March 2017
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Connection

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Headlines

Energy Commission Awards Funds for 16 California Hydrogen Stations

On February 17, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a Notice of Proposed Awards (NOPA) for 15 new hydrogen stations that will receive up to $31.7 million in combined Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) funding, plus one connector station for up to $1.5 million in funding.  

The awards include seven stations that will be developed by Shell in partnership with Toyota, eight stations to be developed by FirstElement Fuel, and a connector station on the I-5 to be developed by Air Liquide.

On February 21, Nel Hydrogen Solutions announced an agreement to supply, construct, and maintain the Shell / Toyota partnered hydrogen refueling stations throughout California via its California-based subsidiary, Everfuel Inc.  

For a link to the California Energy Commission NOPA, click  here.

For a link to Toyota's press release, click  here.

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

Bloom Energy Provides Biogas-Powered Fuel Cell for California IKEA Store
Bloom Energy
On  March 16, IKEA announced the completed installation of its fifth biogas-powered fuel cell system, at its East Palo Alto store in California. The 300 kilowatt fuel cell system - designed, developed, and installed by Bloom Energy - will produce approximately 2,630,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, the equivalent of reducing 1,193 tons of carbon dioxide. 
The new Bloom Energy fuel cell system at IKEA's East Palo Alto store (Source: Business Wire)

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

Hyundai Reveals New Fuel Cell Concept Vehicle at Geneva Auto Show

On March 7, Hyundai Motor revealed its newest fuel cell concept vehicle at the Geneva International Motor Show. Hyundai reports that the hydrogen-powered Future Echo (FE) Fuel Cell Concept can travel more than 800 kilometers on one tank of hydrogen. 
Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept (Source: Hyundai)

On March 14, FuelCell Energy announced the approval of a $5 million credit facility from the Connecticut Green Bank. This credit facility will support a previously announced, 3.7 megawatt utility scale power project in Danbury, Connecticut. Construction is currently in process, and commercial operation is expected to begin in the summer of 2017.

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

Air Products' California Fueling Stations Offering Hydrogen Below $10 per Kilogram
On March 6, Air Products announced that five of its California hydrogen refueling stations are now offering hydrogen fuel for less than $10 per kilogram. Air Products credits this new pricing milestone with several recent advancements in fueling station technology, along with a marked increase in vehicles using their stations.

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

Doosan Fuel Cell Will Embark on the World's First Hydrogen-Only Fuel Cell Project

Doosan Fuel Cell America
Doosan Fuel Cell announced an agreement to participate in the  Daesan Hydrogen Only Fuel Cell Power Plant Project. The agreement was signed in  December of last year  at  the Renewable Energy Investment Forum, hosted by  the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy. 

The project is estimated to cost 250 billion Korean won (approximately $221 million), and is scheduled to be completed by June 2019. Once completed, it will be the world's largest hydrogen-only fuel cell power plant. 

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

Air Liquide Announces Two New York Hydrogen Station Locations, Receives Zoning Approval for First New Jersey Station

On February 9, Air Liquide has announced the location of two hydrogen stations planned for New York state in Hempstead and Brooklyn.  The hydrogen stations are expected be online by mid to end of 2017.

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

On February 24, Lodi, New Jersey, became the first in the state to approve a hydrogen fueling station.  
Air Liquide US received zoning board approval and to install a hydrogen dispenser, a hydrogen storage facility and other improvements to the existing station. 

For a link to the full article, click  here

Intelligent Energy Signs Stationary Supply Deal

On February 20, Intelligent Energy announced the signing of a stationary power agreement with U.S.-based Luxfer-GTM Technologies.   The first order of 600 Intelligent Energy's low power 1-kW Fuel Cell Modules will be integrated into Luxfer-GTM's Zero-Set Lite portable, zero-emission light towers.  

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

Canadian Tire Corporation to Deploy Fuel Cell Systems from Nuvera

On February 7, Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) announced that it will be replacing lead acid batteries with hydrogen fuel cell technology to power forklifts at two of its Ontario distribution centers. The switch to fuel cells, manufactured by Nuvera, comes after CTC conducted five years of testing and evaluation on hydrogen fuel cells to power mobile equipment.

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

ITM Power Announces UK Hydrogen Station Update

On March 13, ITM Power announced that it has gained full planning permission for hydrogen refueling stations at four sites in the United Kingdom. Once completed, the new refueling stations in Birmingham, Swindon, and Sheffield will join the four ITM Power stations currently accessible to the public. 

ITM Power's hydrogen station, developed jointly with Shell, on the M25 in the United Kingdom (Source: ITM Power)

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

Canadian Government Announces $10 Million in Funding for Daimler-Ford Joint Fuel Cell Venture 
On March 13, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) announced a $10 million (about $7.5 million USD) investment in the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), a joint venture between Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company. 

The investment is part of a $43 million (about $32 million USD) joint initiative from the Canadian Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, with matching funds from the government of British Columbia, to support clean energy projects at the pre-commercialization stage. The investment in the AFCC will go towards the development of new fuel cell modules to be used in automotive applications.

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

Toyota Launches Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Bus in Tokyo

On March 6, Toyota's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus launched in Tokyo, Japan. The bus runs on two 114 kW Toyota FC Stacks, for a combined total of 310 horsepower. It costs commuters about $2 to ride the bus, the first of over 100 that Toyota plans to introduce in the Tokyo area ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The bus launch featured Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who demonstrated the safety and ease of the hydrogen system refueling.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike gasses-up the bus 
Governor Koike refuels Toyota's fuel cell bus (Source: Bertel Schmitt, Forbes)

For a link to the article about the bus launch in Tokyo, click here. 
For a link to Toyota's press release with technical specifications about the bus, click here.

McPhy Granted Exclusive Distribution Rights in Europe for A  
ll-in-One Hydrogen Refueling Station

On March 9, McPhy Energy announced that it has been granted exclusive distribution rights for its SimpleFuel hydrogen refueling station. The all-in-one station covers hydrogen generation, compression, storage, and distribution for mobility. SimpleFuel was developed with Ivys Energy Solutions and PDC Machines in the United States, under the auspices of a Department of Energy hydrogen energy competition.   
For a link to the full press release, click  here.

Air Liquide's First California Hydrogen Station Celebrates Major Fill-up M ilestone 

On March 7, Air Liquide announced that its first hydrogen  fueling station achieved its 1000th fuel cell vehicle fill-up after  being in operation for just 100 days. Open to the public since  December 2016, the Anaheim hydrogen station has enabled hydrogen-powered vehicles to cover over 155,000 miles, and avoided nearly 62 tons of atmospheric CO 2  emissions.

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

Bloom Energy Fuel Cell Powers Supermicro's New Manufacturing Facility

On March 8, Super Micro Computers, Inc. announced the installation of a one megawatt Bloom Energy Server fuel cell to power its newest manufacturing facility. The  182,000 square-foot, LEED certified distribution and final assembly site in San Jose, California will  generate its own clean fuel-cell based electricity on-site, saving the company over $30 million in energy costs over 10 years when fully deployed. 

For a link to the article, click  here.

Air Liquide Opens Fukuoka Miyata Station for Hydrogen Mobility Development in Kyushu 

On March 14, Air Liquide Japan held an opening ceremony for its newest hydrogen refueling station in Miyawaka City, Fukuoka,   Japan. This marks the company's fourth hydrogen refueling station  in the country. 

The Fukuoka Miyata station will be able to refuel hydrogen-powered electric vehicles in less than three minutes, for a driving range of more than 500 kilometers. 

Air Liquide CEO Shiro Yahara (L) and Fukuoka Governor Ogawa (R) refuel a hydrogen powered vehicle at the Fukuoka Miyata station (Source: Air Liquide Japan)

The station's opening ceremony was attended by Air Liquide Japan's CEO Shiro Yahara, and Fukuoka Prefecture Governor Hiroshi Ogawa, who demonstrated the station's use by refueling a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. 

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

FuelCell Energy Applauds Connecticut Proposal

FuelCell Energy commended proposed House Bill 7036 that will enable electric utilities in Connecticut to acquire fuel cell power plants  to enhance electric distribution system  
reliabilityavoiding or deferring distribution capacity upgrades. The proposal includes provisions to make efficient use of existing infrastructure and sites, such as urban brownfields.

For a link to the full press release, click  here .
U.K.'s First Forecourt Hydrogen Station Opens

On February 22, ITM Power and Shell opened the first hydrogen station located on a forecourt in the U.K., located at Cobham services on the M25, the nation's busiest refueling station. This is ITM Power's fourth public hydrogen refueling station to be opened in the U.K.  

Shell forecourt hydrogen station (U.K.)  (Source: ITM Power)

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

Aberdeen, Scotland Opens Second Hydrogen Station

Aberdeen, Scotland's second hydrogen station was opened on February  27 , along with the launch of a fleet of ten Toyota Mirai  fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). The station, which  was built and will be maintained and operated by Hydrogenics,  will serve the city's growing fleet of cars and vans, producing up 130 kg of hydrogen daily. 

Aberdeen, Scotland
Aberdeen's second hydrogen station opens (Source: Aberdeen City Council)

For a link to the full article, click here.

eventsUpcoming Events
Hydrogen Stations Webinar:  Update on Network Development Status in California

The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) will hold a Hydrogen Stations Webinar on March 22 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST.  The webinar will provide general, non-technical overview about retail fueling network development status, next retail stations ready to come online, proposed CEC funding of 16 additional stations, and SOSS system updates.  Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

To register for the webinar, click  here.

2017 ICEPAG Grid Evolution Global Summit

Now in its 17th year, ICEPAG: the International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation, will be 
held on March 27-28  at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).  The event i s presented annually by the UCI's Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP).

ICEPAG 2017 will focus on the role of hydrogen in the grid of the future, from generation to end-use, including generation, transport/storage, and end-use.

To register for the event, click  here

2017 Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium

The 2017 Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium
is presented by the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition in collaboration with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Offices of Fuel Cell Technologies and Fossil Energy and will 
bring all fuel cell technologies together at one event.   The symposium will be held  March 30-31   at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain  County Community College in Elyria, Ohio.

At the event, the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, in collaboration with the DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Fossil Energy present a joint workshop, "Partners in Progress", on Fuel Cell Systems Balance of Plant (BOP) Components. The goal of this workshop is to identify integrator and development needs of BOP fuel cell systems for both Stationary and Transportation applications. We will also explore gaps in the supply chain to fulfill those needs, as well as providing common ground for manufacturing that would benefit all fuel cell applications.

For information about the Symposium, click here.

To register for the event, click here.

FCHEA Members Offered Discount to Attend the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 

The Largest Clean Fleet Event. All Alternative Fuels. All Weight Classes.  The annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo will take place May 1-4, 2017, in Long Beach, California.  Learn about the incredible momentum taking place across the transportation industry to lessen dependence on fossil fuels, improve air quality, and mitigate the impact on climate change.  

For more information, click  here.

Additional Links

Triple Pundit |21 February 2017

Reuters | 23 February 2017 
The National | 22 February 2017 

New Haven Register | 26 February 2017  

The Japan Times | 26 February 2017

The Japan News | 27 February 2017 

Renewable Energy Focus | 28 February 2017

Ship & Bunker | 2 March 2017

Engineering News | 3 March 2017

Pulse | 3 March 2017

The Day | 5 March 2017

WBUR | 5 March 2017

Renewable Energy Focus | 6 March 2017

The Korea Times | 6 March 2017

EV World | 8 March 2017

United States Department of Energy | 9 March 2017

Today's Trucking | 9 March 2017

The Asahi Shimbun | 12 March 2017 | 13 March 2017  

Global Rail News | 15 March 2017

PDC Machines | 16 March 2017

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US DOE | 16 March 2017

Forecourt Trader | 17 March 2017

Evening Express | 17 March 2017

rfi Request for Papers, Proposals, and Information
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration BAA

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety released its first Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for innovative research and development projects.  PHMSA is looking for risk and hazard analysis; material testing and classification improvements; transport system design; and packaging design and test improvements that advance the safe transportation of hazardous materials.  There will be multiple awards from this BAA between $50,000 and $1,000,000.  

First Step: White papers may be submitted until 11:59 a.m. (EDT) on 21 April 2017.

Second Step: Submission of Full Proposal: PHMSA Contracting Officer will request full proposals from Offerors with white papers determined to be technically acceptable, as evaluated against criteria published in this BAA. Full Proposals will be due on the specified due date listed in the request from the PHMSA Contracting Officer.
For more information on this BAA, click   here

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