Energy storage including Fuel cells News for September 2009

Energy storage including Fuel cells News Archive

NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index launched

The NASDAQ OMX Group and Clean Edge have introduced the NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure IndexSM (NASDAQ:QGRD), a new benchmark for the smart grid and electric infrastructure sector.

NREL-led team aims to resolve PHEV fuel economy conundrum

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab has joined forces with researchers from Idaho National Lab (INL) and Argonne National Lab, to take the lead in developing and testing a new method for predicting the real-world fuel and electricity consumption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). After examining data on the only PHEV currently available in non-trivial numbers, the method shows promise for reasonably predicting the PHEV’s average fuel and electricity use.

Proton Power in deal with L-3 Communications for fuel cells in defense applications

Proton Power Systems in the UK has signed a partnership and exclusivity agreement with US-based defense systems company L-3 Communications Combat Propulsion Systems (L-3 CPS). Under the agreement, L-3 CPS will market and sell Proton Power’s fuel cell power systems for use in propulsion systems, marine, and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) applications to the North American military and civilian applications markets.

Frost & Sullivan sees lucrative investment opportunities for wind industry in China

With the rapid decline of available credit and investor confidence, 2009 has not been the best year for the global wind power industry. However, the sector is presumed to pick up due to concerns for energy security and global warming and the growing demand for electricity in developing countries, according to Frost & Sullivan.

UPS Systems complete Yorkshire fuel cell installation

UK-based UPS Systems has completed the fuel cell installation for the Environmental Energy Technology Centre (EETC) in Rotherham, Yorkshire as this carbon-free building moves another step closer towards opening in early 2010. The facility is intended to showcase and encourage the development and commercialization of environmental energy technologies.

What role will the UK play in the future nano-enabled energy storage market? - Call for contributions

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) is inviting contributions to a Position Paper on energy storage prototyping.

Product acceptance delay for IdaTech units in Indian contract

US-based IdaTech has reported a delay in the product acceptance testing of the natural gas fueled backup power system it is developing for the ACME Group in India. These units – featuring PEM fuel cell stacks supplied by Canadian-based Ballard – are intended for backup power for telecoms base stations.

Ceres Power signs fuel cell CHP assembly deal with Daalderop

UK-based solid oxide fuel cell developer Ceres Power has entered into a long-term supply agreement with Daalderop BV in the Netherlands, for the volume boiler assembly of Ceres’ residential combined heat and power (CHP) program with British Gas. Ceres Power will mass manufacture fuel cells in-house – at its new facility in Horsham, UK – and assemble fuel cell stacks and fuel cell modules in volume. The boiler assembly will be volume-manufactured by Daalderop, in accordance with Ceres Power’s complete fuel cell CHP product design.

Protonex wins US Army contract to further develop SOFC power systems

US-based Protonex Technology has received a $2.0 million contract award from the US Army to build, test and deliver solid oxide fuel cell power systems. This program will focus on advancing the robustness of the Protonex SOFC systems operating on high-performance liquid fuels.

Canada’s Hydrogen Village hooks up with Birmingham engineers

A collaborative agreement has been signed between the Hydrogen Village in Ontario, Canada and the University of Birmingham Fuel Cell Group in the UK. The collaboration will see the exchange of researchers and academics, and will facilitate commercial relationships with the Province of Ontario and West Midlands companies.

Water-Towers sculpture to debut at Grove Fuel Cell Symposium Water-Towers sculpture to debut at Grove Fuel Cell Symposium

Bruce Munro’s new installation, simply called Water-Towers, is being given a ‘first outing’ in prototype form at Europe’s largest fuel cell event. The Eleventh Grove Fuel Cell Symposium takes place 22–24 September at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in central London.

Call for entries: Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy Call for entries: Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy

The organisers of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy is seeking entries from "inspirational and innovative" local sustainable energy programmes from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Mitsubishi and Peugeot Citroën join forces to develop European electric car Mitsubishi and Peugeot Citroën join forces to develop European electric car

Mitsubishi and Peugeot Citroën have signed an agreement in Paris to jointly develop an electric car for the European market.

Preview: Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards 2009

Organisers of the prominent global renewable energy awards report that nominations are reflecting the structural changes to clean energy markets…

Masdar Institute aims to lead the way in alternative energy research

Masdar Institute of Science and technology has welcomed its first intake of 92 graduate students, representing 22 different nations.

Automakers pull together to support fuel cell vehicles

The world's leading fuel cell vehicle manufacturers – Daimler, Ford, General Motors/Opel, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, the Renault-Nissan alliance and Toyota – have issued an unprecendented joint statement, with a Letter of Understanding (LoU) that commits them to the market introduction of fuel cell vehicles from 2015. This is just the blink of an eye in automotive development terms, and thus the signing marks a major step towards the serial production of such zero-emission vehicles.

Zayed Future Energy Prize open for renewable energy nominations

The US$2.2 million Zayed Future Energy Prize awarded every year for innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and technologies is open for nominations until 16 October 2009.

Honda to be awarded 2009 Grove Medal for FCX Clarity fuel cell car

At the forthcoming Eleventh Grove Fuel Cell Symposium, the prestigious Grove Medal will be awarded to the Honda Motor Company, in recognition of its achievements in producing the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car.

Prominent author given key UK climate change role

David MacKay, Professor in the Department of Physics at Cambridge University and author of the influential book ‘Sustainable Energy - without the hot air' has been appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change.