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March 2014 
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Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Headlines


FuelCell Energy and Village Farms Collaborate on First Ever Quad-Generation Energy Project


On March 24, Village Farms announced it would be working with Quadrogen Power Systems and FuelCell Energy to build the first renewable energy quad-generation project for a greenhouse operation.  


The project will enable commercial production of renewable heat and food grade carbon dioxide for the greenhouse, along with electricity and hydrogen for additional commercial markets.


A groundbreaking for the project will take place on April 2, 2014, at the company's Delta, British Columbia greenhouse.


To read the full press release, click here.


Bloom Energy Partners with WGL Holdings for 2.6 Megawatts in Santa Clara, California


On March 10, WGL Holdings announced a 2.6 megawatt (MW) Bloom Energy project in Santa Clara County, California.  This project will be financed, built, owned and operated by the Washington Gas Energy Systems (WGESystems), a subsidiary of WGL who own and operate energy solutions for non-residential customers across the United States.


WGESystems will implement a financing program that enables customers, including non-profit organizations, to deploy Boom Energy's fuel cell power.  All of the energy produced from this project will be sold to Santa Clara County under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and is expected to reduce the county's carbon emissions by nearly 5 million pounds each year.    


To read the full article, click here.


Senator Chris Coons Test Drives Fuel Cell Vehicle at National Renewable Energy Lab


On March 19, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) visited the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) campus in Golden, Colorado.  While there, the Senator had a chance to test drive the latest FCHV-adv vehicle that NREL has on loan from Toyota.


Senator Chris Coons (right) with Keith Wipke (left), Program Manager for the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Program at NREL in front of  the Toyota FCHV-adv
Senator Chris Coons is a co-chair of the Senate Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Caucus.

Honda R&D Installs Advanced Fast Fill Hydrogen Refueling Station


On March 3, Honda R&D America announced it installed a state-of-the-art hydrogen refueling station in Torrance, California.  The station, dubbed "MC Fill," reduces 700-bar fueling times by up to 45 percent and can complete most fills in less than three minutes under normal conditions.  


The system can absorb the heat that is generated during fueling and allows the dispenser to continuously adjust to current temperature and other conditions which normally affect the refueling time.


Read the full press release here.


Air Products Smartfuels Commercial Group's First Hydrogen Hybrid Transit Van


On March 5, Air Products announced that its Smartfuel hydrogen filling station at London's Heathrow Airport would fuel the Commercial Group's first London-based hydrogen hybrid Ford Transit delivery van.


The van is the first of a fleet of hydrogen hybrid internal combustion engine transit vehicles that will be deployed in London as part of the Technology Strategy Board funded London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project.  They will promote low carbon transport by showing that hydrogen fuel technology can be deployed in real life commercial operations.  The vans will be used to provide next day delivery service for office supplies to customers across the UK.


Read the full press release here.


FuelCell Energy Announces Market Developments for On-Site Distributed Hydrogen Generation


On March 7, FuelCell Energy announced progress in developing on-site distributed hydrogen generation with a $2.8 million award from the Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office (DOE AMO).  


The award will demonstrate FuelCell Energy's tri-generation capabilities with their Direct FuelCell (DFC) fuel cell power plants. The units will provide up to 135 kilograms (Kg) of hydrogen a day for commercial and industrial use in addition to power and heat.  The demonstration is expected to be operational by the end of 2014.


For a link to FuelCell Energy's full press release, click here.

Proton OnSite to Supply Electrolyzer for Hydrogen Station in Hamburg , Germany


On March 11, Proton OnSite announced that will install an on-site hydrogen generator at a hydrogen refueling station in Hamburg, Germany.  Proton OnSite will install a proton exchange membrane electrolyzer to generate the hydrogen, which will be partially powered by renewable energy sources. 


This installation is part of a larger hydrogen station network being developed in Germany through H2Mobility.  H2Mobility is a joint initiative from German leaders in the gas and automotive industries to facilitate the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles in Germany and has announced €350 million for funding of station development


To read the full article, click here.  


Arrival of First Hydrogen Buses Marks Milestone in Aberdeen, Scotland Project   


On March 19, the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, in Aberdeen, Scotland, recieved four of the 10 hydrogen buses ordered from Belgian firm Van Hool.  The remaining buses will arrive in the coming weeks.  Ballard Power is providing the 150 kilowatt fuel cell modules for the buses.


One of Van Hool's hydrogen buses powered by Ballard fuel cells

The buses will be fueled by a hydrogen refueling station, which will get its hydrogen from a 1 megawatt (MW) electrolyser, the first of its kind in Scotland.  1211 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036


For a link to the full press release, click here


Hydro Industries Partners with Intelligent Energy to Bring Clean Water to India


On March 20, Hydro Industries announced it would be collaborating with Intelligent Energy to support the commercialization of water purification technology across India.  Intelligent Energy's Indian subsidiary, Essential Energy, will use fuel cells to power Hydro's water purification technology which uses electricity to create potable water.


This news follows a recent announcement that Intelligent Energy will deliver fuel cell power management solutions for telecommunications towers across India.


To read the full press release, click here.


Air Liquide Hydrogen Filling Station Begins Fueling Forklifts at IKEA Logistics Platform in France


On March 18, Air Liquide announced it has begun supplying hydrogen for a hydrogen fueling station at IKEA's logistics platform in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France.  Air Liquide claims that this station is a first in Europe and will initially be used to fuel 20 fuel cell forklift trucks.


The fuel cells in the forklifts are supplied by HyPulsion, a European joint venture between Plug Power and Air Liquide's subsidiary Axane.


Read Air Liquide's press release here.


Ballard Power Successfully Trials ElectraGen Fuel Cells in Pakistan 


On March 25, Ballard Power announced that it had completed a successful field trial  in Pakistan for their ElectraGen fuel cell systems for telecommunications backup power. 


Ballard collaborated with Warid Telecom and the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) on a Mobile Energy Efficiency Optimization (MEEO) project, which identified ways to reduce energy costs and carbon footprints.  Warid Telecom is an Abu Dhabi-based telecom firm operating in a number of Middle Eastern and African countries.  


For a link to Ballard's full press release, click here.


ClearEdge Inks Service Deal with Kinsley Fuel Cells


On March 25, ClearEdge Power announced it signed a service agreement with Kinsley Fuel Cells to provide maintenance for ClearEdge's 400 kW fuel cells in the Northeast.


Kinsley Fuel Cells, a subsidiary of the Kinsley Group, has five locations throughout the Northeast region and will leverage its service fleet and trained technicians to help the ClearEdge service team.


For a link to the full article, click here.


NREL Driving Research on Hydrogen Fuel Cells


On March 24, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced updates on their fuel cell and hydrogen energy research and development efforts to overcome challenges associated with hydrogen vehicle commercialization.


The release highlights a range of topics that NREL researchers are working on, including developing alternative means of producing hydrogen fuel, lowering the amount of platinum used in fuel cells, and analyzing how contaminants affect fuel cell systems.


NREL robot tests the durability of a hydrogen refueling pump (source: NREL)


To learn more about NREL's fuel cell and hydrogen R&D efforts, click here.


New York State Awards Funding to NY-BEST Companies to Develop Advanced Energy Storage Technologies


On March 5, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.4 million in funding was awarded to six organizations working on new technologies in battery and energy storage.


One of the six projects is being conducted by Cornell University to develop a regenerative fuel cell energy storage system to produce hydrogen, using a Cornell-designed membrane.  The project hopes to reduce the cost of hydrogen production, helping to make the transition to hydrogen-powered vehicles by reducing fossil fuel dependence.


For a link to the full press release, click here


Additional Headlines


Scientific America | February 28, 2014


The Future of Fuel Cells in the Fleet
Green Fleet Magazine | March 3, 2014 


Plug Power Energized: Up nearly 4,700% off 52-Week Low

USA Today | March 4, 2014

Fuel Cell Power Helps Capture Wildlife Footage  in Scotland for BBC Winterwatch Series
Renewable Energy Focus | March 10, 2014 


High Sheriff Visits Hydrogen Station
Gasworld | March 10, 2014 


Energy 101: Fuel Cell Technology (video) 

Department of Energy | March 11, 2014


How did Life Arise? Fuel Cells May Have the Answer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory | March 13, 2014


Plug Power Eyes First Profit on Rising Fuel Cell Orders
Reuters | March 13, 2014  



Union of Concerned Scientists | March 25, 2014 


Upcoming Events

National Renewable Energy Policy Forum: Evolving Policy to Keep Pace With Market Innovation




As a supporter of the ACORE Renewable Energy National Policy Forum, the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association would like to offer members a special 20% discount to attend the conference.

Join renewable energy leaders and policy makers from Capitol Hill and across the country to assess renewable energy market growth and make the case for a coherent, long-term and consistent federal policy framework to accelerate the transformation of our nation's energy sector.

The forum is being held in Washington, D.C., March 27 - 28, 2014. Register now with discount code: SPT20FC to take advantage of this exclusive deal.   


Federal Program Updates


Energy Department Awards Treadstone Technologies Phase II SBIR award for Fuel Cells


On March 20, the Department of Energy's (DOE) office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded 17 grants of $1 million dollars to clean energy innovation projects.  


Treadstone Technologies received an award for their work on

Novel Structured Metal Biopolar Plates for Low Cost Manufacturing.

These plates would be used to develop future generations of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells for use in transportation applications.


For a link to the full DOE announcement and list of award winners, click here.


Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request Released


On March 4, the President Obama released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.  The request for the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Program located within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is $92.98 million.  Within the Office of Fossil Energy, the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA), DOE's solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) program, received a request for $3 million. 


A link to the DOE's budget request highlights and breakouts is available here.

EERE to Host FY 2015 Budget Request Webinar


On March 14, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced it will be hosting a webinar series providing an in-depth review of EERE's Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget request.  Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, will lead the Sustainable Transportation seminar on  April 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM EDT.  This webinar will focus on the budget request for the Offices of Vehicle Technologies, Bioenergy, and Fuel Cell Technologies.  


To register for the sustainable transportation webinar, click herePlease feel free to send follow up questions or comments to the Stakeholder Engagement Office here. 


Request for Papers, Proposals, and Information


Fuel Cell Technologies Office Announces Plenary Talk by Director of FCTO


On March 21, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) announced it will hold a plenary talk by Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director of the FTCO. The meeting will be held at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Energy Sustainability and Fuel Cell Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, between June 30 and July 2, 2014.


A fuel cell early market panel representing material handling equipment, emergency backup power, and specialty vehicle applications will follow the plenary talk.


Engineering researchers, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, senior level undergraduate students, and research faculty are encouraged to submit oral or poster presentations for the conference by submitting 400 word abstracts by Saturday, March 29, 2014.


For more information, click here.

EERE Announces Intent to Issue Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies FOA 


On March 5, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced its intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on behalf of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) titled "Fuel Cell Technologies Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies."


The Incubator Program is intended to identify potentially impactful ideas that are not addressed in FCTO's strategic plan or project portfolio, rather than fund projects that are incremental improvements to current products. Some anticipated areas of interest include but are not limited to Platinum Group Metal (PGM)-free catalysts and membrane electrode assemblies, innovative hydrogen production and delivery technologies, and breakthrough, low pressure hydrogen storage materials.


EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about March 31, 2014. It will be available for viewing on the EERE Exchange website


DOE's Loan Program Office Issues $8 Billion Fossil Energy RFP 


On February 28, the first of several rolling deadlines passed for the Department of Energy's Loan Program Office (LPO) Fossil Energy Loan Guarantee.   DOE has made $8 billion available for federal loan guarantees on a variety of natural gas, oil and coal projects, providing they cut emissions from current operational levels.  Fuel cells qualify as eligible technology for proposals.


DOE will continue to accept part 1 proposals through October 2015, with corresponding part II proposal due dates through 2016, starting on May 30. 


For a link to the full press release, click here


DOT Extends Deadline for $24.9 Million in Funding for Zero-Emission Buses 


On March 7, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the extension of the deadline for $24.9 million through its new Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo).  


This program was created under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), and builds on the FTA's National Fuel Cell Bus Program, which successfully committed $90 million over seven years for innovative research, demonstration, and deployment projects to reduce the cost of fuel cells for transit use.  


Similar to the National Fuel Cell Bus Program, the focus of the LoNo program is to spread the adoption of reliable green energy buses into transit fleets.  The grant will move the initiative forward by allocating $21.6 million for non-polluting transit buses and $3.3 million to support facilities and related equipment. 


Full proposals are now due by April 10, 2014


For a link to the full press release, click here. For a link to the notice for Request for Proposals (RFP), click here 


NHSTA Proposed Rule on Alternative Fuel Vehicle Badging


On February 20, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) proposed requiring badges, labels, and owner's manual information for new passenger cars, low speed vehicles and light-duty trucks in order to increase consumer awareness regarding the use and benefits of alternative fuels.


 The proposed rule would implement specific statutory mandates that manufacturers be required to add information on capabilities and benefits to owner's manuals, identify that vehicles are capable of running on alternative fuels by labeling fuel filler compartments appropriately, and more.


Comments on the proposal must be received on or before April 21, 2014. 


For more information, click here


DOE announces $7 Million in Funding to Improve Grid Resiliency


On February 7, the Department of Energy announced up to $7 million available for grants to advance the design of technologies to strengthen and modernize the electric grid. The Microgrid Research, Development, and System Design funding opportunity specifically targets teams of communities, technology developers and providers, and utilities to help the grid become more adaptive and prepared for power outages caused by severe weather and other events.


Applicants must work with an entity or community to design microgrid systems of less than or equal to 10 MW, enough to power a small community. 


The deadline for submitting applications is April 28, 2014.


For more information on the funding opportunity, click here.  


Department of Labor Seeking Input on Fuel Cell Technicians


The US Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is seeking assistance from expert fuel cell technicians, with at least five years experience, to complete a series of occupational questionnaires for a national database.  This database is a service to employers, human resource professionals, job counselors, and labor market analysts across the country, providing information about the skills, abilities, activities, and work context for about 900 occupations nationwide. 


Technicians will be asked to complete several O*NET questionnaires to provide information on their field of expertise. These take about 90 minutes to complete. 


Interested applicants should contact Jim Rose Business Liaison O*NET Operations Center, RTI International at 877-233-7348, Ext. 121 or by email jrose@onet.rti.org


Further information about this initiative can be found at www.doleta.gov/programs/onet.


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