Fuel Cell Corridor News
Why hydrogen-powered cars will drive Elon Musk crazy
Forget the Tesla Model S. Another car of the future is finally hitting the highway.
After decades of development—and no small amount of skepticism—major automakers are set to start selling hydrogen fuel-cell cars in small numbers in the US. In the coming months, a hydrogen-powered version of Hyundai’s Tucson sport utility vehicle will appear in southern California showrooms. And Honda and Toyota next year will offer Californians futuristic sedans that can travel 300 miles (480 km) or more on a tank of hydrogen gas while emitting nothing more toxic than water vapor.
The state of California, meanwhile, is putting up $20 million a year to finance the construction of 100 fueling stations, at last building former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s much hyped but vaporous “hydrogen highway.” It’s been 15 years since the California Fuel Cell Partnership, a coalition of automakers, technology companies and government policymakers, was founded, but now, says Catherine Dunwoody, its director, “We’re definitely at that tipping point where we’re confident that we can launch the market for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.” Read more.
“Who’s Who In Energy – Columbus”
Lynne Morgan, Assistant Director of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition (OFCC), has been honored with a recognition by Columbus Business First in its selection of "Who's Who In Energy – Columbus," a special acknowledgment appearing in the November 2013 issue of Columbus Business First published by American City Business Journals.
The list recognizes the top 100 leaders in energy and was expanded this year to include energy leaders in eight different markets, including Austin, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Pittsburgh. Selections were based on a combination of open nominations, industry outreach, and internal research by the business journals in each market.
“There are so many talented executives in Ohio’s energy market – to even be considered for this list is truly exciting and also humbling. After 10 years of involvement in environmental awareness, sustainability and energy focus, it’s as fun and rewarding as it’s ever been to work among so many companies that are at the forefront of the energy industry,” said Ms. Morgan.
The OFCC is a united group of industry, academic, and government leaders working collectively to strengthen Ohio’s fuel cell industry and to accelerate the transformation of the region to global leadership in fuel cell technology. The coalition is an advocate for the industry, and provides services in management assessments, commercialization support and supply chain linkages.
Following the publication of Lynne Morgan's selection for Columbus Business First's “Who's Who In Energy – Columbus” list, American Registry seconded the honor and added Lynne Morgan to the "Registry of Business Excellence™".
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Stationary fuel cells may soon achieve commercialization
New report details the impressive progress that large fuel cells have made recently. Stationary Fuel Cells - CommercializationStationary fuel cells have been on the verge of seeing widespread commercialization for several years.
A new report from WinterGreen Research suggests that commercialization may be achievable in the near future as the world begins to focus more heavily on fuel cells in general. Fuel cells have already won a dominant position in the auto industry and the capabilities of small-scale fuel cells have drawn attention to their larger counterparts. Read more.
Plug Power Receives Milestone Order From Walmart for Multi-Site Hydrogen Fuel Cell Deployment
Deal Will Utilize Plug Power's New GenKey Solution That Provides Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Fuel Infrastructure and Maintenance Service
Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) today confirms the company has received a multi-site GenKey purchase order from Walmart Stores, Inc. to roll out its hydrogen fuel cell solution to power electric lift truck fleets at six North America distribution centers. The first of six sites will be deployed by the second quarter of 2014.
GenDrive hydrogen fuel cells have universal appeal in material handling applications because they can contribute to an increase in productivity. Workers spend less time fueling a forklift truck as compared to changing a lead-acid battery, resulting in less downtime. GenDrive fuel cells also have no exhaust emissions so that they can be a component in implementing corporate environmental initiatives. Read more.
Sandia Team Building Hydrogen Fuel Cell Unit
A new fuel cell technology demonstration project led by Sandia National Laboratories will be deployed to the Port of Honolulu by 2015 to show how the portable unit can lower emissions and reduce energy consumption.
The unit will fit inside a 20-foot shipping container and will consist of four 30-kilowatt fuel cells, a hydrogen storage system and power conversion equipment. Once the system is built, it will be delivered and deployed by Young Brothers (pictured), one of the project partners and a primary shipper of goods throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Read more
Professor Yanhai Du promotes fuel-cell research to Kent State students
A Kent State College of Technology professor has found new ways to promote sustainability in the environment.
Professor Yanhai Du has been researching fuel cells — electrochemical devices that directly convert chemical energy in a fuel to electricity — for more than 18 years. He said that he is very passionate about fuel cells and believes it is the most efficient electricity-generating technology to date.
“I see that our energy in this country is 80 percent fossil fuels,” Du said. “This causes 70 percent of electricity to burn due to fossil fuels, which can cause a lot of pollution. If we can use fuel cells, we are actually reducing over half of the carbon in the atmosphere.”
Du said that while fuel cells are the better solution, the public is skeptical of utilizing them because of the use of chemical hydrogen in the cells.
“The platinum fuel cell is the only one that you have to use hydrogen for,” Du said. “With other fuel cells, like the one I am working on, you don’t have to use hydrogen. You can use natural gas, jet fuel, gasoline, which is something the public is not aware of.” Read more.
Yanhai Du is an assistant professor of energy and industrial technology in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. His research interests include solid oxide fuel cells and systems design, fabrication and characterization, and inorganic materials (ceramic, cement, glass and cermet). Du is the first instructor of a new course titled “Introduction to Sustainability,” and he also plans to offer a clean energy course called “Fuel Cell Technologies and Applications” to promote fuel cell research and development at Kent State.