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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.