May 28 29, 2019 | Forbes
As the global energy transition unfolds, conventional power sources that rely on hydrocarbon-based fuels are gradually relinquishing market share to low and zero emission alternatives. These shifts have been most dramatic in the power sector, where cheap wind and solar energy have already started to displace dirty coal. The transportation sector is no different. Full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) like the Tesla Model 3, the Chevy Bolt, and the Toyota Prius Prime (respectively) are disrupting in an industry that has been dominated by the internal combustion engine (ICE) for the past 100 years. In fact, the electric vehicle market showed year-over-year growth of 57% in 2018 with over 3 million electric vehicles now on the road. But when it comes to substitutes for petroleum powered engines, electric cars aren’t the only game in town. Enter hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Hydrogen fuel cells – the heart of the FCV concept– are a different kind of battery: pressurized hydrogen (H2) is the ‘fuel’ in the tank, which then interacts with Oxygen (O2) in the air to create electricity through a chemical reaction.
May 21, 2019 | FreightWaves
Two tractor-trailers powered by hydrogen electric fuel cells will hit the highways of Alberta in a pilot program to test the viability of doing heavy-hauls over long distances in the western Canadian province. Freightliner trucks outfitted with three 70 kilowatt Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLDP) fuel cells will be able to travel up to 430 miles before refueling. The 64-metric ton b-train tractor trailers will enter service with Alberta-based carriers Bison Transport and Trimac Transportation, as part of the Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC.) “This initiative is primarily about moving freight on Alberta’s highways with zero emissions, but it is also about the future of the Alberta economy. Alberta is in the transportation fuel business, and that business is changing,” said Chris Nash, President of the Alberta Motor Transport Association, which is leading the AZETEC program.
May 21, 2019 | PR Newswire
VANCOUVER and HOBRO, Denmark, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced its collaboration with ABB and other consortium partners in the Flagships project to develop and launch a zero-emission river push boat, planned for deployment in France in 2021 to push river barges. Ballard is planning to deliver 2 of its next-generation 200-kilowatt fuel cell modules in 2020, which will provide propulsion power for the vessel. The river push boat will be owned and operated by Sogestran Group subsidiary Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT) on the Rhône river in France, with the objective of demonstrating that fuel cell-powered propulsion offers a cost-effective and practical zero-emission solution for owners and builders of mid-sized vessels carrying more than 100 passengers or the equivalent freight volumes inland or coastally. With maritime transport estimated to emit approximately 940 million tons of CO2 annually, there is increased pressure for the shipping industry to deploy means of reducing harmful pollutants. Since the river push boat will use hydrogen fuel sourced from shore-based renewable energy for a Ballard zero-emission fuel cell system, the complete vessel energy chain will be emission-free.
May 16, 2019 | Business Day
Hydrogen accounts for 75% of matter in the universe, which is why it matters to the automotive industry. Until recently it seemed like a small handful of car makers were pursuing the hydrogen fuel cell option in splendid isolation but 2019 has seen a number of other brands taking it more seriously. It’s also being taken seriously in SA because electric vehicles don’t need platinum, unlike traditional vehicles and, importantly, those with fuel cells. Companies such as BMW and Mercedes have announced they are joining Toyota as well as Honda and Hyundai in pursuing fuel cells but the problem is that suppliers, particularly the giant Bosch, say they are working on a solution that does not need platinum. This would put a big dent in the plans of the minerals industry and the department of trade and industry which has plans to make SA a leader in fuel cell technology off the back of platinum availability.
May 15, 2019 | Gasworld
In an exclusive interview with gasworld, Plug Power’s CEO, Andy Marsh discusses the recently announced partnership with Chung-Hsin Electric and Machinery Manufacturing Corporation (CHEM), a Taiwanese manufacturer of electric solutions. Plug Power, a manufacturer of hydrogen and fuel cell technology prides itself in taking hydrogen and fuel cell technology from concept to commercialisation. The company has worked to revolutionise the material handling industry with its fuel cell, and more specifically its GenKey solution. April (2019) saw Plug Power announce its latest partnership with CHEM which further strengthens Plug Power’s presence in a variety of industries using fuel cell technology.
May 14, 2019 | Daily Mail
NASA-funded research is investigating the possibility of developing all-electric airliners that produce no greenhouse gas emissions. The project, led by scientists at the University of Illinois, is exploring the potential of liquid hydrogen fuel cells as an environmentally friendly power source. By using cooled, condensed liquid hydrogen instead of hydrogen gas, clean power can be generated without needing heavy pressurised storage tanks. This shift could bring viable hydrogen power to larger aircraft for the first time and revolutionise the commercial aviation industry. The NASA-funded project is being led by aerospace engineer Phillip Ansell, electrical engineer Kiruba Haran and colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the US. The development program has been dubbed the 'Center for Cryogenic High-Efficiency Electrical Technologies for Aircraft', or CHEETA, for short.
May 7, 2019 | AltEnergyMag
VANCOUVER AND CALGARY, CANADA - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that it will provide next-generation FCmove®-HD fuel cell modules - utilizing Ballard's LCS technology - to power 2 tractor-trailer trucks as part of an industry-lead C$15 million (US$11.2 million) Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project. The AZETEC project will test the ability of hydrogen to fuel the Province of Alberta's heavy duty freight transportation sector and is seen as a first step in exploring a potential made-in-Alberta hydrogen economy. Ballard will provide a total of 6 FCmove®-HD fuel cell modules - each generating 70 kilowatts (kW) of power - with 3 modules to be installed in each truck. These modules will utilize Ballard's LCS technology, planned for commercial availability in 2019.
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.