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New hydrogen-cell SARTA bus unveiled at Statehouse
April 19, 2016 | William T Perkins | The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS: Members of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority and other agencies drank water dripping from the back of a bus Tuesday at the Statehouse. The demonstration was part of an event launching a new hydrogen fuel-cell bus that will begin taking passengers in Stark County next year. Until then, the bus is being tested at Ohio State University's Campus for the Center of Automotive Research. "I truly believe that bringing this bus to Columbus for Ohio State demonstrates the university's commitment to not only alternative fuels, but to zero-emissions vehicles," said Maryn Weimer, associate director of the Center for Automotive Research. The bus combines hydrogen and oxygen atoms, releasing electrons that can be used as electricity to power the bus. The only byproduct is water, which is safe to drink, said Kirt Conrad, SARTA's executive director.


The transit system has nine more vehicles on the way, which will make it the second-largest fleet of these type of buses in the country, trailing only one in California. The organization ordered the first two buses more than two years ago, which was followed by an $8.9 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration for five more. Last week, the administration issued another $4 million for three more buses. [Read More]


Reduction in Prices Will Significantly Drive the Global Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Market Through 2020, Says Technavio
March 17, 2016 | BusinessWire 

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global solid oxide and fuel cell (SOFC) market is expected to reach close to USD 815.6 million by 2020. This research report titled ‘Global Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Market 2016-2020’, provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all leading regions.

“Vendors are using various inexpensive metals to reduce the price of SOFCs. In addition, the increasing support from the government also reduces the price of SOFCs. For instance, Japan and Germany are sponsoring large field test programs for SOFCs and working to reduce the manufacturing cost of SOFCs,” said Vishu Rai, one of Technavio’s lead analysts for energy storage research. “As SOFC deployments and the size of the systems increase, the capital cost per unit decreases. This reduction in price will greatly influence the acceptance of SOFCs across various end-users, allowing them to be used in a variety of applications. An example to support the above statement has been given below, where we have explained the reduction in costs for CHP Systems as well as APU systems,” added Vishu. [Read More] 

First US-spec Honda Clarity Fuel Cell headed for NY show with ADAS, Apple CarPlay
March 21, 2016 | Road Show, CNET 

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We've known that Honda's second-generation Clarity Fuel Cell sedan has been poised for North American distribution since last year, and the company has now confirmed that the first US-spec model will be shown at this week's New York Auto Show. Honda has also revealed that the car will feature a suite of advanced driving-assistance systems and a new infotainment interface that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It makes sense that the Japanese automaker's technological flagship will carry its latest Honda Sensing suite of safety tech, including lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, road-departure mitigation, and, of course, collision mitigation technology with auto-brake. That puts the Clarity well ahead of Washington's 2022 mandate for automated emergency braking agreed to by 20 automakers just last week. [Read More]


Fukushima Prefecture To Become A Hub Of Development For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
March 08, 2016 | Hydrogen Fuel News

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces plan to bolster fuel cell technology in Japan. Nearly four years after the Fukushima disaster, which was one of the worst nuclear disasters in world history, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has announced that the Fukushima Prefecture will become the center of development for hydrogen energy in the country. Prime Minister Abe has revealed a plan called the Fukushima New Energy Society Initiative, which aims to support the development of new fuel cell and infrastructure technology. The initiative is part of a larger endeavor to establish a hydrogen society in Japan. In the coming years, Japanese officials believe that Japan will rely quite heavily on hydrogen fuel for the energy it needs.

Initiative aims to increase hydrogen and fuel cell production in Japan through 2020. Through the plan, several new development facilities will be built throughout the Fukushima Prefecture through 2020. By that year, these facilities are expected to produce enough hydrogen to power more than 10,000 fuel cell vehicles. The electricity needed to produce this hydrogen will come from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power. A portion of the hydrogen produced by these facilities will be used during the 2020 Olympic Games, which are being hosted in Tokyo. A public-private task force will be set up by the end of this month to support the progress of the initiative. [Read More]

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