Fuel Cell Corridor News
Why California Pushes Hydrogen Compliance Cars Over Electric Ones
We're starting to hear a lot about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles from Hyundai, Toyota, and Honda--and we're going to hear a great deal more about them in the years to come.
The first 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell was leased last month, and Toyota will bring its own hydrogen-powered vehicle into selected California dealerships starting sometime next year.
Honda is expected to follow with a production version of the FCEV Concept it showed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, most likely launching sometime in 2016. Read more.
DOE Invests $20 Million to Advance Hydrogen Production and Delivery Technologies
The Energy Department today announced $20 million for ten new research and development projects that will advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies. Developing technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic, and renewable resources can enable substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions. Advancing these technologies will be critical to the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles and other fuel cell technologies. Read more.
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Toyota Takes On Tesla With Its First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car
Toyota has announced its first commercial hydrogen fuel cell car, a sedan based on the concept unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Priced at approximately 7 million yen ($68,664) in Japan, the car is an obvious rival for Tesla's Model S, which starts at $69,000.
According to Toyota, the yet-unnamed FC sedan has a cruising range of approximately 700 km (435 miles) and a refueling time of roughly three minutes. The company says the car will only emit water vapor produced by the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen when driven. Watch the video and read more.
Fuel Cell Project Selected for First Ever Technology-to-Market SBIR Award
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced the selection of 40 small businesses for new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards that total nearly $6.3 million. Among the selections is a first-of-its-kind award under a new EERE SBIR technology-to-market topic that moves existing inventions developed at DOE’s national laboratories to the marketplace and accelerates the pace of commercialization.
Newton, Massachusetts-based Giner Inc. will use technology patented by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) along with the company’s well-established dimensionally-stabilized membrane technology. Giner will apply LANL’s technology and state-of-the-art catalyst materials to develop advanced, high-performance, and durable polymer electrolyte membrane electrode assemblies for fuel cell and electrolysis applications. These achievements will ultimately lower the cost of hydrogen production technologies and fuel cell electric vehicles to enable significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
In addition to this technology-to-market award, two fuel cell projects were included in the SBIR awards. Read more. Read more.