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June 30, 2017
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House Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up FY 2018 DOE Budget

On June 28, the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development marked up the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2018, which includes funding the Department of the Energy. The bill now heads to the full House Appropriations Committee to be marked up; the date for this has not been scheduled yet. 

The subcommittee recommendation provides about $1.1 billion in funding to the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). While this is a decrease of around fifty percent from FY 2017's $2.1 billion, it's higher than the $640 million that the Trump Administration requested. The bill also appropriates $634 to the Office of Fossil Energy, an increase from the FY 2017 total of $630 million. This is significantly higher than the $280 million requested by the White House. Funding for the Advanced Projects Research Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) was eliminated by the subcommittee, a position that is in line with the Administration's request.

The bill does not break down EERE programs, so details for Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) programmatic funding is unavailable at this time. This information will most likely be released following the full Appropriations Committee markup of the bill.

The appropriations process still has a long ways to go through the House of Representatives and the Senate. Given that Congress has not passed a budget resolution that is supposed to precede the appropriations process, and with limited time left on the legislative calendar until the start of FY 2018, it is likely that a Continuing Resolution or Omnibus spending bill would fund government sponsored activities.

Throughout the appropriations process, FCHEA will continue to advocate to congressional leaders of both chambers and parties for robust funding that benefits fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. For a link to the bill passed by the House Energy & Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, click here.
 
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Air Products Opens California's Newest Fuel Cell Vehicle Refueling Station 

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On June 23, the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) announced the opening of the state's newest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle refueling station, in the city of Lawndale just south of Los Angeles.  

The Lawndale station, owned and operated by Air Products, is the twenty-eighth station open in California for public use. According to the CaFCP, the Lawndale station will be accessible twenty-four hours a day.

The Air Products Lawndale hydrogen fueling station, now open to the public. Source: California Fuel Cell Partnership. 

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

Doosan Signs Agreement with Wells Fargo to Bolster American Fuel Cell Business

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On June 28, Doosan Fuel Cell America signed a strategic alliance agreement with Wells Fargo's Equipment Finance Group to bolster its fuel cell business in the United States. The agreement was signed during Doosan Group Chairman Park Jung-won's visit to the United States as part of a business delegation accompanying Korean president Moon Jae-in on his first state visit. 

Under the agreement, Wells Fargo will buy Doosan's fuel cells and lease them to commercial, industrial and municipal customers through a new program called Doosan Energy Services. Customers will then be able to purchase on-site electricity generated by these fuel cells, without having to pay for any upfront or on-going costs related to fuel, installation, or service.

Doosan Group Chairman Park Jung-won and Wells Fargo's Equipment Finance Group President William Mayer shake hands after signing the strategic alliance agreement in Washington, D.C. Source: Doosan Group 

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

McPhy Delivers 4 MW of H2 Power-to-Gas Production Units to Chinese Wind Power Firm 

logo-mcphy-2017.pngOn June 29, McPhy announced the successful delivery of 4 MW of hydrogen production equipment to Jiantou Yanshan (Guyuan) Wind Energy, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned Hebei Construction and Investment Group Co in China's Hebei Province. 

The power-to-gas units will be combined with a solid-state hydrogen storage solution, making it possible to store surplus energy generated by Jiantou Yanshan's 200 MW wind farm.

The system is scheduled to be installed and commissioned by the end of 2017.  With this latest delivery, McPhy has delivered a total of 11 MW of large capacity hydrogen fuel generators worldwide. 

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

MyFC to Display Hybrid Fuel Cell-Battery Charger in Shanghai  


MyFCOn June 27, Swedish fuel cell maker MyFC announced that it will display its JAQ Hybrid fuel cell/electric battery mobile device charger at the at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai from June 28-30.

First revealed in April, the JAQ Hybrid can be used to charge power banks, smartphones, and tablets using myFC's patented-formula hydrogen fuel via the pocket sized PowerCard, or through a traditional electric battery. 

According to MyFC, the JAQ Hybrid has a output power of 10.5 W, a capacity of 4,000 mAh, and weighs about 200 g (approximately 7 ounces). A power card of 2,500 mAh will be introduced later, using the same standardized interface. 

The JAQ Hybrid is fully compatible with Android and Apple iOS smartphones, tablets and USB 5V devices, and is compliant with international air safety regulations.

The JAQ Hybrid fuel cell/battery charger,  designed by design agency Aruliden, and will initially be available in three colors: the signature JAQ purple, white/gold, and charcoal black. Source: myFC

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

South Coast AQMD Releases 2017 Clean Car Buying Guide, Includes FCVs

On June 26, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) released their 2017 Clean Car Buying Guide. The guide details all alternative fuel vehicles available for sale or lease in California, including three fuel cell vehicles (FCVs): the Hyundai Tuscon Fuel Cell, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, and the Toyota Mirai.  

The annual buying guide provides information on the FCVs' carbon footprint, driving range, MSRP, and other statistics, and compares them to other alternative fuel vehicles such as gas-electric hybrids and battery electric cars. 

For a link to the full 2017 Guide from the SCAQMD, click here. 

Automotive World Releases Special Report on Fuel Cell Vehicles

Automotive World On June 26, Automotive World announced the release of a special report on fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). According to the publication, this special report considers the current and future role of hydrogen-powered FCVs, through interviews with OEMs, suppliers, and industry commentators.

The report features an industry overview written by Lisa Jerram of Navigant Research, as well as a number of exclusive interviews, including FCHEA members Honda, Toyota, and Linde. 

For a link to the announcement about the report from Automotive World , click here. Please note that a subscription to Automotive World is required in order to view the report itself. 

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Government of South Australia | 23 June 2017
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"The South Australian economy - like the economy of the nation as a whole - is transitioning towards a low-carbon future. By positioning ourselves as a leader in that transition and embracing new technology, we can ensure we are at the forefront of attracting the investment and job opportunities these new technologies bring.

We have seen that in recent months when the world's leading battery storage companies turned their attention to investing in what we are doing with our Energy Plan here in South Australia. By supporting the hydrogen and electric-vehicle industries, we can also be a leading player and create jobs in these growing sectors."

Tom Koutsantonis, Treasurer of South Australia 

Events
Upcoming Events
2017 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition: Book Your Exhibit Space Now! 



Breaks, lunches, networking receptions, and more...the Exhibit Hall will be where much of the Seminar action takes place, so don't miss out on securing a booth to ensure your products and services are front and center. Spots are moving quickly!

Online registration is now open for both attendees and exhibitors at www.fuelcellseminar.com/registration.

 
Hotel Information for the 2017 Fuel Cell Seminar is now available online at www.fuelcellseminar.com/hotel/.
 
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Heavy Duty Truck Sponsor: TransPower 

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Check out 2017 sponsorship opportunities here.  For those interested in sponsoring, please contact us at fuelcellseminar@fchea.org for more information.

NextChallenge: Smart Cities Webinar

NextEnergy, in partnership with Wells Fargo, DENSO and DTE Energy are seeking to accelerate the development of hardware and/or software solutions that will address real-world challenges facing urban areas. At this webinar, sponsors will share details about the challenges that they are seeking to address and the technologies of interest. The webinar will also provide you with helpful tips for a successful submission.

Agenda:
  • Meet the sponsors! (Wells Fargo, DENSO & DTE Energy)
  • NextChallenge: SmartCities 2017 application & review process
  • Q&A with NextEnergy & sponsors
The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET. To register for the webinar, click here.

2017 Cleantech Manufacturing Forum

The Cleantech Manufacturing Forum, hosted by the Colorado Hydrogen Coalition, will be held on August 17 at the Vehicle Vault in Parker, Colorado. This forum is tailored to manufacturers and suppliers in the Rocky Mountain Region who already participate in, or may have an interest in, the clean energy technology industry. The event will be kicked off with an opportunity for participants to drive clean technology vehicles, followed by:
  • Key Note sessions led by Slade Gardner on 3D Printing and the Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technology Office on supply chain development opportunities;
  • Transportation and electric grid panel discussions convening energy business; leaders with new opportunities for manufacturers and suppliers in clean energy;
  • A business to business networking session;
  • Reception will follow to provide participants with an opportunity to continue the discussion.
For more information, and to register for this event, click here.

RFP
Request for Papers, Proposals & Information
NETL Funding Opportunity Announcement for SOFC Prototype System Testing and Core Technology Development

NETL Logo The objective of the Advanced Energy Systems Program is to solicit and competitively award research projects under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to successfully complete the maturation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology from its present state to the point of commercial readiness. The Program will support two topic areas to include Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Prototype System Testing and Core Technology Development.

Approximately $13.5 million in federal funding is expected to be available for new awards under this announcement.
 
Deadline to Submit Applications: July 14, 2017, by 8:00 PM ET.

For more information on this FOA with links to all relevant documents, click here. 

California Air Resources Board Grant Solicitation for the On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstrations Project

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) is pleased to announce its Grant  Solicitation for the On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstrations Project. The  opportunity was approved by the Board as part of the FY 2016-17 Funding Plan for Low  Carbon Transportation and Fuels Investments and the AQIP. 

Up to $17 million is  available for this project and will provide greenhouse gas (GHG), criteria pollutant, and  toxic air contaminant emission reduction benefits to disadvantaged communities. Along  with the separate Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Project, it is part of a  $34 million allocation for advanced technology freight demonstrations. Solicitations for  each FY 2016-17 demonstration project will be released separately.

Applications are due to CARB by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

For a link to the solicitation announcement and access to all relevant documents, click here.

Calendar
Upcoming Meeting Calendar
For more information on any of FCHEA's working groups committees or to be added to any working group rosters, please contact Connor Dolan at  cdolan@fchea.org .

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Codes and Standards Coordinating Committee (NHFCCSCC)
Conference call will be held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT


Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
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