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FuelCell Energy Announces Definitive Agreements With the U.S. Department of Energy for Previously Disclosed Award Selections

  • Awards completed from U.S. Department of Energy for previously disclosed carbon capture project and three previously disclosed solid oxide fuel cell projects
  • These four projects add approximately $24 million to Company backlog

DANBURY, Conn.– FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL), a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra‐clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, announced the completion of awards from the U.S. Department of Energy regarding four previously disclosed projects, including carbon capture utilizing a carbonate fuel cell power plant and three projects related to the commercialization of solid oxide fuel cell technology. These four projects add approximately $24 million to backlog in the fourth quarter of 2015, which excludes cost share obligations.

“One of our competitive advantages is robust research and development, which, in the case of carbon capture, utilizes our commercial fuel cell plant in an alternate configuration to pursue a potentially sizeable market,” said Chip Bottone, Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. “Advancing our solid oxide fuel cell commercialization is also exciting as we evaluate host sites and adapt the technology for storage applications.”

The projects include:

Carbon Capture
This DOE project is to install a 2.3 megawatt fuel cell power plant configured for carbon capture adjacent to an operating coal-fired plant to capture a portion of the carbon emissions and destroy a portion of smog-causing nitrogen oxide (NOx), while also producing ultra-clean electricity. Carbon concentration and capture within the carbonate fuel cell is a side reaction of the natural gas-fueled power generation process. The FuelCell Energy carbon capture solution is a scalable and affordable approach incorporating a number of fuel cell power plants adjacent to existing coal or gas-fired power plants. Flue gas from the coal or gas-fired plant is routed into the fuel cells instead of ambient air, and the carbon is efficiently separated, concentrated and captured. The DFC3000-based system installed under this DOE project will be the first of an expected two phase project at the selected site. The second phase, to follow this DOE project, would be to install eleven additional fuel cell power plants for a total project of 27.6 megawatts to capture approximately 700 tons/day of CO2 in total, while simultaneously generating about 648,000 kilowatt hours/day of ultra-clean power. FCE is in active discussions with a number of major utility companies to select the best coal power plant site for this system.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Commercialization with 400 kilowatt project
FuelCell Energy will install and operate a 400 kilowatt SOFC system located at a host site and connected to the electric grid. This project is a significant step in commercializing SOFC technology for sub-megawatt distributed power generation and energy storage applications. FCE recently began operation of a 50 kilowatt system incorporating the stack design and system configuration concepts that will be used for the 400 kilowatt system. Several potential hosts have expressed interest in providing the site for the project, and FCE is currently evaluating these options to determine the best location for the project.

SOFC Manufacturing
This project advances SOFC commercialization by implementing continuous flow manufacturing with consistent high quality and within market-competitive cost parameters. The project targets cost reduction in the design and advancing the reliability, robustness and endurance of the fuel cells. It continues DOE-supported efforts which have refined the performance and economics of the SOFC technology. These efforts have led to industry leading levels of performance, durability, and cell size scale-up, which is critical to meeting affordability targets for stationary power generation systems.

Electrolysis for hydrogen production
The SOFC stack will be adapted for hydrogen production using electrolysis through a solid oxide electrolyzer cell (SOEC) at very high efficiency and within established cost parameters. Hydrogen produced from SOEC can be stored and used for grid-power, hydrogen fueling stations or for industrial purposes as an alternative to natural gas reforming. SOEC can also be applied as a clean and highly efficient solution for storing excess power produced by intermittent technologies when their output exceeds the needs of the electric grid.

Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants combine a fuel such as clean natural gas or renewable biogas with oxygen from the ambient air to efficiently generate power electrochemically, almost completely avoiding the emission of nitrogen oxide (NOx) that causes smog, sulfur dioxide (SOx) that contributes to acid rain, or particulate matter that can aggravate asthma. These highly efficient and affordable power generation solutions provide continuous power where the power is used, including both on-site applications and electric grid support. The combination of near-zero pollutants, modest land-use needs, and quiet operating nature of these stationary fuel cell power plants facilitates locating the power plants in urban locations. The power plants are fuel flexible, capable of operating on clean natural gas, on-site renewable biogas, or directed biogas. FCE’s line of commercial DFC distributed power generation systems is the starting point platform for new products such as DFC-based carbon capture. FCE’s experience from the commercialization of DFC power plants is also a key success factor in the development of new fuel cell technologies, such as SOFC.

October 5, 2015 - 2:06 PM Comments: Closed

AFC’s KORE Fuel Cell System Achieves First Delivery of Power

  • Successfully delivered first power into the grid from AFC fuel cell facility in Stade, Germany
  • AFC remains on target to achieve first full commercial scale operability of KORE module (final Milestone 11) in late 2015

AFC Energy plc (AFC.L), the industrial fuel cell power company, is pleased to announce that it has successfully delivered its first power into the German power grid, as part of the planned trials of the power electronics connected to its first commercial scale KORE fuel cell system.

This achievement is the final test stage of proving and providing electricity to the German grid from the KORE system and confirms that AFC remains on target to deliver the world’s largest alkaline fuel cell system operating at an industrial facility later this year.

In the final stages of the power electronics tests, completed in collaboration with Siemens AG, power was delivered into the local grid at between 5.9 – 7.4kW, for a period of approximately one hour.  This has generated test data which is required in preparation for the operation of at least 40kW from 8 cartridges, comprising milestone 10 of the 11 point plan, scheduled for 2015.

Mr Adam Bond, AFC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “With the KORE system successfully commissioned in July and the 8 cartridges required for the delivery of Milestone 10 now having arrived in Stade, the trialling of the power electronics and connection to the power grid was one of the final stages of testing required before we deliver an initial 40kW from 8 cartridges within the KORE system.  We look forward to providing further updates when Milestone 10 is achieved.”

October 5, 2015 - 8:22 AM Comments: Closed

Ground-breaking: First public hydrogen station in Belgium to be located on Toyota land leased to Air Liquide

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  • Flanders Vice-Minister-President Annemie Turtelboom on hand to demonstrate support for building hydrogen infrastructure in Flanders
  • Air Liquide to build first public hydrogen station in Belgium
  • Station located on Toyota Motor Europe land, granted for free to Air Liquide
  • Toyota Belgium to commercialise Mirai from first half 2016 in Belgium; fourth country in Europe to commercialise first mass-produced fuel-cell sedan vehicle

Zaventem, Belgium, 2 October 2015 – There are times when ground-breaking moments call for an actual… ground breaking. Today, construction started on the very first public hydrogen station in Belgium, to be operated by Air Liquide.

Joining Ms Annemie Turtelboom, Vice-Minister-President of the Flemish Government, Flemish Minister for Budget, Finance and Energy, Mr Masahisa Nagata, Toyota Motor Europe Executive Vice-President, Mr Diederick Luijten, Air Liquide Benelux Industries Director for Industrial Merchant, and Mr Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen-Joint Undertaking, dug a shovel in the ground to kick off the construction of the hydrogen station.

The hydrogen station will be open to the public by mid-2016, and will be built, maintained and operated by Air Liquide on Toyota land adjacent to the R&D Technical and Training Centres of Toyota Motor Europe (TME) in Zaventem. TME is granting the right to use the land for free over a period of 20 years.

As part of the SWARM* project, the station has received funding from the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen-Joint Undertaking, a private/public partnership in support of the development of hydrogen related applications.

Air Liquide Group is actively involved in developing hydrogen stations around the world with a track record of 75 designed and delivered hydrogen stations globally. Recently the Group has also announced the opening of stations in Germany, Denmark and France in 2015, true to its engagement of building the first hydrogen distribution network in Europe. The creation of a distribution infrastructure is one of the most important conditions to be able to commercially deploy fuel cell vehicles.

Ground Breaking First Hydrogen Station in Belgium

Diederick Luijten, Air Liquide Benelux Industries Director Industrial Merchant, said: “Air Liquide would like to thank Toyota. Thanks to granting a portion of its land and bringing Mirai to the European and Belgium market, Toyota is doing its part to promote the development of a future hydrogen society. Thanks to the technological expertise of its partners, Air Liquide is able to play a leading role in the development of hydrogen infrastructure in Europe. In this way the company can be at the forefront of the current energy transition”.

The Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan is currently being launched in three countries in Europe (Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom). In the first half of 2016, Toyota will also bring the Mirai to Belgium, a fourth European market. Toyota Motor Europe will also operate its Fuel Cell Vehicle Care Centre from its Technical Centre in Zaventem, and as such will be one of the customers of the new hydrogen station in Zaventem. Mirai drivers, as well as drivers of other fuel cell vehicles, will of course have access to the station 24h a day, 7 days a week.

With a range similar to a conventional car and with a refuelling time of less than 5 minutes, the Toyota Mirai does not emit any harmful emissions – only water leaves the tailpipe. Just like with the Prius launched in Europe in 2000, which has since become popular and spawned several other hybrid vehicles, Toyota wants Mirai to begin a new era in clean mobility and intends to popularise zero emissions fuel cell mobility within a couple of decades. But it cannot do it alone.

Masahisa Nagata, R&D Executive Vice-President, Toyota Motor Europe says: “Toyota envisions a hydrogen society in which future mobility is built around zero emission vehicles that aim to improve people’s lives while respecting the planet. Last year we launched the Toyota Mirai in Japan, and we are now rolling it out in Europe. But if we want to democratise fuel cell vehicles, we need a refuelling infrastructure. Therefore, it is critical that partners such as local and European governmental authorities, and energy suppliers like Air Liquide, come together to bring the future hydrogen society closer to reality.”

The first public hydrogen station in Belgium will be connecting the country to the ever growing European network of hydrogen stations.

Technical characteristics of the Air Liquide Hydrogen Station

Area 60m x 20m
Size Similar to a normal gas station
Fuels provided Hydrogen only (no petrol, diesel, CNG or LPG)
Pressure of hydrogen storage 200 bar
Pressure of hydrogen delivery to vehicle 700 bar
Number of pumps 1
Min. number of FCV recharging per day 30
Max. quantity of hydrogen stored on site 200 kg
Method of refuelling of station Truck from Antwerp

(*) SWARM:” Small 4-Wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport”. This project aims to deploy 90 passenger hydrogen fuel cell cars in Europe and support infrastructure deployment. Two regions of Europe are taking part in this project: the Brussels region in Belgium, and the Wer-Ems region in Germany.

October 5, 2015 - 7:58 AM Comments: Closed

Hyundai ix35 fuel cell proves excellent fit for air products fleet

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Air Products is a leading industrial air gases supplier and has taken delivery of the car as part of the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) consortium project; a Government-backed initiative part funded by the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK).

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell was supplied on a 48-month lease with ALD providing general support on operating the vehicle.

The service provided by ALD Automotive has been praised by Air Products. Emma Guthrie, Business Development Manager, Hydrogen Energy Systems, commented: “The team at ALD were very helpful in working through the framework for what was one of the first commercial leases of a fuel cell car in the UK.” She added: “So far, having the fuel cell car as part of our fleet has given us a valuable understanding that we will continue to build on, and may influence future vehicle choices.”

The vehicle is based at the company’s office in Hersham, Surrey, and has been making guest appearances at corporate events held to showcase its work. Air Products is currently the only company with hydrogen fuelling stations in the London area – with one fuelling station in Stratford (which is run as a bus depot and used exclusively for fuelling the fleet of fuel cell buses in operation in London) and two publically accessible hydrogen fuelling stations at Heathrow and Hendon.

As well as being used at events at the Hendon and Heathrow fuelling stations and the Hersham site, the ix35 Fuel Cell is being used for specialist STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) events and at school outreach activities in the local area. In addition, the company’s engineers have used the car to support visits to the fuelling stations for maintenance work while some colleagues have used the car to go to company meetings.

Commenting on the vehicle’s addition to the fleet, Emma Guthrie said: “We were excited about the opportunity to be one of the first companies leasing a fuel cell car in the UK and using it at Air Products’ Smart Fuel fuelling stations in London.”

The performance of the car has exceeded expectations, with one tester commenting: “I expected a quiet car with poor acceleration. The car is quiet, however acceleration and top speed are in line with, and in some cases exceed, other road users.” Another added: “I expected it to be sluggish and heavy, but it’s interesting to drive.” And one driver praised the versatility of the vehicle, saying: “The boot is very practical even with the hydrogen tank in it.”

Range was also found to fit in with most of the company’s everyday requirements. The ix35 Fuel Cell is equipped with a 136ps electric motor and two hydrogen storage tanks, with a total capacity of 5.64kg, which enable the vehicle to travel up to 369 miles on a single fill.

One of the testers commented: “I would feel comfortable making a trip with a 300-mile return range. This is good enough for local trips to some local Air Products facilities and the STEM activities we support in the Surrey area.”

The reactions by the Air Products drivers have been welcomed by ALD Automotive, which is seeing growing take-up of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) amongst its clients as it expands its Mobility Services product portfolio.

Matt Dale, Special Vehicle Operations Manager, Fleet Services at ALD Automotive, said: “We are pleased to hear that the ix35 Fuel Cell has been deployed so effectively at the Air Products’ fleet, and look forward to working with the company on ensuring the continued successful running of the vehicle and others. As more fleets recognise the benefits of AFVs, we will continue to work closely with our clients to ensure the successful integration and running of such vehicles on fleets.”

October 5, 2015 - 7:07 AM Comments: Closed

Grand Coalition for hydrogen: Daimler, Linde and partners to build new hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany

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Daimler/Linde joint initiative enters implementation phase
  • 13 new refuelling locations by the end of 2015
  • Sustainable sourcing of hydrogen (H2) secured
  • Supported by the German National Innovation Programme (NIP)
  • Automobile manufacturer Daimler and gases and engineering company The Linde Group will team up with oil and gas companies TOTAL, OMV, Avia and Hoyer this year to significantly increase the number of hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany. To this end, the two companies are investing around EUR 10 million in ten fuelling stations each. On 29 September, the first of the Daimler- and Linde-initiated public fuelling stations for fuel-cell vehicles was officially opened at a TOTAL multi-energy fuelling station on Jafféstrasse in Berlin-Charlottenburg. The following locations have been earmarked for additional stations by the end of 2015:
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    TOTAL:
    • Geiselwind, Bavaria, on the A3
    • Fellbach, Stuttgart region
    • Ulm
    • Karlsruhe
    • Neuruppin, Brandenburg, on the A24
    • Cologne-Bonn Airport
    • Berlin city centre (upgrade of the existing fuelling station at Holzmarktstrasse)
    OMV:
    • Greater Munich area
    • Greater Nuremberg area
    • Greater Stuttgart area
    AVIA:
    • Stuttgart-East
    Hoyer:
    • Leipzig, in the vicinity of the A14
    “We are pleased to be driving this expansion of Germany’s H2 fuelling network,” comments Dr Andreas Opfermann, Head of Clean Energy & Innovation Management at Linde. “We are making a valuable contribution to the successful commercialisation of fuel-cell vehicles while supporting initiatives like the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and ‘H2 Mobility’.”
    “There is no question that fuel-cell technology is reaching maturity. From 2017, we are planning to bring competitively priced fuel-cell vehicles to market. So now is the time to build a nationwide fuelling infrastructure. The aim is to enable motorists to reach any destination in Germany in their hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. This initiative is a huge step forward on the journey to a truly nationwide H2 network,” states Professor Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research & Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler AG.
    Negotiations on the details and construction of the remaining seven refuelling locations with additional partners are at an advanced stage. The National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) is supporting the project as part of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology National Innovation Programme (NIP).
    Linde already secures half of the hydrogen for existing CEP fuelling stations from “green” sources, and it will power the 20 new stations with fully regenerative hydrogen. The gas is obtained from crude glycerol – a by-product of biodiesel production – at a dedicated pilot plant at Linde’s gases centre in Leuna. The certified green hydrogen obtained in this way produces far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional methods. Linde also has other sustainable sources at its disposal like bio natural gas and water electrolysis using wind-generated electricity, as part of the ‘H2BER’ project for example.
    From 2017, Daimler AG plans to bring mass-produced competitively priced fuel-cell electric vehicles to market. To speed up technology optimisation and minimise investment costs, the company formed an alliance with Ford and Nissan at the start of 2013 for the joint development of a drive concept. Experts reckon that in 2018, well over ten thousand fuel-cell vehicles will populate European roads.
    By the end of 2015, the number of H2 fuelling stations supporting this growing fleet in Germany is set to reach 50 with the support of the Federal Ministry for Transport along with partner companies and organisations (see http://www.now-gmbh.de/en/presse-aktuelles/2014/50-h2-refuelling-stations.html). Furthermore, the ‘H2 Mobility’ initiative, which Daimler, Linde, TOTAL and OMV are also part of, agreed last year on a detailed plan of action to expand the network to around 400 stations by 2023.
    In July this year, Linde opened the world’s first small-scale production facility for hydrogen fuelling stations in Vienna.
    October 2, 2015 - 8:50 AM Comments: Closed

    Watch the Mirai Fly-Fuel Cell Car exceeding initial production run

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    While the Toyota Mirai cannot literally fly, it is flying off the virtual shelf!

    Nearly 1,900 people have raised their hand for a Toyota Mirai, exceeding the expected initial production run of the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.  The Mirai order request portal, which went live just two months ago, is now directing customers to a wait list, as production catches up to this high demand.

    Toyota anticipates an allotment of nearly 1,000 model year 2016 Mirai in the U.S.  The existing order requests are being reviewed, and Toyota will begin placing the first trailblazing customers in the Mirai driver’s seat this month.

    In January 2015, Toyota announced a Mirai global production capacity increase in an effort to satisfy overwhelming demand in all markets.  Potential Mirai customers can still request the car of the future at www.toyota.com/mirai.  A wait list will be created for the next Mirai allotment and potential customers contacted when production is available.

    October 2, 2015 - 7:09 AM Comments: Closed

    Fuel cells are the future: Univerity of British Colombia

    fuel cell car

    More fuel-cell cars are in development.

    The recall of 11 million Volkswagen diesel vehicles highlights the challenges of reducing emissions from fossil fuel-powered cars. Fortunately, there’s an alternative and it has zero emissions. The fuel-cell car is currently being developed by major automakers including Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Hyundai.

    Walter Mérida, director of UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), has been researching fuel-cell technology for more than 15 years. When Mercedes-Benz rolls out its new fuel-cell cars in a few years, they’ll feature Canadian technology.

    What are some of the benefits of fuel cells?

    Fuel cells convert hydrogen and other fuels into electricity quietly, efficiently, and without pollution. A fuel-cell car produces zero emissions. You’ll only see water coming out of the tailpipes. And it’s quickly refueled, unlike battery-powered cars which can take hours to recharge.

    Fuel cells can be used to build a renewable, carbon-free energy system if you produce the hydrogen from renewable sources, such as hydroelectricity. The geopolitical impact can be profound. Countries without fossil fuel sources such as oil or natural gas can generate the energy they need, cleanly.

    How far along is fuel cell adoption?

    Auto manufacturers are investing in fuel cell cars, trucks, and other types of vehicles. Hyundai is already leasing fuel-cell SUVs in Vancouver, while Toyota expects to begin delivery of hydrogen fuel-cell cars in California next year. Mercedes-Benz is expected to introduce its new generation of fuel-cell cars in a few years.

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    By 2017, fuel-cell car sales are expected to approximate that of electric cars in their early adoption stage.

    As well, refueling networks are being laid out in places like California, where there are 10 public hydrogen fuel stations, and in Japan, where 23 stations have opened and hundreds more are being planned. Germany recently opened its first hydrogen filling station on the autobahn. There are plans for the rollout of more than 50 stations across Europe over the next few years.

    Fuel cells are already part of the power grid in some cities. New York is an example. You could also have small applications, such as cellphones, because fuel cells can be miniaturized.

    Tell us about your work on fuel cells.

    My group at CERC is working on new techniques to ensure the durability and reliability of fuel cells as they move into mass manufacturing. We collaborate with hydrogen fuel-cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems, based in Burnaby, and with Germany’s Mercedes-Benz.

    British Columbia is seen around the world as the leader in this field, and so when Mercedes-Benz decided to open their own production facility for automotive fuel cells in 2012, they chose to come to B.C.

    Is the internal-combustion engine slated for the trash heap?

    Not quite yet. Right now about 80 per cent of our primary energy supply comes from fossil fuels–coal, oil and gas–and combustion will remain an important technology for many more years.

    The main barriers for fuel-cell technology at the moment are the cost of generating power from it, and the lack of an efficient, extensive refueling network. But I see a future for hydrogen fuel cells as a way out of transportation’s extreme dependence on fossil fuels.

    How does the new program you helped develop at UBC fit into all this?

    We’re at the threshold of a big transition in the way we think about energy. The global investment in renewable energy was more than $200 billion in the last year alone. Engineers and executives should know how clean technology can transform the global economy. The new master of engineering leadership (MEL) in clean energy engineering offered by UBC Applied Science will give them that perspective through a combination of management education and advanced engineering courses.

    Walter Mérida is one of the speakers at UBC’s Innovate 2015, a dialogue that brings applied research to the community. For more information or to book interviews, contact ErinRose Handy at 604.822.1524 or [email protected]

    Background

    About the Clean Energy Research Centre at UBC
    Established in 2000, CERC develops viable solutions for sustainable energy. It is focused on energy systems that simultaneously minimize environmental impact, promote geopolitical stability, and enable economic diversification. CERC works closely with an extensive scientific network across Canada and around the world, and with a number of industry partners.

    About the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL)
    The new master of engineering leadership is a one-year, full-time degree program offered by UBC Applied Science in collaboration with the Sauder School of Business. There are seven engineering specializations: advanced materials manufacturing, clean energy, dependable software systems, green bio-products, integrated water management, naval architecture and marine engineering, and urban systems. UBC Applied Science also offers a master of health leadership and policy in seniors care through the School of Nursing. All eight programs combine technical instruction with personal leadership development, with the first students starting in January 2016.

    October 2, 2015 - 6:43 AM Comments: Closed

    NREL to Dedicate Hydrogen Fueling Station

    The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will hold a dedication ceremony for its 700 bar hydrogen fueling station, the first of its kind in Colorado, on Oct. 8 at its campus in Golden. The fueling station is a key part of NREL’s new Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility (HITRF).

    NREL has partnered with automotive companies and their fuel providers to evaluate the on-road performance of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the necessary fueling infrastructure. The dedication ceremony will start at 4 p.m., followed by an open house with a chance to view the fueling station and hydrogen-powered vehicles, participate in ride-and-drive opportunities, and talk to NREL’s scientists.

    When: Thursday, Oct. 8 from 4 to 5 p.m.

    Where: NREL, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden

    RSVP: Media must RSVP to [email protected] or 303-275-4051 by Oct. 6.

    NREL’s fueling station dedication event on Oct. 8 will coincide with the first celebration of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day – a date chosen in recognition of the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008). The occasion is intended to raise awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies that provide reliable and resilient power, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase America’s energy security.

    The HITRF supports research and development projects funded by the Energy Department’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as well as industry, government, and university partners.

    NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

    October 2, 2015 - 6:09 AM Comments: Closed

    Fuel cell buses at ISWA 2015, 7-9 September, Antwerp

    Antwerp World Congress

    HighVLOCity projectISWA 2015, World Congress of the International Solid Waste Association was organised between 07 September, 2015 and 09 September, 2015 in Antwerp.

    ISWA 2015 is an astounding Congress which covered the topics of Waste, Solid Waste, Ecology, Environment, Recycling and Recovery and a lot more.

    The Fuel Cells buses from Van Hool transported the participants to the workshops.

    The hydrogen buses ordinary operate in Antwerp within the framework of the HighVLOCity project.

    October 2, 2015 - 5:32 AM Comments: Closed

    ITM Power Signs Agreement with Symbio FCell and Arcola Energy: Targets U.K. Van Market

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    ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Symbio FCell and Arcola Energy to provide an integrated package of zero emission commercial vehicles, on-site fuel and after-sales support for UK commercial fleet operators.  The agreement is to work together to provide fleet customers with the assurance of a one-stop complete solution including preparation, insurance, site approvals, vehicle registration and staff training.

    Symbio FCell, a leading designer and manufacturer of Fuel Cell Systems and Range Extenders, has deployed the largest number of fuel cell Range Extender Electric Vehicles (REEV) in Europe with customers such as La Poste, Air Liquide and Schneider Electric.  The Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 electric van with fuel cell range extender from Symbio FCell is now in series production and offers a range of over 200 miles, more than double the range of the electric-only van.  With a hydrogen refuelling time of less than three minutes, but the ability to plug-in whenever possible, the vehicle provides the best of both worlds for fleet managers and drivers.  A similar vehicle, adapted to the Renault Trucks Maxity 4.5 T electric light duty truck is being tested at La Poste and will be commercially available in 2016.

    ITM Power has recently launched a wind to hydrogen refueller near the M1 in Rotherham and announced a strategic partnership with Shell to place three refuellers on forecourts in the UK.  Currently, ITM Power is building a total of five refuelling stations in London.  The HFuel product is well suited to fleets of fuel cell vehicles and has demonstrated the principle of refuelling return-to-base fleets in the past.  This experience has shown that support from an OEM and the quality of after-sales support for the vehicles is key to fleet customers.

    Arcola Energy is an engineering services business offering hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle and fleet services.  In partnership with Symbio FCell, Arcola Energy offers full technical support and maintenance for the vans and assurance to fleet managers of high reliability and availability.  To help fleets realise the benefits and to ensure that drivers are confident working with these cutting-edge technologies, Arcola Energy also provides engaging, hands-on training and education services,   as well as supporting wider public communications for local authorities and companies wishing to highlight the benefits of hydrogen powered fleets.

    About the Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 by Symbio FCell
    • The fuel cell range extender is integrated in the Renault-TECH factory without any structural modification to the vehicle and with full OEM end-of-line quality control.
    • In the UK the vans are fully VCA approved and have National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA).
    • As a modified version of the standard Kangoo ZE, the vans are fully supported by Renault dealerships.  An EU-wide support hotline is provided to customers.
    • The fuel cell produces electricity, heat and water.  Electricity produced by the fuel cell is used to charge the battery / drive the motor; the heat produced is captured and used to warm the vehicle cabin in winter.
    • With the range extender kit, battery lifetime is also extended because the increased driving range reduces the frequency of deep battery discharge that degrades the battery.
    • The range extender kit can be dismounted and re-mounted in a new vehicle if required.
    • The 74-litre hydrogen tank has a 15-year service lifetime and a driving range of approximately 360km per full tank, equivalent to 0.5 kg H2 per 100 km.  NOTE that this is real driving range.  Figures from a key customer are 344.9 km per tank in urban/peri-urban usage with 300 kg payload.
    • The refuelling time is less than three minutes.

    Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power commented; “We are delighted to be working again on the return-to-base fleet refuelling model with commercial vehicles that are backed by an OEM and have a full after-sales support package.  We look forward to selling refuelling stations into this important emerging market with Symbio FCell and Arcola Energy as our partners”.

    Ben Todd, Managing Director at Arcola Energy commented; “The Symbio FCell zero emission vans combined with ITM Power’s clean hydrogen production means truly low carbon and non-polluting fleets are now possible for UK cities.  With rapid changes in environmental regulation in urban centres and emerging uncertainties in the claims made for conventional vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles are becoming increasing popular, especially with organisations with large urban fleets and central refuelling and maintenance depots.”

    Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio FCell, commented; “In order to develop our core business in the design and production of Fuel Cell Systems, we are continuously expanding our team of collaborators, who represent the best-in-class in each area of the fuel cell system.  Working with ITM Power and Arcola Energy will allow us to expand deployment of our fleet-ready Renault Kangoo hydrogen fuel cell hybrid vans in the UK.”

    October 1, 2015 - 9:11 AM Comments: Closed

    Intelligent Energy announces milestone £1.2 billion deal to provide efficient, economical and clean power to over 27,400 telecom towers in India

    Loughborough (UK) and Bangalore (India) —  Intelligent Energy, the global energy technology company, today announced it will purchase contracts from GTL Limited to supply energy-management services across more than 27,400 telecom towers in India. This landmark deal, which was signed post UK market close on Wednesday 30 September and, represents a major milestone in hydrogen fuel cell development and is expected to have a transformative impact on India’s energy market by creating high efficiencies and cost savings alongside reducing emissions.

    “This transaction delivers contracted revenues of approximately £1.2 billion over ten years, which is a major development for Intelligent Energy and the industry,” said Henri Winand, CEO of Intelligent Energy Holdings. “Our technology will not only help to bring a stable, reliable power supply to these towers, it will also demonstrate the full power of hydrogen fuel cells today, and in the future.”

    The deployment of hydrogen fuel-cell power to Indian telecom towers marks a watershed transformation of the Indian power grid, previously faulted for stifling India’s economic growth due to persistent unreliability. Over 70% of India’s circa 425,000 telecom towers experience power outages of approximately eight hours per day leaving nearly half of the country’s 935 million mobile phone users frequently disconnected for extended periods. Diesel generators are currently the main back-up power source, but as a fuel, diesel is costly, inefficient, and emits high levels of CO2, NOx and harmful carcinogenic particulate emissions. Hydrogen fuel cells are expected to be more efficient and cleaner and can be more economical on a total cost of ownership basis than diesel generators.

    This deal demonstrates India’s long-term commitment to fuel-cells and builds on its recently announced deployment of hydrogen fuel cells on telecom towers.

    Essential Energy, a subsidiary of Intelligent Energy in India, will assume the power management for  over 27,400 mobile telecom towers; a figure equivalent to 50 per cent of the U.K.’s telecom towers and 13 per cent of the U.S’. Essential Energy intends to transition around 70 per cent of the managed telecom towers from diesel power to hydrogen fuel cells throughout their contracts’ tenure.

    Winand added, “Using our technology, India can leapfrog into an information-driven future without assuming the costs and experiencing the difficulties of first implementing a conventional energy grid. This deal sets a significant precedent for shaping India’s energy future.”

    About Intelligent Energy

    Intelligent Energy Holdings plc is an energy technology group which develops efficient and clean hydrogen fuel cell power systems for the global automotive, consumer electronics, distributed power and generation markets – from powering zero-emission vehicles to compact energy packs for mobile devices and stationary power units for the always-on infrastructure.

    Working with international companies, Intelligent Energy aims to embed its technology in mass market applications to solve the challenges of continuous power and productivity, by creating everyday energy solutions to power people’s lives. The Group’s intellectual property and expertise is based around proprietary fuel cell technologies, which are the product of over 25 years of research and development. Its patent portfolio includes more than 900 patents granted (and over 1000 patents pending) across more than 400 patent families. The Group also maintains a significant body of confidential know-how and trade secrets.

    With its principal facility and headquarters in Loughborough, UK, the company also has operations in India, Japan and Singapore, a commercial office in Silicon Valley, USA and development facilities co-located at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission in Grenoble and at NASA in Florida, USA. Intelligent Energy Holdings plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: IEH).

    October 1, 2015 - 9:02 AM Comments: Closed

    Ballard Announces Sale of Telecom Backup Power Systems to Aditya Birla in India

    VANCOUVER-- Ballard Power Systems BLDP, (BLD) today announced receipt of a purchase order from Aditya Birla Group (Aditya; www.adityabirla.com) for fifty (50) ElectraGenTM-H2 direct hydrogen modules that will be deployed in the Idea Cellular network in India (www.ideacellular.com). All modules are expected to be shipped in 2015. This order represents the first step in a planned deployment of as many as 200 systems by the end of 2016.

    The Aditya Birla Group is a US$41 billion conglomerate with 120,000 employees in 42 countries. Idea Cellular, is one of India’s largest wireless service providers and is a member company of the Aditya Birla Group of companies. Idea Cellular has 165 million subscribers, including 37 million data users, and revenue of US$5 billion which represents 18% market share. Idea Cellular has untaken extensive testing and trialing of Ballard’s ElectraGenTM product since late-2013.

    The Aditya Birla Group has been a leading innovator in the many industrial sectors in which it operates. Its chemical division, ABCIL, owns chemical processing facilities throughout India. A number of these plants generate hydrogen as a by-product of chemical production processes. As yet another business innovation, the Company plans to capture its low cost by-product hydrogen from select chemical plants and utilize it as a fuelling source for the newly ordered ElectraGenTM-H2 modules, which it plans to deploy in the Idea Cellular wireless network.

    “Aditya Birla is leveraging its existing chemical production assets to reduce the cost of the entire ecosystem needed for delivery of a highly reliable telecom backup power solution,” said Steve Karaffa, Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer. “In India, where the electric grid itself is often unreliable, the need for cost-effective backup power is mission critical for wireless telecom operators.”

    October 1, 2015 - 8:07 AM Comments: Closed

    National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Supporting the rollout of hydrogen energy

    As the UK’s first renewable hydrogen refuelling station opens, the Gas Metrology team at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is supporting the rollout of hydrogen vehicles through its hydrogen purity laboratory, which provides quality assurance to refuelling stations.

    Filling up, with hydrogen fuel (image courtesy of ITM Power)

    Filling up with hydrogen fuel (image courtesy of
    ITM Power)

    Hydrogen is set to become a crucial part of the UK’s future energy mix as the government strives to meet challenging targets for reducing greenhouse emissions. Hydrogen-fuelled vehicles have been identified as a promising technology to help achieve these goals, as they produce no harmful exhaust emissions and are completely carbon free if the hydrogen is generated from renewable sources.

    But the engines that drive hydrogen vehicles, fuel cells, can degrade quickly if even trace levels of impurities are present in the supplied hydrogen. Recognising the significance of this, the European Commission introduced a new Directive in 2014 requiring all hydrogen used to power vehicles to comply with strict purity requirements.

    NPL’s Gas Metrology team is leading the way in developing novel analytical methods for performing quality assurance of fuel cell hydrogen, to support uptake of hydrogen vehicles. As well as providing traceable measurements against the most accurate gas standards available, the team has developed a device to simplify and speed up purity analysis – the Hydrogen Impurity Enrichment Device. The device, which concentrates the impurities in a sample of hydrogen prior to purity analysis, was featured in a recent article in Automotive Engineer

    NPL is keen to apply its expertise and capabilities to support projects that aim to progress hydrogen technologies. One such project NPL is currently involved in is Island Hydrogen, led by ITM Power and supported by Innovate UK, which aims to power the Isle of Wight completely through renewable sources. As part of this project, NPL has supported ITM Power in developing their hydrogen refuelling stations, performing quality assurance at each step of the build in order to assess and prevent the risk of impurity contamination in the final hydrogen product.

    A significant outcome of the Island Hydrogen project is the opening of the UK’s first renewable hydrogen refuelling station, which took place in Rotherham on 17 September 2015. This is the first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK that produces completely clean hydrogen, using a wind turbine to power the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen.

    Work is currently under way on a new hydrogen storage and refuelling station at NPL, as part of the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) project being launched across major cities in Europe.

    October 1, 2015 - 7:47 AM Comments: Closed

    Green Leaders from Around the World Gather in Korea for Hyundai’s First Green Leaders Meeting on Fuel Cell Technology

    Leaders from government, industry and non-governmental organizations are arriving today in Seoul, Korea for the first Hyundai Green Leaders meeting focusing on fuel cell technology. Arriving today from Denmark, Germany, France, Australia, Canada and around the world, green leaders will get an eyeful of Hyundai’s fuel cell technology innovations.

    Hyundai, like Canada,  is a world leader in fuel cell technology.

    They have invested heavily to overcome price, technology and consumer acceptance challenges and now are rolling out Fuel Cell Vehicles around the world, including Canada, where Hyundai’s launch of the first-ever commercially available Fuel Cell Vehicle, the Hyundai Tucson, launched earlier this year in Vancouver.

    Green Leaders invited here today will be getting the full story of Hyundai’s new fuel cell technology advances, but we already know that Hyundai Motors Chairman Chung Mong Koo has invested heavily in the technology and personally driven executives and management at Hyundai to pursue the hydrogen fuel cell car dream.

    Canada’s relationship with Korea is a strong relationship, and in recent years, the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, with terrific assistance from both the Government of Canada and Government of B.C., has made great strides in deepening the relationship with Hyundai around fuel cell vehicles.In the world of rolling out availability of fuel cell vehicles, countries like Canada are pushing automakers from around the world who are now producing fuel cell vehicles to deploy them in Canada.

    Of course, there is a challenge.

    The automakers need to know there are fuelling stations for the cars they wish to deploy; Fuelling stations need to know there will be enough fuel cell vehicles deployed to warrant making the capital investments in new hydrogen fuelling stations.

    So, CHFCA began meeting more than two years ago with senior Hyundai officials, including B.K.Ahn, a senior Hyundai manager in charge of the fuel cell program.

    With the BC government and Canadian government’s assistance, we met in Korea and in Vancouver with Hyundai officials, and took them through the fascinating story of British Columbia and Canada’s advances in fuel cell technology, our significant experience with fueling stations for FCV’s and our desire to partner with Hyundai to roll out commercial availability of FCV’s in Canada.

    At the same time, we met with other OEMs from around Asia and Europe, plus the U.S., to push for more vehicles for Canada.

    Canada, we told them all, has the experience—at peak, we were operating a half dozen fuelling stations in Canada–older, slower-filling models–, we had fleet management experience gained with demonstration Ford Focus vehicles and New Flyer buses; and we have government support for the sector—up and down, in and out, but nonetheless consistent support from government at some level over decades.

    And Hyundai listened.

    Not only did they listen, but they started to work aggressively with us towards the commercial launch of the Tucson FCV into Canada, at the same time they were deploying FCV’s in California, Europe and Asia.

    When Hyundai rolled out commercially available Tucson FCV’s in the Vancouver area, they were overwhelmed with more than 300 applicants looking to lease the zero-emission suv’s, and even more pleasantly surprised when a recent poll highlighted that 75% of Canadians were interested in zero emission, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

    Now, the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association has just issued a new Request for Proposals for Vancouver’s next, 700-bar fuelling station for FCV’s, and is working closely with the B.C. Government, Hyundai and other OEMs to ensure a new fuelling station arrives in 2016, and further planning is executed for additional stations.

    Canadian fuelling station technology is significant, with firms like Hydrogenics and HTEC having worldwide experience in developing new fuelling stations for hydrogen vehicles. In fact, Canadian firms are now working on fuelling stations in California, and have supplied expertise to Germany and elsewhere.

    Watch this space closely for more updates on Hyundai’s work in Canada, lead by Canadian Hyundai President Don Romano, and CHFCA’s efforts to increase fuelling staton capacity. The Canadian Hydrogen Infrastructure Initiative, Chaired by HTEC’s Colin Armstrong, and with support of OEMs, governments and industry, is working now to create plans for additonal infrastructure across Canada.

    October 1, 2015 - 6:09 AM Comments: Closed

    myFC intends to sell PowerTrekk assets

    myFC Holding AB has retained Value Position AB as a financial and strategic advisor to explore the possibility of divesting all assets in relation to the myFC PowerTrekk product family.

    The company will focus wholly on the new JAQ product range. JAQ is based on a different technology. Both the fuel cell and the fuel platform including charging logic is different and therefore it is easy to divide assets between PowerTrekk and JAQ.

    The PowerTrekk assets will include IP and PowerTrekk related brands, manufacturing machinery, component stocks, among other product centered components.

    “The divestment project that we have now started is consistent with the company’s stated objective of focusing on the new JAQ product line. For myFC, it is vital to take the next step and focus exclusively on JAQ. The first JAQ product will enter the market in Q4 2015.” says Björn Westerholm, CEO at myFC.

    October 1, 2015 - 6:05 AM Comments: Closed

    Business Leaders Announce Formation of Clean Fuels Michigan

    A coalition dedicated to growing a high tech, clean transportation industry in Michigan

    LANSING, Mich. – Nearly 30 leading companies and organizations in Michigan today announced the formation of Clean Fuels Michigan. The new 501(c)(6) organization aims to maintain Michigan’s position as a global leader in automotive manufacturing by advancing a clear vision, strategy, and advocacy centered on advanced powertrain technology and innovation. The overall goal is to promote investment, job growth and sustainable technologies in Michigan.

    Michigan’s leadership position in the automotive industry is well known. It supports more than 513,000 jobs and provides nearly $36 billion in annual earnings. However, dynamic forces are rapidly changing the future of mobility and 37 states have policies to promote alternative fuel vehicles. Michigan is one of the relatively few states with no incentives supporting the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, which is why we rank 41st out of 50 states in the number of alternative fuel vehicles per capita.

    Michigan must act quickly so that it can capitalize on the developing marketplace and ultimately improve Michigan’s overall economic competitiveness,” said Chris Milani, Principal of the Rustbelt Group. “There needs to be a favorable policy climate so that Michigan can stay in the game and attract talent and position itself as the innovation leader for clean fuel technology,” Milani added.

    Clean Fuel Michigan will advance clean fuel neutral policies, such as electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen fuel cell technology, advise policy makers, and help commercialization efforts.

    “Our members collectively believe in economic opportunities that stem from developing this technology and markets in Michigan,” commented Eric Clinton, Manager of NGV Business Development at DTE Energy.

    Investments in clean alternative fuels will not only provide economic benefits to our communities but result in environmental improvements that are essential to the health and well being of Michigan’s citizens.

    Additional information about Clean Fuels Michigan may be found at CleanFuelsMichigan.com.

    October 1, 2015 - 5:59 AM Comments: Closed