Sep 17, 2019 | Albany Business Review
Plug Power has signed a partnership with Engie - a French multinational electric utility company - to bring hydrogen and fuel cell systems to Engie's customers in 30 countries around the world. The partnership with Plug Power includes identifying customers and packaging Plug Power's fuel cell technology with Engie's hydrogen infrastructure, renewable energy and service programs. Engie - which historically focused on natural gas production and supply - shifted its strategy in 2014 to invest in renewable energies and energy efficiency services, and reduce its exploration in fossil fuels. As part of that shift, Engie started a service business to help its clients use energy more efficiently and reduce their CO2 emissions.
Sep 12, 2019 | E&E News
Nikola Motor Co., a 5-year-old firm in Phoenix that most Americans have never heard of, says it has an order to lease 14,000 semitrucks that will run on hydrogen, an assertion that, if realized, could mark the start of a significant slowdown in transportation carbon emissions. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), "the growth in oil demand from trucks has outpaced all other sectors since 2000" and is projected to result in a "significant increase in CO2 emissions by 2050." Nikola plans to start full production of its semitrucks in 2021 and have 14,000 rigs on the road by 2028. It's also starting to build a network of 700 hydrogen stations across the country to refuel its new fleet. Company executives say the network should be complete by 2028. That goal alone is remarkable. Currently, there are only 400 hydrogen stations worldwide, according to IEA.
Sep 9, 2019 | Forbes
Fuel cells have always offered something batteries always lacked-a quick way to refuel an electric vehicle. But a paucity of hydrogen filling stations and concerns about safety surrounding the flammable gas, along with associated costs, all teamed up to slow progress towards volume production of fuel cell powered vehicles. But if General Motors Corp., along with several other automakers aren't quite ready to put fuel cell vehicles on the road right now in any big numbers, they have found a way to put them to work in their factories.
Aug 29, 2019 | EurekAlert
From powering a car to a rocket, hydrogen holds promise as the clean-energy fuel of the future. The University of Toledo is among 29 universities and organizations across the country to receive a total of $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for new projects focused on using hydrogen as fuel. The goal of the H2@Scale concept is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage and utilization in the United States and beyond. NASA's mission to Mars hinges on the ability to split water - in the form of ice - to produce hydrogen on the moon as fuel to reach the Red Planet.
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.