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During COP 21, Air Liquide Installs the First Hydrogen Fueling Station in Downtown Paris

On December 1, Air Liquide announced that it installed the first commercial hydrogen fueling station in downtown Paris, France, to coincide with the COP 21 international climate change conference.

Air Liquide Hydrogen Fueling Station in Downtown Paris Source: Air Liquide

Air Liquide deployed the station in partnership with Paris-based taxi startup STEP, and is helping to deploy the world's first hydrogen-powered taxi fleet in the city.  The fleet currently numbers five Hyundai Tucson fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), with 70 planned within the year.  This coincides with a planned network of hydrogen fueling stations in the greater Paris area.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Hyundai Supplies World's Largest Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Taxi Fleet During COP21

On December 8, Hyundai announced it delivered five Tucson ix35 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to the Paris-based electric taxi startup STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien), making it the world's largest fleet of hydrogen-powered taxis.  The delivery coincides with the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France.

STEP Hyundai Tucson FCEV in front of the Eiffel Tower

STEP aims to establish an FCEV taxi fleet called "HYPE" (Hydrogen Powered Electric), serving the Greater Paris area, with plans to increase the FCEV fleet to several hundred vehicles within five years. Hyundai also plans to open a specialized fuel cell dealership to accommodate the STEP's taxi fleet. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

Honda Displays Hydrogen Energy Technologies at COP 21

On December 1, Honda announced that it would be exhibiting clean energy technologies, including hydrogen energy technology, at La Galerie, an exhibition of low carbon solutions during COP 21 in Paris, France.

Smart Hydrogen Station and Honda Clarity FCV Source: Honda

Honda will display it's new Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS), a hydrogen fueling station equipped with its Power Converter, a high-differential pressure electrolyzer that produces hydrogen using renewable energy sources.  Honda will also be displaying its Clarity FCV, its next-generation FCEV recently debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Renault Trucks Equipped with McPhy Fuel Cells Displayed at COP21 in Paris

On November 24, Renault announced that it would be displaying a 4.5 t all-electric truck, powered by a fuel cells, at the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, France.

La Poste Renault Fuel Cell Powered Truck Source: Renault

The fuel cell-powered trucks were developed in partnership with McPhy Energy, Symbio FCell, and the Compagnie nationale du Rhône (CNR).  The French Post Office is currently testing two of these vehicles in the town of Dole in the Jura region of France. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

Intelligent Energy Announces Hydrogen Fuel Cell Range Extenders for Drones 

On December 15, Intelligent Energy announced a prototype hydrogen fuel cell-powered range extender for drones, developed as a result of 14 months of testing.  The prototype combines an ultra-lightweight fuel cell stack with a battery for several hours extra flight time, while significantly reducing downtime between charges from hours to an average of two minutes.

Intelligent Energy Fuel Cell Powered Drone Prototype Source: Intelligent Energy

The range extender prototype will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place January 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Sandia National Laboratories Begins Validation of HySTEP Station Testing Device

On December 16, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) began validation testing of the Hydrogen Station Equipment Performance (HySTEP) Device, a portable testing device that will be used to accelerate commissioning of commercial hydrogen fueling stations in California.  

SNL and NREL Officials with HySTEP Device Source: Sandia

Developed by SNL and NREL, HySTEP could help reduce commissioning time of new stations from months to just one week by acting as a surrogate fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) with modular hydrogen tanks and instrumentation. 

HySTEP was funded by the Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office (DOE FCTO) as part of the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) project. 

For a link to learn more about HySTEP, click here. For a link to the full press release, click here

myFC Signs Distribution Agreement with U.S Distributor for Fuel Cell Charger

On December 7, myFC announced that it signed a distribution agreement for its fuel cell-powered portable USB charger, the JAQ, with U.S company Mobileistic.  Mobileistic is one of the largest distributors of smartphone accessories to mobile operators in the country.

MyFC's JAQ fuel cell chargers Source: CNET

myFC plans to launch the JAQ in North America at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January 2016.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Intelligent Energy Enters into Agreement to Develop Embedded Fuel Cell Technology for Smartphones

On November 30, Intelligent Energy announced that it entered an agreement with an emerging smartphone OEM to create a tailored program to integrate fuel cell technology in smartphone applications. 

Intelligent Energy Embedded Fuel Cell Prototype in an iPhone 6 Source: Intelligent Energy

The program will be based on Intelligent Energy's existing fuel cell smartphone prototype technology, and eventually hopes to license the technology to a variety of manufacturers.

For a link to the full press release, click here

FuelCell Energy Announces $30 Million Project Finance Facility with PNC Energy Capital

On December 15, FuelCell Energy announced a $30 million project finance facility with PNC Energy Capital, LLC, a nationwide renewable energy capital corporation and subsidiary of PNC Bank. 

PNC Energy Capital will provide FuelCell Energy with financing by monetizing tax equity from fuel cell power purchase agreements (PPAs).  FuelCell Energy will utilize the capital to finance fuel cell projects, including a previously announced 1.4 megawatt (MW) fuel cell power plant at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center (UCI).  

The UCI fuel cell will provide 30% of the facility's power needs, as well as 200 tons of cooling through direct exhaust absorption chillers. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

Linde Hydrogen Fueling System Surpasses One Million Fills at BMW South Carolina Plant

On December 15, Linde surpassed one million total hydrogen fills for fuel cell-powered material handling equipment at BMW's Spartansburg, South Carolina facility.  This is the most hydrogen fills at any single location worldwide.

The BMW facility has used fuel cell material handling equipment since 2010, now numbering more than 350 Plug Power GenDrive fuel cell-powered forklifts, which are filled using Linde hydrogen fueling systems.  BMW achieves an annual energy avoidance at the plant of 4.1 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), as well as reductions in refueling time by using the technology. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

Ballard Power Celebrates Delivery of 3000th ElectroGen Fuel Cell System

On December 4, Ballard Power announced that it had officially delivered its 3000th ElectraGen fuel cell backup power system. The delivery was part of a 100 unit order by Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL), an Indian telecommunications company.  Watch the video below to find out more: 

Since Ballard began manufacturing ElectraGen systems they have provided over 50 million operating hours and over 1 million hours of backup to critical telecom sites. 

For a link to the full post, click here.

Plug Power GenKey Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Solution Earns Spot on Food Logistics 2015 FL100+ List for Second Year

On December 17, Plug Power was  named to 2015 Food Logistics FL100+, which profiles innovative technology and software in the global food supply chain.  Plug Power has seen increased adoption of its fuel cell technology in the food supply chain industry, with customers including Dietz and Watson, FreezePak, Kroger, and more. 

Plug Power was recognized for its GenKey hydrogen and fuel cell solution for material handling applications.  GenKey was launched in January 2014, and includes GenDrive fuel cells, GenFuel hydrogen fueling, and GenCare service and aftermarket support. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

Fuel Cell Collaborative Announces Second Life for Fuel Cell Backup Power System

On December 1, the Fuel Cell Collaborative announced a fuel cell that had previously been deployed at South Carolina's Fort Jackson would enter service as a backup power system at Richland School District Two's Institute of Innovation (R2i2) in Columbia, South Carolina.  The fuel cells will be redeployed by M.B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc. in partnership with the Fuel Cell Collaborative. 

The fuel cell system being installed at R2i2 was one of ten deployed as part of a successful five-year demonstration project administered by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), as part of the Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technologies Office (DOE FCTO) Market Transformation initiative.  The fuel cell is expected to provide five or more years of service at R2i2.  Additional fuel cells from the SCRA demonstration project are expected to enter service in other schools around South Carolina in the future.

For a link to the full press release, click here

University of California Irvine Completes Hydrogen Station Upgrade

On December 7, the University of California Irvine (UC Irvine) announced the completion of upgrades for the hydrogen refueling station operated by the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC).  The station is located on the UC Irvine - North Campus.

Upgraded UC Irvine Hydrogen Refueling Station Source: UC Irvine

The upgraded station will have an increased hydrogen dispensing capacity of 180 kilograms (kg)/day, up from 50 kg/day.  The station also features a larger cooling block for faster 700 bar hydrogen dispensing and a new dispensing system equipped for point of sale transactions.

For a link to the full press release, click here 

Connecticut Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition Reinforces State's Leadership at Fuel Cell Seminar 

On December 2, the Connecticut Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition (CHFC), administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), reinforced the state's position as a world leader in fuel cell research, development, and manufacturing.  

CHFC recently participated in the Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition (FCSEE) in Los Angeles, California, showcasing technology from a coalition of companies in the state, including Proton OnSite, Doosan Fuel Cell America, and FuelCell Energy. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

ITM Power and Arup to Collaborate on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Systems

On December 7, ITM Power announced a collaboration with Ove Arup & Partners Ltd. (Arup), a global engineer consulting firm, for the siting and business development of hydrogen refueling stations and hydrogen energy systems. 

The collaboration will help ITM Power identify markets for the deployment of its technologies.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Toyota to Supply Temporary Hydrogen Fueling Stations to Dealerships for Mirai FCEV

On December 2, Toyota announced plans to provide select California dealerships with temporary, mobile hydrogen fueling stations for buyers of the Mirai FCEV as infrastructure in California continues to be developed.

Air Products Mobile Hydrogen Refueler Supplied by Toyota Source: Air Products

The mobile hydrogen fueling trailers will be supplied by Air Products, and will provide hydrogen fuel for use by customers until more permanent infrastructure is developed. Toyota has also partnered with FirstElement Fuel in California to construct a network of hydrogen fueling stations. 

For a link to the full article, click here

McPhy Energy Selected for Power-To-Gas Project in France

On December 3, McPhy Energy announced that it has been selected for the Jupiter 1000 Project by GRTgaz, a European natural gas transmission company.

McPhy will supply hydrogen production equipment with a total capacity of 1 megawatt (MW) to the Fos-Sur-Mer region of France.  The system will include an electrolyzer which will convert excess wind and solar energy on the grid into hydrogen for injection into natural gas pipelines.  The project is expected to be commissioned in 2018.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Transport for London Fuel Cell Bus Achieves 20,000 Hours of Operation Utilizing Ballard Power Fuel Cell

On November 30, Ballard Power announced that one of the fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) powered by its FCVelocity-6 fuel cells, in the Transport for London fleet, reached 20,000 hours of operation since going into service in 2010.

Transport for London FCEB powered by Ballard Fuel Cells Source: Transport for London

A total of eight FCEBs have joined the Transport for London fleet, as part of the stated goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 60% by 2025.  Ballard signed an agreement with Transport for London in 2015 to extend operation of the FCEBs for another five years.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Air Liquide Publishes Video on Clean Hydrogen Transportation to Coincide with COP21

On December 10, Air Liquide published a video titled 'Companies are Commited to Clean Transport,' which showcases Air Liquide's commitment to clean transportation, including hydrogen-powered FCEVs.

To watch the full video, click the thumbnail below.

Hyundai Testing Fully-Autonomous Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle on U.S Roads

On December 14, Hyundai announced that it became the first automotive OEM to begin testing fully-autonomous FCEVs on public roads in the United States.  Hyundai was recently granted a license by the State of Nevada to conduct testing both partially and fully-autonomous motor vehicles.

Hyundai Tucson ix35 FCEV, which serves as the basis for the autonomous vehicle testing Source: Hyundai

As part of the testing, two Hyundai Tucson ix35 FCEVs were outfitted with autonomous vehicle technologies, including interval autonomous driving, traffic jam assist, emergency stop system, and narrow path assist.  These systems were integrated by combining a suite of cameras and sensors.  The cars will be put under a variety of real-world traffic and weather conditions as part of the testing. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

Air Liquide Announces Hydrogen Fueling Station Expansion in Japan

On December 18, Air Liquide announced plans to open a new hydrogen fueling station in Saga City, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan.  The station will be open to the public in March of 2016, and is the first available in Kyushu.

Air Liquide Hydrogen Fueling Station in Japan Source: Air Liquide

Air Liquide received funding from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), as well as the Kyushu prefecture of Japan for the fueling station.  Air Liquide has already opened five hydrogen fueling stations throughout Japan.  

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

Intelligent Energy's Fuel Cell Project in India Recognized by Two BusinessGreen Awards

On November 27, Intelligent Energy announced that its flagship fuel cell deployment at telecom sites across India has been recognized as Greatest Breakthrough Technology of the Year and Technology of the Year by the BusinessGreen Awards in London, United Kingdom.

Intelligent Energy Officials Accepting Awards at BusinessGreen Source: Intelligent Energy

Intelligent Energy entered into a £1.2 billion deal with India to supply thousands of hydrogen fuel cells for reliable backup power at telecom towers across the country earlier this year.

South Korea Releases Plan to Have 1 Million Eco-Friendly Cars by 2020

On December 8, South Korea's government released a plan to have one million "eco-friendly" cars on the road by 2020, as part of its goal to curb emissions and generate growth for the sustainable automobile industry.  The four-year plan will promote a variety of low and zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), including FCEVs. 

As part of the plan, South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE) will inject 150 billion Won ($127.5 million) into research and development for sustainable transportation, and develop alternative fueling infrastructure, including 80 hydrogen refueling stations across the country.

For a link to the full article, click here.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Offers Rebates for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

On December 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection began offering rebates on Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs), including fuel cell electric vehicles.
FCEVs registered and operated primarily in Pennsylvania are eligible for a $1,000 rebate.  Applications must be submitted within six months of the vehicle purchase.  For a link to the full rebate program, click here.
For a link to the full press release, click here.

FedFederal Program News

Energy Department Announces $35 Million to Advance Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

On December 11, the DOE announced $35 million in funding to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and cut carbon emissions.
The funding will be made available through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), and includes four main topic areas:
  • Hydrogen production, delivery, and storage research and development (R&D)
  • Demonstration of infrastructure component manufacturing, and support for Climate Action Champions deploying hydrogen and fuel cell technologies
  • Consortia topics for fuel cell performance and durability and advanced hydrogen storage materials research
  • Cost and performance analysis for hydrogen production, storage, and fuel cells
Application submission deadlines for the FOA are to be determined.  For a link to the full FOA, click here.
For a link to the full article, click here.

DOE EERE Releases the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for Clean Energy Leadership

On December 17, the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE) released the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and Implementing Framework, a blueprint for launching the nation's leadership in a global clean energy economy.
The plan includes strategic goals within EERE's core technologies, including hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
The EERE will have an informational webinar on the Strategic Plan on Thursday, January 7, at 1:00 PM EST.  For a link to register for the webinar, click here.
For a link to the full Strategic Plan, click here.

Upcoming Events

Nanotech 2016 Conference and Expo, May 22-26, 2016 - Call for Abstracts Extended to January 15

Join us in Washington DC for the 18th annual Nanotech 2016 Conference & Expo, co-located with the TechConnect World Innovation Conference, convening over 3,000 academic, government and corporate leaders to address the next phase of nanotechnology impact from lab to marketplace.   Representing the world's largest technology acceleration program, with thousands of multi-disciplinary research submissions annually from over 75 countries, the program includes over twenty-five U.S. Federal Funding Agencies, and hundreds of Corporate Technology Prospectors.

Fuel cell and hydrogen energy topics for abstract submission include: 
  • Fuel cell technologies & applications
  • Advanced materials for fuel cells
  • Membrane technologies
  • Hydrogen generation & production methods
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Case studies & best practices 
Abstract submissions are due online by Friday, January 15.  For more information on abstract submission guidelines, click here.
FCHEA Members can take 10% off registration with discount code 16FCHE10.

For a link to find out more about TechConnect, click here.

Discount Available for FCHEA Members  for ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2016 Registration
Register now to attend the 2016 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit to be held February 29 - March 2, in Washington, DC.  This annual conference focuses on bringing the latest energy innovations out of the lab and into the market place in order to address America's energy challenges.  

FCHEA Members can use the code FCHEA16 for $100 off your registration.
The Summit gathers 2,000+ of the top energy industry experts from government, academia and business for a 3-day program offering informative seminars, practical solutions for breakthrough technologies, and critical networking opportunities.  
Meet with key representatives from government agencies who are actively supporting energy development as well as investors looking to partner with new technologies.  The Technology Showcase displays more than 300 transformational energy solutions from ARPA-E awardees and a highly selective group of companies and research organizations. 
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Request for Papers, Proposals, and Information

NYC  Releases RFI for Sustainable Fleet Solutions, Including FCEVS, as Part of Mayor's Clean Fleet Initiative

On December 16, the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (NYC DCAS) released a Request for Information (RFI) for sustainable fleet solutions, as part of the Mayor's recent Clean Fleet Initiative.  The RFI includes specific information on FCEVs and hydrogen refueling infrastructure, and was issued with the intent to spend $6 billion to procure fleet vehicles, fuel, and infrastructure through 2035. 

The Mayor's Clean Fleet Initiative plans to create the largest electric vehicle fleet of any U.S city, and cut vehicle emissions 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and 80 percent by 2035.  The full text of the plan is available here

An informational session on the RFI will take place on January 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST.

Responses to the RFI are due on February 16, 2016.  

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

Electric & Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium 2016 Call for Papers

On December 3, Electric & Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium 2016 issued a Call for Papers for its conference taking place on November 9-10, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. 

Proposal topics include fuel cell powered aerospace applications, including high-temperature fuel cells, as well as fuel cells for cabin power. 

Submissions are due by February 29, 2016.

For a link to the full page, click here

California Air Resources Board Releases Grant Solicitation for Zero-Emission Truck & Bus Pilot Commercial Deployment Projects

On October 1, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced a grant solicitation for Zero-Emission Truck & Bus Pilot Commercial Deployment Projects, including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).  Over $23 million has been made available for grants for projects that help accelerate technology commercialization by deploying FCEVs and other zero-emission vehicles in clusters at freight hubs, transit centers, and school districts. 

The application period will be open until January 29, 2016.

For a link to the full solicitation, click here
NYSERDA Accepting Funding Applications for RPS Customer-Sited Tier Fuel Cell Program 

On January 5, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced a set of two funding opportunities for customer-sited fuel cells - one for a fuel cell system rated 25 kilowatts (kW) or less, and another for systems over 25 kW.  NYSERDA is making up to $50,000 available for fuel cell projects as part of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).  

Funding will be available until December 31, 2015.

For a link to the full Project Opportunity Notices (PON) for small and large fuel cell systems, click here and here, respectively. 

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