Nov 14, 2018 | Marine Propulsion
As potentially the cleanest of all power sources, hydrogen fuel-cell technology is under intense scrutiny in the world’s laboratories, writes Selwyn Parker. Norwegian maritime research group Sintef Ocean and Zurich-based ABB have launched a collaborative project exploring the potential of powering full-sized vessels with fuel-cell technology. The two companies will start work in Sintef’s laboratory in Trondheim, using its vessel simulator to test different combinations of diesel, battery and fuel cells under varying loads. If the science stands up, it could lead to an important breakthrough in propulsion. “Ultimately, any type of commercial or passenger ship could be driven by fuel cells,” say Sintef Ocean research manager for maritime energy systems Anders Valland.
Nov 13, 2018 | Forbes
Daimler's Mercedes took a step closer to bringing a fuel-cell hybrid to the market when it announced the handover of the GLC F-CELL vehicles to selected customers in Germany to test on the road. The GLC F-Cell features both fuel cells and a battery drive which can be charged externally using plug-in technology. The first customers include Deutsche Bahn, the German railways. Later this year Air Liquide, Shell, Linde AG and also the cities of Stuttgart and Hamburg will join the test. Other business as well as private customers in Germany will also be able to access the GLC F-CELL from the spring of 2019 using Mercedes-Benz Rent. Mercedes said the GLC F-CELL is a unique plug-in hybrid because it can run on electricity and pure hydrogen. The vehicle emits no CO2.
Nov 5, 2018 | NASDAQ
DANBURY, Conn., Nov. 05, 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 that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the existing 14.9 megawatt fuel cell park in Bridgeport, CT from Dominion Energy. FuelCell Energy developed, constructed and commissioned the Bridgeport fuel cell park in December of 2013. FuelCell Energy has operated and maintained the plant under a service agreement with Dominion Energy since it was commissioned. FuelCell Energy intends to own and operate the plant as part of its generation portfolio. The transaction is expected to: Add annual revenue in excess of $15 million per year; Deliver EBITDA margins in excess of 50%, and Be accretive to FuelCell Energy's earnings per share.
Nov 1, 2018 | PlugPower
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCV) continue to see increased attention year over year as a promising solution to replace internal combustion engines in goods movement and other energy intensive applications. On October 11, 2018 Plug Power’s Director of Mechanical Design – Larry Pitts – and FedEx’s Project Engineering Specialist – Phillip Galbach – appeared together on an ACTNews webinar, titled “Delivering on the Promise for Zero-Emission Goods Movement,“ to discuss the latest fuel cell-powered on-road vehicle delivering packages in the Albany, NY area. The speakers had great information to share – but we still have more! Today, we are taking the opportunity to share information not covered on the webinar, which includes the results of the program to-date. Plug Power delivered the first ProGen-powered delivery van to FedEx at the start of 2018 – and by May, the vehicle had already covered 3,000 on-road miles. The ProGen-powered electric delivery van is one of the first of its kind to operate in a standard commercial environment and deployed on a standard delivery route for FedEx.
Nov 1, 2018 | NASDAQ
DANBURY, Conn., Nov. 01, 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 the signing of long-term power purchase agreements ("PPA") with the local distribution utilities. The PPAs will cover a 7.4 megawatt fuel cell project in the city of Hartford that was one of the projects awarded in June 2018 by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ("DEEP") in a competitive solicitation. The fuel cell project will provide infrastructure investment in the city of Hartford, which is expected to drive local economic development and environmental improvement through state sales tax and the local property taxes generated, as well as create and maintain high-tech manufacturing and construction jobs in Connecticut.
Oct 18, 2018 | Gasworld
Ballard Power Systems will provide fuel cell modules to power two port terminal yard trucks as part of a project being managed by GTI and partially funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB has preliminarily awarded $5.7m to GTI for the Zero Emissions for California Ports (ZECAP) Project. The ZECAP Project will validate the commercial viability of zero-emission fuel cell electric hybrid yard trucks operating in a demanding, real-world cargo-handling application. The ZECAP Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. The project will develop, validate, and deploy two Capacity TJ9000 fuel cell electric hybrid yard trucks at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The yard trucks will be operated by TraPac, the container terminal and stevedore operator at the port.
Oct 17, 2018 | USDOE
Aptly named for the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day took place earlier this month (10/08). The Energy Department, industry organizations, National Labs, and state and federal government agencies celebrated with a variety of communications activities and outreach events around the world. Here at DOE, we celebrated by hosting a ride and drive with two of the world’s very first commercially available fuel cell cars, one of which I had the pleasure of driving. I learned firsthand that driving a fuel cell car is exactly the same as driving a traditional car. Get in, fasten your seat belt, push the start button, and step on the (gas) pedal! The only difference is that a fuel cell car has no ignition and uses hydrogen instead of gasoline, but is powered by a chemical reaction that produces only water and heat as byproducts. Fuel cell cars refuel in minutes at hydrogen stations and have a range of more than 300 miles.
Oct 8, 2018 | EIN News
CANTON, OHIO, UNITED STATES, October 8, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Kirt Conrad, CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), believes hydrogen fuel cells (HFC) are the future of automotive, commercial, and public transportation. In fact, he believes it so much he’s willing to lend any transit agency in the country one of SARTA’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses for free. All an agency has to do to is call and ask. The Central Midlands Transit Authority in Columbia, South Carolina will be the first agency to borrow a bus. According to Mr. Conrad, the free program is being supported by El Dorado National, one of the leading bus manufactures in the U.S. and BAE which makes the propulsion system that drives SARTA’s fuel cell buses. The companies will provide free technical support and fuel for the vehicles while on loan.
Oct 4, 2018 | Cleveland
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Wind and solar farms are generating clean power at lower and lower prices, but not always when it is needed. Fuel cells, which generate electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, could change that equation, says a University of California researcher, eliminating the need for large coal and nuclear power plants and leading to a zero-emissions electric grid. Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at University of California-Irvine, made the claim to a group of fuel cell manufacturers gathered Wednesday at Stark State College for the 18th annual Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium. It's an old idea, but one that looks increasingly promising because the costs of all three technologies (wind, solar and fuel cells) have steadily declined, leading to a glut of power at certain times of the day and not enough at other times. The imbalance occurs seasonally, too, said Brouwer.
Sep 20, 2018 | Transport Topics
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.