca-Cola, BMW, FedEx, Sysco, Mercedes-Benz and Walmart taking advantage of the benefits of fuel cells for powering forklift trucks in warehouses and distribution centers.

Brower will be joined on the webinar by Jennifer Kurtz from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

“The material handling industry has proven to be ideal for the successful implementation of hydrogen fuel cell technology,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “Our customers are ready to broaden their deployments into additional sites, globally.”

To register for the webinar, go to: http://materialshandling.eventbrite.com/.

About Plug Power Inc.

The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power is revolutionizing the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints. Long-standing relationships with industry leaders forged the path for Plug Power’s key accounts, including Walmart, Sysco, P&G and Mercedes. With more than 4,000 GenDrive units deployed to material handling customers, accumulating over 16 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow’s incumbent power solutions today. Additional information about Plug Power is available at www.plugpower.com.

November 26, 2013 - 6:31 AM Comments: Closed

SoftBank Installs First Bloom Energy Fuel Cell Server in Japan

Installation of 24/7 clean, reliable and safe on-site electricity generation system in Fukuoka M-TOWER is first outside the U.S.A.

Bloom EnergyBloom Energy Japan Limited (Tokyo, Japan, Representative Director and CEO: Shigeki Miwa, hereafter “Bloom Energy Japan”) today announced its first installation of the “Bloom Energy Server,” an innovative and clean electricity generation system, at the Fukuoka M-TOWER on November 25 in Fukuoka City. This marks the first installation of the Bloom Energy Server outside the U.S.A where Bloom Energy Corporation (Sunnyvale, USA, Principal Co-Founder and CEO: Dr. KR Sridhar, hereafter “Bloom Energy”) began operations. The Bloom Energy Server installed at Fukuoka M-TOWER can produce 200 kilowatts of power and provides 75% of the building’s electricity consumption.

This first installation is an important milestone for Bloom Energy Japan and represents a new path forward for safe and reliable electricity generation in Japan. The Bloom Energy Server is a breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean electricity from multiple fuel sources such as city gas and biogas at a starting electrical efficiency of over 60 percent. The Bloom Energy Server has been installed in many locations that require uninterrupted power supply such as data centers, manufacturing operations, communications, and facilities with high energy loads including refrigeration and critical services in the U.S.A.

“I am delighted that we have installed our first Bloom Energy Server in Japan. I believe that Bloom’s clean, reliable, and safe on-site electricity will become one of the solutions for businesses in the future, and this installation is a significant milestone for SoftBank to further drive the adoption of innovative, clean energy” said Masayoshi Son, SoftBank Group Representative, and the owner of the Fukuoka M-TOWER.

On the occasion of the first Bloom Energy Server going into operation outside the U.S.A. and the first in Japan, Dr. KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder and CEO of Bloom Energy, commented, “Japanese businesses now have an alternative energy solution that gives them control over their energy destiny. This project signifies not only an exciting start for our partnership with SoftBank in Japan, but also a first step toward our mission to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy to everyone in the world.”

“Bloom Energy is creating a new way for generating energy and changing the dynamics of electrical production and distribution throughout the world,” commented the honorable General Colin Powell, the Former United States Secretary of State and a member of Bloom Energy’s Board of Directors. “It’s a pleasure to be a part of this celebration this morning and I want to congratulate everyone involved in bringing Bloom Energy Japan to life.”

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all those who made it possible for us to start operating Japan’s first Bloom Energy Server,” said Shigeki Miwa, Representative Director and CEO of Bloom Energy Japan. He added, “We will work to empower Japan’s adoption of the Bloom Energy Server, a clean and highly efficient breakthrough technology, and thereby help contribute to the nation’s energy security and economy.”

By selling electricity generated by the Bloom Energy Servers, Bloom Energy Japan will contribute to sustainable and stable energy provision and economic development in Japan.

November 25, 2013 - 12:28 PM Comments: Closed

Bloom Energy Completes First International Fuel Cell Project in Japan

First Bloom Energy Server comes online at SoftBank facility in Fukuoka, Japan

Tokyo, Japan and Sunnyvale, CA — Bloom Energy today announced the completion of the company’s first international project at SoftBank’s M-Tower in Fukuoka, Japan. In a celebratory event, the leadership of SoftBank, Bloom Energy, Bloom Energy Japan, and General Colin Powell commemorated the completion of the project. In July of 2013, SoftBank and Bloom Energy announced the formation of a Joint Venture, Bloom Energy Japan, and this is the first project to come out of the new partnership.

This initial Bloom Energy deployment represents a new path forward for safe and reliable electricity generation in Japan. Bloom Energy’s fuel cell technology addresses Japan’s urgent need for reliable electricity as the country continues to transition away from nuclear power.

“Japanese businesses now have an alternative energy solution that gives them control over their energy destiny,” said KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder and CEO of Bloom Energy. “This project signifies not only an exciting start for our partnership with SoftBank in Japan, but also a first step toward our mission to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy to everyone in the world.”

“I am delighted that we have installed our first Bloom Energy Server in Japan. I believe that Bloom’s clean, reliable, and safe on-site electricity will become one of the solutions for businesses in the future, and this installation is a significant milestone for SoftBank to further drive the adoption of innovative, clean energy,” said Masayoshi Son, SoftBank Group Representative.

“Bloom Energy is creating a new way for generating energy and changing the dynamics of electrical production and distribution throughout the world,” commented the honorable General Colin Powell, the Former United States Secretary of State and a member of Bloom Energy’s Board of Directors. “It’s a pleasure to be a part of this celebration this morning and I want to congratulate everyone involved in bringing Bloom Energy Japan to life.”

Bloom Energy has more than 100 MW of Bloom Energy Servers installed in the United States. Earlier this year, the company opened a large manufacturing center in Newark, Delaware and completed a number of mission critical projects, including a 6 MW deployment at an eBay data center in Utah.

November 25, 2013 - 12:21 PM Comments: Closed

Proton Power introduces the new PM400 hydrogen fuel cell stack generation

After a three year development period, Proton Power is pleased to announce that it has released the new high power fuel cell stack generation PM400 with 30kW of net power.

The PM400 is enlarging the fuel cell stack portfolio of Proton Power in a higher power range. The new stack allows significant reductions in cost per kilowatt. The stack is designed for applications in all 3 target market segments of Proton Power:

  • Mobile applications (buses and light duty vehicles)
  • Maritime applications (tourist, ferry boats and auxiliary power supply)
  • Stationary applications (UPS and smart grit applications).

Dr. Francoise Faiz Nahab, Managing Director of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, said:

“We will further develop our business in high power applications. The new PM400 fuel cell stack generation is the next step in that direction. We are pleased about the excellent performance of the PM400. The new stack will help to bring down production cost. Our know-how in the design and manufacture of the fuel cell stack gives us a competitive advantage and the ability to optimize solutions for our customers.”

November 25, 2013 - 7:45 AM Comments: Closed

Plug Power to Participate in UK Webinar on Adoption of Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Material Handling Industry

Discussion Will Cover Commercial Progress of Fuel Cells and Prospects for Further Growth in U.S. and European Markets

LATHAM, N.Y.– Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) announces that Plug Power will participate in a UK-based webinar that will focus on the commercial success of hydrogen fuel cells for key customers within the material handling industry, and describe the positive outlook for further growth in the United States and Europe. Mr. Warren Brower will present success seen by Plug Power and HyPulsion, a joint venture between Plug Power Air Liquide established to market hydrogen fuel cells in European markets.

The free webinar, titled “Fuel Cell Material Handling: U.S. Success & European Growth,” is organized jointly by the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and the official Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Group from the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 27, from 9:00-10:30 am U.S. Eastern Time / 2:00-3:30 pm UTC/GMT.

GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell usage in material handling vehicles has been increasing for several years now. Shorter refueling times and high performance have been critical factors in the commercial success of this sector, and for lift truck fleet operators in particular, GenDrive has become the power solution of choice.

Plug Power currently has more than 4,000 GenDrive(R) fuel cell units deployed across North America, with players such as Coca-Cola, BMW, FedEx, Sysco, Mercedes-Benz and Walmart taking advantage of the benefits of fuel cells for powering forklift trucks in warehouses and distribution centers.

Brower will be joined on the webinar by Jennifer Kurtz from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

“The material handling industry has proven to be ideal for the successful implementation of hydrogen fuel cell technology,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “Our customers are ready to broaden their deployments into additional sites, globally.”

To register for the webinar, go to: http://materialshandling.eventbrite.com/.

About Plug Power Inc.

The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power is revolutionizing the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints. Long-standing relationships with industry leaders forged the path for Plug Power’s key accounts, including Walmart, Sysco, P&G and Mercedes. With more than 4,000 GenDrive units deployed to material handling customers, accumulating over 16 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow’s incumbent power solutions today. Additional information about Plug Power is available at www.plugpower.com.

November 25, 2013 - 7:05 AM Comments: Closed

Stanford scientists create a low-cost, long-lasting water splitter made of silicon and nickel

Illustration: Guosong Hong, Stanford University nickel-coated water splitter This image shows two electrodes connected via an external voltage source splitting water into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2). The illuminated silicon electrode (left) uses light energy to assist in the water-splitting process and is protected from the surrounding electrolyte by a 2-nm film of nickel.

Stanford researchers have developed an inexpensive device that uses light to split water into oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen. The goal is to supplement solar cells with hydrogen-powered fuel cells that can generate electricity when the sun isn’t shining or demand is high.

Stanford University scientists have created a silicon-based water splitter that is both low-cost and corrosion-free. The novel device – a silicon semiconductor coated in an ultrathin layer of nickel – could help pave the way for large-scale production of clean hydrogen fuel from sunlight, according to the scientists. Their results are published in the Nov. 15 issue of the journal Science.

“Solar cells only work when the sun is shining,” said study co-author Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. “When there’s no sunlight, utilities often have to rely on electricity from conventional power plants that run on coal or natural gas.”

A greener solution, Dai explained, is to supplement the solar cells with hydrogen-powered fuel cells that generate electricity at night or when demand is especially high.

To produce clean hydrogen for fuel cells, scientists have turned to an emerging technology called water splitting. Two semiconducting electrodes are connected and placed in water. The electrodes absorb light and use the energy to split the water into its basic components, oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen is released into the atmosphere, and the hydrogen is stored as fuel.

When energy is needed, the process is reversed. The stored hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen are combined in a fuel cell to generate electricity and pure water.

The entire process is sustainable and emits no greenhouse gases. But finding a cheap way to split water has been a major challenge. Today, researchers continue searching for inexpensive materials that can be used to build water splitters efficient enough to be of practical use.

Silicon solution

“Silicon, which is widely used in solar cells, would be an ideal, low-cost material,” said Stanford graduate student Michael J. Kenney, co-lead author of the Science study. “But silicon degrades in contact with an electrolyte solution. In fact, a submerged electrode made of silicon corrodes as soon as the water-splitting reaction starts.”

In 2011, another Stanford research team addressed this challenge by coating silicon electrodes with ultrathin layers of titanium dioxide and iridium. That experimental water splitter produced hydrogen and oxygen for eight hours without corroding.

“Those were inspiring results, but for practical water splitting, longer-term stability is needed,” Dai said. “Also, the precious metal iridium is costly. A non-precious metal catalyst would be desirable.”

To find a low-cost alternative, Dai suggested that Kenney and his colleagues try coating silicon electrodes with ordinary nickel. “Nickel is corrosion-resistant,” Kenney said. “It’s also an active oxygen-producing catalyst, and it’s earth-abundant. That makes it very attractive for this type of application.”

Nickel nanofilm

For the experiment, the Dai team applied a 2-nanometer-thick layer of nickel onto a silicon electrode, paired it with another electrode and placed both in a solution of water and potassium borate. When light and electricity were applied, the electrodes began splitting the water into oxygen and hydrogen, a process that continued for about 24 hours with no sign of corrosion.

To improve performance, the researchers mixed lithium into the water-based solution. “Remarkably, adding lithium imparted superior stability to the electrodes,” Kenney said. “They generated hydrogen and oxygen continuously for 80 hours – more than three days – with no sign of surface corrosion.”

These results represent a significant advance over previous experimental efforts, added Dai. “Our lab has produced one of the longest lasting silicon-based photoanodes,” he said. “The results suggest that an ultrathin nickel coating not only suppresses corrosion but also serves as an electrocatalyst to expedite the otherwise sluggish water-splitting reaction.

“Interestingly, a lithium addition to electrolytes has been used to make better nickel batteries since the Thomas Edison days. Many years later we are excited to find that it also helps to make better water-splitting devices.”

The scientists plan to do additional work on improving the stability and durability of nickel-treated electrodes of silicon as well as other materials.

Other authors of the study are Ming Gong and Yanguang Li (co-lead authors), Justin Z. Wu, Ju Feng and Mario Lanza, all formerly or currently affiliated with the Dai Lab at Stanford.

Support was provided by the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford and the National Science Foundation.

Mark Shwartz writes about energy technology at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University.

November 25, 2013 - 6:51 AM Comments: Closed

New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Provide Opportunity for HyperSolar’s Renewable Hydrogen Technology

Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and other major auto manufacturers announce plans to introduce hydrogen fuel cell cars next year

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--HyperSolar, Inc. (OTC:HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, today announced that it is evaluating commercial methods for onsite hydrogen production at distribution points or fueling stations to meet the demand created by the launch of fuel cell cars next year.

“We are strongly encouraged by the recent announcements of Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and other major auto manufacturers to begin shipping hydrogen fuel cell cars next year,” stated Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar. “We believe our technology can address two serious drawbacks impeding major adoption of hydrogen automobiles: First, the lack of hydrogen production infrastructure near the point of distribution or the fueling stations is addressed by our solar hydrogen production process. Second, hydrogen is currently produced from a fossil fuel—natural gas—in a process that releases substantial amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

“Our cutting-edge research program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, led by Dr. Syed Mubeen Hussaini, continues to make impressive progress,” continued Young. “The recently announced 1.0 volt milestone is very exciting in that it provides us with a clear and encouraging roadmap to reach the 1.5 volts needed for water splitting. We believe that producing renewable hydrogen anywhere there is water and sunlight is the key to realizing cost-effective hydrogen production for use in fuel cell vehicles. Using our technology, hydrogen fueling stations could be built next to self-contained solar hydrogen production plants.”

HyperSolar’s research is centered on developing a low-cost and submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules under the sun, emulating the core functions of photosynthesis. Each particle is a complete hydrogen generator that contains a novel high voltage solar cell bonded to chemical catalysts by a proprietary encapsulation coating. A video of an early proof-of-concept prototype can be viewed at http://hypersolar.com/application.php. HyperSolar recently extended its sponsored research agreement with UCSB to further the development.

More about hydrogen cars and hydrogen production challenges can be viewed in the following CBS news story: http://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_morning/video/Exk_Lg_Ube0jvnHeM9bZ3TwsZehZfda1/hydrogen-cars-take-center-stage-at-l-a-auto-show/

About HyperSolar, Inc.

HyperSolar is developing a breakthrough, low-cost technology to make renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, including seawater and wastewater. Unlike hydrocarbon fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, where carbon dioxide and other contaminants are released into the atmosphere when used, hydrogen fuel usage produces pure water as the only byproduct. By optimizing the science of water electrolysis at the nano-level, our low-cost nanoparticles mimic photosynthesis to efficiently use sunlight to separate hydrogen from water to produce environmentally friendly renewable hydrogen. Using our low-cost method to produce renewable hydrogen, we intend to enable a world of distributed hydrogen production for renewable electricity and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. To learn more about HyperSolar, please visit our website at http://www.HyperSolar.com.

November 25, 2013 - 4:39 AM Comments: Closed

Hyundai Offers Tucson Fuel Cell Hydrogen-Powered Electric Vehicle To Retail Customers In Spring 2014

$499 per month to Drive the World’s First Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicle, Including Unlimited Free Hydrogen Refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance

LOS ANGELES– Hyundai today announced plans to offer its next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle for the U.S. market for just $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost. For the first time, retail consumers will be able to put a mass-produced, federally certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in their driveways, with availability beginning in Spring 2014 at several Southern California Hyundai dealers.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology, so we’re thrilled to be a leader in offering the mass-produced, federally certified Tucson Fuel Cell to retail customers,” said John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer, Hyundai Motor America. “The superior range and fast-fill refueling speed of our Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle contrast with the lower range and slow-charge characteristics of competing battery electric vehicles. We think fuel cell technology will increase the adoption rate of zero-emission vehicles, and we’ll all share the environmental benefits.”

FUEL CELL PRICING AND BENEFITS
The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will initially be offered to customers in the Los Angeles/Orange County region for $499 per month for a 36-month term, with $2,999 down. This includes the addition of a remarkable new addition to the Hyundai Assurance program –unlimited free hydrogen refueling. “When we spoke to customers interested in driving a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, many wondered what the cost of hydrogen would be,” said John Krafcik. “To ease those concerns as we build-out the hydrogen refueling network, we thought covering this cost for these early adopters in the monthly payment was the best approach, and consistent with other aspects of our Hyundai Assurance program. It’s our way of saying: ‘This is another thing you don’t have to worry about, we’ve got your back.’”

In addition, Tucson Fuel Cell owners will enjoy all the same services of the Hyundai Equus “At Your Service” valet program. As Equus owners have enjoyed since its introduction in 2010, should a Tucson Fuel Cell require any service, a Hyundai dealer will pick up the vehicle and provide a loaner, then return their car after service to their home or business, at no charge.

Customers interested in the Tucson Fuel Cell can indicate their interest (the first step in the ordering process) beginning today by visiting Hyundai.com.

The first four Hyundai dealers to offer the Tucson Fuel Cell to Southern California customers are Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim, Win Hyundai in Carson, Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys and Tustin Hyundai, with additional Hyundai dealers to follow. Availability of the Tucson Fuel Cell will expand to other regions of the country consistent with the accelerating deployment of hydrogen refueling stations.

THE NEXT-GENERATION ELECTRIC VEHICLE
To achieve societal goals of significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, more and more consumers will need to drive zero-emissions vehicles. Currently, there’s an ongoing debate about the future of the electric vehicle, with two schools of thought:

  1. Store more electricity on-board using more/larger batteries
  2. Create electricity on-board with hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology

Developed over 100 years ago, the battery electric vehicle has made progress in recent years, with improved affordability and energy storage capability. But for most consumers, range anxiety and lengthy recharging time remain formidable obstacles to using them in their daily lives. In addition, affordable electric vehicle technology is best suited to smaller urban vehicles, not larger family and utility vehicles that many families require to meet all of their needs. Because of the inherent weight and cost of batteries, and the chemistry and physics that drive slow recharge times, today’s electric vehicles have practical limits for many consumers.

TUCSON FUEL CELL ADVANTAGES
Hyundai is introducing its Tucson Fuel Cell to alleviate the limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles. The Tucson Fuel Cell maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline-powered Tucson so that its driver is able to immediately enjoy the next generation of electric vehicles without range or recharge-time compromises to their lifestyle.

The Tucson Fuel Cell represents the next generation of electric vehicles – those that create their own electricity, on-board, from hydrogen. According to UCI’s Advanced Power and Energy Program’s 2013 study, the hydrogen fuel cell provides lower total well-to-wheel emissions than a battery electric vehicle. For the Tucson Fuel Cell driver, this social benefit is achieved with greater utility, versatility and without compromises. Consider:

  • Driving range up to 300 miles*
  • Capable of full refueling in under 10 minutes, similar to gasoline
  • Minimal reduction in daily utility compared with its gasoline counterpart
  • Instantaneous electric motor torque (221 lb-ft)
  • Minimal cold-weather effects compared with battery electric vehicles
  • Superb daily reliability and long-term durability
    • No moving parts within the power-generating fuel cell stack
    • More than two million durability test miles on Hyundai’s fuel cell fleet since 2000
  • Extensive crash, fire and leak testing successfully completed
  • Quieter EV operation
  • Zero greenhouse-gas emissions, emits only water vapor

* Estimated driving range based on internal tests; EPA ratings to be determined by launch

The Tucson Fuel Cell begins mass production for the U.S. market in February 2014 at the Ulsan, Korea assembly plant that also manufactures the Tucson gasoline-powered CUV. Manufacturing the Tucson Fuel Cell at the same plant allows Hyundai to leverage both the high quality and cost-efficiency of its popular gasoline-powered Tucson platform.

HYDROGEN RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
The benefits of hydrogen are well known — required supplies for the U.S. market can be produced domestically and its supply is virtually unlimited. It can be produced by varied means – including renewable sources such as biogas. In fact, Hyundai’s Fuel Cell prototypes have relied on hydrogen generated at the Orange County Sanitation District near its Fountain Valley headquarters, where methane from sewage is turned into hydrogen. Hydrogen can even be sourced directly from water, using electrolysis to split hydrogen molecules with electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

Further supporting hydrogen infrastructure development, California approved a plan in October 2013 to develop up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations in the state over the next several years. This recent California initiative dovetails with increased government support of hydrogen infrastructure development at the federal level, such as H2USA.

HYDROGEN: LOWEST WELL-TO-WHEEL EMISSIONS
According to 2013 studies on well-to-wheel greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) by the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles have the lowest overall emission levels of all alternative fuel entries. Well-to-wheel emissions for hydrogen vehicles sourced from natural gas are lower than battery electric vehicles, and less than half of equivalent gasoline vehicle emissions. Even more impressive, hydrogen emissions sourced from biogas are a tiny fraction of equivalent gasoline vehicle emissions, yielding an extremely high factor of long-range emissions sustainability.

FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY: HOW IT WORKS
Hyundai’s fuel cell effectively replaces the battery pack used in an electric vehicle by generating electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical process that does not involve hydrogen combustion, with no moving parts within the fuel cell stack.

The fuel cell electrochemical process is as follows:

  • Hydrogen enters the anode, air (oxygen) enters the cathode
  • Catalyst splits the hydrogen electrons and protons
  • Electrolyte conducts the positively-charged ions while blocking the electrons
  • Electrons are used to create an external circuit, generating electricity
  • Catalyst combines the hydrogen ions and electrons with oxygen to create water and heat energy
  • A single fuel cell produces approximately one volt; fuel cells are “stacked” to meet voltage requirements

ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR EVALUATION DRIVE AVAILABILITY
Hyundai is also partnering with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to make the Tucson Fuel Cell available to consumers at select locations in the Los Angeles/Orange County region. This partnership will enable interested consumers to evaluate the Tucson Fuel Cell for their lifestyles on a multi-day basis, with rental availability also planned for Spring 2014.

November 22, 2013 - 7:47 AM Comments: Closed

POSCO unit starts work on fuel cell parts plant

SEOUL (Yonhap) — POSCO Energy Co., the fuel cell maker of South Korea’s biggest steelmaker POSCO, said Friday that it has broken ground on its plant that will manufacture key parts of fuel cells that are used to generate electricity.

POSCO Energy plans to spend 100 billion won (US$94.2 million) to build the plant for producing the so-called cell, a key component of the fuel cell, with the aim of starting its commercial production from the end of next year, the company said.

The plant will be built in Pohang, the main base of POSCO, located 374 kilometers southeast of Seoul, under the contract signed last November between the company and U.S. FuelCell Energy Inc. to receive the cell technologies.

POSCO Energy launched the fuel cell business in a business partnership with FuelCell Energy in 2007 in a bid to find new growth engines.

November 22, 2013 - 7:30 AM Comments: Closed

Honda’s “Hydrogen Boy” pees his way to a cleaner world

A little boy urinating might not easily conjure up images of a cleaner world, but Honda had other ideas on Thursday as it tries to promote its green-car technology.

Manneken Pis

TOKYO: A little boy urinating might not easily conjure up images of a cleaner world, but Honda had other ideas on Thursday as it tries to promote its green-car technology.

The Japanese firm erected a two-metre (6.6 foot) replica of famous Brussels landmark Manneken Pis — the bronze statue of a boy peeing into a fountain — for its display at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The not-so-little plastic “Piss Boy”, as the famous statue is known in Japan, was meant to show how the company’s fuel-cell technology works, and along with the hydrogen tank strapped to his back it has been appropriately named “Hydrogen Boy”.

“When hydrogen and oxygen go into a fuel cell, they react chemically and generate power,” the boy’s recorded voice tells passersby in Japanese, his eyes flashing as he urinates into a pool below.

“But only water comes out. Dribble, dribble.”

Honda said on Thursday it would roll out a commercial fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, a day after rival Toyota promised a similar offering as competition in the sector heats up.

Fuel-cell vehicles are considered the holy grail of green cars because they emit nothing but water vapour from the tailpipe and can operate on hydrogen produced using renewable methods.

- AFP/jl

November 22, 2013 - 5:16 AM Comments: Closed

Amazonica Corp. Launches New Corporate Website Highlighting Ultra Pure Hydrogen Sector

LAS VEGAS, NV– Amazonica Corp. (otcqb:AMZZ)(”Amazonica” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive website to effectively illustrate the Company’s new direction into ultra-pure hydrogen production research.

The new company website (www.amazonicacorp.com / www.euroamericanhydrogen.com) contains information about the company’s breakthrough ultra-pure, hydrogen production process and the scientific and management team behind its development. It also provides a very informative introduction to hydrogen and its many different uses with particular emphasis on the market and potential uses of ultra-pure hydrogen.

“The commercial market for hydrogen gas is now around $100 billion and the potential for profit and environmental benefits are why so many automobile, oil, and energy companies are working on hydrogen fuel cell opportunities,” commented Mr. Michael Soursos, Amazonica’s CEO. “I am extremely pleased with how the Company’s new website has turned out and I’m confident that its superb graphics and striking facts about hydrogen will help explain the sector and our technology, as well as the global business opportunity to investors. I encourage all interested parties to visit the new website to better understand our story and how our breakthrough technology for the production of 99.999% pure hydrogen has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world.”

About Amazonica Corp.

Amazonica Corp. (dba Euro-American Hydrogen Corp.) is a technology development company that is quoted on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) where the Company’s ticker symbol is AMZZ. Amazonica Corp. (dba EuroAmerican Hydrogen Corp.) is developing a breakthrough, low cost technology to make 99.999% pure hydrogen.

November 22, 2013 - 4:28 AM Comments: Closed

PureCell® fuel cell system provides clean, critical and secure energy solution for First National Bank of Omaha

An artist rendering of the Busan International Finance Center, where a PureCell model 400 fuel cell system will be installed in the Landmark Tower. (PRNewsFoto/ClearEdge Power)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of scalable, distributed power systems, today announced that First National Bank of Omaha has purchased a PureCell® Model 400 fuel cell system for its First National Technology Center in Omaha, Neb., having been the first data center in the world to generate power via fuel cells since 1999.  The fuel cell is installed in the main floor of the building and provides 400 kW of clean, efficient heat and power to the building. First National Bank of Omaha has been a pioneer in the successful incorporation of fuel cells, having powered its data center since 1999 with ClearEdge Power’s previous generation 200 kW fuel cell systems. By installing a new PureCell Model 400 system, First National Bank of Omaha continues to benefit from the high levels of reliability and the environmental savings achieved through the use of clean, efficient fuel cell technology.

“We have had a great experience with the reliability afforded our data center operations since installing our first fuel cells in 1999,” said Brenda Dooley, president, First National Buildings.  “They’ve repeatedly proven their value to our business, so we are confident in relying on this latest generation of fuel cell technology.”

By generating power on-site with a fuel cell, First National Bank of Omaha will prevent the release of more than 1,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of planting more than 350 acres of trees.  The reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to a conventional power plant is equal to the environmental benefit of removing more than 346 cars from the road.  In addition to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, this PureCell system will enable First National Bank of Omaha to save over a million gallons of water annually.

“We are very pleased that once again First National Bank of Omaha has chosen ClearEdge Power to help meet its energy needs,” said David B. Wright, Chief Executive Officer of ClearEdge Power.  “With the upgrade to a Model 400 system, First National Bank of Omaha continues to lead by example and be a model for other businesses with continuous heat and power demands.”

Generating electricity and heat, PureCell Model 400 systems are driving lower energy costs, increasing reliability and reducing emissions for customers around the globe.  PureCell systems have been proven in the field to be dependable and durable energy solutions, with total expected efficiencies more than double those of traditional power generation sources. With an ultra-clean design, optimized performance and streamlined installation, PureCell systems are the recommended choice for facilities with baseload heat and power requirements, like First National Bank of Omaha.

About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska, which is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $17 billion in managed assets and nearly 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

About ClearEdge Power
ClearEdge Power provides clean, distributed power systems that scale from 5 kW to multiple megawatts. As the most experienced fuel cell producer, ClearEdge Power is transforming power generation with innovative solutions that help customers reduce electricity bills, improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. For more information, please visit http://www.clearedgepower.com

November 21, 2013 - 12:54 PM Comments: Closed

New European project on hydrogen metering accuracy announced

HyAC is a new European project supported by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
Program. HyAC is to address verification of metering accuracy at hydrogen refueling
stations and provide recommendations for legal requirements & procedures.
An increasing number of fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen refueling stations are
being demonstrated in a number of European countries as a preparation of a gradual
market introduction beyond 2015.
The gradual change from demonstration to commercial sale of hydrogen fuel will require
methods and procedures for hydrogen accuracy and metering. This is to ensure
that vehicle users receive the quantity of hydrogen that is paid for at refueling station.
At present existing European or national legal metrology requirements for fuels, does
not include hydrogen, which HyAC is to address through conducting three overall tasks:
 Validate and demonstrate that state‐of‐the‐art hydrogen mass flow metering
equipment can meet expected legal requirements by conducting accuracy testing
 Analyze existing legislation & standards on gas fuel metering accuracy and past
experiences & activities on hydrogen metering accuracy approval & verification
 Provide technical recommendations for a potential future inclusion
of hydrogen in e.g. the MID Directive & OIML/Welmec recommendations and
formulation of guidelines for national authorities in country approval of hydrogen
accuracy
The outcome of the HyAC project will be a public report in late 2014 with results of the
project and “Recommendations for legal requirements & procedures for verification &
approval of hydrogen metering accuracy”. This can act as basis for a potential inclusion
of hydrogen in a legal metrology frame e.g. on European level through the MID directive
or OIML/Welmec recommendations and on national country level.
HyAC is consortium of nine partners covering metrology expert organizations from Sweden,
United Kingdom and Denmark and several technology, energy and car companies.
Learn more at: www.hy‐ac.eu

HyAC is a new European project supported by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Program. HyAC is to address verification of metering accuracy at hydrogen refueling stations and provide recommendations for legal requirements & procedures.

An increasing number of fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen refueling stations are being demonstrated in a number of European countries as a preparation of a gradual market introduction beyond 2015.

The gradual change from demonstration to commercial sale of hydrogen fuel will re‐ quire methods and procedures for hydrogen accuracy and metering. This is to ensure that vehicle users receive the quantity of hydrogen that is paid for at refueling station.

At present existing European or national legal metrology requirements for fuels, does not include hydrogen, which HyAC is to address through conducting three overall tasks:

• Validate and demonstrate that state‐of‐the‐art hydrogen mass flow metering equipment can meet expected legal requirements by conducting accuracy testing

• Analyze existing legislation & standards on gas fuel metering accuracy and past experiences & activities on hydrogen metering accuracy approval & verification

• Provide technical recommendations for a potential future inclusion of hydrogen in e.g. the MID Directive & OIML/Welmec recommendations and formulation of guidelines for national authorities in country approval of hydrogen accuracy

The outcome of the HyAC project will be a public report in late 2014 with results of the project and “Recommendations for legal requirements & procedures for verification & approval of hydrogen metering accuracy”. This can act as basis for a potential inclusion of hydrogen in a legal metrology frame e.g. on European level through the MID directive or OIML/Welmec recommendations and on national country level.

HyAC is consortium of nine partners covering metrology expert organizations from Sweden, United Kingdom and Denmark and several technology, energy and car companies.

Learn more at: www.hy‐ac.eu

November 21, 2013 - 7:35 AM Comments: Closed

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