Energy storage including Fuel cells News for January 2010

Energy storage including Fuel cells News Archive

AFC Energy wins fuel cell order from Centrica

In the UK, AFC Energy has secured an order from energy company Centrica to reserve 250 kW of fuel cell systems for use in a flagship project. AFC Energy is developing low-cost alkaline fuel cells for industrial applications.

Air Liquide hydrogen station fueling BC Transit fuel cell bus fleet for Winter Olympics

In Canada, BC Transit has inaugurated the hydrogen station that will fuel its fleet of 20 zero-emission fuel cell buses running in Whistler, British Columbia, which will soon be carrying athletes and visitors to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Ceramic Fuel Cells sells first BlueGen residential cogeneration unit in Europe

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has sold its first BlueGen™ micro combined heat and power (mCHP) heating unit in Europe, to German utility EWE. CFCL is developing solid oxide fuel cell based cogeneration units for residential applications and other buildings.

Canadian government funds Ballard to advance fuel cell module tech for transit buses

Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems has been awarded up to C$4.8 million (US$4.5 million) by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), for a project to further develop its fuel cell power module technology for the transit bus market. Design improvements will be implemented on test buses to be operated in Metro Vancouver from the fourth quarter of 2010.

Lockheed Martin selects Protonex fuel cell technology to power HULC exoskeleton

Lockheed Martin has selected Protonex Technology to develop fuel cell power supply concepts that will enable the HULC™ robotic exoskeleton to support 72+ hour extended soldier missions.

US government funds US$20.5m for community renewable energy deployment

Five projects in the USA will receive US$20.5 million from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to support deployment of community-based renewable energy projects in wind energy, solar electric and biomass installations.

Ceres Power appoints Phil Whalen as Technology Director

UK-based solid oxide fuel cell developer Ceres Power Holdings has appointed Dr Phil Whalen to its Board as Technology Director.

Protonex wins $1.85m Army contract to develop deployable portable battery charger/APU fuel cell systems

Protonex Technology in Massachusetts has received a $1.85 million contract award from the US Army's Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), to develop and deliver advanced portable battery charger/auxiliary power unit (APU) fuel cell systems.

Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010 Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010

Toyota Motor Corporation has been awarded the 2010 Zayed Future Energy Prize for its third-generation Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.

NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo will feature market-ready products

Zero-emission cars, forklift vehicles, new fuel cell power units, and hydrogen production technology that will provide green energy, green jobs, and a green planet are all part of the Expo within the annual NHA Hydrogen Conference coming to Long Beach, California in May.

Neah Power receives $10m funding commitment from Ebeling Heffernan and First Equity

Neah Power Systems, which is developing fuel cells and fuel cell based renewable energy solutions, has reached agreements separately with Ebeling Heffernan (EF), a public markets consultancy in Thailand, and with First Equity Trust to purchase up to $10 million of Neah Power’s common stock.

Glamorgan builds on biofuel expertise with microbial fuel cells funding

The University of Glamorgan in the UK has been awarded £630 000 (US$1m) to develop its research into biological fuel cells. The work at Glamorgan’s Sustainable Environment Research Centre is looking at how microbial fuel cells can be made to simultaneously treat wastes such as sewage, and generate electricity.

Hydrogenics raises US$5m on completion of registered direct offering

Canadian-based Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, has announced that on January 14, 2010 it closed its previously announced registered direct offering of common shares and warrants with two institutional investors. The transaction generated gross proceeds of US$5.0 million before placement agent’s fees and other offering expenses.

Fuel cell industry could create 700 000 green jobs worldwide by 2020

Up to 700 000 ‘green’ manufacturing jobs could be created in the global fuel cell industry over the next decade, according to the latest Industry Review, Fuel Cells: Sustainability from the analysts at Fuel Cell Today. The 2010 Industry Review was launched today at the World Future Energy Summit’s Expert Showcase Seminar in Abu Dhabi.

Ballard partners with Dantherm, Danfoss to create leading European fuel cell backup power capability

Canadian-based Ballard Power Systems has acquired a controlling interest in Dantherm Power in Denmark, in a partnership with Danish co-investors Danfoss A/S and Dantherm A/S. The joint investment and partnering support from Ballard, Danfoss and Dantherm is expected to result in accelerated development of fuel cell backup power applications across Europe.

EFOY fuel cell power for Globe4 Cross Country concept motorhome from Dethleffs EFOY fuel cell power for Globe4 Cross Country concept motorhome from Dethleffs

An EFOY fuel cell from SFC Smart Fuel Cell is being used for onboard power in the ‘Globe4 Cross Country’ concept vehicle from Dethleffs. The German motorhome builder is exhibiting the innovative recreational vehicle at the CMT caravanning and tourism show in Stuttgart this week.

UTC Power fuel cell system passes 5000 hour durability milestone in AC Transit bus

A PureMotion® Model 120 PEM fuel cell power plant from Connecticut-based UTC Power has surpassed 5000 operating hours in real-world service in a hybrid-electric transit bus, with its original cell stacks and no cell replacements. The latest-generation 120 kW UTC Power fuel cell power plant is installed in an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) bus operating in the Greater Oakland, California area.

SINTEF using nanoelectronics for smarter control of electric vehicle batteries, to improve range

The Norwegian research organization SINTEF is using nanoelectronics for real-time control of smart, dynamic sensor-based monitoring of batteries in electric vehicles. The research is part of the European Union’s E3Car project, which is studying how to utilize battery power as efficiently as possible in such vehicles.

Canada funds 19 demonstration projects in clean and renewable energy

The government of Canada will invest C$146 million to support 19 clean and renewable energy projects which include solar, wind, tidal and geothermal energy.

IdaTech issues trading update for 2009, announces new fuel cell contract win

IdaTech, a leading developer and manufacturer of fuel cell products for critical backup power markets, has issued a trading update for 2009. The company sold a total of 445 fuel cell systems during 2009, and achieved revenues of US$6.6 million. IdaTech also received an order for 108 fuel cell systems at the end of 2009, for delivery and deployment in the first quarter of 2010.

NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo taking place May 3–6, 2010 in Long Beach

The National Hydrogen Association will hold its 21st annual NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo this year in Long Beach, California from May 3–6, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The event is expected to attract more than 1500 attendees, and feature more than 150 speakers.

Neah Power announces commercial launch of fuel cell solutions

Neah Power Systems is taking orders for its Infinity eL™ series fuel cells, which are now available as stand-alone products and as integrated solutions. The company is developing renewable energy solutions based on its unique silicon-based micro fuel cell technology.

USA: US$2.3bn in clean energy manufacturing tax credits

The US$2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing is being allocated on a competitive basis.

Ballard sells fuel cell power modules to Advanced Public Transportation Systems BV

Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems has received a sales order for five FCvelocity™-HD6 fuel cell power modules from Advanced Public Transportation Systems BV (APTS), a specialty bus OEM in The Netherlands.

ACAL Energy to demonstrate fuel cell system with platinum-free cathode

Fuel cell system developer ACAL Energy is leading a collaborative project to build the world’s first installed system using FlowCath® fuel cell technology in a practical application. The project will see a fully operational demonstration system of a FlowCath fuel cell unit installed at Solvay Interox’s large industrial site at Warrington, Cheshire, UK.

Hydrogenics to develop fuel cell lunar power system for Canadian Space Agency

Toronto-based Hydrogenics, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, has been awarded a contract to develop a next-generation power system to be used for surface mobility applications on the moon.

German-Canadian fuel cell project under way at ZBT

The ZBT Center for Fuel Cell Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany has been awarded €380 000 (US$535 000) for its HiPerLoCo project, on the Development of High Performance and Low-Cost PEM Fuel Cells. ZBT will collaborate with the National Research Council Canada – Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation (NRC-IFCI) in Vancouver.

Nine EU Governments take first steps towards a Northern European Supergrid.

The siging of a political declaration in early December last year will see the countries cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid joining up clean energy projects scattered in and around the North Sea.

Ontario invests in General Electric Canada’s motor production facility

Ontario, Canada is helping General Electric Canada (GEC) improve productivity and energy efficiency at its Peterborough-based motor production facility.

MTI Micro CEO to speak at 2010 CES panel on mobile power this week

Peng K. Lim of MTI MicroFuel Cells will be among several portable power experts participating in a panel discussion at this week’s 2010 CES consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas. The panel will discuss solutions to the growing demand for portable power by using advanced micro fuel cell technologies for mobile devices.

UPS Systems MD Tom Sperrey wins ARC yacht race with onboard fuel cell power

A yacht skippered by Tom Sperrey, Managing Director of UK-based UPS Systems, has won the prestigious Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) racing division. A portable fuel cell from SFC Smart Fuel Cell provided auxiliary power onboard during the transatlantic race.

Horizon to unveil ‘personal hydrogen station’ at CES 2010 in Las Vegas this week

Singapore-based Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies will unveil a small home hydrogen fueling and storage solution at this week’s CES 2010 consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas. Horizon believes that the launch marks a major step towards its vision of ‘a hydrogen station in every home,’ and help begin the transition to a hydrogen-based economy.

Hydrogenics, Rosetti Marino to commercialize utility-scale hydrogen fuel cell power plants

The Canadian fuel cell and electrolyzer manufacturer Hydrogenics Corporation has announced a strategic development agreement with Italian-based Rosetti Marino SpA to jointly design, develop and commercialize utility-scale hydrogen fuel cell power plants for peak shaving and energy management.