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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.