U.S. Dept. of Energy/EERE/Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Jan. 18, 2017
2016 Recap and the Year Ahead
(OFCC Note: The U.S. Dept. of Energy/FCTO recoginized, as a Program highlight of 2016, our current DOE funded project - Integrated Regional Technical Exchange Centers, as mentioned in the article - see link below.)
Historic Time in Fuel Cell Commercialization
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) enabled a cumulative 580+ patents and 30 technologies in the market and another 75 technologies anticipated to be commercial in the next 3 to 5 years.
Toyota and Hyundai have sold or leased more than 1,100 fuel cell cars in the United States through late 2016, and Honda has just released its commercial fuel cell vehicle featuring a 366-mile driving range and needing only a few minutes to fuel. More than 25 hydrogen fueling stations are online in California and plans are underway for several to be opened soon in the Northeast.
Our Program’s latest Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report shows:
- 60,000 fuel cells were shipped worldwide in 2015 totaling more than 300 MW of fuel cell capacity; that’s twice as much capacity as in 2014!
H2@ Scale: Developed the H2@ Scale “Big Idea” concept with DOE National Laboratories showcasing the potential for hydrogen across sectors...
Consortia to Accelerate Materials Innovation...
Advanced Technology Hydrogen Station in Washington, D.C ...
HFC NEXUS and Supply Chain Development ...
Ballard is First to Power Fuel Cell Electric Buses For 10+ Million Kilometers of Revenue Service
Jan 4, 2017 | Mass Transit Magazine
Ballard Power Systems recently announced that it is the first fuel cell company to power buses for more than 10 million cumulative kilometers (6.2 million miles) of revenue service, equivalent to circling the Earth 250 times at the equator. This fuel cell industry milestone has been achieved across the company's seven generations of its FCveloCity fuel cell engine, which have been deployed in buses in 15 countries on 5 continents during the past 10 years. Over this period Ballard has worked with 13 bus manufacturers to develop a variety of fuel cell bus configurations that have been deployed in a wide range of climatic conditions and operated under a host of demanding duty cycles.
Today Ballard FCveloCity engines are powering more than 80 buses around the globe: 41 in Europe, including Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland and the U.K.; 24 in the Cities of Foshan and Yunfu, China; 13 in the U.S.A., including the states of California, Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio; 3 in Brazil; and 1 in India. [Read More]