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April 2019
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Industry Headlines
Air Liquide Invests $12 Million in FirstElement Fuel to Support U.S. Hydrogen Transportation
On April 2, FCHEA member Air Liquide announced a $12 million equity investment in FirstElement Fuel (FEF), a California-based retail hydrogen station developer. Hy Solutions, the U.S. subsidiary of Mitsui Group, has also invested $12 million in FEF.

FEF currently operates 19 TrueZero hydrogen refueling stations across California, with 12 more under development. With this investment, Air Liquide seeks to accelerate the further deployment of hydrogen refueling infrastructure throughout the state as it will enable FEF to quadruple its retail fueling capacity to serve more than 28,000 fuel cell vehicles on California roads. FEF has previously received financial support from the California Energy Commission along with FCHEA members Toyota, Honda, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Click  here for the full press release from Air Liquide. Additional information on both Air Liquide's and Hy Solutions' investments can be found in FEF's press release  here.
Nel Presents Plans for U.S. Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Fueling Stations at Nikola World
On April 17, FCHEA member Nel ASA's CEO Jon Andre Lokke  presented the company's plans to build a network of heavy-duty hydrogen refueling stations in the United States for Nikola Motor's Nikola Two fuel cell-powered truck. The presentation took place at Nikola World, an event held at Nikola's headquarters in Arizona to demonstrate the company's fuel cell and electric battery products.

According to Nel, the stations will have a hydrogen fueling capacity of eight tons per day capacity, which will be scalable up to thirty-two tons per day for truck depots. The hydrogen will produced on-site via solar-powered electrolysis. Jesse Schneider, Nikola's Executive Vice President of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, added that the station design includes eight heavy-duty fueling pumps and four light-duty fueling pumps for automobiles, with each station capable of filling 150 trucks and 200 cars per day.

Nikola announced that a demo hydrogen station has already been constructed at its Arizona headquarters. Nel plans to bring additional stations online in 2021 with a ramp up starting in 2022. In addition, test stations will begin to arrive in California next year for a customer trial.
Jon Andre Lokke (left) with Jesse Schneider in front of a Nel heavy-duty hydrogen fueling dispenser model at Nikola World. Source Nel Hydrogen

Nikola World unveiled the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Nikola Two heavy-duty truck for U.S. markets and the Nikola Tre for European markets. In addition, the company revealed the NZT off-road vehicle, a version of the NZT designed for the military, and the WAV jet ski, all of which will be produced with battery and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains, per Nikola.
Click for a video demonstration of the Nikola Two. Source: Commercial Carrier Journal via YouTube

Click  here to watch Nikola World's main presentation and unveiling of the Nikola Two.
Plug Power Launches 30 kW Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine for Delivery Vans
On March 28, FCHEA member Plug Power announced the commercial launch of its 30 kilowatt ProGen hydrogen fuel cell engine. The engines are modular and pre-engineered, which Plug Power states will allow original equipment manufacturers to rapidly convert commercial fleet vehicles to zero emission powertrains and reduce time to market.

According to Plug Power, the new engine is best suited for use in delivery vans and light/medium duty cargo box trucks. Delivery of the first commercial orders for the engine are scheduled in July 2019 to Europe and Asia.  

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.
College of the Canyons Awarded $3 Million to Upgrade Bloom Energy Fuel Cell Technology
On March 21, College of the Canyons (COC), a public community college in Santa Clarita, California, announced that it has been awarded $3 million from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), an FCHEA member, to upgrade its existing fuel cell technology system.

COC currently uses a 1 megawatt (MW) fuel cell system from FCHEA member Bloom Energy to provide power to parts of its campus. The SCAQMD award will help expand the college’s recently-approved fuel cell plant on the west side of campus, and according to the school, will reduce the cost of electricity produced by the fuel cell plant over the life of the 15-year system contract.

In addition, Bloom will increase the current fuel cell project capacity to 1.5 MW, with enough reserve capacity for the whole campus. COC states that the upgrade and expansion project should be completed by February 2020.

Click  here for the full press release from COC.
2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Arrives at Select California Dealerships
On April 10, FCHEA member Honda announced that the 2019 Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle (FCV) will be available at 12 dealerships in northern and southern California starting on April 16. The 2019 Clarity Fuel Cell has a 360 mile EPA driving range rating and a 68 miles per gallon equivalent EPA combined fuel economy rating.

The Clarity Fuel Cell can be leased for $379 per month for 36 months with $2,878 due at signing. California customers are eligible for a $5,000 rebate through the state. The lease terms include a mileage allowance of 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of access to a luxury vehicle from Avis while in California, 24/7 roadside assistance, and eligibility for California's Clean Air Vehicle Stickers to allow single-occupant HOV access.
The 2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. Source: Honda

Click  here for the full press release from Honda.
Lipari Foods to Replace All Its Forklifts with Plug Power Hydrogen Fuel Cells
On April 10, Plug Power announced that Lipari Foods has selected Plug Power GenDrive fuel cells and GenFuel hydrogen fueling station solutions to power the electric material handling vehicles at its campus in Warren, Michigan.

Lipari ran a pilot deployment of Plug Power's GenDrive fuel cells last year. The new agreement will have Plug Power install a GenFuel station at the Warren campus and covert all of the material handling vehicles there to run on GenDrive fuel cells in the second quarter of 2019.

Previously, due to space constraints and business growth, Lipari Foods had to load up all their pallet jackets on twelve 53-foot trailers and ship them to another warehouse to charge every day. According to Plug Power, Lipari will no longer incur this cost once the conversion to an all-hydrogen fuel cell fleet completes.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.
Nel Receives Purchase Order from Shell for Two Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Refueling Stations in California
On April 12, Nel Hydrogen announced a purchase order for the delivery of two additional H2Station units for fueling of heavy-duty fuel cell trucks in California from Shell's U.S. affiliate. The purchase order is issued under the previously announced framework agreement between Nel and Shell Global Solutions International.

According to Nel, the purchase order has a total value exceeding $7 million, and the stations will be located in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.
Bloom Fuel Cells to Power 40-Acre Community in Los Angeles Area
On April 17, Bloom Energy announced that their fuel cell servers have been selected to provide power to The Alhambra, a reimagined 40-acre mixed-use urban community located in the City of Alhambra, California. According to Bloom, the company's Bloom Energy Servers will generate up to one megawatt of power for the community, meeting 75% of its energy needs.

The Alhambra campus is being redeveloped by The Ratkovich Company. The campus is LEED Gold certified and home to major tenants such as the County of Los Angeles, USC Keck School of Medicine, and Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC).

Click  here for the full press release from Bloom Energy.
International Headlines
Hyundai Establishes Joint Venture to Deliver 1,600 Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks in Europe
On April 15, FCHEA member Hyundai signed a contract to establish the "Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility" joint venture with H2 Energy AG, a Swiss renewable energy company. Under this joint venture, Hyundai will deliver 1,600 hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty trucks from 2019 through 2025. 

Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility will then lease a large portion of the trucks to the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association, which is comprised of major refueling station operators, transport, and logistics companies, as well as to various other industry players that promote hydrogen transportation in Switzerland. 

According to Hyundai, the joint entity will further expand its market presence to other European countries beyond Switzerland. In addition, Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility plans to enter the hydrogen fuel sales market through a subsidiary firm that will produce and supply hydrogen in Switzerland, with prospects for entering other European countries.
In Cheol Lee (right), Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Division at Hyundai Motor, with H2 Energy Chairman Rolf Huber at the signing ceremony in Seoul to establish the Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility joint venture. Source: Hyundai Motor Company

In the longer term, Hyundai plans to scale up to meet demand in Europe for hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles before expanding to other markets such as the United States and South Korea.

Click  here for the full press release from Hyundai.
Doosan to Spin-Off American Fuel Cell Business Unit as Independent Company
In an April 15 regulatory filing, FCHEA member Doosan Corp. announced plans to spin off its Doosan Fuel Cell America business unit as an independent company. According to  Business Korea, the tentatively named "Doosan Fuel Cell" will have an independent management system and will be listed separately on the stock market.

Doosan Fuel Cell America won over 1 trillion won (~$882 million) worth of orders in 2018, according to its parent company. The fuel cell unit also expects to receive 1.36 trillion won (~$1.20 billion) worth of orders this year. Doosan Corp. is planning to hold an extraordinary shareholders meeting on August 13 to obtain approval on separation and relisting of Doosan Fuel Cell America and its organic light-emitting diode business unit, and then spin off the firms on October 1.

Click  here for the full article from  Business Korea.
Toyota Installs PDC Machines' SimpleFuel Hydrogen Station at Japanese Factory
On April 4, FCHEA member Toyota announced that it has installed FCHEA member PDC Machines' SimpleFuel hydrogen station at its Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan. SimpleFuel is a small-scale, on-site hydrogen generation, compression, storage and dispensing appliance that produces hydrogen using renewable energy sources.

At the Motomachi Plant, Toyota is using SimpleFuel to fuel a fleet of seven to eight fuel cell-powered forklifts. Toyota also plans to continue replacing its fleet of conventional forklifts with fuel cell powertrains to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the plant.
Promotional image of the SimpleFuel station with a Toyota fuel cell-powered forklift. Source: Toyota

According to PDC Machines, this is the second commercial deployment of SimpleFuel in Japan. The appliance was developed with Ivys Energy Solutions, and both companies won the U.S. Department of Energy’s H2 Refuel H-Prize competition in 2017 for SimpleFuel.

Click  here for the full press release from Toyota.
myFC's Fuel Card for Fuel Cell Power Bank Certified for Shipment in the EU and Beyond
On April 16, FCHEA member myFC announced that the new fuel card for its JAQ Hybrid power bank has been certified by the International Electrotechnical Commission, permitting its shipment within and outside of the European Union.

myFC's fuel card contains water, salts, and reaction components that generate hydrogen gas, which then charges the fuel cell that powers the JAQ Hybrid power bank for mobile devices. According to myFC, the newest fuel card significantly increases the energy capacity for the power bank, allowing end users to get more time out of their cell phones and other mobile devices.

Click  here for the full press release from myFC.
Air Liquide, Industry Partners Open Three New Hydrogen Refueling Stations in Germany
On April 1, Germany's H2 Mobility industry partnership opened the country's 64th hydrogen refueling station in Hannover-Laatzen, Lower Saxony. The hydrogen station is located at an existing Shell gas station, and was developed by Air Liquide.

The station is directly next to the Hannover Messe convention grounds, and the opening ceremony coincided with the start of the 2019 Hannover Messe.
Olaf Lies (Minister for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection), Lorenz Jung (H2 Mobility), Dr. Silke Lesemann (MdL Lower Saxony), Dr. Thomas Zengerly (Shell Deutschland Oil) and Markus Schewitza (Air Liquide Advanced Technologies) at the opening of the Hannover-Laatzen hydrogen station. Source: H2 Mobility

According to H2 Mobility, the Hannover-Laatzen facility has a hydrogen capacity of about 200 kilograms, enough to refuel 40 to 50 fuel cell vehicles a day. The station is funded in part by the European Commission through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking in the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project.

Click  here for the full press release from H2 Mobility.

On April 11, Air Liquide and Shell opened two new retail hydrogen refueling stations in the German municipalities of Bayreuth and Berg, both in Bavaria. The stations were constructed by Air Liquide through H2 Mobility and are located at Shell gas stations.

The new station openings raise the total number of hydrogen stations in Germany to 66. H2 Mobility is dedicated to having 100 stations opened across the country by the end of 2019.

Click  here for the full press release from Shell (in German).
Hydrogenics to Deliver First Green Hydrogen Production Station to New Zealand
On April 19, FCHEA member Hydrogenics announced that it has entered into an agreement with Halcyon Power – a joint venture of New Zealand-based Tuaropaki Trust and Obayashi Corporation of Japan – to supply a carbon-free hydrogen production facility in New Zealand. The 1.5 megawatt hydrogen production project is scheduled to be in operation by 2020 and will support joint research and development initiatives by Tuaropaki Trust and Obayashi Corporation, which are working towards implementing a hydrogen supply chain for New Zealand and Japan.

According to Hydrogenics, the carbon neutral hydrogen will be generated using electricity from stable, cost-effective geothermal energy in Mokai, Taupo, located adjacent to an existing Tuaropaki power plant. Hydrogenics says that hydrogen shows strong potential to be a critical component for the New Zealand energy industry, where approximately 80% of domestic power is already generated from renewable energy sources.

In addition, Hydrogenics will provide an onsite hydrogen production plant using the company’s large-scale containerized PEM electrolysis technology, which Hydrogenics says is capable of producing up to 250 normal cubic meters per hour of hydrogen.

Click  here for the full press release from Hydrogenics.
Liverpool, UK to Receive Fleet of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Transit Buses
On March 25,  Liverpool Business News (LBN) reported on a project funded by the government of the United Kingdom to deploy a fleet of up to 25 hydrogen fuel cell buses around the city of Liverpool.

The project, which United Kingdom's Department for Transport will help fund with £6.42 million (~$8.36 million), will be implemented through a consortium of companies led by BOC, a subsidiary of FCHEA member The Linde Group.

Working with bus-maker Alexander Dennis and bus operators Arriva and Stagecoach, the Liverpool City Region Hydrogen Bus Project will see the creation of a new hydrogen refueling station at BOC's plant in St Helens, just outside of Liverpool. The facility already produces hydrogen for industrial customers in the region and throughout the United Kingdom.

According to Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, the project will contribute to the city region’s plans both to improve air quality and work towards a zero carbon economy by 2040. The first bus trial is expected to take place in 2020.
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, with a hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus.
Source: Liverpool Business Network

The new refueling station will initially deliver 500 kilograms of hydrogen every day, per  LBN. The project also aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of a refueling station for high-use fleets that can be expanded to future use by passenger cars and other vehicles.

Click  here for the full article from  LBN.
Plug Power Announces Partnership with Taiwanese Manufacturer to Integrate Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engines
On April 16, Plug Power announced a partnership with Chung-Hsin Electric and Machinery Manufacturing Corporation (CHEM), a leading Taiwanese manufacturer of electric solutions including motors, generators, switchgear, hydrogen generation, and stationary fuel cell power systems. The partnership will see Plug Power deliver its five kilowatt ProGen hydrogen fuel cell engines to CHEM, which will be integrated into CHEM’s stationary power products for grid support and backup power applications.

According to Plug Power, CHEM’s system integrates the ProGen engine with their innovative methanol reformer technology to enable on-demand power creation in a turn-key product. The CHEM reformer technology enables cost effective on-site power generation solutions to its core customer base in weak and off grid areas. The CHEM stationary power systems are targeted for use primarily in Asia, Africa, and India where reliable power is critical for a variety of communications and village power applications. 

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.
Toyota Makes an Additional 2,380 Fuel Cell-Related Patents Available to Automakers Royalty-Free
On April 3, Toyota announced that it will grant royalty-free licenses on nearly 24,000 patents it holds (including some pending applications) for vehicle electrification-related technologies. This includes 2,380 fuel cell-related patents, adding to the 5,680 fuel cell patents Toyota has offered since January 2015.

According to Toyota, the grant period for the patents will begin immediately and last through the end of 2030. Contracts for the grants may be issued by contacting Toyota and discussing specific licensing terms and conditions.

In addition, Toyota will offer fee-based technical support to other automakers developing and selling electric vehicles when they use Toyota's motors, batteries, PCUs, control ECUs, and other vehicle electrification system technologies as part of their powertrain systems. The services will be contract-based, and more details will be provided to interested parties.

Through these offers, Toyota hopes to encourage the development and market introduction of electric vehicles around the world, including fuel cell vehicles, to combat climate change.

Click  here for the full press release from Toyota.
First Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Garbage Trucks Unveiled in the Netherlands with Support from Hydrogenics
On April 11, the Dutch hydrogen project organization WaterstofNet unveiled the world's first hydrogen fuel-cell powered waste collection truck in Eindhoven, a city in the south of the Netherlands. The truck will be used in a pilot project, the first in a series of ten across Europe, by Dutch municipal service companies Baetsen-Groep and Cure Afvalbeheer.

The zero-emissions truck was built by E-trucks Europe, with hydrogen fuel cell technology from Hydrogenics.
The hydrogen fuel cell garbage truck built by E-trucks Europe and Hydrogenics, premiered in Eindhoven in front of the city hall. Source: WaterstofNet.

According to WaterstofNet, the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell technology for garbage trucks will help the European Union achieve its recently announced goal of decarbonizing vehicles in the cleaning sector by 2030.

Click  here for the full press release from WaterstofNet.
Federal Programs Update
FuelCell Energy Deploys 200 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell in Pittsburgh
On April 9, FCHEA member FuelCell Energy announced the installation of a 200 kilowatt (kW) solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The deployment is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Program, which is administered by the National Energy Technology Laboratory. According to FuelCell Energy, the SOFC system is also capable of supplying waste heat for on-site combined heat and power applications, and is able to operate on renewable biogas. The SOFC stacks can also be deployed in electrolysis systems, where they efficiently split water to produce hydrogen. 
FuelCell Energy's 200 kW SOFC system deployment in Pittsburgh. Source: FuelCell Energy

Click  here for the full press release from FuelCell Energy.
Senator Chris Murphy Visits Nel Hydrogen in Connecticut, Says U.S. Must Increase Support of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies to Compete with China
On April 18, United States Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) visited the Wallingford, Connecticut headquarters of Proton OnSite, a renewable hydrogen fueling company which was acquired by Nel Hydrogen in 2017.

After touring Proton's headquarters, Senator Murphy spoke on the need for the United States government to increase support for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies to prevent ceding leadership of the industry to China. The Chinese government has announced billions of dollars in investments in recent years to develop an indigenous hydrogen and fuel cell industry. Senator Murphy said the United States should increase direct government-to-business partnerships on hydrogen and fuel cell technology development, which has been a significant part of China's hydrogen economy strategy.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (second from right) talks with John Zagaja III, Senior VP of Operations at Proton OnSite, and Kathy Ayers, the company’s VP of Research and Development, at Proton OnSite’s hydrogen station for fuel cell vehicles located at their headquarters. Source: Hearst Connecticut Media

Click  here for the full article from the  CT Post.
State Government News
Washington State Governor Signs Bill Allowing Public Utility Districts to Produce and Sell Renewable Hydrogen
On April 17, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that provides authority to state public utility districts (PUD) to produce, distribute, and sell renewable hydrogen. The bill will allow for PUDs to create hydrogen via electrolysis from excess electricity generated by hydropower, and then sell the hydrogen to end users for industrial and fueling purposes.

The bill was originally introduced in the Washington State Senate in February by Senator Brad Hawkins of the 12th State Senate District. The legislation had 32-cosponsors evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, and passed both chambers of the state legislature unanimously.
Governor Jay Inslee (seated) shakes Senator Brad Hawkins hand at the signing ceremony for SB 5588 on April 17. Source: Office of Washington State Senator Brad Hawkins

Following the signing ceremony for the bill, Hawkins, Inslee, and other legislators joined PUD representatives and representatives from Toyota to test drive the Mirai fuel cell vehicle on the state Capitol Campus throughout the day.

Click  here for the full press release from Senator Hawkins.
FCHEA Update
FCHEA Welcomes Power Innovations as New Tier One Member
On April 12, FCHEA welcomed Power Innovations International Inc. as its newest member at the Tier One level. Headquartered in American Fork, Utah, Power Innovations builds power integration and management solutions for consumer, industrial, and military end users using clean and renewable energy sources.

Power Innovations recently entered the hydrogen fuel cell market, and its product line includes a modular, scalable 60 kilowatt fuel cell system for primary and backup power applications.

For more information, visit Power Innovations' website at  https://powerinnovations.com/.
Upcoming Events
2019 Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition - Registration is Open!
November 5 - 7, 2019

Long Beach Convention Center | Long Beach, California

Join us at the Largest and Longest-Running Fuel Cell Conference & Expo - Registration is now open for attendees and exhibitors! 

Join your colleagues, collaborators, and customers at the biggest industry event of the year! Building on the success of the 2017 show, coupled with the amazing advancements in the fuel cell and hydrogen world, the 2019 Fuel Cell Seminar is already shaping up to be a CAN'T MISS EVENT!

Click HERE to register for the Fuel Cell Seminar!

Technical Session Call for Abstracts Open!

Want to present during the Technical or Poster Sessions at the Fuel Cell Seminar? The Call for Abstracts is open until May 31st.  

See full list of topics at  www.fuelcellseminar.com/abstracts .  If you would like to present on a topic area that is not reflected in this list, please contact  fuelcellseminar@fchea.org .

Book Your Hotel Today!  

Our Renaissance Long Beach room block is now open! Book your hotel room today to lock in the reduced rate www.fuelcellseminar.com/hotel .

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in raising your company's visibility to the fuel cell and hydrogen industry? Sponsorship packages include booth space, speaking opportunities, and high profile exposure to hundreds of international professionals.

Check out the options at  www.fuelcellseminar.com/sponsor or contact fuelcellseminar@fchea.org to discuss a customized package.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program's Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting
April 29 - May 1, 2019

Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel | Crystal City, VA

Registration for the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program 2019 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR) is now open. The early bird registration rate is effective until March 3.

This year's AMR will once again include participation from DOE's Office of Fossil Energy's Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Program, as well as a one-day track of oral presentations and posters featuring hydrogen and fuel cell activities conducted by other federal agencies, states, and regional organizations. Visit the AMR website for   information about the meeting, including a detailed schedule and hotel and travel details.

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) will host a Fuel Cell Car Ride-and-Learn during the AMR on Tuesday, April 30, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. AMR attendees will have the opportunity to get up close to the innovative technology inside the world's first commercial fuel cell cars and learn more about the early-stage research and development (R&D) making it possible. Efforts from FCTO-funded early-stage R&D have helped cut the cost of fuel cells by 60% and quadrupled their durability in the past decade. The cars used for this event are part of the Energy Department's fleet and on loan from the automakers as part of an effort to collect data that feeds back to FCTO's early-stage R&D.
Renewables + Storage Summit 2019
May 14 - 16, 2019 | The Westgate Hotel | San Diego, CA

Renewables + Storage Summit 2019 will bring together leaders in renewable energy and storage to provide the latest guidance on how to implement and integrate renewables + storage projects. Hear experts’ strategies to identify business models, take advantage of incentives, operationally support renewables + storage projects, and ensure project financeability.

Visit the  Summit website for more information and to register.
2019 Expeditionary Power and Energy Summit
May 15-16, 2019 | Alexandria, VA

DSI’s 2019 Expeditionary Power and Energy Summit will focus on the technologies and policies necessary to support the use of power and energy in an operational environment. Refining the military’s use of energy at contingency bases, adapting our requirements and force development process, and establishing an operational energy policy and oversight across the Services, Combatant Commands, and the overall Department has been a critical priority for the DoD since the inaugural Operational Energy Strategy in 2011.

The 2019 Summit will address, among other things, operational energy initiatives for the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force, how to equip the warfighter to maximize energy efficiency and increase operational flexibility, the link between cybersecurity and energy resiliency, and the cutting-edge research on the future of energy and power.

For more information, please visit  http://power.dsigroup.org/
American Graphene Summit
May 21-22, 2019 | Washington, DC

The high-level summit hosted by the NGA, keynoted by Senator Roger Wicker, to bring together leaders of U.S. industry and government agencies and key international figures in graphene to engage in a dialogue on shaping the global architecture surrounding graphene technologies and its impact on the US and global economy.

The two events will focus on exploring the transformative change graphene can bring to many industrial segments and providing a framework for accelerated evaluation and adoption of graphene by these industries.

Click here for more information and to register.
The Impulse Summit for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
May 22 - 23, 2019

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre | Vancouver, Canada

Register for the f-cell+HFC on May 22+23 in Vancouver.

The Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association and Stuttgart´s very own f-cell have are bringing a 2 day full conference and International Trade Fair to Vancouver. Keynote speakers such as Australia´s Dr. Patrick Harley (CSIRO), Norway´s Bjorn Simonsen (Nel hydrogen) and Canada´s own Daryl Wilson (Hydrogenics) are on a short list of the 50+ speakers involved in the plenary and keynote sessions as well as in the workshops. The f-cell+HFC have created a 5 level speaking summit conference. Session and workshop speakers are hand chosen for their leading role in the industry. Opportunities are also available for companies, professors or new businesses to join us by hosting a Topic Table or the Speaker´s Corner. This ensures a networking opportunity from the entire community.

f-cell+HFC is a networking event with a clear focus on connecting people from the hydrogen and fuel cells industries to form lasting business relationships. The intriguing and dynamic conference program brings the World’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Community together to create further projects and connections benefiting the industry for the years to come. #hyfcell2019 #hydrogen #fuelcells #h2

International Trade Fair

Use the f-cell+HFC International Trade Fair as a platform to reinforce your standing as a leading expert, thought-leader and change maker in the hydrogen and fuel cell industries. To discuss your options and book a booth, please contact Carolynn Jaworska at carolynn.jaworska@messe-sauber.de

#gamechanger #leadingexperts
 
For more information on f-cell+HFC, please visit www.hyfcell.com
The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) and Mission Innovation (MI-4) - Innovation Showcase
May 27 - 29, 2019

Vancouver Convention Centre, West | Vancouver, BC

The Government of Canada is proud to host the 10th annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) and 4th annual Mission Innovation Summit (MI-4) in Vancouver, Canada in May 2019. Energy ministers from 25 countries will
gather at this exciting summit to accelerate clean energy innovation around the world.

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a forum for federal energy ministers from 25 of the world’s leading economies to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technologies. Member economies account for approximately 90% of global clean energy investment.

Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 23 countries and the Eurpoean Union to accelerate global clean energy innovation and encourage private sector investment in transformative clean energy technologies.

The CEM10/MI-4 Ministerials will feature an international Innovation Showcase, providing an opportunity for cutting edge cleantech organizations to feature their innovations and gain exposure to energy Ministers, corporate leaders, investors, civil society and media from around the world.

Click   here for additional information on how firms can exhibit at the Innovation Showcase.
Hydrogen-Metal Systems Gordon Research Conference 
June 30 - July 5, 2019

Don Rey Jaime Grand Hotel | Castelldefels | Spain

You are invited to participate in the Hydrogen-Metal Systems Gordon Research Conference in Castelldefels Spain this summer. The GRC conference provides an opportunity for researchers and students to be exposed to the latest developments in all aspects of metal-hydrogen interactions. The openness and format of the conference makes it an ideal environment for exchange of ideas and establishment of collaborations.

All talks are invited but all attendees are encouraged to submit a poster on novel and unpublished results in order to stimulate discussions during the evening sessions. Free afternoons are ideal periods for networking, group discussions, and informal one-on-one interactions. This is a good opportunity for young researchers and students to meet and speak to international experts in the field of metal-hydrogen interactions. The 2019 Conference on Hydrogen-Metal Systems will focus on understanding the interaction of hydrogen with materials from the atomic level, up to bulk properties to meet the need of a range of applications involving fuel cells from energy storage in space to hydrogen carriers for fuel cell power applications.

Click  here to learn more about registration and participation for this conference. 
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DOE Announces $59 Million to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research
U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes has announced up to $59 million for new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this funding opportunity seeks projects to address priorities in advanced batteries and electric drive systems, energy efficient mobility systems, materials for more efficient powertrains, co-optimized advanced engine and fuel technologies, and alternative fuels and new mobility options.  

Topic areas for this funding opportunity include the following:

Topic 1: Solid State Batteries - Materials, Diagnostic Tools, and Modeling (up to $12.5 million) –Projects will focus on developing new solid electrolytes that can address materials challenges and enable next-generation chemistries that reduce costs and improve energy density and cycle life.

Topic 2: Electric Motor Research Increasing Power Density 8x (up to $3.5 million) – Projects will focus on novel, innovative materials and designs that decrease the size and increase the power density of electric drive systems by a factor of eight, while achieving cost reduction and performance improvement targets for more affordable electric drive systems.

Topic 3: Energy Efficient Mobility Systems Research (up to $7 million) – Projects will focus on vehicle automation and connectivity to improve transportation system-level efficiency for travelers, vehicles, and infrastructure, reducing the time, cost, and energy required to move people and goods. 

Topic 4: Predictive Modeling Capabilities for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Multi-Mode Engines ($3.5 million) – Projects will focus on improving the accuracy, speed, and predictive capability of multi-mode combustion simulation models for current high performance computing systems and future exascale level systems. 

Topic 5: New Materials and Engine Technologies for High Efficiency Powertrains (up to $15 million) – Projects will develop innovative powertrain systems that combine advanced materials that reduce weight and enable higher engine temperatures with new combustion strategies to improve vehicle fuel economy.

Topic 6: Technology Integration (up to $17.5 million) – Projects will focus on alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure for resiliency and emergency preparedness, new mobility services in rural America, alternative fuel (e.g., natural gas, propane, electricity, hydrogen) proof-of-concept demonstrations in new communities and fleets, and electric vehicle data collection. There is also an open topic specific to Clean Cities coalitions seeking innovative ideas for alternative fuel and mobility solutions. 

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/1/2019 5:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/19/2019 5:00 PM ET

Click  here for the full Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission (Low-No) Program FY 2019 Notice of Funding
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $85 million of Fiscal Year 2019 funds for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2019-001-TPM-LowNo.

The main purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to State and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

An eligible applicant is a designated recipient of FTA grants, states, local governmental authorities and Indian Tribes.

All applicants must complete the Low-No program supplemental form and attach it to their submission in GRANTS.GOV.

An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 5/14/2019. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.

For Further Information Contact: Tara Clark, Office of Program Management, 202-366-2623 or consult our FAQs.
2019 Carl Moyer Program Funding Solicitation
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) announced the availability of funds for the 2019 Carl Moyer Program and is currently accepting applications for eligible projects under Program Announcement  #PA2019-02. At least $30 million is available for this solicitation. 
 
The application deadline is at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 . All applications must be received either electronically through the SCAQMD’s CMP Online Application Program or on paper with submittal to the SCAQMD Headquarters (21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765) no later than the application deadline. 
 
Funding categories include:
  • On-road heavy-duty vehicles, including transit fleet vehicles, drayage and other freight trucks, solid waste vehicles, public agency/utility vehicles and emergency vehicles fire apparatus)
  • Off-road equipment including marine engine repower, shore power (if not subject to CARB's At-Berth Regulation), construction equipment, agricultural mobile equipment (loaders, tractors, water pulls, etc.), locomotives and cargo handling equipment
  • Infrastructure to fuel or power a zero or near-zero emission heavy-duty vehicle or equipment, including on-road heavy-duty vehicles, cargo handling equipment and marine vessels (shore power)
 
Please note the April-May workshop schedule for the 2019 Carl Moyer Program Workshops:  http://www.aqmd.gov/home/programs/business/carl-moyer-workshops. Attendance at these workshops is not mandatory, but highly recommended due to the latest updates to the Carl Moyer Program.
 
For additional information, please visit:  www.aqmd.gov/Moyer .
 
SCAQMD encourages applicants to apply for the 2019 Carl Moyer Program electronically through SCAQMD's CMP Online Application Program (rather than by paper submittal). To apply online, please visit the Carl Moyer Program page  here, then inside the box at the top, click the link 'To Apply Online'.
Pennsylvania ZEV Infrastructure Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently launched a new grant program for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) charging and fueling stations to increase options for ZEV owners and encourage more people to consider these clean vehicles for their next car. The funding comes from Pennsylvania’s $118 million settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions tests. 
 
The grants are available through Governor Tom Wolf’s Driving PA Forward initiative. The goal of the initiative is to permanently reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from vehicles. 
  
Up to $3 million in grants is available for acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of ZEV fast-charging equipment and hydrogen fuel cell equipment through 2019. Grants are awarded as reimbursements after completed projects, with a maximum amount of $500,000. The amount awarded depends on the charging or fueling capacity of the proposed equipment.

Application deadlines are 4:00 PM on July 15 and December 16, 2019. All applications from each period will be reviewed.

For more information and to apply, click  here for the Driving PA Forward website.
Department of Energy Announces New Solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $5.2 million for a new solicitation under the  High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative, the umbrella program for the HPC4Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg), HPC4Materials (HPC4Mtls), and HPC4Mobility programs. The new funding opportunity seeks qualified industry partners to work collaboratively with DOE's national laboratories on projects that use High Performance Computing (HPC) to solve key technical challenges. These technical challenges include development and optimization of modeling and simulation codes, porting and scaling of applications, application of data analytics, and applied research and development of tools or methods.

There will be three areas of focus.

Area 1: HPC4Mtls

The HPC4Mtls Program is sponsored by EERE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office to enhance the U.S. materials development, fabrication, and manufacturing industry to investigate, improve, and scale methods that will accelerate the development of materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments. This solicitation is aimed at demonstrating the benefit of HPC toward these goals within one year.
The HPC4Mtls program seeks proposals that will address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments through the use of HPC modeling, simulation, and data analysis.

Area 2: HPC4Mfg

The HPC4Mfg Program is led by EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office with a focus on establishing collaborations that address key manufacturing challenges by applying modeling, simulation, and data analysis. The Office of Fossil Energy and EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office and Building Technologies Office also sponsor select projects in this portfolio. The program aims to improve energy efficiency, increase productivity, reduce cycle time, enable next-generation technologies, test control system algorithms, investigate intensified processes, lower energy cost, and accelerate innovation.

The HPC4Mfg Program seeks projects that will use HPC modeling and simulation to overcome manufacturing process challenges resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity.

Area 3: HPC4Mobility

The HPC4Mobility Program is sponsored by the Vehicle Technologies Office's Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (EEMS) Program. The mission of EEMS is to conduct early stage research and development (R&D) at the vehicle, traveler, and system level, to create new knowledge, tools, and insights and technology solutions that increase mobility energy productivity for individuals and businesses. As mobility technologies continuously evolve, EEMS operates within the interface of vehicle systems and transportation systems.

The HPC4Mobility Program is interested in collaborations that address key mobility challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified software, hardware, and implementation solutions that perform well in complex transportation/mobility systems in rural and metropolitan areas.

Eligibility for the HPC4Mfg and HPC4Mtls programs is limited to entities that manufacture or develop products in the United States for commercial applications and the organizations that support them. Relevant government entities are eligible to receive awards from the HPC4Mobility Program only. Selected projects and follow-on projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support compute cycles and work performed by the national laboratory partners. The industry partner must provide a participant contribution of at least 20% of the DOE funding for the project. Selected follow-on project partners must provide at least 50% of the DOE funding for the project.

More information about the individual topics of interest for each office are available in the  funding opportunity announcement. All DOE national laboratories are eligible to participate.  Solicitations are due by 11:59 PM EDT on July 31, 2019
NYSERDA Stationary Fuel Cell Program
NYSERDA’s Stationary Fuel Cell Program aims to quickly increase the amount of electricity produced by fuel cell systems in New York State. By providing $15 million over two years, NYSERDA will help facilities to reduce the upfront costs of installing and operating fuel cells and support commercially viable fuel cell systems that help lower greenhouse gas emissions.

NYSERDA will provide $7.5 million a year for two years for a total of $15 million to support new installations of stationary fuel cell systems at eligible sites. No system can receive more than $1 million from NYSERDA.

Incentives are divided into two main categories:
  • Total Base Incentives, which include base incentives determined by installed capacity, and grid independent incentives based on the capability for operating when there are outages
  • Bonus Incentives which are based on location of the site and whether the site is deemed to be critical infrastructure

Apply online using NYSERDA’s application portal. Applications close at 5 PM Eastern Time on December 31, 2019.

Click here for the full solicitation from NYSERDA.
South Coast AQMD Hydrogen Infrastructure Partnership Program
This Program Opportunity Notice (PON) seeks to expand the availability of hydrogen refueling infrastructure in the South Coast AQMD region by making available a source of co-funding that can be accessed by the
Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC’s) strategic partners. The intent is to provide funding that can be used to improve the financial viability of a candidate hydrogen refueling station that has already undergone vetting by the Energy Commission or South Coast AQMD, or is being proposed by a public agency or industry stakeholder that will undergo evaluation by the MSRC, Energy Commission, or South Coast AQMD. The goal is to have this funding source readily available so it can be tapped by our strategic partners during and within the course of their regular procurement processes.

To this end, the MSRC has allocated $3,000,000 in Clean Transportation Funding from its FY 2016-’18 Work Program for the MSRC’s Hydrogen Infrastructure Partnership Program. This is an
initial funding allocation; the MSRC reserves the right to increase the funding available under this PON by allocating additional funds from either the FY 2016-’18 Discretionary Fund or a future Work Program. 

The period of submittal under this PON closes on April 10, 2020, unless extended by the MSRC.

Click  here for the full Program Opportunity Notice from the South Coast AQMD.
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