First Hyundai Customer Receives Vehicle. Hyundai handed the keys of its first mass-produced Tucson Fuel Cell CUV to Timothy Bush, its first customer. Mr. Bush, like all Tucson Fuel Cell lessees, will drive the fuel cell vehicle for just $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost. The Tucson Fuel Cell is available at three select southern California Hyundai dealers: Win Hyundai in Carson, Tustin Hyundai, and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim.
Toyota Releases Design and Japanese Price of Fuel Cell Vehicle. Toyota Motor Corporation has revealed the exterior design and the price of what its upcoming fuel cell vehicle will cost in Japan when it is rolled out next year. The company predicts the vehicle will launch in Japan before April 2015, then into the U.S. and European markets in the summer of 2015. In Japan, the price will be approximately ¥7 million yen (MSRP; excludes consumption tax) which is roughly US$68,000, and available in areas with adequate hydrogen fueling. U.S. and Europe prices have not yet been decided.
NREL and GM Partner to Reduce Automotive Fuel Cell Stack Cost. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and General Motors (GM) are partnering on a multiyear, multimillion dollar joint effort to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing research and development. NREL and GM will focus on critical next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle challenges, which include reducing platinum loading, achieving high power densities, understanding the implication of contaminants on fuel cell performance and durability, and accelerating manufacturing processes to achieve the benefits of increased economies of scale. The work will be done under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between NREL and GM and takes advantage of NREL’s state-of-the-art Energy Systems Integration Facility.
SunLine Receives Two New Fuel Cell Buses. SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, California, received two new fuel cell buses, each powered by Ballard Power Systems’ FCvelocity®-HD6 fuel cell module. These new buses evolve the previously deployed American Fuel Cell Bus (AFCB) configuration, which was first introduced with SunLine Transit Agency in 2011. The AFCB configuration includes Ballard’s FCvelocity®-HD6 fuel cell module to provide primary power and BAE Systems’ HybriDrive® propulsion and power management system, installed in an ElDorado National 40-foot (12-meter) Axess model, heavy duty transit bus.
US Hybrid to Provide Fuel Cell Shuttle to Hawaii. US Hybrid has been awarded a contract by the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) to design, integrate, and deliver its H2Ride™ Fuel Cell Plug-In Shuttle Bus for operation by the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency’s (MTA) HELE-ON Big Island bus service. The project is funded by the State of Hawaii and Office of Naval Research via the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI). The 25-passenger shuttle bus utilizes a 30 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell, a 20 kilogram hydrogen storage and delivery system and a lithium ion battery and will be integrated at US Hybrid’s Honolulu facility.
Ballard Wins CUTA Award. Ballard Power Systems, with partners BC Transit, New Flyer and PW Transit, was awarded the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) 2014 Corporate Leadership Innovation Award for its Whistler Fuel Cell Bus Project.
Ballard Sub-Licensing Material Handling IP to M-Field Energy, Dantherm to Take Over H2 Logic’s Activities. Ballard also signed a definitive agreement for the sub-license of intellectual property (IP) to M-Field Energy Corporation for material handling systems to be deployed in Europe. Ballard will also provide M-Field with Engineering Services support into early-2015 through Dantherm Power A/S, its subsidiary in Denmark, to assist in optimizing system integration activities utilizing Ballard fuel cell stacks. The agreement has a value of approximately $1 million. In related news, Dantherm has also entered into an agreement with H2 Logic A/S for a complete transfer of H2 Logic’s H2Drive® material handling fuel cell activities, mainly its collaboration with M-Field. H2 Logic will then focus and expand efforts on its H2Station®, hydrogen refueling stations.
FuelCell Energy to Install 1.4 MW at UC Irvine Medical Center. FuelCell Energy, Inc.will install a 1.4-megawatt (MW) fuel cell system at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. The fuel cell will generate about 30 percent of the facility power needs and the excess heat produced will be used in a direct exhaust absorption chiller to produce 200 tons of cooling for an office building and associated institutional requirements.
NovoFuel Developing Renewable Energy Systems for Marijuana Market. NovoFuel, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AlumiFuel Power Corporation, has completed the design of a Renewable Energy System (RES) to meet the rapidly expanding energy requirements of legal marijuana growers in the U.S. and Canada, an emerging multi-billion dollar market to power lights, heat, air conditioning, dehumidifiers, driers and other ancillary equipment for indoor facilities, and massive irrigation for outdoor locations.These integrated RES components include mini-wind turbine systems, solar panels, batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells – all integrated by a world-class real-time microgrid energy management and control system.
POSCO Looking to Enter Japan Market. POSCO Energy is looking to enter the Japan fuel cell market. The company currently operates fuel cell power plants with a total capacity of 146 MW in 26 locations in South Korea, and it is set to complete construction of a 300 kW fuel cell power plant in Indonesia later this year.
Acta Sells Units to Thailand. Acta S.p.A. has received an order for two of its systems for a renewable power storage application in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The systems, which have a combined power output of 4 kW, will be installed at a low-carbon residential and tourist development project to provide a secure and grid-independent source of power with renewable energy storage. The installation will ensure a continuous power supply to local buildings and security systems, despite frequent periods of grid black-out.
Ballard Signs Telecom Agreement with Azure. Ballard Power Systems has signed a definitive agreement with Azure Hydrogen in relation to an assembly license for telecom backup power systems for the China market. In addition to the payment for the assembly license, Ballard will be the exclusive supplier of subsystems – including FCgen™-1020ACS air-cooled fuel cell stacks and fuel processors – and will receive a royalty payment for each system sold in China, should Azure successfully execute its business plan and achieve volume commitments. The agreement is worth approximately $6 million for 2014-2015.
CommScope and Hydrogenics Offering New System for Data Centers. CommScope, with its partner Hydrogenics, is now offering an innovative, compact indoor solution providing reliable backup power for enterprise data centers in North America. The scalable indoor fuel cell solution can provide up to 30 kW of backup power to enterprise computing systems.
Ceramic Fuel Cells Touts Degradation Rate Reduction. Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited has achieved a reduction of up to 70 percent of the average degradation rate experienced in its BlueGEN product. These improvements have been validated via in-house and field testing as well as at a EWE, a current BlueGEN customer, site.
SFC Fuel Cells Power Wind Turbine Lights; SFC Adds New Feature to EFOY, Certifies Environmental Management System. SFC Energy AG’s EFOY Pro fuel cells are providing temporary power to the obstructions lights of wind turbines during the construction phase of wind energy plants. SFC is working with Windkraft Service GmbH, Lutherstadt Eisleben, which leases the systems to the wind energy plant companies for powering obstruction lights during the plant construction phase. The fuel cells replace diesel generators and use much less fuel, providing cost and emissions savings and logistical advantages. SFC also introduced a new intelligent, secure, remote support, control, notification and data acquisition/logging feature for its EFOY Pro fuel cell power systems for oil and gas applications. The new feature has been jointly developed by SFC Group member Simark Controls and Semaphore. In other news, SFC’s environmental management system was successfully certified according to ISO 14001:2004 by TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH.
Air Liquide to Install Four Hydrogen Stations in Denmark. Air Liquide will install four new hydrogen filling stations in Denmark stations - two in Copenhagen, one in Aalborg and one in Vejle - as part of the Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, which is supported by the European Commission. These four filling will join two stations already in service, located in Copenhagen and in Holstebro.
DOE Awards $20 Million for Hydrogen Production and Delivery Projects. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $20 million for ten new research and development projects that will advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies.
Six projects focused on hydrogen production aim to produce, deliver, and dispense hydrogen at less than $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent:
- FuelCell Energy Inc. (Danbury, Connecticut) - $900,000 to develop a novel hybrid system for low-cost, low greenhouse gas hydrogen production.
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Washington) - $2.2 million to develop a reactor for hydrogen production from bio-derived liquids.
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colorado) - $3 million to develop high-efficiency tandem absorbers based on novel semiconductor materials that can produce hydrogen from water using solar energy.
- University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii) - $3 million to develop photoelectrodes for direct solar water splitting.
- Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, California) - $2.2 million to develop an innovative high-efficiency solar thermochemical reactor for solar hydrogen production.
- University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, Colorado) - $2 million to develop a novel solar-thermal reactor to split water with concentrated sunlight.
Four hydrogen delivery R&D projects aim to reach the hydrogen cost goal of less than $4 per gallon by addressing the cost of compression, storage, and dispensing at the station:
- Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio, Texas) - $1.8 million to demonstrate a hydrogen compression system.
- Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. (Billerica, Massachusetts) - $1.5 million to design and demonstrate an integrated, intelligent high pressure hydrogen dispenser for fuel cell electric vehicle fueling.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) - $2 million to demonstrate a low cost, steel concrete composite vessel for high pressure hydrogen storage.
- Wiretough Cylinders LLC (Bristol, Virginia) - $2 million to demonstrate a low cost high pressure hydrogen storage vessel using a steel wire overwrap.
Hydrogenics and Kolon Water & Energy Create Joint Venture to Focus on Korea. Hydrogenics Corporation has signed an agreement to create a joint venture, Kolon Hydrogenics, with Kolon Water & Energy of South Korea to work on renewable power generation projects in South Korea and other Asian regions. The first megawatt of production has already been ordered and is expected to be ready for delivery by early 2015. This contract includes both a fuel cell system and a 20-year maintenance and service agreement. Additional fuel cell orders are expected in the near future, to complete a multi-megawatt initial project rollout by 2016.
GEI to Develop Biogas Fuel Cell System for Lynntech. GEI Global Energy Corp. has received a purchase order from Lynntech, Inc for a biogas fuel cell power generation system that will provide hydrogen fuel to a high temperature PEM fuel cell stack. The GEI fuel cell system will extract hydrogen from a bio-methane fuel produced via a proprietary biogas generation technology.
- Intelligent Energy Joins H2USA. UK fuel cell manufacturer Intelligent Energy has joined H2USA, the public-private partnership focusing on accelerating the rollout of the hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the U.S.
Taiwan Fuel Cell Scooter Trial Case Study.A new case study from Breakthrough Technologies Institute provides a detailed look at a successful year-long trial of 80 fuel cell-powered scooters in Taiwan.
REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS/FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
DOE Incubator Funding Opportunity. DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is offering up to $4.6 million in funding in support of innovations in fuel cell and hydrogen fuel technologies that are not already addressed in FCTO's strategic plan or project portfolio. Specific areas of interest include:Platinum Group Metal (PGM)-free catalysts and membrane electrode assemblies; Fuel cell-based electrochemical conversion devices for stationary energy storage; Completely innovative hydrogen production and delivery technologies to reach the DOE cost goal; Breakthrough, reversible hydrogen storage materials that operate at pressures of 350 bar or less; Hydrogen infrastructure: Manufacturing solutions for low-cost, standardized skid-mounted hydrogen fueling stations; and game-changing business models/financial approaches to address infrastructure costs (e.g., including soft costs).
- ARPA-E Awards $33 Million for Fuel Cell Distributed Generation Projects. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $33 million in funding for 13 new projects aim ed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. The projects, which are funded through ARPA-E’s new Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, are focused on improving grid stability, balancing intermittent renewable technologies, and reducing CO2 emissions using electrochemical distributed power generation systems.
Ohio Approves State Funding for Fuel Cells. The Ohio Controlling Board approved $297,056 in state funding to help develop and promote local advanced manufacturing projects in fuel cell technology, with the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition providing $335,154 in matching funds. The funding was provided by the Edison Advanced Manufacturing Program, a competitive grant program that supports the adoption of existing advanced manufacturing technologies to Ohio manufacturers, specifically smaller firms, nonprofits and Ohio universities.
DOE AMR Awards. At DOE’s Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program presented awards for contributions to the overall efforts of the Program and to recognize achievements in specific areas.
Horizon Launches New Website. Horizon Energy Systems launched its new website that showcases its advanced energy storage technologies.