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NEL ASA: Acquisition of RotoLyzer® successfully completed-Opens new market segments for hydrogen refueling stations where space is limited

OSLO, Norway–Reference is made to NEL ASAs binding agreement to acquire RotoBoost H2 AS, which holds all assets related to the RotoLyzer®, announced 13 August 2015. The transaction is now successfully completed.

About The RotoLyzer®

The RotoLyzer® is a pressurized, compact electrolyser, which utilizes a vertical, rotating cell pack, providing full operational flexibility while allowing for low production costs. This opens up new market segments for NEL, and provides an ideal solution for hydrogen refuelling stations where space is limited, or integration with renewable energy sources. The technology is patented and has been verified through extensive testing.

About NEL

NEL ASA (OSE:NEL) is the first dedicated hydrogen company on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Since its foundation in 1927, NEL Hydrogen has a proud history of development and continual improvement of hydrogen plants. NEL aims to deliver a complete solution, from hydrogen production to the refuelling of vehicles through the partly owned company Hyme AS and the subsidiary H2 Logic A/S. H2 Logic A/S is a leading manufacturer of H2Station® hydrogen refuelling stations that provides fuel cell electric vehicles with the same fast fueling and long range as conventional vehicles today. www.nel-hydrogen.com

September 30, 2015 - 1:36 PM Comments: Closed

Innovation of fuel cells with gas diffusion layers

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With fuel cell technologies making their way to serial production, the fuel cell industry faces the challenge of bringing their prototypes and early adopters to the next level: that of a high-volume, low-cost and competitive production. When it comes to the performance of fuel cells, gas diffusion layer (GDL) materials play a vital part in bringing forward the technology. Freudenberg Performance Materials (FPM) is working with fast speed on the industrialization of its GDL manufacturing line, establishing itself as an ISO 9001-certified, high-volume capable, full-service supplier of gas diffusion layers.

Optimizing quality and costs through systematic industrialization

“Our task is to improve the performance of gas diffusion layers and to optimize quality and costs through systematic industrialization,” says Dr. Frank Heislitz, Chief Technology Officer at FPM. Gas diffusion layers from Freudenberg consist of nonwovens with a unique three-dimensional fiber structure. They enable highly efficient fuel cells and realize electrical, thermal and water management just as appropriate in the individual fuel cell application. The nonwoven technology also allows a high degree of flexibility in the design in order to meet the specific needs of customers. Many of the current fuel cell producers and developers including important international automobile manufacturers are among FPM’s clients.

Building on the nonwoven production excellence of the Freudenberg Group

Freudenberg Performance Materials has assumed responsibility for the further development of gas diffusion layers and for building up business in this segment from Freudenberg Fuel Cell Components Technologies at the beginning of 2015. Thus, the business is building on the extensive knowledge and nonwoven production excellence of the Freudenberg Group with a company history of more than 165 years. Freudenberg has been doing research on fuel cell components for more than a decade. With an excellent product quality, a comprehensive quality management and the improved handling of material in production, FPM is taking important steps in order to bring the production of fuel cell components to the next level.

About Freudenberg Performance Materials

Freudenberg Performance Materials is a leading global supplier of innovative performance materials offering differentiated value propositions to a broad range of markets and applications such as Automotive Interiors, Apparel, Building Materials, Hygiene, Medical, Shoe Components and Specialties. The company generates sales of over €900 million and has more than 20 manufacturing sites in 14 countries and more than 3.800 associates. Freudenberg Performance Materials has many years of experience in technical textiles and applications. The company attaches great importance to social and ecological responsibility.

The company is part of the Freudenberg Group. In 2014, the Freudenberg Group with its Seals and Vibration Control Technology, Nonwovens, Filtration, Household Products, Specialties and Others Business Areas generated sales of more than € 7 billion (including pro-rata consolidation of our 50:50 joint ventures) and employed more than 40,000 people in around 60 countries. For further information please go to www.freudenberg-pm.com.

Media contacts:

Katrin Boettcher, Freudenberg Performance Materials, [email protected]
Julia Monge Duarte, Freudenberg Performance Materials, [email protected]

Business contact:

Dr. Volker Banhardt
Head of Sales and Marketing
Freudenberg Performance Materials

[email protected]

September 30, 2015 - 8:54 AM Comments: Closed

Honda to Unveil Next Generation Hydrogen Car at 44th Tokyo Motor Show

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Honda Motor Co. plans on introducing a new fuel-cell vehicle with a longer driving range than Toyota Motor Corp.’s Mirai, next month at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show.

Honda original technologies made this vehicle the world’s first production model of a FCV sedan with the entire fuel-cell powertrain consolidated under the hood of a sedan-type vehicle.

This new powertrain layout will enable a full cabin package that seats five adults comfortably.

Moreover, the all-new FCV features a cruising range of more than 700 km and exhilarating driving made possible by the high-output motors.

Furthermore, when combined with an external power feeding inverter, this FCV can function as a “mobile power plant” that generates and provides electricity to the community in the case of an emergency.

September 30, 2015 - 6:51 AM Comments: Closed

October 8-National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day


In recognition of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technology, on October 8th, industry, friends, and supporters are celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day to help raise awareness of a clean energy technology that is here now. October 8th was chosen as a reference to the of the atomic weight of Hydrogen, 1.008.

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology is here now

Hydrogen can now be generated from a range of domestic sources.

More than 150,000 fuel cell systems are in operation right now.

Hundreds of businesses in North America are powering facilities, warehouses, and data centers with fuel cells now.

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles are hitting the nation’s roads now, and thousands more are coming.

More than 50 retail hydrogen stations are open or under construction in California now, the start of a nationwide network.

Fuel cells and hydrogen are making an impact now by reducing pollution and increasing energy security.

The technology is here now, and the fuel cell and hydrogen energy tax credits are important to the continued success of the industry.

Show your support of hydrogen and fuel cells now!

Click here to download our I support hydrogen and fuel cell signs and post to social media with hashtags

#HydrogenNow #FuelCellNow

Click here to sign up for the National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day Thunderclap and add your voice.

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September 30, 2015 - 6:23 AM Comments: Closed

Ballard Inks $6M Deal in China For First Global Deployment of Fuel Cell-Powered Trams

VANCOUVER, CANADA and QINGDAO & FOSHAN, CHINA –At a ceremony held at the Company’s global headquarters, Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) signed a joint development agreement and a supply agreement to develop and commercialize a fuel cell engine specifically designed for integration into low floor trams manufactured by CRRC Qingdao Sifang Company, Ltd. (CRRC Sifang), a Chinese rolling stock manufacturer. The agreements include 2016 delivery of ten (10) customized FCvelocity® modules and the agreements have an initial value expected to be approximately $6 million.

Ballard plans to develop a new prototype configuration of its FCvelocity® fuel cell module to deliver 200 kilowatts (kW) of net power for use in powering trams in urban deployments. An initial deployment of eight (8) fuel cell-powered trams is planned by CRRC Sifang and the City of Foshan on the Gaoming Line starting in 2017.

“We are pleased with the strong relationship we are developing with CRRC Sifang, a company with a rich history of innovation in Chinese rail transit, to pursue the China market opportunity for fuel cell powered trams,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President and CEO.

CRRC Sifang, based in Qingdao, Shandong province was established more than 100-years ago, in 1900. CRRC Sifang has a yearly production capacity of 200 high-speed electric multiple units (EMUs), 1,000 mass transit vehicles and 300 high-grade passenger cars. In March 2015, a Ballard fuel cell module powered the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered fixed rail electric tram that was successfully demonstrated at a ceremonial event held at CRRC Sifang’s head office, production and testing facility.

Mr. Luo Bin, Deputy President of CRRC Qingdao Sifang Company stated, “Clean urban transportation is a high priority in China. Our collaboration with Ballard to develop a purpose-built engine for our low floor tram, and the initial planned deployments in Foshan, position us well for this attractive opportunity. Ballard is our chosen partner for fuel cell technology because they have leading fuel cell expertise, experience, capabilities and a focus on safety, reliability and quality.”

Mr. Xu Guo, Vice Mayor of the City of Foshan/Yunfu added, “Our planned move toward clean mass transit technology is being accelerated with this announcement of fuel cell-powered trams as well as our announcement of 300 fuel cell powered buses in Foshan/Yunfu. We have confidence that the consortium partners, including Ballard and CRRC Sifang, will effectively deliver ground-breaking solutions for the benefit of our Chinese citizens.”

Alfred Wong, Ballard’s Director – Sales for Asia Pacific said, “Our ground-breaking announcement a few days ago regarding a deal to support deployment of 300 fuel cell buses in the Cities of Foshan and Yunfu, together with today’s announcement of an initial order supporting deployment of 8 fuel cell trams in the City of Foshan provide concrete evidence that Ballard’s customer-centric China strategy is moving toward an unparalleled level of industry success.”

Further discussion of Ballard’s activities and plans in the heavy-duty mass transit market will take place during the Company’s Investor and Analyst Day, scheduled to be held on October 1, 2015 in New York City. Institutional investors wishing to attend are asked to register as soon as possible, as space is limited, by emailing Ballard at [email protected]. Ballard’s Investor and Analyst Day will also be webcast, with the live audio stream and presentation materials accessible through a link on Ballard’s homepage at www.ballard.com. Following the event, the webcast and presentation materials will be archived in the Investors section of Ballard’s website at www.ballard.com/investors.

September 29, 2015 - 9:00 AM Comments: Closed

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $22.5 Million to Put More Low and No-Emission Vehicles into Service Across America

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $22.5 Million to Put More Low and No-Emission Vehicles into Service Across America

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is announcing the availability of $22.5 million through the latest round of the Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) that will help deploy the next generation of energy-efficient vehicles nationwide. The funds are intended to encourage adoption of green technologies in transit buses, such as hydrogen fuel cells and electric and hybrid engines.

“These grants will help ensure that the future of mass transit is energy-efficient and friendly to the environment,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This funding will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and support the growing sustainable energy industry in the United States.”

The FTA’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program was established under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It focuses on commercializing the cleanest and most energy-efficient U.S.-made transit buses to help reduce emissions like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The LoNo program builds on the success of FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program, which invested in the research, development and testing of alternative fuels and related equipment for the transit industry.

A Notice of Funding Availability for the FTA LoNo Program can be found in the Federal Register. The previous round of LoNo funding, announced in February 2015, awarded $55 million in grants to ten organizations nationwide.

“The LoNo program has helped deploy environmentally-sound, technologically-advanced vehicles across the country, providing a better riding experience for passengers and improving public health,” said Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan. “By reducing fuel and maintenance costs, these modern vehicles are a great public investment – saving taxpayer money in the long run while powering innovative American enterprises.”

FTA will award the LoNo funds on a competitive basis to transit agencies and state transportation departments working either independently or jointly with bus manufacturers already making low- and zero-emission buses. Priority will be given to proposals that, among other criteria:

  • Use tested bus models with proven effectiveness, especially zero-emission models;
  • Exhibit strong transit agency and community commitment, including technical and project management skills; and
  • Demonstrate understanding of and accommodation for public safety.

In addition, all LoNo procurements will have to follow FTA Buy America regulations and undergo Bus Testing at FTA’s facility in Altoona, Pa.

Of the $22.5 million available in LoNo grant funds, a minimum of $3.0 million is available to support facilities and related equipment. Transit agencies may also use a portion of their annual FTA formula funds to purchase additional vehicles.

In addition to their environmental benefits, LoNo transit buses will, in the long run, help transit agencies save money on fuel and maintenance costs. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, zero-emission buses can achieve up to 87% greater fuel economy compared to buses running on diesel and other fuels.

September 29, 2015 - 7:22 AM Comments: Closed

NY State Funds Morgan Stanley Fuel Cell Installation in its Manhattan offices

Governor Cuomo announced $175 million in awards for five large-scale clean energy projects that will help the State meet its Reforming the Energy Vision goals to increase the amount of electricity generation from renewable energy sources. The projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the resiliency of New York’s electric grid and energy infrastructure while decreasing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels leading to a cleaner, healthier environment.

The announcement is in recognition of Climate Week, which Governor Cuomo proclaimed from September 22-29 to raise awareness about the challenges we face with a changing climate and to highlight New York’s efforts to increase resiliency and curb emissions as global leaders meet in New York City this week.

“Climate Week is a reminder that we must continue our investment to create a sustainable energy future for New York State,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through these projects, we are developing a world-class technology infrastructure while using the renewable energy necessary to reduce our carbon footprint and create a greener New York.”

Once operational, the five projects will add approximately 116 megawatts (MW) of new renewable capacity, which will provide about 356,000 megawatt-hours per year of clean renewable energy to New York – enough energy to supply over 54,000 average-sized homes per year.

Morgan Stanley Headquarters, New York City: Morgan Stanley will install a 790 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell in its Manhattan offices, where the technology’s low-emissions generation will contribute to load reduction, system reliability and cleaner electric power.

September 29, 2015 - 6:55 AM Comments: Closed

Hydrogen Production: Creation of AREVA H2-Gen joint venture a Global Leader in PEM Electrolysis

AREVA, SMART ENERGIES through its subsidiary CETH2, and the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) announce the creation of the AREVA H2-Gen joint venture, which aims to manufacture Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers. This technology shall enable hydrogen to be produced from water and electricity.

Initially intended for industrial applications, PEM electrolysis is now targeting the renewable energy storage market, to supply service stations with hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles or to supply natural gas networks (Power-to-gas).

AREVA, SMART ENERGIES and the French State, represented by the ADEME as operator of the Investissements d’Avenir (investments for the future) Programme, will eventually hold equal stakes in the company, with the aim of making it a leading global player in the field of hydrogen production by electrolysis. This company will be based in France, where it will have a dedicated engineering and production site.

The equity investment provided by the ADEME, acting on behalf of the French State, shall help finance the investments required for the development and sale of more powerful electrolysers.

Vianney de l’Estang, CEO of SMART ENERGIES, expressed his delight with this agreement: “We acquired CETH2 in 2010 to finance the first prototypes of PEM electrolysers, and have supported the company over the past four years in its technical and commercial development. In a PEM electrolysis market undergoing strong growth, we are now delighted to be able to join forces with an industrial partner such as AREVA, with the financial support of the ADEME.”

Luc Oursel, President and CEO of AREVA, said: “PEM electrolysis is a solution which is relevant because the market for the storage of hydrogen-based energy is growing at such a fast rate. Particularly well-suited to the mass production of hydrogen, this solution offers considerable competitive advantages compared to traditional technologies. In particular, it meets the expectations of customers striving to optimize the use of local renewable sources of energy.”

Finally, Bruno Lechevin, President of the ADEME, declared that: “This initiative will help to speed up the emergence of hydrogen as a storage solution. In particular, these solutions will help to better promote the production and development of renewable energies in France and throughout the rest of the world. It also shows the importance of the “Investissements d’Avenir” Programme, which has made it possible to create a new industrial player combining the flexibility of an SME with the solidity of a large company, supported by equity funds.”

September 28, 2015 - 7:47 AM Comments: Closed

Smart Grids and solid state hydrogen-based energy storage-News from INGRID Project

Run by a European consortium, the INGRID project aims at implementing an industrial demonstrator in the Apulia region (Southern Italy), where many photovoltaic and wind farms are located.

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The consortium will design, build, deploy and operate a 39MWh energy storage facility, combining the recent advances in Smart Grids and solid state hydrogen-based energy storage to match energy supply and demand and optimize the electricity generated by intermittent Renewable Energy Sourcing.

As part of consortium, McPhy Energy will install an hydrogen-based solid storage solution, storing a massive amount, more than 1t, of solid-state hydrogen.

The newsletter below will introduce you to the relevant advances and the partnership of the project, a focus on technologies and the recent development in energy storage.

September 28, 2015 - 7:04 AM Comments: Closed

McPhy to equip its first hydrogen refuelling station in France

Station H2 Lyon

• A major customer: GNVert (Engie Group)
• Commercial success of the new line of products for hydrogen stations
• Numerous opportunities in France and international markets

La Motte-FanjasMcPhy Energy, specialised in hydrogen production and storage equipment for industry and energy markets, which recently expanded its product range by integrating a hydrogen refuelling station pump technology, has just been awarded its first project in France to equip a station to be built in Lyon.

This station will be delivered at the end of 2015 to GNVert, the sustainable mobility subsidiary of Engie Group, as part of the first phase of the Hyway program. This program coordinates the deployment of utility vehicles, Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 hybrid fuel cells with hydrogen-range extenders (HyKangoo) built around several hydrogen refueling stations in the Rhône-Alpes region, including the one to be built in Lyon.

Many commercial opportunities for the hydrogen refuelling station solution

In addition to production by water electrolysis and intermediate storage, the McPhy Energy hydrogen refuelling station solution now integrates vehicle refuelling pumps after concluding an exclusive technology and commercial agreement in April of this year with AJC. Created by Jean-Michel Joly, this company has significant expertise in high-pressure gas grids and in particular pumps supplying natural gas that have been adapted to hydrogen refuelling.

This unique solution offers numerous commercial opportunities in France and international markets. A team specifically devoted to this rapidly developing market has been set up at McPhy Energy for that purpose.

“After commissioning the Berlin-Schoenefeld refuelling station and the next delivery for a refuelling station in Woodside California, this latest order confirms the added value of our product offering for the very promising hydrogen mobility market. It will open up new growth opportunities for us and highlights McPhy Energy’s commitment to meeting the challenges of sustainable mobility and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We wish to thank GNVert and our different partners within the H2 Mobilité France and HyWay programs, in particular for selecting us to contribute with them in deploying a national infrastructure for hydrogen refueling stations”, concluded Adamo Screnci, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of McPhy Energy.

September 28, 2015 - 6:46 AM Comments: Closed

Fuel cell researcher finds Waterloo a catalyst for automotive innovation

Although he hasn’t slid behind the wheel of one yet, Drew Higgins hopes to drive a fuel cell vehicle someday. And here’s what would make the ride extra sweet for the recent chemical engineering alumnus: knowing the research he conducted during 11 years as a Waterloo student made the green energy source inexpensive enough to compete with gasoline.

“I strongly believe in the work that I do and the technologies that are being developed,” he says. “So what better way to demonstrate that commitment than to actually drive one of the vehicles?”

drew higginsFuel cell researcher Drew Higgins’ three chemical engineering degrees are from Waterloo. The award-winning recipient of a prestigious NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is now at Stanford University.

Higgins’ award-winning research focuses on making fuel cells more reliable for use in cars, buses and backup power systems, as well as on cleaning up emissions. In particular, he’s developing new catalysts that reduce the amount of expensive platinum materials commonly used in fuel cells or rely on alternative catalyst configurations. In one case, he has alloyed cobalt with platinum, which ended up not only being less expensive, but also actually boosted the platinum’s activity and effectiveness.

His eventual goal for automotive applications? To create a fuel cell that will last 5,000 hours of operation and make it competitive with typical internal combustion engines.

A recent move to start an  NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship position at Stanford University in California is a big one, particularly when considering that Higgins has spent almost his entire post-secondary education at the University of Waterloo. His three chemical engineering degrees – BASc, MASc and PhD – are all from Waterloo.

Attracted by Waterloo’s facilities and faculty members

While his parents, Waterloo alumni who studied math and computer science, originally encouraged him to apply to the undergraduate engineering program, new cutting edge equipment, buildings and supportive professors convinced him to stay for his other two degrees.  Higgins’ supervisor, Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor, even offered to help him find an internship so Higgins could gain more experience. Chen, who is the Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy, kept his promise and Higgins spent nearly a year down at the Los Alamos National Lab in northern New Mexico, perched on the side of a mountain.

In 2014, Higgins was honoured with the Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Research Award, which encourages and recognizes exceptional student research in fuel cell technologies.  He was recognized at an award ceremony attended by leading industry, academic and government experts from the fuel cell sector.

Higgins praises Waterloo’s academic environment for enabling him to take his own research to the next level, and possibly into the car of the future.

“New equipment, new facilities and new technologies – Waterloo Engineering offered everything I needed for my research,” he says. “When I had a question, I was able to walk over to a lab and talk to a researcher who’s an expert in a particular field. That made all the difference.”

September 28, 2015 - 6:20 AM Comments: Closed

Ballard Lands $17M Deal For Deployment of ~300 Fuel Cell Buses in China

  • Largest ever global deployment of fuel cell buses
  • Deal includes deployment of new 30kW & 60kW power modules
  • Localization of module assembly, with recurring royalties

The deal has an estimated initial value of $17 million through 2016, with the opportunity for significant recurring royalties starting in 2017. The agreement includes supply and sale of fully-assembled fuel cell power modules, ready-to-assemble module kits, a technology license for localization of assembly, supply of proprietary fuel cell stacks and long-term recurring royalties leveraged to unit volumes of locally assembled modules.

“We are thrilled to have Ballard selected as the exclusive supplier of fuel cell technology for the largest ever global deployment of fuel cell buses,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO. “The Foshan and Yunfu governments are demonstrating strong vision and leadership by championing a collaboration model that addresses mass transit needs, supports air quality initiatives and contributes to continued economic development.”

Mr. Xu Guo, Vice Mayor of the City of Yunfu said, “We are moving the Cities of Foshan and Yunfu into the future by adopting clean, quiet and economical fuel cell buses. And, we are pleased to have a strong consortium of partners, including Ballard, Synergy and Feichi Bus.”

Mr. Ma Dongsheng Frank, CEO of Synergy stated, “We selected Ballard, the global leader in fuel cell technology for buses, as our exclusive technology partner. Ballard’s flexible approach in developing a partnership model along with leading technical solutions that address the unique needs and opportunities in the Chinese market has been impressive. We look forward to localizing assembly of Ballard fuel cell modules in Foshan / Yunfu to meet the fast-growing demand for clean energy buses in China.”

Mr. Chen Xiaomin, Vice Chairman of Foshan Automobile Transportation Group Co., Ltd. added, “Foshan Automotive is a leader in the manufacture of clean energy buses in Guangdong Province. We see strong demand for low carbon solutions, and are excited by the opportunity to be first-to-market with a fuel cell bus offering. This deal represents a potential catalyst for further advancement and adoption of fuel cell buses in China.”

Today’s ceremony at Ballard was also attended by senior representatives of the Canadian Federal Government as well as the British Columbia Provincial Government, including B.C. Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat.

Minister Wat said, “This deal shows that B.C. is ready to meet China’s rapidly-growing clean energy needs and is a world leader in fuel cell technology with the necessary talent and skills to deliver in the global marketplace. This job-generating deal is a great accomplishment for Ballard and our government is a proud supporter of the company’s growth throughout the Asia Pacific Region.”

Mr. MacEwen continued, “Given its scale and importance, this deployment in Foshan will serve as a major competitive advantage for Ballard and our local partners as we seek to bring additional Chinese cities onboard. China’s new energy program involves forty-eight cities that are focused on addressing severe air quality issues, in part through expansion of public transit, with one thousand clean energy buses to be deployed in each participating city.”

Alfred Wong, Ballard’s Director – Sales for Asia Pacific added, “This follow-on agreement with Synergy represents a strong statement of support for Ballard’s technology and products in terms of meeting the emerging interest for fuel cell adoption in China’s enormous mass public transportation sector. Ballard has a strong brand in China and we are moving quickly to seize early market demand.”

On September 24, 2015, Ballard announced that the Company is developing two new configurations of its FCvelocity®-HD7 power module, to deliver 30 kilowatts (kW) and 60 kW of net power, respectively, in addition to the 90 kW net power configuration which was launched in June 2015. These two new module configurations are planned to be available for commercial deployment in 2016 and will be supplied to Synergy under the deal announced today.

Today’s announcement is also in addition to Ballard’s June 2015 announcement regarding the signing of definitive license and supply agreements with Synergy as well as with Nantong Zehe New Energy Technology Co, Ltd. (”Zehe”), valued at $10 million, for the delivery of FCvelocity®-HD7 90kW net power modules, for use in 33 fuel cell buses to be deployed in the cities of Yunfu and Rugao, China.

Ballard’s high performance FCvelocity®-HD modules have demonstrated exceptional reliability while clocking millions of kilometers on the road, principally in bus fleets. FCvelocity®-HD7, Ballard’s seventh-generation heavy duty module, offers a number of key advantages:

  • Performance – The FCvelocity®-HD7 heavy duty zero-emission fuel cell power module offers superior performance based on Ballard’s proprietary fuel cell stack technology, demonstrating unmatched fuel efficiency, durability and flexibility to operate in extreme conditions that include cold as well as hot, humid environments.
  • Integration – A simplified and scalable design enables the module to be integrated into multiple transportation applications and the modular design of the air and cooling systems allow flexible and simple “drop-in” integration into vehicle drive trains.
  • Cost Reduction – The new FCvelocity®-HD7 power module features a reduced parts count, simplified design and lower parasitic load. Key components are manufactured with high-volume production processes, thereby reducing capital cost of the module and maintenance costs associated with parts replacement over the life of the product. Ballard’s HD7 represents a cost reduction of more than 30% from the prior generation HD6 product and a cost reduction of approximately 65% in this product line over the past six years.
  • Leadership – The FCvelocity®-HD7 reflects Ballard’s unmatched experience in the field, including: more than 20-years’ supporting transit applications; production of more than 150 modules through seven generations of product; working with ten different system integrators and OEMs to power more than 100 buses in 20 cities worldwide; powering fuel cell buses over more than 7.5 million kilometers (4.7 million miles) and transporting more than 10 million passengers in revenue service.

Further discussion of Ballard’s activities and plans in the heavy-duty mass transit market will take place during the Company’s Investor and Analyst Day, scheduled to be held on October 1, 2015 in New York City. Institutional investors wishing to attend are asked to register as soon as possible, as space is limited, by emailing Ballard at [email protected]. Ballard’s Investor and Analyst Day will also be webcast, with the live audio stream and presentation materials accessible through a link on Ballard’s homepage at www.ballard.com. Following the event, the webcast and presentation materials will be archived in the Investors section of Ballard’s website at www.ballard.com/investors.

About Ballard Power Systems Ballard Power Systems BLDP, +2.63% (BLD) provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programs. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

About Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co., Ltd. (”Synergy”) Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co., Ltd. is a Chinese integrator and solution provider focused on the market for fuel cell modules. The company is actively developing this market for mass transit solutions in China, including buses and trams. 

About Foshan Automobile Transportation Group Co., Ltd. Foshan Automobile Transportation Group is the largest comprehensive road transport enterprise in Foshan City, with more than 7,000 employees. The company is a comprehensive transportation group consisting of diversified businesses, such as passenger transport, public transit, cross-regional city buses, taxis, car rentals, logistics, energy supply, automobile manufacturing, auto repair, technician education and vocational training.

September 26, 2015 - 10:46 AM Comments: Closed

H2 Logic part of new €68 million Hydrogen Mobility Europe project

H2 Logic is participating in a new European demonstration project on hydrogen for transport together with major car manufacturers and infrastructure companies. The Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project is supported by the European FCH-JU program with €32 million and will deploy more than 300 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle and 29 hydrogen fueling stations in 10 countries across Europe.

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The most ambitious hydrogen mobility initiatives in Europe have joined forces to support the introduction of hydrogen-fuelled transport

A large coalition of European partners has launched the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project (H2ME). H2ME is co-funded with €32 million from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The project will support the deployment of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) across Europe.

H2ME is the largest European project of this nature and is based around an alliance of the four most ambitious hydrogen mobility initiatives in Europe: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, Mobilité Hydrogène France, Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership and UK H2 Mobility. These initiatives originally brought together the key stakeholders in the hydrogen sector (vehicle manufacturers, hydrogen refuelling station providers and Government representatives), to study and develop strategies to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in the respective regions.

These initiatives will now be working together to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in Europe. Under H2ME they will deploy 200 FCEVs, 125 fuel cell range-extended electric (FC RE-EVs) commercial vans and 29 new HRSs in 10 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK) by 2019. This plan ties in with existing national level initiatives for the roll-out of a large scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, aimed at enabling Europe wide emission-free driving.

The consortium, led by Element Energy, includes global leaders in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector, from fuel cells and car manufacturers (Daimler, SymbioFCell, Hyundai, Honda, Intelligent Energy, Nissan) and infrastructure providers (Air Liquide, BOC, H2Logic, ITM Power, Linde, McPhy, OMV, AREVA, EIFER, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, HYOP, Icelandic New Energy, Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences) to data monitoring and dissemination organisations (Cenex, WaterstofNet).

The original agreements for the project were signed in July this year and the project has already delivered the first vehicles to customers in France and Germany (Daimler, SymbioFCell).

Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking stated:

”to bring Fuel Cell and Hydrogen technology to the point of market readiness does require Europe wide coordination and financial support for the first movers. The Joint Undertaking is therefore keen and happy to support the implementation of this important project as part of the early Europe wide deployment of Fuel Cell Hydrogen vehicles, thereby showcasing the full potential of this European Public Private Partnership.”

Ben Madden, Director at Element Energy and Overall Coordinator said:

“We are very pleased to be leading this project which will lead to a significant change in the rate and scale of hydrogen vehicle and refuelling station deployment in Europe. A huge international effort over the past two decades has developed hydrogen vehicle technology to the point where it is technically ready for market introduction. H2ME will allow a widespread demonstration of the readiness of the technology, as well as developing valuable insights about the early customer experience and practical challenges of a widespread roll-out of the technology”.

Frank Sreball, Managing Director of the Joint Venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and coordinator for the German activities under H2ME said:

“The start of this project is a decisive step towards the construction of a dense network of hydrogen stations in Germany. A reliable hydrogen infrastructure is a fundamental requirement for the roll-out of fuel cell electrical vehicles from series production in the next years. With our partners we want to prove that hydrogen energy is an innovative solution for the challenges of sustainable mobility. The large number of hydrogen stations and cars in the project will allow a meaningful analysis and evaluation of operational data. We expect that the findings of this project will help us to overcome the remaining obstacles on the way to market introduction”.

Fabio Ferrari, CEO, Symbio FCell and coordinator for the French activities under H2ME commented:

“Mobilité Hydrogène France has developed a roll-out strategy with a first phase based on the deployment of fleets of vehicles sharing public and semi-public hydrogen refuelling stations. This simultaneous deployment of fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure will create the basis for a nationwide infrastructure, ready for passenger cars. This strategy is gathering real interest from many customers in a number of French cities, and the first deployments of vehicles and fuelling stations have already begun. In order to scale up and make fuel cell vehicles attractive to all consumers and to passenger car manufacturers, it is essential to invest in refuelling infrastructure coverage across France and across Europe. This is why we believe that a pan-European coordinated plan is absolutely key to the long term success of this promising technology for clean mobility”.

Jon Bjorn Skulason, General Manager, Icelandic New Energy Ltd and coordinator for the Scandinavian activities under H2ME said:

“Today fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations are in daily use across the Scandinavian countries. The H2ME project will help to continue the Scandinavian efforts on market introduction – specifically contributing to securing a continuous growth in vehicles and stations.”

Dr Rachel Smith, Executive Director, ITM Power plc and coordinator for the UK activities under H2ME commented:

“The H2ME project is a fantastic opportunity to develop the refuelling infrastructure in the UK. The project is perfectly timed to coincide with the introduction of fuel cell cars in Europe, enabling evaluation of end-user experiences of hydrogen stations and FCEVs. The UK Consortia, led by ITM Power is delighted to participate in this project and to demystify the role of hydrogen, show the readiness of the stations and vehicles, and to enable the widespread and rapid adoption of clean emission transport.”

September 25, 2015 - 9:34 AM Comments: Closed

Air Liquide welcomes the launch of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project (H2ME)

The most ambitious hydrogen mobility initiatives in Europe have joined forces to support the introduction of hydrogen-fuelled transport

Air Liquide welcomes the launch of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project (H2ME). Launched by a large coalition of European partners the project is co-funded with €32 million from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The project will support the deployment of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) across Europe.

H2ME is the largest European project of this nature and is based around an alliance of the four most ambitious hydrogen mobility initiatives in Europe: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, Mobilité Hydrogène France, Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership and UK H2 Mobility. These initiatives originally brought together the key stakeholders in the hydrogen sector (vehicle manufacturers, hydrogen refuelling station providers and Government representatives), to study and develop strategies to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in the respective regions.

These initiatives will now be working together to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in Europe. Under H2ME they will deploy 200 FCEVs, 125 fuel cell range-extended electric (FC RE-EVs) commercial vans and 29 new HRSs in 10 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK) by 2019. This plan ties in with existing national level initiatives for the roll-out of a large scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, aimed at enabling Europe wide emission-free driving.

The consortium, led by Element Energy, includes global leaders in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector, from fuel cells and car manufacturers (Daimler, SymbioFCell, Hyundai, Honda, Intelligent Energy, Nissan) and infrastructure providers (Air Liquide, BOC, H2Logic, ITM Power, Linde, McPhy Energy, OMV, AREVA H2 GEN, EIFER, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, HYOP, Icelandic New Energy, Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences) to data monitoring and dissemination organisations (Cenex, WaterstofNet). The original agreements for the project were signed in July this year and the project has already delivered the first vehicles to customers in France and Germany (Daimler, SymbioFCell).

September 25, 2015 - 8:24 AM Comments: Closed

Hydrogen Produced by Solar Electricity at World’s Highest Efficiency

The concentrating solar power generation system installed at the University of Miyazaki (source: The University of Miyazaki)

The concentrating solar power generation system installed at the University of Miyazaki (source: The University of Miyazaki)

Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute–The University of Tokyo and the University of Miyazaki (UOM) announced that researchers of the universities have made a system capable of water electrolysis using electricity generated by solar cells and succeeded in storing 24.4% of sunlight energy as hydrogen.

In August 2015, an Australian research group achieved a sunlight-to-hydrogen energy conversion efficiency of 22.4% by using a similar principle. This time, the Japanese researchers realized an efficiency higher than that and achieved the world’s highest-class efficiency. The energy conversion efficiency of a conventional hydrogen generation method using a photocatalyst is 10% or less, they said.

The latest result was achieved by a research group led by Kensuke Nishioka and Yasuyuki Ota (associate professor and specially appointed assistant professor, respectively, of the Faculty of Engineering, UOM) and Masakazu Sugiyama (The University of Tokyo). It was published on the Sept 16, 2015 issue of Applied Physics Express, which is an international journal of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP), and selected as a spotlighted thesis.

The research group reduced energy loss and improved sunlight-to-hydrogen energy conversion efficiency by using a “concentrating solar cell,” which generates electricity with a strong light concentrated by a lens, and making improvements to the method to electrically connect to the water electrolysis unit.

Conventionally, in such a research, mimic sunlight is used. However, this time, real sunlight was used.

In the latest research, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd’s concentrating solar cell with a new optical design was mounted on THK Co Ltd’s sun-tracking mounting system at UOM, which is an R&D base for concentrating solar cells. As a result, a power generation efficiency of 31% was achieved under the sunshine conditions of Miyazaki.

When the efficiency of electricity-to-hydrogen energy transfer in water electrolysis (80%) is taken into consideration, the sunlight-to-hydrogen energy conversion efficiency reaches 24-25%.

The solar cell and water electrolysis unit used for this system are commercially available, and, thus, the system can be realized with existing technologies. Concentrating solar cells are more expensive than normal solar cells. But, with their high power generation efficiencies, they can reduce power generation costs in high-illuminance regions outside Japan and are expected to reduce hydrogen cost to US$4/kg, which is a goal of the US Department of Energy (DOE).

September 25, 2015 - 7:56 AM Comments: Closed

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Join the California Fuel Cell Partnership and many other stakeholders, including the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), in celebrating the value and benefits fuel cells and hydrogen energy technology.

In recognition of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technology, industry, friends, and supporters are celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day to help raise awareness of a clean energy technology that is here now. October 8th was chosen as a reference to the of the atomic weight of Hydrogen, 1.008.

Stakeholders across the United States will be organizing a variety of events and online activities to help you learn more about fuel cell vehicles, stationary fuels and more.

You can contribute and follow the day’s activities with the following hashtags: #HydrogenNow and #FuelCellNow.

Event website:

http://www.fchea.org/h2fcday

October 8 is National Hydrogen Day. Organizations across the country will hold events and use social media to raise awareness about fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. “The future is now,” said Morry Markowitz, President of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association. “The industry has grown tremendously as fuel cell National Hydrogen Day, October 8electric vehicles become available in the showroom, stationary applications continue to grow, and other markets such as material handling are taking off. We will celebrate the contributions fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies have made towards our nation’s new energy future.”

CaFCP will participate in the #HydrogenNow campaign on social media and conduct a hydrogen station status webinar. Click here to register.

Visit http://www.hydrogenfuelcellday.org to see a list of events and download event materials.

Why October 8? In recognition of the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008).

September 25, 2015 - 6:49 AM Comments: Closed

Los Alamos explores hybrid ultrasmall gold nanocluster for enzymatic fuel cells

Gold nanoclusters (~1 nm) are efficient mediators of electron transfer between co-self-assembled enzymes and carbon nanotubes in an enzyme fuel cell.  The efficient electron transfer from this quantized nano material minimizes the energy waste and improves the kinetics of the oxygen reduction reaction, toward a more efficient fuel cell cycle.

Gold nanoclusters (~1 nm) are efficient mediators of electron transfer between co-self-assembled enzymes and carbon nanotubes in an enzyme fuel cell. The efficient electron transfer from this quantized nano material minimizes the energy waste and improves the kinetics of the oxygen reduction reaction, toward a more efficient fuel cell cycle.

New technique removes barrier to development of biofuel cells with efficient performance

LOS ALAMOS, N.M.–With fossil-fuel sources dwindling, better biofuel cell design is a strong candidate in the energy field. In research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Los Alamos researchers and external collaborators synthesized and characterized a new DNA-templated gold nanocluster (AuNC) that could resolve a critical methodological barrier for efficient biofuel cell design.

“Enzymatic fuel cells and nanomaterials show great promise—and as they can operate under environmentally benign neutral pH conditions, they are a greener alternative to existing alkaline or acidic fuel cells, making them the subject of worldwide research endeavors,” said Saumen Chakraborty, a scientist on the project. “Our work seeks to boost electron transfer efficiency, creating a potential candidate for the development of cathodes in enzymatic fuel cells.”

Ligands, molecules that bind to a central metal atom, are necessary to form stable nanoclusters. For this study, the researchers chose single-stranded DNA as the ligand, as DNA is a natural nanoscale material having high affinity for metal cations and can be used to assembly the cluster to other nanoscale material such as carbon nanotubes.

In enzymatic fuel cells, fuel is oxidized on the anode, while oxygen reduction reactions take place on the cathode, often using multi copper oxidases. Enzymatic fuel cell performance depends critically on how effectively the enzyme active sites can accept and donate electrons from the electrode by direct electron transfer (ET). However, the lack of effective ET between the enzyme active sites, which are usually buried ~10Å from their surface, and the electrode is a major barrier to their development. Therefore, effective mediators of this electron transfer are needed.

The team developed a new DNA-templated gold nanocluster (AuNC) that enhanced electron transfer. This novel role of the AuNC as enhancer of electron transfer at the enzyme-electrode interface could be effective for cathodes in enzymatic fuel cells, thus removing a critical methodological barrier for efficient biofuel cell design.

Possessing many unique properties due to their discrete electron state distributions, metal nanoclusters (<1.5 nm diameter; ~2-144 atoms of gold, silver, platinum, or copper) show application in many fields.

Hypothesizing that due to the ultra-small size (the clusters are ~7 atoms, ~0.9 nm in diameter), and unique electrochemical properties, the AuNC can facilitate electron transfer to an oxygen-reduction reaction enzyme-active site and therefore, lower the overpotential of the oxygen reaction. Overpotential is the extra amount of energy required to drive an electrochemical reaction.

Ideally, it is desirable that all electrochemical reactions have minimal to no overpotential, but in reality they all have some. Therefore, to design an efficient electrocatalyst (for reduction or oxidation) we want to design it so that the reaction can proceed with a minimal amount of extra, applied energy.

When self assembled with bilirubin oxidase and carbon nanotubes, the AuNC acts to enhance the electron transfer, and it lowers the overpotential of oxygen reduction by a significant ~15 mV (as opposed to ~1-2 mV observed using other types of mediators) compared to the enzyme alone. The AuNC also causes significant enhancement of electrocatalytic current densities. Proteins are electronically insulating (they are complex, greasy and large), so the use of carbon nanotubes helps the enzyme stick to the electrode as well as to facilitate electron transfer.

Although gold nanoclusters have been used in chemical catalysis, this is the first time that we demonstrate they can also act as electron relaying agents to enzymatic oxygen reduction reaction monitored by electrochemistry.

Finally, the presence of AuNC does not perturb the mechanism of enzymatic O2 reduction. Such unique application of AuNC as facilitator of ET by improving thermodynamics and kinetics of O2 reduction is unprecedented.

Reference: “A Hybrid DNA-Templated Gold Nanocluster For Enhanced Enzymatic Reduction of Oxygen,” JACS  DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b05338.

Researcher affiliations: Saumen Chakraborty, Reginaldo C. Rocha, Anil Desireddy, Amy E. Boncella , and Jennifer S. Martinez (all with the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos, MPA-CINT); Sofia Babanova, Kateryna Artyushkova, Plamen Atanassov (Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, CMEM, and Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, The University of New Mexico)

The study was enabled by a user proposal from the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, a DOE Office of Science User Facility (nanocluster design and synthesis) to the UNM team in addition to their Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the ARO-Multi-University Research Initiative grant (electrochemistry), in addition to funding from DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences Biomolecular Materials Program (assembly and characterization of assembly properties) and Los Alamos’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development Postdoctoral Fellowship (TEM/EDX analysis of nano clusters).

September 25, 2015 - 6:37 AM Comments: Closed

Ballard To Launch New Complementary Fuel Cell Power Module Configurations in 2016

VANCOUVER–Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today announced that it is currently developing, and plans to launch, two new configurations of its FCvelocity®-HD7 fuel cell module in 2016. The two new module configurations will expand Ballard’s product portfolio and provide customers with increased flexibility to address a range of emerging power needs in heavy-duty transit applications, such as buses. The Company is in advanced discussions for initial orders.

Ballard’s latest-generation FCvelocity®-HD7 was launched in a 90 kilowatt (kW) net power configuration in June 2015 at the UITP World Congress and Exhibition in Milan, Italy. This initial configuration will typically be used to power large urban transit buses. The two new product configurations announced today will deliver net power of 30kW and 60kW, respectively, and are expected to be launched for commercial deployments in 2016 to power smaller buses and provide range extension solutions.

“At Ballard, we have a customer-centric business model,” said Randy MacEwen, President and CEO. “In parallel to seeing increased market demand and customer engagement for fuel cell buses in China, the USA and Europe, we are also seeing heightened customer interest in hybridization and range extension solutions. As a result, we are leveraging our leading fuel cell module designs and unmatched field experience with plans to launch 30 kilowatt and 60 kilowatt fuel cell engines to complement our current 90 kilowatt module. This will enable us to provide customers with a portfolio of offerings that meet all heavy duty motive power needs and extend our lead in this exciting market.”

Ballard’s high performance FCvelocity®-HD modules have demonstrated exceptional reliability while clocking millions of kilometers on the road, principally in bus fleets. FCvelocity®-HD7, Ballard’s seventh-generation heavy duty module, offers a number of key advantages:

  • Performance – The FCvelocity®-HD7 heavy duty zero-emission fuel cell power module offers superior performance based on Ballard’s proprietary fuel cell stack technology, demonstrating unmatched fuel efficiency, durability and flexibility to operate in extreme conditions that include cold as well as hot, humid environments.
  • Integration – A simplified and scalable design enables the module to be integrated into multiple transportation applications and the modular design of the air and cooling systems allow flexible and simple “drop-in” integration into vehicle drive trains.
  • Cost Reduction – The new FCvelocity®-HD7 power module features a reduced parts count, simplified design and lower parasitic load. Key components are manufactured with high-volume production processes, thereby reducing capital cost of the module and maintenance costs associated with parts replacement over the life of the product. Ballard’s HD7 represents a cost reduction of more than 30% from the prior generation HD6 product and a cost reduction of approximately 65% in this product line over the past six years.
  • Leadership – The FCvelocity®-HD7 reflects Ballard’s unmatched experience in the field, including: more than 20-years’ supporting transit applications; production of more than 150 modules through seven generations of product; working with ten different system integrators and OEMs to power more than 100 buses in 20 cities worldwide; powering fuel cell buses over more than 7.5 million kilometers (4.7 million miles) and transporting more than 10 million passengers in revenue service.

Further discussion of Ballard’s activities and plans in the heavy-duty motive power market will take place during the Company’s Investor and Analyst Day, scheduled to be held on October 1, 2015 in New York City. Institutional investors wishing to attend are asked to register as soon as possible, as space is limited, by emailing Ballard at [email protected]. Ballard’s Investor and Analyst Day will also be webcast, with the live audio stream and presentation materials accessible through a link on Ballard’s homepage at www.ballard.com. Following the event, the webcast and presentation materials will be archived in the Investors section of Ballard’s website at www.ballard.com/investors.

September 24, 2015 - 8:23 AM Comments: Closed

Hydrogen Mobility Europe Launched with €32m Funding

H2ME Project

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to note the press release issued today by the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project (“H2ME”), for which ITM Power is the coordinator for UK activities.  The Company’s role in H2ME provides a further demonstration of the Company’s leading position in the developing global hydrogen refuelling markets.  The text of the announcement from H2ME is set out below:

Hydrogen Mobility Europe

The most ambitious hydrogen mobility initiatives in Europe have joined forces to support the introduction of hydrogen-fuelled transport

A large coalition of European partners has launched the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project (H2ME). H2ME is co-funded with €32 million from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The project will support the deployment of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) across Europe.

H2ME is the largest European project of this nature and is based around an alliance of the four most ambitious hydrogen mobility initiatives in Europe: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, Mobilité Hydrogène France, Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership and UK H2 Mobility. These initiatives originally brought together the key stakeholders in the hydrogen sector (vehicle manufacturers, hydrogen refuelling station providers and Government representatives), to study and develop strategies to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in the respective regions.

These initiatives will now be working together to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in Europe. Under H2ME they will deploy 200 FCEVs, 125 fuel cell range-extended electric (FC RE-EVs) commercial vans and 29 new HRSs in 10 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK) by 2019. This plan ties in with existing national level initiatives for the roll-out of a large scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, aimed at enabling Europe wide emission-free driving.

The consortium, led by Element Energy, includes global leaders in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector, from fuel cells and car manufacturers (Daimler, SymbioFCell, Hyundai, Honda, Intelligent Energy, Nissan) and infrastructure providers (Air Liquide, BOC, H2Logic, ITM Power, Linde, McPhy, OMV, AREVA, EIFER, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, HYOP, Icelandic New Energy, Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences) to data monitoring and dissemination organisations (Cenex, WaterstofNet).

The original agreements for the project were signed in July this year and the project has already delivered the first vehicles to customers in France and Germany (Daimler, SymbioFCell).

Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking stated:” To bring Fuel Cell and Hydrogen technology to the point of market readiness does require Europe wide coordination and financial support for the first movers. The Joint Undertaking is therefore keen and happy to support the implementation of this important project as part of the early Europe wide deployment of Fuel Cell Hydrogen vehicles, thereby showcasing the full potential of this European Public Private Partnership.”

Ben Madden, Director at Element Energy and Overall Coordinator said: “We are very pleased to be leading this project which will lead to a significant change in the rate and scale of hydrogen vehicle and refuelling station deployment in Europe. A huge international effort over the past two decades has developed hydrogen vehicle technology to the point where it is technically ready for market introduction. H2ME will allow a widespread demonstration of the readiness of the technology, as well as developing valuable insights about the early customer experience and practical challenges of a widespread roll-out of the technology”.

Frank Sreball, Managing Director of the Joint Venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and coordinator for the German activities under H2ME said: “The start of this project is a decisive step towards the construction of a dense network of hydrogen stations in Germany. A reliable hydrogen infrastructure is a fundamental requirement for the roll-out of fuel cell electrical vehicles from series production in the next years. With our partners we want to prove that hydrogen energy is an innovative solution for the challenges of sustainable mobility. The large number of hydrogen stations and cars in the project will allow a meaningful analysis and evaluation of operational data. We expect that the findings of this project will help us to overcome the remaining obstacles on the way to market introduction”.

Fabio Ferrari, CEO, Symbio FCell and coordinator for the French activities under H2ME commented: “Mobilité Hydrogène France has developed a roll-out strategy with a first phase based on the deployment of fleets of vehicles sharing public and semi-public hydrogen refuelling stations. This simultaneous deployment of fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure will create the basis for a nationwide infrastructure, ready for passenger cars. This strategy is gathering real interest from many customers in a number of French cities, and the first deployments of vehicles and fuelling stations have already begun. In order to scale up and make fuel cell vehicles attractive to all consumers and to passenger car manufacturers, it is essential to invest in refuelling infrastructure coverage across France and across Europe. This is why we believe that a pan-European coordinated plan is absolutely key to the long term success of this promising technology for clean mobility”.

Jon Bjorn Skulason, General Manager, Icelandic New Energy Ltd and coordinator for the Scandinavian activities under H2ME said: “Today fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations are in daily use across the Scandinavian countries. The H2ME project will help to continue the Scandinavian efforts on market introduction – specifically contributing to securing a continuous growth in vehicles and stations.”

Dr Rachel Smith, Executive Director, ITM Power plc and coordinator for the UK activities under H2ME commented: “The H2ME project is a fantastic opportunity to develop the refuelling infrastructure in the UK. The project is perfectly timed to coincide with the introduction of fuel cell cars in Europe, enabling evaluation of end-user experiences of hydrogen stations and FCEVs. The UK Consortia, led by ITM Power is delighted to participate in this project and to demystify the role of hydrogen, show the readiness of the stations and vehicles, and to enable the widespread and rapid adoption of clean emission transport.”

For further information, visit www.h2me.eu or contact [email protected]

September 24, 2015 - 8:08 AM Comments: Closed

Plug Power Applauds Introduction of the Bi-Partisan Fuel Cell Extenders Act of 2015

Bill Supports Continued Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Adoption

LATHAM, N.Y.–Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions strongly supports the Fuel Cell Tax Extenders Act of 2015 introduced by Representative John Larson (CT-01) with original co-sponsors Representatives Paul Tonko (NY-20) and Chris Gibson (NY-19) on Friday, September 18, 2015. The bi-partisan bill will extend federal incentives for residential, commercial and vehicular fuel cell use as well as extend and expand credits for hydrogen infrastructure.  This legislation will provide important certainty for fuel cell manufacturers and Plug Power’s GenDrive and ReliOn customers.

The current tax incentives for fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure are set to expire at the end of this year, while the fuel cell investment tax credit for material handling and stationary fuel cells will end on December 31, 2016.  This legislation will extend all of the credits through the year 2021. The Fuel Cell Extenders Act of 2015 helps to level the playing field, enabling customers of all sizes to invest in new business-improving technology like hydrogen fuel cells.

“The existing tax credits have been very successful in sparking great interest and demand for hydrogen and fuel cell solutions, thus passing this bill now will help keep that momentum strong,” said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. ”I commend Representatives Larson, Tonko and Gibson for their steadfast support for hydrogen fuel cell technology adoption and for Plug Power’s continued growth.”

“Fuel cell technology has gained widespread traction because of the efficiency and productivity gains that are realized. This is something everyone can get on board with,” said Congressman Tonko. “This legislation extends a critical and robust tax credit that will provide the incentive for large-scale conversions to this clean technology at manufacturing and distribution centers across the country, which will ultimately lead to new jobs. I thank Congressman Larson for his commitment to encouraging innovation and making energy efficiency our fuel of choice.”

“Fuel cells are a critical component of the nation’s efforts to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and lower energy costs,” said Congressman Gibson. “I am delighted to help remove barriers to growing this industry, especially in the Capital Region. Plug Power and its skilled workforce are advancing incredible technologies for everyday use by American businesses and consumers. They deserve the same incentives enjoyed by other clean energy industries.”

“Fuel cell technology continues to grow and improve, supporting thousands of jobs and supplying clean energy to more and more Americans,” said Congressman Larson. “Extending incentives for businesses, homeowners, or those purchasing new cars will make it easier to develop and use fuel cell and hydrogen technology—and provide the certainty that such investments remain affordable and accessible for all. These incentives are already in place. As the technology continues to improve, it just makes sense to ensure more Americans have access to this clean, affordable energy.”

September 24, 2015 - 7:37 AM Comments: Closed

Water pathways make fuel cells more efficient

Paul Scherrer Institut

This ‘carbon paper’ comprises lots of small carbon fibres and has a porous structure that transports the gases finely distributed to the electrodes of a fuel cell. After the hydrophilic channels (bright lines) are created, the water no longer obstructs the flow of gas. (Photo: Paul Scherrer Institut/Markus Fischer)

Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have developed a coating technique in the laboratory conditions that could raise the efficiency of fuel cells. The PSI scientists have already applied to patent the technique, which is suitable for mass production.

Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have developed a coating technique in the laboratory that could raise the efficiency of fuel cells. Fuel cells generate electricity from hydrogen and oxygen. The gases are transported to the cell’s electrodes from the outside. However, on their way to the electrodes, the gases encounter liquid water that is produced constantly in the fuel cell and should flow out of the cell. When too much water accumulates, the gases flow more slowly, thus limiting the generation of electricity. “Our newly developed coating ensures that the liquid water and the gases flow through the porous materials in the fuel cells using separate channels. This improves the performance and the stability of the fuel cells”, says the head of the study, Pierre Boillat from the Electrochemistry Laboratory at PSI.

Fuel cells convert the chemical energy contained in the gases into electricity. The electricity produced can be used, for example, to power an electric car. The only chemical product of the reactions taking place in fuel cells is water. The “exhaust gas” of a fuel cell car thus only contains harmless water vapour. Fuel cell cars ready for series production have been available since 2013.

Paul Scherrer Institut2

PSI researchers Antoni Forner-Cuenca (left) and Pierre Boillat in the laboratory, where they developed and tested parts of the new coating technique. (Photo: Paul Scherrer Institut/Markus Fischer)

Water limits electricity output

But researchers around the world continue to work on raising the efficiency of fuel cell systems and lowering their costs. One important aspect of this work is the removal of liquid water from parts of the fuel cells where it is undesired because it disrupts the flow of the gas. For example, water gathers in the pores of what is referred to as the gas diffusion layer, a layer generally consisting of carbon fibre materials, which among other things ensure transportation and fine distribution of the hydrogen and oxygen to the cell’s electrodes. The water that gathers in the gas diffusion layer obstructs the flow of the gases and therefore restricts the power output of the cell. In commercially available fuel cells, the carbon fibres of the gas diffusion layer are generally coated evenly with a hydrophobic polymer that aims to allow the water to run off more easily. With this coating, the water is distributed arbitrarily in the material, and the gases are often forced to follow tortuous paths through the diffusion layer. As a result, the gases only reach the electrodes slowly, thus reducing the performance of the fuel cells.

The new solution from PSI solves the problem by creating separate “run-off channels” where virtually all of the water collects. In the remaining, dry channels, the gases can then flow more quickly.

A process suitable for mass production

The PSI researchers already knew from earlier experiments that it is not just the amount but also the distribution of the water in the diffusion layer that matters. “Now for the first time we have implemented this idea in a process suitable for mass production”, explains PSI doctoral student Antoni Forner-Cuenca, who carried out the experiments in the laboratory. The concept of the PSI researchers is to partly turn the original, water-repellent polymer coating into a hydrophilic coating along straight paths. The water is basically sucked into those channels, while the remaining areas of the gas diffusion layer remain mostly dry. The PSI scientists have already applied to patent this process. In order to create the water channels, the researchers inserted hydrophilic (water attracting) molecules into the structure of the original polymer. First of all, they had to treat the polymer with an electron beam so that it could bond the molecules to be attached.

Electron beam and hydrophilic molecules

This involves transmitting the electron beam through a metal mask or grid to create two distinct areas: In the places where the beam passes through the grid, the original coating can later be changed to create hydrophilic channels. In the places where the beam does not pass through the grid, the original polymer remains hydrophobic. In the area changed by the electron beam, the original polymer coating reacts chemically with particular molecules that make it become hydrophilic, thereby creating preferential pathways for the liquid water to be removed efficiently.

The process developed at PSI for attaching functional molecules with the help of an electron beam is described by the researchers as “radiation grafting”. It is similar to the grafting process common in gardening whereby valuable plants are grafted onto a foreign but robust stem. In this case, the hydrophilic molecules give the base polymer the desired hydrophilic properties.

The scientists were able to demonstrate that the channels they create do in fact suck almost all of the water into them. By contrast, the other areas remain almost completely dry. The proof was provided by images of the gas diffusion layer that the scientists obtained using neutrons from the ICON beamline of the spallation neutron source SINQ at PSI.

*This work was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)(project number: 143432).

Text: Paul Scherrer Institute/Leonid Leiva

September 24, 2015 - 7:07 AM Comments: Closed

Method could make hydrogen fuel cells more efficient

With the growth of wind and solar energy and the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, many people in the U.S. may have forgotten about the promised “hydrogen economy.” But in research labs around the world, progress continues. Now scientists are reporting in the Journal of the American Chemical Society a new process that could help us move faster toward sustainable hydrogen-based energy.

One of the major challenges to developing affordable hydrogen fuel cells has been storage. Hydrogen is explosive and requires costly containers to hold it safely. But recently, scientists have shown that formic acid is a good candidate for storing hydrogen. The common industrial chemical — also the stuff of ant venom — is stable and inexpensive. One molecule of the acid is made of five atoms, two of which are hydrogen atoms. But splitting the formic acid to release hydrogen and produce electricity requires a lot of heating and processing. So Qiang Xu and colleagues set out to find a better way.

The researchers developed a simple method for producing a palladium-based nanomaterial that can spur the breakdown of formic acid into hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Its efficiency far exceeded that of any other reported heterogeneous catalysts, they say. They also found that their process only produced carbon dioxide and hydrogen without carbon monoxide contamination, which has been a problem with other methods.

September 24, 2015 - 6:25 AM Comments: Closed

Keyes Hyundai In Los Angeles Added To Growing Collection Of Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Dealers

Keyes Hyundai Joins Tustin Hyundai, Win Hyundai in Carson and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim as a Qualified Hydrogen Fuel Cell Dealer

Newest Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Dealer: Keyes Hyundai in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES– Keyes Hyundai in Los Angeles became the fourth qualified dealer for Hyundai’s zero-emissions Tucson Fuel Cell hydrogen electric vehicle today. Hyundai is the only manufacturer in the U.S. currently offering consumers the opportunity to lease a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle, the zero-emissions Tucson Fuel Cell CUV. Since its launch in June 2014, Tucson Fuel Cell drivers have accumulated nearly 700,000 zero-emissions miles on the streets of Southern California Tucson Fuel Cell Zero-Emissions, helping improve air quality in the region. Hyundai has delivered more than 75 Tucson Fuel Cells since its introduction as the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in the U.S. market in June 2014.

“Keyes Hyundai is thrilled to be added as a qualified dealer for Hyundai’s zero-emissions Tucson Fuel Cell hydrogen electric vehicle,” said David Kohan, general manager, Keyes Hyundai.  ”Our location in the northern Los Angeles region makes it even more convenient for local residents to conveniently acquire their new Tucson Fuel Cell CUV, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Hyundai is proud to add Keyes Hyundai to its growing collection of approved zero-emissions Tucson Fuel Cell dealers,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “Keyes adds a convenient location in the northern Los Angeles region to better serve our fuel cell customers in Southern California.”

Newest Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Dealer: Keyes Hyundai in Los Angeles

Keyes Hyundai joins existing Hyundai Fuel Cell dealers Tustin Hyundai, Win Hyundai in Carson and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim, for a total of four qualified fuel cell dealers in Southern California. To become a qualified Hyundai Fuel Cell dealer, approved dealers must fulfill significant additional hydrogen fuel cell requirements in both customer service and technical services.

TUCSON FUEL CELL ADVANTAGES
The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV has a number of advantages over some other alternative fuels. The energy-rich hydrogen fuel provides an estimated driving range of 265 miles between fill-ups, similar to many gasoline vehicles. Further, both fuel cell driving range and vehicle performance are minimally affected by either extreme hot or cold ambient temperatures, giving owners an extra measure of peace of mind as they go about their day. Even more important for consumers transitioning from gasoline vehicles, the Tucson Fuel Cell can be refilled with hydrogen in about the same time as a typical gasoline vehicle of the same size.

Finally, fuel cell vehicles, due to their compact, relatively lightweight fuel cell stack design, are completely production scalable from very small to very large vehicles, such as urban-focused mini-compact cars all the way to full-size buses and trucks.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

September 23, 2015 - 7:28 AM Comments: Closed

Plug Power and Praxair Showcase Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology to Congressman Chris Gibson

Gibson Visits Praxair’s Hydrogen Production Plant and Praxair Technology Center for Tour, Business Discussion and Press Event

LATHAM, N.Y. –Plug Power Inc. PLUG, a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions today participates in a tour of a Praxair hydrogen plant with Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY), followed by a press event at the Praxair, Inc. Technology Center in Tonawanda, NY. Congressman Gibson will tour Praxair’s hydrogen production facility with Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh and Praxair’s East Region Vice President Jeff Barnhard.

Congressman Gibson will discuss how Upstate New York manufacturers and technology developers are enabling clean energy technologies for use in many industries, including material handling. Among many of the progressive solutions on display, Congressman Gibson will have the opportunity to operate a Plug Power GenDrive-powered lift truck and simulate a refueling from a GenFuel hydrogen fueling dispenser.

Plug Power currently has more than 8,500 GenDrive fuel cells deployed and to-date has constructed more than 15 GenFuel hydrogen fueling infrastructures in North America for material handling and stationary power customers, such as Walmart, Kroger, Uline and SouthernLINC Wireless. Plug Power GenDrive units have accumulated more than 107 million hours of runtime and its GenFuel infrastructures have dispensed more than 330 metric tons of hydrogen, equating to more than 3,000 fills per day.

“Investment in our GenFuel hydrogen storage and dispensing technology has enabled increased market growth for Plug Power,” said Andy Marsh, Plug Power CEO. “Our solutions deliver clean, productivity-enhancing hydrogen fuel cells to customers and are allowing us to broaden our achievements in the thriving material handling industry and also expansion into other markets like: retail, ground support equipment and stationary power.”

Congressman Chris Gibson represents the people of New York’s 19th Congressional District, including many employees at Plug Power. Throughout his Congressional career, Congressman Gibson has been a fervent supporter of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. Through bi-partisan leadership, Gibson has demonstrated his clear understanding of what it takes to make a clean energy business successful in Upstate New York. Congressman Gibson has pledged his support for development of the industry by championing policies like the hydrogen fuel cell tax credit.

“I am excited to spend time with the innovative, hard-working New Yorkers who are leading the way in the development and production of hydrogen fuel cell technology,” said Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19). “I want to thank Plug Power and Praxair for giving me the opportunity to learn more about this important industry. They are clean energy pioneers, and I am proud to partner with them in our efforts to lower energy costs for American consumers and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”

September 23, 2015 - 7:14 AM Comments: Closed

Ballard’s Featured Fuel Cell Deployment

An ElectraGen™- ME system has been installed in Biratnagar to provide supplemental power to a deficient electric grid supply and extended backup in the event of a natural disaster, while protecting the beautiful environment near the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in South Eastern Nepal.

September 23, 2015 - 6:37 AM Comments: Closed

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