December 2013

Tetsuo Iwamura, President and CEO, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. introduces the Honda FCEV Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 20, 2013. TransPacific Fuel Cell Triumvirate: Honda, Hyundai Present Fuel Cell Cars at LA Motor Show; Toyota Shows in Tokyo Event
 LOS ANGELES/TOKYO – Coincidence or not, but the nearly in-sync presentations of fuel cell vehicles by three major manufacturers last month arguably brings their showroom-visiting, tire-kicking commercial availability a big step forward.Japan’s Honda and Korea’s Hyundai showed their cars on the U.S. West Coast at the Nov. 22-Dec. 1 Los Angeles Auto Show.Toyota, which had released the basics of its fuel cell concept sedan and pictures in early November (H&FCL Nov. 13), officially broke cover on the other side of the Pacific at the Tokyo Motor Show, held simultaneously with Los ...
Transitions:
  * New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the appointment of Alfred Griffin as president of the newly created New York Green Bank, a $1 billion initiative to leverage private sector financing of clean energy projects (H&FCL Oct. 13). Griffin, a Citigroup banking veteran, has been working for Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. since 1997 where he specialized in structured finance with roles in corporate and investment banking, capital markets and risk management.......California’s CALSTART organization of 140 automotive OEMs, fleets and government agencies has named Ricardo ...
R&D Notes:
  * New Higher-Capacity Hydrogen Storage Material: The term iridium trihydride doesn’t come trippingly off the tongue, but it’s a new material that has been synthesized by an international team of researchers at  Edinburgh University, Oviedo University in Spain and the German Electron Synchotron accelerator DESY in Hamburg. The six scientists found that the previously unobserved material was formed by exposing hydrogen and metallic iridium to enormous pressures of 55 gigapascals, or about 550,000 times the pressure of the earth’s atmosphere. It can store up ...
Current Energy Policies will Precipitate Global Crash, says UK’s Jeremy Leggett
  LONDON - Jeremy Leggett, a former oil geologist turned climate campaigner, believes that with current energy policies,  the world is heading for a global crash bigger than the financial crisis of 2008.  But he also believes that the trend can be reversed via a mix of renewables, exemplified by Germany’s “Energiewende” (energy turnaround) and by pioneering efforts in other countries which he believes will prove that industrialized countries can run on alternative energy sources without any dependence on fossil fuels.  Writing in an “Opinion” piece, “Burn and crash,” in the ...
Fast Forward:
   * Is Canada’s Whistler Fuel Cell Bus Program Headed for Shut Down? That’s the question stories in the Nov. 26 Vancouver Sun and in the Nov. 27 National Post raise. Of the two, the Sun’s version (“Whistler fuel cell bus program in jeopardy”) was more restrained and factual, while the Post piece (“Whistler’s hydrogen bus boondoggle”) was antagonistically combative: in its final paragraph, it referred to the five-year demonstration project as “the province’s hydrogen bus bomb.” The Sun article said the future of the ...
Events:
                The American Wind Energy Association’s  (AWEA) “Resource & Project Energy Assessment Seminar” will be held Dec. 10-11 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Details: www.awea.org/events/event.aspx?eventid=15975                The “World Future Energy Summit” is scheduled to take place Jan. 20-22, 2014 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Details: ...
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. 
R & D: Stanford U. Team Develops Low-Cost, Durable Silicon-Nickel Water Splitter
  STANFORD, CA - Silicon is an element that’s widely used to make solar cells and in semiconductor electronics, It’s also the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust.Less well known is that it can also split water into hydrogen and oxygen but that hasn’t been very practical, largely because it corrodes pretty rapidly in contact with water.But this may change as the result of research by a team of seven scientists at Stanford University. Essentially, the researchers have developed a method of tapping into silicon’s water splitting capacity by ...
DoE News: DoE Sets H2 Price Targets for Early Fuel Cell Vehicle Markets, HTAC is Told
 GOLDEN, CO - To the average motorist of the near future, listing the price of hydrogen in terms of gallons of gasoline equivalent - gge in the experts’ parlance - probably isn’t very meaningful by itself.To remedy this and to help potential drivers of fuel cell electric vehicles gain a better understanding of what’s involved and what the costs are, the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE) has been working to establish an interim hydrogen cost target for early markets, and also to come up with a yardstick that would make ...
Microsoft Research Paper Touts Fuel Cells as Sole Power Sources for Data Centers
REDMOND, WA – Cutting the umbilical cord to the public power grid and powering data centers with fuel cells could be cheaper as well as more reliable, says a recent paper from Microsoft Research.The report, “No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers,” analyzed what’s required to run large data centers on fuel cells. One key finding is that with the most mature and commonly deployed fuel cell technology centers could achieve 20%reduction in cost, “using conservative projections.”The paper was presented Nov. 3 during the 24th Association for ...
Briefly Noted:
  Fuel Cell-Battery Hybrid Trucks, Novel Membranes, Catalysts, Fuel Cells are among DoE’s ’14 Small Business Topics: The department’s Fiscal Year 2014 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 2 technical topics include prototype fuel cell-battery electric hybrid trucks for waste transportation and novel membranes and non-platinum group metal catalysts for direct methanol as well as hydrogen fuel cells. DOE’s key hydrogen objectives are to reduce the cost of producing and delivering hydrogen to ...

November 2013

Transition:
Dr. Alan Lloyd Retires as ICCT President, Will Continue to Consult & AdviseSAN FRANCISCO, CA - Alan Lloyd, the founding president of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), will retire as president next month.Dr. Lloyd who launched the organization in 2006 shortly after serving two years as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, says he will remain active working for climate remediation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, issues he has been working on in California since the late 1980s.“I am just ...
An Eco-Warrior? Somehow, the front view of Toyota’s new fuel cell sedan with its massive air intakes conjures up the notion of a samurai. Officially it’s still a concept, but the company says it’s scheduled to go into production around 2015. Toyota Releases Images, Few Data on Long-Awaited Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan
TOKYO - Here it is:  A couple of weeks before its official launch at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota Motor Corp. released pictures and basic information about its production-ready fuel cell sedan. Hinted at in tantalizing dribs and drabs in the last three years (H&FCL May 11), including preview drives for a select group of auto journalists in Japan and earlier in Pasadena, CA (H&FCL July 13), the new car  is described as a “practical concept” in a minimalist announcement  issued by the Japanese carmaker a couple of weeks before its official debut ...
The Viessmann Group’s new home CHP power module. (Picture by Sven Geitmann). German Elections Color “World of Energy Solutions” Fuel Cell Conference
STUTTGART - The outcome of Germany’s elections and how the expected new national government coalition is likely to handle expectations were both subtext and center of last month’s international “f-cell” hydrogen and fuel cell industries conclave here.What used to be solely a conference and trade fair for fuel cells at its launch 13 years ago has morphed into a multi-faceted affair, with events for “Battery + Storage,” as well as a separate “e-mobil BW Technologie Tag” (BW stands for Baden-Wuerttemberg, the state with the city of Stuttgart at ...
R&D Notes:
* a Jelly Catalyst?: That’s what researchers at the UK’s University of Birmingham say they have developed. Led by Dr. Zoe Schnepp, of the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry, the chemists combined gelatin - the same stuff used to make jelly - with iron and magnesium to create a material that performs almost as well as a commercial platinum catalyst, but is considerably cheaper. It works because the iron and magnesium salts cause the gelatin to foam, creating a sponge-like structure. When this is heated, nanoparticles of a compound called iron carbide form ...
A view of the hydrogen storage unit, complete with colorful mural paintings, and the wind farm in the background, key components of Germany’s largest power-to-gas installation to date. Germany’s Largest Power-to-Gas Plant Now Fully Operational
WERDER/KESSIN/ALTENTREPTOW, GERMANY - A little more than two years in the making, Germany’s largest CO2-free wind-hydrogen energy storage system is now up and running. The final component of the RH2-WKA demonstration project, a 380 KV transformer station, went on line in late September with the energy minister of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Volker Schlotmann, doing the honors.Construction of the €220 million ($300.6 million) project began in 2011 (H& FCL Jan. 11). It includes the state’s biggest wind park with 28 wind power plants of up to 7.5 MW each for a ...
Fast Forward:
  * Vehicle Projects, Inc. Wins Patent for Supersonic H2 Tube Train, Seeks Consortium Partners: The Golden, CO-based developer of fuel cell locomotives is looking for a manufacturer to build a prototype vehicle of its tube train concept, and it is also looking for partners in a consortium now in the formative stages. In September, company president Arnold Miller was granted a patent, “Supersonic Hydrogen Tube Vehicle” (U.S. Patent No. 8,534,197 B2), by the U.S. Patent Office. The patent’s abstract describes Miller’s invention as “A transportation system ...
Government Shutdown Causes Glitches for Fuel Cell Seminar; Praise for DoE Program
COLUMBUS, OH - The 2013 edition of the Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exhibition “Featuring Hydrogen Fuel” nearly fell victim to the U.S. government shutdown but recovered to field several strong plenary sessions.Due to the shutdown, federal government officials were not cleared to travel to the event until the Friday preceding the Tuesday, October 22, opening and in the end several presenters sent alternates. This uncertainty may have forced the organizers to distribute the final program on plain office paper, which proved difficult to navigate and added to the unfinished feel of ...
Events:
                The “8th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (IRES 2013)” will be held Nov. 18-20 at the Berlin Congress Center in Berlin, Germany. Details: EUROSOLAR, 049/228/289 1446, IRES2013@eurosolar.de;  www.energystorageconference.org.                     The American Wind Energy Association’s  (AWEA) “Resource & Project Energy Assessment ...
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: Inspector General Finds Financial Management Issues At H2/FC Program
WASHINGTON, DC - An audit report by the Energy Department’s Inspector General says the department has not always managed well the financial parts of its Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program.The 23-page report dated Sept. 27 identifies, among other things, more than $6.6 million in questionable costs out of approximately $68 million in total reimbursements at 10 recipients sampled. Specifically, DoE “reimbursed $5.3 million in unsupported and/or unallowable costs at nine recipients for unsupported subcontractor or partner costs, potentially unallowable and/or unsupported travel and meal ...
A still of a 2.24 minute video showing the locomotive, at: http://video.sina.com.cn/v/b/95989749-18025 31097.html, in Chinese. (Image courtesy Stan Thompson). China is Operating its First Prototype Hybrid Fuel Cell Locomotive
TORONTO/SHANGHAI - Largely undetected by Western media, China’s first prototype fuel cell locomotive has been undergoing testing and evaluation at a university in southwest China for almost a year. The 45-ton “Blue Sky” locomotive had its first run back in January. Its existence was reported in June at the eighth International Hydrail Conference at Ryerson University in Toronto and mentioned at the fifth World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in late September in Shanghai.Existence of the Ryerson paper came to light in an Oct. 7 commentary in North Carolina’s  ...
State Officials, Executives Discuss Advancing H2 at California Summit
SACRAMENTO, CA - The presence of several concerned state agencies, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s office, and top industry executives made for a stimulating give-and-take at last month’s California Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Summit.The Oct. 9-10 meeting marked the first time that the California Hydrogen Business Council’s (CHBC) annual conference stretched over two days, and attendance was about twice that of previous years:About 180 state officials, company CEOs and other executives, academic researchers and environmental group representatives converged on the state capital to ...
Briefly Noted:
 * “The Musk Ox Bellows in Autumn”: That was one acerbic reaction to battery EV Wunderkind Elon Musk’s remark, “God, fuel cells are so bullshit,” that tsunami’d across the Internet in late October. Musk made the comment during a minute-or-so discourse on what’s wrong with fuel cells near the end of a sales pitch for his sleek Model S Tesla battery electric to what looked like a crowd of well-heeled young enthusiasts at a Tesla service center in Munich. “Of course, FCEVs are a direct competitor, not just in the vehicle marketplace, but also ...
Eight Governors Pledge 3.3 Million ZEVs, including H2 Autos, on State Roads by 2025
SACRAMENTO, CA - Spearheaded by California, governors from eight states agreed on an array of efforts to put “at least” 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles, including hydrogen-powered ones, on their roads by 2025.The others are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.  The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding, as announced by California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) here, is to “expand consumer awareness and demand for zero-emission vehicles.... In this agreement, the governors identify specific actions they will ...

October 2013

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  * New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has recommended John B. Rhodes to be the new president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He has to be appointed by NYSERDA’s Board. The appointment is part of Cuomo’s goal “to develop and implement a strategic plan to scale up clean energy development, enhance New York’s competitiveness for clean energy businesses, and make the state’s energy systems more resilient and reliable,” according to the announcement. Previously, Rhodes was director of the Center for Market Innovation (CMI) for the ...
R&D Notes:
 * Brookhaven Scientists Develop CO-Tolerant Fuel Cell Catalyst: Carbon Monoxide is the bane of fuel cells: When present in minimal proportions in impure hydrogen, it poisons platinum catalysts and renders them inoperative and useless. Now, a team of 13 researchers at the Energy Department’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have created a high-performing nanoparticle catalyst that resists CO poisoning while achieving an optimum balance of reactivity, durability and industrial-scale synthesis. Produced on an industrial scale, this so-called core-shell catalyst opens prospects ...
Getting Up Close and Personal: President Obama peers closely at a portable hydrogen-powered fuel cell recharger for mobile device batteries, demonstrated by KTH scientists Rakel Wreland Lindström, center, and Carina Lagergren, with Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt looking on. President Obama Gets Ultra-Short Course on Fuel Cells During Stockholm Visit
STOCKHOLM - A funny thing happened to President Barack Obama on his way to the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg last month: He got an ultra-short crash course in the intricacies and potential of fuel cells in Stockholm. And judging from accounts by some of the “instructors,” he was knowledgeable about and enjoyed the capsule  demonstrations and explanations by researchers in the library of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology here.First-Ever Visit to Sweden by U.S. President “He was really interested,” Rakel Wreland Lindström, an Assistant Professor in ...
Germany’s H2 Mobility Launches €350 Million Hydrogen Infrastructure Plan
MUNICH/STUTTGART - The six industrial partners in Germany’s H2 Mobility initiative have announced a €350 million ($472.675 million) action plan for the construction of about 400 hydrogen fueling stations over the next ten years. Described as a “benchmark at the international level,” the partners intend to build 100 stations in the next four years, the Sept. 30 announcement released by one of the companies, industrial gas producer Linde AG, said. It added that an “agreement in principle” had been signed by all partners.  “The time is now ...
Fast Forward:
   * Is Germany’s Renewable Energy Revolution Running into Headwinds? That’s what the New York Times indicated in a long piece about a week before that country’s national elections. The Sept. 16 report, “Germany’s Effort at Clean Energy Proves Complex,”  called it an “audacious undertaking with wide and deep support” that calls for shutting down nuclear power plants, weaning the country from coal and promoting a big shift to renewables in a national effort known as the “Energiewende” (energy turnaround). According to ...
Events:
                The “California Hydrogen Business Council Fall Summit” will be held Oct. 9-10 at the offices of the California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento. Details: CHBC, Jeff Serfass, 310/455-6095 x312, jserfass@californiahydrogen.org; www.californiahydrogensummit.com                                The “1st Annual European Hydrogen ...
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.
H&FCL Editor is named World Business Academy Fellow
   SANTA BARBARA, CA - A California public interest group, The World Business Academy here, last month appointed this editor as one of its Fellows. The academy, which describes itself as “nonprofit think tank and action incubator,” counts a number of prominent, forward-looking, progressive thinkers and doers from many parts of the world among its current roster of 88 Fellows, such as Amory Lovins, Lester Brown, Deepak Chopra, Daniel Goleman and  Patrick  Takahashi. Founded in 1987 by California businessman and entrepreneur Rinaldo S. Brutoco, the ...
DoE News: Webinar: 70 Fuel Cell Buses are Operating Worldwide, 66 More Planned
  WASHINGTON, DC – A preview of sorts to next month’s fuel cell bus conference in Hamburg, Germany, participants in an hour-long webinar on the status of fuel cell bus development last month were told close to 70 are running in various parts of the world, Another 66 are in planning stages, said Lauren Justice, project manager at the Center for Transportation and the Environment in the U.S. Transportation Department’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program in one of her slides during the webinar, organized by the DoE Hydrogen Program’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office ...
California Legislature Approves Funding for 100 H2 Stations, Gov. Brown Signs
  SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown’s Action Plan to build several dozen hydrogen fueling stations in the coming years moved closer to fruition last month with the passage of a key piece of legislation.Assembly Bill 8 (AB 8) moved through California’s  legislature in mid-September, along with several other clean vehicle bills for funding alternative and renewable fuel vehicle programs as well as legislation to boost solar energy production. Brown signed the bill September 30.But AB 8 was the keystone to launching California’s hydrogen infrastructure, and it turned ...
Briefly Noted:
 * New York Also Moves towards Clean Energy, Launches Green Bank Initiative: In a first step, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched his $1 billion New York Green Bank initiative through a petition filed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to use approximately $165 million in uncommitted funds for the Bank’s initial capitalization. Once approved by the PSC, it will permit the Green Bank to leverage private sector financing for clean energy projects. In his announcement, Cuomo said the Green Bank is expected to be ...
Book Review: PEM Fuel Cell Testing and Diagnosis.
By Dr. Jianlu Zhang, Dr. Huamin Zhang, Dr. Jinfeng Wu, and Dr. Jiujun Zhang.Elsevier, 2013, Amsterdam. 375 pages. $149.95 Reviewed by Richard Engel, Schatz Energy Research Center This new book covers a lot of ground not addressed in the other fuel cell texts in our lab’s library. While, as the title suggests, the heart of the book describes the various laboratory techniques used to test and evaluate PEM fuel cells, the book encompasses quite a bit more than that. It begins with two excellent, detailed chapters that can bring anyone with an engineering background up to speed ...
Jackpot for Ballard? Fuel Cell Maker Signs Contract for China’s Bus Market
  VANCOUVER - In what ultimately could be a very big deal, Ballard Power Systems has signed a multi-year agreement with China’s Azure Hydrogen Corp, that will make Ballard’s fuel cell technology available via Azure to Chinese bus manufacturers, of which there seem to be at least a dozen.The pact, signed last month at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Shanghai in the presence of several high-ranking Chinese officials, sealed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding which the two sides had signed in late May (H&FCL June 13).Initially, Ballard will provide a ...

September 2013

Events:
                The “5th Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Exhibition (RETECH)” will be held Sept. 9-11" at the Mariott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, DC. Details: Stephen McCollum 301/354-1503, smccollum@accessintel.com ; www.RETECH2013.com/.                The “5th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS 2013)” will be held in Brussels, Belgium Sept. 9-11.  Details: Dania Del ...
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 * The California Hydrogen Business Council has added two new members to its Board of Directors. Geoff Budd, of ITM Power, and Anca Faur, of Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, were appointed at the group’s July 25 board meeting. Both are directors at large........Port Washington, NY-based developer of solid oxide fuel cell components WATT Fuel Cell Corp. has appointed Dr. Derek Corcoran as senior principal engineer. He previously was principal scientist and process development engineer at UK-based Ceres Power, following post-doc work on materials research at Forschungszentrum Juelich in ...
R&D Notes:
 * Fraunhofer USA Launches New Energy Innovation Center: The American offshoot of Germany’s Fraunhofer Gesellschaft established the new Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation in cooperation with the University of Connecticut in late July. The new center, located on UConn’s Depot Campus near Storrs, will develop advanced technologies related to energy storage, fuel cells, in-stream hydro, power management and distribution through contract research; eventually it will move to UConn’s new Technology Park  scheduled to open in 2015. Research will concentrate on ...
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.
H2USA (Cont’d): Infrastructure Group is Launched, Working Groups Set Up
 WASHINGTON, DC - The long-gestating H2USA program aimed at creating a hydrogen fueling network for coming generations of fuel cells cars got off to its formal start last month here.Welcomed by David Danielson, the Energy Department’s assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, representatives of its member organizations met Aug. 8 at the offices of the Association of Global Automakers.The group, which has grown to 25 from the original 13, agreed on a basic organizational framework and strategy to promote widespread adoption of fuel cell vehicles by helping to ...
German Government Lays Out Mobility and Fuels Strategy
BERLIN - Step-by-step changes of energy sources in transport and increases in energy efficiency must be organized and implemented now, demands a new German government policy paper.Germany can become “the leading market for innovative technologies and sustainable mobility solutions, and the provider of energy-efficient products on the global market,” the paper, “The Mobility and Fuels Strategy of the German Government (MFS)” published in June by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, says.  With regard to transport technologies, the ...
A rendering of General Atomics’ truck-transportable small modular nuclear reactor. (Image Courtesy General Atomics). General Atomics, Active in H2 R&D, Competes for Modular Reactor Design
SAN DIEGO, CA - General Atomics, which for years has supported research to make hydrogen via nuclear power, has entered the race to develop small modular reactors with what it calls “the most advanced high-performance reactor in the world.” Working with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, General Atomics has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Energy Department’s $452 million 50/50 cost-shared small reactor initiative for a 300 MW or smaller reactor that “can be made in factories and transported to sites where they would be ready to ‘plug and play’ ...
Fast Forward:
 * DoE’s Fuel Cell Research Budget: A House of Cards? Things may not be as duplicitous as the protagonists in the recent Netflix Washington docu-drama series, but some observers fear things may get a lot messier with the upcoming budget before they get better. To recapitulate, the House of Representatives approved the 2014 energy and water spending bill in mid-August that included $65 million for DoE’s fuel cell and hydrogen program, a cut of 35% from President Obama’s request for $100 million - the current appropriation. The Senate earlier approved the full $100 ...
CALSTART: US Hybrid Takes Over UTC Contracts for Transit Bus Fuel Cells
PASADENA/TORRANCE, CA – CALSTART, the California non-profit set up to promote clean transportation, announced last month that US Hybrid Corp. has been awarded a contract to build the next generation of cost-effective fuel cells for transit buses with funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). CALSTART will be administering the program for FTA. The intriguing background is that US Hybrid is taking over contracts previously awarded to UTC Power which in late 2012 was sold by its parent company, United Technologies Corp., to ClearEdge Power of Hillsboro, OR after ...
A rendering of Reaction Engines’ proposed Skylon space plane, with a cutaway view of the SABRE engine on the right wing. Briefly Noted:
 * Fuel Cells to Power Refrigeration Units on Produce Trucks: The phrase “Cool as a Cucumber” may take on a new clean-tech connotation with a plan to develop and test hydrogen-powered fuel cells for refrigerated trucks that deliver fresh produce, ice cream and frozen foods to retailers in Texas, California and New York. In a project overseen by researchers at the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, two leading fuel cell manufacturers, Billerica, MA-Nuvera and Albany, NY-based Plug Power Inc., will each receive $650,000 from ...
Sign of Commercial Success, Bloom Energy Signs 2 Deals with Big Banks in U.S., Japan
SUNNYVALE, CA - Seen as strong indications of commercial acceptance of its fuel cell power generation technology, Bloom Energy last month announced two financial arrangements with big banks in the United States and Japan.In the U.S. deal, Bloom launched a new leasing program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Merrill) for business customers to finance Bloom Energy projects that will generate on-site power at customer facilities, eliminating. the need for an upfront capital investment.BofA Merrill has made a multi-million dollar commitment to the program’s two initial projects, ...

August 2013

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 * Jaimie Levin, until his recent retirement the Director of Environmental Technology at AC Transit in the San Francisco Bay area, has accepted a new position as Senior Program Manager and Director of West Coast Operations for the Atlanta-based Center for Transportation and Environment, a non-profit, membership-based organization. Levin says he will be developing new projects to demonstrate and validate commercially viable advanced transportation technologies. In his more than 15 years at AC Transit, Levin built an $88 million alternative fuels program based on environmentally friendly, ...
International Roundup: More EU Money, French Plans, a New German Plant, UK Interest in Hydrogen
BRUSSELS/PARIS/FRANKFURT - More European Union funding, a new French initiative, building another power-to-gas plant in Germany, an International Energy Agency hydrogen workshop - no summer doldrums for hydrogen, it seems.The European Commission announced in early July a total of €1.4 billion ($1.85 billion at current exchange rates) would be available over the next seven years for advances in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in Phase 2 of this program which began in 2008. Half of the total will be coming from the European Union and member states under the so-called Fuel Cells & ...
GM’s Freese: Working with Honda Developing Fuel Cell, H2 Technologies
DETROIT - The new pact between General Motors and Honda to jointly develop advanced fuel cell and hydrogen fueling systems represents an accord to which both sides contribute in equal measure, says GM’s chief executive in charge of fuel cell development, Charlie Freese.Edited excerpts from his comments in a lengthy telephone interview July 18:— Q: GM and Honda want to come up with a common fuel cell stack or module compatible for vehicles made by both companies:A: “That’s the target. I want to be a little careful because sometimes even within a single company ...
Six More Organizations Join Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Group H2USA
WASHINGTON, DC - Another half dozen organizations have joined the H2USA organization, announced in June at the Energy Department’s annual hydrogen and fuel cell merit review meeting (H&FCL June 13).The new additions brings the total membership to 21 organizations; recent ones were General Motors and Honda (H&FCL July 13).The most recent new ones are Plug Power Inc.; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; ARC: Hydrogen; Nuvera Fuel Cells; Air Liquide US;and Hydrogenics Corp. Contact: Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, Connor Dolan, 202/61-1331; cdolan@fchea.org, ...
R&D Notes:
 * Electrolyzing Seawater with a Polymer Plastic to Generate Hydrogen: It’s far from ready for commercial prime time, but a team of Australian scientists has demonstrated the principle that would do just that. The title of the paper by the eight researchers from the University of Wollongong summarizes it compactly: “A light-assisted, polymeric water oxidation catalyst that selectively oxidizes seawater with a low onset potential. “ The paper, published in issue 4 of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Chemical Science, explained in the abstract that a ...
Sealing the deal: GM vice chairman Steve Girsky, left, shakes hands with Honda North America president Tetsuo Iwamura for the media cameras at a New York press conference, announcing a long-term agreement to jointly develop fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies. GM, Honda Sign Long-Term Pact for Fuel Cell Development, H2 Infrastructure
NEW YORK - Following two earlier automotive fuel cell development cooperation pacts, two major players, General Motors and Honda, early last month announced they are pooling resources in the same quest.   At a July press conference in New York, GM’s vice chairman Steve Girsky sealed the long-term pact, aimed at coming up with a commercially viable vehicle in the 2020 time frame, with a handshake with Honda North America’s president Tetsuo Iwamura.The two companies are seen as leaders in fuel cell technology, ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, with more than 1,200 total ...
Germany Sets Record with 60% of National Grid Power from Renewables
MUENSTER, GERMANY - The Clean Power Hour:Germany set a record in June when it produced more than 60% of its total electricity output from solar and wind renewables.The Renewable Energy Industry Institute (IWR) here reported that on June 16 wind and solar producers contributed about 9,300 MW and 20,300 MW, respectively, to the nation’s grid, while conventional power plants (nuclear, coal, gas, oil) fed 18,900 MW into the system between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day. It marked the first time that Germany exceeded the 60% mark for renewable energy production.“The data impressively ...
Events:
    The “BioH2 Conference” will take place Aug. 5-7 at the Best Western Ville-Marie Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Details: Conference Secretariat, 607 Notre-Dame  St-Lambert, QC J4P 2K8, Phone 450-550-3488; www.bioh2.org.                    A “Renewable Energy Storage Forum - Enabling  Energy  Initiatives” will be held Aug. 13-14 on the Northeastern University Campus, in Boston, MA, sponsored by Northeastern University and Sandia ...
Briefly Noted:
 * Hoku Corp. Files for Bankruptcy: the Hawaii-based company which initially focused on developing proprietary fuel cell membrane technology, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy July 2 in the U.S Bankruptcy Court in Idaho, reported the July 3 Honolulu Star Advertiser. Founded in 2001 as a subsidiary of China’s Tianwei New Energy Holdings Co. Ltd., the company listed $7.4 million in assets and $780 million in liabilities in the wake of an unsuccessful effort to build a plant to make polysilicon materials for PV cells and modules in Pocatello, ID. Hoku’s chief financial officer, ...
Book Review: Hydrogen Storage Technology: Materials and Applications.
Edited by Lennie Klebanoff   CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2013, Boca Raton, FL. 455 pages. $159.95. Reviewed by Richard Engel In the dozen years since I began working with hydrogen technologies, I admit I have not delved too deeply into the topic of hydrogen storage. The story as I learned it early in my career is that hydrogen can be stored as a (compressed) gas, a (very cold) liquid, or as a solid (in something mysterious called metal hydrides). Our laboratory works exclusively with hydrogen stored in the gas phase, so I didn’t bother to explore the ...
Prof. John O’M. Bockris, in a laboratory at Texas A&M in the 1980s. Hydrogen Economy Pioneer Prof. John O’M. Bockris, 90, Dies
GAINESVILLE, FL - One of the foremost pioneers of the worldwide move towards hydrogen energy technology, John O’M. Bockris, passed away at his home here last month. Bockris, the Distinguished Professor of Electrochemistry in his last academic position at Texas A&M before his retirement, was 90. The cause of death was cardiac arrest after many years of health problems that were linked to a bout with cancer two decades ago.Bockris, a prolific author and researcher whose interests ranged from electrochemistry including quantum electrochemistry and hydrogen as near-universal energy ...

July 2013

HFC 2013: Cautious Optimism for Game-Changing Energy Solutions
VANCOUVER - Cautious optimism was the defining mood of the sixth annual Hydrogen + Fuel Cell Conference here last month; speakers were excited to report on the progress being made in the hydrogen sector, but having learned from mistakes in the past, and market trends, expectations were being kept in check.The conference opened on an optimistic note from the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association about the future of the industry, although market trends and serious economic recessions have stymied progress in the past. The topic of much discussion at HFC 2013 here June 16–19 was how ...
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 * Fuel cell developer Plug Power, Inc. has added Eric Prades, CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Business, to its board of directors. Air Liquide recently invested $6.5 million in the Latham, NY-based company (H&FFCL June 13).........The London-based World Energy Council has appointed Dr. Nicolas M. Depetris Chavin as its new regional manager for Latin America and the Carribbean region. He previously was a senior advisor at the African Center for Economic Transformation, and he has held posts at the United Nations Development Programme, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, ...
R&D Notes:
*Non-Platinum Catalyst Candidates Everywhere:  - Nickel/Phosphorus Nanoparticles: One of the latest materials that can trigger separation of hydrogen from water are nanoparticles composed of nickel and phosphorus. A research team led by Raymond Schaak, professor of chemistry at Penn State University, started out with nickel phosphide: “There were some predictions that nickel phosphide might be a good candidate, and we had already been working with nickel phosphide nanoparticles for several years,” Schaak said. “It turns out that nanoparticles of nickel phosphide ...
BMW More than Doubles its H2 Fuel Cell Tug Fleet in South Carolina Plant
SPARTANBURG, SC - Adding another 175 hydrogen-fueled fuel cell trucks and forklifts to the ones that have been operating in its plant here for more than two years, German carmaker BMW now boasts the biggest fleet of this type in North America.Starting in late 2010 with more than 85 fuel cell-powered forklifts, tuggers and stackers in a then-new assembly hall where BMW’s X3 crossover SUV was put together (H&FCL Nov. 10), the new additions to the fleet are being deployed in the 4 million sq. ft., production facility for X5 and X6 SUV models.The lift trucks, manufactured by the ...
Philippines Targets National 100% Renewables Electricity System by 2023
MANILA/WASHINGTON, DC - Working with the Washington, DC-based Worldwatch Institute, the Philippine government has announced plans to convert that country to a 100% renewably sourced electric energy system.In a first step, the institute’s Climate and Energy Director, Alexander Ochs, met with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and high-level representatives of the federal and provincial governments of the Philippines last month to lay the groundwork for a sustainable energy roadmap for the archipelago nation. Ochs was invited by Harvard-educated Climate Change Commissioner and former ...
H2USA (Cont’d): Two More Automakers Join Fueling Infrastructure Group
WASHINGTON, DC - Two major manufacturers, Honda and General Motors, have signed on as members of the recently announced H2USA partnership to promote construction of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure for coming fuel cell electric cars (H&FCL June 13).In a May 31 announcement, American Honda vice president of environmental business, Steven Center, said the company “is looking forward to working with the U.S. Department of Energy, other automakers and related stakeholders to expand the market and infrastructure for FCEVs. As the first company to lease a hydrogen-powered fuel cell ...
Computer rendering of the supersonic tube train vehicle inside its tunnel.   (Copyright 2013, Supersonic Institute) Engineering Work Starts on Supersonic H2 Tube Train with Praxair Funding
GOLDEN, CO - First proposed half a decade ago, work is now beginning on the prototype model of a supersonic vehicle that travels inside a tunnel with a hydrogen atmosphere. Arnold Miller, Ph.D., president of the non-profit Supersonic Institute here, announced funding is now in place to start Phase 1 of a five-phase project to study and demonstrate a small prototype of such a vehicle that can transport cargo or people inside a large tube filled with a hydrogen atmosphere.Miller said most of the funding for Phase 1 will come from Praxair, the largest industrial gas company in the Americas and ...
Fast Forward:
 * Fuel Cell Toyota in Tokyo Show (Cont’d): A major media outlet is now saying with a bit more detail what we reported last month, namely, that Toyota will unveil a production fuel cell car at the Tokyo Motor Show in November (H&FCL June 13). “Toyota Motor Corp. is about ready to roll,” said a June 26 Bloomberg story, adding “it plans to show a hydrogen-powered sedan that would be sold as a 2015 model. It could be available in U.S. dealerships as soon as next year for a price comparable to a mid-size BMW or Tesla Model S.” The writer, Alan Ohnsman, wrote that Toyota is looking to ...
Events:
                A “2013 International Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference” is scheduled for July 12-15 at the  Silverado Resort, Napa Valley, CA. Details: www.zingconferences.com/index.cfm?age=conference&intConference ID=109.                * The “26th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation & Environmental Impact of Energy Systems” (ECOS 2013) will be held July 16-19, in ...
Air Products new SmartFuel advanced retail hydrogen fuel dispenser. California Energy Commission Funds New Hydrogen Stations
SACRAMENTO, CA - In the end, the amount finally approved by the California Energy Commission for the state’s gestating hydrogen infrastructure didn’t quite live up to the advance billing, but it came pretty close.At its June 12 meeting, the commissioners approved $18,690,000 in grants for projects that will expand and upgrade the state’s infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles. The total allocated in this new round was just slightly below the $20 million the commission had said in early May that would be available as a start to lay the groundwork to meet the need for an ...
Briefly Noted:
* It’s Almost Here - Energy Department about to Announce Funding Opportunity for H2 Storage: DoE’s Funding Opportunity Announcement may already be out on the street - the Fuel Cell Technologies Office said June 6 it would issue the FOA “Research and Development for Hydrogen Storage in late June or early July - and it will address reducing the cost of compressed hydrogen storage systems; lower cost fiber composites and balance of plant materials; and new materials discovery for automotive, portable, and material handling equipment applications. The FOA will be at the EERE ...

June 2013

Primary Sources - Wind: Wind Potential is Huge, But May Have Been Overestimated, Says Harvard Researcher
  Cambridge, MA -  Can wind energy really meet the world’s total energy needs?  That’s what two separate studies by two teams of scientists from Stanford University and from the Carnegie Institutions said last year (H&FCL Oct. 12).But a more recent study from Harvard University climate science and technology expert, David Keith, and co-author Amanda S. Adams, of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, questions some of these estimates.  “One of the inherent challenges of wind energy is that as soon as you start to develop wind farms and ...
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*  One of the early leading executives in carmaker General Motors’ hydrogen/fuel cell efforts as well as advanced urban transportation concepts, Christopher Borroni-Bird (Aug. 00, June 10), has moved to new, related activities. Borroni-Bird left GM last August and since then has been vice president for strategic development at Qualcomm where he is working on automotive applications of wireless technology such as wireless EV charging and wireless communications between vehicles. San Diego-based Qualcomm is a major technology developer in both these areas........The French ...
One of several two-dimensional images of a hydrogen atom generated by what’s been described as a “quantum microscope” at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in Amsterdam. The microscope achieved magnification by a factor of more than 20,000. A detailed AMOLF news release is at http://www.amolf.nl/news/detailpage/artikel/hydrogen-atoms-under-the-magnifying-glass-direct-observation-of-the-nodal-structures-of-electronic/ R&D Notes: The Heart of Matter: Scientists Generate Direct Images of Hydrogen Atom’s Structure
AMSTERDAM - A team of nine scientists in five countries have for the first time created detailed images of the very structure of hydrogen atoms.  Their paper, published May 20 in the Physical Review Letters journal, reported on "photoionization microscopy experiments" that provided, in the words of an accompanying "Viewpoint" commentary, "direct observation of the electron orbital of a hydrogen atom."The group, headed by lead author Aneta Stodolna, a Ph.D. student at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) here in Amsterdam, wrote that ...
Source: Greentechmedia.com The Fuel Cell Industry: “A Lackluster Business,” Says Greentech Media
BOSTON, MA - With the exception of Bloom Energy, which is “threatening” to become profitable, the financial  picture for the fuel cell industry is somewhere between disappointing and dismal, says a summary review in the online publication Greentech Media.The April 29 article by Greentech’s editor-in-chief, Eric Wesoff, says, among other things, “If you look at the financials of the publicly traded fuel cell firms, the story is stark. This is a lackluster, loss-filled business. It’s been like that for decades. “  Slightly caustically, Wesoff ...
Fast Forward:
* A Production Fuel Cell Toyota in the Wings: It’s supposed to be unveiled at the big Tokyo Motor Show starting Nov. 22, according to reports circulating on the industry grapevine. Reportedly, some journalists have been invited to test drive early copies in or around Pasadena, California, sometime this month, with the strict embargo not to report or write anything until October/November (No, H&FCL hasn’t been invited - more’s the pity - but then we wouldn’t have been able to write this, no?). As far as is known, nothing has leaked out so far except vague ...
Events
                 The “Renewable Energy World Europe Conference & Expo” will be held June 4-6 at the Messe Wien, Vienna, Austria. Details: Samantha Malcolm,  +44/1992 656 619, samantham@pennwell.com;. www.renewableenergyworld-europe.com.                    The "10th Bi-Annual Hypothesis 2013 Comference + Exhibition" will be held June 11-12 at Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, ...
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 2012 by "The European Financial Review." It’s at www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=5293. Best, P.H. 
DoE News: H2USA Announcement at DoE Annual Merit Review Lifts Hopes, Atmospherics
ARLINGTON, VA - Based on an initial suggestion by the previous Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, at last year’s Detroit Auto Show (H&FCL Feb.12), H2USA represents an effort to break the stalemate over constructing a national hydrogen infrastructure to serve the fueling needs of the expected new wave of fuel cell cars and trucks. As announced last month by the Energy Department’s Assistant Secretary for Energy and Renewable Energy David Danielson at DoE’s annual hydrogen and fuel cell merit review meeting, the goal is to bring together diverse players with a stake in ...
$20 Million for H2 Stations in California Energy Commission Investment Plan Update
SACRAMENTO, CA - A total of $20 million will be available to fund construction of 17 hydrogen fueling stations in California under an updated 2013-14 investment plan adopted last month by the California Energy Commission (CEC).While it’s a start, it would be merely sufficient to lay “the groundwork,” in the cautious language of the May 8 annnouncement, to meet the need for an estimated 68 stations needed to support the launch of production fuel cell vehicles in California in 2015-2017.  Overall, the revised plan envisions funding plans of about $100 million to support ...
Briefly Noted:
* It’s Official: Moniz is New Energy Secretary:  Dr. Ernest Moniz was sworn in May 21 as the 13th  Secretary of Energy, a few days after he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 97-0 vote (H&FCL April 13). His appointment was welcomed by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) which said he was “uniquely qualified to tackle the many policy challenges” facing the world. The Edison Electric Institute called him a “visionary leader,” and the Sierra Club, while congratulating him, urged him to reconsider his somewhat ...
DoE News: Ass’t. Sec’y. Danielson Announces H2USA Infrastructure Plans at H2 Review Meeting
ARLINGTON, VA - The turnout was slightly lower than last year’s, but the big - and much welcomed - news at the Energy Department’s Annual Merit Review was that hydrogen infrastructure work was finally getting underway:The official glad tidings of the launch of H2USA, for months in the rumor/vapor phase (H&FCL Aug., Dec. 12), were delivered by David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in the opening plenary session of the May 13-17 event:“Fuel cell technologies are an important part of an all-of-the-above approach to diversify ...

May 2013

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*  Riversimple, the British designer of urban fuel cell cars (H&FCL July 09, Sept. 11), has a new CEO, Dr. Martin Z. Wilderer. Previously managing director at MAN Diesel & Turbo China in Shanghai, Wilderer joined the UK company in January. Riversimple is part of a team that is designing 90 mid-range fuel cell vehicles for the European Union-supported 3-year project SWARM (Small 4-Wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport - www.swarm-project.eu). The cars will be deployed across three regions in Germany, Belgium, and the UK........Latham, ...
A Shell Scenario: H2/Electric Cars, Trucks May Dominate at Century’s End
LONDON/THE HAGUE - Global demand for oil could peak around 2035, and by the end of the century cars and trucks powered by electricity and hydrogen could dominate the road.This is part of a “profound shift in the transportation” sector seen as a possibility, but not necessarily as inevitability, in one of two “New Lens” long-term scenarios released by the Shell oil company of how the 21st century might unfold in economic, political and energy terms.This scenario, dubbed “Mountains,” imagines a world of more moderate economic development in which policy ...
Opinion: The Hydrogen Solution By Peter Hoffmann
 This commentary was originally written for Project Syndicate, an aggregator website based in New York and Prague, which released it in early April. Real Clear World (part of the same group as Real Clear Politics) has rated Project Syndicate (www.project-syndicate.org/) as one of the top five world news web sites for 2012, second only after Foreign Affairs, and ahead of the Economist and Spiegel.online.  It has also been reproduced in the spring 2013 e-newsletter of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE). Project Syndicate transmits its material, contributed by ...
Baxi Innotech’s Guido Gummert, second from left, in a joint interview with Adrian Richardson of British Gas, center, and Bert de Colvenaar, Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, discuss the launch of a quality seal “Made in Europe.” Spring Time for CHPs in Germany: Manufacturers are Cautiously Upbeat
HANNOVER - On the face of it, nothing much has changed when it comes to the market for combined-heat-and-power (CHP) fuel cell systems in Germany.Nevertheless, there was a hint of an upbeat mood at the joint booth of Germany’s industry group Initiative Brennstoffzelle (IBZ - Fuel Cell Initiative, H&FCL May 07, 12).  As a group, IBZ didn’t come up with any unified clarion call for action during the five-day Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Joint Exhibit here during the giant annual Industry Fair here. But individual manufacturers came out of their foxholes and announced ...
The European Union’s Energy Commissioner Guenter Oettinger, left, is briefed on electrolyzer stacks by Michel Gugenheim, middle, and Pascal Pewinski of CETH2, a French maker of PEM electrolyzers. Between Hope & Anxiety: Energy Storage is Focus of H2 + Fuel Cells Joint Exhibit
HANNOVER - Energy storage is a hotly discussed topic in Germany these days because it is a crucial element for the energy business: how to store renewable energy efficiently over the long term.Thus, the country’s hydrogen-related industries are hopeful that this discussion will provide new impetus for launching hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Indicative of the great interest was the number of companies offering electrolysis equipment and technologies. Of the 140 companies and institutions represented in this year’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Joint Exhibit April 8-12, ...
French Fuel Cell Race Car to Compete In 24 Hours of Le Mans
       LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - A second  hydrogen-fueled car is expected  to compete in another European long-distance race next month: Unlike the i.c.-powered Aston Martin that will be at the Nuerburgring this month (p.1), the French GreenGT H2 is a fuel cell racer that has been entered as a new technology prototype in the 24-Hour Le Mans event in June (H&FCL June 11). Powered by a 340 kW (460 hp) fuel cell system, the car underwent shakedown tests last month at the Magny-Cours track in central France without any problems, the company, Green GT, ...
Events:
                The “7th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards” will be held May 5-10 at the Renaissance Hotel, Providence, RI. Topics include hydrogen dispersions, flames, explosions and fireballs. Details: https://www.seeuthere.com/rsvp/invitation/invitation.asp?id=/m1312da8-3TZ3J9W1GKMMZ&EPRegistrationForGuest=True.                The “15th Annual TechConnect World Conference & Expo” together with the ...
EDITOR’S NOTE:
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.
The 2014 budget request for the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) 
DoE News: DoE’s 2014 Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Budget Request Up 20% to $100 Million
WASHINGTON, DC - Things are looking up again:After years of declining budgets and even attempts to zero out hydrogen and fuel cells completely, the administration’s fiscal year 2014 budget request for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies is up once more to $100 million.That’s 20% more than the FY 2013 request of $80 million, said Sunita Satyapal, director of the Energy Department’s Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office in an April 12 webcast briefing.Illustrating her remarks with some 64 slides, Satyapal explained the budget request is part of the mission of the ...
Briefly Noted:
* Foster Wheeler to Work with AFC Energy for Industrial Fuel Cell Systems: This global engineering company, formerly based in the United States but now headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is partnering with Britain’s AFC Energy in engineering and scaling industrial fuel cell systems based on AFC’s alkaline technology. One of the first ones will be a 1 MW plant to be installed at a facility operated by Industrial Chemicals Ltd, a leading UK chemicals company. The April 12 announcement said they expect Foster Wheeler to be the selected contractor for installation of ...
Aston Martin’s Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S Aston Martin Enters H2/Gasoline I.C. Sports Car in 24-Hour Nürburgring Race
GRAZ, AUSTRIA/GAYDON, UK - James Bond would have been proud:A flashy new Aston Martin race car, partially fueled by compressed gaseous hydrogen and with big bold iconic “OO7” numerals emblazoned on its doors, is going to compete this month in the grueling 24 Hours ADAC Zurich race on the Nordschleife (northern loop) section of Germany’s storied Nürburgring circuit this month. It’s the first hydrogen-powered car to run in a major international motor racing event that’s expected to draw more than 150 competitors.As reported here last month, the add-on ...

April 2013

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 * Germany’s National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) has appointed Wolfgang Axthammer as its new managing director for business operations. Until now he was NOW’s program manager for special  markets, a job he will continue to fill. Klaus Bonhoff continues to be the general manager in charge of the entire organization.......ACAL Energy, the UK fuel cell company, has appointed Greg McCray as its new chief executive. He previously was CEO of Antenova Limited, a global wireless components company. 
FC Expo (Cont’d): Carrying Coal (as H2) from Australia, Honda Home H2 Generator
TOKYO - Growing ENE-FARM penetration in Japan, small SOFCs, integrated energy systems with hydrogen storage, fuel cell trains - it was all there in ten neatly stapled volumes of FC Expo papers, each containing three presentations in both Japanese and English.The organizers, Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd., put the final attendance for “World Smart Energy Week 2013” at 76,240, based on an independent count. Another 11,024 attended various seminars.  This was lower than the pre-show estimate of 100,000 plus.The giant Feb. 27-March 1 show also included separate events for ...
Stanford-Led Team Lays Out Total Wind, Water, Sunlight Energy Plan for New York
STANFORD, CA - It almost sounds too good to be true, but a new audacious paper by a group of respected academic experts and scientists says all of New York’s energy needs can be met by renewable energy.The lead author of the paper, “Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight,” is Stanford University’s Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. His 12 co-authors include scientists from Cornell University, the University of California-Davis ...
NRC: H2, Fuel Cells Must be Part of Technology Mix for 80% GHG Reduction by 2050
WASHINGTON, DC - Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will have to be part of the technology mix to achieve the target of 80% emission reductions by 2050, but they are not the sole solution, says a new report by the National Research Council.                                                           The 186-page ...
H2USA Pulls Together Industry, Government, Stakeholders in H2 Infrastructure
  WASHINGTON, DC - Hovering in the background of national zero-emission car fuel debates for more than a year, plans for a U.S. hydrogen infrastructure consortium appear to be taking on concrete shape now.The concept, dubbed H2USA and alluded to earlier in these pages (H&FCL Aug., Dec. 12), broke into the open with a March 4 story, “DoE plans modest push for fuel cells - Policy shift gives hydrogen a boost” in Automotive News.Its lead said “The U.S. Department of Energy soon will launch a campaign to promote hydrogen cars, embracing a technology that was favored by ...
Survey: Germans Embrace H2 Cars, Have No Safety Concerns - and Will Pay Extra
BERLIN - Most Germans have heard of hydrogen-powered cars, have no worries about their safety, are willing to pay extra for them, and most of them are in fact enthusiastic about them.However, they are skeptical about costs and availability of hydrogen fueling stations - the core issue of building a hydrogen infrastructure.That’s the bottom line of a survey among more than 2,500 citizens who were questioned about their views by the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU) here as part of the HyTrust social science research project, paid for by the country’s National ...
Fast Forward:
* To Go (with Fuel Cells) or Not to Go - Is That the Question for VW? Looks like a slight case of differences of opinion in the upper echelons of the German carmaker’s management: Early last month Canada’s Ballard Power Systems announced an agreement with the Volkswagen Group for a four-year engineering services contract worth up to Can. $100 million to advance the development of fuel cell car engines, including an option for a two-year extension. Enthused Juergen Leohold, the boss of Group Research at Volkswagen AG, according to Ballard’s March 6 announcement, ...
Events:
                The “6th Annual Storage Week” will take place April 2-4 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX. Details: 818/888-4444, www.infocastinc.com/storageweek13; mail@infocastevents.com.                The “19th Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells” at the Hannover Messe 2013 Fair will take place April 8-12 in Hannover, Germany. Details: www.h2fc-fair.com  ...
Editor's Note: Book Review
The March “Hydrogen” issue of the magazine for the industrial gas industry, CryoGas International, includes a very good, very favorable review of the new 2012 edition of my book, “Tomorrow’s Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet” (MIT Press). The review, “The Journey to Clean Hydrogen,” by John M. Guerra, concludes, “This is an important book. It would be enough in itself as the thoughtful, thought-provoking and comprehensive chronicle of the journey to clean hydrogen that it is, but I believe Hoffmann’s ...
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
DoE News: Obama Nominates MIT Theoretical Physicist Ernest Moniz as New Secretary of Energy
WASHINGTON, DC - After months of speculation and the floating of at least half a dozen names as possible successors to outgoing Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, President Obama nominated MIT Prof. Ernest Moniz early last month for the job. Referring to Moniz’ academic credentials, Obama, in his March 4 announcement, said “I’m proud to nominate another brilliant scientist to take his place — Mr. Ernie Moniz.”The president added, “the good news is that Ernie already knows his way around the Department of Energy.  He is a physicist by training, but he also ...
Briefly Noted:
* Ballard on the Move: In addition to its new R&D deal with Volkswagen (p.3), the Vancouver company announced several other developments last month. For starters, Ballard Power Systems said in early March it had signed a “definitive agreement” with Anglo American Platinum Ltd under whicih the South African mining company will invest $4 million in the fuel cell developer to support continued development of fuel cell products, including the development of a prototype home generator designed to address power needs in remote rural communities. It will run on readily available ...
Book Excerpt: "Tomorrow's Energy...."
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.

March 2013

South African Team Claims Invention of Novel Membraneless Alkaline Electrolyzer
JOHANNESBURG, S. AFRICA - A small South African startup company says it has developed a novel alkaline electrolyzer that operates without a membrane and that it claims generates hydrogen “at greatly reduced delivery cost.”The inventor is George Anagnostopoulos. He is a director in Hydrox Holdings, Ltd., a Johannesburg-based company headed by Corrie de Jager, chairman of a long-established South African law firm, Snyman de Jager Attorneys, together with his brother, Piet de Jager, an industrial engineer, and a financier and major investor, Martin Pols.In an undated release, Hydrox ...
R&D Notes:
 *Low-Temperature Methanol-to-H2 Conversion: If it pans out, a new low-temperature process that converts methanol to hydrogen could open wide the door to the quick and efficient transport of hydrogen as a liquid fuel. As reported in the News section of the Feb. 27 issue of the journal Nature, Matthias Beller, a chemical engineer at the University of Rostock in Germany, and his colleagues have discovered a soluble ruthenium-based catalyst that can efficiently turn methanol into hydrogen at a mere 65–95 °C, and at ambient pressure. They hope that methanol might one day be ...
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.
Infrastructure - UK: 10% of New Car Buyers Likely to be Interested in FC Cars, Says UKH2Mobility
LONDON - If UKH2Mobility, Britain’s public-private hydrogen partnership, is correct in its assessment, the commercial launch of fuel cell cars in 2-3 years is likely to be pretty successful.Based on a series of focus groups, interviews and surveys, the 14-member group said in a first-cut Phase 1 of its forecast. released early last month, that up to 10% of new car customers will be receptive to fuel cell vehicles when first introduced, “attracted by the newness of the technology and environmental considerations.”That “early adopter” interest needs to be fostered ...
Infrastructure - Norway: Norway Wants to be Global H2 Leader,Releases 2012-2015 Action Plan
OSLO - As a top exporter of oil and natural gas, and with almost all of its domestic electricity derived from  renewables - hydropower - Norway doesn’t have an energy problem, but nonethless it wants to be “a global leader in hydrogen.”That phrase and another - “How to maintain our pioneering role" - are the defining statements on the cover page of the new “Action Plan,” a set of recommendations by the Norwegian Hydrogen Council set up by two key agencies, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Ministry of Transport and ...
Infrastructure - California: CA Gov. Brown Launches ZEV ActionPlan, Targets 68 Fueling Stations by 2015
SACRAMENTO, CA - California aims to build 68 hydrogen fueling stations by the end of 2015 to meet fueling needs for the initial commercial launch of fuel cell vehicles in 2015, according to the 2013 Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan announced by Gov. Jerry Brown’s office in early February.That’s 18 more than the 50 publicly accessible stations that Germany which is widely seen as in the forefront in this area, plans to build by that year (H&FCL. Feb. 13).For full commercial launch, the 32-page document, prepared by the Governor’s 12-member Interagency Working ...
Applause for No. 1: Hyundai executives celebrate the launch of the first series-produced fuel vehicle, a white Hyundai ix35 fuel cell SUV, after it rolled off an assembly line in Ulsan. It will be displayed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show this month. It’s Actually Happening: Hyundai Starts Mass-Producing Fuel Cell Cars
SEOUL - After years of speculation and anticipation, carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. made good on its promises and started series production of fuel cell vehicles. The first car, a white Hyundai ix35 fuel cell SUV, rolled off an assembly line in Ulsan Motor Plant No. 5 Feb. 26 in southeastern Korea. (H&FCL May, Oct.12, Feb. 13). “With the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle, Hyundai is leading the way into the zero-emissions future,” Hyundai Motor’s Vice Chairman, Eok Jo Kim, said at the ceremony. “The ix35 Fuel Cell is the most eco-friendly vehicle in the auto industry and proves ...
Events:
                The “International Process Integration Jubilee Conference” is scheduled for March 18-20 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Details: pi.conference2013@chalmers.se.                The 9th Annual Conference, “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2013 - from Materials Research to Ramping Up Production” will be held March 20-21 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK. Details: Alex Mauser, +44/247 623 6440, ...
Crowds throng the aisles of Tokyo’s FC Expo 2013 on opening day, inspecting a cutaway model of a fuel cell car. DoE Deputy Assistant Secretary Carr Makes Surprise Appearance at FC Expo
TOKYO - The 2013 Fuel Cell Expo was under way at press time in Tokyo, packaged with a half dozen other renewable energy and energy efficiency trade shows and enlivened for U.S participants by a last-minute and largely unadvertised appearance by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Michael Carr.   Carr is the new senior deputy in the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, replacing Henry Kelly, who moved to the White House science office.  Carr’s high-level remarks focused largely on U.S. accomplishments in reducing energy consumption and deploying renewable ...
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* Zero-to-Hundred kmh in 4 Seconds, Zero Emissions: that’s the claim and promise of the latest in the series of fuel cell racers designed and built by the Dutch Forze team at the Delft University of Technology. Beginning with hydrogen fuel cell powered Formula Zero go-carts back in 2008, the student team unveiled an open-wheel single seater Forze V last year (H&FCL Oct. 08, Aug. 12). Last month, it took the wraps off the design of Forze VI, a bigger road racing car designed to compete in Caterham Cup races. That concept is based on the original Lotus 7, a small, simple, ...

February 2013

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  * The U.S. Energy Department has promoted Sunita Satyapal to Director of DoE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program from her previous title of manager. Her assignment and job description remains unchanged, encompassing activities in DoE’s Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); Science (SC); Nuclear Energy; and Fossil Energy (FE)......Dan Sperling, founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, has been elected the 2013 chair of the California Fuel Cell Partnership by the group’s steering team. He ...
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.
R&D Notes:
* Getting There: Concentrated PV Cells Achieve Record Efficiencies: Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, CO reported a record solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 44% for its triple layered concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) arrays. NREL partnered in the project with industry specialist Solar Junction, San Jose, CA in which radiation from 947 suns was concentrated on the PV cells. The new record pushed the conversion efficiency up half a percentage point from the previous record set by the same    investigators who achieved 43.5% at 415 suns ...
The Holy Grail - Almost: The fuel cell system of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL, above, compared to the current development status, below. The smaller  dimensions mean that future systems can fit into engine compartments of conventional vehicles. Daimler, Ford, Nissan Jointly Develop Fuel Cell Car Engines; Target 2017 Launch
 STUTTGART, GERMANY - Apparently in the works for some time, major carmakers Daimler AG, Ford Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. signed an agreement to develop common fuel cell engines and get fuel cell cars to market in 2017. In their announcement last month, the three carmakers said the goal is to jointly develop such an “electric vehicle system while reducing investment costs associated with the engineering of the technology."It added that each company “will invest equally towards the project,” but didn’t provide any investment figures."“The ...
Major Seminar is Expected to Give New Push to Japan’s Hydrogen Future
YOKOHAMA - Following the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster and meltdown caused by a giant earthquake and subsequent tsunami two years ago, interest in zero-emission renewable energy is steadily growing in Japan.At the same time, the country’s business and industrial establishment maintains nuclear power is essential to keep industry going, power production stable and to avoid price increases for electricity.Now, the governor of Japan’s second most populous prefecture, Kanagawa, just south of Tokyo, is putting the power and prestige of his office behind efforts to launch the wider ...
Fast Forward:
* Fuel Cells - the Korean Way Forward: That country’s carmaker Hyundai is bypassing battery electrics and other alternative propulsion technologies and is betting full bore on fuel cells. At least that’s what Automobile magazine reported in its Jan. 18 online edition: “We’re all over fuel cell,” the magazine quoted John Krafcik, the president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, as saying. “It seems to us more viable than EV over the long term. EVs seem like a stepping stone to fuel cells.” Hyundai hopes to be the first automaker with a mass-production ...
Events:
                 The “2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit” will be held Feb. 25-27 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Details: To be announced.                An “Energy Storage” summit is scheduled for Feb. 27-28 in Nice, France. Details: Mohammed Ahsan, +44/207 981 2503, mahsan@acieu.co.uk ...
Editor's Memo:
 MIT Press informed me last month that the new edition of my book, the revised and expanded “Tomorrow’s Energy – Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet,” (foreword by Sen. Byron Dorgan) has been named “an Outstanding Academic Title for 2012” in the category of Engineering by Choice Magazine, a journal published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Choice said in its January announcement, “this prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly ...
DoE News: Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Program Releases Voluminous 2012 Annual Progress Report
WASHINGTON, DC - Produced in large commercial volumes, the projected cost of automotive fuel cell stacks is coming within shouting range of the Energy Department’s target of $30/kW.The projected near-term distributed hydrogen production and delivery costs have been roughly halved in recent years and are approaching the threshold cost range of $2-4 per gallon of gasoline equivalent (gge) - the cost at which hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are projected to become competitive on a cost-per-mile basis with gasoline hybrid electric vehicles in 2020.And when hydrogen is produced from natural gas ...
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  * Engine Builder Cummins Invests in Fuel Cells: It looks as if i.c. engine builder Cummins, Inc. is broadening its horizons into fuel cells. The Columbus, OH-based Fortune 500 company has made a “strategic investment” in fuel cell developer ReliOn, based in Spokane, WA. ReliOn’s Jan. 24 announcement didn’t provide any numbers but merely said, “Cummins will use its broad capabilities in engineering and manufacturing to accelerate ReliOn’s efforts to drive costs down and increase the distribution reach of our fuel cell products around the ...
Toyota, BMW Sign Long-Term R&D Pact for Fuel Cells, Materials, Advanced Batteries
MUNICH/NAGOYA - A little more than a year after an initial collaboration announcement, Japan’s Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Germany’s BMW Group signed a binding agreement here to jointly develop fuel cell technology.Last month’s announcement said the “long-term collaboration” pact also covers three other areas: joint development of a mid-size sports vehicle; lightweight materials such as reinforced composites; and advanced “post-lithium-ion” battery technology.The initial December 2011 contract called for BMW to provide its efficient diesel ...

January 2013

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 * Woburn, MA-based Electrochem, Inc., developer of fuel cell testing equipment, announced the appointment of Dr. Suresh Pahwa as director of strategic planning. He previously was CEO of Intera, Inc., a geosciences and engineering consulting firm in Austin,TX, and executive vice president of Duke Engineering & Services........ Norway’s DNV Group has appointed Stefan Nerpin as its new group vice president of communications and external relations. A native of Sweden, he previously was head of marketing communications at Vattenfall, one of Europe’s leading energy companies. ...
More than 3,400 Fuel Cell Vehicles Will Be Shipped This Year, Predicts Pike Research
BOULDER, CO - Pike Research here projects that slightly more than 3,400 fuel cell vehicles will be shipped by car manufacturers this year.However, most of these vehicles will not wind up in the hands of consumers but “will  be deployed through agreements with fleets and made available to qualified participants in public trials,” the market research group said in a research report released last month.The 15-page paper, “Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2013,” said the automakers that have been developing fuel cells rather  than other alternatives are a ...
HyUnder Workshops on Underground H2 Gas Storage Launch 2-Year Effort
BRUSSELS - The first three of altogether six workshops to explore the potential for large-scale underground hydrogen storage are scheduled for the first half of this year under Europe’s HyUnder project launched last year. As announced by the consortium in mid-December, the purpose of the kickoff meeting here for the two-year effort is to assess “the potential, the actors, and relevant business cases for large scale and seasonal storage” of renewable electricity generated from wind, solar and other intermittent renewables.The project which formally began in June 2012 ...
H2 Hypersonic Planes Will Take Decades to Develop, Reports Aviation Week Series
   NEW YORK, NY - Design of future hydrogen-fueled ultra-fast hypersonic transport airplanes is going on in Europe, the United States and in Asia, but development time spans are measured in decades, not years.That seems to be the bottom line of a package of nine articles, “Max Mach - Hypersonics Goes Global,” featured on the cover of the Nov. 26 issue of the widely respected Aviation Week & Space Technology industry magazine.The series was apparently triggered by presentations at the 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technology ...
Hydrogenics Wins H2 Storage Contract for EU Renewable Electricity Project
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO/BRUSSELS - Hydrogen energy storage technology is taking a significant step forward with a major r&d project scheduled to get underway near Brussels this year.The project with the delightfully whimsical name “Don Quichote” (for “Demonstration Of New Qualitative Innovative Concept of Hydrogen Out of wind Turbine Electricity”) includes as its core a 350 bar (5,000 psi) electrochemical hydrogen compressor, a 30 Nm3 PEM electrolyzer system and a 90 kW fuel cell system.Hydrogenics Corp. here is contributing the electrolyzer and the fuel cell ...
Colorado Startup Uses High-Temp SOFC to Heat Shale Deposits for Gas, Oil Extraction
DENVER, CO - A small high-tech company here with ties to a national laboratory, fuel cell developer Delphi and a nearby Colorado university is pursuing gas and oil shale extraction technology via heat produced by a high-temperature solid oxide fuel cell, with “green” electricity as a byproduct.Alan Forbes, the CEO of Independent Energy Partners, Inc. here, says the idea is to use the heat - about 750 deg. C - generated by the modified solid oxide fuel cell, renamed Geothermic Fuel Cell (GFC™), to economically produce oil and gas from oil shale, and the electric power can be ...
U.S. Firms Bought 1,100-plus Fuel Cell Forklifts Last Year, Says New Report
    WASHINGTON, DC - American corporate customers bought more than 1,100 new fuel cell forklifts and 32 MW worth of stationary fuel cell systems last year.“The Business Case for Fuel Cells 2012: America’s Partner in Power,” a 50-page report from the non-profit  organization Fuel Cells 2000 here, reports “many companies are becoming repeat fuel cell customers, purchasing additional systems after experiencing benefits and savings.”  The leaders are AT&T, with more than 17 MW installed or on order for 28 sites in Connecticut and ...
Fast Forward:
* Another European Fuel Cell Ferry Project?  That’s what the Dec. 16 online version of The Scotsman reports. The Edinburgh daily quotes Guy Platten, CEO of the Scottish ferry operator Maritime Assets (CMal) as saying he is “confident we can build a ship with hydrogen fuel cells - it’s an exciting prospect. It could be a game changer for Scotland.” The story says any such ship would be fueled by hydrogen produced via electrolysis from “spare electricity generated overnight from wind farms” -  the same basic scenario advanced by another ferry ...
Events:
                The “World Future Energy Summit” will be held Jan.15-17 in Abu Dhabi. Details: Claude Talj, +971/2/409 0409, claude.talj@reedexpo.ae; Wayne Kakos +203/840-5875, wkakos@reedexpo.com (USA); www.worldfutureenergysummit.com/                 Two “Germany Batteries, Fuel Cells & EV Seminars” are scheduled  for Jan. 16-17 in Munich in cooperation with Ice seminars and Feb. 18-19 in Berlin with ...
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 last June by “The European Financial Review.” It’s at www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=5293. Best, P.H.  
It’s Definitive: ClearEdge is Acquiring UTC Power, Details are Not Disclosed
HILLSBORO, OR - The guessing game is over:UTC Power, United Technology’s fuel cell building division with roots in the space age more than 50 years ago, has been acquired by ClearEdge Power here, a maker of distributed fuel cell energy systems.ClearEdge, which in past years had been flying pretty much under the radar, made headlines a year ago when it announced the seemingly biggest fuel cell sale ever, a $500 million contract for 50 MW of fuel cells with an Austrian group, Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH  (H&FCL Feb. 12).Terms of the agreement were not announced in ...
Briefly Noted:
* Back in (the H2 Refueling) Business: AC Transit’s hydrogen fueling station in Emeryville, California will open again this month after it was shut down after a hydrogen leak and a fire last summer (H&FCL June 12). In an e-mail  note, Jaimie Levin, the transit agency’s fuel cell program manager and director of environmental technology, says AC Transit will start up a new 400 kW stationary solid oxide fuel cell for distributed power for its largest operating division in March, it will open a second hydrogen fueling station at its Seminary Division in Oakland, CA in ...
A schematic rendering of Audi’s synthetic natural gas plant. Audi Launches Climate-Friendly H2/CO2-Based Synthetic Methane Plant
 INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - First rumored a couple of years ago, Audi, the German builder of prestige cars, last month formally dedicated a production plant that will produce climate-friendly synthetic methane as car fuel from renewable electricity and water via electrolysis and industrial waste carbon dioxide. Described by Audi as the world’s first industrial plant for producing synthetic methane, it is also the first sustainable fuels plant built by a carmaker, the company claims. The topping-out ceremonies for the plant in northwestern Germany came three months after ground was ...