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 ...
GM and Honda to Establish Industry-First Joint Fuel Cell System Manufacturing Operation in Michigan
Jan 30, 2017
DETROIT — General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Honda (NYSE: HMC) today announced establishment of the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company. Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit. Mass production of fuel cell systems is expected to begin around 2020 and create nearly 100 new jobs. The companies are making equal investments totaling $85 million in the joint venture.
Honda and GM have been working together through a master collaboration agreement announced in July 2013. It established the co-development arrangement for a next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies. The companies integrated their development teams and shared hydrogen fuel cell intellectual property to create a more affordable commercial solution for fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems. [Read More]
Plug Power Ships First Production Progen Engines for Electric Vehicle Range Extenders to FedEx Freight
Feb 8, 2017 | FuelCellsWorks
LATHAM, N.Y. -- Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, has shipped the first production ProGen fuel cell engines for use in electric delivery vehicles. Through this application, Plug Power extends its reach into the on-road electric vehicle market, increasing its served market for fuel cell products and hydrogen fueling stations. [Read More]