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.
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.