Energy storage including Fuel cells News for March 2009

Energy storage including Fuel cells News Archive

ENrG, SC, NASA team report on solid oxide fuel cell fabrication and testing

ENrG Inc in upstate New York, which specializes in the design, development and manufacture of ceramic components, is working with the University of South Carolina’s college of engineering & computing and NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) on the fabrication, testing and analysis of new SOFC designs.

Importance of the US smart grid not matched by its PR

Sentec, a UK-based product development company with a particular focus on energy management and metering, has posed the question “What will be the impact of the smart grid on the US clean tech industry?”

Waste2Tricity bids for London waste to energy contract

A consortium led by Waste2Tricity Ltd has submitted an expression of interest to the London Waste & Recycling Board (LWRB) to convert the city’s waste into energy.

UPS Systems supplies fuel cells for telemetry and demonstration units

In the UK, standby power systems provider UPS Systems has supplied fuel cells for two projects – a telemetry installation in the Elan Valley in Powys, Mid Wales, and a demonstration unit being run by Islington Borough Council in London.

Rochester, Delphi win federal funding for fuel cell APU manufacturing

In the US, Rochester Institute of Technology and Delphi Corporation have secured $2.4 million in federal funding in fiscal 2009 appropriations for joint efforts to develop a cost-effective method to manufacture fuel cell auxiliary power units. With this initiative, project researchers believe Delphi’s work may lead to the first commercially produced solid oxide fuel cell being launched as early as 2012.

Imperial research maps inner workings of fuel cells

Research at Imperial College in the UK is trying to map the inner workings of a fuel cell using sensors. The understanding and data being obtained by chemist Dr Anthony Kucernak could be used in the future to make these devices more efficient and last longer.

Royal Mail, Cenex pioneer fuel cell postal vans for UK

The UK’s national postal service, the Royal Mail, has embarked on a project to pioneer the development of fuel cell postal vans.

UPS Systems supplies fuel cell for demonstration project UPS Systems supplies fuel cell for demonstration project

UPS Systems plc is supplying a methanol fuel cell to Islington Borough Council, London, UK, for use in its demonstration project promoting the benefits of clean energy technology.

Horizon introduces renewable energies science kit

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is introducing hands-on science experiment kits for educational purposes, including small wind-turbines, solar panels and zero emission vehicle construction sets.

Denmark publishes plan for promoting electric, hydrogen, fuel cell cars

Ambitious plans to promote the use of electric and hydrogen powered cars have been published in Denmark by the country’s Conservative People’s Party and the Municipality of Copenhagen.

Hamburg expands clean vehicle fleet, including fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen stations

The northern German city of Hamburg has started a major project with Daimler, Shell, Total and Vattenfall Europe that aims to increase the use of emission-free vehicles, including ones powered by fuel cells, and to create a corresponding infrastructure of hydrogen fueling stations.

DOE grant to help Rensselaer improve fuel cell MEA production

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in upstate New York have won a federal grant worth $1.6 million, to develop new and improved methods of manufacturing the key component of a fuel cell – the membrane-electrode assembly (MEA).

California Fuel Cell Partnership sets out plan for future hydrogen infrastructure

The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) has released an action plan that details a strategy for deploying hydrogen fueling stations and fuel cell vehicles in California. The document, 'Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and station deployment plan: A strategy for meeting the challenge ahead', specifies the steps needed to meet the fuel needs of 4300 passenger vehicles and 20 fuel cell buses in California by 2014, and prepares for even more growth though to 2017.

Ceres secures leasehold on solid oxide fuel cell production facility

UK-based Ceres Power has secured a long leasehold on a facility in south-east England, which will be used for manufacturing its intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

North America to get Linde’s efficient hydrogen fueling

Linde North America, a member of industrial gases and engineering company Linde Group, is introducing fueling technology for hydrogen-powered vehicles to the US and Canada which, it claims, is safe, fast and efficient.

Climate change congress: 40% renewables by 2050

The International scientific congress Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions has voiced the possibility of 40% of the world’s power coming from renewable energy by 2050 with adequate financial and political support.

Volkswagen transporters rely on SFC fuel cells

German-based SFC Smart Fuel Cell, a major supplier of fuel cell products for mobile and off-grid power applications, has received a purchase order from automotive giant Volkswagen for more than 200 fuel cell systems. The contract, which is to be fulfilled during 2009, is worth around €630,000.

Helite unveils ultralight aircraft powered by fuel cell alone

An ultralight aircraft that is propelled exclusively by hydrogen energy, without supplementary power supplied by batteries, was on show in Friedrichshafen, Germany at the recent ‘e-Flight Expo 2009’ – a new part of the annual AERO International Aviation Trade Show that is dedicated to environmentally friendly flight.

Protonex to develop fuel cell power for small unmanned aerial vehicles

US-based Protonex Technology is to develop a robust, deployable pre-production fuel cell power system, designed for powering a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of extended flight duration and mission endurance.

Brown University chemists overcome challenges of palladium catalysts for fuel cells

Scientists at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA say they have overcome the challenges associated with using palladium catalysts in fuel cell reactions.

ECOtality and Nissan partner to launch EVs in Arizona

ECOtality Inc has entered into a commitment with Nissan North America and Pima Association of Governments (PAG) to facilitate the establishment of electric vehicle (EV) charge infrastructure throughout Pima County, Arizona, USA.

250 MW solar thermal power plant in Nevada

Solar Millennium LLC, NV Energy and MAN Ferrostaal Inc, the joint venture partner of Solar Millennium AG for the construction of solar thermal power plants in the USA, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the joint development of projects in the Amargosa Desert.

University of Rochester engineers develop platinum nanowires for fuel cells

The creation of long platinum nanowires at the University of Rochester in upstate New York could lead to the development of nanowire-enhanced fuel cells to power vehicles, for example. The nanowires should provide significant increases in both longevity and efficiency of fuel cells.

Baxi Innotech launches PEM fuel cell CHP unit, supply deal with Ballard

German-based Baxi Innotech launched its Gamma 1.0 fuel cell heating unit at the recent ISH Trade Fair in Frankfurt. The European developer and manufacturer of fuel cell micro combined heat and power (mCHP) systems has also entered into a three-year supply agreement with Canada’s Ballard Power Systems, which will supply the PEM fuel cells.

AMI solid oxide fuel cells aid medical readiness training exercise in Caribbean

Michigan-based Adaptive Materials Inc (AMI) recently delivered five 25 W solid oxide fuel cell units to the Dominican Republic, for use in a medical readiness training exercise (MEDRETE). The AMI portable fuel cell systems provided reliable and critical power to infrastructure throughout the exercise.

Medis makes its fuel cell business more efficient

New York-based fuel cell manufacturer Medis Technologies has announced that, consistent with its recent appointment of Tom Finn as executive vice president of operational restructuring, it has initiated a comprehensive cost rationalization plan designed to reduce operating costs and enhance operational efficiencies.

Nuvera offers hybrid fuel cell unit for materials handling

Massachusetts-based Nuvera Fuel Cells has introduced the new PowerEdge™ line of hybrid fuel cell products, to replace standard lead-acid batteries in forklift trucks used in the materials handling industry.

EC’s JRC to play key role in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen JTI

A cooperation agreement between the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), a public-private venture aimed at delivering commercially viable hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies, has been approved by the JTI Governing Board.

Ontario, Canada, proposes renewables legislation

Ontario, Canada, is proposing sweeping new legislation to attract new investment, create new ‘green economy jobs’ and better protect the climate.

IdaTech making progress on Asia-Pacific expansion for fuel cell telecoms backup

Telecoms backup fuel cell systems supplier IdaTech reports that its planned international expansion in the Asia-Pacific region is moving ahead apace. The firm has now opened a new regional sales office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to support the Asia-Pacific region. It has also signed two partnership agreements for marketing and distribution in the area, and completed a successful two-month installation trial in Malaysia with TIME dotCom.

AIST, NGK report on solid oxide fuel cell module the size of a sugar cube

Scientists in Japan have developed a small, high-power, intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC) module that is no larger than a sugar cube.

Bureau Veritas offers guidelines for fuel cells on board ships

Bureau Veritas, a French organization that helps companies comply with standards and regulations, is developing a set of comprehensive guidelines covering the safe use of fuel cells on board ships.

“It is time for America to lead again” – on renewables

In his first address to the Joint Session of Congress on 24 February, US President Barack Obama called on the USA to take a lead on renewable and clean energy.

BNSF, Vehicle Projects build experimental shunting locomotive

In the US, BNSF Railway Company is building an experimental shunting train locomotive powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The engine, which is being assembled at the company’s workshop in Topeka, Kansas, will serve as a test bed for reducing diesel fuel used by North America’s railway.

Protonex award to further develop military solid oxide fuel cell systems

Massachusetts-based Protonex Technology has received confirmation of a contract award from the US Army, worth more than $1.4 million, to adapt its solid oxide fuel cell power systems so that they will run on alternative fuels.

Carcinogenic material threatens solid oxide fuel cell development

The use of a carcinogenic material in solid oxide fuel cells could threaten the future development of this so-called clean technology, claim researchers at Loughborough University in the UK. Despite its potential to deliver power with near-zero emissions of some greenhouse gases, the rapidly developing SOFC business is threatened by the fact that the cells use anodes containing nickel oxide – a powerful carcinogen.

ACAL Energy receives further investment

ACAL Energy Ltd has received investment from Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation, which together with a previous £3.3 million fundraising round will help fund the next stage of development of ACAL’s low cost fuel cell systems, based on platinum-free cathode technology.

Viaspace methanol fuel cell cartridges for Samsung

California-based Viaspace has completed a second development contract, under which it delivered a high-reliability, standard methanol cartridge to Korean consumer electronics and appliances giant Samsung.