Aug 15, 2019 | Albany Business Review
Plug Power has been trying to diversify its products for years, and on Thursday the fuel cell manufacturer showed off one of its latest projects — powering FedEx airport ground equipment trucks. FedEx has been running the vehicles — called tuggers — with Plug fuel cells for months at the Albany International Airport, surviving temperatures as cold as 4 degrees Fahrenheit and as hot as 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The challenge now is getting the fuel cell engines for airport ground equipment to market. It is one of the first signs that Plug is diversifying beyond its core market of fuel cell engines for forklifts in warehouses.
Aug 14, 2019 | Forbes
For decades, researchers have experimented with how to harness the potential of hydrogen to power aircraft. With the highest specific energy of any available fuel source, hydrogen contains three times more energy by mass than jet kerosene, offering substantial weight savings and lower greenhouse gas emissions, as well as potentially greater range than is achievable by battery electric propulsion today. But hydrogen’s energy density is four times lower by volume than fossil fuels, requiring tank sizes too large to practically fit in an airplane. Now advances in technologies including fuel cells and electric motors have emboldened two startups to attempt to develop what could be the first commercial hydrogen-propelled aircraft.
Aug 6, 2019 | Albany Business Review
Plug Power saw orders and revenues rise in the second quarter of 2019, as well as making one of its first major moves into the fuel cell-powered on-road delivery market. The Latham-based fuel cell manufacturer reported gross billings of $58.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, up 50% year-over-year. The company also broke even on an EBITDA basis (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization). To get there, Plug Power delivered a record of more than 2,000 fuel cells in the second quarter to new and existing customers, including orders to its two biggest customers — Amazon and Walmart. Those numbers represent a 70% increase compared to the volume of orders in April, May and June of last year.
Aug 5, 2019 | Globe Newswire
DANBURY, Conn., Aug. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced reaching a significant clean power generation milestone with a total of more than 9 million megawatt hours having been generated by SureSource™ fuel cell power plants globally since the first commercial installation. SureSource™ fuel cells are a clean energy solution for the need for baseload power, as power is made continuously, positioning them as a perfect complement to the intermittent power sources of wind and solar. FuelCell Energy's SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents, with many owned by leading utility and industrial companies.
July 29, 2019 | Forbes
At this year’s G20 summit in Japan, hydrogen got a big boost. The United States, the European Union and Japan announced in June the formation of a new hydrogen and fuel cells partnership, agreeing to collaborate on exploring the use of the most promising environmentally friendly fuels. Japan, in fact, has already adopted a proactive stance. In late 2017, it became the first country to outline plans for a “Hydrogen Society.” That is, a country with low-cost, zero-emission production of hydrogen, the infrastructure to distribute it and applications in mobility, heating and power generation. Reaching those targets in Japan and beyond will require continual innovation and significant investment, along with fundamental shifts in policy and infrastructure. But it’s easy to understand the persistent and growing enthusiasm for hydrogen as a key aspect of decarbonization.
July 16, 2019 | PR Newswire
BURNABY, BC, July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP), a global fuel cell pioneer celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, today announced that it has arranged for several Ballard employees to purchase B.C.'s first fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI). Ballard employees are expected to purchase the Toyota Mirai zero-emission FCEVs powered by hydrogen in 2019, with initial vehicle deliveries completed today. "Electrification of transportation is a global megatrend that is needed to help mitigate the impact of climate change and improve air quality," said Randy MacEwen, President and CEO of Ballard Power Systems. "Zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles, or FCEVs, are a key part of the electric vehicle solution that will positively change the lives of the next generation.
July 15, 2019 | Energy News
Technology for space and aviation could eventually benefit renewable energy storage and alternative-fuel vehicles. The U.S. space program’s plans to return to the moon are breathing new life into the agency’s research on fuel cells and increasing the potential for commercial technology transfer here on Earth. Fifty years ago, humans first walked on the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s long-range goals now call for small landers, and then crewed missions, with eventually an orbiting base and a surface-based station. Those plans have “significantly revitalized” research on fuel cells for space, said engineer Ian Jakupca, who works in the Direct Energy Conversion group at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
July 11, 2019 | Albany Business Review
Plug Power has expanded its contract with the French logistics company FM Logistic, shipping more fuel cells to the company and installing its first hydrogen refueling station in Europe. The new order for FM's Logistic's facilities across France marks the latest push into Europe for the Latham-based hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer. It includes installing a hydrogen refueling station at FM Logistic's operation in Neuville aux Bois, France, which will supply FM Logistic with hydrogen over the next five years. FM Logistic started using Plug Power's hydrogen fuel cell technology in 2015, making it one of Plug's first European customers. Today, Plug Power is working with several customers in Europe, including a recent deal supplying hydrogen fuel cell-powered engines for 100 electric delivery trucks for DHL in Germany.
July 10, 2019 | FuelCellsWorks
SINGAPORE — Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has announced the signing of an MOU to supply 1,000 units of 100kW and higher automotive fuel cell systems for heavy duty trucks within three years, with the first units to be delivered in the second half of 2019. This represents one of the largest deployments of fuel cell heavy vehicles globally. This is an important step in improving air quality around busy shipping ports, with diesel engines a major contributor to air pollution. According to scientific groups, diesel powered vehicles and equipment account for approximately 50% of all nitrous oxides and two thirds of all harmful particulate matter in major economies. The International Agency for Research on Cancer draws attention to the damaging nature of tailpipe emissions from diesel engines.
July 3, 2019 | Globe Newswire
DANBURY, Conn., July 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, recognized the performance achievements of the 20 megawatt Korean Southern Power Company (KOSPO) fuel cell park in Incheon, South Korea, as the installation reached its one year anniversary of operation on June 30, 2019. The fuel cell park, owned by KOSPO, consists of eight SureSource 3000™ power plants, manufactured and maintained by FuelCell Energy producing electricity and thermal energy to support a district heating system adjacent to the existing 1.8 gigawatt Shin-Incheon combined cycle power plant. Construction began in late 2017 and the facility became fully operational in 2018. FuelCell Energy operates and maintains the plants under a long-term service agreement and exceeded all contracted output requirements for the first year of operation, namely electrical output and heat production by approximately 22% and 26%, respectively.