December 2016
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Connection

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from FCHEA!holiday
All of us at the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Headlines

First Honda Clarity Fuel Cell FCVs Arrive in Europe

On November 29, Honda announced that the first Clarity Fuel Cells, Honda's next generation fuel cell vehicle (FCV), arrived in Europe.  The FCVs, being delivered initially to London and Copenhagen customers, will take part in the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) European Union (EU) demonstration project to highlight the capabilities of FCVs and increase awareness and adoption of the technology.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell disembarking at port in Europe Source: Honda

The Clarity Fuel Cell seats five occupants, with an EPA-rated range of 366 miles on a full tank of hydrogen. 

The HyFIVE project aims to promote the awareness and adoption of FCV technology and infrastructure across Europe.  Once deployment is completed, 185 FCVs from five automotive manufacturers will be with private and corporate customers across Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden and UK. 

For a link to the full press release, click  here

FuelCell Energy Announces Acquisition of Fuel Cell Project at Central Connecticut State University

On December 13, FuelCell Energy announced the acquisition of a megawatt (MW)-scale fuel cell power plant already in operation, which generates power and steam for Central Connecticut State University in Connecticut.

FuelCell Energy Power Plant at Central Connecitcut State University

The 1.4 MW plant generates in excess of 11 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, and has been in operation for approximately five years.  By acquiring the plant, FuelCell Energy captures recurring and predicable electricity sales. 

For a link to the full press release, click  here

Bloom Energy Completes Fuel Cell Project at Morgan Stanley Global Headquarters in New York City 

On December 13, Bloom Energy and Morgan Stanley announced the completion of a 750 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell system at Morgan Stanley's global headquarters in the Times Square neighborhood of New York City.   Executives from Bloom Energy, Morgan Stanley, Con Edison, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) attended an event commemorating the project completion.

Morgan Stanley global headquarters with Bloom Energy fuel cell installation Source: Bloom Energy

The solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) will provide 6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity to the building each year.  The fuel cell project is supported by NYSERDA through a long-term renewable energy credit contract awarded under the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Main Tier Program to develop renewable energy projects in the state.

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

Nissan Showcases E-Bio Fuel Cell Vehicle to Brazilian President at Renova Bio 2030

On December 15, Nissan presented its "e-Bio Fuel Cell" concept fuel cell vehicle (FCV) to Brazilian President Michel Temer at the Renova Bio 2030 event in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. 

Nissan official shows E-Bio Fuel Cell concept to Brazilian President Michel Temer Source: Nissan

The FCV concept is powered by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system, and is fueled by a bioethanol mixture.  The e-Bio Fuel Cell is cable of ranges of over 600 kilometers (km), and Nissan plans to conduct road tests of the vehicle on streets in Brazil.

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

ITM Power Supplying 0.5 MW Electrolyzer as Part of HyDeploy Consortium Power-to-Gas Project in UK

On November 30, ITM Power announced it would supply a 0.5 megawatt (MW) electrolyzer system, as part of the HyDeploy Consortium, to demonstrate the use of blended hydrogen in the United Kingdom (UK) gas grid.

The three year, £7 million ($8.8 million) project, funded by Ofgem, the UK's gas regulatory body, and the National Grid, a gas distribution company, will provide a system for hydrogen gas injection into the natural gas grid, enabling the power-to-gas market in the UK. 

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

Toyota Reveals Mobile Hydrogen Refueler, Joins Mirai Trio in Australia 

On November 25, Toyota Australia unveiled a mobile hydrogen refueler, comprised of Linde's hydrogen fueling technology mounted on the bed of a moving truck. 

Toyota Mirai and mobile refuller Source: Toyota

The mobile hydrogen refueler will accompany three Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) as they tour around Australia, showcasing the technology. 

For a link to the full article, click  here

McPhy Energy and French Organizations Join Forces to Develop Hydrogen Distribution Infrastructure for the Rouen Metropolitan Region

On November 29, McPhy Energy announced it had joined forces with Métropole Rouen Normandie of France and GNVERT, a mobility solutions company, to deploy hydrogen infrastructure in the region, including a hydrogen fueling station, multiple fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and a battery electric vehicle (BEV) with fuel cell range-extender.

The hydrogen fueling facility was designed by McPhy energy, and will allow 350 bar fueling of a fleet of up to 50 FCVs. 

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

Doosan to Supply Fuel Cell System to Implats Platinum Refinery in South Africa

On December 7, Implats Platinum Refinery announced it would install an 8 megawatt (MW) fuel cell system from Doosan Fuel Cells America to power its platinum refinery in Springs, outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

The fuel cell system will be fueled by natural gas from the local grid, and is expected to be online in early 2018.  The project was financed under a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) by Impala Refining services. 

For a link to the full article, click  here

Anglo American Publishes Zero Emissions. Zero Compromise. Story

On December 8, Anglo American published a story highlighting its partnership with the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) on the  Zero Emissions, Zero Compromise  campaign.

For a link to the full post, click  here

UCI Injects Renewable Hydrogen into Campus Power Supply with Support of Proton OnSite

On December 6, University of California, Irvine announced engineers had successfully implemented the first power-to-gas hydrogen project in the United States, converting excess renewable energy into hydrogen gas.

UCI Professor Jack Brouwer with electrolyzer unit Source: UC Irvine

The pilot program began last year with funding from utility Southern California Gas Co. and participation by Proton OnSite, which provided the electrolyzer that produces hydrogen from electricity and water.  UC Irvine reports that faculty and students will continue to monitor the project and use it to conduct research.

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

ITM Power to Showcase 100 MW Electrolyzer Plant Designs at Hannover Messe

On December 12, ITM Power announced that it will showcase a series of large-scale electrolyzer configurations up to 100 megawatts (MW) in size at the Hannover Messe 2017 trade show in Hannover, Germany.   The configurations are in response to oil and gas industry demands for larger-scale electrolyzer applications such as power-to-gas, refineries, and steel making.

 Source: ITM Power

ITM Power's modular electrolyzer system is based on proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack technology.  ITM Power will showcase a new 2.2 MW design that form the basis of the 10, 30, 60, and 100 MW designs.

For a link to the full press release, click  here

Air Liquide Wins the "Mobility of the Future" Award from Europe 1 Radio for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Development

On December 12, Air Liquide was awarded the 'Mobility of the Future' award by Europe 1 Radio at an event held in Paris, France. 

Air Liquide was awarded because of its initiatives to promote fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in Europe, and accelerate the deployment of hydrogen fueling infrastructure. 

For a link to the full press release, click  here

ITM Power Joins EU Initiative to Drive Power-to-Gas Energy Storage 

On December 1, ITM Power announced it will participate in a new package of directives from the European Commission, titled "Clean Energy for All Europeans - unlocking Europe's growth potential.

The directives focus on enabling power-to-gas markets, energy storage, and hydrogen fuel produced renewably through electrolysis. 

For a link to the full press release and further details regarding the European Commission directives, click  here

FCH-JU Working to Enable Market Entry of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies

On November 29, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen - Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) provided an update on the FCH-JU Stakeholder Forum, which took place on November 23 in Brussels, Belgium.

FCH JU MOU Signatories Source: FCH JU

More than 20 representatives from European cities and regions gathered to discuss fuel cell and hydrogen energy advancement, and commemorated the occasion by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), reiterating their commitment to integrating fuel cells as a decarbonization pathway. 

For a link to the full press release, click  here

London Deputy Mayor for Environment announced as Partnership Chair for Hydrogen London 

On December 4, Hydrogen London announced that Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Energy, will take over as Chair of Hydrogen London.  

Hydrogen London operated FCB Source: Hydrogen London

Hydrogen London is a stakeholder group set up in 2002 to promote and develop hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in London.  Hydrogen London's projects include a network of publicly accessible hydrogen fueling stations and a fleet of fuel cell buses (FCBs).

For a link to the full press release, click   here

Fuel Cell Bus Project CHIC launches Final Project Report as Tool for Cities and Bus Operators

On November 30, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen-Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) project Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) released a final project report titled "fuel cell electric buses: a proven zero emission solution. Key facts, results, recommendations" at the International Zero Emission Bus Conference in London.

The report is intended to guide cities and bus operators on how to deploy fuel cell buses (FCBs) to, including environmental reports and commercial strategies for successful introduction of FCBs.

For a link to the full report, click  here

Germany to Invest $265 Million in Fuel Cell Vehicles
On December 14, Germany's Transport Ministry announced a €250 million ($265 million) investment by 2019 in fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).  The investment will aim to make FCVs more suitable for mass-production by accelerating research and development and development hydrogen fueling infrastructure. 

For a link to the full article, click   here

fedFederal Program News

ARPA-E Announces $70 Million in Project Funding Including REFUEL Hydrogen Fuel Projects

On December 15, the Advanced Research Projects - Energy (ARPA-E) announced $70 million in project funding, including funding for Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) to create hydrogen fuel and electricity.

Projects in the REFUEL program will develop scalable technologies for converting water, nitrogen and carbon dioxide into energy-dense carbon-neutral liquid fuels and back into electricity or hydrogen fuel on demand.  

wardees include FuelCell Energy, who will build a reversible electrochemical cell to produce ammonia from nitrogen and water or consume ammonia to generate electricity.  For a full list of REFUEL awards, click here.

For a link to the full press release, click  here

DOE Fuel Cell Bus Analysis Finds Fuel Economy to be 1.4 Times Higher than Diesel 

On November 30 at the Zero Emissions Bus Workshop in London, Department of Energy's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar announced a new Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) report regarding fuel cell buses (FCBs).

The report shows that the average fuel economy of FCBs from three fleets is ~6 miles per diesel gallon equivalent (DGE), 1.4 times higher than conventional diesel buses (~4.2 miles per DGE) from one fleet and up to 1.9 times higher than compressed natural gas buses (~3.3 miles per DGE) in another fleet.

Evaluations for the report were provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

For a link to the full report, click  here.

eventsUpcoming Events

2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy's (ARPA-E) 8th annual Energy Innovation Summit is February 27 - March 1, 2017 at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, to join the best and the brightest in energy innovation. 

The ARPA-E Summit is the preeminent event of the year for energy professionals, addressing America's top energy challenges by bringing the latest energy technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace. 

The Summit gathers more than 2,000 experts from government, academia, and business for a 3-day program offering informative seminars, practical solutions for breakthrough technologies, and critical networking opportunities.

For a link to register, click  here

7th Annual Next Generation Energy Storage Event

This eighteenth meeting continues Cambridge EnerTech's event series on the advancement of fuel cell technology. This symposium targets end users, developers and manufacturers of stationary fuel cell systems across fuel types, system architectures, and power ranges. 

This year's Fuel Cells for Stationary symposium focuses on fuel cell systems development for stationary applications and the technical advancements, strategies for commercialization and regulatory updates from the government, academic and industry stakeholders. 

Don't miss this opportunity to hear the latest developments from these key players within the industry on how they are achieving success.  The event takes place from February 14-16, 2017, in San Francisco, California. 

For a link to the full event, click  here

European Battery, Hybrid, & Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Congress
On March 14-16, the European Battery, Hybrid & Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Congress will take place at the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. 
After a plenary session dedicated to the strategic policy for "Europe's vision and action plan", academic, government and industry leaders will gather for exchange views and information to develop synergies to transform our mobility behaviors in general and foster electrical vehicles related technologies in particular.

The deadline for presentation suggestions for the 5th edition of the European Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Congress has been extended until January 31, 2017.

For a link to the full event, click here

European SMARTCAT Fuel Cell Car Workshop Taking Place in Orleans, France

The EU-funded SMARTCAT project is organizing the European Fuel Cell Car Workshop that will take place in Orleans, France, from March 1-3, 2017.

The workshop will be dedicated to recent progress in fuel cells for automotive applications and participants will have the opportunity to meet and join potential consortia during the 2017 FCH-JU call period.

For a link to the workshop, click  here

Additional Links

Nuvera Blog | November 16, 2016

UCLA Newsroom | November 17, 2016
Fleet News | November 25, 2016

CTPost | November 28, 2016

PR Newswire | November 28, 2016

EU EAFO |November 28, 2016

CNET | November 29, 2016

MotorWeek | November 30, 2016

CNBC | November 30, 2016

CarAdvice | December 1, 2016

CNET Road Show | December 1, 2016

CarScoops | December 1, 2016

Cleveland Business | December 2, 2016

DOE FCTO | December 5, 2016

Another View: Meehan lauded for work pushing fuel cell industry 
Delaware County Daily Times | December 5, 2016

Scott Samuelson | December 5, 2016

CNBC  | December 6, 2016

Plug Power Blog | December 6, 2016

Wired  | December 6, 2016

Wards Auto |  December 7, 2016

Popular Mechanics | December 7, 2016

Tires & Parts | December 7, 2016

Refrigerated and Frozen Food | December 8, 2016  

Edmunds | December 8, 2016

UC Irvine | December 8, 2016

South Africa must wake up to fuel cell race or risk losing out
Mining Weekly | December 9, 2016

University of Delaware | December 9, 2016

Yonhap News Agency | December 12,  2016

Hydrogen fuel cells vs batteries: how to power the trains of tomorrow
Railway Technology | December 12, 2016

Car and Driver | December 12, 2016

Greentech Media | December 13, 2016

The Hour | December 14, 2016

Nel ASA | December 15, 2016

NASA | December 14, 2016

Fuel Cell Technologies Office | December 15, 2016

Department of Energy | December 16, 2016

rfi Request for Papers, Proposals, and Information

RFI issued for long-endurance Group 2 UAS for US Marine Corps

On December 14, The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) issued a request for information (RFI) for a new long-endurance Group 2 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for use by the US Marine Corps (USMC), including those powered by fuel cells. 

RFI responses are due by December 28, 2016.

For a link to the full RFI, click here

California Energy Commission Announces Grant Funding for Sustainable Freight Transportation Projects

On November 29, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a Grant Funding Opportunity for 'Sustainable Freight Transportation Projects' under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). 

The CEC is making available a total of $27 million in grant funding for projects that demonstrate medium and heavy-duty advanced vehicle transportation technologies at seaports, including fuel cells. 

The application deadline is January 26, 2017.

For a link to the full solicitation, click  here

About the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Connection


Press releases and story ideas may be forwarded to Connor Dolan and Karen Hall for consideration at and respectively.


If your company is interested in joining FCHEA, please visit or contact Connor Dolan at


The Sponsors


Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association --   The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) is the trade association for the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry, and is dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies. Fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies deliver clean, reliable power to leading edge corporate, academic and public sector users, and FCHEA members are helping to transform the our energy future. FCHEA represents the full global supply chain, including universities, government laboratories and agencies, trade associations, fuel cell materials, components and systems manufacturers, hydrogen producers and fuel distributors, utilities and other end users.

National Energy Technology Laboratory --   The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory system is owned and operated by the DOE.  Its mission is "advancing energy options to fuel our economy, strengthen our security, and improve our environment." NETL performs, procures, and partners with universities and the private sector.  Together, these efforts focus a wealth of scientific and engineering talent on creating commercially viable solutions to national energy and environmental problems.  NETL has expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies, contract and project management, analysis of energy systems, and international energy issues.   NETL supports the DOE's mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

Previous Issue Archive
Click here for an archive of previous issues of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Connection.