Plug Power looks to market fuel-cell powered airport tuggers after pilot with FedEx
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.
Startups Bet Hydrogen Fuel Cells Are Ready For Takeoff In Aviation
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.
Plug Power revenue rises in Q2 — and it teases 3 more big announcements in 2019
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.
FuelCell Energy Celebrates 9 Million MWH of Clean Power Generation
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.
Could A Hydrogen Society Change The Planet? Yes — Here’s Why
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.
Ballard Power Systems Announces Purchase of B.C.'s First Fleet of Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
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.
NASA’s new moon mission reignites fuel cell research at Ohio lab
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.
Plug Power expands its business in Europe after signing new contract with longtime customer
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.
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies Signs Agreement to Supply 1,000 Fuel Cell Electric Heavy Vehicles for Cleaner Port Operations
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.
FuelCell Energy Highlights Performance of 20 Megawatt Fuel Cell Park with Korea Southern Power Company
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.
BMW Promises To Join The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Party
July 1, 2019 | Forbes
After a journey of more than 25 years, German premium automaker BMW is finally, belatedly, entering the hydrogen fuel-cell production race. ... Soon. BMW confirmed last week that it will put a toe-in-the-water hydrogen-powered X5 onto the market in the “early ‘20s” before a full series production fuel-cell goes on sale in 2025. “In the early ‘20s there will be a small series of X5 hydrogen cars and by 2025 there will be a mass producible hydrogen car available, with Toyota,” BMW’s director of development Klaus Frölich said last week.
FuelCell Energy, Drax announce new carbon capture project
June 23, 2019 | Biomass Magazine
FuelCell Energy Inc. announced June 27 it has entered into a contract with Drax Power Station for an application of its carbon capture solution. Drax secured £500,000 ($633,503) in government funding to support the project. Under the contract, FuelCell Energy will support Drax with a front end engineering and design (FEED) study evaluating the use of its proprietary carbonate fuel cells to capture carbon dioxide emissions from Drax’s biomass boilers. FuelCell Energy said its carbon capture technology is based on its proprietary carbonate fuel cell power plants, which are able to concentrate.
The case for fuel cell trucks grows stronger
June 17, 2019 | Automotive World
Tightening emissions standards around the world are forcing truck manufacturers to rethink whether diesel and natural gas will cut it in the long-term—and alternative propulsion technologies are looking increasingly attractive by comparison. Questions remain around infrastructure, total cost of ownership and simple practicality, but the writing is on the wall: fleets cannot avoid the adoption of zero emissions technology. Hydrogen fuel cells will battle it out with battery electric variants over the coming years, but it remains unclear which solution will capture the greatest market share. With longer driving range and shorter stops between refuelling compared to a plug-in vehicle, the fuel cell truck looks set to prevail in the long-haul space at least.
Plug Power acquires Montreal company that makes fuel cells for robotics, drones
June 11, 2019 | Forbes
Plug Power is acquiring EnergyOr, a Montreal-based company that will help Plug move into new markets for hydrogen fuel cells like robotics and drones. The Latham fuel cell manufacturer is acquiring the company's technology, assets and personnel. EnergyOr is an expert in developing fuel cells for robotics, small-scale material handling and aerospace industries. The acquisition will let Plug integrate small, ultralightweight fuel cell technology into its portfolio of fuel cell products. It also lets Plug Power diversify beyond its core market. The company plans to market EnergyOr's technology at scale, expanding into small scale robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and other autonomous applications.
Clean Hydrogen Power Can Refuel Debate For Transportation Industry
May 28, 2019 | Forbes
As the global energy transition unfolds, conventional power sources that rely on hydrocarbon-based fuels are gradually relinquishing market share to low and zero emission alternatives. These shifts have been most dramatic in the power sector, where cheap wind and solar energy have already started to displace dirty coal. The transportation sector is no different. Full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) like the Tesla Model 3, the Chevy Bolt, and the Toyota Prius Prime (respectively) are disrupting in an industry that has been dominated by the internal combustion engine (ICE) for the past 100 years. In fact, the electric vehicle market showed year-over-year growth of 57% in 2018 with over 3 million electric vehicles now on the road. But when it comes to substitutes for petroleum powered engines, electric cars aren’t the only game in town. Enter hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Hydrogen fuel cells – the heart of the FCV concept– are a different kind of battery: pressurized hydrogen (H2) is the ‘fuel’ in the tank, which then interacts with Oxygen (O2) in the air to create electricity through a chemical reaction.
Hydrogen trucks to get road-tested in Canada’s oil country
May 21, 2019 | FreightWaves
Two tractor-trailers powered by hydrogen electric fuel cells will hit the highways of Alberta in a pilot program to test the viability of doing heavy-hauls over long distances in the western Canadian province. Freightliner trucks outfitted with three 70 kilowatt Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLDP) fuel cells will be able to travel up to 430 miles before refueling. The 64-metric ton b-train tractor trailers will enter service with Alberta-based carriers Bison Transport and Trimac Transportation, as part of the Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC.) “This initiative is primarily about moving freight on Alberta’s highways with zero emissions, but it is also about the future of the Alberta economy. Alberta is in the transportation fuel business, and that business is changing,” said Chris Nash, President of the Alberta Motor Transport Association, which is leading the AZETEC program.
Ballard to Work With ABB on Design and Launch of Fuel Cell-Powered River Push Boat in France
May 21, 2019 | PR Newswire
VANCOUVER and HOBRO, Denmark, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced its collaboration with ABB and other consortium partners in the Flagships project to develop and launch a zero-emission river push boat, planned for deployment in France in 2021 to push river barges. Ballard is planning to deliver 2 of its next-generation 200-kilowatt fuel cell modules in 2020, which will provide propulsion power for the vessel. The river push boat will be owned and operated by Sogestran Group subsidiary Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT) on the Rhône river in France, with the objective of demonstrating that fuel cell-powered propulsion offers a cost-effective and practical zero-emission solution for owners and builders of mid-sized vessels carrying more than 100 passengers or the equivalent freight volumes inland or coastally. With maritime transport estimated to emit approximately 940 million tons of CO2 annually, there is increased pressure for the shipping industry to deploy means of reducing harmful pollutants. Since the river push boat will use hydrogen fuel sourced from shore-based renewable energy for a Ballard zero-emission fuel cell system, the complete vessel energy chain will be emission-free.
Why hydrogen cars matter
May 16, 2019 | Business Day
Hydrogen accounts for 75% of matter in the universe, which is why it matters to the automotive industry. Until recently it seemed like a small handful of car makers were pursuing the hydrogen fuel cell option in splendid isolation but 2019 has seen a number of other brands taking it more seriously. It’s also being taken seriously in SA because electric vehicles don’t need platinum, unlike traditional vehicles and, importantly, those with fuel cells. Companies such as BMW and Mercedes have announced they are joining Toyota as well as Honda and Hyundai in pursuing fuel cells but the problem is that suppliers, particularly the giant Bosch, say they are working on a solution that does not need platinum. This would put a big dent in the plans of the minerals industry and the department of trade and industry which has plans to make SA a leader in fuel cell technology off the back of platinum availability.
Plug Power CEO discusses recent partnership with CHEM
May 15, 2019 | Gasworld
In an exclusive interview with gasworld, Plug Power’s CEO, Andy Marsh discusses the recently announced partnership with Chung-Hsin Electric and Machinery Manufacturing Corporation (CHEM), a Taiwanese manufacturer of electric solutions. Plug Power, a manufacturer of hydrogen and fuel cell technology prides itself in taking hydrogen and fuel cell technology from concept to commercialisation. The company has worked to revolutionise the material handling industry with its fuel cell, and more specifically its GenKey solution. April (2019) saw Plug Power announce its latest partnership with CHEM which further strengthens Plug Power’s presence in a variety of industries using fuel cell technology.
NASA is designing the first ever all-electric airliner which will produce no greenhouse gas emissions
May 14, 2019 | Daily Mail
NASA-funded research is investigating the possibility of developing all-electric airliners that produce no greenhouse gas emissions. The project, led by scientists at the University of Illinois, is exploring the potential of liquid hydrogen fuel cells as an environmentally friendly power source. By using cooled, condensed liquid hydrogen instead of hydrogen gas, clean power can be generated without needing heavy pressurised storage tanks. This shift could bring viable hydrogen power to larger aircraft for the first time and revolutionise the commercial aviation industry. The NASA-funded project is being led by aerospace engineer Phillip Ansell, electrical engineer Kiruba Haran and colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the US. The development program has been dubbed the 'Center for Cryogenic High-Efficiency Electrical Technologies for Aircraft', or CHEETA, for short.
Ballard Next-Gen Fuel Cell Modules to Power Freight Trucks in Canadian Hydrogen Project
May 7, 2019 | AltEnergyMag
VANCOUVER AND CALGARY, CANADA - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that it will provide next-generation FCmove®-HD fuel cell modules - utilizing Ballard's LCS technology - to power 2 tractor-trailer trucks as part of an industry-lead C$15 million (US$11.2 million) Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project. The AZETEC project will test the ability of hydrogen to fuel the Province of Alberta's heavy duty freight transportation sector and is seen as a first step in exploring a potential made-in-Alberta hydrogen economy. Ballard will provide a total of 6 FCmove®-HD fuel cell modules - each generating 70 kilowatts (kW) of power - with 3 modules to be installed in each truck. These modules will utilize Ballard's LCS technology, planned for commercial availability in 2019.
Bosch to cooperate in large-scale production of fuel cells for trucks and cars
Apr 29, 2019 | Bosch
Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is entering the market for mobile fuel cells and paving the way for the breakthrough of this technology in trucks and cars. One crucial component here is the stack. As the core of the fuel cell, is converts hydrogen into electrical energy. To further improve and manufacture these stacks, Bosch has now formed an alliance with Powercell Sweden AB, the Swedish manufacturer of fuel-cell stacks. Under the agreement, the two partners will work jointly to make the polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell ready for production. Bosch will then manufacture this technology under license for the global automotive market. The stack will complement the Bosch portfolio of fuel-cell components, and is to be launched in 2022 at the latest. “In the fuel-cell domain, Bosch already has a strong hand, and the alliance with Powercell makes it even stronger. Commercializing technology is one of our strengths.
Plug Power and Charlatte America Provide New York’s Albany International Airport with its first FedEx Airport Ground Support Equipment, Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Apr 22, 2019 | NASDAQ
LATHAM, N.Y., April 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leading provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions enabling e-mobility, and Charlatte America, a member of the Fayat Group, the leading manufacturer of battery powered electric airport ground support equipment (GSE) throughout Europe and the United States, have delivered fuel cell-powered electric cargo tuggers for use by FedEx at the Albany International Airport. The ground support vehicles were built by Charlatte America and operate using Plug Power's zero emission ProGen hydrogen engines. The ProGen powered tuggers are in operation at the Albany International Airport transporting FedEx packages from the sorting facility to delivery airplanes. Performance and reliability data has been collected during cold winter months, where temperatures can drop as low as negative ten degrees Fahrenheit. The Charlatte America electric GSE vehicles require less maintenance than internal combustion-powered equipment and are designed to support the ongoing market trend to electrification of mobility.
Could Hawaii Be Paradise For Hydrogen-Powered Public Transit?
Apr 22, 2019 | City Lab
For nearly a century, the hydrogen energy economy has been the greenest pipe dream. Inventors, theorists, and wealthy entrepreneurs have envisioned whole societies powered by the chemical reaction that occurs when hydrogen meets air. But the cost and efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells has held back widespread adoption. Now some proponents insist that this magical-seeming alternative fuel is ready for prime time. To illustrate why, look to the warm shores of Hawaii. In the coming months, a hydrogen-powered shuttle bus will be integrated into the Hawaii County public transit fleet. By summer, an electrified Ford F-550 equipped with a fuel cell should be transporting citizens up and down the hills of the Big Island.
Startup Nikola Bets Hydrogen Will Finally Break Through With Big Rigs
Apr 14, 2019 | Forbes
Hydrogen has been a promising but elusive vehicle fuel for half a century, powering a range of fuel cell cars and SUVs but never quite solving cost and efficiency snags and lack of fuel stations that make it less attractive than batteries for zero-emission vehicles. The problem isn’t the technology, argues the founder of Arizona startup Nikola Motor, but that big trucks are a much better choice for hydrogen. The 4-year-old maker of hydrogen tractor trailers is extolling a vision as brash as the one Tesla’s founders unveiled 13 years ago with its pricey all-electric cars: Nikola will act as a catalyst to bring hydrogen to the mainstream, building tens of thousands of hydrogen-powered big rigs and a coast-to-coast hydrogen station network to fuel them. It also wants carmakers like Toyota, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and Daimler to use those stations to expand their hydrogen fuel cell vehicle sales beyond California.
FuelCell Energy Deploys Advanced Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
Apr 9, 2019 | Globe Newswire
DANBURY, Conn., April 09, 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 the commissioning of the world's most advanced and flexible solid oxide fuel cell project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This sub-MW power plant employs an easily sited design, significant power density and deployment to a broad range of applications to gain volume and cost scale. The project is supported by the US Department of Energy office of Fossil Energy under Cooperative Agreement DE-FE0026199, through DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Strategically, the solid oxide fuel cell product complements FuelCell Energy’s existing carbonate fuel cells, as the carbonate product line provides solutions for multi-megawatt applications including power generation, carbon capture and distributed hydrogen, whereas the solid oxide fuel cell addresses applications for sub-megawatt power generation, long duration energy storage, and distributed hydrogen from electrolysis.
ABB, SINTEF Test Fuel Cells of Hydrogen Hybrid Ferry
Apr 8, 2019 | Marine Link
Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB and European independent research organisations SINTEF Ocean laboratory in Trondheim test fuel cells for the world’s first conversion of a hydrogen hybrid ferry. The tests aim to provide answers needed for Norwegian shipyard Fiskerstrand to convert an existing ferry to run on a combination of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. The tests will also provide answers into the introduction of hydrogen fuel cells for future reviews of the rules covering shipboard use of hydrogen. In addition, the tests will simulate the conditions the ferry is expected to face on a high frequency 10km route to make sure that the propulsion systems including fuel cells are robust enough for repetitive, short-burst service duties.
Generate Capital invests $100m in Plug Power
Apr 3, 2019 | Gasworld
Generate Capital has invested $100m in Plug Power to fund new project deployments and create financial flexibility to pursue company growth plans. The facility by Generate is set to accelerate Plug Power’s ongoing expansion by funding new fuel cell project deployments. The funding will enable Plug Power to complete the restructuring of existing financings. The new capital comes from a debt financing agreement between Plug Power and Generate Capital. “Generate Capital is providing Plug Power with access to a new source of capital, which will help fund out ongoing deployments and allow the Plug Power team to continue pursing our aggressive market expansion and innovation agenda for 2019,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power.
Nikola Trucks gears up to launch its own fuel cell laboratory
Mar 28, 2019 | CNET
Nikola, the somewhat provocatively named rival to Tesla's Semi, announced on Thursday that it had just placed a $16 million order for equipment for its new hydrogen fuel cell lab. Why is this a big deal? By investing in advanced fuel cell technology, the company will be able to not only differentiate itself from the Big T, but it can take advantage of some of the benefits that fuel cells have to offer, namely quick refueling.
Plug Power launches 30kW Hydrogen ProGen Engine
Mar 28, 2019 | Gasworld
Plug Power Inc. has launched its 30-kilowatt (kW) hydrogen fuel cell engine, the newest commercial product from the ProGen site of products. The ProGen 30kW engine provides a cost-effective solution to meet the needs of today’s electric vehicles use-case, including high utilisation, extended runtimes, reliable performance in harsh environments, rapid fuelling, and zero emissions. Delivery of the first commercial orders of the product are scheduled in July (2019) for European and Asian on-road e-mobility applications.
Japan Is Betting Big On The Future Of Hydrogen Cars
Mar 18, 2019 | WAMU
It may feel like the electric car has been crowned the future of transportation. Auto companies have plans to make more electric car models, and sales — still only a tiny fraction of the overall market — are expected to get a boost as more countries pass regulations to reduce carbon emissions. But Japan isn’t sure that the battery electric car is the only future, and it’s betting big on something it says makes more sense in big cities: hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. At the LFA Works factory in the city of Toyota, Aichi prefecture, workers install carbon-fiber hydrogen tanks on Toyota’s new hydrogen powered fuel cell car. It’s called the Mirai, which means “future” in Japanese.
Nexceris is excited to have been selected to participate in a project with the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop cathode battery materials for next-generation vehicles that eliminate or significantly reduce the use of cobalt in the manufacture of advanced batteries. The increased demand for electric vehicles will drive demand for battery materials. Current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) are based on cobalt containing cathode chemistries. Speculation over a future global shortage of cobalt has led to a rapid increase in cobalt prices and renewed interest in increasing battery performance with reduced or cobalt-free cathode formulations. This provides an opportunity to reestablish U.S. dominance in batteries and prevent us from going from one dependency on oil to another in cobalt.
Hydrogen, not batteries, seen as the fuel for carbon-free trucking in the long run
Mar 12, 2019 | Freight Waves
For all the focus on battery-powered trucks, Marrten Wetselaar told an audience at the world's leading energy conference on March 11 that the future was elsewhere. "For the decarbonization of heavy transport, there really is no alternative to hydrogen," Wetselaar said at one of the opening sessions of the 2019 edition of CERAWeek, a gathering in Houston that brings together several thousand of the leading energy decision-makers from both government and private industry. That theme – that it was going to be hydrogen powering the heavy vehicles of the future, not batteries – was heard later in a session hosted by various CERA officials to discuss the future of hydrogen. Several conclusions were drawn from the roundtable as to why hydrogen will have advantages over batteries as the future unfolds.
Toyota Is Building Japan's Fuel Cell-Powered Moon Rover
Mar 12, 2019 | Tech Times
Toyota aims for the moon as the Japanese automotive company joins forces with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to build a fuel cell rover for lunar explorations. The rover is projected to be launched in 2029. Toyota's six-wheel concept rover can carry two passengers (four in emergencies) and travel more than 6,214 miles (10,000 kilometers) on the moon's surface, according to an official report released by Toyota. Passengers will also be able to live in the pressurized vehicle for a fixed amount of time without having to wear their space suits. The living space is approximately 13 square meters. The rover will land on the moon before the humans get there and travel over the surface to meet them, Endgadget reports.
Partners HealthCare Turns to Fuel Cells to Improve Electric Reliability at its Massachusetts Hospitals
Mar 05, 2019 | Microgrid Knowledge
Partners HealthCare, a medical network in New England, is moving forward with plans to install 4.1 MW of Bloom Energy fuel cells this year across its footprint of medical, healthcare, administrative and data center facilities in Massachusetts. “Partners intends to deploy the new systems at its corporate headquarters in Somerville, where more than 4,500 employees from administrative departments are based. They will also be deployed at North Shore Medical Center and Partners’ data center in Marlborough,” Partners’ Senior Manager, Energy & Sustainability Dennis Villanueva told Microgrid Knowledge.
FuelCell Energy Announces Construction Financing for Project at the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut
Mar 04, 2019 | Globe Newswire
DANBURY, Conn., March 04, 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 the signing of a construction financing facility with Fifth Third Bank. The proceeds will be used by FuelCell Energy to finance the construction, installation and commissioning of the fuel cell power plant being built by the Company at the U.S. Navy Submarine Base located in Groton, Connecticut. The facility structure provides for aggregate principal commitments of up to $23 million. The initial draw amount under this facility, funded at closing, was approximately $10 million.
CUTRIC to lead hydrogen fuel cell development project
Mar 04, 2019 | Mass Transit Mag
The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) will has partnered with the University of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario, private industry and government to develop new hydrogen fuel cell technology for transit and automobile applications. The CUTRIC will lead the project, dubbed The Development of Low-Cost, High Performing and Durable Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells Project, as well as fund 25 percent of its cost. CUTRIC places the total cost of Phase I at C$1,898,432 (US$1,427,772.74). The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will co-fund the project.
2020 to lead to cruise fuel cell development
Feb 28, 2019 | Passenger Ship Technology
Fuel cells will be a future option for cruise ships and ferries, especially through decentralised energy production on ships, says Bureau Veritas' Andreas Ullrich. The advent of the new emissions regulation of 2020 will drive the deployment of fuel cells in the cruise ship sector, and lead to more decentralised power arrangements on vessels, said Bureau Veritas (BV) global market leader passenger ship and ferries Andreas Ullrich. BV is supporting owners across all ship types to meet the 2020 low sulphur directive and thinking about the industry's ambitions to decarbonise. Alternative fuel and energy supply arrangements, such as fuel cells, will be part of the solution to reduce emissions. Examples of work in this respect include the classification of Ponant's LNG-fuelled icebreaker, being built at Vard shipyard and due for delivery in 2021. It is also classing MSC Cruises' LNG dual-fuelled World-class series.
Plug Power CEO says fuels cells will soon dominate electric vehicles
Feb 26, 2019 | Proactive Investors
Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ:PLUG) CEO Andy Marsh tells Proactive Investors the fuel cell manufacturer, whose customers include Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT), says in the next five years, fuels cells will begin to dominate electric vehicles like forklifts, delivery vans, and other vehicles on the road for eight to 15 hours a day. The Latham, New York company replaces lead acid batteries to power electric vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells. Marsh says investors should expect news flow from the company in the next six months indicating the company would be deploying vehicles on the road with some "good partners."
Ballard joins H2Ports project
Feb 20, 2019 | Gasworld
Through its European subsidiary, Ballard Power Systems is providing technology to a project which will see Valencia's port in Spain become the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy in its operations. The H2Ports project aims to facilitate a rapid transition at European ports from fossil fuels to low-carbon, zero emission alternatives based on hydrogen and fuel cells. Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S today said it had joined the project and will provide the company's next generation fuel cell module - the FCmove®-HD, which is planned for commercial launch in mid-2019 - to power the reach stacker.
Plug Power starts production of next generation fuel cell technology
Feb 19, 2019 | Albany Business Review
Plug Power is starting production of its next generation fuel cells that Plug says will last longer with built-in technology to monitor more closely. The Latham fuel cell manufacturer plans to show the new GenDrive technology for industrial lift trucks this week at a conference in Germany. The new fuel cells are designed with larger tanks for increased runtime and wireless communication to monitor operations data and fleet management. The improvements will reduce the time and effort required to work on the units. The first customer orders are expected to ship in March 2019. The product will be used mostly in manufacturing, including in high-volume automotive assembly factories. Plug's automotive customers include BMW, Mercedes and Toyota.
Hydrogen fuel cell-powered drone sets new flight time record
Feb 15, 2019 | UAS Magazine
MetaVista Inc., a South Korean advanced power systems company, last month conducted a record-breaking test flight of nearly 11 hours with a quadcopter drone using an Intelligent Energy fuel cell module. MetaVista developed the ultra-light-weight liquid hydrogen storage tank to specifically work with Intelligent Energy’s fuel cell. The MetaVista liquid hydrogen system—coupled with the Intelligent Energy’s technology—provides 1,865 watt-hour per kilogram (Wh/kg) energy density. “Our aim was to significantly increase the flight time for commercial UAV operators,” said Jong Baik, MetaVista CEO. “The Intelligent Energy team has worked closely with us and we are delighted to be working with them. Together with our liquid hydrogen production and storage expertise, it has proved to be a successful partnership.”
Ballard-Powered New Flyer FCEBs Ace Altoona Testing
Feb 12, 2019 | NGT News
New Flyer’s 40- and 60-foot Xcelsior fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs), powered by Ballard Power Systems’ FCveloCity-HD 85 kW modules, have completed testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). With this accomplishment, these models are now commercially available for sale using FTA funding. Testing at the Altoona, Pa., facility included evaluations of safety, structural integrity and durability, reliability, performance, maintainability, noise, fuel economy, and braking.