Energy storage including Fuel cells News for November 2009

Energy storage including Fuel cells News Archive

Bristol engineers harvest good vibrations to produce green electricity

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK aim to make use of a much wider range of vibrations from the environments we live and work in than is currently possible. It is hoped that within five years ‘energy harvesting’ could be powering many more of our devices, from heart monitors to cell phones.

Heliocentris reports 33% revenue growth through Q3

German-based Heliocentris Fuel Cells AG reports that its preliminary revenue figures for the nine months to September 30, 2009 are up 33% on the same period in 2008. The revenues of €2.27 million (US$3.4 million) came despite a difficult market environment.

UTRC pioneers fuel cell powered rotorcraft flight with model helicopter

Connecticut-based United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) recently achieved the first flight of a hydrogen/air fuel cell powered rotorcraft. The successful technology demonstration was accomplished using a remote-controlled model electric helicopter, modified to incorporate a custom proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power plant.

Funding secured for hydrogen station, fuel cell vehicles in West Denmark by late 2010

The full financing of €5 million (US$7.5 million) has been secured for R&D and demonstration of a 700 bar hydrogen fueling station and fuel cell vehicles in the city of Holstebro in West Denmark. The LINK2009 project will act as the next step for hydrogen for transport in Denmark.

Nissan leases X-Trail fuel cell vehicle to Coca-Cola in California

Nissan North America is leasing an X-Trail Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) to Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling in California. The leasing deal, Nissan’s first commercial FCV lease in North America, is for one year, with an option for two additional years.

US$620m for smart grid demonstration and energy storage projects in USA

Demonstration projects for advanced smart grid technologies and integrated systems will receive US$620 million, US Energy Secretary Chu announced this week.

DOE funds research into phosphonium-based hydroxide exchange membranes for fuel cells

A professor at the University of California, Riverside has won a grant to study quaternary phosphonium-based hydroxide exchange membranes for use in next-generation fuel cells. The award is from the Department of Energy’s newly formed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which funds transformative energy research projects.

REF Webinar: "Renewable energy in the Middle East" - speakers confirmed

Helene Pelosse, interim Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is confirmed as one of the guest speakers for Renewable Energy Focus’ next interactive webinar taking place on Wednesday 9 December (10.00 EST/15.00 GMT/19.00 UAE), in association with the World Future Energy Summit.

Ceramic Fuel Cells appoints Neco to sell BlueGen fuel cell systems in Australia

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFCL), a leading developer of solid oxide fuel cell units for homes and other buildings, has appointed Neco to distribute its BlueGen™ power and heating units in Australia.

Ceramic Fuel Cells to install BlueGen unit for Paloma in Japan

Solid oxide fuel cell developer Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFCL) has announced that Paloma, a leading global home heating manufacturer, will install a BlueGen™ combined heat and power (CHP) unit in its warehouse and sales office in Sapporo, Japan.

QinetiQ’s Zephyr solar-powered unmanned aerial system flown by US personnel QinetiQ’s Zephyr solar-powered unmanned aerial system flown by US personnel

QinetiQ’s Zephyr High-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned aerial system (HALE UAS) program recently resumed flight testing and payload evaluations in Yuma, Arizona when a joint US/UK team undertook the first operation of the Zephyr system with a US flight crew.

NRL Ion Tiger fuel cell UAV extends flight endurance record to 26 hours NRL Ion Tiger fuel cell UAV extends flight endurance record to 26 hours

The US Naval Research Laboratory’s Ion Tiger, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell unmanned air vehicle (UAV), has set another unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel cell powered flight. The latest test flight, on November 16–17, lasted 26 hours and 1 minute carrying a 2.3 kg (5 lb) payload.

Air Liquide adds Vancouver airport to Canadian hydrogen demonstration

Vancouver International Airport is the second of two Canadian airports in a hydrogen and fuel cell demonstration project led by Air Liquide Canada. The Vancouver airport will deploy several hydrogen transportation technologies in shuttle buses, as well as passenger and utility vehicles provided by the Vancouver Airport Authority and Air Canada.

Fuel cell industry unity needed to achieve policy goals

The successful effort to restore US Department of Energy funding for hydrogen and fuel cell programs has made the industry stronger and more united, but the fuel cell industry still must fight for its place in the energy agenda of the 21st century, says the President of the US Fuel Cell Council (USFCC).

Proton Energy Systems announces $1 million science scholarship program

Hydrogen energy company Proton Energy Systems is launching a US$1 million scholarship program aimed at high school seniors across the US. The Proton Energy Scholarship will recognize and award students who demonstrate outstanding achievement, excellence and promise in the field of science or technology, and who plan to pursue higher education in this field.

IdaTech signs new fuel cell distribution agreement with ACME for telecoms backup

US-based IdaTech, ACME Group in India, and Ballard Power Systems in Canada have terminated their existing fuel cell system supply agreement, and replaced it with a new, more flexible distribution agreement between IdaTech and ACME for ElectraGen™ PEM fuel cell solutions for wireless telecom backup power in India.

First hybrid fuel cell bus unveiled for new fleet in Hamburg First hybrid fuel cell bus unveiled for new fleet in Hamburg

The new Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid bus has made its first appearance in its future operating location of Hamburg in Germany. From next year the Hamburg transit agency will operate 10 of these fuel cell hybrid buses, as well as 20 Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL fuel cell cars.

SiGNa demonstrates hydrogen generation for portable fuel cells

SiGNa Chemistry has announced the successful design, assembly, and initial testing of its H300 Hydrogen Generation System. The H300 was demonstrated in collaboration with portable fuel cell developer Trulite Inc.

Copenhagen opens hydrogen station, unveils fuel cell vehicles Copenhagen opens hydrogen station, unveils fuel cell vehicles

The City of Copenhagen has inaugurated its first hydrogen fueling station. It has also unveiled eight new hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, comprising two work vehicles and six cars, that will refuel at the hydrogen station.

SANYO unveils lithium-ion battery systems for solar cell systems, electric vehicles

Japanese electrical giant SANYO Electric has developed two new large-capacity, high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems. SANYO will begin mass production of the new products in March 2010.

Intelligent Energy appoints Jadoo’s Devanna to head US fuel cell operations

Fuel cell and fuel processor developer Intelligent Energy has appointed Leonard Devanna as its new Vice President of US Operations. This appointment follows the promotion of Murali Arikara, who previously held this position, to lead the focus on selected fast growing markets as Executive VP for Emerging Markets at Intelligent Energy.

Baxi Innotech installs Gamma fuel cell CHP unit on Hamburg museum ship

A fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) unit has officially been put into operation on a museum sailing ship in Hamburg, Germany. The fuel cell unit, developed by local firm Baxi Innotech, now provides energy and heat in the former freight sailing ship, the 'Rickmer Rickmers'.

Ceres Power deal with Bord Gáis for fuel cell residential CHP in Ireland

UK-based solid oxide fuel cell developer Ceres Power has signed an agreement with Bord Gáis Éireann (BGE), for residential combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell products operating on natural gas for the Irish market.

Boeing, Falck Schmidt to explore military fuel cell applications

Aerospace giant Boeing and Denmark-based Falck Schmidt Defence Systems have announced that Boeing Research & Technology will assess Falck Schmidt fuel cell products for potential use in Boeing renewable energy power systems for military platforms.

SANYO combines technologies for energy creation, storage and saving SANYO combines technologies for energy creation, storage and saving

SANYO Electric Co. is entering the energy solutions business with system proposals to reduce running costs and CO2 emissions for factories, schools, stores and other facilities. The company will offer systems that combine SANYO’s technologies for energy creation (solar cell), energy storage (rechargeable battery), and energy saving (commercial equipment).

Hydrogen fuel cell hybrid buses to hit the road in Sunderland

Two hydrogen fuel cell hybrid buses are set to hit the streets of Sunderland, UK as part of a unique R&D program that is bringing Chinese expertise to the region.

BASF to realign fuel cell MEA business in New Jersey, close Frankfurt facility

BASF is realigning its business for the fuel cell market, by concentrating its competencies for the production of high-temperature membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs) at the BASF Fuel Cell Inc facility in Somerset, New Jersey, USA. Operational activities at the BASF Fuel Cell GmbH site in Frankfurt, Germany will be discontinued effective December 31, 2009. BASF plans to close the Frankfurt site in the course of 2010.