Intelligent Energy and Suzuki Motor Corporation Announce Completion of Ready-to-Scale Fuel Cell Production Line in Japan
On February 20, Intelligent Energy and Suzuki Motor Corporation announced that their joint venture, SMILE FC System Corporation, has successfully established a ready-to-scale production plant for its fuel cell systems in Yokohama, Japan.
SMILE FC was created in February 2012 to develop and manufacture fuel cell systems for use in Suzuki motorcycles and passenger vehicles. The joint venture provides Suzuki with access to Intelligent Energy's technology through a non-exclusive license.
SMILE FC is headquartered at Suzuki HQ in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Japan.
Intelligent Energy's press release is available here.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Commissions UTC Power Fuel Cell
On January 30, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR), the California Rocket maker, commissioned UTC Power's first operational 400kW fuel cell in the San Fernando Valley. The Pure Fuel Cell System will reduce PWRs emissions equivalent to removing 120 cars from the highway.
The Pure Cell System is the first of several UTC Power fuel cell systems planned for installation this year in the San Fernando Valley, including three at CBS Studio Center and three at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
More information is available on AOL Energy here.
London Hydrogen Network Expansion Project to Deliver Five Publicly Accessible Fueling Stations
On January 30, Renewable Energy Focus reported that Air Products, working with the UK government's Technology Strategy Board, is in the process of building a network of five 700 bar renewable hydrogen fueling stations to facilitate deployment of new fuel cell electric vehicles around London.
The London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project features a consortium of companies including Air Products, Cenex (the Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies), Commercial Group, Element Energy, Heathrow Airport, and Revolve Technologies, in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board, the Mayor of London's office and the Greater London Authority.
More information is available on Renewable Energy Focus here.
Toyota Unveils Fuel Cell Forklift
On February 7, Toyota unveiled a new fuel cell forklift co-developed
with Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. Two of the fuel cell forklifts will be
deployed to Toyoda Gosei's Kitakyushu site for demonstration through
Toyota previously developed a prototype fuel cell fork lift in 2005, and since then has been working on a commercial model.
Further information can be found on Fuel Cell Today here.
Boeing Hydrogen-Powered Phantom Eye Completes Taxi Tests, Prepares for First Autonomous Flight
On February 8, Boeing announced that taxi tests have been completed for the Phantom Eye, a hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft, and that Boeing is preparing for the aircraft's second autonomous flight.
The Phantom Eye completed its first flight on June 1, 2012 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Since then, The Phantom Eye has had hardware and software updates which will allow it to fly at a higher altitude. During recent testing, the aircraft was able to reach speeds of up to 40 knots atop its launch cart.
Boeing's feature story and video update on the Phantom Eye are available online here.
Western Hydrogen Receives Grant for New Hydrogen Production Technology
On February 15, Western Hydrogen Ltd. announced it has obtained a $1.45 million grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a non-profit clean energy research, development and demonstration foundation financed by the Canadian government.
The grant will go towards the commercialization of Western Hydrogen's Molten Salt Gasification (MSG) process, which can produce hydrogen from a variety of carbon feedstock sources including petroleum coke, natural gas and biomass. The technology is expected to have a application in oil sands production and a strong potential for reducing the energy demands and emissions of the oil sands process.
Western Hydrogen is currently constructing and commissioning a pilot plant near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to demonstrate the MSG process.
Western Hydrogen's press release is available here.
Interview with Colorado Energy Partners CEO Reveals Plans to Incorporate Delphi SOFC in Oil Sands Recovery
On February 6, Alan K. Forbes, President and CEO of Independent Energy Partners (IEP) explained in an interview with Driving Force Radio how IEP is working with Delphi to develop solid fuel oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology to help improve the extraction of oil sands.
Currently, oil sands are either mined and then refined above ground, or the ground is heated using ceramic heating cartridges, after which the oil can be pumped out. IEP hopes to replace the ceramic heating cartridges with SOFCs, using their byproduct to heat the ground. The SOFCs can be run on natural gas and the electricity that is produced can be used on-site.
IEP is also partnering with TOTAL, as well as Pacific Northwest and Idaho National Laboratories on this project.
More information, as well as a link to the radio interviews are available on Fuel Cell Today here.
NREL Receives Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles from Toyota
On January 28, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced that it had received four fuel cell hybrid vehicles - advanced (FCHV-adv) from Toyota Motor Corp. to support research in hydrogen infrastructure, renewable hydrogen production, and vehicle performance. The vehicles were loaned to NREL for two years as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.
The vehicles are being fueled with hydrogen produced from renewable wind and solar energy sources. NREL will also use the vehicles to educate the public about advanced vehicle technologies and will raise awareness through a student contest to design graphic decals designs for the vehicles.
NREL's press release is available here.
CE Marking for Infintium Material Handling Fuel Cell System - ITM Power Sole European Distributor
On January 31, ITM Power announced the achievement of CE certification of the Infintium Fuel Cell System for materials handling vehicles. This follows a previous announcement on June 22 by ITM Power of an agreement with Infintium Fuel Cell Systems Inc. to be the exclusive European distributor of Infintium's materials handling equipment fuel cells.
A CE mark is mandatory for products placed on the market in the European Economic Area and signifies that a product has met EU consumer safety, health and environmental requirements. ITM can now offer customers both an integrated fuel cell, and refueling solution that are CE certified.
ITM Power's press release is available here.
AC Transit Honored by California Governor for Fuel Cell Bus Program
On January 23, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Authority (AC Transit) was awarded the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) by California Governor Jerry Brown for the successful implementation of AC Transit's fuel cell bus program.
The award, which was established in 1993, is considered the highest environmental achievement award in California and honors individuals, companies and organizations that make significant contributions to the state by developing environmentally-friendly practices.
In addition to the fuel cell bus program, AC Transit is in the process of installing a 400-kilowatt stationary solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system manufactured in California.
AC Transit's press release is available here.
Nectar Mobile Power System Wins Several Awards at the International Consumer Electronics Show
On January 23, Lilliputian Systems announced that their portable fuel cell charger, Nectar, won 3 awards at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show, including, the CES Innovations Award for Engineering & Design; Popular Science Product of the Future Award; and the Gotta be Mobile Best of CES award.
The Nectar is a portable fuel cell charger that can charge any USB device. The Nectar Mobile Power System and its butane fuel source, Nectar Pods, have been approved for carry-on and use aboard commercial aircraft by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Nectar is available for pre-order at nectarpower.com and brookstone.com/nectar. The product is set to ship this summer.
Lilliputian's press release is available here.
Phase 1 of UKH2Mobility completed, Government-Industry Report Claims Over 1.5 Million FCEVs Could be on the Road by 2030
In a press conference on February 4, members of UKH2Mobility, the UK's public-private partnership for the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles and the development of hydrogen infrastructure, announced that Phase 1 of the project is complete. UKH2Mobility has published an interim report for Phase 1 of the initiative, a joint Government-Industry evaluation and road-map for the roll-out of hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the UK through 2030.
The report claims that over 1.5 million hydrogen powered vehicles could be on UK roads by 2030 and that as FCEV deployments increase, they will be supported by up to 1,150 hydrogen refueling stations. UKH2Mobility estimates that UK annual total vehicles CO2 emissions would be reduced by 3 million tons in that time span.
The final report for Phase 1 is due to be published in March. Phase 2 will then develop a detailed business case and specific actions for participants to commit to.
ITM Power's press release is available here. The UK's Department for Business Innovation & Skills press release is available online here.
California's Governor Brown Releases 2013 ZEV Action Plan - Calls for 1.5 Million ZEVs on the Road by 2025
On February 5, the Office of California Governor Edmund Brown released its 2013 ZEV Action Plan, a Californian road-map to put 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on its roads by 2025. By 2015, California metro areas are required to be "ZEV ready", which includes planning for a hydrogen refueling network. Current projections suggest that 68 hydrogen refueling stations are needed by the end of 2015 for initial vehicle launch, and ultimately 100 stations for full commercial launch.
The plan also calls for the California Energy Commission to ensure that all state funded hydrogen stations are open to FCEV drivers and the public, for the state to enact necessary standards to ensure hydrogen can be sold on a per kilogram basis and to streamline permitting for hydrogen stations. The state will also explore purchasing or leasing FCEVs for state fleets located near retail hydrogen stations, especially as FCEVs become commercially available, and support grant funding for FCEV coordinating councils.
The full report can be found here.
Bloomberg Releases 2013 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook
On January 31, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released The Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook which highlights significant advancements in new renewable energy technologies in America.
The Factbook highlights how these advancements are significantly boosting investment and interest in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies along with other renewable and clean energy technologies.
The Business Council's press release is available here.