July 2014
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Connection

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Headlines

Exelon Partners with Bloom Energy to Finance 21 Megawatts of Fuel Cell Power 


On July 29, Exelon Corporation, one of the nation's largest energy providers, announced a partnership with Bloom Energy to provide equity financing for 21 megawatts (MW) of fuel cell power at 75 commercial locations around the country.  Bloom will install their solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) servers in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, which include sites for returning customers like AT&T, who will be receiving installations at 9 separate locations.


Billed as the first step in a long-term partnership between the two organizations, Exelon will finance Bloom Energy projects through Bloom Electrons, which allows customers to purchase fuel cell power as a service, instead of purchasing equipment directly.  Bloom Energy and Exelon plan to complete the SOFC installations over the next year, providing power to the equivalent of more than 11,000 homes a year.


For a link to the full press release, click here.


Intelligent Energy Signs Multi-Million Fuel Cell Deal with Japanese Automaker


On July 29, Intelligent Energy signed a further two-year, multi-million pound agreement with a Japanese Automotive OEM.  The agreement will focus on the development of fuel cell technology in engines for compact cars, two-wheeled vehicles, and as range extenders for other low emission light duty vehicles (LDVs). 


Intelligent Energy's will provide its fuel cell technology in a 2 kilowatt (KW) to 100 KW range through a licensing model to two Japanese OEMs.


For a link to the full press release, click here


Commercial Hydrogen Fueling Made Possible with a New SAE Standard (J2601)


On July 16, SAE International, the global engineering association that sets technical standards for the automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle industries, approved a light duty vehicle hydrogen fueling standard (SAE J2601).  The standard enables hydrogen fueling at both 35MPa and 70MPa pressures, and will serve as a baseline for commercial fueling of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) worldwide.


SAE J2601 has been advanced through 13 years of testing and development with the international automotive and hydrogen industry.  Using SAE J2601, FCEVs are the only zero emission vehicle technology that replicates today's driving experience of a 300+ mile range and three-to-five minute refueling time.


This J2601 release follows the May 2014 publication of Vehicle-to-Station Hardware and Software standard for FCEVs (SAE J2799), which standardizes wireless communication of the tank temperature and pressure between the FCEV and the hydrogen station.


FCHEA's press release on the announcement is available here.  The SAE J2601 Standard is available online here.


Walmart Expands Fuel Cell Forklift Contract with Plug Power 


On July 24,  Plug Power announced that Walmart is expanding its contract for more than 1,700 material handling fuel cell systems and six hydrogen stations, announced in February.  The contract extension is to develop an additional hydrogen refueling station and deploy an additional 286 fuel cell systems at Walmart's Sterling, Illinois distribution center. 


The contract schedules installations to take place over the next two years, with the first deployments to begin this September.


Today, there are more than 4,500 forklifts in North America running on Plug Power's GenDrive fuel cells.


For a link to the full article, click here


Ballard to Supply New Flyer Industries with Next Generation Power Module for U.S. Fuel Cell Electric Bus


On July 22, Ballard Power Systems received a purchase order from New Flyer Industries for the delivery of Ballard's first next-generation FCvelocity®-HD7 fuel cell power module to a North American bus manufacturer.  


The module will be utilized in a next generation New Flyer Industries fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) that will be sent to Altoona, Pennsylvania for testing and qualification prior to being deployed into revenue service under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) National Fuel Cell Bus Program.


For a link to the full press release, click here.     


3M Fuel Cell Activities Highlighted in Assembly Magazine Interview


On July 18, Assembly Magazine published an interview with the Advance Materials Division Business Manager at 3M, Janice Bennett, on the company's role in the fuel cell industry. 


Although 3M is known for their scotch tape, sand paper, and post-it notes, they are also a leading provider of materials that are critical to fuel cells, such as fluoropolymers, membrane materials, and advanced ceramics.


Bennett talks about the fuel cell assembly process and challenges the industry faces in the interview.


For a link to the full interview, click here.


Nuvera Introduces Hydrogen Gas Generator to Distributors


On July 21, Nuvera Fuel Cells announced that it will introduce its PowerTap™ PT-50 hydrogen generator to the international gas distributor market in 2015.  With Nuvera's generator, industrial gas distributors can potentially increase their margin on hydrogen gas sales by installing their own dedicated production source, rather than purchasing gas for re-sale.


Nuvera is currently seeking distributors for PowerTap hydrogen generators in North America, as well as international markets.


For a link to the full press release, click here.


Linde Begins Small Scale Production of Hydrogen Stations


On July 14, The Linde Group officially opened the world's first small-series production facility for hydrogen fueling stations in Vienna, Austria.  Attendees at the opening event included Doris Bures, Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, and Detlev Rünger, the German Ambassador to Vienna.


Linde reached an agreement with Iwatani Corporation, a Japanese energy and gas development and supply company, for the delivery of 28 hydrogen fuelling stations for the new facility.  Through their collaboration with Linde, Iwatani hopes to contribute to the development of Japanese hydrogen infrastructure.  Linde believes the new production facility represents a key milestone on the journey to the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.


Linde's press release on the announcement is available here.


Ace Hardware Orders Additional Plug Power GenDrive Units


On July 10, Plug Power announced that it had supplied GenDrive fuel cell units for lift trucks at Ace Hardware'sWilmer, Texas Retail Support Center, making it Ace Hardware's first all-hydrogen material handling fleet.  The 450,000 square foot facility has nearly 90 loading docks, where the fuel cell lift trucks will be used to load and unload delivery trucks.


PlugPower's lift truck units had been in operation for three months at the facility as part of a pilot project, and Ace Hardware has committed to ordering further GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell units at a distribution center now under construction in Ohio.  Upon completion of the Ohio site, Ace Hardware will have over 130 hydrogen-powered vehicles in operation.   


To read the full article, click here.

FuelCell Energy Announces German Government Support for Advancement of Fuel Cell Technology


On July 22, FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced that its German subsidiary, FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH (FCES), received nearly €5 million in awards by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.  The funding will support a three year research and development project between FCES and joint venture partner Fraunhofer IKTS, an advanced material research institute.


The project targets further enhancements to the Direct FuelCell (DFC) technology by increasing power density and operating life of the fuel cells, leading to lower costs.  The research is being performed in Germany by FCES at an existing facility in Ottobrunn, and by Fraunhofer IKTS at a facility located in Dresden.


For a link to the full press release, click here.


Air Liquide Wins Bid for Hydrogen Filling Station in France


On July 24, Air Liquide won a competitive bid launched by French transit company Conseil Général de la Manche to supply and install a hydrogen filling station in Saint-Lô, France.  This station will be able to refill Conseil's fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), which will be in operation in France by the end of 2014. 


Air Liquide installed its first hydrogen filling station in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2012. Air Liquide plans to install four additional stations in Denmark.


For a link to the full press release, click here


Sure Partners with Intelligent Energy to Offer Upp Fuel Cell Charger


On July 9, British telecommunications company, Sure, announced its partnership with Intelligent Energy to offer the Upp personal energy device in its retail stores.  Designed to meet the growing demand for portable power, Upp powers a range of USB-compatible electronic devices.


The Upp fuel cell starter pack, consisting of the fuel cell and cartridge, will be available soon in Sure stores across the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.  An Upp companion app is also available for iOS and Android. 


For a link to the full press release, click here.  


Air Liquide, Daimler, and Intelligent Energy Elected to Lead Industry in Renewed Program for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Worth €1.3 billion 


On July 1, the European industry association for fuel cells and hydrogen, NEW-IG, endorsed companies Air Liquide, Daimler, and Intelligent Energy to lead the group for the next two years.


Along with Siemens, Vattenfall, and H2 Logic, these companies will represent the industry's interest on the governing board of the Fuel Cells Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU), a public-private partnership to promote fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) adoption in Europe.  


For a link to the full press release, click here.


Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Test Drives Toyota's Fuel Cell Sedan


On July 15, the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Toshimitsu Motegi, test drove Toyota's upcoming fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the company's headquarters.  He expressed strong interest in using the Toyota FCEV as an official METI vehicle.


Japan's Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry on Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle
Japan's Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry on Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle


The FCEV will launch in Japan before April 2015, and preparations are underway for launches in the U.S. and European markets in the summer of 2015.  In Japan, the FCEV will go on sale at Toyota and Toyopet dealerships, priced at approximately 7 million yen.  The prices for U.S. and Europe have not yet been announced.


Toyota's press release on the announcement is available here.


POSCO Energy, FuelCell Energy Set Sights on Fuel Cell Market in Japan


On July 1, POSCO Energy reported that it had held a business presentation in Japan to introduce two types of molten-carbonate fuel cells, designed for natural gas, biogas, and coal-based power plants. The proprietary fuel cell technology is provided by POSCO Energy's partner, FuelCell Energy.


POSCO Energy and FuelCell Energy recently completed construction of the world's largest fuel cell power plant in Hwasung City, South Korea, with a capacity of 59 megawatts (MW).


To read the full article, click here.


Federal Program Updates 


2014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review Proceedings Available Online


On June 16 through 20, the Department of Energy held its Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program's Annual Merit Review (AMR) and Peer Evaluation.  During the meeting, participants showcased hydrogen and fuel cell projects funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Office of Science.  More than 1,700 participants attended the event and over 370 participants listened to more than 350 oral presentations and reviewed 150 poster presentations.  The proceedings of the 2014 AMR are now available online.


The 2014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review Proceedings are available here.


NIST Develops Prototype Meter Test for Hydrogen Refueling Stations

On July 21, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced their development of a prototype meter test for hydrogen refueling stations.  The prototype specifically tests the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers.  Once this standard prototype is tested, it will serve as a model for constructing similar devices for use by state weights and measures inspectors.

NIST's Jodie Pope and her team have developed this prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers. (source: NIST)

According to the NIST Handbook 44 on specifications, tolerances and other requirements for commercial weighing and measuring equipment, hydrogen-dispensing pumps must be accurate to within 2 percent, or 20 grams, per kilogram.  


For a link to the full press release, click here.


Connecticut Lawmakers Seek Tax Breaks to Boost Fuel Cell Industry


On July 9, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced tax break legislation intended to spur investment in the fuel cell industry and hydrogen refueling stations.  The "Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Infrastructure for America Act," S.2573, would create a three-tiered investment tax credit geared to the efficiency of fuel cells that use combined heat and power systems.


The House version of the bill was introduced in May by Representative John Larson (D-CT).


Current law provides a 30 percent tax credit up to $3,000 per kilowatt-hour of capacity for stationary fuel cell systems that reach a 30 percent efficiency rating.  This proposed legislation would expand the credit, creating two additional tiers with larger credits for fuel cell systems that have efficiency ratings of up to 70 percent.


The legislation would also raise the tax credit for hydrogen refueling property from 30 percent to 50 percent, eliminate the $30,000 limit, and expand eligibility to include material handling equipment.


An overview of the bill is available by E&E News here.  The full text of the Senate bill is available here


Sandia Study Concludes more California Gas Stations Can Provide Hydrogen


On July 10, a study done by the researchers at Sandia National Laboratories concluded that a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach.  Out of 70 reviewed commercial gasoline stations, 14 stations could integrate hydrogen fuel into their stations immediately, with another 17 that could integrate for hydrogen with a property expansion.


Sandia's Daniel Dedrick visits a station in Oakland,  Calif. (source: Sandia)


Researchers reviewed safety codes that define required distances between such components and public streets, parking, on-site convenience stores and perimeter lines around the site to determine eligibility.   


To read the full press release, click here. 


Representative Esty Tours FuelCell Energy Headquarters in Danbury, Connecticut


On July 2, Representative Elizabeth Esty toured FuelCell Energy's facility in Danbury, Connecticut.  This location produces fuel cell systems that have the capacity to produce up to 100 MW of clean, efficient energy. 

Anthony Rauseo, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for FuelCell Energy, leads U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on a tour of the company's facility in Danbury, Conn. (source: Ned Gerard)

This tour comes two weeks after FuelCell energy was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a fuel cell stack capable of converting natural gas or renewable biogas to methanol.  FuelCell Energy was also awarded a $900,000 grant from the DOE to develop a unique electrochemical reactor that would allow hydrogen to be produced on site where needed.


Esty praised FuelCell Energy for being awarded two federal grants in a time of budgetary restraint.


For the full press release, click here. 


Additional Links


Additional articles on the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry for the month of July are included below.


Hydrogen Fueling Could be Easier to Integrate than you Think

NACS Online | July 25, 2014 



GE's Got a New In-House Fuel Cell Startup

Gigaom | July 22, 2014


Japan's Fuel Cell Vehicle Pursuit: Is It Obama's All of the Above Approach?
Green Car Reports | July 22, 2014 


CEC Advances Construction of Hydrogen Refueling and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
California Energy Commission | July 22, 2014 


Why Daimler Will Wait Until '17 to Debut Fuel Cell Vehicle

Automotive News | July 21, 2014


After Hybrid Success, Toyota Gambles on Fuel Cell

Associated Press | July 17 


Automakers Begin to Embrace Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Whittier Daily News| July 14


Rutgers Chemists Develop Technology to Produce Clean-Burning Hydrogen Fuel  

Rutgers Today | July 14


Fuel Cell Park Touts Clean Energy, Grid Resilience 
WestFair Online | July  10, 2014


Apple Environmental Responsibility Report

Apple | July 9 


Fuel-Cell Cars are Going to Get a Big Boost in California Next Year

TechCrunch | July 9, 2014 


Engineering a More Efficient Fuel Cell

R&D Magazine | July 9, 2014


Upcoming Events


17th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Expo & Forum - Come FCHEA Exhibit and Speak!


On July 31, the Sustainable Energy Campaign will be hosting the annual expo in cooperation with the House and Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus.  The event will take place from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM in the Cannon House Office Building, Caucus Room 345. 




The expo & forum bring together nearly fifty businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations to showcase the status and near-term potential of the cross-section of renewable energy and energy efficiency.


For more information, visit the website here 

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California Energy Commission Announces $20.5 Million in Grants Available for Microgrid Projects

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently announced that they will be providing $20.5 million for projects that further microgrid progress.  


The CEC is breaking this funding into two categories:

  • Group 1: Demonstration of Low Carbon-Based Microgrids for Critical Facilities
  • Group 2: Demonstration of High-Penetration, Renewable-Based Microgrids

Group 1 is focused on advancing low carbon-based microgrids for critical facilities such as hospitals and fire stations.  Group 2 defines projects that can incorporate high amounts of renewable energy (up to 100%) to meet the grid load while avoiding adverse effects to the grid through the use of microgrid energy management systems.  These two groups have up to $20.5 million in funding available, with awards ranging between $500,000 and $5 million.


CEC is also separately funding $6 million in awards for smart plug-in electric vehicle charging stations as part of this announcement.


To read more about California's microgrid program, click here.


DOE Announces up to $4.6 Million to Support Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuel Technologies

On June 5, the Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support innovations in fuel cell and hydrogen fuel technologies.

 The FOA is intended to identify potentially impactful technologies that are not already addressed in FCTO's strategic plan or project portfolio. The FOA is open to ideas which will significantly advance the mission of the FCTO and that are relevant to its Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP). 


The DOE will make available up to $4.6 million for 12-24 month projects with industry and academia.


Concept Papers are due by July 7, 2014. The full application submission deadline is September 3, 2014.


For a link to the full FOA, click ­here.


Governor Corbett Announces $12.5 Million Available for Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Grants and Loans 


On June 12, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) will offer $12.5 million in grants and loans for alternative and renewable energy projects, including fuel cells and alternative fuel generation.

 There will be a webinar for potential applications on June 24 at 2:00 PM EST.  To register for the webinar, click here.  


For a link to the full press release, click here.


Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) Launches, Issues First Call for Proposals

On July 9, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) formally launched under the European Union's program Horizon 2020  with the issuance of its first call for proposals.


FCH 2 JU, the second initiative of its kind, aims to accelerate the commercial deployment of hydrogen-based energy and transport solutions across Europe through a total investment of €1.33 billion.


FCH 2 JU issued 22 calls for proposals on a range of topics.  The program will improve performance and reduce the cost of products, as well as demonstrate the readiness of the technology to enter the market for transport, energy, energy storage, and stationary power.   


FCH 2 JU's press release on the announcement is available here.


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