December 2004

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Terry Tamminen as his cabinet secretary. Previously, Tamminen has worked for Schwarzenegger as secretary in charge of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) since November 2003.The cabinet secretary is a direct liaison between the governor and cabinet members, including all agency directors and department directors. Tamminen who is expected to assume this position December 1, replaces Marybel Batjer.......Proton Energy Systems, Inc, Wallingford, CT, a manufacturer of on-site hydrogen generators, has named Frank Vonesh as ...
Events
A “2020: California’s Energy Future Conference” and Blue Sky Awards luncheon will be held Dec. 2 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Details: WestStart-CALSTART, Monica Alcaraz 626/744-5655. Intertech’s second annual conference, “H2PS: The 2004 Hydrogen Production & Storage Forum,” is scheduled for Dec. 6-8 at the Washington Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC. Details: Brian Santos, Intertech, bsantos@intertechusa.com; phone 207/781-9618. The “14th International Seminar on Doublelayer Capacitors and Hybrid Energy Storage Devices” ...
Briefly Noted: World Wrestling Fuel Cell Drink
And finally, hot off the Internet Howlers Hotline, the Fuel Cell power drink for Real Men. We quote verbatim: “World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is thrilled to share the release of its first licensed innovative energy beverage in Canada, ‘Raw Energy Fuel Cell!’ Raw Energy is a great tasting, refreshing alternative to traditional energy drinks.” Available at, among other venues, 7-Eleven, Esso, Petro Canada and Shell. Source: www.impactwrestling.com/content.aspx?snum=3769.
Briefly Noted: AEC/Astris Energi
Las Vegas, NV-based Alternate Energy Corp. (AEC) says it has ordered the first Model E alkaline fuel cell (AFC) portable power generator from Astris Energi, Mississauga, ON. The purchase order also includes five additional units in stages later in 2005, Astris confirmed in a separate release. The device is rated nominally at 2.4 kW and provides 48 V DC power at 50 amperes for applications such as uninterrupted power supply, backup power, and emergency and worksite power. Astris says the generator’s electrical efficiency is greater than 50%, a figure claimed to be unequaled by any other ...
Briefly Noted: New FuelCell 2000 Directory
The Eigth Edition of Fuel Cell 2000’s Fuel Cell Directory is available now. The 241-page directory includes 1,085 listings, including 500 more companies since the last edition in 2002. At the same time, 300 entries have been deleted. The print version is $125, and electronic versions are available on CD-ROM in MSExcel or MSAccess for $500. Non-profit organizations, college and university libraries and news organizations may request a free PDF copy. Order forms can be downloaded at www.fuelcells.org/directoryorderform.pdf. Contact: Jennifer Gangi, 202/785-4222.
Briefly Noted: FuelCell Energy/Versa Power Systems
In another corporate rearrangement, FuelCell Energy, Inc., Danbury, CT said it has sold its Canadian solid oxide fuel cell operations to Versa Power Systems, Golden, CO. In exchange, FuelCell Energy received stock in Versa, increasing its ownership position from 16 to 42%. Versa, founded in 2001, is a joint venture of the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the University of Utah, Materials and Systems Research, Inc. (MSRI), and FuelCell Energy, Inc. In other developments, FuelCell Energy said it and its Japanese partner Marubeni signed an agreement ...
Briefly Noted: Quantum/Starcraft
Irvine, CA-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Starcraft Corp. in a stock-for-stock swap valued at about $185 million, including the assumption of debt and other considerations. Each Starcraft shareholder will receive approximately 2.34 shares of Quantum common stock for every share of Starcraft common stock. Starcraft, based in Goshen, IN is Tier One second-stage manufacturer and a maker of specialty motor vehicle equipment especially for pickup trucks and SUVs, and it supplies aftermarket parts for vehicle customization. It has strong ...
Briefly Noted: UTC/Toshiba
UTC Fuel Cells and Toshiba are reconfiguring their two-decade relationship, in essence each going their separate ways in several categories. Under the terms announced in mid-November, South Windsor, CT-based UTC Fuel Cells, a component of United Technologies Corp., will buy Toshiba’s 10% interest in the company. Toshiba, in turn, will buy UTC Fuel Cell’s 49% in Toshiba International Fuel Cells (TIFC). Both companies have collaborated on fuel cell technology since the 1980s, culminating in the creation of TIFC in 2001. The new arrangement does not affect UTC Fuel Cell’s ...
A hydrogen fuel cell "Tourist Cart", on display at the Shanghai International Industry Fair November 4-9, by the Shanghai Shen-Li High Tech Co., Ltd.. Briefly Noted: Meeting Point Renewable Energy Shanghai
Five German and one Singaporean companies exhibited equipment and services at China’s first commercial hydrogen and fuel cell exhibit, “Meeting Point Renewable Energies China,” part of the Shanghai International Industry Fair Nov. 4-9, organized by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Some 35 Chinese organizations, universities and companies, ranging from a fuel cell power train developer to a solar energy institute to the Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co., showed products and services, including this fuel cell-powered “Tourist Cart.” ...
Briefly Noted: Bi-Fuel Hot Module
What is claimed to be Europe’s first bi-fuel molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) “HotModule” went on stream at the “Fuel Cell Innovation Park” Berlin in late September. The unit is operated by Berlin’s BeWAG utility, part of Vattenfall Europe group of utilities based in Berlin. The device, built by MTU Friedrichshafen under license from FuelCell Energy, Danbury, CT, can run on natural gas, the fuel used for which it was originally designed, but also on methanol as well as industrial residue gas, landfill gas and biogas. Methanol can be produced from organic ...
California Gov. Schwarzenegger shakes hands with Minister Axel Horstmann of Germany's state of Northrhine-Westfalia, with CARB chairman Alan Lloyd looking on. The two states agreed to cooperate in hydrogen and fuel cell development. Briefly Noted: California-Northrine Westphalia MoU
State-to-state links across the ocean: California and Germany’s state of Northrhine-Westfalia agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding in mid-November to cooperate on hydrogen and fuel cell activities. The Memorandum, signed by Alan Lloyd, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, and Axel Horstmann, the state’s minister for Transport, Energy and Spatial Planning, says both sides will encourage hydrogen and fuel cell-related activities, the increased use of alternative energy technologies for hydrogen production and the development of an adequate hydrogen-related ...
Briefly Noted: X-43A Scramjet
Gaseous hydrogen - all two pounds of it - propelled NASA’s experimental X-43A air-breathing plane to nearly ten times the speed of sound in the last and fastest of three unpiloted test flights in the agency’s Hyper-X program in mid-November. The plane’s supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet) engine achieved a speed of Mach 9.8, or 7,000 mph in a flight that lasted only about ten seconds at about 110,000 feet in restricted airspace over the Pacific Ocean. The small 12-foot plane bears an uncanny resemblance to the much bigger National AeroSpace Plane (NASP) concept developed ...
Briefly Noted: NY State/Honda
New York is the first state customer in the Northeast for a fuel cell vehicle by leasing two 2005 Honda FCX fuel cell vehicles. The lease is for two years, with the first vehicle to be delivered this month and the second in mid-2005. “New York is pleased to partner with Honda,” said Gov. George E. Pataki at a mid-November ceremony at the state capitol Albany. Added Koichi Kondo, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., “this is a great day for Honda and the State of New York.” New York state is the fifth U.S. customer for the FCX and the first state customer. With ...
Briefly Noted: Ceramatec/INEEL High-Temp Electrolysis
A new look at high-temperature electrolysis: Researchers at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) and Ceramatec, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT say they have demonstrated the feasibility of splitting water - steam - to make hydrogen in a three-year project using 800 deg. C (1,600 deg. F) heat in a small demonstration unit that simulates the temperatures from a future high-temperature nuclear reactor that doesn’t exist so far. At a late-November press conference in Salt Lake City, INEEL lead researcher Steve Herring said such a high-temperature system has the ...
Opportunities: NASA/Glenn RFP, Rockport, IL Airport
NASA/Glenn Research Center (21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135) plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) (Solicitation No. NNC05090069R) for development of a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Regenerative Fuel Cell (RFC) Breadboard. The Contractor will be expected to design, build, and test a closed-loop hydrogen-oxygen PEM RFC Breadboard, and to evaluate its operability and durability. NASA is interested in RFCs as an energy storage device for remotely piloted, solar-electric aircraft, which NASA anticipates will enable high-altitude, long endurance flight capability. NASA ...
Manning the Pump: Shell Hydrogen CEO Jeremy Bentham refuels a General Motors HydroGen3 fuel cell minivan during the ribbon cutting festivities of the new Shell hydrogen station in Washington DC. Infrastructure: Two Public Hydrogen/Gasoline Stations Open in Washington, DC and Berlin
WASHINGTON, DC/BERLIN - Hydrogen fuel got a permanent base in the nation’s capital last month in the shape of a new fueling pump alongside existing pumps for regular, premium and diesel. A joint project shared by Shell Hydrogen and General Motors, the remodeled Shell station sells both liquid and compressed 5,000 psi hydrogen at $1.99 a kilogram, in ballpark range of the price of regular gasoline. In Berlin, Germany, meanwhile, another demonstration-type public station, claimed to be the world’s largest and apparently most expensive to date, unites nine different companies ...
Fast Forward: Northeast H2 Corridor
A Northeast Hydrogen Corridor? General Motors and Shell Hydrogen are likely to propose to the U.S. Energy Department the construction of a chain of hydrogen fueling stations between Washington, DC and New York City. Details as to how many stations would be proposed, how soon and total cost aren’t clear but speakers at both the Fuel Cell Seminar in San Antonio and at the opening of the Shell hydrogen station in Washington DC last month briefly mentioned the plan. Sig Gronich, the DoE official in charge of the department’s large-scale controlled hydrogen fleet and infrastructure ...
Fast Forward: Breaux for DoE?
Former Democratic Senator John Breaux, of Louisiana, is seen as a likely candidate to replace Spencer Abraham as Secretary of Energy in the second Bush cabinet. At least that’s the speculation among some, but probably not all, Washington operatives with an interest in DoE and its policies. One player on the alternative/renewable energy scene in Washington describes Breaux, a Democrat, “as a moderate in all things. He’s a transactional sort who would be open to hydrogen, especially if Big Oil continued to support it - and there is no question the President continues to be a big ...
Hydrogenics Corp. Offers to Take Over Stuart Energy, Stuart Board is Supportive
MISSISSAUGA, ON - In a move that took the international hydrogen community by surprise, Hydrogenics Corp. and Stuart Energy Systems Corp. announced last month that Hydrogenics plans to take over Stuart. For all practical purposes, it looks like a Happy Family kind of done deal: The announcement was made jointly, and both companies have already agreed that Hydrogenics will make a share exchange take-over bid for all of Stuart’s outstanding shares at an exchange ratio of 0.74 Hydrogenics shares for each Stuart Energy share. Stuart’s board of directors is unanimously supporting ...
The Big Picture: U.S. Fuel Cell Council's Robert Rose addresses the Fuel Cell Seminar's opening plenary session, calling for much accelerated global hydrogen and fuel cell r&d spending. Rose was honored with the 2004 Seminar Award. Fuel Cell Seminar: US Fuel Cell Council’s Rose: $30 Billion for R&D, $30 Billion for Market Stimulation
SAN ANTONIO - About half of the $60 billion that the U.S. Fuel Cell Council’s president Robert Rose proposes spending on hydrogen and fuel cell technology, should go to r&d and infrastructure, and the other half to market stimulation. Rose said in his acceptance speech (see Fuel Cell Seminar story, p. 1) while these numbers may look like a lot they really are not: Annual highway spending in the United States is more than $60 billion, tax subsidies for the extraction and sale of petroleum cost the U.S. Treasury between $9.1 and $17.8 billion, and the country spends more than $6 ...
Ticona's stack made of engineering plastics. Engineering Thermoplastics PEMFuel Cell is Claimed to Cut Costs 50%
FLORENCE, KY/KELSTERBACH, GERMANY - Cost reductions of at least 50% are claimed for a new PEM fuel cell prototype made entirely of plastics by a maker of engineering thermoplastics. Ticona, the technical polymers manufacturing arm of Celanese Corp., reports it has built a 17-cell PEM prototype constructed of injected-molded bipolar plates made of Vectra® liquid crystal polymer (LCP) and end plates made of Fortron® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS). The new materials are said to cut the per-kW costs for the stack to about $1,050 (Euro790), compared to what Ticona says are as much as ...
DoE News: About Quarter-Billion-Plus for Hydrogen & Fuel Cells in Mammoth 2005 Omnibus Bill
WASHINGTON, DC - The mammoth fiscal year 2005 omnibus appropriations bill rushed through Congress last month includes about $264 million for hydrogen and fuel cells, an early rapid check of the bill indicates, but these numbers are subject to refinement and confirmation. Part of the reason for this uncertainty is the sheer size of the kitchen-sink, one-size-fits-all document: 1,689 pages, $388.4 billion covering most federal departments: Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-State, Energy and Water, Foreign Operations, Interior, Labor/Health Human Services/Education, Legislative, ...
IdaTech's lunch box-sized portable PEM fuel cell generator. Big Turnout, New Products, Calls for Greater Effort Highlight Fuel Cell Seminar
SAN ANTONIO, TX - A glimpse of how Toyota sees its fuel cell future, calls for much more funding from both sides of the Atlantic, a good-sized number of new products and equipment, two- and four-wheeled scooters and cars at the obligatory Ride-and-Drive event kept participants in the 2004 Fuel Cell Seminar here informed, busy and entertained. An estimated 2,200 people turned out for the five-day event Nov. 1-5, roughly the same as last year’s gathering of the tribe in Miami (H&FCL Dec. 03). The gargantuan Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, with its seemingly unending array of ...

November 2004

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Wallingford, CT-based Proton Energy Systems, Inc. has appointed Mark Murray a its new president. He replaces Walter “Chip” Schroeder, former president and now head of Proton’s parent company, Distributed Energy Systems Corp., who was acting head of Proton during the search for the company’s new chief. Murray worked recently as vice president of precision components and assemblies at Stanadyne, a global manufacturer of diesel systems, Windsor, CT........The Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition has elected Rodger McKain, president of SOFCO-EFS Holdings, Alliance, as its new chairman, ...
Events
Arno A. Evers Fair-PR presents “1st Meeting Points - Renewable Energies China, Including Hydrogen + Fuel Cells,” as part of the Shanghai International Industry Fair Nov. 4-9 at Shanghai’s New International Expo Center, Pudong, in cooperation with the P.R. China’s Ministry of Science & Technology. Details: www.fair-pr.com/china2004/index.php; e-mail arno@fair-pr.com. The “11th Symposium on Regenerative Energy Sources and Hydrogen Technology” will be held Nov. 4-6 at the University of Applied Sciences, Stralsund, Germany. Conference language is German. Deadline ...
Briefly Noted: Glum UK H2 Economy Projection
A British economist says changing over every American vehicle to hydrogen power would require so much electricity - presumably for electrolysis - that the United States would have to build enough wind turbines to cover half of California or 1,000 additional nuclear power plants. Andrew Oswald, an economist from the University of Warwick, says these calculations are intended to highlight the difficulties the U.S., and presumably every other nation, would face in converting to a truly green hydrogen economy. These numbers are “useful to make people realize what an enormous problem we ...
Briefly Noted: Solvay
Solvay S.A. the Brussels-based international chemical and pharmaceutical group, has joined Conduit Ventures Limited, a London venture capital fund focused on fuel cells and hydrogen technologies, with an undisclosed amount of capital. Other key Conduit partners include Shell Hydrogen, Mitsubishi Corp., Johnson Matthey, and Danfoss. Contact: Martial Tardy, 032/2/509 72 30, e-mail martial.tardy@solvay.com.
Briefly Noted: Millennium/NASDAQ
Millenium Cell Inc., the Eatontown, NJ-based developer of sodium borohydride hydrogen storage technology, has been informed by the Nasdaq exchange that it was not currently in compliance with certain requirements needed for continued listing on the Nasdaq National Market. H. David Ramm, the company’s interim president and CEO, says the company is now evaluating several options. “Whether we remain on Nasdaq’s National Market or move to the SmallCap Market, our investors will still be able to trade the company’s stock electronically using the existing ‘MCEL’ ...
Briefly Noted: U.S./UK H2 Exchange Program
The United States and Britain are set to fund a joint scientist exchange program specifically to advance the potential of hydrogen energy, reports the European Union’s “Cordis” information service. The new effort is part of the US/UK Energy Dialogue that was launched by Premier Tony Blair and President Bush in 2002. In the first stage, five British researchers will receive funding, including travel expenses to allow them to do hydrogen research work at Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM. Source: dbs.cordis.lucgi-bin/.
Briefly Noted: New Michigan H2 Station
Another hydrogen fueling station has opened in Southfield, MI as part of a Hydrogen Technology Park operated by DTE Energy, a Detroit-based energy company which includes major utilities such as Detroit Edison and MichCon. The new station, designed and built by Stuart Energy Systems Corp., Toronto, is capable of producing 30 Nm3/(65 kg/day) of hydrogen at 6,000 psi for vehicles. DM Energy, Toronto, did the design work for the $3 million facility. Contacts: Stuart, Wanda Cutler, 905/282-7769; DM Energy, Bill Bugyra, 416/588-9107.
Briefly Noted: Quantum's "Aggressor"
Irvine, CA-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide last month unveiled a high-performance, off-road military hybrid fuel cell vehicle, dubbed the “Aggressor.” Developed jointly with the U.S. Army’s Tank-Automotive Research and Development Center, it is claimed to be virtually silent, and accelerates much more rapidly than comparable conventional gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles, capable of 80 mph top speed. Power comes from a 10 kW fuel cell which Quantum didn’t describe in detail. But given Quantum’s alliance ties with General Motors, it appears ...
Briefly Noted: Large FC System Survey
In the latest of its series of surveys, the “Fuel Cell Today” Internet portal says a grand total of slightly more than 700 large stationary fuel cell systems - more than 10 kW - have been installed worldwide since the 1970s. This year, sales volume was similar to last year, with a total of more than 50 systems, reports the “Fuel Cell Market Survey: Large Stationary Applications.” The 21-page document dated Oct. 6 says FuelCell Energy has now joined the two industry leaders, UTC and Fuji Electric. Phosphoric acid remains a popular technology, “with both UTC and Fuji ...
Opportunities: R&D Jobs at New Istanbul Center
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s recently established International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET) in Istanbul, Turkey (H&FCL Dec. 03, April 04), announces the following positions: Staff Scientists: Qualifications: Advanced degree with experience in proposal writing and research management in the area of hydrogen energy. Experience in hydrogen energy R&D and/or feasibility studies. Minimum language requirement: English. Post Doctorals: Qualifications: Recent PhD Degree on a topic related to hydrogen energy, including hydrogen production, ...
DoE News: DoE Sec’y Abraham Announces $75 Million in Hydrogen R&D Funding
WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham last month announced the U.S. Energy Department has selected 36 lead organizations and their partners to receive more than $75 million in research projects to support the President’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. “The research projects address major technical and economic hurdles in renewable and distributed hydrogen production technologies that must be overcome to make a Hydrogen Economy vision a reality,” Abraham said in his Oct. 19 announcement. Overall, more than 80 organizations are involved, and private cost share ...
Silicon-Ammonia Combination is Proposed as Hydrogen Carrier Technology
FRANKFURT - A German specialist in inorganic chemistry is proposing an innovative hydrogen energy system in which silicon made from common sand functions as hydrogen energy carrier - a “tailor-made” link between decentralized renewable energy production and a hydrogen infrastructure. Alternatively, silicon can be the basis to make ammonia in a carbon-free process to serve both as an even better energy carrier and as traditional fertilizer, says Prof. Norbert Auner, of the Inorganic Chemistry Institute of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University here. Auner argues such a system would ...
The Swiss-French Michelin-PSI fuel cell hybrid underway on Shanghai's brand-new Formula 1 track where the Bibendum Challenge was held. Big Chinese Turnout, Advanced Swiss, U.S. Concepts Highlight Shanghai Bibendum
SHANGHAI - A snappy French-Swiss fuel cell lightweight prototype with a 250-mile range, a Ford hydrogen i.c. engine with lean NOX Trap aftertreatment; Peugeot-Citroen’s quirky Quark, and a futuristic Chinese three-wheeler running on hydrogen peroxide were among the highlights of this year’s Challenge Bibendum, the first time the event was run in Asia. A total of 18 of the 152 vehicles on the entry list were running on hydrogen, almost all on compressed gas and all fuel cell-powered except for two hybrids (Ford’s Focus and a Chinese entry, the Yongfeng made by Feici ...
PolyFuel Announces Lower-Cost, Higher Output Fuel Cell Membrane Material
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - PolyFuel, the four-year-old startup fuel cell membrane developer here, has unveiled what it calls a breakthrough hydrocarbon-based membrane material early last month that the company says should go a long way toward significantly cutting the, so far, prohibitively high costs of fuel cell power plants. Polyfuel president and CEO Jim Balcom told H&FCL that, while not yet ideal, the new material already achieves the minimum cost of $150/sq.m. of membrane material “required for limited introduction” of vehicle fuel cell engines. At the same time, the new ...
Fast Forward: Mazda Dual-Fuel RX-8
Mazda Motor Corp. has won permission from Japan’s Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport to test its new dual-fuel version of its rotary-engined RX-8 sports car on public roads, just ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show that starts Nov. 3. Mazda says this makes the car the world’s first street legal dual-fuel hydrogen rotary engined car. The company is unveiling this new version at the Tokyo Motor Show, and it plans to start leasing it within two years, according to earlier reports last month in “Automotive News” and “Dow Jones” from Japan. The car publication ...
Gov. Schwarzenegger, left, and GM vice chairman Bob Lutz fill up the Hydrogen Hummer at the new hydrogen fueling station at Los Angeles International Airport last month.. Gov. Schwarzenegger Opens H2 Station at LA Airport, Refuels H2 I.C. Hummer
LOS ANGELES - Hydrogen moved another small step closer to everyday reality with the opening of a commercial-style hydrogen fueling station at Los Angeles International Airport last month. Bringing some Hollywood glamour as well as statesmanship to the occasion was California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who drove up to the compressed hydrogen pump in a brand-new dark-blue Hummer dubbed H2H, converted to hydrogen by General Motors. The conversion of what is GM’s first and probably only foray into hydrogen i.c. technology was accomplished in cooperation with its fuel cell alliance ...
DLR'S futuristic-looking solar furnace at its research facility near Cologne. The device was built in 1994. Solar Water Splitting: Solar-Thermochemical H2 is Investigated by Germans, Canadians, Florida Lab
COLOGNE - Taking another crack at a concept first tried some thirty years ago, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) here have produced hydrogen by thermochemically splitting steam via concentrated sunlight. In Canada, meanwhile, similar work is being carried out by a Saskatoon company, SHEC Labs (Solar Hydrogen Energy Corp), of Calgary. Last month, the company announced it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with two other Canadian companies, Hydrogenics Corp., Mississauga, Ont., manufacturer of fuel cell and related technologies, and with Giffels Associates Ltd., ...

October 2004

CORRECTION
The new Iowa company that is beginning to build hydrogen i.c. engines and that was described in our most recent issue (Briefs, H&FCL September 04), was misnamed in the story. The company’s correct name is “Hydrogen Engine Center” (not Hydrogen Energy Center).
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Fuel Cells Canada has appointed Louise Comeau as its new president and CEO, taking over from Dr. Ron Britton who announced his retirement recently (H&FCL July 04). The announcement was made during the four-day Hydrogen & Fuel Cells 2004 Conference in Toronto. Ms. Comeau has served in various leadership positions for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Centre for Sustainable Community Development in Ottawa, and she is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded for distinguished service to outstanding Canadians ............Acumentrics Corp., a Westwood, ...
Events
The “2004 Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Conference” will be held Sept. 29-Oct.1 at the War Memorial and Marriott Hotel, Trenton, NJ. Details: NESEA website, www.nesea.org; phone 413/774-6051. A “Fuel Cells Science & Technology” conference is scheduled for Oct. 6-7 at the Hilton Munich Park Hotel, Munich, Germany. Details: Gill Heaton, Fuel Cells Science & Technology 2004, Oxford, UK phone 044/1865 373625; e-mail fuelcells@heaton-connexion.co.uk; website www.fuelcelladvances.com. The “Advanced Energy & Fuel Cell Technologies Conference & Exhibition” will be ...
Briefly Noted: Fuel Cell Market Study
The U.S. market for advanced technology components for next generation fuel cell vehicles is estimated to be $34 million this year and is expected to rise to $208 million five years from now, according to a new report to be released by Business Communications Company, Inc., Norwalk, CT. The average annual growth rate for four main components - fuel cell module, hydrogen tank, advanced battery pack and electric traction motor/controller unit - is estimated at 42.8%. The authors expect that PEM fuel cell engines will be the power plant of choice for fuel cell vehicles, but solid oxide fuel ...
Briefly Noted: Rohm and Haas Sodium Borohydride Investment
Speaking of sodium borohydride, Rohm and Haas Co., the Philadelphia-based maker of specialty materials for various industries, says it invested $2.6 million recently in its Elma, WA production facility to achieve greater efficiency in the production of sodium borohydride there. The company says it is the global leader in producing the material via its two manufacturing sites in Elma and in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. Contact: Rohm and Haas, Loic de Surville, global general manager for sodium borohydride, 033/1/40 02 52 91, ldesurville@rohmhaas.com.
Briefly Noted: MERIT Micro Fuel Cell
Japan’s Materials and Energy Research Institute Tokyo, Ltd (MERIT) has developed what is claimed to be one of the world’s smallest fuel cells for notebook computers, according to an early-September report in The Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The new device measures 3 x 5 x 0.1 cm, and weighs 5 grams. It can operate twice as long as lithium-ion batteries of comparable storage capacity at room temperature and produces four times as much power per unit area as methanol fuel cells. Fifty cells are combined to produce 25 watts required for a notebook computer. The device uses sodium borohydride ...
Briefly Noted: Astris Alkaline Fuel Cell
Mississauga, Ont.-based Astris Energi Inc. unveiled its 2.4 kW Model EA alkaline fuel cell portable generator for the first time in North America at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2004 Conference and Trade Show Sept. 25-28 in Toronto. The device delivers 48 V DC at 50 amperes and will handle overload of up to 60 amperes. Astris says the generator has a total electric efficiency of more than 50%. Development of the E* was partially funded by the Czech Republic’s Industry and Trade Ministry. The unit was previously demonstrated to Czech experts earlier this year. Contact: Loyola Financial ...
Briefly Noted: Nuvera Test Facility
In Italy, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc., the Italian-U.S. developer of multi-fuel reforming and PEM fuel cell technology, plans to set up a hydrogen test facility in Osio Sopra, west of Bergamo on the main freeway to Milan. The company is partnering with two industrial gas companies in this project, RIVOIRA S.p.A, Milan, and the SIAD Group, Bergamo. Both gas companies are affiliated with U.S. industrial gas multinational Praxair. The new 180 sq. m. facility will test Nuvera’s hydrogen products in the 5.5-25 kW range. Contact: Robert Derby, Nuvera, phone 617/245-7571, e-mail ...
Briefly Noted: Karlsruhe Hydrogen Safety Center
On the other side of the Atlantic, what is described as Europe’s largest hydrogen safety center will be officially launched near the end of this month. The Center for Hydrogen Safety Research at the Research Center Karlsruhe, Germany, will open its doors to media and industry on Oct. 27. Facilities include a large test stand room for large-scale hydrogen release tests and two large steel testing containers for hydrogen distribution and combustion experiments. The new test facilities will expand the center’s existing capabilities for numerical simulation of the handling of ...
Briefly Noted: Rensselaer Hydrogen Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY has launched a new Center for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research. The center will conduct basic research, focusing on fuel cell development, hydrogen generation and storage, electrochemistry, solid state and polymer science, and the applicatiion of nano-materials in fuel cell and hydrogen research, according to the school’s announcement. The new center, based in Rensselaer’s School of Engineering, will be headed by Glenn Eisman, former chief technology officer of Plug Power, Inc., the fuel cell developer headquartered in nearby Latham, NY. ...
Briefly Noted: Wind-Hydrogen Study
Six energy companies and institutions will be conducting a pilot study linking wind energy to hydrogen production in North Dakota, thanks to a grant of almost $500,000 from the federal government. Another $124,242 will be contributed by the partners, the Basin Electric Power Cooperative; the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center; Stuart Energy Systems Corp. of Toronto, Canada; the North Dakota State University North Central Extension Center; the Verendrye Electric Power Cooperative; and the City of Minot. “This project has enormous implications for the ...
Briefly Noted: Fuel Cells for Japanese Premier’s Residence
A new residence being built for Japan’s Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will be equipped with a fuel cell power generation system - apparently the first such system for any head of state. The new residence, to be completed next March, will serve as private living quarters for the premier, said Kyodo News in a mid-September report, as part of the premier’s pledge to promote the use of fuel cells to help protect the environment and conserve energy. Koizumi works at the official residence, located near Japan’s parliament, the Diet. The residence’s 1 kW system, developed by ...
Briefly Noted: ReliOn’s Hurricane Backup Power
Fuel Cell Power to the Rescue: a ReliOn fuel cell backup power system kept functioning flawlessly at a telecommunications site that was right in the central path of Hurricane Frances last month. The Independence 1000 fuel cell, housed inside its outdoor enclosure, kept right on powering the site for 24 hours, as designed, when primary power was knocked out by the hurricane, the Spokane, WA-based company said. This was the second time a system of this type did that: last year, another Independence 1000 provided backup power to a microwave radio site in Maryland during Hurricane Isabel. ...
IEA’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement Releases 25th Anniversary Report
WASHINGTON, DC - Stepped-up international cooperation, high- and low-temperature hydrogen production processes, industrial and non-energy uses of hydrogen are on the agenda for the next five years of the International Energy Agency’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (HIA). Marking the Agreement’s 25th anniversary, representatives from HIA, the Agency (IEA) and the U.S. Energy Department described these and other efforts, organized in 19 so-called Annexes, in HIA’s 137-page anniversary report, “In Pursuit of the Future,” at a press conference here early last month. ...
VW picks IdaTech Diesel APU for Demo, Launches New FC Hy-Motion in California
BEND, OR/SACRAMENTO, CA - IdaTech’s proprietary multi-fuel processing technology has been selected by German carmaker Volkswagen for an integrated fuel processor system running on diesel for an auxiliary power unit (APU). The Bend-based fuel cell systems provider was selected because of the company’s technical performance in diesel fuel reforming, the company said in its release. It will be part of a VW demonstration project. It didn’t provide any other details other than to say that the system will incorporate IdaTech’s patented metal membrane hydrogen purification ...
Praxair/Ballard LH2 Truck Fire Followup: Driver’s Fault, Praxair Says
DANBURY, CT/VANCOUVER, BC - The hydrogen leak and fire that caused light damage to a Praxair liquid hydrogen carrier during unloading at a Ballard facility in early August was caused by the driver’s failure to follow procedures, Praxair said last month. “A preliminary investigation has revealed that the cause of the release was a failure by the contract carrier driver to follow proper unloading procedures,“ Praxair’s vice president for communications, Nigel D. Muir, said in a Sept. 3 statement. “Prior to beginning the unloading process, the driver operated an ...
Hydrocarbons May Form from Inorganic Materials in Deep Earth, Study Suggests
WASHINGTON, DC - Experiments and calculations performed at four research institutions open prospects that hydrocarbons - methane - may be formed by inorganic materials under enormous pressures deep down in the earth. The findings don’t invalidate the traditional view that hydrocarbons are produced from decaying organic matter, but it opens up a second explanation of their origin. This concept was first proposed decades ago by the late Thomas Gold, an astrophysicist with many unconventional ideas who believed that hydrocarbons are constantly produced at great depth. (H&FCL’s ...
Fast Forward: Ford H2 IC Truck
So there is room apparently for hydrogen internal combustion engines for some years. BMW believes it (See record story, p. 1) but so does Ford Motor Co. In addition to its recent announcements of hydrogen-i.c.-engined Focus cars, (H&FCL July 03, April, Aug. 04), Ford is now looking at pickup trucks: according to the Sept. 7 “Detroit News” online, the company is experimenting with a F-350 truck powered by a supercharged V-10 6.8 liter engine running on hydrogen. Dubbed “Tiny,” the truck has been running on the streets of Dearborn, MI, Ford’s hometown, for months now, ...
Fast Forward: Toyota FC Vehicle Forecast
It’s not exactly a surprise to people in the business, but a top Toyota executive once more confirms that fuel cell vehicles aren’t around the corner just yet. Speaking at a September 10 information meeting for analysts in New York, Akihiko Saito, Toyota’s executive vice president for research and development, said that the timing for public introduction has been postponed “bit by bit” over the years because it has become “quite clear, recognized by everybody, that it is extremely difficult to develop a fuel cell.” Reciting the well-known litany of ...
Fuel Cell Surveys:Almost 200 Firms Compete in Portable FCs; N. A. Firms Suffer R&D Funds, Job Drains
LONDON/VANCOUVER BC - A grand total of 188 companies, research institutions and other organizations around the globe are competing in the race to develop portable fuel cells, says a new survey published last month by the online portal “Fuel Cell Today” (FCT). And a second survey of 18 publicly traded North American companies by Canada’s PricewaterhouseCooper reports a 20% increase in revenues (to U.S. $243 million) and a 50% increase in market capitalization (to $3.6 billion), but coupled to declines in r&d outlays (down to $204 million) and employment (to 2,741). The study ...
Stuart Teams Up with China’s Electrolytic Equipment Manufacturer PERIC
TORONTO - In yet another example of accelerating interest in China and the Chinese market, Stuart Energy Systems here has entered what it calls a master supply and distribution agreement with a Chinese electrolyzer maker. Stuart said it is teaming up with the Purification Equipment Research Institute (PERIC) of CSIC (China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation) to become the exclusive global distributor of large-scale hydrogen generation plants based on technologies jointly developed by the two companies. Beijing-based CSIC is a huge conglomerate consisting of some 90 companies and ...
New CARB Rule May Help Stimulate H2, Fuel Cell Progress, Says Chairman Lloyd
SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board’s new greenhouse gas rule will help to promote the use of renewable hydrogen, and the carmakers’ arguments against adopting the measure haven’t been very convincing, says ARB chairman Alan C. Lloyd. Here are his responses to questions sent to him by H&FCL: Q: What does the new rule mean for hydrogen energy and fuel cells? Are they specifically addressed in the document? A. This helps to advance hydrogen energy and fuel cells inasmuch as reductions in carbon emissions are required. It depends on which technology choices the ...
California’s Air Board Sets Toughest-Yet Greenhouse Gas Limits for 2009 Vehicles
SACRAMENTO, CA - In what is described as the world’s toughest rule yet, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) late last month approved a new regulation that would sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cars, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, starting with the 2009 model year and achieving full force by 2016. The new rule is the outcome of legislation passed by the California legislature two years ago. Very important for its chances of surviving expected challenges from carmakers and perhaps even the federal government, the measure has the political support of ...
BMW's sleek H2R going into a turn during one of its record runs on the company's test track in Miramas, France, last month. Records:BMW Sets Speed Records for H2 IC Cars; HYSUN Does Berlin-Barcelona on 3 kg H2
MIRAMAS, FRANCE - Going for a Sunday Drive took on a whole new meaning last month for what are now unarguably the world’s fastest terrestrial hydrogenauts: BMW works drivers Alfred Hilger, Joerg Weidinger and Guenther Weber took turns piloting a sleek, light custom-built record car to claim nine speed records for cars powered by a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine at BMW’s test track here, northwest of Marseille in the south of France the weekend of Sept. 19. And further west, a tiny single-seat three-wheeler dubbed HYSUN 3000 and powered by a small fuel cell, ...

September 2004

Transitions
More changes in the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE - see Aug.04 H&FCL): Valri Lightner takes over Pat Davis’ previous job of running the office’s Safety, Codes and Standards operations. Ms. Lightner, a chemical engineer, has more than 20 years experience in managing fuel cell research, efficiency programs and energetic materials development. Fred Joseck, a chemical engineer with more than 25 years of technical, business development and operations experience, has been named as the program’s new technology analyst. Amy Manheim, ...
Events
The “2004 International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Futures Conference” is scheduled for Sept. 12-15 at the Burswood International Resort, Western Australia. Details: John Williams, +618/9228-1999; johnw@millswilson.com.au; website www.congresswest.com.au/hydrogen. The “3rd Annual Conference on Aerospace & Military Fuel Cells” is scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Sheraton National Hotel, Arlington, VA. Details: 310/563-1223, www.TechnologyTraining.com. An “International Symposium and Workshop on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen for Aerospace and Maritime Applications” ...
Cold Fusion Advocate Gene Mallove is Killed, Victim in Suspected Robbery
CONCORD, NH/NORWICH, CT - With great dismay, H&FCL has belatedly learned of the shocking death of Eugene F. Mallove, Sc.D., the internationally known expert and advocate of low-temperature nuclear reactions and founder and editor of the field’s principal voice, “Infinite Energy” magazine. Mallove, 56, was murdered May 14 at his small family-owned home in Norwich, CT where he had gone to clean up the house between tenants, according to accounts in local newspapers and in the new July/August issue of the magazine that he founded. According to the May 16 “Norwich ...
Briefly Noted: NHA Contest
Once again, the National Hydrogen Association’s (NHA) annual design contest is getting underway. The theme of the 2005 contest is “Hydrogen Power Parks.” The contest starts Sept. 15, and entries are due Jan. 14 (an open review conference call was held Sept. 2). The U.S. Energy Department is a sponsor. The winners will be announced at NHA’s annual conference March 29-April 1. Details are available on the contest website, www.H2Ucontest.org.
Briefly Noted: QuestAir
QuestAir Technologies., Inc., the Canadian developer of gas cleanup technology, won two hydrogen purification contracts last month. In the first, the Burnaby, BC-based company has delivered the first of ten H-3200 pressure swing adsorption units to Plug Power, Inc., Latham, NY for integration into the American company’s GenSite hydrogen generation systems that will be delivered to various international customers. In the second deal, another H-3200 was installed by Babcock Hitachi K.K. at the trailer-mounted mobile Oume hydrogen station in Tokyo that generates hydrogen from natural gas ...
Briefly Noted: Medis Technologies/General Dynamics
New York’s Medis Technologies, Ltd. reports it has received an order from General Dynamics C4 Systems for five prototype fuel cell power packs and fuel cartridges as power sources for 10 prototype tablet computers for the Air Force’s Wearable Computer program. The Taunton, MA-based General Dynamics subsidiary which provides hardened, specialized information and computer systems to the military and industry, will pay Medis subsidiary More Energy Ltd. $425,000 for development and in milestone payments. Contact: Medis Tecbnologies, Ltd., CEO Robert K. Lifton, 212/935-8484.
Briefly Noted: Fideris
Lynntech Industries, Inc., the fuel cell testing systems spinoff from College Station, TX-based Lynntech Inc. (H&FCL July 04), has been renamed FiderisTM Inc., the Lowell, MA company an renamed FiderisTM Inc., the Lowell, MA company announced. The name is derived from the Latin word “confidere”, trust, and the is ending stands for “innovative solutions.” Contact/Details: Robert Derby, Fideris, phone 508/254-9668, e-mail rwderby@fideris.com.
Briefly Noted: Smart Fuel Cell/FuelCellStore.com
Boulder’s FuelCellStore.com is already selling the brand-new SFC A50 fuel cell battery charger just unveiled by its manufacturer, Munich-based Smart Fuel Cell at the Caravan Salon, a camping equipment show in Duesseldorf Aug. 27-Sept. 5. The direct methanol fuel cell weighs about 7 kg and the manufacturer describes it as “an attractive power provider for recreational vehicles and mobile homes.” The unit delivers up to 100 Ah/day (1200 Wh/day. Power is 50 W (continuous), voltage is 10.5--14.5 V DC. Fuel consumption is 1.3 liter methanol/kWh at continuous operation. Smart Fuel ...
Briefly Noted: Chancellor Schroeder
"Schröder’s Lean Green Machine," headlined Germany’s Deutsche Welle Internet service its story about the latest addition to German chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s car pool in mid-August in Berlin: a DaimlerChrysler fuel cell powered F-Cell car. Deutsche Welle, German equivalent to the Voice of America, said Schröder gets to drive the car for one year as part of the carmaker’s program to put 60 copies of the prototype vehicle into the hands of average customers to gain real-world experience and data. “I just came back from a press conference at which the ...
Briefly Noted: Proton Energy/GE
On again, but then off again: A distribution agreement between Proton Energy Systems Inc and General Electric, that is. Three months ago, Wallingford, CT-based Proton announced a 36-months non-exclusive agreement with GE Supply to distribute Proton hydrogen generators and other products for the electric power generation industry (H&FCL July 04). A month later, GE called the deal off, effective late last month, August 24. Proton president Walter “Chip” Schroeder was baffled: “We are seeking an explanation of GE’s rationale,” he said in a statement. “We do not ...
Briefly Noted: Honda Scooter
Honda Motor Co. says it has developed a scooter powered by a light compact fuel cell stack. The stack design is based on Honda’s automotive fuel cell stack, and it is said to be capable of starting at below-freezing temperatures. The stack is intended for a scooter in the small 125 cc class. Apparently it’s not ready for commercial competitive prime time: Honda’s release says the company plans to continue refining the design to achieve range and same storage capacity comparable to i.c. engined vehicles of its class. Source: Japan Corporate Network, www.japancorp.net
Briefly Noted: Hydrogen Energy Center
A new Iowa company staffed by veterans from Ballard Power Systems and Ford Motor Co. has introduced what it says is the world’s first production-ready hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine. The Hydrogen Energy Center (HEC), of Algona, IA, says its HEC-F-C649 is a highly modified Ford 4.9 liter engine that produces 74 HP using commercially available hydrogen. Coupled to a generator, the engine could produce as much as 30 kW of electrical power. The company is also working on more powerful versions. Expected applications including pow generators, luggage tugs for airports, pumping ...
Briefly Noted: FuelCell Energy/Kawasaki
FuelCell Energy, Inc. and its Japanese partner, Marubeni Corp., are about to sign an agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries under which Kawasaki would become a packager of FuelCell Energy’s trademarked DirectFuelCell molten carbonate power plants in Japan. The Danbury, CT-based company said in a late-August release that discussions are in the final stage. As part of the agreement, Kawasaki will buy a 300A power plant from Marubeni, to be installed in the Kawasaki Akashi Works near Osaka for long-term evaluation and testing. Contact: FuelCell Energy, Steven Eschbach, 203/825-6000; ...
Briefly Noted: New S. Carolina H2 R&D Center
Ground was broken early last month for a new $9.2 million, 52,000 sq. ft. Center for Hydrogen Research in Aiken County, S.C. The new center is located on the grounds of the Savannah River Research Campus, previously known as the Westinghouse Savannah River research facility, now the Savannah River National Laboratory which has fifty years of experience with hydrogen and hydride technology as a weapons laboratory. The new center includes a 250-person conference center and display area for educational institutions, and it is scheduled to open next year. About 50 researchers and technicians ...
Briefly Noted: Norwegian Nukes-for-Hydrogen Assessment
Meanwhile, a new Norwegian study asserts that despite low carbon dioxide emissions, nuclear power is a bad choice to produce hydrogen when compared with extracting it from natural gas with carbon capture. The 72-page study is a master’s thesis written by Christian Solli, of the Institute for Industrial Ecology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, at the request of Norway’s Bellona Institute which supported the work. Solli writes that nuclear hydrogen production via thermo-chemical water splitting technologies that are still in the future give rise to ...
Briefly Noted: Princeton Stop-Warming Study
A new study by two Princeton University scientists says 15 technologies exist that could stop the rise of global warming, and work on implementing them could start immediately. Writing in the Aug. 13 issue of “Science”, Profs. Stephen Pacala and Robert Socolow, co-directors of Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, identify 15 technologies - from wind, solar and nuclear energy to various conservation techniques and including various hydrogen production technologies - that they say are ready for large-scale use, with each of them able to solve a significant portion of the ...
DoE NewsOn-Board Generation R&D Stops
WASHINGTON, DC - In hindsight, it seems like a foregone conclusion: Based on the recommendations of a review panel, the U.S. Energy Department decided last month to halt all work on on-board fuel processor research and development for fuel cell vehicles that had looked at the idea of extracting hydrogen from gasoline. DoE has been investigating the concept for about a decade as one option to bridge the transition to a hydrogen economy because of the difficulty of storing hydrogen on board of a vehicle. But faced with persistent technical problems and uncertainties whether on-board fuel ...
Fuel Cell Partnership Releases Safety Study for Hydrogen Vehicle Garages, Facilities
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Current garage designs are likely to be safe to house and service future hydrogen fuel cell (HFCVs) and hydrogen i.c. vehicles without modifications, according to a 2-year study commissioned by the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP). This is the gist and bottom line of the 80-page report, “Support Facilities for Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles,” produced by Parsons Brinkerhoff, Pasadena, CA, a 100-year-old global construction planning and management firm. It was produced in cooperation with hydrogen safety expert Dr. Michael Swain, University of Miami, whose ...
Fast Forward: Berlin FC Doubledeckers
More buses: The BVG public transport authority in Germany’s capital Berlin plans to launch a couple of fuel cell powered double-decker buses some time next year. The buses are to be built by Sweden’s Volvo, and the fuel cells will be contributed by Proton Motor, a fuel cell developer and builder in Starnberg, in southern Germany, which previously has shown some avant-garde bus designs (H&FCL June 00). The information source is the web service “Fuel Cell Works” which in turn cites the website of the German broadcasting service “Deutsche Welle” and the Aug. 18 ...
Fast Forward: Ford FC Cars
Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, is getting set to start shipping 30 fuel cell-powered Focus FCVs to organizations and local governments next month in Michigan, California, Florida and British Columbia. An August 10 story in the “Auto Insider” section of the “Detroit News” says the company has been “quietly assembling” the cars “on a slow-moving assembly line in an undistinguished concrete-block building” on the city’s east side. “Reminiscent of Henry Ford’s humble beginnings 100 years ago in a rented shop on Mack Avenue, the Mt. Elliott site ...
Fast Forward: Next-Generation DaimlerChrysler FC Vehicles
DaimlerChrysler which has begun to place the initial batch of its 60 F-Cell cars into the hands of customers, including German chancellor Gerhard Schröder (See Briefs), is already working on its next generation of fuel cell vehicles. A company source tells H&FCL unattributably that the next generation is expected to be launched in 2-3 years with a “freezable” fuel cell system design, meaning a design that can be translated into a mass-producible product. Whether that version will in fact become the platform for a fuel cell car to be offered to the general public then was not ...
Fast Forward: CARB's Fate
The California Air Resources Board (CARB), internationally recognized as among the leading government movers towards cleaner energy, would be one of the agencies to be eliminated under a proposal put together by a government performance review panel appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. If enacted in its entirety, it would eliminate more than 100 California state boards, commissions and agencies, but so far it is far from clear which of the suggestions would be implemented. Overall the 2,500-plus page report, put together by a team of 275 state employees and outside consultants that, ...
Fast Forward: Oil Prices
With oil prices reaching an anguish-provoking $49/barrel or so last month, it could be you ain’t heard nothing yet: How does $182 a barrel grab you? That’s the number Matt Simmons, head and founder of an internationally respected 30-year old energy investment bank, Simmons & Company International, Houston, has been throwing out in some recent presentations, including at a late-May conference on the study of peak oil in Berlin, according to an opinion piece on energy security in the Aug. 23 on-line version of India’s “Business Line,” the financial daily of “The ...
Standing Tall: Toronto's first hydrogen fueling station, built by Hydrogenics Corp. and powered by a Dutch wind turbine, was inaugurated during the city's annual Canadian National Exhibition in late August. Infrastructure: Hydrogenics Unveils Toronto’s First H2 Fueling Station During Fair’s "Green Day"
TORONTO - Canada’s first electric railway was shown here in 1884 at the Canadian National Exhibition. And the country’s first closed-circuit color TV network made its debut here in 1964. Last month, it was hydrogen’s turn. The first pieces of hardware were unveiled on CNE’s “Green Day,” Aug. 24, for the city’s gestating “Hydrogen Village” on the grounds of the 100-year-old fairground extravaganza on Toronto’s waterfront during the 18 days leading up to Labor Day. A towering 750 kW wind turbine, manufactured by Holland’s Lagerwey ...
DaimlerChrysler's Mark Chernoby, Vice President of Advanced Vehicle Engineering (left), AQMD Board Member Cynthia Verdugo-Peralta, and CalEPA Secretary Terry Tamminen "Hydrogen Up" a DaimlerChrysler F-Cell at the grand opening of AQMD's Hydrogen Fueling Station in Diamond Bar. The station is Southern California's first official link in Governor Schwarzennegers Hydrogen Highway. Infrastructure: S. Calif.’s AQMD Opens H2 Station, Orders Equipment for 3 Others
DIAMOND BAR, CA - Highlighting international interest in California’s clean air activities, diplomats from a dozen countries along with area officials were on hand to witness the formal opening here of one of the first hydrogen fueling stations open to the public in California last month. The fueling station, built by Canada’s Stuart Energy, is located at the headquarters of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). It is among the first of 13 hydrogen stations the agency is co-funding that are to be built in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino ...
UPS driver Dan McMackin explains the inner workings of his company's new medium-duty fuel cell-powered delivery vehicle to elementary school children from LA's Best, an after-school education and recreation program for inner-city students in the Los Angeles area. The vehicle, a Dodge Sprinter van, is one of three new fuel-cell powered vans that will be deployed on UPS delivery routes in the U.S. UPS Adds Three Fuel Cell Vans to Delivery Fleets in California and Michigan
SANTA MONICA, CA - More powerful and with longer range than the first generation, three new large fuel cell-powered package delivery vehicles are being added to the fleet of delivery service UPS. Flanked by executives from DaimlerChrysler, maker of the 3-ton medium-duty Dodge Sprinter; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the Energy Department and the State of California, UPS senior vice president of global transportation services Chris Mahoney last month presented the first of the trio at a press conference here where it will be deployed in early November (the one shown in Santa ...
Praxair LH2 Truck Leak Causes Fire at Ballard Facility, Truck Damage is Minimal
VANCOUVER, B.C. - A malfunctioning automatic shut off valve and leak on a Praxair 18-wheeler liquid hydrogen tanker truck appears to be the most likely cause of a hydrogen explosion and fire that occurred in early August at a Ballard Power Systems facility in Burnaby. The fire burned from about 9:30 p.m Friday Aug. 6 to about 5 a.m. the next morning when a Praxair technician shut off the hydrogen gas stream by manually closing a valve on the truck, Grant Horner, Praxair’s environmental safety manager at the company’s Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, told H&FCL. The mishap ...

August 2004

CLARIFICATIONS & CORRECTIONS
To clarify, the second paragraph in the July 4 issue lead story, “GHW Presents Advanced Pressurized Alkaline Electrolyzer at HYFORUM,” should say that the ”electrolyzers operating successfully in Hamburg and Reykjavik were made by Hydro, GHW’s partner and parent, not by GHW.” The third paragraph sentence about complexity, cost and susceptibility to failure should have referred to GHW’s 1999 450 kW, 30 bar electrolyzer at Munich airport. (Original source information did not distinguish between GHW and Hydro technologies). * In the sixth paragraph of “DoE ...
Transitions
Changes in the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE): JoAnn Milliken, until now leader of the hydrogen storage team, has been named chief engineer for the entire DoE Hydrogen Program, effective July 26. Sunita Satyapal, a member of the storage team for the past year and a physical chemist with both university and industry experience, is the new team leader and DoE’s representative on the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership’s Hydrogen Storage Technical Team. Carole Read and Antonio Bouza will continue as the Storage Team’s technology ...
Events
The “7th Annual Energy Efficiency Workshop and Exposition” co-sponsored by several government agencies, will be held Aug. 8-11 at the Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY. Details: 410/997-0763, www.energy2004.ee.doe.gov, e-mail energy@epponline.com. The South Coast Air Quality Management District will hold a conference, “Hydrogen - Fueling the Clean Air Future,” Aug. 16-17 at the J.W. Mariott Desert Springs Resort, Palm Desert, CA. Details: www.aqmd.gov Three hydrogen events at the Fall 2004 American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia Aug. 22-26: ...
Briefly Noted: Rutgers Report
And in New Jersey, Rutgers University’s Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy (CEEEP), New Brunswick, has issued its first report in which it recommends the state undertake five basic steps to determine whether it’s in New Jersey’s interest to promote hydrogen energy. The underlying message appears to be that it should: “New Jersey could indeed prove fertile ground for leading the commercialization of hydrogen fuel and the required infrastructure,” Rutgers’ release quotes Scott Weiner, CEEEP’s director and a former Ballard executive, as ...
Briefly Noted: U-Cal Berkeley Study
A new report by the University of California, Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) says California is on the verge of becoming a global leader in clean energy with a sustainable hydrogen economy but only if there is strategic investment in renewable energy research and development. “The focus on hydrogen makes more sense if it is put in the broader context of California clean energy,” the university release cites lead author Timothy Lipman, an assistant research engineer with the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. “We ...
Briefly Noted: FuelCell Energy/LOGANEnergy
FuelCell Energy, Inc., Danbury, CT has signed a market development agreement with LOGANEnergy Corp., Roswell, GA to develop and sell commercial fuel cell power plants, with emphasis on megawatt-size systems. FuelCell Energy will provide the plants plus engineering and technical support, and LOGAN will contribute expertise in developing plants for commercial and industrial customers plus handling aspects such as permitting, utility interconnection and power plant installation. LOGAN currently has fuel cell projects underway in 21 U.S, locations and another one in the U.K., according to ...
Briefly Noted: Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Corp. the large Japanese trading company, has set up H3 Energy Lt. as a spinoff venture in Vancouver, BC to develop, manufacture and market high-pressure electolyzers, the company announced. The company is investing Can. $!4 million in the venture that will market the device which the company unveiled four months ago (H&FCL May 04). The commercial version for small-scale industrial applications and hydrogen fueling stations, capable of generating 30 Nm3/hour. is expected to be ready by the end of next year. The new company picked Vancouver as headquarters because it believes the ...
Briefly Noted: New H2 Plants
New hydrogen plants in Ontario and Louisiana: Air Products says its Canadian subsidiary Air Products Canada Ltd. will construct a hydrogen plant for the Sunco Energy Products, Inc., and Shell Canada Products refineries in Sarnia, Ontario. The plant will produce more than 80 million standard cu. ft/day of hydrogen. Based on a natural gas steam reformer, it is expected to be operational in May 2006. In Paris, meanwhile, France’s Technip announces that its US subsidiary, Technip USA Corp. Claremont, CA has been awarded a contract by Air Products for the design, engineering and ...
Briefly Noted: NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO broke ground late last month for a new research building on the lab’s main campus. Focus of the new Science & Technology Facility will be on photovoltaics, but it will also permit expansion of research work in hydrogen and other promising alternative research areas. Construction is expected to be completed in 2006. Contact: NREL public affairs, 303/275-4090.
Briefly Noted: Hydrogenics
Hydrogenics, Corp. Toronto, has won a contract from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Waltham, MA for an integrated fuel cell power system as possible replacement for military batteries or diesel generators. In a second deal, Hydrogenics said it has signed a new 5-year agreement with agriculture machinery maker John Deere, Moline, IL to move forward with efforts to commercialize the use of hydrogen and fuel cells. The two companies have been cooperating for a couple of years now (H&FCL Jan. 03). Contact: Melody Gaukel, Ketchum 416/544-4906; melody.gaukel@ketchum.com.
Briefly Noted: Honda
Honda’s second-generation fuel cell vehicle, the 2005 Honda FCX, has been certified by both the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resoruces Board (CARB) for commercial use. This new model features fuel economy improved by nearly 20% compared to the previous version, and power is up to 107 hp compared to 80 hp for the previous one, Honda said in a release. The EPA city/highway fuel consumption is rated at 62/51 miles per kg of hydrogen (one kg hydrogen is roughly equivalent to one gallon of gasoline in energy content). CARB has certified the car ...
BP Opens First H2 Station in S.E. Asia for F-Cell Cars with Air Products Equipment
SINGAPORE - Southeast Asia’s first hydrogen station opened here last month, initially to provide fuel for DaimlerChrysler F-Cell fuel cell vehicles but also as a way station and first step for the owner, BP, towards expansion into future Asian markets such as China. The carmaker is loaning six of its F-Cell fuel cell vehicles for two years of road testing to companies and a department of Singapore’s government, a July 20 AP report said. It is part of DaimlerChrysler’s plans to turn over a small fleet of 60 of these vehicles, based on the company’s small A-Class cars, ...
EU Offers Financial Help to Chinese Research, Including H2 Technologists
SHANGHAI - The European Union is offering financial aid to Chinese researchers, including specialists in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, under its Sixth Framework Programme. In the latest manifestation of international interest in China, the EU staged an Information Day here in early July outlining prospects and criteria for Chinese participation in nine major research fields, with emphasis on projects that address environmental problems. Among other items, the EU expects to make available Euro 56 million for fuel cell and hybrid vehicle systems technology in transportation, ...
Tenneco Automotive is Part of Europe’s HyTRAN Fuel Cell Consortium
LAKE FOREST, IL/BRUSSELS - Tenneco Automotive, a $3.8 billion maker of emission and ride control equipment for cars and trucks, is the only U.S.-based company taking part in a startup multi-year European project that aims at developing a production-ready fuel cell power plant. Last month, Tenneco announced its participation in the Euro 16.8 million (about $20.8 million) HyTRAN project led by Sweden’s Volvo Technology Corp., the car and truck makers’ research arm. About half of the funding comes from the European Commission under its 6th Framework Program for Sustainable ...
Ford Motor Co.'s European hydrogen i.c. Focus C-MAX demonstrator. Ford Introduces European Hydrogen I.C. Engine Demonstrator
STUTTGART – Following in the footsteps of its earlier Dearborn-bred cousin, the “Hydrogen ICE Hybrid Research Vehicle,” Ford Motor Co. rolled out a European hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine demonstrator here last month. Ford presented its Ford Focus C-MAX multi-purpose vehicle at the mid-July research conference of the German Automobile Manufacturers Association (VDA), attended by German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. The demonstrator was developed by Ford’s research center in Aachen. The basic powerplants for both the U.S. and the European versions seem to ...
Norway's petroleum and energy minister Thorhild Widvey addresses the media and visitors on Utsira before pressing the button, on column to her left, to start the wind turbine, in background, that will make the tiny island independent of mainland grid power. Norway’s Utsira Island Launches Energy Independence via Wind, H2 Power
UTSIRA, NORWAY – Utsira, a tiny speck of an island off the southwestern coast of Norway, became one the first communities world wide last month to become energy independent via renewable energy from wind-generated hydrogen. A brass band provided the appropriate background sounds for the launch ceremonies July 1 in which Norway’s recently appointed petroleum and energy minister Thorhild Widvey did the honors by pressing the starter button for one of the two 600 kW wind turbines on this windswept island 18 kilometers (11 miles) off Norway’s shore providing energy for ten ...
The Reva fuel cell prototype, built by Bangalore-based Reva Electric Car Company. India Unveils First Fuel Cell Passenger Car
BANGALORE, INDIA - India’s first prototype fuel cell-powered passenger car, a cute little city vehicle, made its debut in India’s capital New Delhi at the end of June. Built by the Reva Electric Car Company (RECC) headquartered in the country’s high-tech capital here, the two-seater (plus two tiny rear seats for children) represents an extension and further development of the Reva Classé, a battery-powered electric first road-tested shortly after its completion in 1996. Unveiling the car at Technology Day Award ceremonies in New Delhi, India’s president Dr. ...
Fast Forward: NHTSA Wants H2, Fuel Safety Program
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to launch a four-year safety research program for hydrogen-powered fuel cell and internal combustion engine vehicles. A July 14 memorandum from Joseph N. Kanianthra, the agency’s associate administrator for vehicle research, says such a program is needed because “very little data are available concerning the safe performance” of hydrogen i.c. and fuel cell vehicles “because so few exist; they are typically prototypes handled by specially trained personnel. As these vehicles are deployed in the fleet, the ...
Ballard Reconfigures DaimlerChrysler Fuel Cell Alliance; Sells European Unit
VANCOUVER - If you go by the Gnomes of Wall Street’s instant judgments, Ballard Power Systems’ restructuring of its joint fuel cell operations with DaimlerChrysler and Ford last month was a bad sign, foreshadowing more gloom and doom - maybe a glidepath to oblivion. But if you look at some of the fundamental realities presented by the company and endorsed by some knowledgeable outsiders, things don’t look so bad at all - certainly not in the long-term view, which informs hydrogen and fuel cell advances. In fact, Ballard insists it still leads the pack of fuel cell ...
The lineup of fuel cell and hydrogen i.c.-engined cars outside the Pacifico Yokohama Center drew lots of WHEC 15 conference participants during session breaks. WHEC-15 Is Biggest H2 Event Yet; Major Car, Equipment Makers Show Products
YOKOHAMA - With just over 2000 participants, the 15th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, held here in this forward-looking city June 27-July 2, was the biggest yet in this series that began in the early 1970s. The organisers counted some 1400 registrants from 37 countries for the conference itself, absorbing information and data presented in 300 oral and 150 poster presentations. Not surprisingly, Japan accounted for the largest group with close to 900 experts among presenters and audience. The next largest delegations came from the United States (87), Korea (59), Canada (52) and Germany ...

July 2004

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The board of directors of Ballard Power Systems has appointed John Sheridan as its new non-executive chairman of the board, effective immediately. Sheridan, the former president and CEO of Bell Canada, has been a Ballard director since 2001. The board also named Firoz Rasul chairman emeritus in recognition of his 15 years as chief executive and chairman with the company. Rasul will continue to serve Ballard as a special advisor, and also as chairman of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the Canadian Hydrogen Highway Bernard S. Baker, intenationally renowned fuel cell expert and ...
Events
A discussion, “Platinum Global Issues Roundtable: Our Energy Future,” is scheduled for the morning of July 14 at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC by the International Platinum Association. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, energy and environment reporter for “The Economist,” is the moderator. RSVP: 202/828-9750. The “2nd Annual Advanced Capacitor World Summit” has been rescheduled for July 14-16 at the Wyndham City Center Hotel, Washington, DC. Details: Dan Maiore, Intertech Conferences, 19 Northbrook Drive, Portland, ME 04105, phone 207/781-9615; e-mail ...
Ready to Roll: Five DaimlerChrysler F-Cell Cars are lined up for action next to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. DaimlerChrysler Delivers First F-Cell Cars; GM Sets HydroGen3 Distance Record
LISBON/BERLIN - Grand design or happy coincidence, but some of the major automotive fuel cell news of last month took place in Old Europe: In Berlin, DaimlerChrysler turned over the first of 60 F-Cell fuel cell vehicles it is building to its partners and customers, the national phone company Deutsche Telekom and the BEWAG subsidiary of the Berlin-based Vattenfall Europe utility in mid-June. At the same time, Europe’s first service station for fuel cell cars, part of the “Clean Energy Partnership” fuel cell project, was inaugurated. By the end of the year, ten of these ...
Briefly Noted: Open U. for Renewables
The education, research and technology assessment committee of the German parliament, the Bundestag, has unanimously voted to support the creation of an International Open University for Renewable Energies (OPURE). The initiative was launched in early June at the International Conference for Renewable Energies in Bonn. Contact: Hans-Josef Fell, committee spokesman for research and technology policies, Alliance ‘90/Greens, e-mail hans-josef.fell@ bundestag.de.
Briefly Noted: European H2 Interest
Interest in hydrogen is growing across Europe: Four more national organizations - in Spain, Bulgaria. Italy and Norway - have joined the European Hydrogen Association (EHA), it was announced at the group’s annual meeting June 1 in Brussels. EHA expects further growth, with groups in Iceland, Switzerland, Portugal and the Netherlands expected to join at some point in the future. EHA is also encouraging formation of such groups in countries where none exist so far, such as Britain, Denmark and Belgium. Contact/Source: German Hydrogen Association, http://www.dwv-info.de
Briefly Noted: Infrastructure Bill
Another hydrogen infrastructure bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Chris Cox’ (R-CA) bill, H.R, 4205 provides a 50% tax credit for installing hydrogen fueling stations. The bill was introduced in May. Contact: Rep. Cox office, Howard Fienberg, 202/225-5611; Howard.Fienberg@mail.house.gov.
Briefly Noted: IF LLC
IF LLC, a Boca Raton, FL-based consultancy founded by David Haberman, has been awarded a subcontract to support a hydrogen energy investigation project by the Defense Logistics Agency of the Defense Energy Supply Center. LMI Government Consulting, McLean, VA, is the prime contractor. Thomas Gross, former DoE deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE), has joined Haberman’s consultancy and will work on the project. In 1994, Haberman founded now-defunct DCH Technology Inc., Valencia, CA (H&FCL March, May 02) Contact: Nanci Lezell, 561/989-9494; ...
Briefly Noted: Kebaili Corp.
Kebaili Corp., a Laguna Beach, CA-based sensor technology developer, says it has developed the world’s smallest hydrogen micro-sensor on the market today. The micro-sensor chip measures 1 mm x 1 mm x 0.38 mm, detects hydrogen from zero to 100 % (lower explosive limit), does not have cross-sensitivities to methane and other flammable gases, and has low-power consumption of less than 25 milliwatts. Contact: Dr. Mo Kebaili, phone 949/494-5892, e-mail mo@kebaili.com.
Briefly Noted: HIAT
"The Hydrogen Institute of Applied Technologies" (HIAT) is one of the first tenants of a new "Hydrogen Technology Competence Center" that formally opened its doors for business late last month in Schwerin, Germany, about 50 miles east of Hamburg. The new hydrogen facility is the third addition to this innovative technology center launched two years ago, one of 14 such centers for areas ranging from biotechnology to maritime safety that have been built in recent years in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the former East Germany. Six more are currently under construction, bringing the ...
Briefly Noted: Lynntech Industries
Lynntech Inc., the College Station, TX-based fuel cell developer, plans spinning off its fuel cell test solution unit as an independent operation, Lynntech Industries, Inc., which will set up shop in Massachusetts. The move was made after the new company received $5.5 million in equity financing from three investment firms, Chrysalix Energy Limited Partnership, Vancouver, BC; Braemar Energy Ventures, New York, NY, and Altira, Denver, CO. Lynntech Inc. becomes a minority shareholder with no roles in operations or corporate governance. Jeff Bentley, formerly with Arthur D. Little, founder of ...
Briefly Noted: New H2 Websites
Two new websites for the hydrogen community: The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC), a non-profit group that links hydrogen technology developers, business, energy leaders, government and infrastructure providers, has launched a new site, http://www.californiahydrogen.org . “The hydrogen economy can only succeed if the private sector is successful,” says CHBC president Hank Wedaa, chairman emeritus of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “Unlike organizations that target research, we exist to help members build viable businesses. That is becoming ...
Briefly Noted: Proton Energy/GE Supply
Proton Energy Systems, Wallingford, CT, a manufacturer of pressurized PEM-based electolyzers, has signed a 36-month non-exclusive agreement with GE Supply, a division of General Electric Company, as distributor of Proton’s products for the electric power production industry. Among other uses, Proton’s hydrogen generators are used to provide hydrogen for electric generator cooling in power plants. Proton is a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp. Source: Distributed Energy Systems via PR Newswire, June 14, 2004.
Briefly Noted: Ansaldo FC Plant
Ansaldo Fuel Cells, a Genoa-based Italian subsidiary of the Finmeccanica SpA group, has launched a production line for stationary fuel cells, according to a mid-June press release carried by AFX News, a London-based subsidiary of Agence France Press. The release quotes an Ansaldo spokesman as saying that this is the first plant of its kind in Europe. The plant is now capable of producing 3 MW - six 500 kW fuel cell generators, suitable for hospitals or 200-unit apartment blocks - per year. Production capacity is slated to increase to 15 MW by 2006. Ansaldo Fuel Cells is said to already have ...
Fuel Process Developer HydrogenSource is Dissolved by Owners Shell, UTC Fuel Cells
SOUTH WINDSOR, CT - After three years of existence, the owners of Hydrogen Source LLC here, UTC Fuel Cells and Shell Hydrogen (US), have pulled the plug on this developer of fuel processing systems. Both parent companies said in a mid-June announcement that while HydrogenSource “made great progress in its fuel processing work,” the owners realized that “the evolving hydrogen industry has moved away from on-board processors for hydrogen fueled vehicles.” In the release, UTC Power president Jan van Dokkum said, “the market for fuel processors had dramatically ...
Briefly Noted: Profitability at Quantum
There’s gold - at least some - in them there hills, after all: Irvine, CA-based Quantum Fuel Cell System Technologies Worldwide, Inc. reports its Fuel Cell Systems segment had its first profitable year, apparently one of the first instances of a manufacturer of fuel cell products to make money. Quantum says this segment of the company recorded an operating income of $2.5 million in the 2004 fiscal year that ended April 30, as opposed to an operating loss of $1.9 million in fiscal 2003. The segment’s total revenues for the fiscal year were $16.2 million, up 63.6% from the fy 2003 ...
Opportunities: NEDO Invites Internat'l Cooperation
Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) is inviting international participation in an international joint research project. The purpose is to conduct advanced, innovative research and development in hydrogen energy by combining know-how of domestic Japanese organizations and of foreign researchers and organizations. The targets address technological challenges in hydrogen production, storage, transport and safe use that require breakthroughs to commercialize fuel cells. The goal is to overcome these challenges and dramatically advance the level of ...
Malaysia's solar-hydrogen Eco-House, near Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Photo by "The Star," via the Internet). Malaysian Researchers Build Experimental Solar Hydrogen House
BANGI, MALAYSIA - An American-made PEM pressure electrolyzer provides the hydrogen that runs a fully sustainable, airy, elegant solar-powered house near a university campus here. The smallish 110 sq. m. (1,184 sq. ft.) Eco-House, located near the engineering faculty of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, south of the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur, was jointly designed by Prof. Kamaruzzaman Sopian, director of the university’s Advanced Engineering Centre, and architect Shah Jaafar. Part of the university’s new fuel cell and automotive research centre, it has been operating for ...
Argentine Energy Company Proposes Huge Wind-H2 Project for Patagonia
BUENOS AIRES/BONN - An Argentinian energy company is proposing a gargantuan wind project to produce hydrogen for both domestic use and export that, if realized - a big If - could meet a large share of global energy demand. C.A.P.S.A. - Capex S.A. Group, a mid-sized producer of oil, electricity and gas for more than 25 years, outlined its plans for Large Scale Wind Hydrogen Production in Patagonia last month at the International Conference for Renewables Energies June 1-4 in Bonn. The paper generated a major background piece in one of Germany’s leading papers, “Frankfurter ...
H2 Backup Power for Maine Enviro Center Includes Novel Pressurized Electrolyzer
WISCASSET, ME - A renewable energy hydrogen backup power system for an environmental center in a small town in Maine - the first such system in the state - will include a novel electrolyzer that doesn’t need a compressor to squeeze the hydrogen for storage. The electrolyzer, along with three 1 kW “Independence 1,000" fuel cell units manufactured by ReliOn (formerly Avista), Spokane, WA were ordered in late June by the Chewonki Foundation here and the Hydrogen Center in nearby Portland, ME as the system's key elements, marking the official launch of the project that had been ...
MTI MicroFuel Cell's Mobion DMFC fuel cell, shown here with a PDA/smartphone mockup. MTI MicroFuel Cells, Toshiba Announce Tiny Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
ALBANY, NY/TOKYO - It was a replay of David vs. Goliath last month in the starting battle over future market shares - via press releases so far - for tiny methanol fuel cells for handheld devices. MicroFuel Cells, Inc. Albany, was the first off the mark with a June 21 release announcing the introduction of MobionTM technology, based on the startup’s direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology, for portable devices. MicroFuel Cells, Inc., the “David” and self-described “leading developer of miniaturized fuel cells” in this contest, supplied pictures of both a ...
Fast Forward: China Tests "Start2" Fuel Cell Car
Getting ready for the Shanghai Bibendum: “Start 2,” Shanghai Shenli High Tech Co.’s second-generation fuel cell car, leads its predecessor “Start 1" around a test track in Shanghai as part of the vehicle’s certification process. Like its predecessor, “Start 2" is based on a Volkswagen Santana 3000 sedan, converted to fuel cell power in cooperation between the company and Shanghai’s Tongji University (H&FCL June 04). Shenli supplies the fuel cell and Tongji University is in charge of integrating it into the vehicle. The developers plan to enter the car in ...
DoE NewsNon-Platinum Catalysts are Possible, DoE’s Annual H2 Review Meeting is Told
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Experimental work by researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory indicate that catalysts employing metals other than platinum may be possible, participants in the U.S. Energy Department’s annual Hydrogen Program Review here were told. A paper by principal investigator Radoslav Adzic and four collaborators on “Low Platinum Loading Catalysts” was described by one expert as one of the “most exciting” highlights of the three-day session May 24-27 here. Some 170 papers in seven different categories - fuel cells, education, production and delivery, ...
GHW's new advanced 500 kW, 30 bar PME electrolyzer, shown here mounted in a standard container. GHW Presents Advanced Pressurized Alkaline Electrolyzer at HYFORUM
BEIJING/MUNICH - GHW, a Norwegian-German maker of advanced electrolyzers, has developed a new, more compact variant of advanced pressure alkaline electrolyzers that the company says is suitable for on-site hydrogen production at filling stations. The company released details of the new device in a presentation by GHW’s general manager Rolf A. Brand at HYFORUM 2004 in May in Beijing (H&FCL June 04). In 1999, GHW had installed an earlier, more complex 450 kW version at Munich airport. Two other smaller, older electrolysers have been successfully operating in hydrogen fueling ...

June 2004

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Madison, WI-based Virent Energy Systems, Inc., a developer of hydrogen production technologies based on sugar and other biomass materials (H&FCL July 03 ) has appointed Eric Apfelbach as its new president and CEO. Apfelbach previously founded Alfalight, Inc., also of Madison, a power diode laser company where he also served as president and CEO. The Washington, DC-based Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) has named Brian Wynne as its new president. the second president of the 14-year old organization. Most recently, Wynne managed a private consulting firm, and he has been a ...
Events
A “Fuel Cell 2004" conference is scheduled for June 9-10 at the Denver, CO Mariott Tech Center. Details: www.FuelCell-Magazine.com; Shannon Given, 720/528-3770, ext. 104; Shannong@infowebcom.com. The “2nd International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference” will be held June 14-16 in Rochester, NY. Details: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, e-mail fuelcell@asme.org., phone 212/591-7789. A workshop on “Synthesis gas production from hydrocarbon fuel,” will be held June 17-18 at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Details: Twente ...
Briefly Noted: Worldwide H2 Stations
A total of 87 hydrogen fueling stations exist now worldwide, with 22 new ones added in the last 12 months, says a new survey by Fuel Cell Today, the British portal. Source: www.fuelcelltoday.com.
Briefly Noted: Medis Technology
Medis Technologies, Ltd., a New York-based developer of direct-liquid fuel cell technology, says it has contracted with Eastman Kodak Co.’s Global Manufacturing Services (GMS) to jointly develop refueling cartridges and chemicals. According to the Medis release, the agreement also covers fuel and the liquid electrolyte that Medis has developed and patented. Earlier, Medis announced an agreement with Flextronics International, a Singapore-based manufacturer, to start a program planned to lead to high-volume production of the company’s Power Pack products, designed to power a ...
Briefly Noted: Kaji Technology
Kaji Technology Corp., a Japanese maker of pressurized gas equipment, has announced plans to offer a new compressor that can deliver hydrogen gas at pressures of up to 110 MPa, or close to 16,000 PSI, reports the “Asia Pulse” news service, summarized briefly by the May 25 issue of “Fuel Cells Today,” an Internet summary service. The report says the compressor is intended for hydrogen fueling stations, and it can deliver up to 200 cu.. m. of compressed hydrogen per hour. According to the report, Kaji will soon start taking orders for the device at prices ranging from ...
Briefly Noted: Berlin FC Bus
Germany’s capital Berlin has its first hydrogen bus. The city’s BVG transit agency started running the bus on regular routes in early May for a two-month trial, in cooperation with the French energy company Total which has built a hydrogen fueling station at a BVG maintenance facility, according to various German news accounts. The internal combustion-engined bus was adapted to hydrogen by its manufacturer, NEOMAN Bus GmbH, a subsidiary of heavy duty vehicle manufacturer MAN. The bus will be returned to the manufacturer in June for further testing but will return to the city for ...
Briefly Noted: Renault/Nuvera
French carmaker Renault and American/Italian fuel cell developer Nuvera have signed an agreement that strengthens and deepens their cooperation in fuel cell development by giving Renault a 10% equity stake in the other company. Nuvera’s other shareholders include Amerada Hess Corp., and the Italian electrochemistry company Gruppo De Nora . Both companies also said in a joint press release that the two have agreed to a new four-year R&D contract which gives Renault a license to use Nuvera’s fuel cell technology in cars and light duty vehicles. The new agreement extends the previous ...
Briefly Noted: Iogen Corp.
Ottawa, Ont.-based Iogen Corp. says it has started producing the world’s first cellulose-derived ethanol fuel for commercial use. The company’s release says it has spent more than 25 years developing this fuel. Canada’s prime minister Paul Martin, who took part in the launch ceremonies at the company’s demonstration plant, said Canada is “on the cusp of a new energy era, and companies such as Iogen are showing the way.” Iogen and its partners have committed more than Can. $ 110 million this project. Partners include Shell, Petro-Canada and the Canadian ...
Briefly Noted: Nanostellar
Nanostellar, Inc., a Menlo Park, CA-based company, says it is developing novel nano-catalysts to replace platinum and similar metals in the Platinum Group that will reduce the cost of catalytic processes by 30-70%. Nanostellar says it has filed five broad patent applications so far in proprietary technology for the rapid fabrication of efficient, low-cost nano catalysts, based on proprietary quantum chemistry simulation and synthesis processes. The materials are claimed to increase the efficiency of automobile catalytic converters and reduce their costs. Other products, according to the ...
Briefly Noted: New Los Alamos H2 Institute
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is setting up a new Institute for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research (IHFCR) to better address technical issues and provide solutions for key aspects of a hydrogen economy. Los Alamos, probably best known for its work on nuclear weapons, has been working on fuel cells for more than 25 years. Thomas J. Meyer, LANL’s associate director of strategic research, says the new institute will coordinate hydrogen and fuel cell research projects across the laboratory. The institute is basically a partnership between LANL’s chemistry and materials science and ...
Opportunities: IFC Request for Proposals
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has issued a second Request for Proposals for its Fuel Cell Financing for Distributed Generation in late April. The first request was issued in late 2002 (H&FCL Jan. 03). That first stage has now been approved by the Global Environment Council. Participants will be encouraged to come up with innovative business models and applications that have the potential of being sustainable and replicable. Subsidies are provided in order to make fuel cells more “affordable.” Up to three commercial demonstration projects will be set up during the ...
It’s Here: Germany Taxes Hydrogen as Fuel
BERLIN - It had to happen - just in time as oil prices are going through the roof: Hydrogen is now being taxed as fuel. In its latest version effective Jan. 1 2004, the German law covering transportation fuel taxes includes hydrogen produced either from fossil fuels or from renewable electricity, reports the German Internet service HyWeb in its May 7 issue. The tax rate is the same as for natural gas, or Euro 13.90/Mwh. Previously, there was no hydrogen tax. Still tax-exempt is hydrogen made from biomass, according to the report. Source: HyWeb, www.hyweb.de/gazette-e/.
Texas Technical Institute to Offer Fuel Cell Technician’s Training, One of First in U.S.
BEAUMONT, TX - Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) here, a 2,500-student state technical college that trains technicians in more than 50 areas ranging from refinery and chemical plant operations to x-ray machinery and health services, will start offering a five-course fuel cell technology program late this summer. LIT’s program is one of only a handful of institutions in the country - maybe the only one so far - to offer such a program. Other schools and organizations such as Texas State Technical College, Waco; Kettering University, Flint, MI; College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA, ...
DaimlerChrysler Announces -20 Deg. C Cold Start Capability for Fuel Cells
STUTTGART - Carmaker DaimlerChrysler says it has developed fuel cell cold start capability that permits start up at temperatures as low as minus 20 deg. C. Herbert Kohler, the carmaker’s chief environmental officer and vice president for body and powertrain research, said at the company’s Innovation Symposium in early May here that its experts at the company’s Ulm research center had achieved this breakthrough with precise management of the water and heat regimes. Speaking only in general terms, Kohler said the PEM cell’s membrane electrode assembly (MEA) was ...
NHA Conference (Cont’d.): South Coast Infrastructure Progress, Ethanol, Storage
LOS ANGELES - While detailed planning for Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Hydrogen Highway is just getting underway (NHA Conference - H&FCL May 04), building a fueling infrastructure in one of the most polluted parts of the state, the Los Angeles Basin, is moving along smartly. Gary Dixon, the executive at the South Coast Air Quality Management District in charge of the infrastructure program, told attendees at the 15th Annual U.S. Hydrogen Conference that nine project sites have been approved, five additional sites have been approved separately as a “Five Cities” project linked to ...
Fuel Cell Startup PEMEAS Launches High-Temp, CO-Resistant Commercial MEA
FRANKFURT, GERMANY – PEMEAS Fuel Cell Technologies, the brand-new Celanese spinoff here that officially opened for business last month (H&FCL May 04), is already testing its high-temperature membranes and MEAs with two leading American fuel cell and equipment developers. The company says its CELTEC® Series 1000 membrane electrode assembly is the only one commercially available capable of operating at temperatures between 120 and 200 degrees C coupled to higher carbon monoxide tolerance. In an e-mail exchange, PEMEAS told H&FCL that both Plug Power, Albany, NY and Motorola, ...
Ford, BP To Deploy Up to 30 Fuel Cell Hybrids, Fueling Stations in 3 States Under DoE Plan
DETROIT, MI - More details about the U.S. Energy Department’s large fleet infrastructure and validation demonstration project: Ford Motor Co. and BP America, one of the three principal teams taking part in the project (H&FCL May 04), plan to deploy up to 30 Focus-based hybrid fuel cell vehicles in metropolitan Sacramento, CA, Orlando, FL and Detroit, MI, with BP constructing a network of fueling stations in these locations. H&FCL first reported on the Florida part of the plan at the beginning of the year (H&FCL Jan. 04). Ford plans to start assembling the vehicles in the fall, ...
China Report: DoE to Contribute Renewable H2 Equipment, Fuel Cells to 2008 Green Beijing Olympics
BEIJING - The U.S. Energy Department expects to contribute renewable hydrogen production and delivery equipment for 5 Hythane buses that are to be placed into revenue service as part of the United States/China collaboration in the “Green” 2008 Olympics, small groups of experts from both countries agreed during a meeting Saturday May 22, just prior to the HYFORUM conference. DoE also expects to provide equipment for two additional Hythane buses that will be used as research platforms in the United States and in China, with China providing the “gliders” - a vehicle ...
Hydrogen Car Co. to Start Selling H2 IC Cobras, Ford Pickups, SUVs Next Month
LOS ANGELES - Some of the details are still being worked on, but if all goes according to plan, the Hydrogen Car Company (HCC), will start taking orders for its hydrogen-fueled internal combustion-engined cars July 1. The company, headed by veteran alternative energy advocate S. David Freeman (H&FCL Jan. 04), had originally planned to kick off its marketing efforts by participating in actor/activist Dennis Weaver’s three-country, 1,800 mile International Hydrogen Drive that had been scheduled to start June 28. But postponement of the event until the fall “forced us to ...
The "Start 1" hybrid fuel cell car, shown here in the HYFORUM 2004 display area, is a first-generation joint development by Shanghai's ShenLi High Tech Co. and Tongji University, Shanghai. Based on a Volkswagen Santana, the car features a 30 kW fuel cell - peak power is 60 kW - developed by ShenLi under the government's "863" $10 million contract for fuel cell development. The battery is a 50 Ah lithium battery. Hydrogen is stored in a 100 atm (1470 psi) pressure tank developed at Tongji University, good for a range of about 100 km (62 miles), according to information from staffers at the display. The car passed certification last August. A second generation vehicle, also based on the Santana with a range of about 230 km (143 miles), was completed just days before the conference but was not shown at the conference. China Report: HYFORUM Opens Window on China's Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Ambitions, Potential
BEIJING - The 2008 Olympics here are shaping up as a milestone test for Chinese hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and judging by what Chinese scientists presented at HYFORUM 2004 here, China may emerge as a powerhouse, perhaps in the not too distant future - with some western help. China’s energetic push into hydrogen and fuel cell technology started in earnest only about three years ago. But already Chinese carmakers, typically in cooperation with universities, have built several fuel cell cars and three hybrid fuel cell buses (H&FCL July 02, Feb. 03).Chinese researchers are ...

May 2004

Events
Hydrogen and fuel cells are part of the agenda of the “6th Annual International Symposium on Combinatorial Approaches for New Materials Discovery” May 3-5 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, Arlington, VA. Details: The Knowledge Foundation, 18 Webster St., Brookline, MA 02446, phone 617/232-7400, fax 617/232-9171, e-mail custserv@knowledgefoundation.com. The “6th Annual International Symposium - Small Fuel Cells 2004,” is scheduled for May 5-7 at the Doubletree Hotel, Arlington, VA. Details: The Knowledge Foundation, Dr. Serge Pan, phone 617/232-7400, e-mail ...
Briefly Noted: PEMEAS
Celanese AG, the Frankfurt, Germany-based international chemicals company, has spun off its fuel cell activities into a new company, PEMEAS Fuel Cell Technologies. Celanese holds a minority stake in the new venture. PEMEAS has raised a total of about Euro 18 million, spearheaded by a consortium led by Conduit Ventures Ltd., London. PEMEAS has launched a new high-temperature PEM MEA design claimed to be able to operate at temperatures of up to 200 deg, C, expected to be used first in portable micro and residential fuel cell systems. Contact: PEMEAS Communications, Carsten Henschel, ...
Briefly Noted: South Korea/China Nuclear Center
South Korea and China have opened a joint research center to produce hydrogen via nuclear energy, reports online Asia Times, a Hongkong-based Intenet news service. Citing reports by Asia Pulse and Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the new center in Beijing was inaugurated April 16, according to an official announcement by the South Korean Ministry of Science and Technology. The facility is expected to develop reactors capable of producing 30,000 tons of hydrogen annually by 2019, the story quoted an unidentified ministry official. Contact/Source: www.atimes.com/
Briefly Noted: Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Corp., Japan’s largest general trading company, says it has developed a new prototype high-pressure electrolyzer capable of generating hydrogen at maximum pressures of 35 MPa (5,000 psi) without a compressor. Output of the prototype High Pressure Hydrogen Energy Generator (HHEG) s 2.5 Nm3/hour. The company says it plans to develop an advanced model generating 30 Nm3/hour at 40 MPa (5,800 psi). Mitsubishi’s release says the device is a PEM-type electrolyzer who characteristically generate hydrogen under pressure. The company says consists of a cell stack in a ...
Military Supports Wide Range of Fuel Cell R&D, U.S. is Most Active, Says Survey
LONDON - Some 20 U.S. Defense Department organizations are actively involved in fuel cell development for military purposes - an interest that started back in the 1960s - and last year, the department spent about $130 million on fuel cell r&d, according to a new market survey. The authors, Stefan Geiger and David Jollie, editors of the Internet journal and portal “Fuel Cell Today,” say in their 31-page April 1 report, “Fuel Cell Market Survey: Military Applications,” that the Department of Defense (DoD) “is the largest funding organization in terms of supporting ...
Samsung's prototype DMFC system installed on a notebook computer. Samsung Unveils 10-Hour DMFC System for Notebook Computers, Cell Phones
SEOUL - The latest entry in the not-yet-ready-for-prime-time portable electronic fuel cell sweepstakes is a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) system by Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The technology, developed by the company’s Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), is claimed to permit 10 hours of run time in a notebook personal computer. According to SAIT’s release last month, the device generates 100Wh of electricity from a cartridge of 100 cc methanol solution. The degree of dilution was not revealed. Samsung says it has managed to reduce the amount ...
Book Review: "The Hype About Hydrogen - Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate"
Heart of Darkness Joe Romm’s slim but pungent new book, The Hype About Hydrogen, carries an echo of Heart of Darkness, with hydrogen in the role of Kurz and the oil industry in the role of the natives. Each chapter is more fraught than the next, suggesting (as Romm himself has said elsewhere) that the book set out to be rather more positive than it ended up. Romm concludes we must wheel hydrogen back into the laboratory for a couple more decades. Romm argues passionately for action now, motivated by his belief that global warming is a clear and present danger. Yet most of the ...
Fast Forward: Hamburg Plans
Heard in Hannover: Hydrogen and fuel cell power may come to an urban renewal project in Hamburg’s port area. Vattenfall, the big European energy group that in past decades expanded from a national utility in Sweden to a continental powerhouse, is thinking about including hydrogen and fuel cell energy systems in an elaborate urban makeover of that section of the city. As part of the reorganization of four German companies Vattenfall bought in recent years, the company is considering the rebuilding of that section, home turf of one of its German acquisitions, the former Hamburg utility ...
Fast Forward: HYFORUM 04
Interest in China’s clean energy potential continues to grow following the country’s debut last month at the Hannover hydrogen and fuel cell exhibit: International hydrogen and fuel cell technologists will interact this month with high-level movers and shakers in politics and business at Beijing’s “HYFORUM 2004,” the second conference of the series launched in Munich four years ago (H&FCL Oct. 00). Organized once more by the German Forum fuer Zukunftsenergien (Forum for Future Energies) together with the China Association for Hydrogen Energy, the May 25-28 event is ...
Canada Announces First Funds for British Columbia Hydrogen Highway
VANCOUVER, BC - In a first step towards what planners expect will eventually be a stretch of hydrogen fueling facilities linking the west coasts of Canada and the United States, Canada’s Prime Minister last month announced initial funding for an ambitious Hydrogen Highway in British Columbia. Speaking at Globe 2004, an environmental technology trade fair and conference here, PM Paul Martin pledged Can. $1.1million for the project, a 100-mile stretch linking Vancouver and Whistler, BC as part of the region’s infrastructure preparation for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter ...
H2 Highway Wants Popular Input, CalEPA Sec’y Tamminen Tells NHA Conference
LOS ANGELES - California’s Hydrogen Highway will not be something shoved down the public’s collective throats by a government bureaucracy but will rely on input from both experts and the citizenry, the man largely responsible for the concept told the annual National Hydrogen Association (NHA) conference here last month. Terry Tamminen, environmentalist and now secretary of California’s Environmental Protection Agency in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cabinet (H&FCL Jan. 04), told the cheering record audience, “we will be creating a Hydrogen Highways Implementation ...
Schwarzenegger Launches Cal. H2 Network; Air Products-Led Team to Build Stations
DAVIS, CA - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped up to the plate here last month and by Executive Order set the course for establishing the country’s first statewide hydrogen fueling system. And timed in sync with the governor’s announcement, a nine-member team led by Air Products said it would build as many as 24 stations in a five-year period as part of the national Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration Program announced a few days earlier by President Bush and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. As widely expected (H&FCL March 04), Schwarzenegger announced ...
DoE News: Bush, Sec’y Abraham Announce $350 Million in Demos, Other R&D H2 Projects
DETROIT, MI - President George Bush’s and the U.S. Energy Department’s hydrogen research initiative took a huge step forward late last month with the announcement of $350 million in r&d spending for dozens of projects. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, speaking first in Detroit April 27, followed by another speech that afternoon at the National Renewable Laboratory in Golden, CO and, a day later, at the National Hydrogen Association’s annual meeting in Los Angeles (see separate story), laid out the basics for four major project areas - storage; fleet and infrastructure ...
Strong Chinese Presence, Fuel Cell Audi Debut Mark 10th Anniversary Hannover Fair
HANNOVER - A lightweight compressed hydrogen tank with radically different architecture, the first public outing of Fiat’s Nuvera-powered Seicento fuel cell car, a strong Chinese presence, and wind-generated hydrogen on a small Norwegian island were among the highlights of the 10th anniversary Hydrogen + Fuel Cell Group Exhibit at the huge Hannover Industrial Fair here April 19-24. But the real surprise in the Tech Transfer Exhibit Hall, about half a mile or so away from the main hydrogen and fuel cell exhibit, was what might be described as the stealth debut of Volkswagen ...

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The Washington, DC-based U.S. Fuel Cell Council has hired Bud DeFlaviis as director of government affairs, a newly created position. DeFlaviis will work primarily with the council’s government affairs working group to track, organize and prioritize legislative efforts, as well as educate Members of Congress on fuel cell technology. The group was first set up last November. DeFlaviis worked for Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) before joining the council A new name for Avista Labs: Effective March 22, the Spokane, WA-based developer of fuel cell solutions for backup power applications, will be ...
Events
IEEE is organizing a conference, “The Hydrogen Economy: Its Impact on the Future of Electricity,” April 19-20 at the JW Marriott Hotel, Washington DC. Details: Prof. Saifur Rahman, VT Alexandria Research Institute, Alexandria, VA, 703/518-8080; email srahman@vt.edu; web www.ieee.org/power/hydrogen. The 10th Anniversary “International H2/Fuel Cell Group Exhibit” will be held April 19-24 as part of the Hannover Fair ‘04. Details: Arno A. Evers Fair-PR, Achheimstr. 3, 82319, Starnberg, Germany; phone 049/8151/99892 3; e-mail arno@fair-pr.com; www.fair-pr.com. The ...
Briefly Noted: Santa Monica NoNo
And finally, Santa Monica city fathers said “no, thanks” to a Toyota offer of a three-year $85,000 lease of an experimental fuel cell Highlander. Council member Herb Katz questioned why the city should pay “one dime” for Toyota’s r&d: “They should give it to us for free,” the Santa Monica Lookout quoted Katz in a Feb. 26 story.
Briefly Noted: AkzoNobel/NedStack, Enel
More byproduct hydrogen fuel cell power plants: Following the February Dow/GM fuel cell power plant announcement (H&FCL March 04), two more plans for using byproduct hydrogen from chemical plant operations to generate electricity have surfaced in Europe. First, AkzoNobel, the Dutch maker of healthcare products, coatings and chemicals and NedStack, an AkzoNobel spinoff that produces PEM fuel cell materials and stacks, are investigating the feasibility of a fuel cell power plant in the next three years. The companies, both based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, say they are looking at the idea of ...
Briefly Noted: FC Center
A Ford Hybrid Research Vehicle fueled by hydrogen and powered by an internal combustion engine - not a fuel cell - has been named as one of ten top technology cars for 2004 by the business technology magazine IEEE Spectrum, a monthly published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. The car, based on a Ford Focus station wagon, was unveiled last summer at Ford Motor Co.’s centennial celebration (H&FCL July, Nov. 03). Five of the ten cars are hybrids in various configurations. “These ten cars are production vehicles, available for sale this year or next, ...
Briefly Noted: Queen's University
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, is launching a new Fuel Cell Research Centre, described by the university as Canada’s largest public/private university-based fuel cell research initiative. For starters, the centre will consist of a consortium of academic, industry and government partners, including the Royal Military College of Canada, DuPont Canada, and Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd., a Kingston public company. Other entities are expected to join as well, the university says. More than 30 researchers affiliated with the centre are investigating projects ranging from ...
Briefly Noted: Jadoo Power
Jadoo Power Systems, Folsom, CA last month delivered its first fuel cell-powered professional video camera system, the NABII, to KOVR, a CBS affiliate station in Sacramento in mid-March a month later than originally planned (H&FCL Feb 04). The device will be unveiled to the television industry at the National Association of Broadcasters conference and show in Las Vegas later this month, April 17-22. Contact: Jadoo, Lee Arikara, 916/608-9044; info@jadoopower.com.
Briefly Noted: Cold Fusion
Cold fusion revisited: The March 25 New York Times reports the U.S. Energy Department will take another look at cold fusion. According to the story, no public announcement was made, but Britain’s New Scientist reported the development, and it was confirmed to the Times by Dr. James F. Decker, deputy director of DoE’s Science Office. The review came after a request from several cold fusion scientists who said their figures “unambiguously verify the original report that energy can be generated simply by running a electrical current through a jar of water,” as the Times put ...
Briefly Noted: Handheld Fuel Cells
Prospects for portable fuel cells for laptops and other small handheld devices are still elusive, it seems: The German Internet newsletter “Wasserstoff + Brennstoffzelle” asked several major electronics manufacturers whether they would be showing any new prototypes at CeBIT, the major international computer fair March 18-24 in Hannover, Germany. Fujitsu and Casio said they wouldn’t be showing anything; NEC, Toshiba and the show organizers themselves didn’t answer at all. As it turned out, Toshiba did expect to show a direct methanol-powered Portege M100 sub-notebook PC. ...
Briefly Noted: Dynetek/Mazda
Dynetek Industries, Ltd, the Calgary-based developer of lightweight compressed hydrogen storage tanks, has delivered a 5000 psi tank to Japanese carmaker Mazda for its RX-8 Hydrogen test vehicle, powered by a rotary i.c. engine. Mazda introduced the vehicle at last fall’s Tokyo Motor Show (H&FCL Nov. O3). Source: Dynetek website, www.dynetek.com.
Briefly Noted: Enova/China
Enova Systems, the Torrance, CA-based developer and manufacturer of electric, hybrid and fuel cell power management systems, has received six purchase orders from China for its Panther 120 kW drive systems for heavy-duty vehicles. One order for three systems came from Tsinghua University, Beijing, for its fuel cell hybrid bus development program. The other three were ordered by Shenzhen Minghua Environmental Protection Vehicle Co., Ltd. for integration into their hybrid buses. China expects to field up to 1,000 full-sized hybrid electric buses to shuttle athletes and guests at the 2008 ...
Briefly Noted: EU Quick Start
Dynetek Industries, Ltd, the Calgary-based developer of lightweight compressed hydrogen storage tanks, has delivered a 5000 psi tank to Japanese carmaker Mazda for its RX-8 Hydrogen test vehicle, powered by a rotary i.c. engine. Mazda introduced the vehicle at last fall’s Tokyo Motor Show (H&FCL Nov. O3). Source: Dynetek website, www.dynetek.com.
Briefly Noted: U.S. Fuel Cell Council
“Quick Start” for Europe’s fuel cell and hydrogen future: the European Union’s research commissioner Philippe Busquin announced some Euro 100 million in EU funding for 16 projects as the initial down payment for Europe’s large scale “Quick Start” initiative for hydrogen production and use at a “Fuels for a Future Generation” conference in Brussels in late March. The amount is to be matched by equal contributions from private sources. To be added later will be r&d proposals worth an additional Euro 300 million, again with half of that expected to ...
Briefly Noted: Prius Fleet
The California hydrogen Prius I.C. fleet is a Go: As expected, the South Coast Air Quality Management’s Board has approved a $2.3 million contract with Quantum Fuel Systems Technology Worldwide, Inc., Irvine CA, to convert 30 Prius hybrid electric vehicles to hydrogen (H&FCL March 04). The total number may go up to 35 cars if the Defense Department’s National Automotive Center, Warren, MI can come up with another $200,000 for five additional vehicles. Quantum says it will develop and integrate the complete OEM level hydrogen internal combustion engine fuel system, both the ...
Conn. Global Fuel Cell Center Presents F.T. Bacon Medal at Inaugural Conference
STORRS, CT - A hint of history hung was in the air at the first annual Conference on Fuel Cell Development and Deployment March 7-10, organized by the new Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center (H&FCL Jan. 04) here. Coming from Britain for the occasion were Daphne Vivian-Neal and Edward Bacon, the children of fuel cell pioneer Francis T. Bacon, the inventor of the alkaline fuel cell in the 1950s at Cambridge University. Bacon died in 1992 (The Hydrogen Letter, July ‘92). Bacon was a subscriber to The Hydrogen Letter, predecessor of H&FCL, from the launch of the publication in May 1986 to ...
Involvement in H2 and Fuel Cells Among Oil & Gas Majors is Still Small, Survey Finds
LONDON - The hoopla and the hype notwithstanding, the world’s oil and gas companies’ interest and investment in hydrogen and fuel cells are still pretty slim, concludes a new survey. Mark Cropper, deputy editor of the UK-based online journal “Fuel Cell Today,” says in his March 3 paper, “Oil & Gas Company Investment in Hydrogen & Fuel Cells - a review,” that while there are examples of oil companies being involved in “many projects” demonstrating fuel cell cars and buses, the wider picture “is rather less encouraging.” Fuel Cell Today is an ...
Opportunities: Istanbul Hydrogen Research Center
The United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO) announces several openings to staff the planned International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET) in Istanbul, Turkey (H&FCL Dec. 03): -- Associate Director for Scientific Affairs: Qualifications: Advanced degree with high level experience in proposal writing and project management in area of hydrogen energy; experience in hydrogen energy r&d and/or feasibility studies; demonstrated ability to initiate and carry out negotiations with funding agencies, governments, and/or institutional donors. Minimum language ...
New York Sheraton is First Manhattan Hotel with Fuel Cell Supplemental Power
WHITE PLAINS, NY - One of Manhattan’s flagship hotels, the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, is the first hotel in the city to install a fuel cell generator, says a release from the owners here, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. FuelCell Energy Inc, Danbury, CT is providing the 250 kW Direct FuelCell natural gas-fueled molten carbonate fuel cell that will be installed by PPL EnergyPlus, an on-site energy management company, this summer following renovation of the 1,750 room hostelry at 7th Avenue and 53rd Street. PPL EnergyPlus, a subsidiary of PPL Corp., Allentown, PA, is ...
Korea’s Hyundai, Russia’s Avtovaz Show Fuel Cell Vehicles at Geneva Auto Salon
GENEVA - As already hinted last month, Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. joined the international fuel cell fray big time at the International Auto Show here last month by unveiling its Tucson FCEV, a fuel cell-powered sport utility vehicle (H&FCL Fast Forward, March 04). But the real sleeper at the show was a Russian station wagon powered by an alkaline fuel cell no less, the Antel-2, manufactured by Russia’s Avtovaz car manufacturer in Togliatti in the Samara region, best known in the West for producing the sturdy Lada, a copy of an old Fiat design. Hyundai’s Tucson is propelled ...
Millennium Cell CEO Tang Resigns, Concerns About Company’s Future
EATONTOWN, NJ - Millennium Cell Inc.’s chief executive, Stephen S. Tang, and the company’s director of public affairs, Christine Messina-Boyer, both resigned from the company within days of each other last month, causing speculation and concerns about the company’s outlook. It appears, however, that the timing was coincidental. Messina-Boyer said in a round-robin e-mail to people in the hydrogen community that she was returning to higher education to work for the new president of Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ., Mordechai Rozanski, who was named to the post last August. ...
Fast Forward: Shanghai Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Exhibit
Speaking of Asia, Arno Evers, the man behind the 10th anniversary Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Joint Exhibit this month, April 19-24, in Hannover, Germany, is looking to China to start a similar venture this fall in Shanghai. It’s not all nailed down as yet, but if everything works out, Evers hopes to organize a group hydrogen/fuel cell exhibit as part of the Shanghai Industrial Fair 2004 Nov. 4-9 at the city’s new International Expo Center in the Pudong section of Shanghai’s metropolitan area. For starters, Evers expects 20 to 25 Chinese and international exhibitors in the effort ...
Fast Forward: Abson
Nick Abson, the indefatigable British alkaline fuel cell entrepreneur who resurfaced two summers ago with a new company, Cenergie, in Atlanta, GA (H&FCL June 02) now has his eyes set on Asia. Korean newspapers report, and he confirmed in a phone call from Britain, that there are plans underway to set up an alkaline fuel cell (AFC) plant in the southern Korean port city of Gwangyang, in Jeonnam province. Abson told H&FCL that the city fathers have signed an Memorandum of Understanding with him to provide land for the plant, but, he adds, everything is on hold now. The reason: the impeachment ...
Fast Forward: Ford Focus Delay
The launch date of Ford Focus fuel cell vehicles in a two-year test program in Canada, announced a little less than a year ago, is also slipping a bit: Ford of Canada chairman Alain Batty told Canadian Press the launch of the four-car test fleet would come some time towards the end of the year, but said there was no precise date. A reporter for the news agency talked to Batty after he gave a speech in late March in Vancouver to the city’s Board of Trade, saying Vancouver was picked because it was the home of Ballard Power System, maker of the cars’ PEM fuel cell power plant. Batty ...
Fast Forward: DoE Infrastructure Demo
What’s happening to the Energy Department’s large, long-expected, hydrogen fleet and infrastructure demonstration project? Good question. DoE is mum, and in the absence of information, rumors are floating around Washington that the 5-year supertest may be on hold or, worse, cancelled altogether because of budgetary and/or political reasons. DoE posted a solicitation for the program, dubbed “Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project,“ last May, the due date was last September, and the solicitation is closed. The solicitation, issued ...
DoE News: Energy Department Releases Integrated Long-Term Hydrogen Posture Plan
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Energy Department last month released its latest long-term hydrogen energy research blueprint, the so-called “Hydrogen Posture Plan,” a document that covers all DoE hydrogen activities rather than only those in the core program. The plan lists milestones for development of various technologies during the next ten years that are expected to lead to industry’s commercialization decision in 2015. The 54-page document, which actually bears a February 04 publication date, was issued a little more than a month after the National Research Council ...
ACEEE: An "Assortment" of Problems
The ACEEE’s paper’s executive summary, after briefly identifying the four basic stationary fuel cell types - PEM, PAFC, SOFC, MCFC - says an ”assortment” of technical problems and cost issues related to market entry and expansion remain for fuel cell manufacturers, mainly in three areas: -- Stack life: Typical stack lives of 7,000 hours have been reported by several manufacturers. PEMs do not exceed 10,000 hours and no more than 5 years in typical residential applications, but 50,000 hours should be guaranteed to gain significant residential market shares in stationary ...
Am. Phys. Society, ACEEE Issue Cautionary Papers on Bush Hydrogen Initiative
WASHINGTON, DC - More cautionary warnings from the Hydrogen Periphery: Following the massive, basically even-handed 500-odd page National Research Council February analysis of prospects for a hydrogen economy in general and DoE’s progress in particular (H&FCL Feb. March 02), two smaller reports have come out since then that throw some cautionary cold water on expectations for a quick fix to America’s energy and environmental problems via hydrogen and fuel cells. The most recent one, released in late March is “Stationary Fuel Cells: Future Promise, Current Hype,” a ...

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Wallingford, CT-based Distributed Energy Systems Corp. announced that the president of its Proton Energy Systems subsidiary, Dr. Larry M. Sweet, is leaving the company. Chip Schroeder, president of Distributed Energy Systems, will act as Proton's president until a successor has been named. The company expects to start an executive search. Distributed Energy Systems is the parent for Proton Energy and Northern Power Systems, set up last year. Prof. Carl-Jochen Winter, chairman of the HYFORUM conference and vice president of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE), has given ...
Events
A series of seminars, "Micro Fuel Cell Regulations, Standards & Compliance," are scheduled for February 23-24 (Irvine, CA), March 25-26 (Washington, DC), May 24-25 (Hartford, CT) and June 17-18 (Vancouver, BC). Details: CBI Research, Woburn, MA phone 800/817-8601; www.cbinet.com/seminar_series.html e-mail info@cbinet.com A "POWER-GEN Renewable Energy" conference is scheduled for March 1-3 at the Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. Details: Jan Simpson, Pennwell, 1421 S. Sheridan, Tulsa, OK 74112, phone 918/831-9736, e-mail pgreconference@pennwell.com. The "First International Conference on ...
Briefly Noted: Air Liquide/Messer-Griesheim
France's Air Liquide is acquiring a large part of the German industrial gas company Messer Griesheim - specifically, business activities in Germany, Britain and the United States - for about Euro 2.68 billion ($3.31 billion). The deal, announced in late January, is expected to be completed by the middle of this year. The French company said it expects that antitrust authorities will require some divestment. For its part, the family-owned Messer Industrie GmbH, Koenigstein near Frankfurt, said it plans to continue and expand the industrial gas business as the newly created Messer Group in ...
Briefly Noted: Medis
Medis Technologies, New York, says it expects to start distributing its first fuel cell product, a disposable liquid fuel power pack charger for cell phones, by the end of this year. According to the release, the pack is expected to have a suggested retail price of $14.99 and provide 900 minutes of talk time. Medis chairman Robert K. Lifton is quoted as saying that the disposable device can also be used for charging digital cameras, MP3 music players and other devices. Medis says it is also developing another reusable power pack with a replaceable refueling cartridge as a second-generation ...
Briefly Noted: CSA/Standards
CSA America, Inc. Cleveland, OH says it has signed an agreement with the U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop new standards on an accelerated schedule for hydrogen gas dispensing systems and pressure relief devices for hydrogen fuel containers. Under the same agreement, CSA America will work with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and other major standard developers on the creation of new standards for composite containers for hydrogen bulk storage. Contact: CSA Group, Anthony Toderian, 416/747-2620; anthony.toderian@csagroup.org.
Briefly Noted: IdaTech/RWE
Bend, OR-based IdaTech and RWE Fuel Cells, a subsidiary of Germany large RWE utility, Essen, will jointly install two natural gas-fueled 5 kW combined heat and power fuel cell systems at the representative office of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia in Germany's capital Berlin. The system will work in conjunction with a 28 kW micro gas turbine to augment the electricity, heating and cooling system in the building. Contacts: IdaTech, Harol Koyama, 541/322-1102, h koyama@idatech.com; RWE Fuel Cells, Anja Ludwig, +49/201/12 20 217, anja.ludwig@rwe.com.
Briefly Noted: Hydrogenics
More business for Hydrogenics Corp.: The Toronto-based company announced it is partnering with Purolator Courier Canada Ltd. to develop and deploy a fuel cell hybrid delivery van and an on-site hydrogen refueling system at one of Purolator's depots in the Greater Toronto area in a two-year initiative. The fuel cell/battery propulsion system will be integrated into a platform produced by Azure Dynamics, Burnaby, BC for Purolator. The project is being partially funded by the Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance, an initiative with Canada's government. Separately, Hydrogenics announced it ...
Briefly Noted: DoE Workshops
A six-city series of educational hydrogen workshops organized by the U.S. Energy Department will kick off this month, March 26, in Lansing, MI in cooperation with Lansing Community College and Michigan's NextEnergy, the state's comprehensive energy plan. Announcing the series last month, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said this energy "revolution will succeed only through cooperation among federal, state and local partners." The other stops are Austin, TX April 16, with other sessions to be held in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West before wrapping up this fall, according to ...
Briefly Noted: Acceptance Study
Preliminary results of an ongoing five-country public perceptions survey of hydrogen-powered buses indicates that support for hydrogen and fuel cells is generally high, but that knowledge about them is rather low. The early results of the two-and-half-year study, "AcceptH2: Public Perception of Hydrogen Buses in Five Countries," are based on surveys and interviews conducted in London, Luxembourg and Perth. They were presented at the International German Hydrogen Energy Congress Feb. 11-12 in Essen. Still to come is input from Berlin and Oakland, CA. Also among the preliminary findings: males ...
Dr. Bruce Logan and Dr. Hong Liu work with their microbial fuel cell. Photo by Greg Grieco, Penn State. Researchers Devise Double-Duty Fuel Cell: Produce Power and Clean Effluent
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA -A team of three environmental engineers at Penn State here have demonstrated a double-duty microbial fuel cell (MFC) that cleans wastewater flushing down the drain while at the same time generating electricity. The power output so far is tiny - 10-50 milliwatt per square meter of electrode surface - but at the same time it removes up to 78% of the effluent's organic matter, as measured by biochemical oxygen demand, reports a Penn State release. Bruce E. Logan, a professor of environmental engineering and the project's director, says microbial fuel cells "may ...
California Fuel Cell Partnership Announces 2004 Goals
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Fuel Cell Partnership plans to add more fuel cell vehicles to the 41 that are currently operating on California roads. And, says a mid-February announcement about the partnership's goals for this year, more hydrogen fueling stations will be built as well. Other goals include the promotion of "common fit" fueling station/vehicle fueling protocols; train 100 community emergency response personnel; help develop codes and standards; publish resource and information materials that will help members and California communities implement demonstration programs, ...
Honda Claims Cold-Start Breakthrough for Hybrid Fuel Cell FCX
TORRANCE, CA - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reports a successful cold-weather test and demonstration of its FCX hybrid fuel cell vehicle and Honda fuel cell stack in the cold northern island of Hokkaido. The tests on the company's test track and on public roads included parking the car overnight in temperatures as low as minus 11deg. C (12 deg. F), starting it successfully afterwards and driving it with no apparent problems. "This is a tremendous breakthrough for Honda," said Ben Knight, vice president of Honda R&D Americas. Honda plans to make this stack commercially available within the next ...
Fuel cell patents by country of origin: 1991-2000 (black), 2001-2003 (grey) Japan Now Ahead of U.S. in Fuel Cell Patents, Says 1 of 3 New Surveys
LONDON - The United States was by far the world leader in the number of fuel cell patents issued between 1991 and 2000, but since then, Japan has assumed the lead as the number of new filings skyrocketed, a new survey shows. The survey was produced by Richard Seymour, a Johnson Matthey specialist in technology forecasting at the company's Technology Centre in Sonning Common, Berkshire, UK. It was published by the Johnson-Matthey Internet publication "Fuel Cell Today," one of several new reports on the status of the fuel cells industry that surfaced last month. According to ...
Prof. Schmidt's ethanol reactor, shown here next to an ear of corn to indicate scale. U. Minnesota Researchers Develop Alcohol-Based Hydrogen Generator
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN - Take an ordinary automotive fuel injector, add some appropriate catalyst material, attach to a preheated glass tube, and what do you get? Presto, a powerful chemical reactor the length of an ear of corn that turns alcohol into hydrogen. That's somewhat of an oversimplification, says Prof. Lanny Schmidt, Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota here and leader of a team that developed the device. But he concedes that's essentially the gist: A paper published by Schmidt and his three colleagues - G. A. Deluga, J. R. Salge, and X. ...
The conceptual design of the Vehicle Project fuel cell locomotive: the horizontally striped box at bottom right of engine compartment represents the hydride storage system. The six square boxes immediately above and two at left end below are the PEM fuel cell modules. International Consortium Starts 5-Year 1.2 MW Fuel Cell Locomotive Project
DENVER, CO - Engineering design work will get underway in a little more than two months for the world's first megawatt-class fuel cell locomotive, a project launched here last year by an international consortium (H&FCL Sept. 03). If all goes according to plan, the actual conversion to fuel cell power of the existing 100-ton plus diesel electric "road-switcher" GP-10 locomotive won't get underway for another couple of years or so, Arnold Miller, president of Vehicles Projects LLC, Denver, the consortium's lead company, told H&FCL. The 5-year program is funded and administered by the U.S. ...
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham pose for photographers with the control module for GM's 75 kW PEM fuel cell at the Dow chemical plant in Freeport, TX. GM r&d vice president Larry Burns is on the right. Visible at upper left is part of the 3-axle trailer housing the fuel cell. General Motors & Dow Inaugurate Biggest- Yet PEM Fuel Cell Project
FREEPORT, TX - By-product hydrogen moved a step closer as fuel for industrial electricity production with the flip of a switch, activating a General Motors fuel cell at the sprawling Dow chemical complex here last month. U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham did the switch-throwing together with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, lighting up the control module for the 75 kW GM fuel cell housed in a colorfully snazzy trailer parked some distance away from the ceremony in the part of the 5,000 acre facility known as the Oyster Creek plant. Also on hand for the occasion was Theo Walthie, Dow's global ...
Fast Forward: Hyundai's FC Tucson
New fuel cell concept at the Geneva Auto Show this month: Hyundai will show a cutaway fuel cell mockup alongside the regular gas-guzzling version of its brand-new Tucson SUV which was launched at the recent Chicago Auto Show. A real operating fuel cell version is expected for later this year, and it is expected to be made available to small business user or institutional fleets in the United States. UTC Fuel Cells has been providing the fuel cell engines to Hyundai in a program that started four years ago and that is continuing. (H&FCL, June 00, Dec. 01, July 03).
Fast Forward: Ballard Hybrids?
Are there hybrids fuel cell systems in Ballard Power Systems' future? Well, maybe. The subject came up at Ballard's conference call February 17 when management discussed the company's year-end 2003 results. CEO Dennis Campbell, in response to a question, said that Ballard's partners Ford and DaimlerChrysler want to have a "greater degree of involvement in the systems integration part" appropriate "to hybrid electrics and to fuel cell vehicles, the electrical architecture of the future." The carmakers' greater attention to systems integration, said Campbell, is "really driven by hybrid ...
Fast Forward: Schwarzenegger
Watch out for an announcement by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger some time this month about how he expects to implement his "Hydrogen Highway" proposals as part of the blueprint for his California environmental action plan. Nothing definitive as yet, but the word is his staff is working on it. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in February, Schwarzenegger is expected to issue an executive order this month spelling out details.
Perspective: Criticism, Praise for NRC H2 Economy Study; Media Coverage is Faulted
RHINECLIFF, NY/WASHINGTON, DC - It's happened before: A prestigious national organization - The National Academies/The National Research Council - undertakes a long-gestating, detailed study of a highly charged subject - the Hydrogen Economy - and comes up with a massive document that, in its effort to be evenhanded and encyclopedically inclusive, leaves many dissatisfied, either with the product itself or with the reaction to it. The 500-odd-page document released Feb. 4, said, per its press release's headline, "Hydrogen Economy Offers Major Opportunities But Faces Considerable ...
South Coast Air Quality District to Convert 35 I.C. Hybrid Prius Cars to Hydrogen
DIAMOND BAR, CA - If all goes according to plan, almost three dozen Toyota Prius hybrid cars will be converted to hydrogen and will be cruising Los Angeles Basin roads some time within two years. The staff of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) late last month recommended to the District's technical committee spending about $2.5 million, plus a possible additional $500,000 from the Defense Department, to convert 35 internal combustion-powered Prius cars to this fuel within one year after a contract has been signed. The staff also recommended picking Quantum Fuel Systems ...

February 2004

Correction
CORRECTION: The e-mail address for Dr. Michael Skelly in the January 04 report about the New Jersey hydrogen house was printed incorrectly. It should be mikesenergy@yahoo.com.
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Ballard Power Systems, the Vancouver-based PEM fuel cell developer, reports that its chief technology officer, Fred Vasconcelos, is leaving the company by mutual agreement “to pursue other professional interests.” The company has started an executive search for another chief technology officer. Until a replacement is found, three executives will handle aspects of Vasconcelos’ job: Dr. Charles Stone, who heads the company’s research and development activities, will take on added responsibility for technology planning. Dr. Fred Flett will continue to be in charge of ...
Events
The “International German Hydrogen Energy Congress 2004" will be held Feb. 11-12 at the Fair Grounds, Essen, Germany. Details: H2CONGRESS.de, phone 049/201/1721260; e-mail info@h2congress.de; website www.h2congress.de. A series of seminars, “Micro Fuel Cell Regulations, Standards & Compliance,” are scheduled for February 23-24 (Irvine, CA), March 25-26 (Washington, DC), May 24-25 (Hartford, CT) and June 17-18 (Vancouver, BC). Details: CBI Research, Woburn, MA phone 800/817-8601; www.cbinet.com/seminar_series.html, e-mail info@cbinet.com; The “Fourth Annual Clean ...
Briefly Noted: Fuel Cell Booze Sniffer
Finally, from our “What-Will-They-Think-of-Next-Dep’t: According to the “Daily Nexus,” the University of California-Santa Barbara campus newspaper, the local gendarmerie has received new portable alcohol testing devices that employ fuel cell technology to measure breath booziness on the spot. The description isn’t quite clear, but it appears the alcohol is broken down by a tiny reformer after which the hydrogen is channeled to the fuel cell, generating a current the strength of which is a measure of inebriation. The device is made by Draeger Safety, Inc., Pittsburgh, ...
Briefly Noted: Power and Energy
Power and Energy, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen purifiers and separators, Ivyland, PA, has won a Phase II Small Business Innovations Research Contract from the Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a novel low cost membrane for hydrogen recovery from fuel cell reformates. The company says it plans to manufacture high efficiency palladium alloy thin film membranes, based on nanostructures to efficiently generate high-purity hydrogen from any fuel source. Subsequently, the company has hired two additional senior scientists. It has appointed as senior scientist Dr. ...
Briefly Noted: Sensor Products
Sensor Products, Inc. (SPI), East Hanover, NJ, a maker and distributor of pressure-measuring devices, has introduced Tactilus, an electronic tactile force and pressure mapping sensor suitable for fuel cells. The device employs capacitance as its underlying technology, permitting an engineer to monitor how force is distributed between any two contacting or mating surfaces in real time. Pressures between 0.1 and 2000 psi can be measured. SPI says the system aids in ensuring accurate interfacial spacing and membrane placement inside a stack. Tactilus is Windows-based and consists of an ...
Briefly Noted: HaveBlue/Texas Ovonic
More hydrogen power for sailboats: HaveBlue LLC, a developer of technology that produces hydrogen from seawater via renewable energy sources, says it has reached an agreement with Texaco Ovonic Hydrogen Systems LLC, Rochester Hills, MI under which the Michigan company will provide development-stage metal hydride hydrogen storage systems for fuel storage on board of sailboats. HaveBlue, of Ventura, CA is working a demonstration vessel dubbed the X/V-1, a modified Catalina 42 II, provided by yacht builder Catalina Yachts, of Woodland Hills, CA. HaveBlue says its patented system produces ...
Briefly Noted: Kettering Fuel Cell Center
Aided by a $1.8 million grant last month from the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, Kettering University, Flint, MI will construct an 8,600 sq. ft. Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration on its campus. Total outlay for the new facility is $3 million, with $500,000 contributed by the State of Michigan and $700,000 from the university plus industry funding from the Industry Partnership Consortium. Consortium members include Ford Motor Co., NextEnergy, Advance Measurements Inc., General Hydrogen, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command, ...
Briefly Noted: Largest Solar Plant Yet
The world’s largest solar power station is expected to go on sun this coming July in the former East Germany, reports the Jan. 27 issue of Environmental News Service (ENS). The project south of Leipzig, is a joint effort by Shell Solar and GEOSOL (Gesellschaft fuer Solarenergie). The free-standing array, built on top of a former lignite mine ash deposit, links some 33,500 modules for a total output of 5.5 MW, employing high-performance modules from Shell. Siemens AG will supply inverters, transformers, and medium-voltage connectors. Source: ENS, www.ens-newswire.com/ens/
Briefly Noted: Russian SOFC
Russia’s first power system based on a natural gas-fueled solid oxide fuel cell has been tested in the All-Russia Research Institute of Technical Physics in the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, Snezhinsk in Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains, formerly one of the Soviet Union’s “secret cities.” All components of the 1kW system were made in Russia at factories operated by the country’s ministry of atomic energy (Minatom). This particular system is based on a tubular design, according to a mid-January release from the International Science and Technical Centre (ISTC), ...
Briefly Noted: European Platform
In Brussels, meanwhile, the European Union took another small step towards a coherent, common regional hydrogen energy strategy. European Commission President Romano Prodi, together with Vice President and Energy and Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio and Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin, launched last month what’s called the “European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology” Platform. While it’s not quite clear what is meant by the term “platform” - “partnership” may be another term - it seems to mean an organizational structure to draft a ...
Briefly Noted: Abraham in Tokyo
Also last month, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham during a four-nation swing through Asia, called on Tokyo for closer cooperation between Japan and the United States in both nuclear and hydrogen energy. Addressing the national business federation Keidanren, Abraham said nuclear cooperation should include both fusion and fission. Fusion especially, Abraham said, “offers the prospect of a limitless source of clean energy for the world,” and “fusion plants could produce hydrogen......to power hundreds of millions of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the United States and ...
Briefly Noted: Chrysler Treo
Not much hydrogen or fuel cell news at last month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The apparently only piece of hardware was a Chrysler design study for a possible future fuel cell version of Chrysler’s venerable Jeep, the “Treo.” A Chrysler spokesman says it’s a look at future possibilities. “Everybody has been looking at fuel cells in the near term, but this is a look at ten years beyond that with small fuel cells that don’t exist so far,” he said. The concept features all wheel drive via duel electric motors and drive-by-wire ...
Siemens Westinghouse Stops Factory Plans for SOFC Generating Plants
PITTSBURGH, PA - Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. has halted plans for a large new factory to build its solid oxide fuel cell power plants in Munhall, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Thomas Flower, head of the Orlando, FL-based fuel cells division, told H&FCL that plans to equip the plant for series production of its 125 kW tubular solid oxide fuel cell power plants have been put on ice at least for the next three years or so. Commercial production could start ramping up around 2007, he said. The 180,000 square foot leased facility has stood empty for more than a year. Siemens has asked an area ...
Research: U-Mass Researchers Report Novel Solar Electrolysis Process with 30% Efficiency
BOSTON, MA - Harnessing the heat properties of solar radiation in addition to utilizing solar energy’s electrochemical properties, scientists at the University of Massachusetts here have devised an electrolysis technique that they say doubles previously known efficiencies of sun-driven water splitting. The team headed by Prof. Stuart Licht, chairman of the university’s chemistry department, has developed what is in effect a variant of high-temperature electrolysis with the difference that the heat for the reaction comes from solar plus electrical energy in solar particles in ...
Florida Gov. Bush Proposes $15 Million for Fuel Cells in 2004-2005 Budget
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida’s new budget proposed for the next fiscal year 2004-2005 contains $15 million for hydrogen fuel cells, Gov. Jeb Bush’s office announced last month. “Governor Bush wants Florida to become an incubator for alternative energy sources, which will foster growth, facilitate economic development and protect our clean air and environment,” said the one-paragraph statement outlining these plans as part of the state’s Natural Resources and Environment budget proposal. The proposal represents only a fairly small slice of that department’s ...
PolyFuel Rolls Out Its First DMFC- Specific Membrane for Portables
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - PolyFuel, the 4-year-old start up developer here of advanced fuel cell membranes specifically for direct methanol fuel cells for portable devices, last month officially announced its first offering, its PolyFuel DMFC membrane. PolyFuel CEO Jim Balcom told H&FCL this current alpha version is now in the final stages of product development. “We’re now confirming all process variables,” he said, something he expects to be finished in about six months. The new membrane, dubbed internally Z1, is claimed to have significant advantages over existing fuel cell ...
Back to the Future: Peugeot Citroen's chic avant-garde fuel cell mini fire engine and rescue vehicle, the H2O, which may get a Millennium Cell hydrogen storage system. Visible at lower right corner are two connectors for fire fighting hoses. Millennium Cell Extends Borohydride Cooperation with France’s Peugeot Citroen
EATONTOWN, NJ/PARIS - Millennium Cell, Inc., the developer of sodium borohydride-based on-board hydrogen storage systems, and French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen are extending their two-year-old cooperation to further improve its trademarked Hydrogen on Demand storage technologies, Millennium Cell announced. One goal is to improve the system’s performance sufficiently to be able to integrate it into an operational vehicle. This could be a new version of Peugeot Citroen’s quirky fuel cell concept vehicle H2O, a fire-red midget fire engine and urban emergency response vehicle ...
Fast Forward: GM/Dow
Dow Chemical Co. and General Motors will be “flipping the switch” this month in startup ceremonies for a large test program that will convert by-product hydrogen at Dow’s chemical plant facilities in Freeport, TX to electricity via truckloads of GM fuel cells (H&FCL June 03). Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to be on hand for the Feb. 10 festivities, and other national political figures have been invited as well. Ultimately, some 35 MW of electrical power will be generated once all fuel cells have been installed, making it the world’s first and largest such installation. ...
Fast Forward: Mazda
Not unexpectedly, Mazda Motor Corp. wants to revive hydrogen-powered rotary internal combustion engine technology beyond prototypes and sports cars. After launching its dual-fuel RX-8 Hydrogen RE prototype at last fall’s Tokyo Motor Show (H&FCL Nov. 03), company president Hisakazu Imaki went a step further in January, telling a press conference in Tokyo that the company plans to release vehicles with hydrogen powered rotary engines, also known as Wankel engines after their German inventor Felix Wankel, in about three years. “Hydrogen and rotary engines go together pretty well from ...
President Bush examines a professional news video camera powered by Jadoo Power System's fuel cell module during a White House event February 2003 at the National Building Museum in Washington DC when Bush asked for support for his hydrogen and fuel cell plans. California TV Station is First to Test New Fuel Cell-Powered News Camera
SACRAMENTO, CA - Launching a new television industry technology, Sacramento’s TV station KOVR-TV will start testing a fuel cell-powered advanced video news camera this month. If all goes as hoped, as many as 200 field cameras operated by NewsCentral, a centralized news gathering operation owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Hunt Valley, MD may be switched during the next couple of years or so from traditional battery packs to fuel cell power, Del Parks, Sinclair’s vice president for engineering and operations, told H&FCL. "It’s a first in the industry,” said ...
National Research Council Releases Massive H2 Economy & DoE H2 Program Review
WASHINGTON, DC - Mixing low-key criticism of the U.S. Energy Department’s hydrogen and fuel cell program with praise, the long-awaited, massive assessment of a Hydrogen Economy by the National Research Council of the National Academies was released this month. The 500-page document, “The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers and R&D Needs,” was made public two days after the Bush administration released its 2005 budget, which requests $227 million overall for hydrogen energy technologies (see p.1). DoE requested the NRC study in 2002. (A pre-publication copy , ...
Democratic Front Runner Kerry Backs H2 From Renewables, Also From Coal, Nukes
WASHINGTON, DC - If elected president, Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary winner John Kerry would create a Hydrogen Institute that would bring together leading scientists and policy advisors to best advance the potential of hydrogen, according to a survey by the Washington-based Sustainable Energy Coalition released last month. Asked which fuel sources should be relied on to produce hydrogen as the government expands its hydrogen development program, Kerry said 80% should be based on renewables, 10% on fossil fuels, and 10% on nuclear power. Kerry was one of eight major presidential ...
DoE News: DoE 2005 H2 Budget Request is $227 Million, Includes $95 Million for Core Program
WASHINGTON, DC - President Bush’s budget request for fiscal year 2005, released early this month, includes a grand total of $227 million for the Energy Department’s hydrogen efforts, dispersed over several programs and agencies. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, outlining his department’s total request of $24.3 billion - including $9 billion to support defense activities - said DoE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will be at the forefront of implementing President Bush’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. “Hydrogen holds tremendous promise to ...

January 2004

Correction
CORRECTION: In our report on the IPHE agreement last month (H&FCL Dec. 03), the affiliation of one of the co-chairmen of the implementation and liaison committee, Dr. Hanns-Joachim Neef, was in error. Dr. Neef works at the Project Management Organization Juelich (PTJ) under contract to the German Federal Economics and Labor Ministry. He returned to Germany in June and is no longer with IEA, as stated in our article.
Transitions
The Washington, DC-based Electric Drive Transport Association (EDTA) announced that long-serving president Kateri Callahan has resigned from the organization, effective this month, to become president of the Alliance to Save Energy. Vice president Gail Hendrickson has been named as acting head of EDTA while the group is searching for a new executive to fill the vacancy Pacific Fuel Cell Corp., Tustin, CA has named Xin Wang as its new vice president and r&d director. Wang earned his Ph.D. in electrochemical engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and he is ...
Events
New date & location: The “Fifth Annual International Symposium on Distributed Energy Resources” will be held Jan. 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla Hotel, San Diego, CA. Details: Frank Kester, conference coordinator, Energy West, 949/492-1340, e-mail energywestnews@cs.com. The “International German Hydrogen Energy Congress 2004" will be held Feb. 11-12 at the Fair Grounds, Essen, Germany. Details: H2CONGRESS.de, phone 049/201/1721260; e-mail info@h2congress.de; www.h2congress.de. The “Fourth Annual Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles” conference is scheduled for Feb. ...
Briefly Noted: SOFC Forecast
A new updated report from Business Communications Co.(BCC), Norwalk, CT, forecasts the worldwide market for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is likely to almost triple to $335 million by 2008 with an average annual growth rate of about 24% during that period. Today, the market is about $123 million, including about $67 million in North America, $22 million in Europe and $27 million in Japan, estimates BCC. The current numbers reflect an increase in SOFC funding, the number of units evaluated, r&d contracts and other data, according to the report, a revision of earlier estimates. BCC says ...
Briefly Noted: More FC Buses
More fuel cell buses: Amsterdam’s transit authority GVB has begun operating three fuel cell DaimlerChrysler Citaro buses on two routes in the northern part of the city for a two-year test. Total cost of the test is Euro 7 million (about $8.6 million), with funding coming from the European Union, the Dutch Transport Ministry and the Amsterdam City Council, according to an item Dec. 15 in the “Expatica” Internet news service. In London, meanwhile, three more Citaros, powered by 205 kW Ballard Power Systems fuel cells, were turned over to the city’s public transport ...
Briefly Noted: Astris Energi
Astris Energi Inc., the Mississauga, Ontario-based developer of alkaline fuel cells, says it is now gearing up to start pilot production of Powerstack (TM) MC 250 fuel cell power module in its facility in Vlasim, Czech Republic. The company says it has commitments for about $500,000 toward the pilot plant, and it has budgeted U.S. 2.9 million for startup and operation of the plant for three years. It continues to seek commitments from investors and partnerships with prospective customers. The year-end announcement followed an earlier one announcing a 2.4 kW generator, the E8, powered by that ...
Briefly Noted: Hitachi/Tokai Fuel Cells
Various computer publications reported last month on plans by Japanese electronics maker Hitachi to produce commercial fuel cells for portable devices such as hand-held computers next year. Hitachi says it has teamed with Tokai, a maker of disposable cigarette lighters, in designing a prototype cartridge about the size of an AA battery that contains 20% methanol plus water, good for powering a personal digital assistant (PDA) for six to eight hours. Hitachi and Tokai say they plan to increase the concentration to 30% for the commercial version. Other Japanese companies with plans to ...
Briefly Noted: UK Wind Energy
Several energy companies have won preliminary approval to submit bids for what may be the world’s biggest wind power project yet: some 1,000 wind turbines to be constructed off Britain’s coast, generating between 5.4 and 7.2 gigawatts of electricity, equal to meet the needs of 4 million homes. According to a Dec. 19 story in the “New York Times,” the total cost is likely to reach $12.4 billion. The approval came from the Crown Estate, an agency which controls public lands, in form of a request to the companies to submit bids by this summer, according to the article. Still ...
Briefly Noted: PNNL/NASA Collaboration
The Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH will cooperate in the development of sealing technologies for solid oxide fuel cell stacks, described in PNNL’s release as one of the toughest technical challenges in the development of advanced SOFCs. “Our objective is to develop composite materials and designs that will improve the strength and fracture toughness of composite glass and glass-ceramic-based seals,” the release quoted ...
Briefly Noted: Proton Energy
Proton Energy Systems, Inc., Wallingford, CT has been awarded a business Phase II contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for development of lightweight unitized regenerative fuel cell technology for unmanned aerial vehicles. The company is part of Distributed Energy Systems, Corp., formed last month after Proton acquired Northern Power Systems (H&FCL July 03). Proton has also been awarded a similar contract for similar technology by the U.S. Army Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for use in high-altitude airships. The NASA contract is valued at almost $600,000 over ...
Briefly Noted: New Italian H2 Ass'n.
Italy has a new hydrogen and fuel cell association: H2IT (Associazione Italiana per l’Idrogeno e Celle Combustibile), headquartered in Milan, held its board meeting Dec. 12, reports the DWV newsletter. The new organization was founded Oct. 30. Alberto Pieri, director of FAST (Italy’s Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations), was named president of H2IT for one year to manage the associative process. Iris Flacco of the Abruzzo Region, Sergio Bechis of Air Liquide Italia and Edoardo Rinaldi, of Natural Electric, were appointed vice presidents. The Board also appointed ...
Briefly Noted: Trittin
In Brussels, German environment minister Juergen Trittin called for European legislation that would force automobile manufacturers to reduced average new-vehicle carbon dioxide emissions to 120 grams/kilometer by 2012, reports the Environmental News Service (ENS) in a Dec. 22 dispatch. Trittin, a member of the Green Party in Chancellor Schroeder’s cabinet, told fellow European Union environment ministers that “a clear indication” by the industry that it would not meet previously agreed-on voluntary targets, means legally binding measures are now needed. According to the story, ...
Book Review: Power to the People: How the Coming Energy Revolution Will Transform an Industry, Change Our Lives and Maybe Even Save the Planet
The meager popular literature on hydrogen and fuel cells certainly could use a witty, accessible and articulate discussion of the world of energy and hydrogen’s emerging place in it. We have one, or more accurately, three-fourths of one, in Power to the People. Although trained as an engineer, author Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is a journalist, and the best parts of the book are those in which he allows himself simply to be a journalist. It is when he gives in to the temptation to be prescriptive that he loses his way, or is led astray. Vaitheeswaran is Environment and Energy ...
Briefly Noted: Berlin H2 Stations
The November/December issue of the newsletter of the German Hydrogen Association (DWV) reports construction started in late November of the second hydrogen fueling station in Germany’s capital Berlin under the umbrella of the nine-member Clean Energy Partnership (CEP). Original plans had called for launching a 30-vehicle fleet last year (H&FCL July 02). Now, a fleet of 16 hydrogen vehicles - 10 DaimlerChrysler F-Cells, two BMW i.c.-powered BMWs, three Ford Focus fuel cell hybrids and one GM/Opel HydroGen3 - will be made available initially to customers under the Euro 33 million program. ...
Intergalactic's H2 Hummer and its creators, CEO Tai W. Robinson, far right, and the company's founder, W. Fred Robinson, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Hydrogen Hummer Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show
LOS ANGELES - It had to happen: a humongous Hummer, powered by hydrogen. Intergalactic Hydrogen, a small enthusiast’s operation in Sandy, UT, is debuting its Hydrogen Hummer here at the Auto Show January 2-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, along with an earlier version, the Green Hummer, and a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck converted to hydrogen dubbed - what else? - the H2TOY. Tai Robinson, Intergalactic’s president, says the car will run on either compressed or liquid hydrogen, but also on straight compressed natural gas or a combination of both fuels. So can his ...
Europe Plans Spending $3.4 Billion Over 12 Years on Large Hydrogen Projects
BRUSSELS - The European Commission wants to spend Euro 2.8 billion ($3.4 billion) on hydrogen energy technology between now and 2015 as part of a new initiative to help jumpstart what the Commission called “lackluster” recent economic performance in the group of nations. Details are vague at this point - at least nothing has been released publicly so far: The annex of the mid-December paper lists two large umbrella projects, “Hypogen,” a large-scale test facility for the production of hydrogen and electricity, and “Hycom,” the creation of a limited number ...
Research & Development: New Connecticut Fuel Cell Center Aims for Global Preeminence
STORRS, CT - Add another one to the explosion of acronyms in the area of hydrogen and fuel cell development: CGFCC. CGFCC stands for Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center, a new institution founded here a year ago in a bucolic northeastern part of the state as part of the School of Engineering at the 23,00-student University of Connecticut here, one of five campuses. As the name implies, the center, housed in a brand-new 16,000 sq. ft. building, aims at nothing less than planetary excellence -in fact, it wants to become “the world’s premier academic resource for advanced ...
DoE to Cooperate with India in H2 Three-Wheelers; Country Plans Infrastructure
NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON, DC - India hopes to set up hydrogen fueling stations in select cities in the next two or three years as pilot projects, and expects to convert a sizeable number of two- and three-wheeled vehicles to hydrogen, perhaps blended with natural gas, according to an Indian government announcement last month. At the same time, the U.S. Energy Department, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is starting a program to help introduce hydrogen-fueled vehicles in that country. USAID is allocating $500,000 to experimentally convert two ...
NJ Group to Convert First U.S. Home to Solar Hydrogen, including Seasonal Storage
HOPEWELL, NJ - Early this month, work started on America’s first completely grid-independent solar hydrogen home here in central New Jersey. Conversion of the two-story, 2,500 sq. ft. Colonial home which belongs to Mike Strizki, a senior lead engineer at Millennium Cell, Inc., Eatontown, NJ is expected by June. Strizki recently helped complete conversion of an electric water taxi to fuel cell power (H&FCL May, Sept. 03). Earlier, while still working for the New Jersey Transportation Department, he successfully fielded a couple of fuel cell vehicles in several Tour de Sol events ...
Toronto & Two Dozen Companies to Set Up Area Hydrogen Village Partnership
TORONTO - A group of 27 Canadian companies and government entities have set up the Hydrogen Village Partnership in the Greater Toronto Area, the industry association Fuel Cells Canada announced last month. The group includes end users, technology providers and technology integrators. Participants range from Air Liquide and Astris Energi, Inc. to Stuart Energy and the University of Toronto at Mississauga and the Cities of Mississauga and Toronto. “We are bringing together the strengths of many partners in this collaboration by industry, government and the academic community, knowing ...
Fast Forward: Florida Hydrogen Fleet Plans
Florida is gearing up to host what it hopes will be one of the first test fleets for both fuel cell and internal combustion engine vehicles in the United States some time early this year. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection has asked the U.S. Energy Department for funding to deploy as many as 10 fuel cell vehicles and anywhere from six to 30 internal combustion-powered vehicles converted to hydrogen - cars, buses and commercial vehicles - in and around Orlando, home to both Disney World but, more importantly, to some 100 companies in the area said to be very interested in ...
The Hydrogen Car Co.'s Jim Heffel with the original Shelby Cobra he converted to hydrogen two years ago, shown here at the Las Vegas Speedway. H2 Car Co. Wants to Convert Trucks, Sports Cars to Hydrogen, Talks with Possible Partners
LOS ANGELES - The Hydrogen Car Company (HCC), launched here recently (H&FCL Nov. 03), is making plans to convert vehicles with internal combustion engines - from sports cars to Hummers - to hydrogen. As the year gets underway, it is already deep in discussions with well-known companies in moving toward that objective. One strategic partner, according to the company's website, is Canada's Stuart Energy, designer and manufacturer of hydrogen fueling stations and other infrastructure products. The word is that Stuart may make an official announcement this month that presumably would ...
California Plans for Interstate H2 Fueling Station Network Take Shape
SACRAMENTO, CA - When Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed in his governorship campaign he would set up hydrogen fueling stations every 20 miles on every California Interstate highway, lots of people wrote it off as blue sky campaign rhetoric. They were wrong, it seems: Gov. Schwarzenegger's key environmental executive, Terry Tamminen, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, thinks it can be done, he is dead set on achieving it within a decade, and he says plans are well on their way. Within the next six to eight months, Tamminen expects to have in hand a blueprint ...