December 1990

Vol 5-12 December 1990
The H~drogen Letter Peter Hoffmann, Ed itor and Publisher Transport, Business Dominate FC Seminar PHOENIX, AZ - New emphasis on transportation applications and what participants said was a real push towards commercialization produced a much bigger turnout at the 1990 Fuel Cell Seminar Nov. 25-28 here than at the last session two years ago. "This time we really got the impression that the ball was rolling," enthused John Appleby, director of Texas A&M's Center for Electrochemical Systems and Hydrogen Research. "People talked about commercialization the way it wasn't talked about ...

November 1990

Vol 5-11 November 1990
Peter Hoffmann, Ed itor and Publ isher GM's Allison Dlv. to Develop Fuel Cell INDIANAPOLIS, IH - Aclatowledqing the large potential of hydrogen as transportation fuel, General Motors says it will work with other fuel cell res earchers in developing an advanced protonexchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. GM said its Allison Gas Turbine Division will head the team to develop a .tnethanol-powered 10 kW PEM cell in a two-year cost-sharing program. The basic cell has been developed by canada's Ballard Power Systems, of Vancouver, B.C. The partners are the Los Alamos National Laboratory, ...

October 1990

Vol 5-10 October 1990
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Denver to Launch H/Methane Fuel Program DENVER, CO In a significant move towards ultra-clean alternative fuels, the city of Denver will launch a test program next January that will operate two and possibly as many as five vehicles on a mixture of natural gas and hydrogen. Stretching natural gas with ultra-clean hydrogen produces "hythane" (Hydrogen and "methane"). The fuel is seen as permitting a fairly easy, step-by-step transition from fossil fuels to non- fossil derived hydrogen, potentially without the strains that a radical all-or-nothing ...

September 1990

Vol 5-9 September 1990
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publi sher Florida Firm Designs Solar H Production System MIAMI. FL - A small solar technology research company here is proposing to build a solaraugmented hydrogen/chlorine battery system for utility load levelling and hydrogen production that it claims can produce hydrogen with less than half the electric energy input of some of the best current electrolysis systems. Normally, it takes about 24 kWhrs to produce a pound of hydrogen, says Robin z. Parker, president of Solar Reactor Technologies (SRT), based on 15% efficient pv-generated electricity plus ...

August 1990

Vol 5-8 August 1990
nletter Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher August 1990 Vol V/No. 8 A Call for H Demonstrations, Large NASP Presence, Cold Fusion , Debate at "Hawaii Hydrogen 90" HONOLULU/WAIKOLOA, HAWAII - - A keynote call for an ambitious hydrogen demonstration program this decade, a massive first-time ever show of more than a dozen papers from the NASP program (see accompanying story), the appearance of new hydrogen support groups in the U.S. and Canada and lively debate over th·e ·worth of cold fusion were among the highlights of "Hawaii Hydrogen 90, ", the 8th World Hydrogen Ener<;j. ...

July 1990

Vol 5-7 July 1990
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher British Columbia To Create Hydrogen Agency VICTORIA/B.C.,CANADA - The government of British Columbia has given the go-ahead for the creation of a new provincial hydrogen agency that is expected to coordinate a wide range of hydrogen activities at least until the middle of the decade. The exact funding level has not been decided on in detail, but participants expect it to be substantial. The provincial government has awarded a contract to the University of Victoria's recently established Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) to set ...

June 1990

Vol 5-6 June 1990
nletter \ Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher June 1990 Vol V/No. 6 Soviet Union, West Germany to Jointly Develop Hydrogen-Powered Jet Prototype HANNOVER, W.GERMANY - The Soviet Union and West Germany signed a preliminary agreement to jointly develop hydrogen-powered propulsion technology for civilian aircraft in mid-May at the biannual Hannover, \-lest Germany, ILA '90 air show. The agreement was signed by Soviet aviation industry minister Apollon Systsov and by Erich Riedl, a secretary of state in the West German economics ministry and aerospace industry coordinator. In effect ...

May 1990

Vol 5-5 May 1990
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher House Passes, Senate Readies Hydrogen Bills WASHINGTON DC - In complementary actions, the House of Representatives in early May approved a long-gestating five-year, $150 million hydrogen energy bill. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, meanwhile, in mid-May marked up a massive global warming bill that also includes a three-year smaller authorization for hydrogen and that may go the Senate floor as early ·as June. The House action carne under suspension of the rules, l'li th two-thirds voting in favor. The House bill has been ...

April 1990

Vol 5-4 April 1990
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher EUROSOLAR Proposes New UN Solar Agency BONN/NEW YORK - EUROSOLAR, the Bonn-based international public interest lobbying group promoting solar hydrogen, is urging the United Nations to set up an International Solar Energy Agency (ISEA) as part of the general UN structure. "EUROSOLAR calls upon the governments and the Secretary General of the United Nations to propose a corresponding motion to the United Nations' General Assembly," says a memorandum adopted by the group in mid-January. Dr. Hermann Scheer, EUROSOLAR's founder and chairman and a ...

March 1990

Vol 5-3 March 1990
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Replacing Fossil Fuels is Planet Job, NHA Told WASHINGTON, DC The phasing out of fossil fuels and replacing them with other cleaner forms of energy is the most significant task facing the world, a keynote speaker told the 1st Annual u.s. Hydrogen Meeting here. Members and friends of the National Hydrogen Association, which organized the March 8-9 meeting, "are working on by far the largest single environmental challenge facing the planet, namely the displacement of hydrocarbons," Jesse H. Ausubel, director of studies of the Carnegie Commission ...

February 1990

Vol 5-2 February 1990
Peter Hoffmann, Ed itor and Publisher Bell Researcher Develops Thin-Fim Fuel Cell MORRISTONN. NJ A researcher at Bell Communications Research here has developed a novel thin-,film fuel cell that he says could "radically simplify fuel cell design,. and could result in small lightweight fuel cells. Bellcore said in a press release that small experimer'ltal prototypes using a thinner-than-paper material sandwiched between two conducting metal films displayed an "extremely good" power-toweight ratio, delivering more than 50 watts electrical power per pour. d. It quoted inventor ...

January 1990

Vol 5-1 January 1990
Peter Hoffmann, Edi tor and Publisher Europe's Carmakers Discuss Joint H Issues BONN/MUNICH, W. GERMANY - Closer cooperation among German - and ultimately perhaps European - carmakers in terms of basic hydrogen research seems to be in the making, report informed sources here. And in another transportation area, there are reports that the German partner in the European "Airbus" consortium is considering working together with with the Soviet Union's Tupolev design bureau in developing liquid-hydrogen aircraft jet engine technology. Bonn Funds Initial. LH Pu.p Project As a first ...