Energy storage including Fuel cells News for July 2009

Energy storage including Fuel cells News Archive

SFC wins Daimler order for fuel cell onboard power in vans

German-based SFC Smart Fuel Cell has secured an order from the Mercedes-Benz Cologne/Leverkusen unit of Daimler AG, to supply more than 130 EFOY Pro direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) systems by the end of the year.

NexTech Materials unveils largest solid oxide fuel cell technology platform

Ohio-based NexTech Materials recently completed scale-up of its FlexCell™ solid oxide fuel cell technology to a nominal area of 1200 sq cm and power output of 400 W per cell – believed to be the largest production planar SOFCs yet. This development represents a significant accomplishment in the advancement of the firm’s planar SOFC technology, and together with the many advanced features of the FlexCell technology, is an enabling step for large-scale power applications.

Neah successfully tests anaerobic direct methanol fuel cell prototype

US-based Neah Power Systems has demonstrated a new type of liquid electrolyte-based direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC), which does not require air to operate. The reliable, non-PEM-based fuel cell system has been proven in sustained operation. The silicon-based DMFC approach is claimed to promise low cost with high reliability and power.

Swedish investment in Volvo’s PowerCell PEM fuel cell unit

Swedish automaker Volvo, through its subsidiary Volvo Technology Transfer, is to receive a total of SEK200 million (US$25m) from the Swedish Energy Agency and two international investors. The joint funding will be in the PEM fuel cell developer PowerCell Sweden AB, based in Gothenburg. PowerCell is developing auxiliary power units utilising PEM fuel cells, for use in trucks.

The US House approves the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) legislation.

Some – most notably Al Gore - are hailing the decision as the most important legislation Congress will ever pass. It sees the US pledging to cut emissions by 17% (below 2005 levels) by 2020, and 83% by 2050.

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