Fuel Cell Corridor News
NASA is catalyst for hydrogen technology
NASA answered a call to help the world's largest aerospace company develop a better way to generate electricity for its aircraft. Instead, it wound up helping a very small technology company to thrive.
Here's what happened.
Aerospace mega-giant Boeing approached NASA with the idea of using fuel cells to provide electricity for its planes instead of the onboard generators commonly in use. Those generators run on the same jet fuel that powers a plane's flight, but burning jet fuel to drive a small generator is inefficient.
If a small, lightweight system were developed to extract hydrogen and carbon monoxide from the jet fuel (a process known as "reforming") and use those gases in a solid-oxide fuel cell, much less jet fuel would be required to generate the same amount of electricity—a win-win for Boeing (which would save money on fuel) and the environment (which would see less carbon dioxide blown into the atmosphere). NASA agreed to help. Read more.
ITM Power takes delivery of Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle
ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of one of the first Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicles to arrive in the UK.
The vehicles being rolled out are a result of the pioneering £31m Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFive) project funded by the FCH JU under the EU Framework 7 program. The project which brings together vehicle manufactures, commercial hydrogen fuel suppliers and government departments aims to make hydrogen vehicles a viable and environmentally friendly choice for motorists across Europe.
HyFive will see a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles rolled out to various European locations including Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, Munich, Stuttgart and London. These vehicles will be supported by clusters of hydrogen refuelling stations, twelve of which are already in existence, and a further six to be deployed. Read more.
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle visits Department of Energy
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman test drove the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Fuel cells have the potential to replace internal-combustion engines in vehicles and provide power in stationary and portable power applications because they are energy-efficient, clean, and fuel-flexible.
Led by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, DOE works closely with national laboratories, the private sector, universities, and industry partners to overcome critical technical barriers to fuel cell commercialization. Currently, R&D focuses on the development of reliable, low-cost, high-performance fuel cell system components for transportation and building applications.
From researchers to project managers to technical experts, there are dozens of EERE staff dedicated to supporting the research, development, and deployment of fuel cells. Thus, we were excited to test drive the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The vehicle is the first commercially leased fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), beyond the demonstration scale. The Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle, developed by Hyundai, is powered by a 100 kW fuel cell that runs on hydrogen. With a driving range of 265 miles, the Tucson Fuel Cell takes less than 10 minutes to refuel.
The Tucson Fuel Cell has passed numerous on-road tests conducted over an accumulated distance of 2 million miles Dozens of Department of Energy employees took a break from their workdays to check out the FCEV and a few even took it for a test drive. Among the eager participants was Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, who enjoyed a test ride of the vehicle.
"As part of the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department funds research, development and demonstration activities that are helping to put fuel cell electric vehicles like the Tucson on the road," said Deputy Secretary Poneman. "The efforts of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy have helped cut fuel cell costs in half and double durability in the last several years, supporting the emerging domestic fuel cell electric vehicle industry and enabling the development of technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
To learn more about the Fuel Cell Technologies Office and DOE's efforts in hydrogen and fuel cells in vehicles, homes and buildings, manufacturing, education, and technology, visit the website.