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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.