September 2014
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Connection

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Headlines


Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Launches Redesigned Website


On September 8, FCHEA officially launched its new, redesigned website to help the public understand the many benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.  

 The redesigned website, which remains, features new photos and other digital content like interactive maps and guides.  Responsive web design and user-friendly navigation on desktop and mobile platforms make the site a go-to resource regarding the technology, public policy, and FCHEA's members.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact webmaster Eric Parker

To read the full press release, click here.
Toyota Publishes New Website, Video for FCV Ahead of 2015 Launch
On September 17, Toyota USA launched a campaign featuring a new website for their upcoming fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) launch in 2015, the Toyota FCV.  The campaign, titled The Turning Pointfocuses on a new era of automotive history led by hydrogen powered cars.

The website features information about the vehicle, frequently asked questions about hydrogen, and other resources.

The website also launched with a new video, available to watch here:

Toyota FCV - The Turning Point
Toyota FCV - The Turning Point Source: Toyota USA

For a link to the full website, click here.

Plug Power Secures M&T Bank as Funding Partner for GenKey Customers

On September 23, Plug Power announced that it had reached an agreement with M&T Bank to provide flexible financing packages for first time customers looking to purchase GenKey solutions.  These financing packages are tailored to customers, ranging from 5-6 years for fuel cells, and 10 years for hydrogen infrastructure.


The GenKey product solution incldues GenDrive fuel cells, GenCare service and GenFuel hydrogen and fueling infrastructure for material handling.  The combination of these products and services combines all the necessary elements for customers' transition to fuel cells. 


For a link to the press release, click here.

FuelCell Energy Announces Accelerating Commercialization of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with $7.5 Million DOE Award


On September 5, FuelCell Energy announced that it had received a $7.5 million contract from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) for the development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology.


Over the 18 month term of the award, FuelCell Energy will work to reduce costs and enhance the durability and performance of their SOFC technology.  The project will test a sub-megawatt SOFC system with combined heat and power (CHP) capabilities at FuelCell Energy's Danbury, Connecticut facility. 


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


Bloom Energy, Delaware Governor Unveil Fuel Cells at JP Morgan Chase Campus

On September 5, Bloom Energy and Delaware Governor Jack Markell unveiled Bloom's solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) providing electricity to the JP Morgan Chase campus in Newark, Delaware.  The 500 kilowatt (kW) natural gas-fed system will provide approximately 10 percent of the power for the 155-acre campus. 


Bloom Energy recently opened a fuel cell manufacturing facility in Newark, which complements their Sunnyvale, California headquarters.


For a link to the full article, click here

House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus Hosts Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Briefing, Ride N' Drive Event

On September 16, the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus and the Department of Energy held an event to introduce Hyundai's commercially available fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) on the Hill, and to provide a ride and drive event. 

Representative John Larson (D-CT), CO-Chair of the House Caucus, released the following statement: "Fuel cells and hydrogen energy are a key to utilizing cleaner, domestic energy sources...From ending our dependence on foreign oil, reducing harmful emissions, and spurring American manufacturing, fuel cells will play a critical role in solving some of our most pressing problems."  In attendance at the event were Hyundai Vice President of Government Affairs Kathleen Hennessey, and Air Products representative Rich Goodstein.

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

Nuvera PowerTap Hydrogen Generator in Operation at Ace Hardware Facility


On September 24,  Nuvera's PowerTap generator went live at Ace Hardware's new retail support center in Jefferson, Ohio. The generator is estimated to save Ace Hardware 330,115 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) annually and will help reduce carbon emissions in the state.


The system produces and dispenses up to 50 kg a day of hydrogen, servicing a fleet of 35 fuel cell powered reach trucks and 36 fuel cell powered pallet jacks. 


For a link to the full article, click here.

Air Liquide Opens First Public Hydrogen Fueling Station in Netherlands


On September 3, Air Liquide inaugurated its first hydrogen fueling station in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The event was attended by Secretary of State of the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Environment. 


With a fueling time of under five minutes, the station has the capacity to refuel 50 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) per day.


Air Liquide's Blue Hydrogen Fueling Station in Rotterdam, Netherlands Source: Air Liquide

The station is part of HIT, a European hydrogen infrastructure deployment project run by Air Liquide and six other European partners.  The group has received support from the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), a European Commission program which aims to expand hydrogen fueling infrastructure through Europe. 

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

Johnson Matthey Acquires Catalyst Supplier Catacel


On September 3, Johnson Matthey announced the purchase and acquisition of Catacel Corporation.  Catacel, based in Ohio, supplies technology centered around metal foil catalysts and sorbents for a variety of industries.  


It's high heat transfer catalyst technology is applicable in steam methane reformation (SMR) for hydrogen production, as well as fuel processing for stationary fuel cells.  Johnson Matthey plans to incorporate the technology as part of its Process Technologies Division.


For a link to the full press release, click here


Linde to Supply Additional Hydrogen to Lima Refining Company


On September 23, Linde North America announced a new integrated supply agreement with Lima Refining Company for hydrogen and steam utilities.  Lima Refining will use the hydrogen for industrial processes at its refinery in Lima, Ohio.


To help meet demand, Linde will establish a new, state-of-the-art steam methane reforming (SMR) hydrogen plant and install upgrades to existing facilities in the area.  The facility is expected to be operational in early 2016.


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


Construction of Japanese Hydrogen Refueling Station Begins


On September 2, a Toyota Motor Company affiliate Toyota Tsusho began construction of its first commercial hydrogen fueling station in Japan.  The public station will support Toyota's launch of its fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in spring of next year.  


The station, located in the manufacturing hub of Nagoya, is being built as a joint venture with Air Liquide, which is providing the hydrogen fuel for the station.  The Japanese government recently announced plans for 100 hydrogen fueling stations by March of 2016, allocating 40 billion yen in subsidies for newly built or converted stations.


For a link to the full article, click here

FuelCell Energy to Sell University Fuel Cell Project to NRG Energy

On September 9, FuelCell Energy announced an agreement to sell a 1.4 megawatt (mW) fuel cell power plant project at the University of Bridgeport to NRG Energy.  NRG Energy is a large energy provider headquartered in New Jersey.

FuelCell Energy will transfer ownership of the project following substantial completion of construction, and the University of Bridgeport will purchase both heat and power produced by the fuel cell installation from NRG Energy. The installation is expected to go online in early 2015. 

This announcement follows FuelCell Energy's strategic financing agreement with NRG Energy in July of this year. 

For a link to the full press release, click here 

Air Liquide Provides SAIC with Hydrogen Solutions in China


On September 4, Air Liquide announced that it had taken part in the launch of "2014 Innovation March," a Chinese roadshow sponsored by SAIC Motor Corporation for alternative fuel vehicles.


Air Liquide will be the event's exclusive hydrogen provider during the 10 city tour, where the fuel will be used to demonstrate fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).  


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


Governor Brown Signs California Clean Truck, Bus Bill into Law


On September 22, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a number of bills, including SB-1204, which established the California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road and Equipment Technology Program.   


The program will appropriate money collected from cap and trade revenues to promote the development and deployment of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) and fuel cell powered forklifts.  Funding priority will be given to projects benefiting disadvantaged communities.  


For a link to the full text of the bill, click here.


Global SOFC Market to Reach Nearly $1.3 Billion by 2018


On September 17, BCC Research released a report providing an in-depth analysis of the global market for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).  According to the report, the SOFC market globally was valued at $906 million in 2013, and BCC Research projects that it will grow to $1.3 billion by 2018.  


The report provides an overview of the SOFC market, including applications, as well as market trends from 2012 and 2013.


For a link to order the full report, click here


Federal Program Updates 

National Science Foundation and Fuel Cell Technologies Office MOU Enables Increased Renewable Hydrogen Research and Development

On September 19, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $2.77 million in grants in support of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies office (DOE FCTO) promoting renewable hydrogen research and development. 

The grants were awarded to four teams in investigate renewable hydrogen fuel production through solar water splitting projects.   Universities awarded include the University of Toledo, Stanford University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Rutgers University.  

For a link to the full press release,  click here

Argonne National Laboratory Develops Nano-Sized Hydrogen Generator


On September 19, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory announced the creation of a small scale hydrogen generator, which uses light and a two-dimensional graphene sheet to produce hydrogen. 


The scientists research unveiled a previously unknown property of graphene, allowing it to not only give and receive electrons, but transfer them into another substance.  The early-stage generator, composed of many tiny assemblies, will require scaling and improvements before it can be used for commercial production.


For a link to the full article, click here


Additional Links
eNCA News | August 22, 2014

Ballard Power Systems | September 1, 2014

Market Watch | September 1, 2014

Fin24 | September 2, 2014

Shanghai Daily | September 4, 2014

Texas A&M University| August 27, 2014

DOE Pulse | September 1, 2014

Vattenfall | September 2, 2014 

Chicago Tribune | September 8, 2014 | September 9, 2014

Auto Blog Green | September 10, 2014

The Japan News | September 10, 2014

Japan Times | September 12, 2014 

EERE Blog | September 11, 2014

CAFCP | September 15, 2014

Bridgeport News | September 16, 2014

Huffington Post | September 18, 2014

USA Today | September 18, 2014

TechCrunch | September 19, 2014

Huffington Post Tech | September 19, 2014 

USA Today | September 20, 2014

San Francisco Gate | September 21, 2014

Ars Technica | September 22, 2014

Request for Papers, Proposals, and Information
Maryland Energy Administration Announces Competitive Grants for Renewable Energy Systems

On September 19, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced the launch of the third round of the Game Changer Competitive Grant Program.  The program supports novel renewable energy systems and deployment strategies, and awards  grants for up to $250,000 per projects.

Qualifying projects include a variety of renewable energy systems, including fuel cells for both back-up and primary power in a variety of applications.  The grant will also consider innovative transportation-related projects that enable greater use alternative fuel vehicles as well. 

For a link to the full grant website, click here.
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