December 2009

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GreenMan Technologies, Inc., Carlisle, IA reports its American Power Group, Inc. subsidiary, Algona, IA has entered a technical consulting agreement with Robert Natkin, formerly a technical leader in Ford Motor Co.’s advanced engine department and key researcher in the carmakers hydrogen internal combustion engines program. In his new role Natkin will focus on upgrading and expanding future capabilities of APG’s dual-fuel products for the diesel powered vehicle market……Catacel Corp., Garrettsville, OH reports its president William Whittenberger has been elected to ...
H2Gen Innovation’s Thomas Launches Website Comparing Alternative Vehicles
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Sandy Thomas, the retired president of advanced hydrogen generation equipment builder H2Gen Innovations, Inc., has launched a new website, www.cleancaroptions.com, that lays out technical details of the various alternative vehicles, including quick links to the latest papers and reports in this field. It incorporates most of the computer simulation work that Thomas did for the National Hydrogen Association’s 95-page “Energy Evolution” paper that was presented to the U.S. Senate Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Caucus last March. The key pages include ...
Medis Technologies Folds, CEO Mejia and CTO Finkelshtain Resign
NEW YORK – It’s the end of the line apparently for New York- and Israel-based fuel cell developer Medis Technologies, Ltd.: In mid-November the company announced the resignation of chairman and CEO Jose Mejia who quit immediately, and the resignation of chief technology officer Gennadi Finkelshtain. The company said in its Nov. 15 statement that Finkelshtain’s decision was due to the recent liquidation action taken by current and former employees of Medis El Ltd. and its sister company More Energy Ltd. Israeli business media reported that the Tel Aviv ...
Fuel Cell Seminar: Criticism of DoE, Plus Upbeat Views, Provide Mixed Mood at Industry Meeting
PALM SPRINGS, CA – Some harsh words for the government in general and the Energy Department’s new top leadership in particular, interspersed with more upbeat comments pretty much summed up the mixed mood at this year’s Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition here last month.In the Nov. 16-20 seminar’s first annual State of the Fuel Cell Industry speech, U.S. Fuel Cell Council president Michael Hicks chided the new Obama administration for its apparent apathy and disinterest in this particular clean energy technology which enjoys a great deal of government support in ...
Fuel Cell Seminar: On the Sidelines: One-Day Workshops on Stationary Fuel Cells, Renewable Hydrogen
PALM SPRINGS, CA - Three one-day workshops held a day before the official opening on the sidelines of the Fuel Cell Seminar provided a glimpse of industry successes and shortfalls. DoE sponsored an open meeting that addressed continuing r&d needs for molten carbonate (MCFC) and phosphoric acid (PAFC) stationary fuel cells. Stationary megawatt-size fuel cells are expected to make an important contribution to the production of electricity from renewable energy sources such as methane from an anaerobic digester or from a land fill.  During the morning session, Pinakin Patel and ...
Fast Forward:
 * Is Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn Experiencing Satori, or is he Just Hedging His Bets? Satori means “sudden enlightenment” in Japanese, and the question comes to mind because of Nissan North America’s announcement last month that it’s providing an X-Trail Fuel Cell Vehicle to Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Co. as Nissan’s first commercial fuel cell vehicle lease in North America. The lease is for one year, with an option for two more. It’s sort of unexpected because Ghosn, CEO of both Nissan Motor Co. and France’s Renault, is widely regarded as ...
Events
The “19th International Seminar on Double Layer Capacitors and Hybrid Energy Storage Devices” will be held Dec. 7-9 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort, Deerfield Beach, FL. Details: Lidija Ortloff, Redox Engineering, LLC, 617/962-7650, info@supercapseminar.com; www.supercapseminar.com The “FuelCells Durability & Performance 2009” conference will be held Dec. 8-9 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA. Details: David Mello, dmello@knowledgefoundation.com   The next “General Meeting” of the California Hydrogen ...
Dockside Debut: Daimler’s new Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid transit bus, shown here in Hamburg’s sprawling harbor area. Daimler Unveils New Hybrid Version of Citaro Fuel Cell Transit Bus
STUTTGART/HAMBURG – Carmaker Daimler’s latest new, improved and now hybridized fuel cell transit bus was rolled out last month in Hamburg, the port city that is getting first dibs at the stylish new urban dweller mover.  Starting next year, the city’s public transit agency will be getting ten of the 30 Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrids, as they are officially known, that the company is building as an initial small series. Apparently no final decision has been made where the other 20 will go, but most likely they will be distributed across Europe and eventually ...
Five happy guys surround a hydrogen fuel cell Think car on the occasion of the opening of the first hydrogen fueling station Nov. 12 in Copenhagen, host to the global Climate Summit this month. They are (left to right), Canada’s ambassador to Denmark, Peter Lundy; Copenhagen’s mayor for technology and environment, Klaus Bondam; H2Logic director Jacob Krogsgaard; Danish transport minister Lars Barfoed; and HyRAMP board chairman Andreas Ziolek (HyRAMP is the “European Regions and Municipalities Partnership on Hydrogen & Fuel Cells.” Its 22 members come from France, Germany, Italy, the Scandinavian countries, Spain, Slovenia and the UK). Briefly Noted:
   * Just in Time for Copenhagen Climate Summit: The first hydrogen station opened in the Danish capital in mid-November. Copenhagen’s mayor for technology and environment Klaus Bondam cut the ribbon, and H2 Logic director Jacob Krogsgaard filled up the first of Copenhagen’s eight new hydrogen cars, after which Bondam, transport minister Lars Barfoed and Canada’s ambassador Peter Lundy all went for a test drive around the city. H2Logic provided the station which is located in the city’s Sydhavnen district. For starters, the station will dispense compressed ...
BASF Fuel Cell Moves Operations from Frankfurt to Somerset, NJ
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY/SOMERSET, NJ – Germany’s BASF, which describes itself as “the world’s leading chemical company,” sees greener pastures – literally - for fuel cells on the other side of the Atlantic. Early last month the company announced it is moving operations of its fuel cell division, BASF Fuel Cell GmbH, lock, stock and barrel from Frankfurt to BASF Fuel Cell, Inc. in Somerset, NJ. The company said it would start shutting down operations in Frankfurt at the end of the year, and the facility there will be phased out in the course of next ...

November 2009

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 The third member of General Motors’ fuel cell trinity  is leaving: Matthew H. Fronk, head of GM’s fuel cell research center in Honeyoe Falls, NY is retiring after more than 30 years with the car manufacturer including 20 years of fuel cell technology, according to the Oct. 7 online Rochester Democrat Chronicle. Fronk stepped down Oct. 1 and took up his new duties as head of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Sustainable Mobility where he will be in charge of research programs covering hydrogen fuel cell technology, fuel cell development, ...
 Suzuki’s new SX4-FCV capacitor-hybrid 5-seater fuel cell car which uses a 83 kW  GM fuel cell system, employs a Suzuki-designed 10,000 psi tank. It recently won certification from the Japanese government. The range is 250 km (156 miles). Little Fuel Cell News at Tokyo Show Except for Suzuki; Honda Sticks to (H2) Guns
TOKYO – The Tokyo Motor Show which used to be a hotbed of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell displays, looked more like a wasteland in these categories this year.  More generally, the biannual Oct.23-Nov. 4 event suffered from the fact that foreign – European and American – manufacturers stayed away in droves, partly as a result of global economic trauma, partly because of hopes for greener pastures elsewhere (Bloomberg.com headline: “Porsche, Daimler Snub Tokyo’s Car Show as China Eclipses Japan”). Even some Japanese companies such as truck manufacturers Isuzu Motors and ...
100% Renewables Could Cut Global Energy Use 30% by 2030: Scientific American
PALO ALTO, CA – Replacing all types of combustion engines with 100% electric power or hydrogen from renewables is not only doable but could cut global power demand by almost one third, say two widely respected researchers in the new November “Scientific American” cover story. Mark Jacobson, Stanford University professor of civil and environmental engineering, and University of California-Davis researcher Mark Delucchi present new research and data of a quantitative plan for powering the entire planet on wind, water and solar energy, including an assessment of materials ...
Ballard, Partners Unveil 2010 Olympics Hybrid Fuel Cell Bus, First of Fleet of 20
VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s premier Gordon Campbell was on hand last month when Ballard Power Systems handed over the first of 20 hydrogen hybrid fuel cell buses to BC Transit for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “The arrival of ‘Bus 1’ of the hydrogen fuel cell bus (fleet) is a major step forward as we work to build a Hydrogen Highway that stretches from Whistler to Victoria and beyond,” said Campbell. When operational, the fleet will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia by 1,800 metric tons a year, he added. “By ...
Calgary University Scientists Develop Better Membranes for High-Temp PEM Fuel Cells
CALGARY, ALBERTA — A research team at the University of Calgary’s chemistry department is scrutinizing the use of metal- organic framework (MOFs) materials to improve the performance of high-temperature membranes in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells. The basic idea is to replace water needed to conduct protons in conventional membranes such as Nafion with “guest” molecules that transfer protons inside the channels of the MOF. The key advantage is that these proton-conducting guest molecules have a much higher boiling point of 260 oC, Jeff A. Hurd, a ...
Garage Geometries Can Affect Deflagration Effects of H2 Leaks, SRI Researchers Find
PALO ALTO, CA – If you plan to park your future hydrogen vehicle inside your garage, it might be prudent to keep other stuff such as bikes, shelves and roof rafters outside – just in case.  This is one of the conclusions and possible precautions consumers should be aware of, according to test findings by a team of SRI International scientists, lead researcher Dr. Mark Groethe, Erik Merilo, J. D. Colton in the Palo Alto office, and S. Chiba in SRI International’s Tokyo office. SRI said this was the first time that actual hydrogen release and ignition tests were conducted inside a ...
Gov. Schwarzenegger Lends Prestige to Fuel Cell Heavy-Duty Port Truck Project
SACRAMENTO, CA – Star Power provided a helping hand in introducing last month a prototype plug-in hydrogen hybrid fuel cell short-haul truck designed to move shipping containers to, from and inside the ports of Los Angeles.  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Linda Adams did the honors in front of the State Capitol, introducing the “Tyrano” truck based on a Freightliner design and built by a startup company, Vision Industries Corp., Pacific Palisades, CA. According to “Business Week” online stock ...
Fast Forward:
* Charles Lindbergh of the Fuel Cell Age? Sometimes you have to go to the very end of a press release to pick out  the good stuff. Case in point: DLR, the German Aerospace Agency, plans to fly across the Atlantic with a fuel cell-powered plane. That revelation came in the very last sentence of the last paragraph of a Sept. 29 DLR announcement explaining that an attempt at a new altitude record with the agency’s experimental hydrogen fuel cell-powered Antares DLR-H2 (H&FCL Aug. 09) motorglider plane had to be postponed because of adverse weather and cloudy skies. But the last ...
EVENTS
The “16th Symposium for Utilizing Renewable Energy Sources and Hydrogen Technology” is scheduled for Nov. 5-7 at Stralsund University of Applied Science, Stralsund, Germany. Details: Ilona Noster, +49/3831/456713, Ilona.Noster@th-stralsund.de;   http://www.fh-stralsund.de; The “Lithium Mobile Power 2009” conference will take place Nov. 12-13 in Boston, MA. Details: David Mello, david@knowledgefoundation.com; www.knowledgefoundation.com  The “2009 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition” will take place Nov. 16-20 at the Palm ...
DoE News: Congress Restores Most Cuts in DOE 2010 Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Budget Request
 WASHINGTON, DC – Officially, uncertainty is over: most hydrogen and fuel cell funding has been restored to the Energy Department’s 2010 budget request slashed by Secretary Steve Chu (H&FCL June, July, Aug. 09). But a sense of unease seems to linger. Worried that there may still be reservations among lawmakers, some  players are gearing up to reinforce the message on Capitol Hill that hydrogen  and fuel cells are essential for a zero-carbon energy future.  Both the U.S. House of  Representatives and the U.S. Senate signed off last month on the ...
Briefly Noted:
   * H2Gen Innovations Sells Hydrogen Purification Technology:  The Alexandria, VA-based company started in 2001 by hydrogen veteran and former Senate staffer Sandy Thomas, has sold its MARS ((Metallurgical Atmosphere Recycle System), hydrogen purification technology,  including all IP and manufacturing rights, to Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., NV. The company, described in a news report as an energy-infrastructure company has corporate headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, and administrative headquarters in Woodlands, TX. MARS is based on H2Gen's patented pressure ...
The Biofuel Delusion: The Fallacy of Large-Scale Agro-Biofuel Production. By Mario Giampietro and Kozo Mayumi. © 2009 Earthscan, London. 318 pages. £49.95 ($61.09 from amazon.com) Reviewed by Richard Engel
I’ve been a skeptic about agro-industrial bioenergy development for years, but my concerns were founded mainly on some rather depressing back-of-the-envelope calculations I’d made on the amount of land and water it would take to replace even a fraction of today’s massive fossil fuel dependency with crop-derived biofuels. I felt intuitively that many of the studies published on the energy balance of biofuels production were neglecting or mishandling important factors. However, until now I couldn’t articulate just what those factors were, let alone how to analyze them ...

October 2009

Arno Evers’ colorful poster,“Direct Solar Hydrogen: The next Steps,” shown in somewhat different form at the Solar PACES conference. It shows heliostat-equipped multistory buildings and solar hydrogen power plants located in urban residential settings, among other things.  Solar Hydrogen Technologies Are Highlighted at Solar PACES Conference
 BERLIN – Hydrogen and solar fuels were high on the agenda of the 15th Solar PACES conference here September 15-18, the first of what will now be an annual event instead of the previous two-year cycle.  The conference is the gathering point of representatives of 15 countries that make up Solar PACES (Power And Chemical Energy Systems), an international implementing agreement launched 30 years ago by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Its six tasks include development of concentrating solar electric power systems, solar chemistry research; concentrating solar ...
New Delhi H2 Technology Conference (II): Hydrogen Pathways for India
 NEW DELHI – Hydrogen energy corridors, hydrogen from biomass, wind hydrogen for cooking, hydrogen storage in complex hydrides, UNIDO support for hydrogen implementation in developing countries – these were just some of the topics covered during the three-day World Hydrogen Technologies Convention Aug. 26-28 here.   Sarveshwar Choudhary, deputy manager of an Indian Oil Corp. plant in Kalkota, proposed a feasibility study covering a 20-year period stipulating that between 1 and 3% of fossil fuel consumption would be replaced with hydrogen. Choudhary’s paper ...
Honda FCX Clarity Wins Prestigious Grove Medal at London Symposium
  LONDON – Carmaker Honda Motor Company has been honored with the prestigious Grove Medal at the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium last month for designing and building the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.    “The Honda FCX Clarity is a fully practical and road-worthy car with room for four passengers and their luggage,” the organizers of the Sept. 22-24 symposium at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre said.  “Significantly, the FCX Clarity (offers) more than double the fuel economy than its petrol equivalent and ...
Fuel Cells for Forklifts, APUs, UAVs Gain in New FCT Niche Transport Survey
 WASHINGTON, DC – Material handling vehicles, auxiliary power units (APUs) and, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, unmanned aerial vehicles are seen as “breakout markets” in the latest version of Fuel Cell Today’s market research analysis of niche transport fuel cell applications.  The August report, “2009 Niche Transport Survey,” was presented to the general public, including a free downloadable summary, in mid-September in an online webinar organized by the National Hydrogen Association (NHA). Among other things, it said only materials ...
Fast Forward
Fast Forward:  * Canada’s fuel cell developers & hydrogen producers look for new government funds: With the current government five-year hydrogen support program due to run out next March, Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell developers are buttonholing government ministers pleading for more cash to keep up with the Germans, the Americans, the Japanese and the Koreans (with the Chinese lurking embryonically in the wings). Daryl Wilson, CEO of Hydrogenics Corp., Andreas Truckenbrodt, CEO of Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, the Daimler-Ford fuel cell joint venture created after ...
Events
            A one-day conference, “Power for the 21st Century - Reinventing America’s Energy Grid,” will be held Oct. 7 in the Allen Chapman Activity Center of the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, organized by the National Energy Policy Institute. Details: Mary Haddican, 918/631-6374, mhaddican@nepinstitute.org ; www.nepinstitute.org .             A “Principles and Applications of Fuel Cell Technologies” seminar will be held Oct. 7-8 at the Hilton ...
Eight Carmakers Sign On to Push Fuel Cell Cars, Germany Launches Infrastructure Plan
 BERLIN/STUTTGART – Backed by the German government, eight major industrial companies – a carmaker, two energy companies, three oil and gas  companies, an industrial gas provider and the German national hydrogen and fuel cell organization NOW – have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate prospects for setting up a national hydrogen infrastructure.    The companies are auto manufacturer Daimler which just launched its new small-series F-Cell B Class fuel cell car (H&FCL Sept. 09); energy companies Vattenfall and EnBW; oil and gas ...
Fuel Cell Boat Reenacts Historic 1807 “Clermont” Steamship Hudson Trip
 KINGSTON, NY – Hudson Valley river history got a high-tech, if a little glitch-prone, update last month with the upstream passage of a fuel cell powered boat from Manhattan to Troy, New York.  The New Clermont was named after the original Clermont, Robert Fulton’s famous original smoke-belching steam-powered paddle wheeler, the world’s first commercial steamboat that traveled from New York to Albany a little more than 200 years ago.      The New Clermont, in its former life a 22 foot Bristol daysailer whose mast had been removed, had been ...
Briefly Noted
* Can Mankind Cope with Man-Made Global Crises? Maybe Not, Researchers Warn: The world faces a series of interlocking compounding planetary crises driven by human activities, and the current set of national governments and institutions may be unable to deal with them, warns a group of prominent environmental scientists and economists. Writing in the Sept. 11 issue of “Science,” the authors say nations alone are unable to get their acts together for the benefit of all: “The core of the problem is inducing cooperation in situations where individuals and nations will ...

Fuel Cell Power for Two: An image of Esslingen University's "HydroSmart."
Fuel Cell “Smart” City Car Version Surfaces at forum f-cell Conference
 STUTTGART – Now, a really smart Smart: A group of students at the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is working on the prototype fuel cell version of the iconic two-seat Smart city car which began in 1993 as a joint venture between Daimler-Benz and Swiss watchmaker Swatch, with first European sales in 1998.    The “HydroSmart,” one of 48 presentations, surfaced last month at the “9th forum f-cell” conference Sept. 28-29 here for producers and users. The focus was on Japan in this year’s event, attended by some 350 ...

September 2009

WV’s Yeager Airport Opens H2 Station; Others Underway in CA, NY, Germany
 CHARLESTON, WV - An “open architecture” hydrogen production and dispensing station at Yeager airport here, capable of incorporating future technology advances opened last month, kicking off a three-day hydrogen conference organized by the Mountain States Hydrogen Business Council. The $2 million DoE-funded station uses off-peak electricity from fossil plants fired by the state’s abundant coal resources, producing about 12 kg of electrolytic hydrogen per day - enough for daily complete refueling of three vehicles used by the airport and by the 130th Air ...
World’s First By-Product Hydrogen Power Plant Starts Operating in Italy
 VENICE, ITALY – What’s described as the world’s first hydrogen-fueled industrial-sized electricity-generating turbine power plant began churning out electricity last month in Fusina, a couple of miles across the bay from here. The 12 MW plant, operated by Italy’s largest energy company Enel, is fueled by by-product hydrogen from a nearby petrochemical plant in the Porto Maghera industrial district operated by ENI, a multinational oil and gas company and Italy's largest industrial company. Heart of the system is a gas turbine, modified by ENEL in ...
Briefly Noted: Two New Partnerships for Nuvera:
The Billerica, MA-based fuel cell systems developer announced Aug. 19 it has teamed up with Airgas Inc., Radnor, PA in a five-year marketing, sales, and service agreement to provide Nuvera’s PowerTap hydrogen generators and stations to the North American material handling market. The system produces hydrogen from natural gas, designed to replace standard lead acid batteries. Airgas will also provide backup hydrogen at customer sites. A week later, Nuvera announced another five-year partnership, this one with Universal Precision Products, Akron, OH for the integration of the ...
Toyota H2 Hybrid Fuel Cell SUV Achieves 431 mile range at 68 Miles/Gallon Equivalent
 TORRANCE, CA – In a day-long test drive up and down Southern California’s coast, two advanced-version Toyota Highlander Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (FCHV-adv) racked up an astonishing estimated range of 431 miles on a single tank of compressed hydrogen. The average fuel economy was 68.3 miles/kg of hydrogen (approximate miles/gallon equivalent).   The actual drive was only 331.5 miles, starting at Toyota Motor Sales headquarters in Torrance, traveling north to Santa Monica then heading south to San Diego and then retracing the route back to Torrance. En route ...
Briefly Noted: Sweden’s Morphic Technologies Fuel Cells for Poland, France:
 In its most recent order the Swedish company which operates in six countries, has signed a deal for its Polaris 140 fuel cell system with the Polish navy in Gdynia for testing in underwater craft. The company which is based in Karlskoga, west of Stockholm, didn’t provide any details on the system or its output other than to say that it’s an “unconventional” air-independent system that was originally designed for recreational vehicles, boats or motor homes. In May, Morphic said it had signed a distribution agreement with France’s Narbonne Associates to ...
Briefly Noted: South Korea is Bullish on Residential Fuel Cells:
Beginning next year, the South Korean government plans to cover 80 % the cost of buying and installing hydrogen fuel cells to power and heat homes, reports the Aug. 25 edition of JoongAng Daily, one of the country’s three major newspapers. Until 2012, the government will pay 80 %, dropping to 50 % for three years from 2013 and then to 30 % in the program’s final three years to 2020. “Starting next year we hope to receive requests from 100 to 200 households to install hydrogen fuel cells and to expand that number to 1,000 every year from 2013,” the paper quoted an ...
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New faces at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Dr. Ryne P. Raffaele has been named director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL in Golden, CO. Raffaele most recently was academic director for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and Director of the NanoPower Research Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York, of which the Golisano Institute is a part. Earlier, in May, NREL named Dr. Fort F. Felker as director of its National Wind Technology Center. Felker is a co-founder of Winglet Technology LLC, Wichita, KS and former director of ...
Fast Forward
 * Japan Inc.’s Hydrogen Infrastructure Plans on a Roll: Largely unreported by the U.S. mainstream media, news reports out of Tokyo say that Japanese energy companies are banding together to push the creation of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure. An Aug. 4 Nikkei story said that 13 energy companies are joining in a group apparently called “Hydrogen Supply Technology Association” to conduct “joint research with an aim to commercialize technologies for supplying hydrogen to fuel cell vehicles by fiscal 2015” (The group apparently doesn’t have a ...
Briefly Noted: PolyFuel Bites the Dust:
Mountain View, CA-based PolyFuel, developer of direct methanol fuel cell membranes for portable electronics, is throwing in the towel. According to stories in several financial news publications PolyFuel announced Aug. 13 that the company has ceased operations and intended to seek approval from stockholders to cancel trading its shares on AIM, the London Stock Exchange's international market for smaller growing companies. The company which reportedly had been commissioned by Chinese computer maker Lenovo to develop a power supply for its ThinkPad notebook computers, had been seeking fresh ...
Final NRC Report(II): H2 Fuel Cell Vehicles are Among “Urgent” U.S. Energy Needs
 WASHINGTON, DC – “Sustained national commitment” is needed for the United States to obtain substantial improvements in energy efficiency, new sources of energy and reductions of greenhouse gas emissions via accelerated deployment of “existing and emerging energy-supply and end-use,” technologies, according to the final summary report of the America’s Energy Future project of the National Research Council.   The undertaking that began last year with an energy summit says, among many other things, that launching these technologies is ...
The tunnel profiles for the supersonic hydrogen tube train. The hydrogen-filled train tubes, running in both directions have 5-meter diameters, and the outer shell tunnel housing the tubes is 12 meters in diameter. Vehicle Projects’ Miller Presents Latest H2 Tube Train Vision in New Delhi
 GOLDEN, CO/NEW DELHI – It’s a train, it’s a plane, and it flies inside a tunnel filled with a hydrogen atmosphere that also provides the fuel to drive the fuel-cell powered machine at up to four times the speeds of a Boeing 747:   That is the breathtaking vision of the latest incarnation of Arnold Miller’s supersonic tube vehicle (STV) Miller presented in a keynote presentation last month at the 3rd World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in New Delhi (p. 4).  Miller, president of Vehicle Projects, Inc and Supersonic Tubevehicle LLC, Golden, CO ...
Briefly Noted: Methanol Fuel Cells for Nissan Plant Materials Handling Tugs:
Nissan North America is deploying Oorja Protonics’ OorjaPacTM methanol fuel cells to power its 60 materials handling tugs in its Smyrna, TN assembly plant. Fremont, CA-based Oorja Protonics says in its release that retrofitting the tugs with the 1.6 kW fuel cells eliminates the need for some 70 electric battery chargers, saves some 540,000 kWh annually, cuts CO2 emissions by more than 300 tons annually and saves some 35 hours of work every day that had been spent on changing out batteries. Each tug carries about 3.5 gallons of methanol on board, enough for 14-16 hours of operations. ...
Mercedes Launches Series-Produced Fuel Cell Car; GM Shows Next Smaller Stacks
 STUTTGART/DETROIT, MI - They’re out of the gate: Announced earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz last month launched production of the first of its small-series – 200 copies - fuel cell cars, the B-Class F-CELL, with deliveries in Europe and the United States scheduled for early next year.    Mercedes says the car has performance similar to its two-liter gasoline models, and fuel consumption is equal to 3.3 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km (not quite sure how that compares to miles/gallons of gasoline; probably around 65-75 mgg). Range on a full tank of hydrogen ...
IAHE’S Veziroglu Urges India to Take Lead in H2 Economy at New Delhi Conference
 NEW DELHI – Highlighted by the unveiling of hydrogen-fueled three-wheelers on opening day, the Third World Hydrogen Technologies Convention got underway here at the end of last month with a call for India to take the lead in launching a Hydrogen Economy. “I urge the developing countries such as India, China and others not to wait for industrial countries to convert to the Hydrogen Economy first,” T. Nejat Veziroglu, president of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy, told conference participants as first speaker in the opening session of the Aug. 26-28 conference at the ...
Briefly Noted: It’s Official: DoE Announces $1 Million H Prize:
 The Energy Department announced details of the initial H-Prize Competition for Breakthrough Advances in Materials for Hydrogen Storage in the Aug. 26 Federal Register, p. 43114-43116. Evaluation of entries will start about 15 months after the date of this announcement. Feb. 15 is the deadline for registration and eligibility documentation, and Nov. 15 is the deadline for submitting material samples. The panel of judges will review and evaluate the independent third-party test data, and the award will be made February 2011 - if there is a winning entry. Questions may be submitted ...
Events
              The “tcbiomass 2009" international conference on thermochemical conversion of biomass will take place Sept. 16-19 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, IL. Details: Diane Miller, diane.miller@gastechnology.org, www.gastechnology.org/tcbiomass2009.                 The California Hydrogen Business Council will hold a “General Meeting - Breakthrough Markets” Sept. 17 at the South Coast Air ...
IEA Chief Economist Birol: Declining Oil Output Could “Strangle” Recovery
 LONDON – Amplifying his dire warnings of a year ago, the International Energy Agency’s chief economist warns that oil is running out rapidly and that the world is facing the risk that its economic recovery could be “strangled” by climbing oil prices. Dr. Fatih Birol, in an interview with the UK’s “The Independent” published online Aug. 3, said “one day we will run out of oil, it is not today or tomorrow, but one day we will run out of oil and we will have to leave oil before it leaves us, and we have to prepare ourselves for ...
Briefly Noted: A Better Alkaline Fuel Cell With a Different Membrane:
A California startup, San Francisco-based Full Cycle Energy, is busy trying to raise funds to commercialize what its inventor describes as a hydroxide exchange membrane (HEMFC) to distinguish it from the traditional liquid alkaline - KOH - fuel cell. Prof. Yushan Yan, of the University of California, Riverside, says in a paper published as the cover story in “Angewandte Chemie” (2009-48/35) that “by switching from an acidic medium to a basic one, hydroxide exchange fuel cells have the potential to solve the problems of catalyst cost and durability while achieving high ...
Briefly Noted: Ballard Lays Off One-Fifth of Work Force:
As part of an organizational restructuring, Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems early last month announced the elimination of 85 positions at its Burnaby, BC and Lowell, MA locations, representing approximately 20% of its workforce. In its announcement, the company said the streamlining would narrow Ballard's research and product development programs in order to focus on commercial priorities and also reduces the company's administrative support and overhead positions. Ballard CEO John Sheridan, said "while this was a difficult decision given the people implications, this move to a ...

August 2009

Vehicle Projects & BNSF Railway Roll Out H2 Fuel Cell Switch Locomotive
 TOPEKA, KS – Executives from BNSF Railway and Vehicle Projects, Inc., Denver/Golden, CO were on hand for the unveiling and first short demonstration rides of a brawny 127 ton hydrogen hybrid fuel cell switch locomotive here, a world First. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), a long-time supporter who was key in winning Federal funding for the project, boarded the locomotive and rode it up and down the tracks in the BNFS Maintenance Terminal here during the demonstration and press conference at the end of June. Brownback and the Defense Department had announced the project in ...
Briefly Noted: UK's Hydrogen Energy wins DoE funding for low carbon California power plant
Hydrogen Energy International, the British BP Alternative Energy-Rio Tinto Hydrogen joint venture that is building Abu Dhabi’s natural gas-to-hydrogen power plant in Masdar City, has won $308 million in U.S. Energy Department funding for an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant in Kern County, CA. The plant is part of the so-called Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) project study that includes Southern California Edison, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. The HECA plant takes petroleum coke, coal or mixtures of those and mixes it with non-potable water ...
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Southborough, MA-based fuel cell developer Protonex Technology Corp. announced Dr. Caine Finnerty has joined the company as director of solid oxide fuel cell development. Finnerty was previously chief technology officer at Nanodynamics, Inc., Buffalo, NY.........Hinicio, the Brussels-based sustainable energy consultants group founded by FuelCellEurope’s Executive Director Patrick Maio, has opened a new Paris office, headed by Jean-Christophe Lanoix, an engineer trained at Supélec and Heriot-Watt University in the UK. In Brussels, the group has added Perrine Tisserand, a ...
Briefly Noted: Things Go Better with (Fuel Cell) Coke
South Windsor, CT-based UTC Power will provide two of its new PureCell® Model 400 phosphoric acid fuel cell systems to provide electricity and heat for Coca-Cola’s production plant in Elmsford, NY. It will provide 30% of the facility’s needs and will also serve as a backup power source in case of utility outage. The installation was made possible with the help of a $2 million contribution by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. UTC began shipping the 400 model, which has twice the output of its predecessor and which has been under development for ...
Latin America’s first hybrid hydrogen fuel cell bus, starting to operate this month in Sao Paulo. S. America’s First Hydrogen Hybrid Fuel Cell Bus Starts Tests in Sao Paulo
 SAO PAULO – Latin America’s first hydrogen hybrid fuel cell transit bus will start operations here this month in a two-month test run along this city’s 24 km (15 mile) dedicated bus lane system known as the ABD Corridor. If all goes well, three more buses will be added for extended evaluation up to 2011, Carlos Zundt, the development manager of Sao Paulo’s Metropolitan Urban Transit Company (EMTU) who is in charge of the hydrogen project , told H&FCL by e-mail. “After the tests, the vehicles will be incorporated into the operational ...
Shell Opens Second NY-Area H2 Station at JFK Airport with GM, a Third Underway
 NEW YORK, NY – Shell and General Motors joined forces last month opening a new hydrogen fueling station at JFK airport, but some of the most interesting things were left unsaid during the official part of the event.    For example, GM’s outgoing vice president for research and development Larry Burns didn’t drop any hint that he was about to retire from the company (p. __).  And neither Burns nor his fellow presenter, Shell Hydrogen’s vice president Duncan MacLeod said anything about the prospect of a bunch of hybrid fuel cell Toyotas ...
Opportunities: SCAQMD Preproposals
California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District has published a Program Opportunity Notice (PON) P2009-01 to solicit pre-proposals fo co-funding consideration of advanced clean technology research, development, demonstration and deployment in mobile source applications for the South Coast Air Basin. The seven technology areas covered by the request include alternative-fuel hybrid-electric vehicles and next-generation natural gas vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell transit vehicles and renewable-fuel vehicles. The District expects to fund 10-12 projects with District funding ranging ...
Briefly Noted: Industrial gas producer Linde North America has joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership(CAFCP)
Industrial gas producer Linde North America has joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership(CAFCP) as an associate member, the partnership announced. Linde is part of The Linde Group, one of the world’s largest producers and suppliers of hydrogen, based in Munich, Germany. Contacts: CAFCP, Roy Kim, 714/423-0099, rkim@cafcp.org; Linde, Peter Gavigan, 908/771-1512, peter.gavigan@linde.com.
Briefly Noted: New Renewable Energy Agency to be located in Middle East:
The recently created International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA, H&FCL Dec. 08) will be headquartered in Abu Dhabi, reported the June 30 online version of “Spiegel” magazine. The new agency will be headquartered in Masdar City, a car-free city now under construction that is to be entirely powered by renewables. In the end, it came down to money, “Spiegel” said: The United Arab Emirates, of which Abu Dhabi is a part, will spend an estimated $136 million to set up the new center, plus another $50 million for IRENA projects. Germany which had hoped to locate the ...
Briefly Noted: More European Union funding for hydrogen and fuel cells:
The EU’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) has issued a second call for proposals for research. Around Euro 140 million ($197 million) are to be allocated, with the commission’s Euro 71.3 million ($100.5 million) to be matched by in-kind contributions by industry. The call covers 29 projects. Total budget for this EU-wide collaborative private-public partnership is about Euro 1billion ($1.4 billion) through 2014. Source/contacts: http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=newsalert&lg=en&year=2009&na=na-020709; Matti Evert Farkkila, +32/2/29 ...
Briefly Noted: Methanol fuel cells for onboard power for mobile van offices:
SFC Smart Fuel Cells AG has sold more than 130 copies of its 1600 EVOY Pro methanol fuel cells to carmaker Daimler’s Mercedes Benz division for installation in a fleet of special purpose Sprinter vans to provide onboard power for data transmission, laptop operation and printers. The 65 W fuel cells provide 1600 Wh/day for battery charging from methanol cartridges containing 11 kWh of energy, good for about 3-4 weeks. SFC says these vans are typically used as mobile freeway monitoring offices in shifts of eight hours or more. Contacts: Stephen Byford, byfords@loomisgroup.com; SFC media, ...
Large Firms Sign MoU to Tap N. Africa Desert Solar Power for Europe
 MUNICH – What’s been described as the world’s largest eco-energy project by producing solar electricity in North Africa’s Sahara desert got underway last month when 13 companies and organizations signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII). The document was signed during a conference called by Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurance groups long active in global environmental causes and initiator of the project (H&FCL July 09).  For starters, the participants which include European ...
Briefly Noted: Hydrogen plant sale to Saudi Arabia:
Innovations, Inc., the Alexandria, VA-based manufacturer of high-purity hydrogen generators and gas purification plants (H&FCL June 07), has completed commissioning a 1.5 million scf/day (1500 Nm3/hr) hydrogen gas purification plant for Saudi Polyolefins Company at its Tasnee Polyolefins Complex in Al Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. That company operates the world’s largest propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene complex there. H2Gen provided a turnkey MARS ® pressure swing adsorption system to process a low-value waste gas stream into commercial-purity hydrogen gas for ...
Briefly Noted: Good prospects for geothermal and wind energy:
A recent study by Prof. Melissa Schilling of the Stern School of Business at New York University concludes that wind and geothermal energy have the potential to become more economical than fossil fuel within a relatively short period of time. Writing in the Feb. 23 online issue of “Energy Policy,” Schilling, an expert in strategic management and technology and innovation management, and her co-author Melissa Esmundo say that using a technology S-curve approach to analyze performance trajectories of renewables and comparing them to S-curves for fossil fuels, they reached these ...
GM Fuel Cell Champion Larry Burns to Retire, R&D Exec Alan Taub Replaces Him
 DETROIT – Buried among a slew of other corporate appointments and retirements, General Motors announced last month the retirement of its principal and highly visible supporter of hydrogen fuel cell technology, Larry Burns.    The 58-year-old Burns, vice president for research and development and strategic planning will leave the company effective Oct. 1. He will be replaced by Alan Taub, 54, currently executive director for research and development, who oversees GM’s seven science labs in Warren, MI; Honeoye Falls, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Mainz-Kastel, Germany; ...
First Fuel Cell-Only (No Batteries) Plane Makes Successful Maiden Flight
 HAMBURG – The world’s first fuel cell-only airplane, a  motor glider reconfigured to near-silent electrochemical propulsion by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), took off for its maiden flight from this city’s airport last month without a hitch.   The Antares DLR-H2 stayed aloft for eight minutes, only a fraction of the time the developers say the plane is capable of: In its announcement, DLR said the plane carrying up to 4.9 kg of compressed gaseous hydrogen, can cruise at speeds of 170 km/hour (106 mph) for up to five hours, or about 750 km ...
Final NRC Report:Deploying Advanced Energy Technologies is “Urgent”
 WASHINGTON, DC – Initiating deployment of existing and emerging energy technologies is “urgent,” and actions between now and 2020 to develop and demonstrate key technologies, including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, “will largely determine the nation’s energy options for many decades to come,” warns “America’s Energy Future: Technology and Transformation,” the final summary report of the America’s Energy Future project of the National Research Council that began last year with an energy summit. The new late-July report ...
Fast Forward
 * Contrary to what the New York Times and a blogger or two have been writing, Iceland’s plans for hydrogen transportation are not sinking “into the freezer,”as the Times’ July 1 “Energy & Environment” climate wire put it, but there has been a bit of a slowdown. This, says Maria Hildur Maack, Iceland New Energy’s (INE) environmental manager, is due to a general slowing down of deliveries of hydrogen i.c.  and/or fuel cell cars by all manufacturers - European, Asian or American - because of the general global economic ...
Events
                The “2009 Fuel Division Symposium on Fuel Cell Chemistry and Operation” of the 238th ACS National Meeting and Exposition will be held Aug. 16-20 in Washington, DC. Details: ACS, 202/872-4396, natlmtgs@acs.org; http://www.chemistry.org                 The “5th Mountain States Hydrogen Business Council Conference” will be held Aug. 17-19 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston WV. Details: David ...
Editor's Note
 As some of you may know, I have begun updating and revising my 2001 book, “Tomorrow’s Energy - Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet,” at the request of my publisher, MIT Press, for a second edition. So, if you have any suggestions about what to include or update, or what to leave out, I would be grateful if you would send them to me. But please, no blue-sky, off-the-wall or sci-fi stuff, only what’s really important and realistically relevant to the Big Picture. Thanks and all the best, Peter Hoffmann.
Briefly Noted: Big Dutch bank sets up Americas renewable energy and infrastructure finance group:
Holland’s Rabobank, one of the world’s 25 biggest banks, is setting up a Renewable Energy & Infrastructure Finance (REIF) team to operate throughout the Americas. The new division is based in New York and is headed by Thomas Emmons as managing director. The bank’s REIF group previously operated in Europe and Asia. The group specializes in non- and limited-recourse finance solutions in renewable energy, bio-energy, and energy infrastructure projects covering onshore and offshore wind, solar, biofuels, and biomass (no mention of hydrogen or fuel cells in their release). ...
DoE NEWS: HTAC Chair Bob Walker: Proposed Cutbacks Are “Extremely Disturbing”
HTAC Chair Bob Walker: Proposed Cutbacks Are “Extremely Disturbing”   HARTFORD, CT - The Energy Department’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) met here in mid-July for a one-day meeting, in part to discuss what to do now after Secretary Chu’s decision to zero out transportation fuel cell and hydrogen funding in the 2010 budget request.  It was a somewhat somber affair. Chairman Robert Walker pretty much set the tone when he said early in the session that he found the developments of the last few weeks “extremely ...
Opportunities: DoE Market Info Request
The Energy Department (DOE) has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking stakeholder and public input on potential early markets and deployment opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cells. The information collected will help guide DOE Hydrogen Program efforts to identify key early markets and related green domestic jobs, validate hydrogen and fuel cell system performance through data collection and communicate results, cultivate demand and accelerate market development, and reduce non-technical barriers that hinder market penetration. Topics include early fuel cell market applications ...
Congress Works to Restore H2/Fuel Cell Funding; NRC, USCAR Paper Urge Same
 WASHINGTON, DC- There may be more funding for hydrogen and fuel cells funding in the Energy Department’s fiscal 2010 request after all:    In late July it looked as if Congress was getting ready to restore most, or maybe all, of the $130 million or so that Energy Secretary Steve Chu had ordered scrapped (H&FCL June, July 09). The House of Representatives in mid-July approved the Energy and Water Appropriations bill of $26.9 billion which includes $153 million for DoE’s hydrogen and fuel cell program, plus an unspecified part of another $40.5 million ...
Briefly Noted: Fuel cells in unusual applications:
Fuel cells in unusual applications: A 20 kW PEM Fuel made by Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH integrated with a lithium-ion battery is powering a hybrid street sweeper developed by a Swiss consortium, hy.muve (hydrogen-driven municipal vehicle) and is starting to keep the streets of Basel squeaky clean.Other partners in the group that built the 4.5 ton vehicle are the Swiss materials testing and research organization Empa; the Swiss maker of street cleaners, Bucher Schoerling; Brusa Elektronik AG; and the Paul Scherrer Institute, long active in hydrogen energy technology r&d. The Bucher ...
Briefly Noted: EU Fuel Cell Funds
More European Union funding for hydrogen and fuel cells: The EU’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) has issued a second call for proposals for research. Around Euro 140 million ($197 million) are to be allocated, with the commission’s Euro 71.3 million ($100.5 million) to be matched by in-kind contributions by industry. The call covers 29 projects. Total budget for this EU-wide collaborative private-public partnership is about Euro 1billion ($1.4 billion) through 2014. Source/contacts: ...
Book Review: Planet Hydrogen: The Taming of the Proton. (August 2008)
Reviewed by Richard Engel Joseph Conrad notwithstanding, most of us just shouldn’t write books in languages other than our mother tongue. This new book from Icelandic physicist and long-time hydrogen advocate Thorsteinn Sigfusson is a case in point. Planet Hydrogen: The Taming of the Proton, Sigfusson’s ambitious attempt to give us a historic, scientific, and policy overview of the nascent global hydrogen economy does have its merits. Ultimately, however, it falls flat due to his less-than-perfect command of English and some sloppy editing
Briefly Noted: Ballard snags another big one:
Ballard Power Systems has won an order for 123 copies of its 1.6 kW 1020ACS fuel cell stack from Motorola for deployment across Denmark. Motorola is responsible for the country’s SINE public safety network. The fuel cells will be installed in base station packages by Denmark’s Dantherm Power A/S in about one quarter of the 500 station network that serves police, fire and other emergency services. Earlier last month, Ballard said the company and its partner IdaTech had passed a product acceptance test for 310 ElectraGen H2 hydrogen units for delivery to India’s ACME Tele ...

July 2009

Hydrogen Pioneer T. Nejat Veziroglu Retires After 47 Years from the University of Miami
MIAMI - Hailed by University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala as one of the founders of the international hydrogen energy movement, Prof. T. Nejat Veziroglu retired from the university after more than four decades in mid-May at the spring 2009 commencement ceremonies. Prof. Shalala who served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration, said in her Appreciation, Prof. Veziroglu’s “most memorable career achievement is the Hydrogen Economy Miami Energy (THEME) Conference, the world’s first major conference on hydrogen energy which ...
Briefly Noted: From our That’s-How-We-Store-Hydrogen-Down-on-the-Farm Dep’t
And finally, from our That’s-How-We-Store-Hydrogen-Down-on-the-Farm Dep’t: Carbonized chicken feathers are touted as inexpensive material to store large amounts of hydrogen by Richard P. Wool, chemical engineering professor and director of the Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources program at the University of Delaware in Newark. “Carbonized chicken feather fibers have the potential to dramatically improve upon existing methods of hydrogen storage,” he says, according to a release by the American Chemical Society. Wool says a 75 gallon tank would be needed to ...
UK’s Riversimple Urban Fuel Cell Car is Unveiled, Aims to Change the Industry
  LONDON – A quirkily cute little two-seater that will be not for sale - only for lease - and powered by a tiny 6 kW fuel cell wants to revolutionize the automotive business and industry - at least for city dwellers.    That’s what Hugo Spowers, an engineer, former race car designer and driver who was converted to hydrogen energy technology by writing an MBA thesis on its commercial feasibility, is hoping to achieve in the next few years. He has support from members of the prominent German Piëch automotive dynasty (think Porsche) and a ...
test NRC Report: Renewables, H2, Can Meet U.S. Power Needs, but Big Challenges
 WASHINGTON, DC –The United States has sufficient renewable energy resources to cover “a significant portion of the nation's electricity needs,” according to a new report from the National Research Council released last month.    The report’s 316-page prepublication copy says to take full advantage of these potential low CO2-emitting sources to produce electric power will call for enhanced technologies, increased deployment, financial investments, and implementation of policies to drive increased adoption of renewable electricity. If the use of ...
Novel H2 Capillary Storage Technique is Claimed to Have Very Large Capacities
 ZURICH - Israeli researchers working for the Swiss-based C.En Ltd. company here are developing an innovative hydrogen storage technology using glass capillary arrays that in have produced astounding levels of storage capacity in laboratory tests.   The work which is being conducted in cooperation with BAM, the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, has yielded storage capacities of about 33% by weight and 28 grams/liter (28%) volumetric capacity at relatively low pressures of 400 bar (5,800 psi), a little higher than the 350 bar (5,000 ...
Munich Re Launches Half Trillion Dollar Solar Initiative in N. Africa, Mid East
 MUNICH -Global reinsurance company Munich Re is calling a mid-July meeting here to begin laying the groundwork for a gigantic plan to commercially develop North Africa’s abundant solar energy in the Sahara desert to supply Germany and Europe with solar thermal electricity. The July 13 meeting which at last count some 20 major industrial companies are expected to attend will examine the prospects and possible pitfalls for the continent-spanning clean energy “DESERTEC” initiative that’s expected to cost some €400 billion ($553 ...
Briefly Noted: Most Cited Hydrogen Paper
Most Cited Hydrogen Paper: Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators has identified a 2005 paper by Florida Solar Energy Center principal research scientist Nazim Muradov and T. Nejat Veziroglu (p. _), “From Hydrocarbon to Hydrogen-Carbon to Hydrogen Economy,” as one of the most cited research papers in the field of the hydrogen economy. It’s now featured as a Fast Moving Front paper on the Science Watch website at http://sciencewatch.com/dr/fmf/2009/09mayfmf/09mayfmfMura/ .
Mercedes Unveils Citaro Fuel Cell Hybrid Transit Bus at World Transit Congress
 VIENNA - True to its word, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new prototype Citaro FuelCELL hybrid city bus last month at the UITP World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition here June 7-11.    Announced earlier this spring (H&FCL April 09), the new bus doesn’t look that much different from the previous fuel cell-only generation, but it’s about a metric ton lighter, Mercedes says. With hybridization, fuel consumption is expected to be cut by perhaps as much as half compared with the first generation, from the previous 22 kg per 100 km to now 11-13 ...
Seven National Groups Urge Congress to
   WASHINGTON - Seven national organizations that address health, environmental and energy policy concerns have sent joint letters to leaders of the House and Senate energy and water appropriations subcommittees calling for restoration of the federal hydrogen and fuel cell program.    “Fuel cells are essential to achieving national goals for energy security, sustainability and global competitiveness,” the organizations, which included four trade associations, said in their June 9 letters. The seven are the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), ...
Fuel Cell Exec Director Charles Freese: GM on Track With Fuel Cell Car Development
Fuel Cell Exec Director Charles Freese: GM on Track With Fuel Cell Car Development  DETROIT, MI – Its financial problems notwithstanding, General Motors is staying the course with fuel cell development and its large“Project Driveway” demonstration program.   In fact, there are indications that the company may strengthen its efforts, and it is launching new collaborative alternative fuel efforts.  Continuity in the fuel cell program is the message that Charles Freese, GM’s new executive director for fuel cell development, spelled out in a ...
Fast Forward
 * Congress May Restore Some Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Funding: Baseball Great Yogi Berra wasn’t thinking about hydrogen and fuel cell funding when he sagely remarked, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” but he could have: At the time of writing just before the Independence Day recess, the House of Representatives energy and water subcommittee was considering restoring $40 million of the $100 million-plus that Energy Secretary Steve Chu zeroed out of the department’s fiscal year 2010 budget proposal (H&FCL June 09). In addition to the US Fuel ...
Events
 http://www.americasclimatechoices.org. http://www.fuelcellcorridor.com.    “Storage Week,” featuring 3 connected meetings on energy storage, will be held July 13-16 at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla, La Jolla, CA. Details: Information Forecast, Canoga Park, CA, 818/888.444, fax 818/888-4440.              The “Gordon Research Conference on Fuel Cells” will be held July 26-31 at Bryant University, Smithfield, RI. Details: Chair, John Elter, ...
Briefly Noted: Interactive Map
Interactive Fueling Stations Map: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched an interactive map with Google Maps to show the locations of alternative fueling stations in the United States, including hydrogen, biodiesel, compressed or liquefied natural gas, ethanol, electricity and propane. The map is accessible at by clicking on www.afdc.energy.gov and then clicking on the TransAtlas icon, or directly at http://rpm.nrel.gov/transatlas/launch/ .