December 2007

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The Canadian Hydrogen Association (CHA) has elected Pierre Gauthier, an Air Liquide Canada executive, as its new chairman of the board. He replaces Alexander (Sandy) Stuart who will become chairman emeritus. Stuart and Ron Venter, retired professor at the University of Toronto, were given honorary lifetime memberships as CHA founders. Tapan Bose, of Hydrogen Engine Centre and Don Fraser, of Dynetek Industries, were named eastern and western vice-chairmen, respectively. Andrei Tchouvelev, of A.V. Tchouvelev & Associates, was named secretary/treasurer. Terry Kimmel, until now CHA’s ...
Events
The “EVS-23 Sustainability: The Future of Transportation” electric drive symposium will be held Dec. 2-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. Details: EVSinfo@ntpshow.com, www.evs23.org. The “Business in the Wilderness: Shaping Your Carbon Choices” conference is scheduled for Dec. 5-6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Details: Rex Hazelton, 202-457-0868; pRhazelton@ttcorp.com, www.carbonmanagementcouncil.org. The 3rd Annual Fuel Cells Conference, “Durability & Performance 2007" is scheduled for Dec. 10-12 in Miami, FL. Details: Knowledge ...
Briefly Noted: GM in China
General Motors is setting up a center for Advanced Science and Research, part of a new $250 million “GM Campus,” in Shanghai to carry out advanced automotive research projects in China together with the Chinese government, industry partners and academic institutions as part of a collaborative strategy there to support the country’s pursuit of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation. GM is also partnering in the establishment of a second institution, the China Automotive Energy Research Center, in collaboration with Beijing’s Tsinghua University and ...
Briefly Noted: FuelCell Energy/Linde
Danbury, CT-based FuelCell Energy Inc. reports it has sold four fuel cell power plants with a total rating of 3.9 MW to German industrial gas and engineering company The Linde Group. Linde will install the four plants at customer locations in the San Diego, CA area all of which will use purified biogas, currently flared from the Point Loma wastewater treatment plant, as primary fuel source. Linde is also handling cleanup process of the gas, and it will deliver the purified gas via tube trailers to area customers that will be operating the plants - three 1.2 MW and one 300 kW units - at three ...
Briefly Noted: Hydrogenics
Fuel cell developer Hydrogenics Corp., Mississauga, Ontario, says it is shutting down its fuel cell test equipment business, focusing instead on its core activities of onsite hydrogen generation and power systems. The 12-year-old company which began making test equipment early on (H&FCL March 98) and which acquired a major competing maker of test equipment only four years ago (H&FCL Feb. 03), said this segment was a low gross margin, low growth and loss-generating business, and that it would be shutting down its Burnaby, BC-based test equipment manufacturing facility over the next two years. ...
Driving the Honda FCX Clarity: An Auto Writer’s Impressions
SANTA MONICA, CA - Editor’s Note: Norman Mayersohn, a longtime colleague who is now an editor for the Automobiles section of The New York Times, drove the Honda FCX last month during the Los Angeles auto show. Norman allowed me to share his note with H&FCL describing his drive to Malibu: Peter, now that I have been back for a couple of weeks and am somewhat caught up on work (yeah, right, as if), I thought you might be interested to hear my take on the Honda FCX Clarity. I drove it Sunday morning after Honda’s press conference, where it was introduced as the car that will be ...
Book Report: Simple Solutions for Planet Earth - Book 1
Maybe it’s far-fetched and a bit off the wall, but I couldn’t help but think of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” when I read Pat Takahashi’s new book, “Simple Solutions for Planet Earth.” It’s really an entertaining romp through a number of universes Pat has traversed in his long, adventurous and successful career as scientist, environmentalist, clean energy advocate, searcher for extraterrestrial life, and for a mysterious female ancestral samurai great great grandmother in Japan, maybe an early Asian proto-feminist long before that term ...
Interview: Daihatsu R&D on Hydrazine Hydrate to Power Low-Cost Cell Fuels
MAKUHARI, JAPAN - As reported previously, Japan’s Daihatsu Motor Co., Toyota’s small-car subsidiary, has begun researching the use of hydrazine hydrate (N2H4.H2O) as fuel for a fuel cell vehicle (H&FCL Nov. 07). A variant, hydrazine (N2H4), first used as fuel during World War II for the German ME 163B rocket-powered fighter plane, is now used as propellant for spacecraft maneuvering thrusters, in the Space Shuttle’s auxiliary power units and elsewhere, according to information on the Internet. It is also used industrially as an antioxidant and oxygen scavenger, and it is ...
Fast Forward: Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton is getting into the hydrogen and fuel cell business: Well, not directly, but his Climate Initiative has launched a new project to pool what’s hoped will be a huge amount of purchasing power to drive down the cost of energy-efficient and clean-energy technologies. Clinton outlined his ideas in early November addressing the 1,100 member U.S. Conference of Mayors which joins Wal-Mart here as well as 40 of the world’s largest cities in this effort. The Clinton Foundation’s release says the purchasing consortium has negotiated discount prices with 25 ...
Fast Forward: India's Plans
India is apparently getting serious about developing hydrogen and/or fuel cell-powered cars of its own after all. Following earlier reports that plans by the Reva car company and Indian Oil Co. for a fuel cell car have collapsed (H&FCL Sept. 07), Indian media now report that the country’s major automobile manufacturer, Tata Motors, is gearing up to work with the country’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), to develop a hydrogen prototype car, scheduled to roll out early next year. These reports quote no less an authority than ISRO’s chairman, Madhavan ...
Fast Forward: Chrysler FC Concept
Chrysler LLC is staying in the fuel cell marathon after its split-off from erstwhile owner/partner Daimler AG, with the first concept vehicle dubbed ecoVoyager to be shown at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. Chrysler, which also last month joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership as its 34th member, hasn’t released any technical details on EcoVoyager other than describing it as a four-passenger car powered by an electric motor from lithium-ion batteries that will be recharged by a small fuel cell. Maybe not that small: according to some media reports, the battery/fuel cell ...
More Hydrogen Stations in North America, Asia; One Planned in California is Scrapped
WHITE PLAINS, NY – First, the good news: Four new hydrogen fueling stations opened last month in the United States and Asia. The bad news: A fifth station that was supposed to open in Southern California this month has been scrapped. The most recent one to open is in White Plains, NY, 25 miles north of Manhattan. It’s a joint project combining the expertise of Shell Hydrogen LLC, Air Products, and prime contractor, Wallingford, CT-based Distributed Energy Systems Corp., developer of PEM technology, including high-pressure PEM electrolyzers used to generate hydrogen on-site at ...
Conservation Voters Compare Presidential Contenders on Global Warming
WASHINGTON, DC – Among the Democratic presidential contenders, former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson is, so far at least, the strongest supporter of clean energy to fight global warming, but the others are only about a hair’s breadth behind - and all this may change as the campaign progresses. The Republican candidates, on the other hand, have relatively little or nothing to say in six categories - carbon cap and targets, fuel efficiency, renewable electricity standard, efficiency targets, new coal plants and liquid coal - on which they were rated in a chart by the nonprofit ...
Storage: U-VA Scientists Report New Storage Material Capable of Holding Up To Record 14%
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Two University of Virginia researchers here have developed a new class of hydrogen storage material which, if confirmed, would set a new record for high storage capacity. The new material is claimed to store up to 14% of hydrogen by weight at room temperatures, physicists Bellave S. Shivaram, an associate professor of physics and Adam B. Phillips, a graduate student, reported at an international symposium on Materials Issues in a Hydrogen Economy last month in Richmond, VA. The conference was supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Energy ...
Ballard Sells Automotive Assets to Daimler & Ford to Form New Auto Fuel Cell Company
VANCOUVER – Confirming speculation that apparently had been quietly circulating for some time, Ballard Power Systems last month announced it was selling almost all of its automotive fuel cell assets to both Germany’s Daimler AG and Detroit’s Ford Motor Co., to form a new private company, Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation. Daimler will be the majority owner of the new group with 50.1%, and Ballard will hold almost 20%, with Ford holding 30%. Ballard will transfer 113 employees, intellectual property and US $6 million worth of test equipment and inventory to the new company. It ...
Close Encounters of the Alcan Highway Kind: Toyota's new fuel cell FCHC SUV slides gingerly past a couple of disinterested residents of the chilly North during the car's 2,300 mile run from Fairbanks, AK to Vancouver, BC. Honda Clarity Stars at LA Show, Toyota Shows New FCHV, VW Debuts space up! blue
LOS ANGELES – While the Detroit Auto Show is widely seen as the most important showcase for the global industry, the Los Angeles Show seems to be emerging as The Place To Be for unveiling new enviro-friendly transportation. It may have to do with the fact that California is probably both the most environmentally-minded state as well as the place where the automobile reigns supreme as icon of popular culture. As one writer reporting for the “Taipei Times” put it, “when a family sedan that can barely reach 120 km per hour (75 mph) gets more attention than the unveiling ...

November 2007

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Plug Power, Inc., Latham, NY announced that its president and CEO Roger Saillant plans to retire beginning April 7, 2008, his 65th birthday. Saillant informed the company’s board of directors of his decision during a regular Oct. 18 meeting. Saillant has been Plug’s chief executive for the last seven years after working more than 30 years for Ford Motor Co. and Visteon Corp. The board has named a search committee to find a successor.........Eatontown, NJ-based Millennium Cell, Inc. has set up an advisory board to promote the widespread adoption of its hydrogen battery technology. ...
Events
The “World Hydrogen Technologies Convention” will be held Nov. 4-7 at the Congress Palace, Montecatini Terme, Italy. Details: secretariat@whtc2007.com; www.whtc2007.com. An “Advanced Energy Storage Technologies” symposium will be held Nov. 5-8 at the Hilton Cologne Hotel, Cologne, Germany. Details: Khaney Muyderman, Intertech Pira, 207/781-9614; khaney@intertechusa.com; www.intertechusa.com. The 14th Stralsund Symposium, “Utilizing Regenerative Energy Sources and Hydrogen Technology” (in German), will be held Nov.8-10 at Stralsund University of Applied ...
Briefly Noted: New CaFCP Member
The National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) at the University of California, Irvine is the 32nd organization to join the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) in Sacramento. CaFCP announced the addition in late September. The center, set up in 1998 (H&FCL March 98), operates Toyota Highlander fuel cell vehicles (H&FCL Dec. 02) and a 700 bar hydrogen fueling station, the first in California. Contacts: CaFCP, Roy Kim, 714/423-0099, rkim@cafcp.org; NFCRC, Kathy Haq, 949/824-1999, x 118, khaq@nfcrc.uci.edu.
Briefly Noted: Ottawa Hydrogen Station
Presided over by Canada’s environment minister John Baird, Ottawa opened its first hydrogen fueling station last month as part of the Canada’s “Hydrogen on the Hill” project led by Industry Canada and Ford of Canada and managed by Advanced Technologies and Fuels Canada. The Hill refers to Parliament Hill, and the station, located at the Natural Resources Canada campus on Booth Street, will initially fuel three hydrogen-fueled Ford 450 shuttle buses operated by Canada’s Senate. They are joining the existing fleet of House of Commons mini-buses running on an ...
Briefly Noted: U.S. Consumers Disconnect Understanding Climate Issues
There is a big disconnect between American consumers’ worries about changing climate and actually understanding the causes, a new survey says. The Shelton Group’s “Energy Pulse 2007” national study released in early October found that while 63% of consumers say they are “very concerned” about the effects of climate change or global warming, an almost identical percentage - two-thirds - do not know that most electricity is produced by burning coal. About one fifth, 19% of consumers, think that hydroelectric is the number one source of electricity (in fact, hydro ...
Briefly Noted: European Commission Proposals
The European Commission last month adopted two proposals to promote the development of clean and safe hydrogen vehicles, but the move has not met with universal approval. As a first step, the commission wants to set a public-private industry-led partnership, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative, to be funded over the next six years by the European Union with 470 million ($680 million), with a matching amount to be contributed by industry. Secondly, the Commission proposes to simplify their approval for public road use. Both proposals will be considered by the European ...
Briefly Noted: H2 Economy Impact on Water Supplies
Hydrogen supporters generally assume that water supplies for a future hydrogen economy are virtually limitless, in part because of the belief that hydrogen will recycle through the environment, returning time and again as rain, for example. But a new study says producing hydrogen electrolytically from water may in fact have a large impact on water resources. Writing in the September issue of the year-old “Environmental Research Letters,” Michael F. Webber, of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, reports that even for a ...
Briefly Noted: Inherent Uncertainties in Climate Change
Climate change is inherently uncertain, and policy makers should perhaps hew to the old adage, “Go with what you’ve got” - the bottom line of a new climate change study by two researchers, Gerard H. Roe and Marcia B. Bake, at the University of Washington, Seattle. Writing in the Oct. 26 issue of “Science,” Roe and Bake report that climate researchers will not be able to further refine estimates of the climate’s sensitivity to anthropogenic influences, something that could encourage policy makers to begin making climate-related decisions instead of waiting for ...
Mazda's "Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid" on display at the Tokyo Motor Show. (Photo by Roger Schreffler) Tokyo Motor Show Disappoints with Mostly No-Shows In H2, Fuel Cells
MAKUHARI, JAPAN - The 40th Tokyo Motor Show, which opened here to the public Oct. 27, was largely a disappointment for what it didn’t show, or say, about any hydrogen and fuel cell technology advances. Not only were there a lot of no-shows, but those that did display new models didn’t part with any substantive information. Honda Motor Co., for example, did not display its next generation FCX Concept at all. Instead, it opted for rolling out the new model the middle of this month, Nov. 14 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Nor would the company provide any details about the car’s ...
A rendering of Reaction Engines' proposal for the 300-passenger LAPCAT hypersonic transport aircraft. EU, European Space Agency Study LH2-Fueled Hypersonic Transport Plane
PARIS/BRUSSELS – The idea of hydrogen-powered hypersonic airplane travel which got a lot of attention in the 1980s and early 1990s with Ronald Reagan’s “Orient Express,” the “National Aerospace Plane,” and Britain’s HOTOL concepts (The Hydrogen Letter, Jan. ‘92) is being revived by the European Union (EU) and the European Space Agency (ESA). European media reported last month the EU has agreed to fund a second phase of ESA’s LAPCAT (for Long-Term Advanced Propulsion Concepts and Technologies) project that was to end next spring. According to ...
PV, Wind Produce Much More H2 Fuel Per Acre Than Biofuels, New Analysis Says
MUNICH – A new analysis of land resources needed for the production of close to a dozen alternative transportation fuels, from biodiesel to hydrogen, shows that photovoltaics and wind can generate as much as ten times the amount of energy in form of hydrogen than biofuels from the same acreage. The brief nine-page analysis by researchers at Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) here revisits and integrates the findings of a number of previous studies, including a major European well-to-wheels study done with participation of international carmakers and oil companies for which LBST ...
The trade show floor of the San Antonio Fuel Cell Seminar: 144 vendors had set up shop. 2007 Fuel Cell Seminar and Exposition: In Search of Markets
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Not long ago, in the days when President Bush was peppering his State of the Union addresses with visions of a hydrogen future and fuel cell companies’ stocks soared in the wake of every press release, the annual Fuel Cell Seminar was drawing over 2,000 attendees. Things seem to have settled back down to a more sustainable plateau since those heady days. This year’s event in San Antonio drew some 1,700 people, just about the same as the 2006 Seminar. Though attendance may be approaching a sort of equilibrium, this year brought many changes to the format of ...
"And this here is........": A GM staffer explains what's under the hood of the Equinox Fuel Cell to reporters at the car's launch in Tarrytown, NY. GM Rolls Out First Chevrolet Fuel Cell Equinox SUVs
TARRYTOWN, NY - Exactly one year after General Motors lifted the curtain on the hybrid fuel cell version of its Chevrolet Equinox SUV (H&FCL Oct. 06), the real thing rolled out last month in day-long media demonstration programs in California and New York. On the East Coast, GM brought a handful of the 100-plus Equinox FCs to be handed to consumers in its “Project Driveway” to a spiffy conference center here for test driving, tire kicking and a series of presentations dubbed “Electric Drive University” under a funny fake-Latin motto “Gas Amico Ad Gas ...

October 2007

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Auburn Hills, MI-based Octillion Corp. has appointed Dr. Alastair K. Livesey to the company’s board of directors. Livesey, a consultant, is the former executive manager at Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. for new business development, and he previously participated in the formation of Shell Hydrogen. Octillion is a technology incubator focusing on emerging solar energy technologies.......FuelCell Energy Inc., Danbury, CT has named two new members to its board of directors: Glenn H. Epstein, previously was chairman and CEO of Intermagnetics General Corp., Latham, NY, a maker of advanced ...
Events
The “2nd National Hydrogen Association Fall Forum - Hydrogen Uses in the Military,” is scheduled fo Oct. 2-4 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC. Details: www.hydrogenforums.org/07Military. The “2nd International Symposium on Capture and Geological Storage of CO2" will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Le Méridien Etoile Hotel in Paris. Details: Hervé Quinquis, IFP, +33/1/47 52 65 57; herve.quinquis@ifp.fr. An “Investing in Energy Storage Technologies” conference is scheduled for Oct. 11-12 at the Flatotel, midtown Manhattan, NY. Details: ...
Opportunities
The University of Connecticut says it plans to hire new top researchers and professors in sustainable energy fields, including fuel cells, with $4 million from a new public and private partnership. An initial $2 million from FuelCell Energy, Danbury, the Northeast Utilities Foundation and UTC Power, New Windsor, triggered another $2 million contribution in state funding to the university’s Eminent Faculty program, the university said. Uconn operates its Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center and the Biofuels Consortium, both of which work closely with industry. Contact: UConn media ...
Briefly Noted: Hydrogen Engine Center/Belliss
Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc. (HEC), the Algona, IA-based designer and manufacturer of hydrogen-fueled i.c. engines and distributed power generation equipment, has signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s Belliss India Limited, New Delhi, to sell and service its engines and power equipment in that country. A Belliss executive, S. P. Jain, said he believed “there is solid market potential emerging for hydrogen-fueled power systems that are typically grid independent.” Belliss is a manufacturer of steam turbines for industrial users. Contact: HEC, media, Nicole ...
Briefly Noted: Heliocentris
Heliocentris Fuel Cells AG, the Berlin-based maker of educational fuel cell products, has teamed up with SMA Technologie AG, a German maker of photovoltaic inverters, in designing a fuel cell backup system for PV installations. Unveiled last month at the f-cell trade fair in Stuttgart, the new device provides users of PV installations feeding electricity into the grid with a stand-alone energy supply in case of power failure. SMA’s Sunny backup system won an award earlier for the most innovative solar product of 2007. Contacts: Heliocentris, Andras Gosztonyi, 49/30/6392-6185, ...
Briefly Noted: DoE/Fuel Cell Store
The U.S. Energy Department has awarded Boulder, CO-based Fuel Cell Store, the sole contract worth $138,000 to provide hydrogen fuel cell kits and technical support for the 2007 DoE National Science Bowl. The featured event of this science competition for middle and high school student is intended to let students design, build and race model cars. The fuel cells are manufactured by H-tec, a company headquartered in Luebeck in Northern Germany. The DoE fuel cell kits will become publicly available in November. Fuel Cell Store, an online retailer of fuel cell-related products, is a subsidiary ...
Briefly Noted: Plug Power/Ballard DoD Contract
Plug Power, Inc., Latham, NY and Ballard Power Systems, Inc., Vancouver, have been awarded a joint $3.5 million contract by the U.S. Defense Department to collaborate on the next phase of fuel cell systems development of a modular, scaleable fuel cell system for telecommunications and other mission-critical backup applications. Both companies have been collaborating in this since early last year in work for both DoD and the Homeland Security Department. Prototype system trials are expected to get underway next year with both government and commercial customers. The award will be administered ...
Briefly Noted: Defense Agency/Air Products
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has contracted with Air Products for an indoor hydrogen fueling station for its research and development program, the company announced. The agency wants to fuel 20 hydrogen fuel cell forklifts at the Defense Distribution Depot warehouse in Susquehanna, PA under a two-year program. Air Products will collaborate with General Hydrogen, the Plug Power Inc. subsidiary, in retrofitting 20 battery-powered Class-1 forklifts with General Hydrogen fuel cell power packs. Separately, the company announced it had signed a cooperation agreement with HyGear B.V., an ...
Briefly Noted: Linde Liquefier
The Linde Group, the Munich-based industrial gas technology company, has officially started operations of its second hydrogen liquefaction plus a new air separation plant in Leuna, a big petrochemical plant area in the former East Germany. Construction of the liquefier was first reported three years ago but without any official confirmation by the company (H&FCL July 05) at the time. Total cost of both plants is about 60 million ($85 million at current rates). The new plant produces about 5 tons of liquid hydrogen per day. It is only the second liquefier in Germany; the other one, in ...
Briefly Noted: PolyFuel
Mountain View, CA-based PolyFuel developer of direct methanol fuel cell membranes for portable electronics, says it has developed a stack capable of delivering 500 Watts per liter of stack volume, an output level that the company says is twice what’s needed for a typical laptop. The tiny 111 cc stack which fits easily into the palm of a hand, delivers peak power of 56 W. The company says this marks the first time the company has talked publicly about its expertise in stack and other technologies, going beyond its initial focus on membrane development. Henry Voss, the company’s vice ...
Briefly Noted: NREL FC Bus Report
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO last month published a new summary report, ”Fuel Cell Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets: Summary of Experiences and Current Status.” The 37-page report can be downloaded at www.nrel.gov/hydrogen/pdfs/41967.pdf.
Briefly Noted: National Gov’s Clean Energy Initiative
The National Governors Association (NGA) last month committed itself to promoting clean energy policies across the United States by launching the “Securing a Clean Energy Future” initiative. “Our nation has enjoyed more than a hundred years of inexpensive energy, seemingly inexhaustible oil and a relatively forgiving environment,” said NGA chair, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.”But America can no longer rely on business-as-usual to meet its energy needs, and the nation’s governors are prepared to lead the way in crafting a sensible, sustainable clean energy ...
Book Review: Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How
At 81, S. David Freeman is the elder statesman of public power in the U.S. To hear him tell it, he seems to have held about two hundred different public sector jobs in the energy field over the past half-century, including head of the Tennessee Valley Authority, The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the California Power Authority. Trained as an engineer and attorney, he has also helped to shape national energy policy as an advisor to both Democratic and Republican administrations. As I read the first few chapters of Freeman’s new Winning Our Energy Independence, I came ...
Fuel Cell Industry Reports Record Revenues, but Losses Increase Due to R&D Outlays
VANCOUVER – Total revenues for publicly traded fuel cell companies more than doubled last year over 2005, but losses also increased because of continued high research and development costs. The 2007 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) fuel cell survey, released last month in London during the 10th Grove Fuel Cell Symposium, rose 59% in 2006 over 2005 to a record high of $416 million, but none of the companies in the survey reported profits. Aggregate losses for the sector increased to $644 million last year, sharply up from the $371 million reported in 2005 (All figures in U.S. dollars). ...
Fast Forward: Toronto Hydrogen Train?
A hydrogen commuter train for Toronto? That’s what Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is promoting, according to Canadian media reports. McGuinty talked up the idea during a stop at train builder Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant in mid-September, saying that while the idea is still in its preliminary stages, it’s the kind of project the government had in mind when it created a large multi-million dollar Next Generation Job Fund. “It’s our goal to get a prototype on the rails here in Ontario within three years of the project launch,” McGuinty told a small audience of ...
Fast Forward: How-To Solar Hydrogen Plant Book
Hungarian-born process control expert and environmental engineer Béla Lipták who wants to help launch the commercial large-scale launch of solar hydrogen as quickly as possible (H&FCL March 07), is moving a step closer with a book on the detailed design and expected cost of a first solar-hydrogen plant early next year. Lipták, editor of the Environmental Engineers’ Handbook and other publications, tells H&FCL he has signed a contract with CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL to deliver his manuscript in December, with publication scheduled for early 2008. Amazon.com is already ...
Fast Forward: Methanol Cartridges on Airplanes
A step closer to carrying small laptop methanol fuel cells on airplanes: The U.S. Transportation Department has issued what’s called a “proposed rulemaking” to allow airline passengers to carry and use micro fuel cells and methanol fuel cartridges on board airplanes (H&FCL Dec. 05, Aug. 06) If it goes through, it would bring U.S. air transport regulations in line with global regulations already adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that became effective at the start of this year. Several other countries, including Canada, China, Japan and Britain have ...
Shanghai Pearl Hydrogen Power Source Technology Company's fuel cell bike on display at a Shanghai trade fair. The man in the center is Prof. Bao Deyou, a specialist in metal hydride technology who for decades has been active in China and the West in promoting hydrogen energy technology, and is now also a consultant to Pearl Hydrogen. Chinese Company Shows H2-Powered Fuel Cell Bike at Shanghai Trade Fair
SHANGHAI – A developer of PEM fuel cell technology here, the Shanghai Pearl Hydrogen Power Source Technology Co., last month unveiled what some reports said was the country’s first hydrogen fuel cell bicycle. The company said on its website the two-wheeler was a concept bike that had been completed only about a month earlier. It was displayed at the 9th China International Exhibition on Gas Technology, Equipment and Applications here. According to Shanghai Pearl’s release, the PEM fuel cell is rated at 240 W, driving a 180 W DC brushless motor. The two vertical hydride ...
COMMENTARY Global Heating: Why We Must Shift to Carbon-Free Fuel
In a few days, President Bush will be hosting a climate summit in Washington, and Congress will begin what promises to be a long series of deliberations on climate legislation. At long last, there’s basic agreement that we have to get serious about fighting global warming. The elephant in the room is, “how”? One answer — arguably the best one — came from Europe’s parliamentarians in Strasbourg last May. The Parliament overwhelmingly adopted a declaration calling for a green hydrogen economy and “a third industrial revolution.” The basic issues are ...
Is it a Bullet Train, or is it a Car? A slightly extreme perspective of Hyundai's new i-Blue fuel cell prototype, on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Hyundai, GM Show FC Concepts at Frankfurt Show, Mercedes Announces Fleet Plans
FRANKFURT – A couple of fuel cell cars were on display amidst the plethora of gasoline-powered ones - both straight and hybrid - at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show but they were more show than go. The two most noteworthy vehicles, Hyundai’s i-Blue and General Motors’ latest embodiment of its E-Flex hybrid electric power train architecture dubbed Flextreme, were, so far at least, non-functional packaging studies. In addition, Mercedes-Benz showed the latest variant of its F-Cell series, based on its B-Class which still looks like a small minivan, but bigger than the ...

September 2007

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The U.S. Energy Department’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) has three new members: Robert Rose, executive director of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council; Ford Motor Co’s Gerhard Schmidt, vice president, Research & Advanced Engineering; and Phil Ross, materials science researcher retired from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. They are replacing J. Craig Venter, founder and chairman of the J. Craig Venter Institute; Uma Choudry, senior vice president and chief technology officer for DuPont; and James Reinsch, senior vice president Bechtel Power.........The ...
Events
A “Carbon Markets USA” conference will be held Sept. 11-12 at the Hilton Hotel, O’Farrell St., San Francisco, CA. Details: Matthew Probyn, matthew.probyn@greenpowerconferences.com; www.greenpowerconferences.com. The “2nd International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS)” will be held Sept. 11-13 at the Palacio de Miramar, San Sebastian, Spain. Details: +39-050-836665; HS@hysafe.org; Thjewww.hysafe.net/conference. A “New Material and Concepts for PEM Fuel Cells” colloquium will be held (German only, apparently) Sept. 13-14 in Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, ...
Briefly Noted: Millennium Cell/Horizon
Eatontown, NJ-based Millennium Cell, Inc. is teaming up with Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, Singapore, in a joint development and licensing agreement that centers on the commercialization of fuel cell power products with more than 20 watts of output. The partners see the deal as enabling Horizon to launch practical, viable fuel cell products. Horizon has licensed Millennium Cell’s Hydrogen on Demand® technology to co-develop compatible hydrogen fuel cartridges for upcoming products that are scheduled to come to market next year such as a 50W emergency power fuel cell to support ...
Briefly Noted: Primary Energy in Germany
More primary energy news from Germany, some not so good: The August 20 English-language edition of Spiegel online says wind power has its own dangers, with “thousands of mishaps, breakdowns and accidents” reported in recent years. In one incident in November 2006 in Oldenburg in northern Germany, a “sudden gust of wind ripped the tip off the rotor blade” from a 100-meter (328 feet) tall wind turbine, the magazine said, sending the big 10-meter (32 foot) spinning through the air and crashing into a field some 200 meters away. Gearboxes on top of the towering masts have ...
Briefly Noted: Biggest PV Plant Yet
What’s described as the world’s largest photovoltaic solar power plant has started churning out electricity on a former East German military airbase. The operator juwi-Group, based in Bolanden in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said the first six MW of a planned 40 MW PV installation with 550,000 solar modules east of Leipzig has begun sending solar electricity to the grid. According to the Aug. 24 German online information service “Energieportal,” the plant employing advanced thin-film technology will be completed near the end of 2009. It’s big all right: ...
Briefly Noted: Nanophosphate Battery
General Motors Corp. will co-develop nanophosphate battery chemistry with lithium battery manufacturer A123Systems, Inc., Watertown, MA (H&FCL Jan. 07) for its electric drive E-Flex System, GM’s new plug-and-play powertrain architecture for both fuel cell or plug-in vehicles like the prototype Volt (H&FCL Jan. May 07). Nanophosphate-based technology is expected to provide more power, longer life and safer operations than other types of lithium-ion battery technology, GM says. The new contract puts pressure on other battery developers: Earlier this year, GM awarded two contracts for ...
Briefly Noted: Hydrogen Engine Center
Hydrogen Engine Center Inc. (HEC), Algona, IA reports it has received an order for two hydrogen-fueled V-8 Oxx PowerTM i.c. engines from the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technology/UNIDO in Istanbul, Turkey (H&FCL Dec. 03, Nov. 04). The engines are expected to be installed in Istanbul water taxis. Contact: HEC, Nicole Fritz-Kemna, 515/295-3178, nkemna@hydrogenenginecenter.com
Briefly Noted: Honda Tax Breaks
Tax Breaks for Clean Fuel Cell Cars: American Honda Motor Co., says its Honda FCX fuel cell car is the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle certified by the Internal Revenue Service to be eligible for the Qualified Fuel Cell Motor Vehicle Credit program, part of the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. Thus, the car qualifies for a large $12,000 Federal tax credit, according to Honda. While it’s not yet available in showrooms, Honda’s release says it’s a real car “and another step towards market viability.” The FCX is the only fuel cell vehicle certified by the California ...
Briefly Noted: FuelCell Energy
“Running on fumes” is taking on a new literal meaning with FuelCell Energy’s 300 kW DFC300MA(tm) power plant the company will be installing in the Ford Motor Co., Oakville, Ontario plant. The fuel cell power plant will be fueled by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), solvents that are produced during automotive painting operations with enamel base paints and clear coat finishes. Ford is buying the molten carbonate power plant with funding from Industry Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, with support from Fuel Cell Energy’s distribution partner ...
Book Review: The Hydrogen Age: Empowering a Clean Energy Future
If you’re an energy professional who wants to learn more about the science and engineering aspects of hydrogen and fuel cells, this is not the book you’re looking for. The Hydrogen Age is squarely aimed at the layperson looking for an inspiring, non-technical overview of what a hydrogen future might look like. With its engaging, magazine-like layout and extensive use of graphics, Holland and Provenzano’s book pulls the reader along for a breathless tour of all the ways hydrogen can be put to use. Despite some flaws, The Hydrogen Age does fill an important gap in the literature ...
Opportunities: NYSERDA
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a $1.5 million Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 1173 asking for proposals for sustainable transportation systems. In Category A, NYSERDA seeks multi-phased proposals to support new and innovative strategies in planning and design, construction, project implementation policy, maintenance and operations, and landscaping and lightning. In Category B, NYSERDA seeks demonstrations of existing commercial transportation technologies with the potential to improve the energy and environmental performance of existing ...
It doesn't look like 21st century high-tech, but it is: Stephen Friend's (inset) solar hydrogen house on Stuart Island off Washington State (actually closer to British Columbia). The only give-away is the satellite wi-fi dish antenna on the upper floor. Off-Grid Solar-Hydrogen System Powers Washington State Island Vacation Home
STUART ISLAND, WA – Living on an island is fun and it’s many people’s dream, but there are distinct downsides when it comes to civilization’s amenities city folk take for granted: “We were tired of hauling banks of 120 lb. batteries to our remote, off-the-grid island home,” says the opening sentence of the home page of the “Stuart Island Energy Initiative” website. It describes an ongoing three-year-old retrofit of a splendid 1,800 sq. ft., 6-room summer vacation home with a completely independent solar-hydrogen power system on this small 5-by-1 mile ...
Fast Forward: Indian Fuel Cell Car
Plans for an Indian fuel cell car first promoted three years ago (H&FCL Aug. 04), seem to have collapsed. Quoting unidentified sources, the online Business Line service of The Hindu reported Aug. 1, a statement of intent signed two years ago by Reva Electric Car Co. and Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) lapsed in June, and there has been no response from IOC to take the project forward. Fuel cell-powered Revas were supposed to be launched on India’s roads by 2010.
Fast Forward: Shell White Plains Station
Change of (H2) Venue: Some time this month, Shell Hydrogen expects to cut the ribbon and inaugurate its new compressed hydrogen fueling station on Kensico Ave. in White Plains, NY. It’s a shift of a few miles from the original plan to build a smaller station in nearby Greenburgh, NY, Shell’s and General Motors’ original choice for what was really a show-the-flag kind of station laid out to service just a few vehicles. But then GM announced its “Project Driveway” in which it will loan 100 fuel cell cars to normal customers in California, Washington DC - and New York ...
Fast Forward: Chubb Fuel Cell Insurance
Fuel cells are getting noticed in the real world of insurance: The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies has formed what it calls a green team of underwriters and loss control specialists to develop insurance products and services aimed at customers in the renewable energy sectors. The Warren, NJ-based company which operates pretty much world-wide, says this is aimed at clients working in power generation including wind, solar and geothermal and also renewable and clean fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and fuel cells. Beyond that, the Chubb Group, with assets of $44 billion, is targeting ...
Ready for liftoff: a BMW Hydrogen 7, parked beneath the "Endeavour" space shuttle's launch pad, symbolizes the space age fuel that powers both: liquid hydrogen. BMW Displays Hydrogen 7 Fleet During NASA “Endeavour” Shuttle Launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - Last month’s launch of the “Endeavour” space shuttle from the Kennedy Space Center here was, in addition to carrying teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara R. Morgan, an educational exercise in more sense than one. The Aug. 8 launch marked the completion of an eight-week demonstration and test exercise in which four liquid hydrogen-powered BMW Hydrogen-7 had been turned over to NASA senior managers, Kennedy Space Center technical personnel as well as area schools and colleges to demonstrate hands-on the viability of the rocket fuel to propel the V12-engined ...
Ballard to Provide Fuel Cells for 20 Hybrid Buses for 2010 Whistler Winter Olympics
VANCOUVER - Ballard Power Systems will be supplying its brawny fuel cell engines to power up to 20 fuel cell buses for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the resort of Whistler, British Columbia, the company announced last month. Ballard said it was selected by the operator of the buses, BC Transit, in a contract that may be worth up to US $14.7 million. BC Transit will buy the buses with financial assistance from the governments of British Columbia and the Canadian federal government. The total manufacturing cost, per BC Transit’s contract award, is Can. $46.4 million ...
Swatch Boss Nicolas Hayek Sets Up Clean Energy Holding for Fuel Cells, Electrolysis
BIEL/FRIBOURG, SWITZERLAND - Clockwork Green: Nicolas Hayek, the 79-year-old Swiss Godfather of Swatch watches and tiny Smart cars, is setting up a new company to develop clean energy systems centered on fuel cells and electrolysis. The Swatch Group, based in Biel, said last month it was joining forces with the Swiss utility Groupe E; a, so far, unidentified major bank; both the Lausanne and Zurich technical institutes; the multi-disciplinary Paul Scherrer Institute; Hayek Engineering AG and other entities in setting up a holding company for the development and production of clean, ...
Somewhat protected by a tent, Ohio State's Buckeye Bullet 2 crew prepares for another run across the scorching heat of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Ford Fuel Cell “Fusion” Scoots Across Bonneville at Record 200-Plus Miles/Hour
BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, UT – Jubilation reigned last month on Utah’s shimmery white salt surfaces as Ford team members celebrated setting a world speed record of 207-plus miles/hour for a production-based “Fusion” car running on hydrogen and fuel cell power. Ford’s partners in and instigators of the project, a team of engineering students from Ohio State University who had set out to go even faster in their missile-shaped fuel cell Buckeye Bullet II (H&FCL May 07), didn’t quite achieve their goal of bettering their own record set with a battery-powered ...

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British fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy has named Andrew Spooner as its new head of group operations and John Clark as group engineering director. Spooner previously worked for the power systems company Rolls-Royce plc where he managed a procurement team for the nuclear steam-raising plant. Clark also comes from Rolls-Royce where he was program director and chief engineer for the Royal Navy’s in-service gas turbines.......Des Plaines, IL-based Hy-Radix Inc., a provider of on-site hydrogen generation systems, reports that its chief executive Robert L. Gray Jr. has been named CEO ...
Events
The “3rd Membrane Electrode Assembly Manufacturing Symposium” will be held Aug. 21-23 at the Dayton Marriott Hotel, Dayton, OH. Details: Elliot Salmon, 937/253-0035, esalmon@emtec.org; www.emtec.org. The “4th Annual EnergyOcean Conference & Exhibition” will be held Aug. 21-23 at the Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, HI. Details: Mj McDuffee, 772/221-7720; info@energyocean.com; www.energyocean.com. One-day “Hydrogen Safety Training” sessions will be held June 28, July 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 29 at the Montana Technology Enterprise Center, Missoula, ...
CORRECTION
Three H&FCL issues this year - March, May, and July - were inadvertently given wrong volume numbers. All three should be numbered Volume XXII (instead of XXI).
Briefly Noted: Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems, Vancouver, BC has announced the names of its 2006 Preferred and Elite Suppliers. Preferred Suppliers include Advanced Energy Technology, Inc., a division of GrafTech International Ltd., Parma, OH; Ampco Manufacturers, Inc. Coquitlam, BC; DuPont Fuel Cells, Wilmington, DE; W. L. Gore and Associates, Inc., Elkton, MD; Innerstep, Scotts Valley, CA; and Innovative Tool and Die, Inc., Delta, BC. The sole Elite Supplier is Tanaka Kikinzoku K.K. Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Contact: Ballard, Rebecca Young or Guy McAree, 604/454-0900.
Briefly Noted: Sigma-Aldrich/Hy-Energy
Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, a life science and high technology company that markets biochemical and organic chemical products, has signed a global agreement with Hy-Energy LLC, Fremont, CA to market Hy-Energy’s gas sorption analytical measurement equipment such as the PCTPro-2000 gas sorption analyzer, used in hydrogen storage and other precise measurement applications. Hy-Energy will market Sigma-Aldrich hydrogen storage materials used with that analyzer. Hy-Energy was founded in 2000 by Karl Gross, Ph.D., a consultant to DoE’s hydrogen program, among other clients. Contact: ...
Briefly Noted: HydroGen
Cleveland, OH-based HydroGen manufacturer of phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) power plants says it has finished building its first 400 kW commercial demonstration plant in Ashtabula, OH and has begun the commissioning process. The plant is located at Ashta Chemicals Inc.’s chlor-alkali plant and it will use the plant’s by-product hydrogen gas as fuel. The company also said it has completed and successfully tested a newly manufactured 2.5 kW stack, a step beyond previous tests of combinations of vintage Westinghouse and HydroGen manufactured components 2.5 kW test plant. The ...
Briefly Noted: Aurora Flight Sciences
Aurora Flight Sciences, Columbus, MS reports it has signed a $6.1 million contract with the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command for continued development of its Orion HALL(for High Altitude Long Loiter) ultralong endurance unmanned air system (H&FCL Aug. 06). The plane’s primary mission is to serve as the demonstration testbed for an advanced hydrogen propulsion system: the company is currently testing a Boeing hydrogen engine in its test facility in Manassas, VA. With this type of engine, the plane would be able to carry payloads of up to ...
Briefly Noted: IdaTech
Fuel cell solutions company IdaTech LLC, Bend, OR reports the U. S. Army’s Communications Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center has awarded the company a second contract to further develop its 3 kW tactical fuel cell generator using jet or diesel fuel. The $255 million award will focus on system integration, testing and evaluation. IdaTech’s initial selection was based on the company’s expertise in fuel reformation and purification. The company also reports it is expanding its backup power fuel cell sales channels, and it won two additional contracts for ...
Briefly Noted: FuelCell Energy
Fuel cell power plant manufacturer FuelCell Energy, Inc., Danbury, CT has signed a contract with the Federal government for the scale-up of a system that separates hydrogen from a gas mixture while generating electricity. The Electrochemical Hydrogen Separation system, developed for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL) is said to offer 50% operating cost savings compared to conventional hydrogen separation processes, while at the same time reducing carbon dioxide emissions. FuelCell Energy says sub-scale work ...
Briefly Noted: Codes & Standards
Codes and Standards News: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) reports it has been awarded a new contract to enhance and expand its Hydrogen Codes and Standards Portal (www.hcsp.ansi.org), developed initially under a contract from DoE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The portal supports NREL’s hydrogen, fuel cell and infrastructure technologies program. Enhancements to the portal to improve usability will include a new standards classification structure and other features. The redesign is scheduled to get underway late this year. In Canada, meanwhile, the Bureau ...
Briefly Noted: Forecasts
Sunny Forecasts: Commercial demand for fuel cell products and services are expected to climb nearly sixfold to $2.5 billion by 2011 and to $8.5 billion by 2016, says the Cleveland, OH-based industry market research firm Freedonia Group, Inc. These figures include revenues produced from prototyping, demonstration and test marketing activities. This, says Freedonia, is expected to occur “despite the small size of fuel cell technology’s current commercial footprint.” The forecasters expect a number of viable markets to develop over the next ten years as technological advances and ...
Briefly Noted: Office Moves
More office moves: Technology Transition Corp. (TTC), home of the National Hydrogen Association (NHA), the Hydrogen Education Foundation and the Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen, are moving to a new location in Washington, DC - but it’s really only across the street: the new address is 1211 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 600, Washington DC 20036. Phone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same. The NHA also announced last month it has set up an online searchable Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Product Catalog, accessible at the association website, ...
Briefly Noted: Fuel Cell Equiped Motor Homes
Two German motor home manufacturers, Niesmann+Bischoff and Dethleffs, are now offering methanol fuel cells as optional onboard power generators. Smart Fuel Cell AG (SFC), the Brunnthal-based German fuel cell manufacturer, says both RV producers are offering their range of EFOY fuel cells on their vehicles in three output ranges, 600 Wh, 1,200 Wh and 1,600 Wh. The fuel cells are refueled with cartridges that can be bought at some 500 outlets throughout Europe and also at SFC’s website shop, www.efoy.com. One EFOY M‘10 cartridge holds 10 liters of fuel, said to be enough for four ...
Briefly Noted: Fuel Cell LiftTruck Tests
Two fuel cell-powered lift trucks started a series of two-week test operations at the Columbia, SC plant of French tire maker Michelin last month. The lift trucks are manufactured by truck maker Linde Materials Handling, Summerville, SC and were converted to fuel cells by Carolina Tractor’s divisions LiftOne and Engineered Solutions. They are powered by Hydrogenics HyPX fuel cell power packs built by Hydrogenics, Toronto, which signed an agreement with tractor distributor LiftOne earlier this year. After Michelin, the trucks will go to five other area companies such as PBR, Isola ...
Briefly Noted: UC Davis Zirconia Oxides
Lowering the operating temperatures of solid oxide fuel cells to the level of PEM fuel cells looks achievable with the fabrication of nanometric zirconia oxides or similar materials that exhibit much better conductivity characteristics, says a report from the University of California Davis. A team of three researchers led by UC Davis Prof. Zuhair Munir have developed a method of producing fully dense nanometric cubic zirconia with a grain size of about 15 nm and more than 98 % relative density that showed an overall conductivity “almost two orders of magnitude” higher than normal ...
Briefly Noted: Iceland Priuses
Iceland’s clean energy folks will have to face the, presumably unfamiliar, August heat of Southern California this month when they formally take delivery of ten hybrid Toyota Priuses converted to hydrogen by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. in Irvine. Plans for acquiring the cars were announced in June by Iceland New Energy (INE) as part of its new SMART-H2 (Sustainable Marine and Road Transport - Hydrogen in Iceland) initiative (H&FCL July 07). The cars will be sold or leased by VistOrka, INE’s principal shareholder, to energy companies, investment funds, and ...
Briefly Noted: Argonne Aerogels
Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory together with others at Northwestern and Michigan State universities have identified a new technique for cleaning contaminated water and potentially purify hydrogen via a new type of porous material. The team, headed by Argonne materials scientists Peter Chupas and Mercouri Kanatzidis, have created characterized porous semiconducting aerogels that in tests removed more than 99.99 % of the heavy metal mercury from contaminated water, reported a late-July release from Argonne. These aerogels which are made from chalcogenides - molecules made of up ...
Briefly Noted: Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RC
Mazda Motor Corp. this month handed over another dual-fuel RX-8 Hydrogen Rotary Engine (RE) vehicle to an outside customer, in this case Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI). It’s the eighth hydrogen rotary engined vehicle leased to either government organizations or private companies, and it’s a First for Japan’s central government: Some lucky METI bureaucrat(s) will be able to drive the RX-8 Hydrogen RE on his or her daily appointed rounds, changing to hydrogen from gasoline with the flick of a switch. Mazda has been developing hydrogen rotary engines ...
Briefly Noted: Air Products
Air Products has announced plans for participating in a big new petroleum coke-fed gasification project planned to be built by Eastman Chemical, Inc., Kingsport, TN in the Gulf Coast. Air Products, of Lehigh Valley, PA has signed a Letter of Intent to that effect. The $1.6 billion plant, described as one of the first major solid-fuel gasification facilities in the Gulf Coast, will be located in Beaumont, TX. It is planned to produce 70 billion standard cubic feet of hydrogen annually, an Eastman spokesperson told H&FCL (Air Products wouldn’t release hydrogen production data for ...
Opportunities
Hydrogen is one of the renewable energies targeted by the electric utility Progress Energy Florida in its request for renewables (RFR) to expand its renewable portfolio, to provide cost-effective renewable energy for its customers and to offset the need for new plants. The company, based in St. Petersburg, FL says to be considered projects must employ renewables such as hydrogen, biomass, solar, geothermal, wind, ocean energy, hydroelectric power, or waste heat from a commercial or industrial manufacturing process; be located in Florida; be fully operational by Jan. 1, 2013; sell its ...
Infrastructure: Two More H2 Fueling Stations Open in Belgium, Germany
BRUSSELS/MUNICH – More hydrogen fueling stations in Europe: A new hydrogen fuel dispenser is up and running in Brussels, installed in June by France’s Total chain of gasoline stations in cooperation with German industrial gas supplier Linde and carmaker BMW. So far it’s only a temporary setup dispensing liquid hydrogen primarily for BMW cars, but a permanent station will be built soon that will offer both liquid and compressed gas hydrogen fuel. Among the first customers to roll up to the pump were European Commissioners Andris Piebalgs, in charge of the EU’s energy ...
A Summary of the Four Main Investment Areas International R&D Funding: Germany Releases Details of 10-Year H2 R&D Plan, Separate MicroFuel Cell Spending
BERLIN - Germany has released a detailed breakdown of its 10-year National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Innovation Program (NIP) that allocates Euro 500 million ($690.4 million) between 2006 and 2016. The basic plan, announced last spring by transportation minister Wolfgang Tiefensee (H&FCL April 06), will be administered by two organizations, the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (NOW), and the National Coordination Office Juelich (NKJ). NOW will be responsible for assessment and project selection, while NKJ will be the contact point for r&d plans. A third agency, the Strategy ...
Interstellar Mystery Dark Matter May Be - Could You Guess It? - Cold Hydrogen Gas
WASHINGTON, DC – When galaxies collide, what do you get? Recycled galaxies, for one. And dark matter, for another. And what’s dark matter? Until now, the standard answer was “nobody really knows.” But a new report by nine scientists and astronomers says it may be nothing more than cold, molecular gas: hydrogen. One traditional definition found on the Internet describes dark matter as non-luminous matter “that cannot be directly detected by observing any form of electromagnetic radiation (light) but whose existence is suggested because of the effects of its ...
Primary Sources: Think Tank Says Nuclear Help Cutting CO2 Is Questionable, Raises Terror Threat
LONDON - A new report by a major European think tank says the projected reliance on more and more advanced nuclear power technology to reduce greenhouse gases is misguided and can only increase the risk of nuclear terror. “Too Hot to Handle? The Future of Civil Nuclear Power,” a 24-page briefing paper released here by the Oxford Research Group (ORG) last month, insists that “unless it can be demonstrated with certainty that nuclear power can make a major contribution to global CO2 mitigation, nuclear power should be taken out of the mix. One of the main reasons for treating ...
The University of Hertfordshire's James Waters, left, holds up a hydrogen gas bottle regulator symbolizing what powers their diminutive racer, with John Goddard buckled up behind the wheel. The square metal grid box next to Goddard is the car's oversized radiator, needed because these engines are driven hard at relatively low speeds. British Students Convert Micro-Racer to Hydrogen Power
HATFIELD, HERTFORDSHIRE, UK – It’s not exactly Formula One racing - yet - but a couple of British students have converted a tiny single-seater open-wheel race car to hydrogen as their entry in an international student competition. It’s one of three alternatively-powered cars - the other two were a fuel cell hybrid from Imperial College London and a gasoline hybrid from Oxford Brookes University - entered either as demonstrators or in against-the-clock trials. They did not participate in actual wheel-to-wheel races against gasoline-powered vehicles in the tenth Formula ...
North Dakota State University Prof. Robert Pieri, front, displays the tractor converted to partial hydrogen fuel operations with his student team, seniors Mitch Helleen, top, Ted Wald, hand on hydrogen tank, and Temi-Tope Akingboye. (Photo by Jen Swanson, Basin Electric Power Cooperative) North Dakota Opens Experimental Wind-to-Hydrogen Station, Shows H2 Tractor
MINOT, ND – High-tech hydrogen energy came to the Great Plains last month with the dedication of a wind-to-hydrogen research project, including fueling of a hydrogen pickup truck by U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan and demonstration of a tractor partially fueled by hydrogen. Three years in the making, the $2 million installation is a joint undertaking by energy companies in North Dakota headed by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Minot’s Verendrye Electric Cooperative, North Dakota State University’s North Central Research Extension Center, and the Energy and Environmental ...

July 2007

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South Windsor, CT-based UTC Power has named Ken Cox to the newly created position of vice president for on-site power solutions, effective immediately. Most recently he was president for controls, sales & service at UTC’s sister company, Carrier’s North America building sales & service organization........Plug Power, Inc. Latham, NY has appointed Gerald Anderson as its new chief financial officer. David Waldek, who has served as interim CFO will remain with the company as vice president of finance. With more than 25 years of experience in finance, Anderson was most recently ...
Events
The “Third International Energy, Exergy and Environment Symposium” is scheduled for July 1-5 at the University of Evora, Portugal. Details: ieees3@uevora.pt; www.eventos.uevora.pt/ieees/. Two parallel symposia, “Fuel Cells for a Sustainable World” and the “European Sustainable Energy Forum” will held July 2-7 at the Culture and Congress Center in Lucerne, Switzerland. Details: Ulf Bossel, Ph.D., European Fuel Cell Forum, PO Box 99, CH-5452, Oberrohrdorf, Switzerland. +41/56/496-7292; forum@efcf.com; www.efcf.com. The “2nd International Hydrogen Energy ...
Opportunities: f-cell Award
Call for entries: Germany’s Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corp., in cooperation with DaimlerChrysler, invites entries for innovative fuel cell technologies for its “f-cell Award.” Closing date is July 13. The winner will be announced Sept. 24 at the Stuttgart f-cell conference. Contact: Holger Haas, 0049/711/22835-14; holger.haas@region-stuttgart.de; www.f-cell.de/award/english.
Opportunities: NHA Student Contest
The National Hydrogen Association is announcing the 2007-2008 hydrogen student design contest, “Hydrogen Applications for Airports.” The winners will be able to present their design at the NHA’s annual conference March 29-April 2, 2008 in Sacramento, CA. Details: NHA, Rex Hazelton, 202/223-5547, x 322; HazeltonR@hydrogenassociation; www.hydrogencontest.org/mailing.asp.
Opportunities: ND Sequestration Test
The Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck, ND has issued a Request for Proposal to demonstrate various carbon dioxide capture techniques at its Antelope Valley Station near Beulah, ND. The cooperative utility wants to test various types of CO2 removal techniques from existing coal-based power plants and hopes the project will lead to a commercially viable technology. The company said in its announcement that as of now, no technology has been commercially demonstrated. The plan is to feed any captured CO2 into an existing carbon dioxide compression and pipeline system owned by Basin ...
Briefly Noted: More Takeovers
More Takeovers: ECOtotality, Inc., a Scottsdale, AZ company that seeks to develop and commercialize renewable energy technologies, has acquired the Fuel Cell Store, the Boulder, CO-based retailer for fuel cell products. The Fuel Cell Store sells fuel cell stacks, systems, educational materials and related products. ECOtotality said taking over the Fuel Cell Store provides “as an ideal launch pad” for the magnesium and water-based 5-10 kW Hydratus on demand hydrogen generator it is developing . Earlier, HyRadix Inc., a Des Plaines, IL developer of on-site hydrogen generation ...
Briefly Noted: Nuvera Moves
Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc., the developer of multi-fuel processing and fuel cell technology, is in new bigger digs: The company said last month it moved its world headquarters some 21 miles up the road from Cambridge, MA to Billerica, MA. The new facility includes an additional 50,000 sq. ft.-plus of manufacturing space, 25 state-of-the-art r&d labs, and more office space to provide room for a projected increase in staff. Contact: Nuvera, Danielle Andre, 617/245-7571; Dandre@nuvera.com.
Briefly Noted: New Business
New Business: France’s Technip oil, gas and petrochemical engineering group has been awarded a Euro 60 million ($81.2 million) contract for a 68,700m3/hour hydrogen plant at a refinery in Huelva, Spain, by CEPSA, a major Spanish energy company. Completion is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009. In the United States, meanwhile, FuelCell Energy, Inc., Danbury, CT has sold several molten carbonate fuel cell power plants with a total output of 5.1 MW to South Korean customers. Included is the company’s first commercial sale of a six-module 2.4 MW power plant that consists of a ...
Briefly Noted: AeroVironment Test Flight
Monrovia, CA-based AeroVironment says it has flown its Puma small unmanned aircraft for nearly five hours powered by a hybrid fuel cell battery system in a test flight for the Air Force Research Laboratory. Normally, the standard Puma is good for 2.5 hours with a rechargeable battery. The new technology incorporates a Protonex PEM fuel cell from Protonex, Inc., Southborough, MA and hydrogen generation technology licensed from Millennium Cell, Inc., Eatontown, NJ. The Puma is a hand-launched aircraft with a wingspan of 8.5 feet weighing 12.5 lbs providing line-of-sight observation up to 10 km ...
Briefly Noted: Air Liquide-GM Deal
French industrial gas producer Air Liquide says it will provide five 700 bar (10,000 psi) portable fast-fill hydrogen fueling systems to General Motors in the United States. The systems will be built in North America with proprietary designs from Air Liquide’s Advanced Technologies teams and will be supplied by Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC, Houston, TX. They are planned to be operational by the end of this year, and GM has the option of acquiring two more systems. Air Liquide previously installed a hydrogen fueling system at GM’s cold weather testing for hydrogen ...
Briefly Noted: Hybrid Reversal
Researchers at Imperial College London have stood the standard automotive hybrid fuel cell configuration - big fuel cell, small auxiliary battery for acceleration and uphill driving - on its head and have experimentally put together the opposite: a fairly small 300 Watt Versa Power Systems solid oxide fuel cell stack and a fairly brawny 45 amp hours nickel-chloride Zebra battery. Dubbed the ABSOLUTE Hybrid (Advanced Battery Solid Oxide Linked Unit to maximize Efficiency), the rationale is that while fuel cells can generate clean and steady power, batteries cope much better with the dynamics ...
Briefly Noted: First Carbon Sequestation Test
Europe’s first land-based carbon dioxide sequestration and storage test facility got underway last month in Ketzin, Germany, in the state of Brandenburg near Berlin. In the two-year Euro 38.7 million ($52 million) CO2SINK project, some 60,000 tons of the greenhouse gas CO2, the climate-changing, planet-heating byproduct of fossil fuel combustion, will be pumped as far down as 850 meters (3,000 feet) into a salty water aquifer to test different gas injection technologies and establish reliable methods of monitoring the long-term stability of the stored gas. Compared to what’s ...
160 Hydrogen-Plus Stations to Operate Worldwide by Year-End, New Survey Says
LONDON - A new survey of the world’s hydrogen infrastructure concludes that there will be more than 160 hydrogen fueling stations world-wide by the end of this year, with most of the additions in California, Canada, Scandinavia and the European Union. This total does not include additional planned stations on the drawing boards says the 20-page report by Fuel Cell Today, the online news service published by Johnson Matthey, the UK-based producer and distributor of precious metals and catalytic materials. The 20-page document, written by Fuel Cell Today editor Dr. Kerry-Ann ...
Fast Forward: Cities' Fuel Cell Bus Competition
Who has the most hydrogen fuel cell buses? A competition of sorts is getting underway among cities in different parts of the world as to who will field the most fuel cell buses. Hamburg, the northern German port city, claims the biggest fleet anywhere with nine currently operating Daimler-Benz Citaro fuel cell buses as part of the Europe-wide CUTE (Clean Urban Transport Europe) project (H&FCL June 06), according to a German website, “Energieportal 24.” Next, Hamburg wants to launch between 30 and 50 next-generation fuel cell buses by 2014 that are supposed to become available in ...
Fast Forward: Big Bucks in Alternatives
A billion here and a billion there, and pretty soon it’s real money: It sounds almost like that tired old Washington Federal budget joke, but a new study commissioned by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) claims that U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency industries generated nearly $1 trillion (repeat $1 trillion) in gross revenues in 2006 and generated 8.5 million jobs. The 100-plus page study, conducted by Management Information Services, Inc. (MISI), Washington, DC will be rolled out at the SOLAR 2007 conference July 7-12 in Cleveland, OH. Part of this boom are due to ...
Fast Forward: Exxon
Is ExxonMobil Corp., arguably the most hard-nosed of climate-warming deniers in corporate America, finally getting religion under new management? It’s almost beginning to look that way. In a speech last month in London, the oil company’s new chairman Rex W. Tillerson said climate change is one of three intersecting challenges - the other two are energy security and economic growth - that is of “immense duration and scope. It is decades in the making - and likely decades in the managing.” He added, “it has become increasingly clear that climate change poses risks to ...
Fast Forward: Caribbean H2 House
The first solar hydrogen house in the Carribbean: Mike Strizki, the New Jersey engineer and entrepreneur who successfully converted his conventional home in Hopewell, NJ to a very unconventional solar-hydrogen system (H&FCL Jan 04, Sept., Nov. 06) that runs everything - lights, refrigerator, big-screen plasma TV, swimming pool, hot tub plus an experimental fuel cell car or two - is now gearing up for a repeat performance on Grand Cayman island. Strizki says his company, Renewable Energy International, Inc. (REI) has signed an agreement, money has changed hands and design work has started for ...
U.S. Coal Reserves May Be Smaller Than Generally Assumed, NRC Study Says
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Research Council in a new report last month put a damper on optimistic predictions that coal would last for hundreds of years as a future last-resort key national energy source. While it is clear that there is enough coal for the next two decades or so and probably for the next 100 years as well, “it is not possible to confirm the often-quoted assertion that there is a sufficient supply for the next 250 years,” the release summarized some of the report’s findings. Coal has been touted as a source for hydrogen as well via new technologies to ...
GM Shifts Hundreds of Fuel Cell Engineers To Prepare for Volume Production
DETROIT – General Motors is starting to gear up for fuel cell car volume production: The carmaker announced last month it is moving more than 400 fuel cell engineers from advanced development laboratories to GM’s Powertrain Group to begin production engineering of fuel cell systems. Another 100 will be assigned to GM’s Global Product Development organization to start the process of integrating fuel cells into future vehicles. Only about 150 fuel cell scientists and support staff will continue to do r&d work in GM’s Research and Development centers in hydrogen ...
........and the station itself, with an H2 Prius in front. The Nordic Countries: Hydro Opens First H2 Station, Fueling Priuses, on Norway’s Hydrogen Highway
PORSGRUNN, NORWAY – Norway’s oil and gas company Hydro opened its first hydrogen fueling station last month near its research center here as part of the country’s ambitious HyNor hydrogen highway. It’s also the first station in Norway, on the road between the capital of Oslo in the east of the country, curving around Norway’s southern end and up north again to the country’s west coast port of Stavanger (H&FCL June 06, April 07). Stavanger is the center of the country’s oil industry, the world’s third largest oil exporter after Saudi Arabia and ...
No people: a view of Altergy Systems' robotic assembly line for volume manufacture of fuel cell plates and stacks. California’s Altergy Systems Unveils World’s First Fuel Cell Assembly Line
FOLSOM, CA - Making hydrogen and fuel cell technology competitive in the market place advanced significantly last month with the unveiling of what is described as the world’s first - and only - automated high-volume fuel cell assembly line. Although there have been other earlier attempts to launch fuel cell assembly lines - for an alkaline fuel cell in Europe (H&FCL April, June 02), for instance - the new line churning out PEM fuel cells and stacks, built by Altergy Systems and up and running here, is the real thing. Altergy won’t provide any exact numbers on the line’s ...
Iceland's 150-passenger whale-watching ship "Elding" which will be equipped with an auxiliary fuel cell system for on-board electrical power. The Nordic Countries: Iceland Takes Next Step with H2 Rental Cars, Fuel Cell APU for Tourist Ship
REYKJAVIK - Iceland, the New Frontier for the coming global hydrogen economy, is about to launch another First: Hydrogen rental cars. Pending the outcome of pre-launch testing this fall of a small fleet of Hybrid Priuses converted to hydrogen, Icelandic New Energy (INE) is planning to make these cars available via Hertz rental cars, mainly for tourists, starting next April as part of a new multi-million dollar demonstration program. Implementation of the new effort, SMART-H2 (Sustainable Marine and Road Transport - Hydrogen in Iceland), is getting under way this month, Iceland New ...

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The Energy Department has appointed Steven G. Chalk as its new deputy assistant secretary for renewable energy, and it has named David E. Rodgers deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency, a newly created title. Together, Chalk and Rodgers will oversee technology development and deployment of DoE’s r&d portfolio for clean, domestic technologies. Most recently, Chalk was in charge of DoE’s solar program and before that, he ran the President’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative for five years. Rodgers has played key roles in the department’s Energy Transformation Initiative, ...
Events
The “Fuel Cell Early Markets 2007: Policy, Finance & Applications” conference and exhibition will be held June 11-12 in Brussels. Speakers include Alan Lloyd, president of the International Council on Clean Transportation, and Robert Rose, executive director of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council. Details: Anneke Mueller, IntertechPira 207/781-2150, amueller@intertechusa.com; www.intertechusa.com/fuelcells.html. A “Fuel Cell Technology and Business Conference & Exhibition” will be held June 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rochester, NY. Details: ...
Briefly Noted: Ford in Canada & Bonneville
Ford hydrogen vehicles in Canada - and maybe on Utah’s Salt Flats: Late last month, Ford’s new hybrid fuel cell Edge SUV hit the road in British Columbia to showcase the advanced HySeries Drive to our northern neighbors. Unveiled in Washington at the start of the year (H&FCL Feb. 07), the car has accumulated more than 5,000 miles so far. Also, at the beginning of May, Ford Motor Co. of Canada delivered two hydrogen-fueled internal combustion-engined Shuttle buses to Sacré-Davey Innovations in Vancouver which will be testing them over the next 12 months in real world ...
Briefly Noted: Hydrogenics Sale to MAN
Canada’s Hydrogenics, Inc. has received an order for one of its fuel cell systems to be used as an auxiliary power unit (APU) from MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, for a city bus to be operated in Berlin under the European Community’s HyFLEET:CUTE program. Hydrogenics, based in Mississauga, Ont., will deliver and bench test the system this fall and install it in the bus by the end of the year. The main power source for the bus itself is a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine. The APU is a variant of Hydrogenics’ HyPX Fuel Cell Power Pack which is primarily designed as a lead acid ...
Briefly Noted: Southern Oceans May Soak Up Less CO2
The ability of the Southern Ocean to absorb carbon dioxide may be decreasing, and more of it may remain in the atmosphere in future years, reports the May 18 issue of “Science” in an article, “Saturation of the Southern Ocean CO2 Sink Due to Recent Climate Change.” Since 1981, the Southern Ocean has been taking up less carbon dioxide - 5 to 30 % less per decade - than researchers had predicted. Because the Southern Ocean is one of the major sources that absorb excess anthropogenic carbon dioxide, the decrease means that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may be higher in ...
Briefly Noted: Denmark's First H2 Test Facility
Denmark’s first hydrogen generation and testing facility opened last month in Naskskov on the island of Lolland in the southernmost part of the country on the occasion of a renewable energy conference there, “Community Testing Facilities - Accelerating Climate Change Solutions”, Danish newspapers reported. The new facility includes two Hydrogenics 4 kW electrolyzers to make hydrogen from surplus wind-generated electricity, two IRD fuel cell stacks (2 kW and 7.5 kW); a 25 cu. m. 6 bar (86 psi) low-pressure hydrogen storage tank, a hydrogen micro grid, fuel cell-based micro ...
Briefly Noted: UK Fuel Cell Bike
A small British company is offering an electric fuel cell bicycle but it’s a bit on the pricey side. The basic China-made electric bike is offered by the UK’s Valeswood Environment Technology Development Ltd, Birmingham, for £599, but the extra Hydrocell alkaline fuel cell developed and manufactured in Finland and a couple of hydride storage tanks bump up the price to about £5,000, plus taxes and shipping, Valeswood finance director Graham Smith told H&FCL by e-mail. The fuel cell was originally developed by Helsinki University, with additional work by Birmingham ...
Briefly Noted: Canadian Hydrogen Brochure
In a just-released brochure, the Canadian Hydrogen Association makes a plea for the country to get going quickly on a hydrogen economy. “There is an urgent need to do this,” says the foreword by Alexander K. Stuart, the association’s chairman and the grand old man of Canada’s hydrogen community. “Reducing the future impacts of climate change requires major reductions in worldwide per-capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the next 50 years. To stabilize carbon dioxide concentration we need to re-engineer our energy systems to convert GHG-emitting systems to ...
Plug Power Buys Canada’s General Hydrogen, Will Merge it With Cellex Into One Unit
LATHAM, NY/RICHMOND, BC – Cash-rich fuel cell developer Plug Power Inc. made good on its intentions (H&FCL May 07) and said last month it had bought Canada’s General Hydrogen Corp., a developer of fuel cell power packs for electric fork lift trucks and other mobile industrial equipment. Plug Power paid approximately US $10 million, including roughly $7 million in cash; $3 million in loans previously made by Plug Power to General Hydrogen for all of the outstanding capital stock of General Hydrogen; and warrants for General Hydrogen shareholders to buy up to 571,429 shares of Plug ...
Cheered by a crowd of well wishers, GM's fuel cell Sequel arrives at Tarrytown, NY's Lyndhurst Castle at the end of its 300 mile drive from upstate Honeoye Falls, NY. GM Sequels Cover 300 Miles on One Tank of Hydrogen Each
TARRYTOWN, NY - In one for the history books, two big General Motors fuel cell Sequel sport utility vehicles last month completed a 300-mile drive on public roads on one tank of hydrogen each without refueling - the first electric cars ever to cover that distance. That range is considered one of the magic markers that future commercial fuel cell vehicles must achieve to succeed in the market place. Most fuel cell vehicles achieve less than that so far although the numbers have been getting better in recent years. Other factors such as durability and cost also fall short of what’s ...
Shell Hydrogen & Virent Energy Systems Plan Hydrogen Production from Biomass
HOUSTON, TX/MADISON, WI - Shell Hydrogen LLC and Virent Energy Systems, Inc. have signed a five-year joint agreement to develop further and commercialize Virent’s BioForming(TM) technology platform for hydrogen production. Virent’s technology permits the economical production of hydrogen, among other fuels and chemicals, from renewable glycerol and sugar-based feedstocks, both companies said in a joint announcement last month. Madison, WI-based Virent and Shell will collaborate on the development and testing of hydrogen systems targeted for fueling station applications at ...
Fast Forward: Chrysler to Continue H2 Fuel Cell Work
With the breakup of DaimlerChrysler into its two previous components, Daimler and Chrysler, now a fait accompli, some have been wondering what will happen to the Chrysler part of the jointly conducted hydrogen and fuel cell program. Nobody doubts that Daimler will keep going as before given the fact that Daimler-Benz was the very first major automaker to show a hydrogen vehicle, a minibus which was rolled out at the 1975 Frankfurt Auto Show. But Chrysler, owned now by big buyout specialist Cerberus Capital Management with presumably an extra sharp eye for the bottom line may be a different ...
Fast Forward: IPHE Moves to Canada
It’s official now: The International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) is moving from Washington to Canada (H&FCL Feb. 07). The secretariat which is housed in the U.S. Energy Department will move to Ottawa perhaps or some other Canadian city such as Vancouver, U.S. sources say. The chairmanship will be split among Natural Resources Canada’s Graham Campbell and Industry Canada’s Sara Filbee. The move won’t be official until the organization’s steering committee meets in November in Rome on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress. Meanwhile, the search is ...
H2Gen Sells Seven H2 Generators to DoE Contractor for Nuclear Materials Processing
ALEXANDRIA, VA - H2Gen Innovations, Inc., a 6-year-old small company that has developed advanced on-site hydrogen generators, has won a significant contract for seven units to help clean up and process used nuclear weapons byproduct material at Energy Department nuclear facilities. The seven Hydrogen Generator Module (HGM) 2000 units, each capable of generating 113 kg of high-grade hydrogen per day from natural gas, were sold to France’s AREVA group, partner in Uranium Disposition Services LLC, Lexington, KY. That consortium, formed specifically to bid on this contract, was selected ...
Europe’s Parliament Calls for Green H2 Economy; Consumer Coops Welcome Vote
STRASBOURG, FRANCE - With more than half of its 795 members signing on, the European Parliament last month adopted a written declaration calling for the establishment of a green hydrogen economy and “a third industrial revolution” in Europe. The declaration, signed by 420 MPs, calls for a partnership with committed regions and cities, small and medium businesses and civil society organizations. The president of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, announced the vote at the beginning of the session in Strasbourg, France, May 21. The declaration was immediately ...
DoE Review: Lawrence Livermore technicians refuel the hydrogen Prius during test operations. The big cryo-capable pressurized tank is visible in the open rear hatch. DoE News: Storage R&D, Launch of Early Markets & Manufacturing Efforts Highlight DoE Review
CRYSTAL CITY, VA – Highlighted by strong growth especially in basic sciences and also in storage r&d plus new forays into early markets and manufacturing, the U.S. Energy Department’s hydrogen program has essentially doubled in five years. This was the main message delivered by Patrick Davis, the program’s acting manager, during the opening session of DoE’s annual Hydrogen Program Merit Review here May 15-18 in a hotel in this Washington suburb. The program’s total budget which includes funding for the Offices of Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy, Fossil ...

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Ford Motor Co. has promoted Susan M. Cischke to senior vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering. Previously, she was vice president of environmental and safety engineering. In her new job she will be a member of Ford’s operating committee and report directly to CEO Alan Mulally instead of to a group vice president........Energetics, Inc., Alexandria, VA has promoted Nancy Margolis to vice president. A veteran of 23 years with the company, she is an expert in industrial energy analysis........The Wright Fuel Cell Group at Case Western Reserve University, ...
Events
Jefferies & Co.’s “3rd Global Clean Technology Conference” will be held May 2 in New York, NY. Details: Jefferies, Tom Tarrant, 203/708-5989, ttarrant@jefferies.com; www.jefferies.com/indices. The “EWEC 7 - European Wind Energy Conference” is scheduled for May 7-10 at the Milano Convention Centre, Milan, Italy. Details: +32/2/546-1980, info@ewec.info; www.ewec2007.com/. The U.S. Energy Department “Hydrogen Program Annual Merit Review” will be held May 14-18 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, VA. Details: Antonio Ruiz, 202/586-0729, ...
Briefly Noted: Fuel Cell Directory
Washington, DC-based Fuel Cell 2000 has released the ninth edition of “The Fuel Cell Directory.” The new version has added 300 new companies for a grand total of 1,035 firms active in the field. The print version is $125, a CD in either MSExcel or MSAccess formats is $500. Non-profits, universities and colleges and news outlets can request a free PDF copy. An order form is downloadable at www.fuelcells.org/directoryorderform.pdf. Contact: Jennifer Gangi, 202/785-4222; Jennifer@fuelcells.org.
Briefly Noted: More H2 Bimmers
And more hydrogen Bimmers for VIPs: Germany’s minister for economics and technology, Michael Glos, last month took delivery of another BMW Hydrogen 7 in Berlin as part of his office car pool. And a few days later, Munich’s mayor Christian Ude followed suit, with the company handing over the keys to another Hydrogen 7 for His Honor’s motor pool. It still hasn’t been confirmed, but apparently California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the first to get his hands on one, at least according to the German “Der Spiegel” news magazine (H&FCL April 07). Contact: BMW, ...
Briefly Noted: Las Vegas/Munich Fueling Stations
Two more hydrogen stations: In Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Valley Water District together with the University of Nevada Las Vegas Research Foundation last month dedicated a pilot hydrogen refueling station powered entirely by solar energy. The station is part of its effort to incorporate sustainable energy in all of its operations, said the District’s deputy general manager Richard Wimmer. Solar electricity is used to electrolyze water, and the hydrogen product gas is used to fuel a converted Polaris Ranger i.c. utility vehicle and a Taylor-Dunn electric truck retrofitted with a fuel cell. ...
Briefly Noted: Linde Website
Industrial gas provider The Linde Group has launched a new microsite for hydrogen as an energy carrier. The new site, www.linde.com/hydrogen, went on line in mid-April. The site covers technical questions, achievements and challenges, and lists Linde’s partners. Contact: Linde communications, phone, +49/89/74 46-23 51; hydrogeninfo@linde.com.
Briefly Noted: UTC Power/Raser
UTC Power, South Windsor, CT has signed off on a number of agreements with geothermal power plant developer Raser Technologies, Provo, UT providing for delivery of up 135 PureCycle®) geothermal power systems for three Raser power plants. Taken together, these systems will generate about 30 MW of renewable electrical power, UTC said in a release. The first 45 units - Rankine cycle-based power systems driven by simple evaporation - are planned to be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year to Raser’s three initial geothermal sites somewhere in the West, presumably in Utah and ...
Briefly Noted: PolyFuel Patents
Mountain View, CA-based PolyFuel Inc. has received two what it calls “broad patents for fundamental fuel cell technology” from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patents for ion conductive block copolymers and sulfonated copolymer cover some of the advanced chemistry and innovations behind the company’s membrane films. PolyFuel has filed 23 patent applications, and, says the company, these are the first of several “composition of matter”applications to be granted. Contact: Paul Michelson, Roeder-Johnson Corp., 650/802-1850; http://email.roeder-johnson.com.
Briefly Noted: DoE Storage Funding
The U.S. Energy Department plans to make available $8.2 million over four years for six hydrogen storage research projects as part of President Bush’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. The money will go to Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL; Miami University, Oxford, OH; Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA; the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI and to United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT which received funding for two projects. Contact: DoE Media, Julie Ruggiero, 202/586-4940.
Briefly Noted: Rolls Royce
In other SOFC developments, Rolls Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US), Canton, OH in what it calls a “strategic acquisition” has acquired the assets of Ohio-based SOFCo-EFS Holdings LLC from McDermott International, Inc. SOFCo, founded four years ago, has “proven expertise in fuel processing technologies, advanced research and development” in SOFC materials and stacks, and “advanced system integration capabilities,” Rolls Royce said. Rolls Royce formed its U. S. subsidiary last year, located on the campus of Stark State College of Technology in Canton. Contact: Rolls ...
Briefly Noted: Versa
Solid oxide fuel cell developer Versa Power Systems, Inc. says the U.S. Energy Department has accepted technical results and manufacturing cost projections for the prototype clean power plant it has developed around its SOFC system with its partner FuelCell Energy, Inc., Danbury, CT. In tests conducted during 2,100 hours of operations, the 3-10 kW prototype successfully met all DoE specs and targets, six months earlier than projected, Versa said. The company, based in Littleton, CO and Calgary, Alberta, can now begin moving ahead with developing a large multi-megawatt SOFC power plant that ...
Briefly Noted: Protonex/Mesoscopic
In another acquisition deal, Protonex Technology Corp., Southborough, MA a developer of portable fuel cell power systems, has bought Mesoscopic Devices, Broomfield, CO, for $27.6 million. Mesoscopic fabricates and integrates portable fuel cell generators for military and industrial applications, both direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems. Contact: Protonex, Jennifer Humiston, 508/490-9960, jennifer.humiston@protonex.com.
Briefly Noted: Plug Power/General Hydrogen
In what seems a somewhat unorthodox strategy, Plug Power announced last month it is negotiating with General Hydrogen a possible takeover of the Canadian company. Normally, these types of negotiations are kept as quiet as possible to avoid tipping off any possible competitors. General Hydrogen, launched in 1999 by Ballard Power Systems founder Geoffrey Ballard, makes fuel cell power packs and hydrogen fueling solutions for industrial vehicles such as fork lifts and off-road equipment. One result of the news is that General Hydrogen, based in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond, BC, has delayed ...
The layout of Ohio State's student-designed Buckeye Bullet 2 fuel cell speed record streamliner. Ohio State Student Team Builds Fuel Cell Speed Record Racer for Bonneville
COLUMBUS, OH - Fuel cell power will be coming to the Bonneville Salt Flats this summer with a student team from Ohio State’s College of Engineering that will try to set a new land speed record with the Buckeye Bullet 2 - the first-ever fuel cell streamliner designed for such an attempt. Three years ago, the team set a record of 315 miles/hour in its class of electric vehicles with the original Bullet, a sleek, long battery-powered racer. Now, the team is trying again: it’s building a very similar vehicle but powered by two Ballard Power Systems fuel cell stacks of the type ...
Opportunities:
Ergenics, the internationally recognized innovator of metal hydride technology, Ringwood, NJ, is seeking strategic partners to help market its new solar/hydrogen/ethanol heat engine technology. This new technology will economically convert thermal energy from solar hot water into electric power at a projected cost of less than 2 cents/ kWh which is then used to make hydrogen via water electrolysis at a projected cost of less than $2/kg of hydrogen. Hydrogen is converted into carbon-neutral ethanol via a patent-pending variation of the Fischer-Tropsch process using CO2 that has been ...
Despite Big Challenges, Fuel Cells Remain Best Long-Term ZEV Option, New Report Says
SACRAMENTO, CA - Fuel cell electric vehicles, despite a number of hurdles that must be overcome, remain the best long-term option for a true zero emission vehicle (ZEV), but they are, at a minimum, eight to ten years away, concludes a new report by California’s Air Resources Board (ARB). There are a number of other competing automotive power systems, but for many reasons, their outlook is uncertain, according to the report. Both the full 207 page report compiled by ARB’s expert ZEV panel convened last year, a 13-page executive summary plus a 27-page staff report were released ...
DLR's team prepares the hand-held launch of the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Hyfish unmanned aerial vehicle in rural Switzerland. Fuel Cell-Powered Model Jet UAV Performs Aerobatics in Maiden Flight
BERNE, SWITZERLAND - The term “flying fish” takes on a whole new meaning with the successful launch and flight of small model jet plane here last month powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The “Hyfish,” an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed jointly by the German Aerospace Research Center DLR, the Swiss Smartfish GmbH plane designer, Singaporean fuel cell developer Horizon Fuel Cell Pte Ltd, and several other firms, flew in April for about 6 minutes after it was launched by hand from a sloping meadow on a farm near here. An earlier flight in mid-March was aborted ...
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CORRECTION: The name of the Czech airplane company that furnishes the Rapid 200 two-seater for the EU’s fuel cell ENFICA project (H&FCL April 07) was misstated. The company’s correct name is “JIHLAVAN airplanes, s.r.o. (Ltd.)”, (not Jihlavan Aircraft).
Nordic Power Systems' diesel fuel cell set. H2 & Fuel Cell Exhibit Draws Record Exhibitors, Highlights Stationary Power, R&D
HANNOVER - Hot new developments were scarce at the 13th Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Group Exhibit, part of the annual giant Hannover Industrial Fair here, but exhibitors and organizers alike were really happy with the event because of strong, sustained interest by the professionals. The total number of exhibitors renting display space at the April 16-20 industry showcase were up by a whopping third to 133 over last year when 100 companies and institutions rented space to show products and services. (Last year’s H&FCL (May 06) report listed 122 exhibitors but that included the winners of ...
Hindenburg Anniversary Prompts NY Times Article Series; DWV Sees Syndrome “Fading”
NEW YORK/BERLIN - The “New York Times” is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Hindenburg airship disaster this month, contrasting its techno-disaster connotations then with its promise of clean hydrogen energy now. In a five-article spread taking up the paper’s entire April 29 Sunday Automobile section (plus a couple of online videos and a slide show), Don Sherman, technical editor of “Automobile” magazine, wrote in the main piece that seven decades after the May 6, 1937 crash and burn of the hydrogen-buoyed German Hindenburg dirigible in which 36 people ...
Chinese workers roll the fuel cell version of Chevrolet's new Volt concept vehicle into position prior to the opening of the Shanghai Auto Show in Shanghai, China (General Motors Photo/ Natalie Behring). GM Unveils H2 Fuel Cell Version of “Volt” Concept at Shanghai Auto Show
SHANGHAI - In a not-so-subtle hint that it may be betting on Asia to move first on hydrogen fuel cell transportation, General Motors last month unveiled the fuel cell version of its new concept Volt electric car here at the Shanghai Auto Show. And there are already reports that GM has begun production engineering both for the Volt and for its electric E-Flex drivetrain architecture that is key to the new car’s mix-and-match engine capability. Normally, this process takes about 3-4 years, “Motor Trend” said in late April in its online version reporting from Shanghai. GM ...

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Former New York governor George E. Pataki and his chief of staff, John P. Cahill, have joined the New York law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP as counsel in the firm’s New York office. The two former politicians plan to concentrate on energy, environmental and corporate matters. The law firm’s release says Pataki will continue his involvement with renewable energy and environmental issues........Prof. T. Nejat Veziroglu has resigned from the directorship of the recently established UN hydrogen research center in Istanbul, UNIDO-ICHET, effective April 30. Veziroglu, president of the ...
Events
A “Hydrogen Initiative Symposium” will be held April 12-13 at the Purdue University Energy Center, West Lafayette, IN. Details: Karissa Erdie Heckman, Potter Engineering Center, 765/494-6814, energy@purdue.edu; www.purdue.edu/dp/echi/. The “13th Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells” will take place April 16-20 at the Hannover Messe 2007 in Hannover, Germany. Details: Megan McCool, +49/8151/998 923, megan@fair-pr.com; www.fair-pr.com. The “2nd Annual Renewable Energy Finance & Investment Summit” is scheduled for April 23-25 at the Pointe South Mountain Resort, ...
Opportunities: NYSERDA
New York’s State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is making available $4 million in two rounds for a program to support development, demonstration, and commercialization of innovative transportation products, systems and services in its Program Opportunity Notice (PON) No. 1143. Proposals must as a minimum lead to a working prototype within 36 months, with NYSERDA’s funding share limited to $500,000. For bench scale or similar efforts that will not produce a working prototype within 36 months, NYSERDA will contribute a maximum of $150,000. For feasibility ...
Briefly Noted: Abu Dhabi
And finally, from our Seen-Elsewhere Dep’t: “Abu Dhabi Explores Energy Alternatives,” said the headline of a March 18 story in the New York Times detailing how this part of the United Arab Emirates is beginning to look at sun, wind and hydrogen for its energy future (H&FCL Jan., Sept. 06). The story quotes a Basel-based renewable energy investment expert, Virginia Sonntag-O’Brien, as saying, “they’ve seen the writing on the wall: where will all these places be, post-oil?”
Briefly Noted: FuelCell Energy
Danbury, CT-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. has been awarded 6 new energy projects totalling 68 MW of output power as part of the “Connecticut 100" project launched by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The company’s products will be part of power plant equipment for ERG Milford LLC; Elemental Power Group, Danbury; Hospital Energy Development LLC for Stamford Hospital; Hospital Energy Development LLC for Waterbury Hospital; another Elemental Power Group project for Bridgeport; and for the Bridgeport Fuel Cell Park. Contact: Larry Snyder, Ward Hill Marketing, Inc. for FuelCell Energy, ...
Briefly Noted: Singapore
Singapore’s government is committing US $231 million (S$350 million) to clean energy r&d, test-bedding and pilot projects, including fuel cell development. The target is to generate US $1.1 billion in value-added investment and 7,000 new jobs by 2015. The government has set up a Clean Energy Programme Office, and last month it launched its first Fuel Cell Community at Temasek Polytechnic, a US $3.6 mllion clean energy incubator to assist local fuel cell companies. Contact: Singapore Economic Development Board, Mary Placido, 415/274-2902;
Briefly Noted: Quantum
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., Irvine, CA, has shipped another eleven Toyota Prius i.c.-engined hybrid cars converted to hydrogen to Norway. The customer is Miljobil Grenland AS, a participant and vehicle provider for the Norwegian Hydrogen Highway (HyNor) (H&FCL June, Oct. 06). Contact: Quantum, Andy Abele, 949/399-4527, aabele@qtww.com.
Briefly Noted: Intelligent Energy
The UK’s Intelligent Energy which will be supplying the PEM fuel cell systems for the two airplane projects starting in Europe (see p. 1), is putting its technology to work in the developing world. The company said in mid-March that one of its systems sited in the remote rural South African township of Mkuze, in KwaZulu Natal, has been operating continuously for two years and is running well. Two 100W systems hybridized with batteries operate in a so-called Energy Store providing power for the store’s desktop computer. The Energy Store provides PV electricity to homes in the ...
Briefly Noted: Notes from NHA Meeting: Canada, Canadian Hydrogen Energy Company, Mexico Fuel Cells, PATH Data Base
More notes from the NHA conference: Canada continues to impress with its progress toward a hydrogen economy. While nowhere as large and well financed as the hydrogen efforts of its huge southern neighbor, the United States, progress continues steadily towards its stated strategy goal of not having to expand any longer its use of fossil fuels by 2025, Canadian Hydrogen Association executive director Terry Kimmel reported at the meeting of PATH (Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen), its second so far (the first was last summer in Lyon at WHEC-16). Kimmel flashed snapshots of ...
Book Review: Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy
Dr. Hermann Scheer, author, German legislator, and leading activist for renewable energy in Europe, uses his new book primarily to attack the petroleum and nuclear industries for obstructing renewable energy. This may have been a fair argument in the past, but the energy industry landscape is changing rapidly. In the rural California county where I live, Shell WindEnergy has just announced plans for a major new wind project, Chevron Technology Ventures is supporting construction of a hydrogen vehicle fueling station that will ultimately use cleaned-up landfill gas, DG Energy is looking to ...
NHA Foundation Starts 2-Year Outreach Program, Considers Magazine Launch
SAN ANTONIO - In the works for more than a year now, the National Hydrogen Association (NHA) is in the process of launching a two-year, $2 million public information and outreach campaign to increase broad understanding of hydrogen and its role in the energy mix and counter the often ill-informed voices that in recent years have dominated the alternative energy debate. The exact launch date appears to be still a bit of a moving target, and not all the funding is in place, but the basic timing for the “H2andYOU” rollout is May, according to a fact sheet handed out at a sponsor ...
Fast Forward: First H2 Bimmer for Schwarzenegger
Without any fanfare, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is apparently the first VIP in the United States to have received one of BMW’s hand-made liquid hydrogen-fueled BMW Hydrogen 7 luxury sedans (H&FCL Oct., Dec. 06). The carmaker is keeping uncharacteristically mum about what presumably would be a ready-made PR event, but that’s what the March 12 online version of Germany’s “Spiegel” magazine reported. In a q-and-a interview, Schwarzenegger said, “a short while ago, our office became the first in the country to receive the first BMW luxury 7 series ...
R&D: Princeton Team Designs Gravity-Assisted, Fuel-Controlled PEM Fuel Cell
PRINCETON, NJ - A team of Princeton University scientists has developed a much simplified, more efficient variant of PEM fuel cell technology in which the amount of hydrogen fed into it - and the gravity-controlled level of by-product water - controls the amount of power produced. The design by Prof. Jay Benziger, of Princeton’s Chemical Engineering Department, Claire Woo who graduated last year and is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California Berkeley, and also with contributions from Warren Hogarth of the University of Queensland, Australia, who was a Fulbright fellow at ...
Yeah, I'll take that one: NHA conference participants admire BMW's Hydrogen 7 in back of the Gonzalez Convention Center, departure point for conference participants and just plain folks to ride in or drive a hydrogen car. In addition to three Bimmers the organizers had brought a Honda FCX, a VW HyMotion minivan, a Toyota fuel cell SUV, a GM HydroGen3 and a DaimlerChrysler F-Cell for test drives around the convention center (Photo courtesy Richard Krudwig for NHA). Hydrogen Needs Bigger Push, Public Awareness is Fading, NHA Conference Hears
SAN ANTONIO, TX - With bio-fuels, ethanol and plug-ins hogging the alternative energy spotlight these days, it was reassuring to see high-level energy and auto industry executives come out strongly last month in support of hydrogen as key energy vector at the annual National Hydrogen Association (NHA) conference here. Leading representatives from General Motors, Toyota, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Honda, Shell Hydrogen, Chevron, even leading oil field services provider Schlumberger and the U.S. Energy Department in keynote sessions, in free-for-all discussions and specialist debates sounded ...
Jihlavan Aircraft's Rapid 200 two-seater will be converted to fuel cell plus battery propulsion. EU Consortium to Build Fuel Cell Plane, Boeing Plans FC Plane Tests This Year
TURIN/MADRID – Fuel cells are taking to Europe’s air: A team of 11 companies and institutions has begun work on a European Union-sponsored project to develop a hydrogen-powered fuel cell plane in a three-year program. The overall goal of the team coordinated by Prof. Giulio Romeo at the Politecnico di Torino (Turin Polytechnic University) is to develop and validate a combined fuel cell/battery power system for an all-electric or mostly-electric aircraft as a zero-pollution solution to air transportation. Also in Europe, a second team of Boeing researchers and partners plan ...

March 2007

Transitions
Update: David K. Garman, who retired from his job as the Energy Department’s Under Secretary of Energy at the end of January (H&FCL Feb. 07), has formed a new federal relations and management consulting firm with two former colleagues, Dr. James Decker and John Sullivan. The firm, Decker Garman Sullivan LLC, is based in Old Town Alexandria, VA, minutes from Capitol Hill. Decker headed DoE’s Science Office for 21 years. Sullivan, recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, is a recognized expert in strategic planning, management innovation and program management.........Seattle, ...
Events
The “POWER-GEN Renewable Energy Conference 2007" is scheduled for March 6-8 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Details: Jan Simpson, 918/831-9736, pgreconference@pennwell.com; www.power-gengreen.com. The “9th Annual Small Fuel Cells” conference will be held March 7-9, 2007 at the Marriott Miami Hotel, Miami, FL. Details: www.knowledgefoundation.com; custserv2@knowledgefoundation.com; 617/232-7400. The “NESEA BuildingEnergy07" conference will be held March 13-15, 2007 at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA: Details: www.buildingenergy.nesea.org. ...
Opportunities
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Analysis: Environmental Impacts of Hydrogen Systems (DE-PS36-07GO97011): The U.S. Energy Department seeks to fund a project to study potential environmental effects from increased emissions of hydrogen and criteria pollutant emissions avoided or gained through the expansion of hydrogen use in the transportation and stationary power markets. The purpose of the study will be to systematically identify and examine possible near- and long-term ecological and environmental effects. Precise systems-based engineering models of the likely hydrogen and criteria pollutant ...
Briefly Noted: Rent-A-Fuel Cell Limo
And now, it’s Rent-a-Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Limo: Starting this month, a Japanese limo rental service, Kanagawa Toshi Kotsu Ltd., will begin offering a hydrogen fuel cell-powered, chauffeur-driven Nissan X-Trail FCV for rent, apparently the first such service anywhere in the world. Drivers were undergoing training last month how to refuel the vehicles. Nissan is currently testing both 5,000 and 10,000 psi tanks, giving ranges of, respectively, 230 and 311 miles plus. Rental rates are the same as for a comparable gasoline vehicles, 37,000 yen ($307.82) for eight hours. Kanagawa prefecture ...
Briefly Noted: Quantum Orders
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., has been given another contract to expand its hydrogen vehicle and mobile hydrogen infrastructure programs for the U.S. Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Warren, MI. Quantum, of Irvine, CA will complete development of a 2008 Ford Escape Hydrogen Hybrid, incorporating an advanced hydrogen fuel injection system and ultra-lightweight hydrogen storage tanks. The work will be carried out at the company’s development center in Lake Forest, CA. Earlier, in January, Quantum reported it will be supplying hydrogen fuel ...
Briefly Noted: Intelligent Energy/Suzuki
Fuel cell systems developer Intelligent Energy has entered a partnership with Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp. to develop prototype hydrogen fuel cell motorcycles, the company said. Intelligent Energy will deliver a number of compact, lightweight fuel cell systems that are intended to become part of future Suzuki products. Intelligent Energy has offices in Loughborough and London, UK, Long Beach CA and Albuquerque, NM, and in Johannesburg, South Africa (H&FCL July 05). Contact: Caroline Collett, +44 (0) 1297 444179; caroline@carolinecollettpr.com.
Briefly Noted: Hythane for India
Hythane for India: An Australian company which now holds the rights to the patented Hythane® fuel mixture of natural gas and hydrogen, has won a 10-year conversion and marketing agreement with a major Indian bus manufacturer. The company, Eden Energy Ltd., Perth, says under the terms of the agreement with Ashok Leyland based in Chennai, Eden’s Irish Brehon Energy subsidiary will conduct the test, development and recalibration program at its Colorado-based subsidiary, the Hythane Company LLC, Littleton, CO, Eden’s executive chairman Greg Solomon said. Littleton is also home ...
Briefly Noted: Fuel Cell Fire Dep't Car
Fighting Fire with Hydrogen: DaimlerChrysler has made available another of its diminutive Mercedes-Benz F-Cell cars to local emergency officials. After lending an F-Cell to the campus police of Wayne State University in Detroit (H&FCL May 06) as squad car, the company recently handed another one to the Metropolitan Fire District in Sacramento, CA, home to the California Fuel Cell Partnership. The bright red F-Cell will be used as a vehicle for the department’s supervisor, and it’s expected to provide lots of data because of what is likely to be a demanding duty schedule. The ...
Briefly Noted: Green Label for Clean German Cars
German transportation minister Wolfgang Tiefensee has suggested a carbon dioxide labeling system for new German cars: environmentally friendly cars would be given a “green traffic light” label, reports the Feb. 12 online issue of Germany’s “Stern” magazine. Cars that produce lots of CO2 would get a “red traffic light” label, a scheme similar to energy-saving labels used for consumer goods. Renate Kuenast, the leader of the Greens in the German Bundestag (parliament) was skeptical about the suggestion, saying that there are hardly any cars being built in ...
Briefly Noted: Global Warming/Electricity Awareness Survey
Most Americans don’t understand the connection between their own electricity use and global warming, a new report says. Research commissioned by EnviroMedia Social Marketing, Austin, TX, found that only a minority of Americans understand that burning coal to make power contributes to adverse climate change. “More Americans have no idea what fuels their electricity than those who can name any particular source - either correctly or incorrectly,” the group’s CEO Valerie Davis says. “If you don’t know leaving the lights on likely means you’re burning more coal ...
Briefly Noted: New California H2 Station
Another Hydrogen Station in California: Air Products and the University of California, Irvine unveiled a new hydrogen fueling station on the university’s campus late last month. The new station dispenses gaseous hydrogen at both 5,000 and 10,000 psi (350 and 700 bar), and a cryogenic liquid hydrogen dispenser is planned to be added later. The station can claim a couple of Firsts: the first one sited in public view and available to a wider public, in this case authorized users participating in the U.S. Energy Department’s multi-year California Hydrogen Infrastructure Structure ...
Germany, an Also-Ran in H2 Technology, is in Forefront Again, Says DWV
BERLIN - Germany, up through the 1980s a world leader in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies but then dropping behind, is now catching up again, the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) says. In the first of a new series of annual press conferences summarizing for German media what’s been happening in the preceding year, DWV executives last month said Germany clearly is once more in the forefront. DWV chairman Johannes Toepler, a DaimlerChrysler research executive, said the growing public interest in hydrogen and fuel cell technology is a result of increased concern over ...
H2 Electric Racing Group Releases Initial Specs for Fuel Cell Racing Cars
DETROIT, MI - “Gentlemen, switch on your fuel cells!” could conceivably be the starting command for the first fuel cell race car competition that a new group here hopes to start two years from now with an Indianapolis-type race. Last month, the Hydrogen Electric Racing Federation (HERF), released its first set of specifications for fuel cell racers, plus a snazzy conceptual rendering of what a fuel cell competition vehicle might look like. The new group and its basic aims were announced in January (H&FCL Feb. 07). The HERF racers would be roughly similar in size but no bigger ...
Béla Lipták, speaking at the Bard College anniversary conference. Profile: Hungarian-Born Process Control Expert Seeks to Mass-Produce Solar-H2 Plants - Now
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY - A Hungarian-born process control and environmental expert who came to the United States as a pennyless student refugee after Hungary’s1956 Revolution, now wants to help bring about another revolution: the commercial large-scale introduction of solar hydrogen, as quickly as possible. “The time for editorials and conferences is over,” says Béla Lipták, PE, editor of the Environmental Engineers’ Handbook and other publications and president of Béla G. Lipták Associates, Stamford, CT. He founded his company after a 16-year ...
DoE News: FY ‘08 H2 Fuel Initiative Request Up Slightly, In Line with Initial Bush Pledge
WASHINGTON, DC – In his new budget request for fiscal year 2008, President Bush is asking for a total of almost $309 million for his Hydrogen Fuel Initiative - $307.5 million for the Energy Department and another $1.425 million for the Transportation Department. The budget request, released early last month, includes $1.24 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the umbrella organization for the hydrogen program. Within the total DoE request of $24.3 billion, EERE falls somewhere in the middle in terms of magnitude: the biggest single chunk is ...
Fast Forward: Hydrogen in Brunei
Scouting the globe for hydrogen: A group of German engineers has pitched the idea of setting up a solar hydrogen-producing industry in Brunei, a major oil and gas producer in Southeast Asia, to the country’s energy minister. Brunei, on the northeast coast of Borneo, is described as a “small, wealthy country” by Wikipedia. The Feb. 16 issue of the English-language “Brunei Times” quoted German ambassador Conrad Cappell as saying that while hydrogen production so far is a niche industry, “it defnitely has the potential to become” a world market product. ...
Fast Forward: Fuel Cells for NY Metro North?
Fuel cells for New York’s suburban trains? Connecticut’s Academy of Science and Engineering has been asked to do a $64,000 study of using fuel cells to power trains and stations on Metro North Railroad’s New Haven Line, reported the Feb. 9 Stamford Advocate and confirmed by an Academy spokesman. The study was mandated by the state legislature last year as part of Connecticut’s $2.3 billion transportation package, and it is expected to be completed some time this summer. Other study participants are Connecticut Light & Power and Logan Energy Corp., Roswell, GA a company ...
A rendering of EnviroMission's original solar tower concept for Mildura. Fast Forward: Solar Tower for Southwest?
A giant solar tower, first proposed in Australia five years ago, may rise in the American Southwest: EnviroMission, the Australian company that launched an effort to build a one-kilometer tall solar updraft wind chimney (H&FCL Sept. 02) but has been stymied Down Under by various government policy flip-flops, is scouting Texas and Arizona for possible sites. EnviroMission has set up an office in Phoenix, AZ and is conducting feasibility studies in four counties: Ward and El Paso in Texas and La Paz and Mojave in Arizona. The plan is to build huge towers and surrounding collector areas, in ...
Fast Forward: New GM Fuel Cell Module
Look for General Motors to show off its latest, smallest automotive fuel cell module in China: GM is expected to unveil its newest version just before or at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show April 22-28, possibly as power plant for its new, electric-drivetrain “Volt” (H&FCL Jan. 07). The Volt is an example of mix-and-match power-by-wire automotive architecture, where a variety of power plants - small i.c. hybrid, diesel, fuel cell - can be dropped in to make it go. From what H&FCL has heard it’s not clear, though, whether this will be the fourth-generation fuel cell stack which ...
It’s Spring! - Show Time in Geneva: Giugiaro Shows His Vision of a H2 Fuel Cell Car
TURIN/GENEVA - Italdesign’s Giorgetto Giugiaro is unleashing his latest conceptual version of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger car, the Vadhô, at the Geneva Motor Show March 8-18. It’s VERY conceptual, conjuring up the image of a jet fighter cockpit that can be offset either left or right, depending on the country of your choice. Controls are by wire and two joysticks, according to Internet previews.
EU-Supported HyICE Team Completes H2 I.C. Engine Optimization Project
MUNICH/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, DC - Modern internal combustion engines, laid out specifically for hydrogen fuel, offer clear advantages in terms of performance and cost over other propulsion systems. This is the conclusion and bottom line of the three-year HyICE study investigating optimization of the combustion process in such an engine, carried out by ten European car manufacturers, suppliers and two universities and supported by the European Union. The study, coordinated by German carmaker BMW’s Research and Technology Group, developed two methods of hydrogen/air mixture formation ...
Buzz Aldrin & Steve Wozniak Plan Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Drive to South Pole
SEATTLE, WA/SANTA MONICA, CA - Confirming a report that first surfaced last summer, retired Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak are planning to drive a fuel cell-powered vehicle across Antarctica from the McMurdo Station on Ross Island to the South Pole this December. Verification came last month from an unlikely source, a couple of sentences midway through a Feb. 20 press release by Neah Power Systems, Inc., of nearby Bothell, WA announcing that Col. Aldrin had been named to the company’s board of directors (see Transitions). Neah is developing what are ...

February 2007

Transitions
The California Fuel Cell Partnership has selected Cynthia Verdugo-Peralta as the new Steering Team Chair for 2007. She is a governing board member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, serving as air pollution control specialist, and she is vice chair of the AQMD’s technology committee, in addition to serving on several other AQMD committees. The new vice chair is Jan van Dokkum, president of UTC Power. The chair position changes every year, and the vice chair will succeed the chair in the following year. Verdugo-Peralta takes over from John Brady, technology vice ...
Events
The “2007 Short Course in Fuel Cell Technology” will be offered Feb. 4-7 at the Florida Solar Energy Center, focussing on polymer electrolyte and direct methanol fuel cells. Details: FSEC, Kenneth Sheinkopf, 321/638-1007; sheinkopf@fsec.ucf.edu. The “3rd International Hydrogen & Fuel Expo 2007" is scheduled for Feb. 7-9 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan. Details: +81-3-3349-8502; www.fcexpo.jp. The “2007 Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference” will be held Feb. 13-15 at the Hilton Universal City Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. Details: Debby DuBose, 626/744-5600, ...
Briefly Noted: Jack Nicholson's 1978 H2 Car
And finally, from our Back-to-the-Hydrogen-Future Dep’t: If you click on this website, http://www.ecorazzi.com/?p=1111, you‘ll find a story about actor Jack Nicholson driving a hydrogen-solar car, apparently a much-modified Chevrolet, WAY BACK IN 1978! If you’re lucky, you’ll be also able to see a video on that with young Nicholson looking oh so hip and cool, unlike his 21st-century somewhat cynical, middle-aged persona. There’s also a video, but apparently it’s not always up and running. We did see it, with Jack expounding on the virtues of the car in his ...
Briefly Noted: Florida Hydrogen Generator
Advanced hydrogen-from natural gas generator for Florida: H2Gen Innovations, the Alexandria, VA-based startup developer of advanced low-cost hydrogen generators, has delivered a HGM 2000 hydrogen generation station to the Chevron Hydrogen Co for Chevron’s hydrogen energy station near the Orlando, FL airport. Funded in part by Florida’s Environmental Protection Department, the station is expected to be up and running early this year, and it will be used to fuel internal combustion engined Ford shuttle buses at the airport. H2G’s generator will produce 115 kg of hydrogen per day ...
Briefly Noted: Geothermal Energy
New spotlight on geothermal energy: What’s described as a comprehensive new study of the potential for geothermal energy in the United States concludes that mining the huge amounts of heat found in the earth’s hard rock crust could supply a significant part of the country’s future electric power the United States, probably at competitive prices and with minimal environmental impact. The 400-page study, “The Future of Geothermal Energy” by an 18-member panel led by Prof. Jefferson W. Tester of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s chemical engineering ...
DoE News: David Garman Retires as DoE Under Secretary, Moves to Private Sector in DC
WASHINGTON, DC – After almost three decades in the Federal government, Energy Under Secretary David K. Garman retired from the Energy Department at the end of last month with plans to go to work in the private sector. As one of three Under Secretaries, Garman and his two colleagues - Linton F. Brooks for nuclear security and Dr. Raymond L. Orbach in charge of science - are the department’s second-highest ranking officials, reporting directly to Secretary Samuel Bodman and deputy secretary Clay Sell. Before his Senate confirmation as Under Secretary in June 2005, Garman served ...
Policy/Legislation Roundup: Clean Energy & Clean Air Legislation Moves in United States, Europe, California
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, DC/SACRAMENTO, CA - January was an auspicious month for clean energy and the environment on both sides of the Atlantic - albeit with skeptical caveats from some of the Usual Suspects: In Sacramento, Gov. Schwarzenegger issued an executive order that will require petroleum refiners and gasoline sellers to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10% 13 years from now - the world’s first global warming pollution standard for motor fuels. In Brussels, the European Commission announced it wants to tackle climate change with big new proposals; In Washington, the ...
Fast Forward: H2 Racing
More Hydrogen Racing Noises from Detroit: Following some low-key signs of interest in hydrogen-powered racing from Mazda (H&FCL June 06) and never-confirmed rumors about a possible NASCAR-BMW match up (H&FCL July 06), a new group has been set up to promote fuel cell competition. The Hydrogen Electric Racing Federation hopes to launch the first races in a couple of years. Founder and Detroit motor sport expert Peter M. DeLorenzo presented his concept to group of industry executives, including representatives of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the American Le Mans Series, last month in a ...
Fast Forward: LLNL Cryo-Tank Tests
Testing advanced car cryo-tank at Lawrence Livermore: First road tests of an advanced insulated pressure vessel cryo-capable tank have gotten underway at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) that its designers say can handle compressed hydrogen gas, liquid hydrogen or ultra-cold cryogenic gas (H&FCL June 06). The new tank has been installed in a Toyota Prius, one of several dozen that have been converted to hydrogen by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide in Irvine, CA. Team leader and designer Salvador Aceves says first cautious tests of the Prius driving on the LLNL grounds ...
Fast Forward: IPHE Move?
Will the Energy Department give up the IPHE secretariat? Maybe. DoE is considering the possibility of giving up the chairmanship and the secretariat, now based at DoE headquarters in Washington, DC when the current two-year term is up near the end of this year. DoE launched the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy and shepherded it since its start in 2003 (H&FCL May, July, Sept., Dec, 03) with now-retiring David Garman serving as chairman of the steering committee (See Garman interview). Given these changes, there is a feeling that maybe the lead should rotate to some other ...
DoE News: Manufacturers Face “Valley of Death” en Route to Fuel Cell Cars, DoE Committee Told
WASHINGTON, DC – The fleets of 100-odd fuel cell cars currently being put on the road each by manufacturers like General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota and Honda are for all practical purposes already history, and carmakers worry they are falling behind for the upcoming 2010-2012 pilot commercialization phase. They also worry that they will be faced with having to pass through a financial “Valley of Death” given the tremendous investments in coming years needed to get through the hugely expensive pre-commercialization phase. This, at least, was the message conveyed by ...
The new Motown Look (Oh Yeah): Ford's just slightly over-the-top "Airstream" hybrid fuel cell crossover concept, on display at Detroit's International Auto Show in early January. Ford Debuts “Edge,” “Airstream” Fuel Cell Hybrids in Washington, Detroit
WASHINGTON, DC/DETROIT, MI - Coincidence or not, Ford Motor Co.’s launch last month launch of its new plug-in/hybrid fuel cell “Edge” crossover here in the capital dovetailed nicely with President Bush’s emphasis on alternative fuels in his State of the Union speech. Both came on the same day, Jan. 23 - media day at the Washington Auto Show Jan. 23-28 - with the Ford morning presentation preceding the president’s evening speech on national TV. (Bush mentioned neither hydrogen nor fuel cells in his speech, stressing the need for alternative fuels and energy ...

January 2007

Transitions
Distributed Energy Systems Corp., Wallingford, CT, announced that Darren R. Jamison, president of its Northern Power Systems subsidiary, is leaving the company to become chief executive officer of Capstone Turbine Corp., Chatsworth, CA, a maker of microturbines. Ambrose L. Schwallie, Distributed Energy’s CEO, will serve as Northern Power’s president on an interim basis while the search is on for a replacement for Jamison. Also, Betsy Anderson, vice president of Northern Power’s product operations group, will become the company’s acting chief operating officer. She joined ...
Events
The “Clean Energy Resource Teams” conference will be held Jan. 17, 2007 at the St. Cloud, MN Civic Center, preceded by “In-Depth Energy Workshops” and reception Jan. 16 at the Kelly Inn, St. Cloud. Details and registration: www.cleanergyresourceteams.org/conference-registration.html; Minnesota Project, 651/645-6159 x 6. The next “California Hydrogen Business Council General Meeting” will be held Jan. 18 at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Diamond Bar, CA. Details: 760/341-292; www.CaliforniaHydrogen.org. The “2007 Short Course in Fuel ...
Briefly Noted: California FC Christmas Tree
Another California First: Fuel cell lights state Christmas tree. California was the first state in the Union to illuminate the official state Christmas tree with a fuel cell. The 55-foot white fir on the west steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento, blazing with 6,500 lights, was powered by a fuel cell system by Altergy Systems, of Folsom, CA. Contact: Altergy, Nancy Frank, 916/768-7805, nancy.frank@altergy.com
Briefly Noted: New DWV H2 Brochure
“Hydrogen - that’s the stuff you make from natural gas, and with electricity from the grid,” and “That’s what the nuclear lobby is backing to build new reactors,” and “It’s all about the car lobby wanting to avoid fuel consumption and emissions reductions,” and “Diesel and biomass fuels solve our problems much better”: these are the kinds of slogans and misconceptions that the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) is addressing in a new, highly detailed, 32-page brochure. So far it’s available only in German on the DWV ...
Briefly Noted: Green Video Website
A new website launched last month that aims to show environmentally benign energy video clips worldwide. GreenEnergyTV.com, based in North Lima, OH, wants to cover the clean-energy waterfront: solar, wind, hydro, hydrogen, biomass, biofuels, geothermal, hybrid vehicle - the works. The site seeks input from companies, investors, colleges and universities with clips showing green energy at work. The site is at www.greenenergytv.com. Contact: GreenEnergyTV, Craig J. Zamary, 330/207-8812, news@greenenergytv.com.
Briefly Noted: Boeing Record Solar Cell
New record-setting solar cell from Boeing: Spectrolab, Inc., a Boeing subsidiary based in Sylmar, CA has achieved a new world record in terrestrial solar cell efficiency. The high-efficiency, multijunction cell mated to a concentrator system achieved 40.7 % conversion of sunlight into electricity, Boeing announced. The cell used what Boeing described as a new class of metamorphic semiconductor materials that permit much greater freedom in multijunction design for optimal conversion, Dr. Richard R. King, principal investigator in this effort, said. The terrestrial cell uses the same ...
Briefly Noted: Ballard DMFC Gas Diffusion Layers
Ballard Power Systems is widening its horizons - partially - with direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). The company, whose name has been pretty much synonymous with PEM fuel cell technology development, has quietly launched a new product line of gas diffusion layers (GDLs) for DMFCs. While it has no intentions of making any DMFCs, “the materials group has realized by spending a little time and using its materials expertise it could solve a few key problems in the methanol area,” Guy Ebbrell, the business development specialist at Ballard Materials Products, Inc., Lowell, MA told ...
Briefly Noted: PEMEAS
PEMEAS, the Frankfurt-based developer of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for high temperature PEM fuel cells with manufacturing and r&d operations both in Germany and the United States, has been acquired by BASF Future Business GmbH, Ludwigshafen. No financial details were announced. PEMEAS was founded almost three years ago as a spin-off of the former Hoechst Group’s fuel cell activities, and it currently has about 50 employees (H&FCL June 04, Feb., Aug. 05). BASF Future Business was set up in 2001 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical ...
Briefly Noted: South Carolina Tax Credits
South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell has announced plans for legislation that would make available $15 million in state grants and tax credits for companies working with state research institutions to support hydrogen and fuel cell initiatives. The move comes less than a year after the formation of the South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance (SCHFCA), a non-profit corporation. The group says it will host the National Hydrogen Association’s (NHA) 2009 annual convention in Columbia, SC. Contact: SCHFCA, Aiken, 803/643-6802, www.schydrogen.org
Briefly Noted: "In" Products Survey
Hydrogen fuel cell technology ranks No. 8 in the list of 70 “in” products, services and trends that will help define this new year, says JWT, the largest advertising agency in the United States and the fourth-largest worldwide. The rise of nanotechnology is ahead in No. 6 place. JWT, once upon a time known as J. Walter Thompson, says its trendspotters have singled out Skype/VoIP Internet telephony as No. 1, followed by Wii and the next-generation gaming systems. Companies going green ranks as No. 45, and microgeneration (producing one’s own energy) is in 48th place. ...
Briefly Noted: US FC Availability Survey
Earlier, the US Fuel Cell Council in its first-ever survey of what’s actually commercially available, said that more than 40 fuel cell products can be bought from manufacturers in the United States, Canada and Europe. The list ranges from 1 W systems by Medis and 100 W systems made by Teledyne Energy Systems, Inc. and Jadoo Power to 2,400 kW systems by FuelCell Energy. “This is an excellent inaugural list, and it proves that the hard work of our members and the public/private partnership are starting to pay dividends,” said Robert Rose, executive director of the U.S. Fuel Cell ...
Briefly Noted: Global FC Survey
The 2006 Worldwide Fuel Cell Industry Survey shows reported sales last year were up 7% to $353 million in 2005 over 2004, and research and development outlays were up 11% to $796 million in the same period. The study, reported first at the recent Fuel Cell Seminar in Hawaii (H&FCL Dec. 06) also found that fuel cell industry-specific employment increased 12% to 7,074 employees. The survey, now in its fourth year, canvassed members of the US Fuel Cell Council, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Canada, Fuel Cell Europe and the Fuel Cell Commercialization Conference of Japan. A total of 159 participants, ...
Briefly Noted: Bronx Zoo FC
And another fuel cell, to light up the lions in the Bronx: The Wildlife Conservation Society headquartered at the Bronx Zoo will be installing a 200 kW/700,000 Btu natural gas-powered UTC fuel cell power plant as part of the restoration of the zoo’s historic Lion House. The building houses what a Society release said were some of the world’s most exotic, threatened animals, including several lemur species, reptiles and amphibians in its newest “Madagascar!” exhibit of species from one of the most remote corners of the planet. The installation was made possible with ...
Briefly Noted: NY FC Plans
More fuel cells for cops: New York plans to install 5 kW Plug Power GenCore backup power fuel cells at 22 public safety communications sites in a new $434,000 Fuel Cells for Emergency Communications (FC4EC) program jointly managed by the New York Power Authority and the New York state police, but other state agencies will be equipped as well. One of the sites is a state Department of Transportation (DOT) communications tower in Albion, Orleans County, in western New York that was knocked out during the October snow emergency, an Authority release said. The others: a New York State Police ...
Briefly Noted: Wal-Mart FC Truck Trials
Two Ohio-based Wal-Mart distribution centers have successfully completed beta trials of twelve fuel cell-powered pallet trucks powered by Cellex Power Products, Inc.’s C’S-P150 PEM fuel cell systems (H&FCL, Aug., Sept. 05). The 12 vehicles logged more than 18,500 hours, including more than 2,100 indoor fueling breaks. Cellex, based in Vancouver and Dayton, OH, said the trucks showed better productivity via longer run-times, shorter fueling times - less than two minutes - more operator satisfaction, and quick training: operators were trained in half an hour. The fuel cell systems, ...
Briefly Noted: Jadoo
Jadoo Power Systems, Inc.’s N-Gen Fuel Cell Power Unit has been named as a Product of the Year by the trade magazine Electronic Products, a Hearst publication. The system by the Folsom, CA-based company “is the first prosumer fuel cell system with industry-standard battery connectors for easy integration into consumer devices,” the magazine said. The Jadoo N-Gen hydrogen-powered PEM-based system generates 100 W and 12 V DC for multiple applications such as portable radio or laptop recharging, law enforcement surveillance, off-grid communications and others. With an adapter, ...
Briefly Noted: USABC/A123 Systems
What a difference an “r” could make: As General Motors is working with lithium ion battery developers to come up with one for its concept “Volt” electric car (see p. 1), the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has awarded a $15 million contract to develop lithium iron phosphate battery technology to a Massachusetts company, A123Systems of Watertown. USABC, of which GM is a member along with DaimlerChrysler and Ford, said in a Dec. 8 release the contract involves developing an advanced battery that is expected to provide significant increases in power, reduction in ...
DoE News: DoE Halts Funding for Pure Undoped Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Research
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Energy Department has decided to stop funding future, applied research and development of pure, undoped single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) for onboard hydrogen storage in vehicles. However, DoE said last month, closely related materials such as hybrid carbon nanotubes may be eligible for further research money. The rationale for the decision, detailed in a seven-page announcement, “is based on the previously established criterion that pure, undoped SWNTs have not met: achieving 6 weight percent hydrogen storage (on a materials basis) at close to room ...
Fast Forward: Ford-Toyota H2 Cooperation?
Are Ford and Toyota going to get together on hydrogen technology development? Nobody on the outside knows for sure, but the Dec. 27 New York Times reported that Ford chief executive Alan R. Mulally and Mark Fields, head of Ford operations in the Americas, flew to Tokyo for a meeting Wednesday with Toyota Motor Co. chairman Fujio Cho to discuss just that, also hybrid technology, and maybe other things. Immediately after the meeting, Mulally and Fields got on a plane and flew back home - a round trip of about 24 hours, said the Times. Apparently not discussed were ideas such as joint ...
R&D/Education: German University Launches First-Ever H2 Masters Program, Headed by Cryo Expert
DRESDEN, GERMANY - What is described as the world’s first two-year Master’s degree program in hydrogen energy technology will be launched here this spring at Dresden Technical University. Except for three weeks per semester the students spend on the Dresden campus, the course is designed as a home study program for working professionals with university or college degrees. It will be headed by Prof. Hans Quack, an expert in refrigeration and cryo-technology who has developed a hydrogen liquefaction concept that is twice as energy-efficient as current industrial liquefaction ...
We Must Do Much More To Stem Global Warming, UC-Davis’ Dan Sperling Says
BERKELEY, CA - While Arctic ice thaws, weather extremes become more frequent and Midwest tornadoes and Gulf Coast hurricanes become more violent, too little is done to stem the drift towards higher global temperatures to halt or reverse the problem, a respected transportation and environment expert believes. Daniel Sperling, director of the University of Transportation Studies and professor of environmental science and policy and civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis says that “amazingly, we are re-carbonizing our fuel system when virtually ...
FuelCell Energy Bids on Big Conn. Project, Launches Hybrid Project with Enbridge
DANBURY, CT - More and Bigger Fuel Cell Plants: FuelCell Energy, Inc. here reported last month it had submitted bids for fuel cell power projects totaling 98.6 MW to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) for its Project 100, the Fund’s plan to install 100 MW of electricity in the state to be generated by renewables by 2008. The bids by the Danbury, CT-based company range in size from 2.4 MW to 28 MW, and they were submitted in partnership with several developers, the company said. In the current phase, the Fund has already received close to 315 MW worth of clean energy proposals ...
Research Centers in Europe, Americas, Asia Launch World Wind Energy Institute
HURUP THY, DENMARK - Seven existing universities and research centers on five continents have joined forces and launched the new decentralized World Wind Energy Institute (WWEI), the institute’s secretariat here and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) in Bonn announced last month. The seven institutions in Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt and Russia will offer a 10-month joint program to provide new opportunities for education and training in wind energy and other renewable energy forms. As envisioned now, trainees will study and travel in groups of 4-8, ...
The schematic layout of the Excel-NREL Wind-to-Hydrogen System. DoE News: NREL, Excel Energy Launch Experimental Wind-to-Hydrogen Energy System
GOLDEN, CO – Excel Energy, the large Minneapolis-based Midwestern gas-and-electricity utility, last month joined forces with researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory here in an experimental wind-to-hydrogen energy production system. It’s the second wind-to-hydrogen project with links to Minnesota: In August, the University of Minnesota announced plans for a wind-to-hydrogen-to-ammonia program (H&FCL Sept. 06). Other wind-to-hydrogen programs have been announced for Prince Edward Island in Canada (H&FCL May 05); for Utsira Island in Norway (H&FCL Aug. 04); and ...
Chevrolet's new concept "Volt" passenger car, the first embodiment of General Motors's new all-electric "E-Flex" drivetrain technology. GM Unveils Volt as First Example of Electric Drive Train System for both I.C.s, Fuel Cells
DETROIT, MI - Call it the Mix-&-Match Principle of Automotive Architecture: General Motors Corp. this month unveiled a new concept electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, at the North American International Auto Show here Jan. 7-21 as the first embodiment of a new family of interchangeable power plants - including hydrogen fuel cells - and fuels powering a common electrical drive train, called the “E-Flex System,” with “E” standing for “electric” and “Flex” symbolizing flexibility. The common denominator in the small, short-overhang, four-seater ...