April 2014

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  * The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has appointed David Margalit as its new chief operating officer. He is a former senior advisor in the office of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former vice president of services at Accela, Inc. and an executive at Oracle Corporation.......French hydrogen storage systems developer McPhy Energy has appointed Gregory Wagemans as Chief Financial Officer. He previously worked for Arthur Andersen and for Hologram Industries Group......Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG, a Berlin-based service provider for ...
R&D Notes:
 * Berkeley & Argonne Researchers Discover New, More Active Class of Nanocatalysts: As announced by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, these new bi-metallic nanocatalysts are more active by an order of magnitude than the target set by the Energy Department for 2017. The new catalysts are hollow polyhedral nanoframes of platinum and nickel that feature a three-dimensional catalytic surface activity, making them “significantly more efficient and far less expensive than the best platinum catalysts used in today’s fuel cells and alkaline electrolyzers,” the Feb. 27 ...
Norway May Lead Way to Global Multi-Billion Renewables Investments
 OSLO - In what could be one of the biggest investment boons to renewables yet, Norway’s government has ordered its sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, to invest in renewables.The mid-March announcement by Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, as relayed by World Wildlife Fund-Norway (WWF-Norway), said the government would create a renewable energy mandate with the same management requirements as other investments in the fund.Full details of this new mandate will be announced by Norway’s finance minister Siv Jensen April 4, according to the WWF release. ...
IEA HIA Announces Hydrogen R&D Individual Prize; Nominations by Mid-July
  The International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA) is calling for nominations for the 2014 IEA HIA Individual Prize.  This prize is awarded to an individual for R&D, “characterized by technical excellence and harmony in international cooperation that contributes to the understanding and advancement of (basic and applied) hydrogen science.” The nomination period will close July 15.  The nomination form is on the IEA HIA website www.ieahia.org under “What’s New.” Details and to submit nominations: IEA HIA ...
Very Nice, But What’s it Got Under the Hood? Hyundai’s New Intrado with the mystery fuel cell at the Geneva Motor Show. (Picture courtesy Motor Authority). Hyundai’s Fuel Cell Intrado, Flow Cell-Powered QUANT Debut at Geneva Show
  GENEVA - Hyundai did take the wraps off its new innovative Intrado crossover concept at the year’s first “It Must be Spring” March 6-16 Geneva Motor Show, as reported last month (H&FCL March 14), but didn’t reveal everything underneath.The car does feature some innovative energy efficiency-improving lightweight construction features that hopefully will find their way into future production models, but the Korean carmaker remained determinedly mum about releasing even the most basic data of the car’s fuel cell power train. Asked whether the car shown ...
Full House: FC Expo 2014 participants mill around the registration desks to sign in. FC Expo (Cont’d): Japan Expects to Play Leading Role in Global Fuel Cell Race
TOKYO - The fallout - both physical and political - from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster plus Japan’s large reliance on foreign fuels are very strong incentives for Japan to develop hydrogen energy technologies, participants in the Feb. 26-28 FC Expo technical conference were told. Speaking on the event’s last day, Chihiro Tobe, the director of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Promotion Office of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (METI), said in his keynote remarks that given the fact that Japan lacks domestic resources and depends on overseas fossil fuels for most of ...
Fast Forward:
 * Celanese Corp. is Developing All-Thermoplastic Hydrogen Tank for Fuel Cell Cars, but Mum is the Word for Now: The Dallas-based global maker of specialty materials presented a paper, “Development of a Monolithic, Thermoplastic Composite Type IV Pressure Vessel for Hydrogen Storage on Automobiles,” at the ITB Automotive Energy Storage Systems 2014 conference March 5-6 in Detroit. In fact, Celanese put out a press release on Feb. 26, ahead of the meeting, about the paper, saying the authors, Greg Clark and David Almond of Celanese, and Dr. Matthew Turner and Andrew Clarke of ...
Events:
                 The “7th Energy Storage World Forum” will take place April 1-4 at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge, London, England. Details: emily@energystorageforum.com, +44/208 432 0886, www.energystorageforum.com.                A “Fuel Cells 2014 Science & Technology” conference will be held April 3-4 at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Details: ...
DoE Wants Input on $1 Million H-Prize for Small-Scale Refueling Systems
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy Department is seeking comment on the Draft Guidelines for the $1 Million H2 Refuel H-Prize. This competition challenges America’s engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale, non-commercial hydrogen fueling to supplement the current development of hydrogen fueling station infrastructure. Successful entries would install and test systems that would generate hydrogen from resources available at most homes (electricity and/or natural gas) and dispense the hydrogen into vehicles. The competition will open after the final ...
The FY 2015 budget request summary for DoE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). 
DoE News: DoE H2/Fuel Cell Program Gets Small Increase in FY 2015 Budget Request
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Energy Department’s hydrogen and fuel cell technologies activities would be given a tiny increase in its 2015 budget over the 2014 number - $55,000 - but in the overall scheme of things, that funding still looks more like a statistical correction. Also, at close to $93 million, it’s still a bit less than the $95,844 million allocated in the current 2013 fiscal year.The grand total for DoE’s 2015 budget request, released early last month, was $27.9 billion, a 2.6% increase above the fiscal year 2014 amount enacted last year. For Energy Efficiency ...
DoE News: Four H2/Fuel Cell Projects Win Small Business Innovation Awards
WASHINGTON, DC - Four hydrogen and fuel cell projects in Arizona, Massachusetts, and South Carolina are among the Phase I Release 1 award winners in the 2014 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program.The program, which made a total of 100 awards, is administered by the U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences.  They are:- Amsen Technologies LLC, Tucson, AZ is developing high-performance proton exchange membranes for electrolysis cells;— Giner, Inc., Newton, MA is developing a water electrolysis process that can provide ...
Briefly Noted:
  * Educating the Public: New Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Teaching Materials for German High School Students Launch at Hannover Fair: The first practical electric cars are already running on German roads, and fuel cell CHP heaters are commercially available, but “most folks still know far too little about these new, innovative technologies.” So says a press release issued jointly March 31 by NOW, the German National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, and H&FCL’s German media partner, Hydrogeit. To address the problem, NOW is presenting a brand-new set of ...

March 2014

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  * The California Hydrogen Business Council has named Daryl Wilson, CEO of Canada’s Hydrogenics Corp., as a new member to its board of directors. Two others, Michael Beckman, a vice president at Linde, and Bob Oesterreich, director at Air Liquide were re-elected to the board at the group’s December meeting in Diamond Bar, CA......Bud DeFlaviis is the new director of government affairs for the Washington, DC-based Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association. He joined FCHEA in September after working as communications director for the The Keele Group, a strategic public ...
R&D Notes:
 * Nuclear-Devastated Fukushima Plans Renewable Energy Center: The prefecture in central Japan which was hit by the severe nuclear accident three years ago, plans to become a new focal point for renewable energy research, with help from German scientists. The new center, called the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, will open in April, the result of a memorandum of understanding signed between Fukushima prefecture and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE),  Freiburg, last month. “Applied research is a key factor in the technological development of ...
Opinion:
Editor’s Note:  This is another in a series of occasional columns intended as a forum for readers. Contributions are welcome. The editor reserves the right to reject suggestions and edit material to fit our format without, of course, changing the author’s basic views. Charting a New Path for Fuel Cell Development By Noriko Behling Fuel cells have long been heralded for their potential as a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly means to convert readily available chemical energy into electric energy. Since the early 1960s, major governments, including Europe, Japan, ...
Stanford’s Mark Jacobson Presents 50-State Plan to Convert Nation to Renewable Energy
STANFORD, CA - The Solutions Project:That’s the name for an ambitious undertaking to promote transforming the energy systems of New York, California and Washington states from fossil fuels to renewable energy in the next 35 years with the help of scientists, business leaders, social and cultural leaders and social media. It’s the core of a 100 % wind, water and sunlight  (WWS) campaign to eventually wean all 50 states off fossil fuels and nuclear power that was presented by Mark Jacobson, of Stanford University, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the ...
Containerized Fuel Cells to Demonstrate Clean Dockside Auxiliary Power in Hawaii
LIVERMORE, CA/HONOLULU, HI - Assuming all goes to plan, a 120 kW containerized portable fuel cell package will start churning out auxiliary power next year for ships anchored or docked in the port of Honolulu.The project, led by a team from Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, is currently in the detailed engineering and design phase that’s to last until the middle of the year, to be followed by fabrication.The fuel cells will be provided by Canada’s Hydrogenics Corp. which will design and build the 20-foot prototype container with assistance on hydrogen supply issues from ...
Researchers Cheer Promising Fusion Advance at Lawrence Livermore Nat’l Lab
LIVERMORE, CA - ”Fusion is the energy of the future — and always will be.”That’s the old saw about the prospects for releasing virtually unlimited energy via nuclear fusion - the melding of hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium into helium - plus byproduct particles but last month’s reports of work at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) demonstrate clearly the future has in fact come a little closer.“A Star is Born: U.S. Scores Fusion Power Breakthrough,” enthused the headline of a Feb. 12 Wall ...
Hyundai's new "Intrado", pre-Geneva Fast Forward:
* Sneak Peek at Hyundai’s New Fuel Cell “Intrado”: Nothing has been officially released on the new sporty concept that the Korean manufacturer will reveal at the March 6-16 Geneva Motor Show (H&FCL Jan. 14). But a bunch of pictures have surfaced all over the Internet,  including this one. Not much detail about the new fuel cell power plant, reported to be lighter and more compact than the one in the Hyundai ix35 SUV, or the car itself, but it’s evidently a hybrid design, incorporating a 36 kWh lithium-ion battery. Various publications said a lot of ...
Upbeat Mood at FCExpo, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Visits U.S. Pavilion
TOKYO - The 10th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo enjoyed an upbeat beginning as government officials confirmed that the new Japanese energy plan outlines a central role for hydrogen in the long term energy mix.“The long term future of Japan’s renewable energy hinges on whether or not we will be able to commercialize hydrogen fuel cells,” according to Jun Takashina, the person responsible for renewable energy in Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.  Takashima was quoted in the Show Daily, published by the exhibition managers. He cited ...
Events:
                The “Building Energy 14 Conference + Trade Show for Renewable Energy & Green Building Pros” will be held March 4-6 at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA. Details: nesea@nesea.org.                The “European Hydrogen Energy Conference” will be held March 12-14 at the Hotel Melia Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Details: www.ehec.info; Spanish Hydrogen Association, ...
H2 is Key for Successful “Energiewende” Transition, Says German DWV Association
 BERLIN - With Germany’s national debate about the country’s vaunted “Energiewende” (energy transition) heating up to the point of possible street demonstrations - and to the chagrin of Berlin’s new coalition government - hydrogen supporters are rallying to insist that success is impossible without it.“A successful ‘Energiewende’ needs hydrogen,” declared the chairman of the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV), Dr. Johannes Toepler, at the association’s annual press conference here last month.  “Only by ...
Briefly Noted:
 * A “Milestone,” Walmart Places Big Turnkey Fuel Cell order with Plug Power: The Latham, NY-based fuel cell manufacturer said Walmart Stores, Inc. ordered 1,738 GenDrive fuel cell units to power its electric lift truck fleets at six distribution centers under its recently launched GenKey turnkey concept (H&FCL Feb. 14). Equipment for the first sites will be deployed in the second quarter this year. The order includes infrastructure construction, hydrogen fuel supply and a six-year service contract for each site. Walmart already operates 535 GenDrive fuel cell units at ...

February 2014

A Mockup and a Frankenstein: Toyota’s Bob Carter explains the inner workings of the carmaker’s almost-ready-for-prime-time fuel cell sedan at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. On the left is the mockup of how the commercial product will look, and on the right is the Frankenstein “mule” that was used to test components. Toyota Reintroduces Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car at Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show
  LAS VEGAS, NV - Clearly intent on repeating the worldwide market success of its hybrid Prius, Toyota re-introduced its new fuel cell sedan last month on opening day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the glitzy showcase for everything electronic from cell phones to, now, fuel cell electric cars.It was Stage Three of a carefully orchestrated  media blitz sequence, designed to achieve maximum visibility for the four-door mid-sized sedan with its revolutionary drive train a year before its U.S. market launch. It was first publicly unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in late ...
Correction:
An editing error occurred in the 15th paragraph of the January 2014 story, “French Geologists Report on Hydrogen Extraction from Deep Rock Materials.” The quote should read, “we know that 1 kg of olivine can theoretically provide ca. 1 g of hydrogen” (one gram, not kg as written).
Plug Power Introduces Turnkey Equipment, Fueling, Maintenance Contracts
LATHAM, NY - Fuel cell manufacturer Plug Power, Inc. here, best known for its fuel cell modules for forklift trucks and other materials handling equipment, is spreading its wings to offer all-inclusive service contracts.In a mid-January conference call with analysts, Plug’s president and CEO Andy Marsh announced the launch of GenKey, a turnkey contract that includes providing the fuel cell module, developing the hydrogen fuel cell  infrastructure at the site, and ongoing maintenance.Hydrogenics said it believes this is the first all-inclusive contract of this type in the ...
R&D Notes:
 * New Battery Concept Combines PEM Technology  with Integrated Metal Hydrogen H2: Australian Researchers John Andrews and Saeed Seif Mohammadi call their experimental system a “‘proton flow battery.” The RMIT announcement says the concept eliminates the need for the production, storage and recovery of hydrogen gas, which currently limit the efficiency of conventional hydrogen-based electrical energy storage systems. Lead researcher Andrews, an associate professor at RMIT’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (H&FCL Jan. 12), ...
DoE News: Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Funding is Cut in FY ‘14 DoE Budget, Less than Other Programs
  WASHINGTON, DC - What does it mean?      That’s the question that comes up when reading the somewhat mystifying final phrase in the one-sentence descriptive of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies program - cut back once again -  in the Fiscal Year 2014 conference omnibus Appropriations Act:“Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies.-The agreement maintains the importance of technology validation, hydrogen fuels research and development, and market transformation but provides no further direction regarding these activities.”In the cosmic ...
Fast Forward:
* Did Obama Mention Hydrogen in his State-of-the-Union Address? A brief Feb. 28 Associated Press story in the Washington Post says so: “...Obama is also calling for a new tax credit to spur infrastructure for advanced vehicles that run on cleaner fuels, like hydrogen, natural gas or biofuels.” But a check of the official transcript by veteran hydrogen energy expert Sandy Thomas showed the president didn’t say this (This editor who watched the speech on TV didn’t hear it either). However: Hydrogen is in fact mentioned twice in a 10-page fact sheet, “Opportunity ...
John Matthey’s Fuel Cell Today Online Newsletter Halts Publication
 LONDON - As anticipated a couple of months ago (H&FCL Jan. 14), the well-regarded Fuel Cell Today online newsletter service ceased reporting in mid-January.In a Jan. 15 farewell note, the manager and editor, Dan Carter, said the newsletter’s website “will remain online but be transitioned into an information archive allowing Fuel Cell Today’s annual Industry Reviews, surveys, Analyst Views, case studies, educational information and news archive to all continue to be available online, and as free downloads at www.fuelcelltoday.com.”Carter’s fairly long ...
Events:
                 The “10th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo” will take place Feb.26-28 at Tokyo’s Big Sight exhibition center, part of “World Smart Energy Week 2014.” Details: fc@reedexpo.co.jp; www.fcexpo.jp/en/                The “Building Energy 14 Conference + Trade Show for Renewable Energy & Green Building Pros” will be held March 4-6 at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, ...
A schematic rendering of Caltech’s solar/fuel cell techno-toilet: The porta-toilet container is on the upper left, with the primary storage tank on its right and the tank for the recycled flush water on top. The big transparent box on the lower right holds the electrochemical reactor. Above it is a solar panel, left, and the SAFC fuel cell in the upper right corner. Below the reactor is another solar panel, left, and the backup lithium-ion battery in the right lower corner. The round object near the center, halfway between the reactor and the container, is the microfiltration unit. Solar/Fuel Cell-Powered Caltech-Designed Enviro-Toilet to Debut in India
  PASADENA, CA - Early next month, a containerized solar- and fuel cell-powered toilet that doesn’t need to be hooked to any urban sanitation or power systems and that doesn’t pollute, will go on display at the “2nd Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Delhi, India.What’s more, the high-tech toilet, designed and built by the California Institute of Technology here, produces hydrogen and fertilizer as by-products. The two-day event is the second such fair organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The first one was held two years ago in Seattle where ...
Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Enters Electrolysis Joint Venture with Italy’s De Nora
ESSEN, GERMANY - ThyssenKrupp, the big German steel- and industrial systems-based conglomerate, is expanding its reach into alternative energy with a new joint venture to build electrolysis equipment.  It’s the second large German company to move into the large-volume electrolysis business: Siemens, the giant electrical equipment and electronics company launched its electrolysis development a few years ago (H&FCL June 10, Oct. 11, June 12).As reported last month by our German cooperation partner HZwei-Blog, the company announced last fall that one of its divisions, plant ...
CERN Researchers Succeed in Producing First-Ever Anti-Hydrogen Atoms
  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Researchers at the CERN nuclear research laboratory here have succeeded for the first time in producing a small quantity of antihydrogen atoms.   The paper by the 33-member team, “A source of antihydrogen for in-flight hyperfine spectroscopy,” published Jan. 21 in the journal Nature Communications, reported in its abstract the development of an antihydrogen source using a so-called cusp trap. “A total of 80 antihydrogen atoms are unambiguously detected 2.7m downstream of the production region,” said the announcement.It explained ...
Briefly Noted:
 * US Hybrid Closes Global PEM Licensing Agreement with United Technologies: Finalizing the arrangement with United Technologies allows the Torrance, CA-based company to move ahead with plans, first announced last summer, to build fuel cell power plants for zero-emitting medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles. US Hybrid was picked by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) administered by CALSTART, the California non-profit set up to promote clean transportation (H&FCL Sept. 13). In an e-mail, US Hybrid’s CEO Abas Goodarzi reconfirmed PEM fuel cell ...
Book Review: The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance. By Jeremy Leggett. Reviewed by Robert Rose. 2014, Routledge; 252 pages. $28.31 paperback, $17.21 Kindle (Amazon)
  Part history, part confessional, part Howl, Jeremy Leggett’s The Energy of Nations is engaging, frightening and profoundly depressing.The bad news comes in two parts. The first and by far longest is a chronology of the climate and energy supply debates of the past ten years, with liberal doses of the banking crisis mixed in. If this sounds dry, it is anything but. It is written in a style that might be described as bar-room rant. He lays out the facts in an increasingly frustrated tone, interjecting a substantial number of personal anecdotes along the way. By the end of part one ...

January 2014

Events:
  The "World Future Energy Summit" is scheduled to take place Jan. 20-22 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi. Details: www.WorldFutureEnergySummit.com The "Energy, Utility & Environment Conference 2014" is scheduled for Feb. 3-5 in Phoenix, AZ. Details: info@euec.com; www.euec.com  The "10th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo" will take place Feb.26-28 at Tokyo’s Big Sight exhibition center, part of "World Smart Energy Week 2014." Details: fc@reedexpo.co.jp; www.fcexpo.jp/en/The "European ...
Briefly Noted:
* DoE, UPS to Design Walk-In Fuel Cell Hybrid Delivery Vans: Perhaps inspired by France’s fuel cell electric mail delivery vans project (p. 1), the Energy Department is co-funding a project to develop a 150-mile range walk-in fuel cell hybrid delivery van for FedEx. In the first phase, the Atlanta-based Center for Transportation and the Environment will be working with UPS and four other partners - University of Texas Center for Electromechanics, Valence Technology, Electric Vehicles International and Hydrogenics USA - to develop and then deploy the hydrogen-fueled van for validation ...
R&D Notes:
  * Organic Materials Plus Metals Make for Novel Fuel Cell Catalyst: That’s the idea that scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research are pursuing - iron and manganese. As explained in the announcement of the Stuttgart-based institute, all animal creatures, including humans, get their energy from the same reaction as fuel cells: they breathe in oxygen and bind hydrogen to form water. In the process that life-sustaining energy is released. Hence, the logical idea to search in nature for a catalyst as a substitute for expensive platinum, which drives a specific ...
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. 
Nobelist George Ohlah and Colleague Pitch Methanol Economy in ACS Video
WASHINGTON, DC - It hasn’t made much of a splash as a news story recently, but some eminent scientists still believe methanol could become a key energy medium for the post-fossil fuel era. Case in point are 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner George Olah, PhD, and his colleague Surya Prakash, PhD: They are promoting a “methanol economy” via the latest episode of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Bytesize Science video series at www.youtube.com/BytesizeScience.“CO2 and hydrogen can be combined to make a very simple molecule called methanol … it could ...
MIT Press Starts Marketing “Tomorrow’s Energy...” in BIT-Sized Portions
  CAMBRIDGE, MA - Marketing books in both byte- and bit-sized form:  Starting January 10, 2014, MIT Press is launching a new initiative, MIT Press BITS, which offers portions of a book in an affordable digital format. My book, the revised and expanded  edition of “Tomorrow’s Energy - Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet,” is included in this program, and two chapters have been selected: Chapter 3, A History of Hydrogen Energy: The Reverend Cecil, Jules Verne, and the Redoubtable Mr. Erren; and Chapter 9, Hydrogen as Utility Gas: ...
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 * East Hartford, CT-based Advent Technologies, Inc. has named Dr. Emory S. De Castro as chief technology officer. De Castro’s previous job was vice president for business management for BASF Fuel Cell Inc., Somerset, NJ which was shut down last August (H&FCL Sept. 13). De Castro won the 2013 DoE Award for Manufacturing R&D in lowering the cost of gas diffusion electrodes. Advent Technologies develops high-temperature MEA technology for high-temperature PEM fuel cells.........Pascal Mauberger, CEO of French hydride hydrogen storage technology developer McPhy, has been ...
Hofmeister: Alternative Fueling Stations May Draw in More Customers
HOUSTON, TX - The cost of a run-of-the-mill gas station in the United States is “hugely variable,” depending on the amount of land, local land prices, number of pumps, size of the convenience store and a host of other factors, according to John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil Co and chairman of DoE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Advisory Committee.But higher costs for alternative fueling facilities such as hydrogen fuel pumps are not necessarily an economic deterrent and may in fact draw in more customers, he told H&FCL.If, for the sake of comparison, “you ...
A battery electric Renault HyKangoo postal van, beefed up with a Symbio fuel cell range extender, cruises along a French country road. Three of these cars, essentially small two-seater station wagons, will undergo real-world one-year mail delivery road trials in southeastern France starting this spring.    France’s Postal Service Tests Electric Vans with Fuel Cell Range Extenders
PARIS - A fuel cell boost for a French electric battery micro-van:In a one-year test program, three postal-yellow hybrid electric Renault Kangoo Z.E. mail delivery vans will start making their appointed rounds of 100 km (62 miles) or so around the winding, hilly, cold roads of the Franche-Comté region in southeastern France, near the Swiss border and Lake Geneva. Renamed HyKangoo, the three vans are equipped with 5 kW (net) fuel cell extender kits that store 26 kWh of energy, doubling the range of the standard electric 22 kWh lithium-ion battery from around 120 km (75 miles) to 240 ...
French Geologists Report on Hydrogen Extraction from Deep Rock Materials
  SAN FRANCISCO - “Water + rock + aluminum oxide + extreme pressure, heat = quick, copious H2”That’s the snappy, almost science fictionish headline for a serious story about a serious study by three French geologists, reported at the annual fall meeting Dec. 9-13 of  the American Geophysical Union here.The story and its breezy lead graced the announcement  that appeared on the home page of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), a ten-year global research project to uncover the quantity, movements, origin and forms of carbon - all things carbon, from oil to ...
Fast Forward:
 * Is “FuelCell Today” Closing Down? There has been no official announcement from its owner, the UK’s speciality chemicals company Johnson Matthey plc, at the time of writing Dec. 30, but sources told H&FCL the online industry information service’s two staffers, manager Dr. Dan Carter and market analyst Jonathan Wing, were set to leave their jobs in the first week of January. The sources also said that the fate of the service, which describes itself as a leading source of market-based intelligence on the fuel cell industry since its launch in 2001, has been ...
Book Review: Renewable Hydrogen Technologies
Renewable Hydrogen Technologies, edited by Luis M. Gandía, Gurutze Arzamendi, and Pedro M. Diéguez. Elsevier, 2013, Amsterdam. 460 pages. $199.95 Reviewed by Richard Engel, Schatz Energy Research Center Edited by a team of researchers from the Public University of Navarre in Spain, this new book is considerably broader in scope than its title suggests. Approximately the first half of the volume is really about renewable hydrogen, with chapters detailing different techniques for producing hydrogen using process energy and/or feedstock derived from renewable sources. ...
DoE News: Intercontinental Webinar Airs Issues, Progress in Global H2 Infrastructures
  WASHINGTON/TOKYO/BERLIN - Barriers to consumer acceptance, the need for a global hydrogen fueling standard and for uniform hydrogen fuel quality standards, detailed technical issues such as insufficient dispenser duty cycles, equipment failures, low support from equipment manufacturers and others:  These were some of the topics presented in a two-hour inter-continental webinar Dec. 16, “International Hydrogen Infrastructure Challenges Workshop Summary,” last month with presenters showing their slides from locations in the United States, Japan and Germany - ...
China Plans $82 Billion 3rd Industrial Revolution National Smart Energy Grid
BEIJING - China is laying the groundwork to construct a nation-spanning smart Internet-style energy grid for the entire country at a total investment of around $82 billion.The plans were announced by Liu Zhenya, chairman of the Chinese State Grid Corporation, in an eight-page article in China’s Science Daily distributed Dec. 5 by the state news agency Xinhua. Entitled “State Grid: Smart Grid Hosting and promoting the Third Industrial Revolution,” the article said the concept was presented at the four-day third plenary session of the communist party central committee’s ...