December 2001

Vol 16-12 December 2001
,7-L. Fuel Cell Sy~tem ...... and the schematics ofits power plant/drive train layout. Space Liner chief designer Kazuhiro Takakuwa told H&FCL bye-mail that given the high flexibilityofthe power plant shape and of the drive train, a "short nose and short overhang propor( Continued on p.3) WARNING: This material is protected by U.S. copyright law, the Berne Convention, and other national laws. Reproduction by any means without prior permission is illegal and may be punishable by fines. Group subscriptions are available at a substantial discount. (DoE Meeting, from p. I) into a vision ...

November 2001

Vol 16-11 November 2001
t&Fuel II Letter Alternative Energy News Since 1986 November2001 Voi:XVI!No. ll ISSN I 080-8019 Toyota Shines at Tokyo Show With GasolineFuel Cell SUV; Daihatsu Shows Tiny FC Car TOKYO- Toyoto Motor Co., which is poised to be the first to offer a pure-hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to a limited public two years down the road, is taking another step toward realizing its goal of developing a lineup of fuel-cell vehicles to meet multiple driving conditions and needs. The company, fuel cell r&d development partner with General Motors, unveiled its new FCHV -5 at the 35th Tokyo Motor Show ...

October 2001

Vol 16-10 October 2001
II Letter Alternative Energy News Since 1986 October 2001 Vol XVI/No. I 0 ISSN10~19 NEC Researchers Employ Carbon Nanotubes to Design Micro DMFC for Portables TOKYO- Japanese scientists have developed a tiny direct methanol fuel cell for mobile applications that employs carbon nanotubes as the basic building materials for its electrodes, NEC Corporation here announced .. Dr. Yoshirno Kubo, in charge of the portable fuel cell project at NEC's Fundamental Research Laboratories in Tsukuba, said he and his team have constructed the lilliputian device measuring 40 by 50 mm and 5 mm ...

September 2001

Vol 16-9 September 2001
II Letter Alternative Energy News Since 1986 September 200 I Vol :XVI!No. 9 ISSN 108()..8() 19 GM Unveils Gasoline/Fuel Cell Truck, Stationary 5 kW PEM Fuel Cell Prototype TRAVERSE CITY, Ml - General Motors last month unveiled here what it said was the world's first fuel cell vehicle powered by hydrogen extracted from gasoline via a fuel cell processor. At least two other companies, International Fuel Cells and Delphi Automotive Systems, earlier announced development of gasoline reformers for automotive use (H&FCL Jan. 00), but it's unclear whether these ever reached the stage of ...

August 2001

Vol 16-8 August 2001
The H l& Fuel Cell Letter Alternative Energy News Since 1986 August200I VolXVI/No.8 ISSN I 080-8019 Honda Installs Solar Hydrogen Fueling Station Near LA, First for Any Carmaker TORRANCE, CA- The first solar-powered hydrogen production and fueling station in the Los Angeles area has been opened here by American Honda Motor Co., the company announced last month. It is the frrst station by any auto maker that uses so Jar power as primary energy source to extract hydrogen from water via electrolysis, Ben Knight, Honda's vice president for automotive engineering at Honda R&D ...

July 2001

Vol 16-7 July 2001
The "& Fuel Cell Alternative Energy News Since 1986 July2001 VoiXVI/No. 7 ISSNIO~OI9 Toyota Plans to Start Selling Fuel Cell Cars in 2003 in Japan, Announces New FC Bus TOKYO- The international fuel cell community has been set abuzz by reports hat Toyota Motor Corp. plans to introduce a commercial fuel cell vehicle in two years. A Toyota spokeswoman in Tokyo confirmed the report in an e-mail to H&FCL saying that the company will market an improved version of its FCHV-4 "on a limited basis" in 2003 after extensive testing in the United States and Japan. "A )though we cannot ...

June 2001

Vol 16-6 June 2001
The Alternative Energy News Since 1986 June2001 VoiXVI/No.6 ISSN I 080-8019 GM/Opel Set First Fuel Cell Records with HydroGen!, Release New Stack Design Details MESA, AZ- HydroGen 1, the fuel cell-powered version of the Zafira compact van built by General Motors' German Opel subsidiary, showed its mettle to journalists at GM's desert proving grounds here by setting almost a dozen endurance records, the first ever recognized for fuel cell vehicles. Part of a one-day fuel cell workshop and briefmg for reporters that provided a glimpse ofG M's plans and concepts for fuel cells and ...

May 2001

Vol 16-5 May 2001
The Alternative Energy News Since 1986 May 200 I Vol :XVI!No. 5 ISSN 1 080-8019 DoE NEws Administration's Renewables Budget Request is One-Third Below Current Total WASHINGTON, DC -It's official now: Renewable energy budget requests for fiscal year 200 I, including funding for hydrogen and fuel cells, are being slashed drastically by more than one third by the new Bush admjnistration. The new numbers, released in early April by Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, are pretty much in line with figures reported last month in H&FCL's "Fast Forward" column (April 0 I). The request for ...

April 2001

Vol 16-4 April 2001
The . ' H "& Fuel Cell Letter Alternative Energy News Since 1986 April200 I Vol XVI/No.4 ISSN I 080-8019 Uncertainty over New Bush Policies Marks 12th National Hydrogen Association Meeting WASHINGTON, DC- Unease overthe future scope of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the new Bush administration's gestating energy policy characterized some of the keynote remarks at the 12th Annual U.S. Hydrogen Meeting March 6-8 here. On the positive side, speakers such as Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), the new chairman of the House of Representatives energy committee, as well as DoE officials ...

March 2001

Vol 16-3 March 2001
T-he Alternative Energy News Since 1986 March 200 I Vol XYI/No.3 ISSN I 08(}.80 19 Oil-Rich Dubai, Starting Point of BMW LH2 10-Car World Tour, Considers Hydrogen DU BAI- Oil-producing Dubai, a key commercial and technological crossroad in the Persian Gulf region, is taking its ftrst cautious steps towards the eventual production of renewable hydrogen in close cooperation with carmaker BMW. If the strategy takes hold and succeeds, it could mark a revolutionary shift in the world's system of energy distribution. It could signal the beginning of a shift away from carbon-based fuels ...

February 2001

Vol 16-2 February 2001
Alternative Energy News Since 1986 February 200 I Vol XVI!No. 2 ISSN I 080-8019 California's Air Board Stays Course on ZEV Rule, First Cars Required by 2003 SACRAMENTO, CA - California's Air Resources Board (ARB) has ordered its staff to increase the number of ZEV cars required to cruise the state 's roads, reversing previous staff-recommended changes in the I 0-year old ZEV mandate that had been widely regarded as unacceptably low. The 11 -member board, in a unanimous vote in a late-January meeting, told carmakers thatthey will have to start producing electric cars in 2003. ...

January 2001

Vol 16-1 January 2001
The Alternative Energy News Since 1986 Januruy 200 I Vol :XVVNo. I ISSN I 080-8019 Celanese Develops CO-Tolerant PEM Membrane with Honda, Plug Power KRONBERG, GERMANY- In what may be a significant advance in PEM fuel cell technology, Celanese AG here is adapting a 20-year old polymer material as a membrane for advanced high-temperature, more rugged fuel cell systems for both cars and stationary uses that may be more economical to produce than other PEM systems .. Celanese, an offspring and successor to German chemical giant Hoechst, is developing the new fuel cell technology ...