Fuel Cell Corridor News
Professor Yanhai Du promotes fuel-cell research to Kent State students
A Kent State College of Technology professor has found new ways to promote sustainability in the environment.
Professor Yanhai Du has been researching fuel cells — electrochemical devices that directly convert chemical energy in a fuel to electricity — for more than 18 years. He said that he is very passionate about fuel cells and believes it is the most efficient electricity-generating technology to date.
“I see that our energy in this country is 80 percent fossil fuels,” Du said. “This causes 70 percent of electricity to burn due to fossil fuels, which can cause a lot of pollution. If we can use fuel cells, we are actually reducing over half of the carbon in the atmosphere.”
Du said that while fuel cells are the better solution, the public is skeptical of utilizing them because of the use of chemical hydrogen in the cells.
“The platinum fuel cell is the only one that you have to use hydrogen for,” Du said. “With other fuel cells, like the one I am working on, you don’t have to use hydrogen. You can use natural gas, jet fuel, gasoline, which is something the public is not aware of.” Read more.
Yanhai Du is an assistant professor of energy and industrial technology in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. His research interests include solid oxide fuel cells and systems design, fabrication and characterization, and inorganic materials (ceramic, cement, glass and cermet). Du is the first instructor of a new course titled “Introduction to Sustainability,” and he also plans to offer a clean energy course called “Fuel Cell Technologies and Applications” to promote fuel cell research and development at Kent State.
“Who’s Who In Energy – Columbus”
Lynne Morgan, Assistant Director of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition (OFCC), has been honored with a recognition by Columbus Business First in its selection of "Who's Who In Energy – Columbus," a special acknowledgment appearing in the November 2013 issue of Columbus Business First published by American City Business Journals.
The list recognizes the top 100 leaders in energy and was expanded this year to include energy leaders in eight different markets, including Austin, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Pittsburgh. Selections were based on a combination of open nominations, industry outreach, and internal research by the business journals in each market.
“There are so many talented executives in Ohio’s energy market – to even be considered for this list is truly exciting and also humbling. After 10 years of involvement in environmental awareness, sustainability and energy focus, it’s as fun and rewarding as it’s ever been to work among so many companies that are at the forefront of the energy industry,” said Ms. Morgan.
The OFCC is a united group of industry, academic, and government leaders working collectively to strengthen Ohio’s fuel cell industry and to accelerate the transformation of the region to global leadership in fuel cell technology. The coalition is an advocate for the industry, and provides services in management assessments, commercialization support and supply chain linkages.
Following the publication of Lynne Morgan's selection for Columbus Business First's “Who's Who In Energy – Columbus” list, American Registry seconded the honor and added Lynne Morgan to the "Registry of Business Excellence™".
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Plug Power Receives Milestone Order From Walmart for Multi-Site Hydrogen Fuel Cell Deployment
Deal Will Utilize Plug Power's New GenKey Solution That Provides Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Fuel Infrastructure and Maintenance Service
Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) today confirms the company has received a multi-site GenKey purchase order from Walmart Stores, Inc. to roll out its hydrogen fuel cell solution to power electric lift truck fleets at six North America distribution centers. The first of six sites will be deployed by the second quarter of 2014.
GenDrive hydrogen fuel cells have universal appeal in material handling applications because they can contribute to an increase in productivity. Workers spend less time fueling a forklift truck as compared to changing a lead-acid battery, resulting in less downtime. GenDrive fuel cells also have no exhaust emissions so that they can be a component in implementing corporate environmental initiatives. Read more.
Sandia Team Building Hydrogen Fuel Cell Unit
A new fuel cell technology demonstration project led by Sandia National Laboratories will be deployed to the Port of Honolulu by 2015 to show how the portable unit can lower emissions and reduce energy consumption.
The unit will fit inside a 20-foot shipping container and will consist of four 30-kilowatt fuel cells, a hydrogen storage system and power conversion equipment. Once the system is built, it will be delivered and deployed by Young Brothers (pictured), one of the project partners and a primary shipper of goods throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Read more
Microsoft Demonstrates Fuel Cell Power Generation for Data Centers
Fuel cell system directly powers the data center servers
Microsoft has been on a mission to improve efficiency and improve uptime at its major data centers. Microsoft has realized its goal by demonstrating a fuel cell concept at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine.
Microsoft displayed a rack of servers that are powered by the DC output from a fuel cell stack. Microsoft says that the fuel cells strip out most of the infrastructure needed in a traditional data center supply chain. The result is a simplified data center with less potential for failure.
By powering the data center directly from the fuel cell stack, Microsoft can bypass power conditioning electronics. That power conditioning gear typically compensates for fluctuations in stack voltage as loads are applied and removed in the data center. Read more
Secretary Moniz tours Fuel Cell and Alternative Energy Vehicles at Washington Auto Show
At the Washington Auto Show, Secretary Moniz highlighted the Energy Department’s role in developing the next generation of fuel-efficient and electric vehicles and announced nearly $50 million to support advanced vehicle technologies that will provide drivers with more transportation options while helping them save money at the pump. While at the auto show, the Secretary also had a chance to visit a number of automakers to see the latest models of fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles.
The photo gallery above shows highlights of the Secretary’s tour, where he had the opportunity to see cars and trucks that have benefitted from the Energy Department’s vehicle research in everything from lightweight materials and advanced combustion to electric vehicles and fuel cells. Read more
DOE Helps Sprint Put Fuel Cells on Cell Towers
What do you get when you cross a fuel cell with a cell tower? Would that be a fuel tower? Or perhaps a fuel cell cell tower? Probably the best people to ask would be the folks at Sprint since they just received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) technology as backup power to a number of their network sites.
The technology, still in development, would actually provide innovative approaches for rooftop fuel cell deployments. One approach being explored is a modular and lightweight fuel cell solution that can be installed without cranes and can be refueled from the ground – eliminating the need to transport fuel to rooftops. Read more