Feb 19, 2019 | Albany Business Review
Plug Power is starting production of its next generation fuel cells that Plug says will last longer with built-in technology to monitor more closely. The Latham fuel cell manufacturer plans to show the new GenDrive technology for industrial lift trucks this week at a conference in Germany. The new fuel cells are designed with larger tanks for increased runtime and wireless communication to monitor operations data and fleet management. The improvements will reduce the time and effort required to work on the units. The first customer orders are expected to ship in March 2019. The product will be used mostly in manufacturing, including in high-volume automotive assembly factories. Plug's automotive customers include BMW, Mercedes and Toyota.
Feb 15, 2019 | UAS Magazine
MetaVista Inc., a South Korean advanced power systems company, last month conducted a record-breaking test flight of nearly 11 hours with a quadcopter drone using an Intelligent Energy fuel cell module. MetaVista developed the ultra-light-weight liquid hydrogen storage tank to specifically work with Intelligent Energy’s fuel cell. The MetaVista liquid hydrogen system—coupled with the Intelligent Energy’s technology—provides 1,865 watt-hour per kilogram (Wh/kg) energy density. “Our aim was to significantly increase the flight time for commercial UAV operators,” said Jong Baik, MetaVista CEO. “The Intelligent Energy team has worked closely with us and we are delighted to be working with them. Together with our liquid hydrogen production and storage expertise, it has proved to be a successful partnership.”
Feb 12, 2019 | NGT News
New Flyer’s 40- and 60-foot Xcelsior fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs), powered by Ballard Power Systems’ FCveloCity-HD 85 kW modules, have completed testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). With this accomplishment, these models are now commercially available for sale using FTA funding. Testing at the Altoona, Pa., facility included evaluations of safety, structural integrity and durability, reliability, performance, maintainability, noise, fuel economy, and braking.
Feb 12, 2019 | Trucks
Nikola Motor Co. will go head-to-head with Tesla in the battery-electric heavy truck market by offering battery-dependent versions of its hydrogen fuel-cell day-cab trucks. “They are both electric trucks; it’s just a matter of how the electricity is stored,” Nikola founder and Chief Executive Trevor Milton told Trucks. Battery-electric versions will use the same chassis and cab as the fuel-cell electric trucks, Milton said. They will be offered as an option on the Nikola Two, designed for North America, and the Nikola Tre, designed for Europe. Milton said some customers have asked about battery-electric versions for some short-haul applications.
Feb 11, 2019 | Clean Technica
Something you hear frequently if you are a clean tech aficionado is that excess solar and wind power can be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority broke ground in early February on a solar power hydrogen electrolysis facility located in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony, according to a report by Khaleej Times.
Feb 5, 2019 | Gasworld
Los Alamos National Laboratory is teaming up with five institutions, including Toyota, to create polymer fuel cells designed to make electric cars less expensive. The US Department of Energy national laboratory will receive $2.9m from the Department of Energy and ARPA-E (Advanced Research Project Agency – Energy) for the three-year project which is due to begin this week. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Texas at Austin, University of New Mexico and Xergy will also help the lab with the project. A fuel cell car is an electric car that will only run if the operating temperature of the engine is hydrated and below 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit). If the internal temperature goes above 100 degrees Celsius, the water will evaporate and the car won’t run.
Feb 1, 2019 | Power Mag
Interest in hydrogen-powered fuel cells for transportation and machinery applications appears to have kicked up of late, with several companies announcing major developments. Hydrogen Batteries for Spanish Port. The Port of Valencia in Spain in January said it is readying to implement a planned €4 million pilot project to power container-manipulating machinery with hydrogen batteries. The seaport, the biggest in Spain, and one of the busiest in Europe, owing to its centrality in the Mediterranean for traffic between Asia, Europe, and the Americas, wants to promote the use of hydrogen and fuel cells and reduce its use of coal and oil. The so-called H2Ports project will kick off as the port employs a prototype reach stacker and a prototype terminal tractor that are powered by hydrogen batteries. The project also includes installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station. The project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a European body that promotes adoption of hydrogen as a low-emission gas alternative.
Jan 23, 2019 | Forbes
Hydrogen is, atomically speaking, number one. It comes first in the periodic table, it’s the lightest of elements and it’s the most abundant element in the universe. Its unique properties have long fueled flight in rockets and air balloons. Now, through fuel cell technology, it is increasingly being used to power other modes of transport, such as cars and buses. However, the potential of hydrogen as fuel stretches far greater than transport – and the power generation industry is now turning its attention toward using the element, alongside other renewables and natural gas, to quickly and efficiently move toward a hydrogen-powered world. While the ultimate goal should be to power the world entirely through renewable energy, power generation in the near future will require crafting an energy mix environmentally friendly, versatile and stable enough to begin the progression toward a carbon-neutral society.
Jan 17, 2019 | USDOE
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors. Hydrogen is an energy carrier that can unite the nation's energy resources. By producing hydrogen when power generation exceeds load, electrolyzers can reduce curtailment of renewables and contribute to grid stability. Hydrogen can also be used as a feedstock for end users across sectors. Hydrogen produced from existing baseload (e.g., nuclear power) assets can be stored, distributed, and used as a fuel for transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial sectors (e.g., steel manufacturing), creating an additional revenue stream for those assets. Potential FOA topic areas include advanced hydrogen storage and infrastructure R&D; innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization; and integrated production, storage, and fueling system.
Jan 15, 2019 | Gasworld
Linde Material Handling, a KION Group company, has expanded its range of forklift trucks to include the first Linde Roadster with fuel cell drive. The forklift and warehouse trucks manufacturer said its customers were looking for economical energy solutions with the CO2 footprint playing a decisive role in this context. For two decades now, Linde Material Handling has been working on the development of series-production industrial trucks with fuel cells. “In 1997, we were ahead of the game, focusing intensively on this promising technology, and production of the first trucks started in 2010,” said Markus Weinberger, International Product Manager Energy Solutions. “Today, we offer the largest range of fuel cell-powered industrial trucks on the market. Around 80% of our models can be ordered with this promising energy option. These include pallet trucks, tow tractors and reach trucks as well as counterbalanced trucks including the Roadster model.” Energy production is through a chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen. The electricity generated in this way feeds a lithium-ion battery, which in turn supplies the traction and lift motors; at the same time, the accumulator serves as an intermediate storage for recovered braking energy and as a “power reserve” for peak periods of demand. The only by-products during the process are heat and pure water. The latter is pumped off during hydrogen refuelling.