Aug 15, 2018 | Gasworld
Plug Power’s CEO Andy Marsh has been named to the US Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC). The HTAC was established under Section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on the DOE’s hydrogen (H2) research and development goals, strategies, and activities. Comprised of 19 business and academic leaders in the field of H2 and fuel cells, the HTAC meets twice a year to discuss the advancement of H2 technology. Marsh (left) will serve as a representative of companies pursuing H2 and fuel cells for transportation and stationary power applications. In his role as committee member, Marsh will look to advise on practical, current uses of H2 as an efficient, cost-effective alternative energy source, as well as the potential for future innovations.
Aug 14, 2018 | USDOE
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the selection of 28 projects totaling $38 million to support early-stage research and development of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The Secretary is in Golden, Colorado touring the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "As an energy carrier, hydrogen can help unite all of our nation’s abundant fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy resources," said Secretary Perry. "It is part of the Department’s diverse energy portfolio focused on providing affordable, reliable energy to American families and businesses." This work also supports the DOE’s H2 @Scale initiative to produce and use hydrogen across multiple energy sectors. Selections for this investment focus on key early-stage technical challenges related to non-precious metal catalysts, fuel cell membranes, reversible fuel cells, and electrolyzers to produce hydrogen, as well as innovative concepts to improve efficiency and lower costs of hydrogen vehicle refueling infrastructure.
Aug 10, 2018 | Microgrid Knowledge
Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC), the US Navy and FuelCell Energy are setting the keystone of a microgrid that will enhance energy services at Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) in Groton, Connecticut. The project partners recently broke ground for a 7.4 MW fuel cell park on unused Navy land at SUBASE. The project’s completion will mark another milestone in SUBASE’s plans to deploy a microgrid capable of reducing energy consumption, costs and environmental impacts while at the same time enhancing energy reliability and resiliency at the base, home to the US fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and submariners. Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell Energy will build, own and operate the fuel cell park, delivering electricity to wholesale supplier CMEEC under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). CMEEC’s customer’s include Groton Utilities, which in turn serves SUBASE.
July 31, 2018 | The Maritime Executive
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced A$1.5 million ($1.1 million) to fund Australia’s first green hydrogen innovation hub at Jandakot in Western Australia. In Jandakot, ATCO will trial the production, storage and use of renewable hydrogen to energize a commercial-scale microgrid. Green hydrogen will be produced from on-site solar using electrolysis, fueling a range of gas appliances and blending hydrogen into the natural gas pipeline. The $3.3 million ($2.5 million) development project will also evaluate the potential for renewable hydrogen to be exported at a larger scale. As a low carbon energy source, the use of hydrogen as a fuel is seen as a potential solution to environmental problems caused by greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel combustion. Only water is discharged at the time of power generation, and it can be manufactured from many different feedstocks including fossil fuels and water.
July 30, 2018 | Electrical Business
July 30, 2018 — ABB and Ballard Power Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing the next-generation fuel cell power system for sustainable marine e-mobility. The fuel cell power system will be jointly designed, developed and validated by ABB and Ballard Power Systems. The two companies will leverage the existing kW-scale fuel cell technologies and optimize them to create a MW-scale solution suitable for powering larger ships. With an electrical generating capacity of 3MW, the new system will fit within a single module no bigger than a traditional marine engine running on fossil fuels. Fuel cell systems can have various applications for vessels, such as providing power for a ship’s hotel operations during the time of docking, or for powering the propulsion when ships are at sea. During the initial phase, the collaboration will focus on the development of fuel cell power systems for passenger vessels.
July 26, 2018 | Reuters
TOYOTA CITY (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) is doubling down on its investment in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, designing lower-cost, mass-market passenger cars and SUVs and pushing the technology into buses and trucks to build economies of scale. As Toyota cranks up improvements for the next generation of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV), expected in the early 2020s, it is hoping it can prove wrong rival automakers and industry experts who have mostly dismissed such plans as commercially unviable. The maker of the Prius, the world’s first mass-produced “eco-friendly” gasoline-hybrid car in the 1990s, says it can popularize FCVs in part by making them cheaper.
July 18, 2018 | Proactive Investors
FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:FCEL) announced Wednesday that it is planning to add more than 100 manufacturing jobs as it increases annual production to 55 megawatts from the current 25 megawatts run rate. The Danbury, Connecticut-based company said it will add over 100 manufacturing jobs at its Torrington, Connecticut, manufacturing facility to support the 120% increase in production rate. FuelCell Energy designs, installs, services and operates fuel cell power plants for power generation. Investors sent shares up nearly 4% in premarket trade on news. In the opening minutes of trading, the stock is slightly higher to $US1.34. Last year, FuelCell undertook the expansion of its manufacturing facility to better position for growth after winning two projects totaling 22.2 megawatts from Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
July 12, 2018 | Times Union
Latham-based Plug Power is one of the companies that would benefit if Amazon moves forward with plans to build a massive distribution center in Schodack. Plans for the $100 million project show that the facility will use forklift trucks that use Plug Power's hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Just over a year ago, Plug Power signed a $600 million deal with Amazon to supply the company with fuel cells for the forklift trucks at its facilities. Amazon also received warrants to purchase a stake in Plug Power over time. The deal was expected to generate $70 million in revenue for Plug Power in 2017 alone.
July 17, 2018 | FuelCellsWorks
VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA and ALTOONA, PA, USA -- Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that El Dorado National fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs), powered by Ballard FCveloCity®-HD modules, have successfully completed rigorous testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Furthermore, El Dorado National FCEBs are now eligible for a $300,000 voucher incentive under the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and HVIP are focused on accelerating the purchase of cleaner, more efficient trucks and buses in California.
July 2, 2018 | Hartford Courant
The high-speed data center planned for a long-closed hardware factory will be part of a $1 billion project creating as many as 2,500 jobs, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday. At a press conference between two cavernous and vacant Stanley Black & Decker buildings, Malloy said the so-called energy and technology park will be a huge boost for the city. "This project represents a new beginning for New Britain," Malloy said. "We're going to have thousands of jobs on this site in the not-too-distant future." Mayor Erin Stewart predicted the data center and nearby fuel cell complex will become New Britain’s biggest taxpayers. “Welcome to the new Hardware City — that is what this is,” Stewart told dozens of business and political leaders.