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.