Jan 1, 2019 | Japan Times
As the world tackles global warming, hydrogen has gained attention as a clean-energy alternative to earth-polluting fossil fuels. Some hydrogen-powered cars and buses, which do not emit carbon dioxide, are already on public roads, and the government is hoping to display its technology by using hydrogen as a fuel for the Olympic torch and a power source for the athletes village for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Hydrogen, which does not exist on Earth as a gas, has the advantage of being produced from various energy sources such as sunlight, biomass and petroleum. A large volume of hydrogen, when compressed, can be easily stored for long periods and transported over long distances. Hydrogen fuel cells generate electricity through chemical reaction with oxygen in the air, with water and heat as the only byproducts.
Dec 26, 2018 | Seeking Alpha
DANBURY, Conn., Dec. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL) (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 project finance facility with a recognized leader in sustainable infrastructure investing, Generate Capital. The facility will be used by FuelCell Energy to finance the construction, installation and commissioning of the Company’s current and future project backlog and awards. Under the terms of the agreement, FuelCell Energy will submit projects to Generate Capital over a 36-month period. Once an individual project is funded, the construction loan will remain outstanding until the project becomes commercially operational. The facility structure provides for aggregate principal commitments up to $100 million, with accordion features enabling expansions up to $300 million, if certain performance criteria are met, subject to funding availability.
Dec 23, 2018 | Clean Technica
Things certainly are moving along quickly in the hydrogen fuel cell field. Just last summer CleanTechnica took note of plans for a futuristic new fuel cell ferry boat slated to ply the waters of San Francisco Bay, and the vessel is on track to launch — literally — next year according to its developer, Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine. Things certainly are moving along quickly in the hydrogen fuel cell field. Just last summer CleanTechnica took note of plans for a futuristic new fuel cell ferry boat slated to ply the waters of San Francisco Bay, and the vessel is on track to launch — literally — next year according to its developer, Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine. Things certainly are moving along quickly in the hydrogen fuel cell field. Just last summer CleanTechnica took note of plans for a futuristic new fuel cell ferry boat slated to ply the waters of San Francisco Bay, and the vessel is on track to launch — literally — next year according to its developer, Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine.
Dec 20, 2018 | New Scientist
Human lungs move gas through a thin membrane, extracting oxygen and sending it into our blood stream. Now a device uses the same principle to power the reactions used for making hydrogen fuel. Yi Cui at Stanford University and his colleagues set out to mimic human lungs to increase the efficiency of electrocatalysts, materials that increase the rate of chemical reactions used to produce hydrogen by splitting water. Improving the process could make better fuel cells, which are used to power hydrogen vehicles and could one day be used for powering everything from cell phones to cities. Cui and his team made a 12-nanometer thick plastic film with tiny pores on one side which repel water. The other side is coated with gold and platinum nanoparticles that are involved in the chemical reactions. Then they rolled the film and sealed the edges to make a small pouch with the metal layer on the inside.
Dec 18, 2018 | USDOE
As part of this week’s funding opportunity (FOA) announcement from the Energy Department's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Office for approximately $37 million, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) expects to fund more than 100 new projects, totaling approximately $20 million. Nine EERE technology offices will fund and manage proposals under these topics—one for each technology office (Advanced Manufacturing, Bioenergy, Buildings, Fuel Cells, Geothermal, Solar, Vehicles, Water, and Wind), with three joint office topics (Advanced Manufacturing with Fuel Cells, Advanced Manufacturing with Geothermal, and Advanced Manufacturing with Solar). The 41 subtopics range from Algae Engineering to Wind Turbine Blade Recycling, and there are three Office of Technology Transfer Opportunity (TTO) subtopics.
Dec 17, 2018 | Seeking Alpha
LATHAM, N. Y., Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, has been named to the FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list for 2018 by Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain. The annual FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers serves as a resource guide of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.
Dec 13, 2018 | R&D Mag
Platinum is considered the standard metal for fuel cells. While scarce and extremely expensive, platinum is considerably more effective than silver and gold at converting hydrogen and oxygen into water and electricity. Now, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have found a new catalyst that uses about 25 percent of the platinum that is used in current technology, while still maintaining the activity and stability of a full supply of the metal for electrochemical reactions. Fuel cells use platinum to convert hydrogen into both protons and electrons, while also breaking oxygen bonds apart to eventually form water in a process that requires a substantial amount of the catalyst. To reduce the amount of platinum needed for this process, the researchers first tweaked the shape of the metal so that a few layers of pure platinum atoms cover a cobalt platinum alloy nanoparticle core, which maximizes platinum's availability and reactivity in the catalyst.
Dec 3, 2018 | Advanced Manufacturing
As the world moves toward reducing its dependency on fossil fuels, renewable energy generation sources such as wind and solar will be expected to fill the gap. Due to their cyclical nature, grid scale energy storage is essential for maximizing the utilization of renewable generation assets. It is not always possible to match peak generation times with peak usage, because they can vary on daily, monthly and seasonal scales. In addition to supplementing power distribution when demand is high, the energy storage technology must also store the over-generation of power for later use. Of the myriad storage technologies available to fill this role, fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries stand out as promising candidates. While different in architecture, years of product research has spurred advances for both technologies.
Dec 3, 2018 | Ballard
VANCOUVER, CANADA - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today congratulates Infintium, Inc. - part of the Dare Group, a public company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange - on its announcement that the Company is now providing Hydrogen Power Cell fuel cell systems to Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) for use in powering Material Handling equipment at its Vance, Alabama manufacturing facility. Ballard fuel cell stacks are integrated into Infintium's Hydrogen Power Cell systems. The Daimler equipment being powered by Infintium Hydrogen Power Cell systems include Class 1 and 3 forklift trucks as well as Automated Guided Tuggers (AGTs). Ballard FCgen®-1020ACS air-cooled fuel cell stacks and FCvelocity®-9SSL liquid-cooled fuel cell stacks are integrated into Hydrogen Power Cell systems.
Nov 29, 2018 | The Economist
“Get the hell out of our way and stop funding the oil companies. That’s the thing that pisses me off,” thunders Trevor Milton, boss of Nikola, an American startup making hydrogen-powered lorries. His rage is directed at the government, and not for nothing does he sound like Elon Musk, the other clean-energy maverick with a company named after Nikola Tesla, developer of the alternating-current electric motor. He and Mr Musk are engaged in a race to decarbonise road transport. Nikola, based in Arizona, has pre-orders for 8,000 hydrogen-fuelled trucks that will compete with Tesla’s battery-powered “Semis”, as well as other zero-carbon juggernauts made by Volvo, Hyundai, byd and others. Many dismiss batteries and hydrogen in trucking because of the weight and volume needed to move heavy loads over long distances. Though both types of engine are more energy-efficient than internal-combustion engines (see chart), neither produces as much power per litre as conventional fuels, so they need far more storage space. Hydrogen has the additional disadvantage that it takes lots of electricity to make.