December 2012

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 * Mississauga, Ontario-based Hydrogenics Corp. has appointed Bob Motz as its new chief financial officer and corporate secretary. Motz is a chartered accountant who started his career with Coopers & Lybrand and who most recently was president and CEO of Aeroquest International Ltd., a geoscience services organization providing airborne geophysical technologies and services based in Mississauga. Motz succeeds Jennifer Barber who resigned in September (H&FCL Oct. 12)....Australia’s Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited announced Brendan Dow is stepping down from his job as chief ...
A computer rendering of the layout of Vehicle Projects’ hybrid fuel cell locomotive. 
Vehicle Projects, Inc. Builds 2nd Generation Fuel Cell Locomotive, Wins Patents
  GOLDEN, CO - Three years after its debut, a more powerful second-generation hybrid fuel cell locomotive is taking shape at a railroad fabrication shop in Topeka, KS. The new one is essentially an upgrade and refinement of the original shunt locomotive that had been designed for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), the freight line owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, by Vehicle Projects, Inc. here (H&FCL Aug.09). The new locomotive is scheduled to be transferred to a Los Angeles railyard early next year for trials and demon strations. As described in a brief ...
Quitting Nuclear is Beneficial for Germany, Says Atomic Scientists Bulletin Article Series
CHICAGO, IL - Contrary to what supporters of business-as-usual are often claiming, Germany’s move away from nuclear power and towards renewable energy is likely to be beneficial all around for that nation.This is the consensus of a series of six articles in a special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, famously known for the Doomsday Clock on its cover, maintained since 1947 by the board of directors that symbolizes how close the world is estimated to be to  global disaster (right now, five minutes to midnight).“German nuclear exit delivers economic, ...
Fast Forward:
 * A Fuel Cell BMW by 2015? Nothing much has been heard since the original announcement this summer that Toyota and BMW are going to cooperate on fuel cell development (H&FCL July 12). H&FCL has been told by a knowledgeable source that BMW is aiming at getting a fuel cell demonstrator up and running by 2015 and is hard at work trying to stuff a Toyota fuel cell in a, so far unidentified, BMW model, with many tests under way now. The company’s management is apparently watching carefully how market developments play out and, importantly, whether and how hydrogen fueling ...
In Back of the Casino, & Back to the Future: The high school student team from Ponaganset High School, North Scituate, RI lines up behind their fuel cell-powered stretch Model T Ford replica in the dock area behind Mohegan Sun where the Fuel Cell Seminar’s ride-&-drive event featuring a Toyota and Hyundai SUV was staged.
Fuel Cell Seminar: Ambivalence - Exciting Prospects, but Also Struggles Ahead - Mark Industry Gathering
UNCASVILLE, CT - Coinciding with what looked at the time like a cliffhanger Presidential election, the 2012 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition here last month at the sprawling Mohegan Sun Convention Center displayed a Janus-like ambivalent aura - both hopeful as well as worried. On the positive side, Shannon Baxter-Clemmons, of the organizing South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance, reported in the opening plenary session of the Nov. 5-8 event that attendance was up again, attracting some 1,055 visitors to the convention center tucked into a corner of what’s described as ...
Fuel Cell Seminar: Notes from the Sidelines: Tax Breaks, UTC Power, ITM Power, SOFCs for Mars Missions
 - Spurring Fuel Cell Hydrogen Growth Through Tax Writeoffs? That’s what some knowledgeable Washington folks think may, or should, happen in view of the expected scarcity of budget funds, as HFCEA chairman Mike Hicks expects (main story, p. 1). Longtime Washington insider Bob Walker, chairman of the political consulting firm Wexler & Walker, thinks this may indeed be the way forward. He told H&FCL during a session break - before the presidential election results were in - that regardless which party wins, there’s likely to be a push for major tax reform, and this may ...
Fuel Cell Seminar: Northeast H2 Infrastructure Proponents on Conference Sidelines, Discuss Next Steps
UNCASVILLE, CT - Meeting on the sidelines of the Fuel Cell Seminar, several dozen people got together  midway through the conference here last month to discuss regional hydrogen fueling infrastructure issues for the Northeast.A followup to the recent Albany, NY “Ticket to Ride” meeting on the same subject (H&FCL Oct. 12), participants were briefed on and discussed recent early work by experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO and others on planning a roadmap towards building such infrastructures.  Midway through the two-hour meeting, ...
Events:
                An “Alternative Investing Summit” is scheduled for Dec.2-4 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA. Details: 212/532-9898, info@opalgroup.net.                The “22nd International Seminar on Double Layer Capacitors and Hybrid Energy Storage Devices” will be held Dec. 3-5 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort, Deerfield Beach, FL. Details: Lidija Ortloff, info@supercapseminar.com; ...
Editor's Note:
 "EDITOR’S NOTE: Happy Holidays; a 4,200 word excerpt from the revised and expanded new edition of my book, “Tomorrow’s Energy - Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet” (MIT Press) is on the website of the “The European Financial Review” at www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=5293. Best, P.H. 
Briefly Noted:
  * Fuel Cell R&D Real Estate For Sale: For $10 million, interested buyers can snap up General Motors’ shut down 19-acre fuel cell research facility in Honeoye Falls, NY (H&FCL Nov. 12). The campus includes 161,000 square feet of space in two buildings, with office, laboratory and clean room spaces, plus production and high bay areas, reported the Nov. 12 Rochester Business Journal. It’s also available for lease, with transactions handled by the international real estate firm CB Richard Ellis.  * Biggest Order Yet for Fuel Cell Industry: That’s how fuel ...

November 2012

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Stanford R. Ovshinsky, the founder of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., inventor of the nickel-metal hydride battery and originator of amorphous materials for electronic devices, died in his home in Bloomfield Hills, MI Oct. 17. He was 89. Among other things, he held patents relating to rewritable optical discs, flat-panel displays and thin-film solar cells. He and his late wife, Iris M. Ovshinsky, promoted alternative energy decades before most other people (H&FCL June 12, Sept. 06). “More than 50 years ago, Mr. Ovshinsky began promoting hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative to the ...
A computer image of the Scandline zero-emission fuel cell ferry proposed by FutureShip consultants. Germany’s f-cell Symposium Expands to Include Batteries, Electric Mobility
STUTTGART, GERMANY - The 12-year old f-cell symposium, which used to be a venue solely for fuel cell technology, has morphed into something bigger this year:It’s now officially the “f-cell conference and trade fair”, combining the original symposium with battery and storage exhibition and e-mobil BW Technology Day, with BW short for Baden-Wuerttemberg, home state to the city of Stuttgart.The three-day Oct.8-10 triple event attracted more than 140 exhibitors and more guests - exactly 3,233, according to the organizers - than ever before, and meeting maestro and organizer ...
Industry Survey (I) -- Fuel Cell Industry Review: Shipments Exceeded 100 MW for First Time Last Year
  ROYSTON, HERTS, BRITAIN - With the onset of commercialization, annual fuel cell system shipments exceeded 100 MW in 2011 for the first time, according to the new edition of  Fuel Cell Today’s annual review.The 52-page Fuel Cell Industry Review 2012 released last month, also says overall shipments, excluding toys and educational kits, totaled 24,600, an increase of 39% over 2010, led by substantial growth in the stationary sector.Revised full-year 2011 data put systems shipments at more than 16,000 and in excess of 81 MW, big jumps of 94% and 133%, respectively, above the ...
Industry Survey (II) -- Pike Research: Impressive Sales, but Fuel Cells Still Minor League in Big Picture
BOULDER, CO - At first blush, world sales revenue of fuel cell systems has become impressive in recent years, but it’s still fairly small potatoes in the total area of what’s becoming known as the “smart energy market.”That’s the basic message of the new edition of “The Fuel Cell Industry in 2012” report, presented in an hour-long webinar last month by Pike Research, the market research, consulting and analysis organization here. Pike was acquired this summer by Navigant, the Chicago-based global consulting firm.And looking ahead, the authors of the ...
R&D Notes:
* Count the Ways: Better Electrolysis and Fuel Cells with Non-Platinum Catalysts:— Graphene Sheets and Cobalt: Chemist Shouheng Sun and his students at Brown University, Providence, RI have developed a new catalyst material, essentially a graphene sheet covered by cobalt and cobalt-oxide particles, that can catalyze the oxygen reaction almost with the same efficiency as platinum - and it is said to be substantially longer lasting. The university’s announcement quotes Shaojun Guo, a post-doc researcher in Sun’s lab and lead author of a paper published in the journal ...
GM to Shut Down Honeoye Falls Fuel Cell R&D Center, Staff Move to Michigan
DETROIT, MI - Early last month, General Motors notified employees that it “plans to relocate the Honeoye Falls Fuel Cell activities to our Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters in Pontiac, MI,” a decision described as economics-based but that raised eyebrows among some knowledgeable observers.The Friday Oct. 5 announcement, sent to interested reporters but not put on GM’s media website, said the move “will enable GM to capitalize on synergies with the rest of the powertrain & vehicle organizations.  The majority of the GM employees will be offered the ...
Fast Forward:
 * Delayed Commercial Launch of Daimler’s Fuel Cell Car? A couple of German magazines claim that. The Oct. 4 issue of the fan journal auto motor und sport says it heard from Daimler executives at the Paris motor show that the 2014 launch date, first announced after its world tour (H&FCL July 11), now looks “shaky.” On the plus side, the magazine also says it was told that the fuel cell alliance with Nissan-Renault reported last year (H&FCL May 11) has now been expanded to include Ford in hopes of significantly lowering development and production costs, with its ...
A computer image of the Scandline zero-emission fuel cell ferry proposed by FutureShip consultants. Naval Consultants Present Zero-Emission 15,000 Ton Fuel Cell Ferry Concept
HAMBURG, GERMANY - The notion of big fuel cell powered ferries linking Denmark and Germany that surfaced last year has moved a step closer with a concept study, but there are a couple of  business issues why the ships may not be built any time soon. FutureShip, a specialized consulting services company here to maritime industries and a subsidiary of the major international classification society GL (Germanischer Lloyd), has produced a concept design for zero-emission ferries for one of Europe’s largest ferry operators, Scandlines. It was Scandlines CEO Soren Poulsgaard Jensen who ...
Events:
            The “2012 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition” will be held Nov. 5-8 at the Mohegan Sun resort, Uncasville, CT. Details: Fuel Cell Seminar, 803/545-0187, http://www.fuelcellseminar.com/, Twitter@FuelCellSeminar (hashtag #FCS2012).            The “19th Symposium on the Use of Regenerative Energy Sources and Hydrogen Technology” will be held Nov. 8-10 at the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, Germany. Conference language is German. Contact: ...
Editor's Note:
"Tomorrow’s Energy - Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet." Excerpt at  www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=5293 
Briefly Noted:
  *  Siemens Joins Clean Energy Partnership, Bails Out of Solar Business: This large international electrical equipment company is the latest major firm to join CEP, the largest demonstration project for hydrogen mobility in Europe and a lighthouse project for NIP, the country’s national innovation program focused on hydrogen and fuel cells. Siemens is scheduled to contribute a 0.1 MW rated power, 300 kW peak performance electrolyzer for one of the 50 hydrogen fueling stations planned for the next three years. “We will produce ‘green’ hydrogen with this ...

October 2012

Primary Energy: Two Studies Say Wind Energy Can Meet All Global Energy Needs
STANFORD, CA - The world’s renewable energy future is written in the wind - and it’s Writ Large:Metaphorically, this is the basic message of two new studies from Stanford University in California and the Carnegie Institution last month.The Stanford study by Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Cristina Archer, associate professor of geography and engineering at the University of Delaware, says that wind over land and near shore could provide half the world’s power, with wind energy harvested either as electricity or hydrogen.What’s ...
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 * Anthony Eggert, member of the U.S. Energy Department’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee and until recently a commissioner with the California Energy Commission, is the new executive director of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy at the University of California Davis. Eggert assumed his new job in January when the new institute was launched without fanfare.......The U.S. Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has welcomed Dr. Pramod P. Khargonekar as its new deputy director for technology, ...
Two German Utilities Announce Power-to-Gas Demonstration/Pilot Plants
MUNICH/DUESSELDORF - What’s claimed to be the first German demonstration of feeding renewably generated hydrogen into a municipal natural gas network was announced last month by a large utility group.Twelve of the roughly 100 municipal utility members of the  Munich-based Thüga Group are working together to build and operate a demonstration plant that will feed solar and wind energy converted to hydrogen into the Rhein-Main grid in the Frankfurt/Main area.However, another German utility may have beaten Thüga to the punch: Duesseldorf-based E.ON said in August it had ...
Editor's Note:
 FYI, a 4,200 word excerpt from the revised and expanded new edition of my book, “Tomorrow’s Energy - Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet” (MIT Press) was  published in June by The European Financial Review. It’s at www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=5293. Best, P.H.
Opportunities:
 * RFP for Refrigerated Truck Fuel Cell System: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has issued a Request for Proposal for analysis and demonstration of a fuel cell auxiliary power system (APU) for refrigerated trucks,  targeting accelerated market deployment of fuel cell-based APUs. PNNL says in its announcement such systems could significantly reduce cost and engine wear and produce fuel and emission savings. A total of $650,000 may be awarded, and more than one award may be made within that total. Minimum cost share is 50%. The performance period for deployment and ...
North East Groups Explore Prospects for Fuel Cells, Regional H2 Infrastructures
  ALBANY, NY - Underscoring the growing impatience of regional groups to push hydrogen infrastructure development in the absence of any federal plans so far, representatives from the northeastern states got together here last month to discuss just that:“Ticket to Ride: A Regional Roadmap for Hydrogen Infrastructure and Fuel Cells,” was the title of the one-day Sept. 11 meeting, complete with a ride-and-drive session (two fuel cell Toyotas, a fuel cell Honda and a fuel cell powered forklift truck) at the splendidly modernist College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering on ...
Hitching post: an image of the H2 Clipper held on the ground by its tethering mast. 
Images, Details of Lighter-than-Air H2-Powered “H2 Clipper” Concept Debut
SANTA BARBARA, CA - It’s been hovering just below the attention horizon of the hydrogen community for several years, but images of the H2 Clipper concept, a radical rethinking of lighter-than-air hydrogen-buoyed, as well as hydrogen-powered, huge dirigibles surfaced last month.   H2 Clipper, Inc., a company set up here in June 2011 to promote the concept, made several computer renderings plus a few technical details of the vehicle available to H&FCL, the first time that they were released to any media after first posting one image on the company’s website.The big ship, ...
Fast Forward:
 * Moving Ahead: Honda, Hyundai Announce Fuel Cell Car Launches: Perhaps prodded by Toyota’s recent one-liner about launching a fuel cell car by 2015 (H&FCL Dec.12), Honda followed suit last month with an almost as terse two-sentence announcement. In a Sept. 20 mid-year speech on corporate goals, CEO Takanobu Ito said “Honda will launch an all-new fuel cell electric model in the U.S., Japan and Europe starting in 2015. This new fuel cell vehicle will showcase further technological advancement and significant cost reduction that Honda has accomplished” (Move over, ...
Events:
                The “2012 CIGRE Canada - Technology and Innovation for the Evolving Power Grid” conference will be held Oct. 1-4 in Montreal. Details: www.cigre.ca.                The next “f-cell” fuel cell symposium in conjunction with an “International Battery+Storage” trade fair will be held Oct. 8-10 at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre in Stuttgart, Germany. Details: Peter Sauber Agentur, Lena Jauernig, ...
Correction:
The International Energy Agency’s “Technology Pespectives” publication was misidentified in the September issue: It’s a biennual publication, published every two years (not biannual, meaning twice a year). 
2 Student Contests: H2 Education Foundation Design Competition, U-SC FC Challenge
WASHINGTON, DC/Columbia, SC - The Hydrogen Education Foundation here has announced the launch of the 2012-2013 Hydrogen Student Design Contest. This year the contest asks university-level students to create a hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure for the Northeastern United States, building on the recently unveiled California Road Map for hydrogen fueling stations (H&FCL Aug. 12). The contest is supported by the U.S. Energy Department, and the team winning the Grand Prize will receive an expenses-paid trip to present its entry at the June 24-27 Advanced Clean Transportation Expo 2013 in ...
Briefly Noted:
* Japanese Ministry to Request Funding for Hydrogen Fueling Stations: The country’s powerful Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is expected to ask for 30 billion yen ($386.5 million) for fiscal year 2013 to build about 100 hydrogen fueling stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Kansai, Chubu and Kyushi by 2015,  reported the online version of The Mainichi daily, citing unnamed ministry officials. The Aug. 25 story said METI wants to promote the quick adoption of fuel cell cars because they don’t emit carbon dioxide, considered important because the government ...

September 2012

A 2008 conceptual sketch of a CO2-collecting station, developed by Global Research Technologies (GRT), a research company co-founded by Prof. Lackner to develop technologies for capturing CO2 from the atmosphere, later renamed Kilimanjaro Energy, Inc Scrubbing Earth Atmosphere of CO2 is Urgent, Asserts New Columbia U. Report
NEW YORK, NY - Reducing carbon dioxide in the air by shifting to zero-emitting fuels like hydrogen is all good and well, but Columbia University scientist Klaus Lackner thinks we’re rapidly reaching a point where we must scrub out CO2 that’s already in the atmosphere - and increasing rapidly.   With nearly half of all CO2 sent into the air from power plants, cars, trucks, airplanes and other fossil-fuel burning machinery staying in the atmosphere for centuries, the time has passed where we can rely only on clean fuels to come to grips with global heating, Lackner, professor ...
Watch it, you’re on camera: a Japanese crew riding a second scooter films an engineer driving the Asia Pacific fuel cell scooter in Honolulu.
Hawaii Company Gears Up for H2 Fuel Cell Scooter Rental Fleet for Honolulu
HONOLULU, HI - Some time next summer, environmentally conscious tourists to Hawaii - and locals - will be able to zip around Honolulu and environs on zero-emitting hydrogen-fueled rental hybrid fuel cell scooters made in Taiwan. This is the plan and promise of an early-stage development company here, H2 Technologies, Inc., whose CEO and co-founder, Guy Toyama, is busy preparing to import 20 copies of the 1.5 kW scooters made by Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies next year. That scooter got its development start more than a decade ago with the help of American foundations and ...
New Fuel Cell 2000 Report: US Fuel Cell Deployment Growing, Boosting Jobs
   WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. businesses installed more than 74 MW worth of stationary fuel cell power and put to work 1,700 fuel cell-powered forklifts in a little more than a year, reports a new report from Fuel Cells 2000, “State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2012.”The 79-page report also lists multi-megawatt installations for Apple and eBay in North Carolina and Utah, respectively, fuel cell forklifts deployed in more than 19 states, and 25 fuel cell buses placed or planned for transit service around the country. More detailed than last year, the report lists ...
IEA’s Biennial “Technology Perspectives” Now Includes Hydrogen Chapter
 PARIS - In an important indication of the growing recognition of hydrogen’s key role in energy and environmental policies, an International Energy Agency’s (IEA) flagship publication for the first time has included a chapter on this energy carrier.Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 - Pathways to a Clean Energy System (ETP2012), the fourth iteration of a biennial publication launched in 2006, was released at the end of July here. In 16 chapters the 690-page document covers just about everything, from the Global Outlook to Energy Systems; Fossil Fuels and CCS; and Scenarios ...
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 * The U.S. Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has named Dr. Bryan Willson as its new program director. He is on assignment from Colorado State University where he is a professor of mechanical engineering and founding director of the university’s Clean Energy Supercluster. HONORS: The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) presented its Pathfinder Award to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) last month in recognition of his support for the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. The award was presented by ...
Fast Forward:
 * Don’t Look Now, but there’s a Fuel Cell Toyota Testing Secretly in Death Valley: We can’t show you the pictures because they’re copyrighted as well as watermarked, and we can’t afford the spy photographer’s fee. But you can see four images of the car, including one where it’s being refueled by a Air Products refueler, at http://www.insideline.com/toyota/spy-photos-2015-toyota-hydrogen-sedan.html on the Edmunds Inside Line website. Edmunds says the car looks like a thinly disguised ho-hum Lexus HS250h which Toyota is killing off because ...
Events:
             A “Batteries & Fuel Cell Seminar” is schedule for Sept. 4-6 at the Holiday Inn, San Diego, CA: Details: Plug-Volt LLC, juratesoman@plugvolt.com  858/776-2386.            “Ticket to Ride: A Regional Roadmap for Hydrogen Infrastructure and Fuel Cells” is the title of an event Sept. 11 sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering in Albany, NY. ...
Editor's Note:
FYI, a 4,200 word excerpt from the revised and expanded new edition of my book, “Tomorrow’s Energy - Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet” (MIT Press) was  published in June by The European Financial Review. It’s at www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=5293. Best, P.H.
Renewable Energy: Morocco PV Unit to be First Solar Plant in Huge “Desert Power 2050” Initiative
MUNICH - If all goes according to plan, the first desert-generated solar electricity, produced as part of the arguably most ambitious renewable energy project on the planet, will start flowing two years from now in Morocco.That electricity is to be generated by a 100 MW photovoltaic power plant, part of a bigger 500 MW power-producing complex at an as yet undetermined site that will also include arrays of concentrating solar power (CSP) mirrors as well as wind power turbines. The total projected cost is €2 billion ($2.45 billion) for this first of several “reference ...
Briefly Noted:
   * Canada’s Dynetek is Sold: The Calgary-based manufacturer of hydrogen and compressed natural gas tanks and alternative fuel systems has been taken over by Britain’s Luxfer Holdings PLC via that company’s Luxfer Canada Limited subsidiary. The parent company is based in Salford, near Manchester. Luxfer says it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-pressure gas cylinders, with six manufacturing plants in the United States, the UK, France, China and a joint venture in India (H&FCL Feb. 12) but it’s unclear so far where the Canadian ...
Rep. Larson, Sen. Blumenthal Introduce Hydrogen Infrastructure Bill in Congress
WASHINGTON, DC - Some time this month Rep. John Larson (D-CT) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will introduce legislation in their respective chambers to seriously launch hydrogen infrastructure in the United States and to provide better tax credits for that purpose and remove some restrictions.  Larson’s bill, the “Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Infrastructure for America Act of 2012,” would increase tax credits for infrastructure from 30% to 50% and remove the dollar limit for such properties, currently at $30,000, and it would also make refueling properties for fuel cell ...

August 2012

United Technologies is Selling UTC Power to Mystery Buyer, Part of Huge Merger
HARTFORD/S. WINDSOR, CT - United Technology Corp.’s sale of its fuel cell-producing subsidiary UTC Power, hinted at earlier by top management, is almost a done deal but the buyer - and reasons why - are unknown so far.Confirming what UTC CEO Louis Chenevert  alluded to in May (H&FCL June 12), a UTC Power spokeswoman told H&FCL a July 26 story in the Hartford Courant and other media reports that the S. Windsor-based company was in the process of being sold was correct.The transaction was mention almost in passing as a minor side show, in a single ...
Transitions:
* The Des Plaines, IL-based Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has named Jim Ingold as the organization’s new vice president of finance, treasurer and chief financial officer. He previously was CFO at CouponCabin.com, a private-equity backed organization, and prior to that he held similar positions at CastleRock Security, Inc., iPCS Wireless,Inc., and other organizations......Long-time Washington DC solar energy activist Scott Sklar is now staff member of the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) as a senior procurement specialist. He joined the association earlier this year. ...
Small Fusion R&D Firm Signs Collaboration Pact with Iranian Research Center
 MIDDLESEX, NJ - Iran and the United States may be at political loggerheads over sanctions, oil, Israel and a possible Iranian nuclear bomb, but on a much lower level and flying seemingly below Washington’s radar, ties are developing over one of the holy grails of clean energy, nuclear fusion.Improbable as it sounds, a small - 4 staffers plus two consultants - American research company, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc. (LPP) here, signed a collaboration agreement with the Plasma Physics Research Center at Islamic Azad University in Tehran May 20. The contract was signed for Azad ...
Shell, CARB Open H2 Station in S. California; CaFCP Issues Infrastructure Road Map
  NEWPORT BEACH, CA - Another California hydrogen demonstration fueling station launched here last month with a grand opening, attended by executives from Shell and officials of the California Air Resources Board, collaborators in the project. It’s Shell’s fourth such station in Southern California. If we’re counting right, it brings the grand total for California to 20:  the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) said in its new road map released last month that as of July 2012 there were 19 open or in the works.  The Newport Beach station produces ...
London Fuel Cell Buses Shut Down for Olympics; Fuel Cell Cabs Carry On
LONDON - The Hindenburg Syndrome at the Olympics - partially:This city’s five hydrogen fuel cell buses have been taken out of service during the Olympic Games here, according to a British publication, busandcoach.com, notwithstanding the fact that London’s buses had been refueled 1,000 times so far. The July 19 story said the shutdown is a stipulation in the permit for the refueling station in East London that there would be no refueling for the duration of the games. All of them, plus three more, will be back in service next month.However, the five hydrogen fuel cell taxis ...
Fast Forward:
* A U.S. Hydrogen Infrastructure Consortium in the Making? Maybe. There are rumblings along these lines, both in Washington and abroad, but it’s all pretty hazy and unsubstantiated so far. H&FCL hears from various corners that a consortium reportedly called “H2USA” to launch hydrogen infrastructure in this country is moving along, and that there may be an announcement fairly soon. Energy Secretary Chu suggested such a consortium first at the Detroit Auto Show in January, mentioned in an item we carried earlier this year (H&FCL Fast Forward, Feb. 12). The word is ...
Events:
                The “Fuel Cells Gordon Research Conference” will be held Aug. 5-10 at Bryant University, Smithfield, RI. Details: Chairman Thomas A. Zawodzinski, TZAWODZI@UTK.EDU.                The “2012 ACEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings” is scheduled for Aug. 12-17 at  the Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA. Details: ACEE website, ...
EDITOR’S NOTE:
FYI, a 4,200 word excerpt from the revised and expanded new edition of my book, “Tomorrow’s Energy - Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet” (MIT Press) was  published in June by The European Financial Review. It’s at www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=5293. Best, P.H. 
DoE News: DoE Releases Final Fuel Cell Vehicle Learning Demonstration Report
     WASHINGTON, DC - A total of 183 fuel cell vehicles traveled 3.6 million miles in more than half a million individual trips, consuming more than 152,000 kg of hydrogen in more than 33,000 refuelings, dispensed from 25 project fueling stations over a six-year-plus period, the  U.S. Energy Department said last month.    In its final 115-page report released last month - the fifth in the series - the U.S. Energy Department’s Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastucture Validation and Demonstration Project also said that fuel economy ranged ...
Eight Bi-Partisan Senators Revive Senate Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Caucus
 WASHINGTON, DC - A sign of renewed Capitol Hill interest?After a two-year hiatus, eight senators from both parties have gotten together to relaunch the Senate Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Caucus last month. A policy briefing convened by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Chris Coons (D-DE) kicked off the revived caucus, dormant since 2010, with the target of promoting continued development and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technology.In addition to the four, who are co-chairmen, Sens. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Debbie ...
Briefly Noted:
  * European Consortium Launches Large Italian Renewable Energy Storage Project: Canada’s Hydrogenics Corp. is part of a seven-member consortium to build and demonstrate a 39 MW-Hour grid-connected renewable energy project that can store more than one metric ton of hydrogen in a solid-state system. The four-year € 23.9 million ($29.3 million) INGRID includes a € 13.8 million ($16.9 million) contribution from the European Commission from its Seventh Framework Programme for European Research and Innovation. The project in Italy’s Puglia region will be coordinated by ...
Delft Technology University’s Forze V fuel cell racer European Experimental FC Cars: A Danish FC Micro, A British Plywood Design, A Dutch FC Student Racer
HORSENS, DENMARK/BIRMINGHAM, UK/ DELFT, NETHERLANDS - A tiny-looking yet spacious 500 mile-range car fueled by methanol, an Ikea-inspired cardboard- and-plywood vehicle and a diminutive single-seat student racer: These are examples of advanced fuel cell-powered concepts that surfaced in Europe last month. The British cardboard/ plywood design and the Dutch racer were built by students. And, judging by the pictures on their website, the young Danish staffers building the methanol machine look as if their student days aren’t that far behind them either.Denmark’s so-called MECc ...

July 2012

How do you say “cheese” in Korean? People are having their picture taken in traditional Korean costumes at the elaborate Korean booth at the World Hydrogen Energy Conference, set up to promote the next WHEC conference in2014 in that country. WHEC 2012: Optimism, Warnings Intersect at 19th World Hydrogen Energy Conference
TORONTO - In a way, the 19th World Hydrogen Energy Conference here last month was a yin-and-yang event, interspersing good news with bad, optimism with dark forebodings: The downside of these dialectics was perhaps best represented by the opening plenary remarks of the WHEC conference’s honorary chairman, David Sanborn Scott  - “the need is critical, the key solutions exist, the dithering is terrifying” - and by Jeremy Rifkin’s post-lunch hour-long exhortatory warnings that “we’re heading into a second economic recession because of the price of ...
WHEC2012: IAHE’S Veziroglu & New Scientist: Send for the Lawyers to Stop Climate Change
TORONTO -  Maybe it’s an idea whose time has come:Sue Big Oil and Big Coal for environmental damages.T. Nejat Veziroglu, the president of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, raised that possibility near the end of his WHEC2012 opening address, “Conversion to Hydrogen Economy, “ last month here.Referring to a November 12, 2011 editorial in the esteemed New Scientist magazine with that very suggestion, Veziroglu said that “if petroleum companies keep using their huge profits and huge lobbying power, not constructively but destructively, and try to ...
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Irvine, CA-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., has named W. Brian Olson as the company’s permanent chief executive officer and Bradley J. Timon as permanent chief financial officer in mid-June. Both were appointed to these posts on an interim basis May 2012 following the resignations of former CEO Alan Niedzwiecki and chairman Dale Rasmussen. Quantum develops and produces fuel storage technologies and vehicles, including hydrogen systems, as well as a host of related technologies.....France’s McPhy Energy S.A., a manufacturer of magnesium hydride-based ...
It’s Definite: Toyota & BMW Will Cooperate in Fuel Cell Systems Development
 MUNICH/TOKYO - After months of uncertainty and speculation, the cat is out of the bag: it’s adieu to General Motors and welcome to Toyota for BMW’s gestating fuel cell plans.Toyota Motor Corp. president Akio Toyoda met with BMW’s management board chairman Norbert Reithofer in Munich at a joint June 29 press conference transmitted via the Internet after both signed a memorandum of understanding in which they agreed to cooperate long term in four areas: joint development of a fuel cell system; architecture and components of a future sports car; collaboration on electric ...
Administration Officials Voice Support for H2, Fuel Cells at Washington Summit
WASHINGTON, DC - More signs that the Obama administration is really getting around to supporting hydrogen and fuel cell energy:At a one-day Fuel Cell Summit on Capitol Hill organized last month by the Washington DC-based Hydrogen Education Foundation, three high-ranking administration officials came out forcefully in support of these technologies.It represents a big turnaround from the previous disdain and dismissal of these technologies, most notably from Energy Secretary Steven Chu (H&FCL June 12).David Danielson, the recently appointed assistant secretary for energy efficiency and ...
Germany Announces Plans for “At Least” 50 Hydrogen Fueling Stations by 2015
BERLIN - Upping the hydrogen infrastructure ante:Just about a year after carmaker Daimler and industrial gas supplier Linde announced plans for building 20 hydrogen fueling stations in Germany (H&FCL July 11), a government announcement now more than doubles that total.Last month, Germany’s Transport, Building and Urban Development Minister Peter Ramsauer signed a Letter of Intent with several industrial companies to increase Germany’s number of hydrogen fueling stations from 15 to “at least” 50 by 2015. Total investment is expected to be more than €40 million ...
EDITOR’S NOTE:
 FYI, a 4,200 word excerpt from the revised and expanded new edition of my book, “Tomorrow’s Energy - Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet” (MIT Press) was  published in June by “The European Financial Review.” It’s at www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=5293. Best, P.H. 
Mercedes-Benz Canada Opens World’s First Dedicated Fuel Cell Stack Plant
 BURNABY, BC - First announced a little more than a year ago, Mercedes-Benz officially opened what’s described as the world’s first automated factory for making fuel cell stacks here last month.  The new leased facility, housed under one roof with its sister company Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) in a building owned by Ballard Power Systems, occupies 3,300 sq. m. (35,520 sq. ft), with the addition of offices and other spaces a good bit larger than the original 2,000 sq. m. (21,528 sq. ft.) mentioned when the project was first announced last spring ...
Fast Forward:
 * Overheard on WHEC’S Sidelines: A European H2 Station Network? There’s nothing official as yet and nothing on the Internet apparently, but it seems work has started quietly on a proposal aimed at setting up a European network of 70 MPa hydrogen fueling stations. The whispered word is that some 14 organizations are involved or participating, but there are lots of hoops to jump through in Brussels and elsewhere. Nothing definitive is expected to be announced until about a year from now - if then.* Pushing Ahead in South Korea - Hard: The country’s capital Seoul plans ...
WHEC2012: H&FCL Editor is Named IAHE Fellow at 2012 World Conference
   TORONTO - The editor of this newsletter was awarded the honorary title of IAHE Fellow by the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) at its world conference here last month. The plaque’s citation said the title was given to Peter Hoffmann “for his distinguished and sustained efforts toward promoting the goals of IAHE and Hydrogen Economy.”  IAHE Fellows are individuals who “have significantly impacted society by promotion of Hydrogen Economy through research, education and/or service,” according to a IAHE brochure. Hoffmann is ...
Events:
 The "7th International Hydrail Conference" will be held July 3-4 at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research and Education in Birmingham, UK. Details: www.hydrail.org.An international symposium on "Catalysis for Clean Energy and Sustainable Chemistry" (CCESC2012) will be held June 27-29 in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. Details: Beatriz Arredondo, +34/91 585 4759, info.ccesc2012@csic.es.The European Commission Joint Research Centre’s summer school "PEM Fuel Cell Fundamentals" will be held July 16-20 at Nevsehir University, Turkey. ...
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 * A Fuel Cell that Also Stores Energy Like a Battery: That’s what three researchers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have designed. Shriram Ramanathan, associate professor of materials science, and two colleagues have demonstrated a thin-film solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that takes advantage of recent advances in low-temperature materials, vanadium oxide (VOx) which behave at the anode “as a multifunctional material, allowing the fuel cell to both generate and store energy,” Ramanathan was quoted in an SEAS announcement as saying. ...

June 2012

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 * Personnel changes at the Energy Department that trickled out on the sidelines of DoE’s Annual Merit Review meeting last month in Arlington, VA (p.2): Henry Kelly, until recently the principal deputy assistant secretary for renewable energy, has moved back to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he served previously under President Clinton........ Dr. Arun Majumdar, the first Director of DoE’s  Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) since its launch in October 2009, is leaving the organization this month. He has not announced what ...
Breaking Through: Vehicle Projects Fuel Cell Mining Locomotive Starts S. Africa Tests
Rustenburg, S. Africa: An Anglo American Platinum Limited (Amplats) engineer drives a fuel cell-powered prototype mining locomotive through a banner announcing the launch of testing operations at the company’s Khomanani mine in Rustenburg, South Africa, last month. The hybrid locomotive was developed by Vehicle Projects, Inc., Golden, CO as prime contractor in collaboration with Trident South Africa and Battery Electric. (H&FCL, Jan., March 12). The first of five 10-ton Trident-designed demonstrator locomotives, it is powered by Ballard PEM stacks plus K2 Energy lithium-ion ...
DoE News: More than 1,800 Scientists, Officials, Executives Attend DoE’s Merit Review
ARLINGTON, VA - Upfront, the Energy Department’s Kathleen Hogan laid down what’s what at the huge yearly dual-track clean energy jamboree known as the Energy Department’s Annual Merit Review:“This is not another conference,” Hogan, the deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency, told the 1,800-plus audience in her Welcome remarks in a big ballroom in one of two hotels here where the May 14-18 meeting was staged.“It is a merit review,” she added, to evaluate DoE-funded projects for their contributions to the mission and goals of two key ...
FuelCell Energy, MTU, Fraunhofer Sign European Market Development Pact
DANBURY, CT - In a bid to become a major player in Europe’s stationary fuel cell market, FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced last month it is buying “select assets” from its business partner, MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH.At the same time, it signed on a major German research institution, the Fraunhofer Institute IKTS (Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems) as a minority owner in its German subsidiary, FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH, in a complex three-cornered business deal. The institute will become a minority owner by the end of this month, according to the ...
DoE News: Turnaround for DoE Secretary Chu: Praises & Supports Hydrogen at HTAC Meeting
ARLINGTON, VA - Energy Secretary Steven Chu, long perceived as opposed to hydrogen energy who repeatedly has proposed cutting key hydrogen and fuel cell budgets, dropped a bombshell of sorts last month by coming out foursquare in support of this energy carrier.His surprising change of heart came in a speech May 10 after the official public session meeting of the DoE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) here had ended. He talked for about half an hour in a closed members-only meeting that evening of the HTAC Hydrogen Production Expert Panel subcommittee.Summarizing, ...
75th Hindenburg Disaster Anniversary Draws Little Coverage
LAKEHURST, NJ - No - or Little - News is Good News, it seems:The 75th anniversary of the Hindenburg air disaster May 6 produced not a great deal of coverage in U.S. media and, as far as could be determined, none at all in Germany, home country for the gargantuan dirigible. It crashed and burned on May 6, 1937 when attempting to land and tie up to a landing mast at the Naval Air Station here, killing 36 persons; 61 passengers survived.The event - in terms of public perception, the aerial equivalent of the 1912 Titanic disaster which got worldwide coverage of its 100th anniversary in April - ...
Hydrogen Leak, Fire Shuts Down AC Transit Bus Fueling Depot, Nearby Buildings
EMERYVILLE, CA - A leak in a pressure release valve attached to a high-pressure hydrogen tank at AC Transit’s fuel cell bus fueling facility here caused what a local paper described as a “small fire” early last month but without any injuries or threat of injuries and only minimal property damage.The fire prompted authorities to evacuate the nearby fabled Pixar computer animation film studios, a high school, a townhouse complex and other buildings after residents reported hearing a loud pop and seeing a fire near the bus yard, according to the May 4 San Jose Mercury News, ...
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  * AMR Hallway Talk: BMW is still Talking to GM About Fuel Cells, But....”: That’s what folks were telling H&FCL during coffee breaks at DoE’s annual show-and-tell event in Arlington, VA where researchers present their case for more funding. However, the usual suspects are also saying that BMW is talking to other potential fuel cell partners as well, without pinpointing who that might be. There may be an announcement in six months or so, but nothing is certain. The interest in fuel cells is part of BMW’s wider interest in electric propulsion, as ...
Events:
                A “Summer Course 2012” in Policy Analysis of Complex Transport Systems (PACTS) is scheduled for June 2-7 on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. Details: pacts@stt.aegean.gr; www.pacts-eu-us.net.                The “19th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2012” will be held June 3-7 at the Toronto Centre Sheraton, Toronto, Canada. Details: Sarah Richards, srichards@chfca.ca; ...
DoE News: 3M Mark Debe's Farewell Paper at AMR is Greeted with Standing Applause
ARLINGTON, VA - Normally, applause at the end of a typical presentation by one of the hundreds of presenters at the Energy Department’s Annual Merit Reviews is polite bordering on the perfunctory, but Mark K. Debe’s concluding words here last month were met by a standing ovation.The reason: for Debe, a widely respected and admired senior researcher at 3M Company’s fuel cell components program, his paper, “Advanced Cathode Catalysts and Supports for PEM Fuel Cells,” was his final presentation before retiring.“It was the recognition of his successful work ...
Hydrogen & Fuel Cell 13 Budget: Senate Appropriations Committee Restores Hydrogen/Fuel Cell FY ’13 Budget Cuts
WASHINGTON, DC - In a re-enactment of the same scenario from past years, it looks as if Congress will reinstate cuts in hydrogen and fuel cell funding in the new fiscal year 2013 budget requests by the administration:The Senate version of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, passed by the full committee includes $104 million for hydrogen energy technologies, putting back in the $24 million cut from the FY 2012 budget by the Administration. The April 26 vote was a lopsided 28 to 1.As reported in early May by clean energy consultant and expert Sandy Thomas in a round-robin e-mail to ...
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 * Vision Industries Gets $27Million Purchase Order for Big Hybrid Fuel Cell Trucks: The order for 100 of the zero-emitting heavy duty port drayage Class 8 trucks completes the letter of intent first announced by the Gardena, CA-based company last summer (H&FCL Aug. 11). Under the terms of the contract, the buyer, Total Transportation Services, Inc., (TTS-I), of Rancho Santo Dominguez, CA, can buy another 300 trucks, which, if completed, would bring the total to about $108 million. TTS-I is regarded as one of the most important cargo haulers operating in the Los Angeles-area ports. ...

May 2012

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 * Runcorn, UK-based fuel cell developer ACAL Energy has appointed Brendon Bilton as vice president of commercial development for its FlowCath liquid cathode fuel cell technology. Previously, Bilton was CEO of Ceramic Fuel Cells (Europe) and a deputy chairman of Fuel Cells UK..........The UK’s Clean Energy Council has appointed David Green as its new CEO. He takes over from acting CEO Kane Thornton. Green previously was founding Council CEO, and he is also the executive director of the International Business Council for Sustainable Energy........Suntech Europe’s president ...
New Report by Three Think Tanks Urges Overhaul of U.S. Clean Energy Policies
SAN FRANCISCO - Analysts at three organizations - the San Francisco-based Breakthrough Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the World Resources Institute - conclude in their 65-page report released in mid-April that despite “robust growth and recent improvements in price and performance,” a boom in American clean energy technology could falter in the face of steep declines in federal clean energy spending.Now, much of that government support is slated to decline as stimulus funds dry up and a number of tax credits and other programs reach their sunset dates or limits in ...
C’est si bon: Two exulting drivers from Norway’s ZERO environmental group give the thumbs up in Monte Carlo after driving 2,260 km (1,412 miles) from Oslo in their Hyundai Tucson ix35 fuel cell SUVs, relying completely on existing hydrogen fueling stations en route. Norwegian Team Drives 2 Fuel Cell Hyundais Without Support Vehicles Oslo-Monte Carlo
OSLO - Four drivers from a Norwegian environmental organization have proven you can already drive with hydrogen fuel cell cars across Europe today without help from mobile refuelers. The four - Bjornar Kruse, Marius Bornstein, Eivind Hodne Steen, and Arnt Goran Hartvig - arrived in their two Hyundai Tucson ix35 fuel cell SUVs at midnight April 21 at Monte Carlo’s famed Hotel de Paris to the popping of champagne corks.The feat was reported in an April 25 release, in Norwegian, on the website of the Oslo-based Zero Emissions Resource Organization (ZERO) and adapted in an English ...
H2 Infrastructure Roundup (Cont’d): Green H2 from Glycerine; Wind, ITM’s HFuel Module, LH2 Station, Alabama Plans
HANNOVER/BERLIN/COLOGNE/BIRMINGHAM, AL - With the hydrogen world’s eyes firmly fixed on the annual hydrogen and fuel cell extravaganza in Hannover last month, there was action on the infrastructure front elsewhere, and infrastructure news continue cropping up in Europe and the United States (H&FCL March, April 12).In Hannover itself, at the 18th Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells late last month, Europe’s preeminent fuel provider Linde showed up with its “trailH2Gas” mobile fueling station to provide “green” hydrogen for the fleet of fuel cell cars ...
Cubist Power for the home: Five fuel cell CHP modules share space on the joint display stand of Germany’s Fuel Cell Initiative.   (Photo by Sven Geitmann) Wind-H2 Enthusiasm in Germany: Hannover Fair 2012 with Partner Country China
HANNOVER, GERMANY - “Energiewende,” or energy transition, was the dominant theme of this year’s version of what’s generally regarded as the world’s biggest industrial fair and exhibit, the Hannover Messe, held April 23-27 here. Many exhibits and booths in the 26 sprawling exhibition halls addressed “Energiewende” - Germany’s ambitious plans to convert  to 80% renewables by 2050, announced two years ago by Chancellor Angela Merkel (H&FCL Oct. 2010) - in one form or another. It ranged from detailed presentations of new, more efficient equipment and components and ...
George Kaplanis, Tropical’s director of products & engineering, explains the company’s product lineup to a potential customer at Tropical’s booth at the Hannover Hydrogen + Fuel Cell Exhibit. The new 5kW GreenGen NG-5 fuel cell is partially visible behind Kaplanis.   (Picture by Tim Bruns) Two Companies Announce Plans for 500 Fuel Cell-Powered Eco-Homes in Greece by 2015
ATHENS, GREECE - In a country that at first blush seems an unlikely place for large-scale residential fuel cell installations - austerity-challenged Greece - a fuel cell developer and a developer of large energy projects are getting together to do just that:Tropical S.A., an Athens-based company that designs and builds a variety of fuel cell power systems, is teaming with Aspate S.A., to install what the partners say will be 500 natural gas-fired residential 5 kW combined heat and power systems in homes intended mostly for foreign vacationers or retirees.Tropical, which in recent years has ...
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 * Hyundai Out of the Gate this Year with First Large Batch of Fuel Cell Tucson SUVs? The company won’t be pinned down to exact numbers, but it does confirm reports that production in the quadruple digits will get under way late this year - and most of them will likely go to Europe. The Internet hubbub started with an April 4 story in a Korean online publication, MK Business News, with the headline “Hyundai Motor set to produce 1,000 hydrogen-fueled cars this year.” Among other things, it said that 10 pilot copies of Hyundai’s Tucson ix (H&FCL Dec. 11) - the ...
Events:
            The “Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium “ will be held May 1-2 at the Spitzer Center, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH. Details: http://www.fuelcellcorridor.com/            The “26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium” will be held May 6-9 in Los Angeles. Details: Kelly Mack, 202/296-2002, krm@ecius.net; www.GoElectricDrive.com.            The “Spring General Meeting” of the ...
Hydrogenics, Enbridge to Develop GW-Scale H2-Based Renewables Energy Storage
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - In what appears to be a significant step towards a North American hydrogen economy, Hydrogenics Corp. here has announced an agreement with Calgary-based Enbridge, Inc. to develop utility-scale energy storage for renewables in North America. The basic idea is to develop the capacity to inject a certain percentage of renewably generated hydrogen into the more than 14,000 miles of natural gas pipelines operated by Enbridge, Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company, between Canada and Texas. Essentially, the pact mates  Hydrogenics’s expertise ...
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 * Fuel Cells for Chinese Telecomm Base Stations: VelaTelGlobal, a San Diego-based holding company of telecommunications carriers in various parts of the world, says its Beijing-based hydrogen fuel cell division, VN Technologies, has won approval from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information to install and use its fuel cells for use in telecommunications base transceiver stations.  Beginning in March, both China Mobile and China Telecom began third-party trial testing with VN Tech’s hydrogen fuel cells on several sites to determine functionality and dependability to ...
Bloom Energy Opens First East Coast Production Plant in Delaware
NEWARK, DE - With practically no advance word, California’s tight-lipped Bloom Energy was reported to be breaking ground for its new production plant here on the last day of April, the company’s first foray into production on the East Coast.The only indications late last month that the event was about to happen was a story about the impending start, including a picture of earth moving equipment on the location of Bloom’s factory, in the April 29 online issue of Newark’s News Journal, and the weekly address by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announcing the event.Markell ...

April 2012

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 * Ballard Power Systems’s CEO John W. Sheridan has been named to the board of directors of Midway Gold Corp., a precious metals company in Englewood, CO.......Dr. Henrik Colell, chief technology officer and co-founder of Germany’s Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG, a Berlin-based developer of fuel cell- and hydrogen-based autonomous energy supply solutions, has been appointed spokesperson for Clean Power Net, a strategic fuel cells partnership for uninterruptible power supply for telecommunications and other applications.......Prof. Bruno Pollet has joined Hydrogen South ...
R&D Roundup:
* Poznan, Poland/Linköping, Sweden: A Renewable Battery Cathode from Paper Industry Waste -  Combining  lignin derivatives from pulp and paper production with a polymer, polypyrrole, Grzegorz Milczarek of Poznan University of Technology and Olle Inganäs of  Linköping University designed a battery cathode that may lead to cheaper and safer platinum-free cathodes for a rechargeable battery. Their paper in the March 23 issue of Science, “Renewable Cathode Materials from Biopolymer/Conjugated Polymer Interpenetrating Networks,” says in its abstract that ...
H2 Infrastructure Roundup (Cont’d): New California, German Stations; Denmark Plans; FuelCell Energy/Air Products MOU
EMERYVILLE,CA/DANBURY,CT/COPENHAGEN/FREIBURG, GERMANY - Following last month’s report on new hydrogen stations in Europe (H&FCL March 12), more station projects are underway on both sides of the Atlantic:Coming up this month in California, the Bay Area’s AC Transit public transportation agency is dedicating its new Emeryville hydrogen station April 10 for its fleet of 12 40-foot latest-generation hybrid fuel cell buses.And the Danish government announced plans for a hydrogen infrastructure with the overarching goal to be completely independent of fossil fuels by 2050.The ...
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 * BMW-GM Fuel Cells: They’re Still Talking: At least that’s what seemed to emerge at last month’s Geneva Auto Show. Several publications quoted BMW’s CEO Norbert Reithofer as saying that the companies are discussing joint fuel cell development, reiterating what first surfaced last December when a  German business magazine broke the story (H&FCL Jan. 12). There was much speculation that the two companies would confirm such a deal at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but that never happened.   Also in Geneva, Toyota stirred the pot by saying it ...
Ribbon cutting ceremonies at the opening session of “World Smart Energy Week,” Tokyo’s mega-trade show incorporating seven trade fairs, including FC Expo, PV Expo, plus separate fairs for PV systems, rechargeable batteries, smart grid, eco house and eco buildings, and processing technology. FC Expo: World Converges on Tokyo, Japan Moves to Sustainable Energy Post-Fukushima
TOKYO - The 2012 Fuel Cell Expo in Tokyo February 29-March 2 was billed as part of World Smart Energy Week, and in the main exhibition halls it felt as if the entire world was in attendance. The official count was closer to 93,000 for the three-day event, but Reed Exhibitions, the organizers, have mastered the art of keeping the aisles filled and the buzz set on high.   Japan’s interest in sustainable energy is no longer an academic exercise. Attitudes toward power generation have changed in the year since the Fukushima tsunami and nuclear accident.  It is clear that the Japanese are ...
Events:
              The “Qatar Alternative Energy Investors Summit” will be held April 2-3 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel,  Doha, Qatar. Details: register@qaeis.com  +971 4 455 7963; www.qaeis.com.                FuelCellEurope is organizing a series of  hydrogen- and fuel cell-related workshops in Brussels this year, with the next one on water electrolysis scheduled for April 4; subsequent dates are May 2, June 13, July 4, October 17, and ...
Editor's Note:
As we wrote in our February issue, MIT Press has just published a revised and expanded edition of my 2001 book, “Tomorrow’s Energy - Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet.” An excerpt, the opening pages of chapter 6, “Terra Transport: Hydrogen for Cars, Buses, Bikes, and Boats,” is at http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2012/03/tapping-the-stars/#more-48037. The New York Times, in one of three February stories occasioned by the book, called it “encyclopedic.”.  Best regards, PH. 
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  * Jim Hansen’s TED Video on Climate Change: Run, don’t walk, to your computer and see Jim’s talk on why we must come to grips with climate change. It’s one of the best presentations and arguments for zero-emission fuels and energy. Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, is arguably the most widely recognized climate scientist on the planet. He doesn’t mention hydrogen, but the overall message is clear. The 18-minute video was ...
Book Report: ITS Study: Various Fuels/Vehicles, Not Single Fuel, Will Define Future Transport System
DAVIS, CA - There is no single fuel, vehicle or power train system in the world’s cars, trucks and buses of the future, but rather, there will be a number of fuels and vehicles that vary by region and application.This is the leitmotiv and main message of a new book published by the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at the University of California-Davis, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways: A Research Summary for Decision Makers, that outlines insights and results from the “Sustainable Transportation Pathways” (STEPS) research program at ITS. Edited by STEPS ...

March 2012

A Computer-Aided Design (CAD) model of the Vehicle Projects mining locomotive for Anglo American Platinum. Vehicle Projects Wins Contract for 5 South African Fuel Cell Mining Locomotives
  GOLDEN, CO - Vehicle Projects, Inc., a developer of turnkey prototype fuel cell vehicles, has won a contract for collaborating on building five fuel cell mining locomotives for an underground platinum mine in South Africa.   Vehicle Projects (VP), which built its first prototype demonstration fuel cell mining locomotive  more than a decade ago when it was called the Fuelcell Propulsion Institute based in Denver (H&FCL Nov. 00), said the five locomotives will be demonstrated at the deep - 1,500-1,800 meters below ground - Dishaba mine in Limpopo province by ...
Suzuki's Ionis prototype, shown here in a picture from the fall 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. UK's Intelligent Energy Launches SMILE Fuel Cell Company with Japan's Suzuki
LONDON - Joining the scramble to launch small fleets of fuel cell cars within the next three years or so, Britain’s Intelligent Energy announced a joint venture with Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp. to develop and manufacture fuel cell systems for both transportation and other applications. The new company, SMILE FC System Corporation, will be headquartered in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The pilot production facility for initial batches is in Yokohama, but Intelligent Energy’s chief executive Dr. Henri Winand told H&FCL in a transatlantic telephone interview, larger ...
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 * Two more appointments at UK’s Intelligent Energy:  John Maguire has been named chief financial officer. He previously worked for Etisalat Nigeria, one of four mobile phone operators in that country. He takes over from Rian Urding, who was named chief financial officer at Emerald Automotive, Hazelwood, MO a provider of low-carbon fleet vehicles co-founded by Intelligent Energy; Emerald is a subsidiary of IE Low Emission Vans Limited. Intelligent Energy, headquartered in Loughborough, said in its announcement that Emerald will design and manufacture an all-new lightweight, ...
Compared to Hybrids, FC Cars Would Cut CO2; Battery, Plug-Ins Would Increase GHGs
 ALEXANDRIA, VA - If all American hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) were to be replaced by fuel cell vehicles, greenhouse gases would be reduced by about a quarter.But if those gasoline-plus-electricity machines were replaced by battery electrics (BEVs) or plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), greenhouse gas emissions in the United States\ would on average actually increase - about 7.4% with battery electrics and around 10% with plug-in hybrids, according to a new analysis by Sandy Thomas, the widely respected consultant, analyst and founder and former president of H2Gen Innovations.  Fuel cell ...
Events:
            The inaugural “Vail Global Energy Forum” will be held March 3-4 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, CO. Details: Gena Buhler, 970/777-2015, gbuhler@vvf.org;  www.vailglobalenergyforum.com.            The first “IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC)” will be held March 4-8 in Greenville, SC. IEEE is calling for papers to be submitted via the website http://electricvehicle.ieee.org/. Details: Lee Stogner, ...
A Temple of Clean (Energy): The new waterfront  Vattenfall hydrogen fueling station in Hamburg, Europe�s biggest.  H2 Infrastructure Roundup: Report: 215 H2 Stations Worldwide, 122 in Works; Europe's Biggest Opens in Germany
MUNICH/HAMBURG/BRUSSELS - Twelve new hydrogen fueling stations opened worldwide last year, bringing the grand total to 215, according to a new assessment by H2stations.org, a website operated by Ludwig-Boelkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) consultancy.Another 122 are being planned around the world, the report said.The most recent ones, including Europe’s biggest and most advanced in Hamburg  and another one in Brussels, started up last month. Others got underway last fall in Karlsruhe, Germany, in Brugg, Switzerland and in Milan, Italy. Another station is expected to open this year in ...
The Energy Department�s 2013 fuel cell technologies budget request. DoE News: DoE Cuts Funding Again for Hydrogen, Fuel Cells in FY 2013 Budget Request
WASHINGTON, DC - It’s that time of year again:Following the pattern of the last three  years, the U.S. Department of Energy once more proposes to cut back funding for its hydrogen and fuel cell program in its 2013 budget request.At the same time, total funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which includes hydrogen and fuel cells, is slated to increase substantially, including more money for its vehicle technologies portfolio which includes hybrid & vehicle systems, power electronics, advanced combustion engines and other areas.However, this is ...
Briefly Noted:
* Umpqua Energy Is a Winner in DOE Innovator Competition with H2 Injection Technology: The small company - seven employees - in  Medford, OR is one of three startup companies picked from a field of 14 in “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge. Umpqua’s advanced emission reduction system for internal combustion engines is based on an Argonne National Laboratory technology that allows a gasoline engine to operate in an extreme lean burn mode to increase gasoline mileage. The company’s website describes EVOPAC™ as creating and injecting hydrogen ...
Apple Plans 5 MW Fuel Cell Plant, 20 MW Solar Farm for N. Carolina Data Center
  MAIDEN, NC - Apple which has flooded the planet with gazillions of iPhones, iPads, Macs and iTunes, is turning to fuel cells to keep its power-hungry facilities fed:              In its latest 2012 Environmental Update report the company said it is building a 5MW fuel cell station later this year here that will be entirely fueled by biogas. Located right next to its new data center commissioned last year, the plant will generate more than 40 million kWh annually, making it the largest U.S. non-utility fuel cell ...

February 2012

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 * California’s Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture capital investors have named their partner and energy expert Jan Van Dokkum as interim CEO for Amonix, a manufacturer of concentrated pv solar systems in Seal Beach, CA. Van Dokkum is a member of the Energy Department’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technical Advisory Committee and former chief executive of UTC Power and, earlier, CEO of Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution. He was appointed to take the place of Amonix CEO Brian Robertson, who died in late December in an airplane crash in Pennsylvania, according ...
“Baby, it’s cold outside”: The new H2 Logic/Oy Woikoski hydrogen fueling station, awaiting fuel cell test vehicles in the arctic night. Brrrr. Santa Refuels Here with Hydrogen: H2 Logic Opens H2 Station Just North of Polar Circle
ROVANIEMI, FINLAND - Until now, this town of 60,000 in Finland’s northernmost province, Lapland, had two international claims to fame:- It’s the official home of Santa Claus, and- It’s home to the northernmost McDonald’s.Now there is a third: a hydrogen fueling station, just 150 meters north of the Polar Circle, some 800 kilometers (500 miles), as a Volvo drives, due north of Helsinki - and a mere 2,648 km (1,655 miles) from the North Pole. The hydrogen station was built and opened recently by Denmark’s H2 Logic at the Arctic Driving Center, an automobile ...
CARB Clears Advanced Clean Air Car Rules, Calls for More H2 Infrastructure
LOS ANGELES, CA - With virtually no opposition and to loud applause from environmentalists, California’s principal climate watchdog, the Air Resources Board (CARB), unanimously approved new emission rules expected to increase the number of zero- or near-zero emitting cars on the road in California to more than 1.4 million by 2025.One in seven new cars sold in California that year will be zero emitters or plug-in hybrids, CARB said in its Jan. 27 announcement after the board’s vote. (The full text: www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/rss/displaypost.php?pno=5635)The new rules, drafted as ...
Q&A Interview: ClearEdge's Mike Upp: Austria Wants to Launch Renewables on Grand Scale
HILLSBORO, OR - Austria's government wants to replicate the Güssing model of  100 per cent reliance on renewable energy in five other regions of the country, ClearEdge marketing vice president Mike Upp told H&FCL in an e-mail interview.Edited excerpts from the question-and-answer exchange:Q: The $500 million question: is this what Güssing will be paying ClearEdge for the equipment, between now and 2020, or does this figure cover the cost of both production and installation in Austria?A: Güssing Renewable Energy has selected ClearEdge systems to achieve its goal of ...
Obituary: Electrochemistry Pioneer Karl Kordesch Commuted in Fuel Cell Car in 70s
H&FCL has belatedly learned that fuel cell and battery pioneer Karl V. Kordesch died almost exactly a year ago, in January 2011, at his home in Eugene, OR. Austrian-born Prof. Kordesch was 88. Kordesch came to the United States initially in 1953 as part of the U.S. Army’s Operation Paperclip that brought top German and Austrian scientists to the United States after the end of World War II. After serving in the battery division of the U.S. Signal Corps he joined Union Carbide in Ohio where he developed the alkaline dry cell battery that, according to some reports, now accounts for ...
Hydrogen - Atomic or Molecular - Opens New Uses for Graphene, Swedish Scientists Say
LINKOEPING, SWEDEN - Hydrogen between the sheets:No, it’s not a, somewhat questionable, intro to a clean-energy soap opera, but it alludes to the discovery of a phenomenon by two Swedish scientists that may make the two-dimensional single-layer super-material graphene more useful.Prof. Bo E. Sernelius and his former doctoral student, Mathias Bostroem, both of Linkoeping University here, demonstrated how an ultra-thin layer of atomic hydrogen between two undoped sheets of graphene, which normally would cling to each other because of the so-called van der Waals forces, causes these same ...
Fast Forward:
 * A Carmaker-Fuel Suppliers Consortium for Hydrogen Infrastructure? That’s what DoE’s Steven Chu suggests: Except for Toyota’s FCV-R fuel cell four-seater previously shown in Tokyo (H&FCL Dec. 11), hydrogen and fuel cell technologies were conspicuously absent from the Detroit Auto Show in January. But they were discussed in a small behind-the-scenes gathering of a dozen automotive executives with Energy Department Secretary Steven Chu, in between his visits to various exhibits in Cobo Center. The meeting, which lasted about an hour and a quarter and which ...
Events:
                The “Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference” will be held Feb. 7-8 at the Hotel Hafen Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany. Details: Germanischer Lloyd Group, +49/40/36149-0, info@gl-group.com.                 The “Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America” will be held Feb. 14-16 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA. Details: Jan Simpson, 918/831-9736, ...
A schematic layout of the ClearEdge fuel cell system. ClearEdge Signs $500 Million Agreement with Austrian Group for 50MW of Fuel Cells
HILLSBORO, OR -  In what may be one of the biggest single deals when completed - perhaps the biggest yet - in deploying  distributed fuel cell energy equipment, ClearEdge Power here announced last month it plans to deliver up to $500 million worth of fuel cells, or 50 MW, over the next eight years to a model Austrian renewable energy group, Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH.ClearEdge, a manufacturer of scalable continuous onsite power systems, said in its January 10 announcement it would deliver an initial 8.5 MW of its equipment worth $85 million in a 36-month first installment ...
Briefly Noted:
 * Ballard Fuel Cells for Indian Buses: Vancouver, BC-based Ballard Power Systems reports it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tata Motors (India) for 12 FCvelocityTM-1100 fuel cell stacks. These stacks are expected to power buses planned for demonstration in various Indian cities. Delivery to Tata Motors is planned for 2012 and 2013, in-line with that company’s plans. Tata Motors, one of the world’s largest bus OEM’s, displayed the first fuel cell bus built in India at “Auto Expo 2012” held in New Delhi Jan. 6-11, 2012. The ...
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 Endorsements: “Peter Hoffmann has produced a timely and essential reminder that a future dependent upon hydrogen presents the universal, wealth-creating, clean alternative energy system to power the 21st century and beyond. ‘We the people’ should trump the priorities of short-sighted politicians who create barriers to the clean, affordable energy future fully explained in Tomorrow's Energy.”—John Hofmeister, Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy, Inc.; Former President, Shell Oil Company; Author, “Why We Hate the Oil ...

January 2012

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  * Green For All, an Oakland, CA-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peoples’ well-being through a clean energy economy, has hired Brian Purchia as its communications director. Pucha previously was the spokesman for former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom,  nationally recognized as an environmental leader..........Loughborough, England-based Intelligent Energy has appointed Steve Hunton as its new managing director for its stationary & backup power division. He previously was the company’s global sales director, a position he assumed after ...
U. MD Scientist Develops Light, Lower-Temp SOFC Fuel Cell for Homes, Vehicles
  COLLEGE PARK, MD - When discussing fuel cells for cars, hydrogen and PEM systems are usually mentioned in the same breath, but Eric Wachsman firmly believes it doesn’t have to be that way.  Prof. Wachsman, director of the University of Maryland Energy Research Center here, has devoted a couple of decades to developing novel solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) materials and systems that are lighter, smaller, and - importantly - eventually operating at lower temperatures, making them suitable for road transport applications. So far they have been considered mostly as stationary ...
Plug Power Wins 200-Plus Fuel Cell Order for Lift Trucks from Procter & Gamble
LATHAM, NY - In another step in its drive towards profitability, fuel cell producer Plug Power Inc. announced the sale of more than 200 GenDrive fuel cell units to three Procter & Gamble Co. plants.The total value for the order that was due to be filled by the end of last year was on the order of $4 million; Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh told H&FCL the average price per unit - they come in three different sizes - is roughly $20,000.The fuel cell modules will be installed in lift trucks in Alexandria, LA where P&G, maker of pharmaceuticals, consumer cleaning and other products, makes ...
DoE News: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells Get Unexpected Boost in FY 2012 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, DC - Good news comes in big wrappers:  Buried deep down in the humongous 1,000-page omnibus appropriation bill passed by the joint U.S. House of Representatives-Senate conference last month is a, hopefully signal-setting, increase in funding for the Energy Department’s hydrogen and fuel cell budget.  H.R.  3671, the Combined Appropriations Act of 2012, includes $104 million for the new fiscal year through Sept. 2012 for hydrogen and fuel cells - an astounding number because it was more than what had been asked for by any of the three sides involved: $100.45 ...
Events:
                 The “2nd Annual 10X Advanced Battery R&D” conference will be held Jan. 23-24 at the Network Meeting Center, Santa Clara, CA. Details: Patrick Lee, registration@infocastnetwork.com                 The “Fourth Annual Green Building Forum” will be held Jan. 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel San Jose - Silicon Valley, CA; the organizers have issued a call for paper, (see website). Details: ...
The Hornblower Hybrid during an early shakedown cruise. Apparently not all of the clean power equipment had been installed at the time. Fuel Cell Hornblower Hybrid Launches in New York Harbor with New Year's Cruise
NEW YORK - As a floating casino, the “SunCruz IV”  used to transport gamblers from Florida’s shores to waters beyond the reach of the law, but rebuilt, refurbished and renamed, the gleaming fuel cell-powered “Hornblower Hybrid” vessel now is the latest example of seaborne clean energy technology. Following sea trials last November, the 168-foot, 600-passenger hydrogen-powered ship was scheduled to embark on its maiden cruise around New York harbor on New Year’s Eve from Pier 40 in Manhattan, carrying revelers at $205 (plus tax) a pop to ring in 2012. ...
Germany Gears Up for Large-Scale Wind-to-Hydrogen Demonstrations, Uses
BERLIN - The Hydrogen Economy is moving a step closer to reality:Large-scale hydrogen production and feed into the natural gas grid; hydrogen reconversion to electricity; hydrogen storage in salt caverns, and, as cross-cutting theme, hydrogen as transportation fuel are the grand subjects of demonstration projects targeted by a new 14-member initiative, “Performing Energy - Alliance for Hydrogen from Wind.” It was launched here last month with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.The MoU’s basic task is to “examine jointly whether this topic, hydrogen from ...
Fast Forward:
  * A General Motors-BMW Fuel Cell Alliance: It’s not yet final, but both carmakers confirm in similar one-sentence language that they’re talking - and the cat  may be let out of the bag at the Detroit Auto Show this month. “We can confirm that GM and BMW are in talks to explore the possibility of a cooperation on technologies, such as fuel cells,” said GM tersely when queried in mid-December. The story broke a week earlier when a German business magazine, “Wirtschaftswoche,” quoting industry sources reported the talks were going “full ...
New Holland’s new NH2 fuel cell tractor in the company’s display area at last fall’s Agritechnica agricultural equipment exhibition in Hannover, Germany. Fiat/New Holland's Fuel Cell Tractor to Start Tests, Work this Summer in Italy
TURIN, ITALY - Some time this summer, a brawnier ready-to-go-to work version of a fuel cell tracto r concept, unveiled two years ago by Fiat subsidiary New Holland, will actually start to plow the fields and lift those bales on a farm near here.The new and improved NH2, unveiled last fall at Agritechnica, a biannual agricultural exhibition in Hannover, Germany claimed to be the world’s biggest, now has twice the power and a bigger hydrogen storage tank than the original rolled out in February 2009 in Turin  (H&FCL March 09). Compared to the first NH2TM, the new model features ...
IdaTech, New Holland H2 Tractor Show at COP-17, Mining CEO Pitches Platinum
DURBAN/BEND, OR - Ignored by the mainstream media, at least two examples of advanced hydrogen fuel cell technology were in evidence at the largely inconclusive December climate talks here, characterized by a Dec. 16 New York Times editorial that proclaimed, “once again, the world’s negotiators kicked the can down the  road.”Fuel cells were deployed by IdaTech, of Bend, OR to keep the cell phones of delegates and the chattering classes charged and their owners in touch with each other during the Nov. 28-Dec. 9 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17).  ...
Rename H2 Economy (HE) as Sustainable H2 Economy (SHE), Two Scientists Say
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - A pair of papers by Australian researcher John Andrews suggests that the time of an exclusive Hydrogen Economy (HE) has passed and given the emergence of battery vehicles and other tangential technologies, the objective should be a Sustainable Hydrogen Economy (SHE), with hydrogen still playing a crucial role.In the more recent of the two articles, “Re-envisioning the role of hydrogen in a sustainable economy” in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Andrews and his co-author Bahman Shabani suggest that a “diverse range” of renewable ...
Briefly Noted:
* Ballard Fuel Cell Buses for Brazil, Belgian Busbuilder Van Hool; Ballard Sets Million-Miles Mark: Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems has signed a Letter of Intent with the city of Sao Paulo for 25 FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell modules to power 25 buses in Brazil’s largest city. The fuel cells are to be delivered some time this year, Ballard said in a Dec. 27 announcement, but so far no word who will supply the buses. Chances are they will be Brazil-made: The first of three demonstrator buses, built by Brazilian busmakers Marcopolo and Tuttotrasporti, started operations in the summer of ...