Fuel Cell Corridor News
Honda FCEV Fuel Cell Concept Previews FCX Clarity Successor
Honda will present a new concept car at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show that will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Called the FCEV, the new concept is said to preview the potential styling of a successor to the FCX Clarity, which is scheduled for launch in 2015, the same year close rival Toyota plans to launch its own fuel cell vehicle. Apart from this stylized teaser image, no other details on the FCEV have been released. The teaser shows a futuristic design that builds on themes expressed by Honda’s new Exciting H Design!!! styling language. We can also see some similarities between the FCEV and the FCX Clarity, such as indented shoulder line and coupe-like profile. Read more
Bridgeport, United Illuminating propose 5MW solar-fuel cell project
Orange electric utility United Illuminating and the city of Bridgeport are proposing a 50-acre, five-megawatt renewable energy park on the city's former landfill site.
Based on UI's preliminary analysis, the park can accommodate 2.2 megawatts of solar electric fields and 2.8 megawatts of fuel cells. Read more
Catacel and DJW Technology Partner on CPOx Hydrogen Generator
When a global fuel cell company sought to develop a catalytic partial oxidation (CPOx) system that will generate hydrogen-rich syngas at almost any altitude, temperature or humidity condition found on Earth, it turned to Catacel for its compact catalytic reactor technology. For assistance with the system engineering, including the balance of plant and the control system architecture, Catacel turned to DJW Technology LLC of Dublin, Ohio. Catacel and DJW Technology engineers worked closely with the customer in the design, packaging, demonstration and delivery of the hydrogen generator, which will now undergo life testing at the customer’s facility in the United States. Read more
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American Trim’s Research into Forming of Metallic PEM Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates Honored at the 2013 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition in Columbus, Ohio
Members of the American Trim Research and Development team presented at the 2013 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition in Columbus, Ohio this October 21-24. The Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition has been the premier international gathering of fuel cell enthusiasts for the past 37 years. The seminar features close to 250 presenters from universities and manufacturing backgrounds speaking about new discoveries that promote fuel cell technology. These presenters come from a variety of countries giving a global representation of fuel cell technology.
Jianhui Shang, Senior Research Scientist at American Trim, presented his research entitled Low-cost Manufacturing of Metallic Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates by Electromagnetic Forming. This research focused on achieving commercialization of PEM fuel cells through the development of a high volume and low-cost manufacturing process for bipolar plates. Shang’s presentation was awarded by the committee with a first place honor. The selection panel comprised a team from the National Academy of Science along with industry leaders within the fuel cell industry. This honor shows the importance of the research American Trim is doing into low cost forming of PEM fuel cell bipolar plates.
Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells provide an alternative way to provide energy to vehicles which reduces pollution by eliminating the need for gas combustion. This solution is currently stifled by the high cost of building a fuel cell stack; thus the need to find lower cost methods to produce the PEM fuel cells.
To this end, American Trim has been doing extensive research for the past five years on how electromagnetic forming (EMF) is a suitable technology to manufacture metallic fuel cell bipolar plates, because of its low capital cost, flexible tooling and rapid prototyping capability.
EMF is a forming technology that utilizes the power of magnetic force to efficiently and quickly form intricate patterns, such as fuel cell flow fields, in a variety of metals. This technology can enable the forming of less expensive metals as well as supply a lower cost model for forming.
According to Jianhui Shang, Senior Research Scientist at American Trim,” The biggest barrier to Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells becoming a mainstream technology is their cost. Fuel cell stack consists of around 42% of the total system cost. Bipolar plates are a major component to the overall cost of a PEM fuel cell stack. By electromagnetic forming, we developed a novel process to manufacture metallic PEM fuel cell bipolar plates to meet the high-volume and low-cost requirements. Electromagnetic forming has broad applications. We develop this technology not only for metallic bipolar plates but also for other applications in automotive, aerospace and military markets.”
To find out more about the research into using EMF for forming PEM Fuel Cells we have published the abstract, Low-cost Manufacturing of Metallic Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates by Electromagnetic Forming on the American Trim website.
Fueling Ohio's Future: Fuel Cells Revolutionize the Energy Economy
Ultimately fuel cell technology may eliminate the need for our antiquated power grid by producing reliable clean energy for homes, business and transportation, all while providing thousands of permanent jobs as the foundation of a new energy economy. Ohio is uniquely positioned to be a world leader in this emerging energy paradigm shift.
Watch the video from the panel discussion regarding fuel cells presented at the Columbus Metropolitan Club on July 31, 2013 featuring Pat Valente, Executive Director, Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, Ram Sastry, Director, Distribution Devices Support, AEP; Giorgio Rizzoni, Director, OSU Center for Automotive Research; John M. Schneider, Technology Consultant, Complex Energy Solutions, llc.