HANOVER, Germany — Bosch presented a range of products and innovations to support the trucking industry’s movement toward vehicle electrification and automated driving here at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show. The global automotive supplier introduced an electrified axle for semi-trailers, highlighted its investment in battery-electric and fuel-cell technology for commercial vehicles and outlined its vision for “hub-to-hub” autonomous trucks in the United States. "The road freight of the future should ideally be as free of emissions, accidents and stress as possible. To achieve this, we have to increasingly electrify, automate and connect it,” Rolf Bulander, a Bosch board member and chairman of its mobility solutions business, said during the company’s IAA press conference on Sept. 19.
Ballard Unveils Next Generation Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Stack for Heavy Duty Motive Market
Sep 19, 2018 | PR Newswire
VANCOUVER and HANNOVER, Germany, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ :BLDP ;TSX :BLDP ) today unveiled its next-generation high performance liquid-cooled fuel cell stack, the FCgen®-LCS, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Trade Fair and Convention being held this week in Hannover, Germany. The FCgen®-LCS features important design and performance enhancements, while also offering an impressive reduction in total-cost-of-ownership. This stack will be a core technology component of Ballard's 8th-generation power module portfolio for use in Heavy Duty Motive applications – including buses, commercial trucks and trains – planned for initial launch in 2019, and other applications such as forklifts. Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO said, "We are laser focused on strengthening the customer value proposition in Heavy Duty Motive. With the unveiling of the FCgen®-LCS, we are once again raising the bar in the industry.
FuelCell Energy Celebrates 8 Million MWH of Clean Power Generation
Sep 19, 2018 | NASDAQ
DANBURY, Conn., Sept. 19, 2018 (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 eight million megawatt hours having been generated by SureSource™ fuel cell power plants globally since the first commercial installation. SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents, with many owned by leading utility companies from around the world that recognize the benefit of clean, continuous power. FuelCell Energy is a global leader committed to environmentally responsible power solutions.
Plug Power, RPI get $2 million to develop robots
Sep 12, 2018 | Albany Times Union
Fuel cell maker Plug Power and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working together on a $2 million grant to create robots that will refuel hydrogen fuel cells on their own. The grant is part of a larger collaboration between RPI and Plug Power to develop autonomous fueling technologies that can be used with Plug Power's fuel cells used in warehouse fork lift trucks - and also in on-road vehicles in the future. "Today, the technology can retrofit existing GenFuel sites supporting the more than 20,000 GenDrive fuel cells in the field," said Dustan Skidmore, Plug Power's vice president of engineering. "In the future, the technology can be used in on-road fleet vehicles, autonomous guided vehicles, and self-driving passenger cars." One of the key competitive advantages that fuel cells have over traditional batteries used in fork lift trucks is that they can be quickly refueled by the operator - compared to a more lengthy process of changing out a spent battery.
Plug Power teams up with Rensselaer Polytechnic engineers on hydrogen refueling project
Sep 7, 2018 | Albany Business Review
A team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is working with Plug Power in Latham, New York, to reduce the time it takes to refill hydrogen fuel cells. The fuel cell manufacturer is among several companies throughout the state looking to improve products and become more efficient by working with Rensselaer's Center for Automation Technologies & Systems. Rensselaer researchers also are involved in automation and composite manufacturing projects with General Electric, Vistex Composites of Schenectady and Tire Conversion Technologies of Latham. "We focus on improving parts and processes, helping companies find their product niche and helping companies automate when they can't get workers or skills they need to compete," said Dan Walczyk, director of the Center for Automation Technologies. The center is located on the private engineering school's campus in Troy. It has been designated as one of 15 New York state centers for automation since 1989 and receives a little under $1 million a year in state funding to help manufacturers develop products and drive down costs.
Doosan Eyeing Fuel Cell Powerpacks for Drones as Its Future Growth Engine Item
Sep 7, 2018 | Business Korea
Doosan Corp. has chosen fuel cell powerpacks for drones as one of its three future growth engine items. The other two are collaborative robots, a new type of robot used for building smart factories, and elecfoil, a key material for electric car batteries. On September 6, the company announced it would enter the drone fuel cell powerpack business on a full scale. It exhibited its own fuel cell products for drones for the first time at the 2018 Inter Drone Exhibition in Las Vegas, the U.S. on September 5-7. Doosan established Doosan Mobility Innovation in 2016 and has developed a fuel cell powerpack for drones through its own technology. The fuel cell powerpack is a collection of cells that generate electricity through electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Doosan's new product is easy to use and boasts high fuel efficiency. The quick-coupler allows anyone to easily install the hydrogen tank to the powerpack. The company developed ultralight hydrogen tanks by optimizing the design of carbon fiber winding for use in mobile fuel cell powerpack.
FuelCell Energy Sells Project to AEP
Aug 30, 2018 | Marketwatch
FuelCell Energy, Inc. FCEL, +0.00% a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced that it has sold the project company that owns the 1.4 megawatt fuel cell power plant located at Trinity College in Connecticut, to AEP OnSite Partners, an American Electric Power AEP, -0.57% company. This project has been developed and constructed by FuelCell Energy and will be placed into commercial operation following the sale. The project company, under the new ownership of AEP OnSite Partners, will deliver clean power and heat to Trinity College under a multi-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The sale of this project company and its assets to AEP OnSite Partners will result in revenue recognition of product sales from FuelCell Energy's generation project assets portfolio in August. FuelCell Energy will operate and maintain the power plant under a fifteen-year service agreement with AEP OnSite Partners, resulting in recurring revenue recognition over the term.
Mercedes shows futuristic concept camper vans with fuel cells and smart home tech
Aug 24, 2018 | New Atlas
While Volkswagen is keeping things focused on all things California (and Grand California) at this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, the other big name in German vans will be showcasing a bit of everything. Mercedes-Benz will bring some of the latest trends in automotive technology over to the camper van side, highlighting fuel cell power and connected convenience in a trio of concept camper vans. On the more "here and now" side, it will also highlight some of the camper van-friendly features of the all-new Sprinter. Mercedes briefly mentioned work on the Concept Sprinter F-Cell earlier this summer (Northern Hemisphere), and it will provide a more proper introduction in Düsseldorf. When developing the new hydrogen-powered concept motorhome, Mercedes-Benz Vans adapted the fuel cell powertrain of last year's GLC F-Cell concept, giving the van 198 hp and 258 lb-ft of near-silent electric motor output. Hydrogen is stored in three underbody tanks offering up to 186 miles (300 km) of range, and an available rear add-on tank ups that total to 311 miles (500 km). The plug-in hybrid set-up allows for an additional 19 (30 km) of battery electric power.
Bosch acquires stake in fuel cell expert Ceres Power
Aug 22, 2018 | EE News Europe
With a strategic cooperation with Ceres Power (Horsham / United Kingdom), coupled with a financial stake in that company, Bosch is driving the development of fuel cells for new energy systems. Together with Ceres, Bosch intends to further develop solid oxide fuel cell technology (SOFC) for use in small urban power plants. Bosch has signed a cooperation and license agreement with Ceres for technology development and the establishment of a small-series production facility at Bosch. At the same time, the Stuttgart-based company bought a 4 percent stake in the British company. Ceres Power is considered a leader in the development of innovative next-generation solid oxide fuel cell technology. Ceres' goal is to industrialize this technology through volume production with partners and to use it for networked and decentralized energy generation. SOFC systems are to be used in cities, factories, data centers or for operating charging stations for electric vehicles.
Plug Power CEO's strategy to increase production up to 20,000 fuel cells per year
Aug 17, 2018 | Albany Business Review
Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh said expanding into a new warehouse in Saratoga County will let the company increase fuel cell production rates up to 20,000 units per year — a 30 percent increase compared to the current numbers. The move will reduce manufacturing costs and improve product margins. "It's the sales end that's growing, as well as how we make our operations more efficient so we can become profitable," Marsh told the Albany Business Review on Friday. The 38,400-square-foot warehouse, at 620 Van Patten Dr. in Clifton Park, is off of I-87 at exit 10, about 15 minutes north of Plug Power's headquarters in Latham. The company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building on Friday with U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, Chairman George McNamee and 40 others from the community.
Plug Power CEO named to US DOE committee
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.
Secretary Perry Announces $38 Million in New Projects to Support Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
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.
Construction Begins on 7.4-MW Fuel Cell Park at Naval Submarine Base New London
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.
Australia, Japan Developing Hydrogen Export Industry
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.
ABB and Ballard Power Systems to develop fuel cell power system for ships
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.
Toyota plans to expand production, shrink cost of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
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.
FuelCell Energy to add over 100 manufacturing jobs at Connecticut facility
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.
Plug Power would supply Amazon facility in Schodack
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.
Ballard-Powered El Dorado Fuel Cell Electric Buses Ready to Deliver Zero-Emission Transit Throughout California
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.
Gov. Malloy: Data Center On Stanley Works Site Could Create 2,500 Jobs
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.
New Britain’s Stanley, Black & Decker Plant To Become Fuel Cell Park
July 2, 2018 | WSHU
The old Stanley, Black & Decker factories in downtown New Britain, Connecticut, are getting a green makeover into a high-speed data processing center. Governor Malloy visited the site of the future Energy and Innovation Park on Monday. “We’re going to have thousands of jobs on this site in the not so distant future,” Malloy said. Stanley, Black & Decker officials say data storage needs will quintuple in the next five years and this facility will help house that data. Malloy says the renovation will transform the former manufacturing site into a $1 billion energy efficient facility that will also house 44 fuel cells. Those are clean energy batteries the size of semi-trucks.