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March 2019
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Industry Headlines
Plug Power Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Rochester, New York
On February 22, FCHEA member Plug Power held a grand opening ceremony for its new manufacturing facility in Rochester, New York. The facility is located at the Eastman Business Park, formerly Kodak Park.

Plug Power has partnered with Kodak to utilize its high-speed roll to roll digital coating equipment. Through this relationship, Plug Power gains use of the high-tech capability it needs to ramp up production of its membrane electrode assembly (MEA) technology for hydrogen fuel cells. As part of the expansion, Plug Power has opened a final assembly facility with local Rochester company EEP, allowing the company to keep up with the demands of a growing industry.

The Rochester facility is expected to create 80 new jobs, according to Plug Power. New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, U.S. Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25) and Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky joined Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh for the grand opening.
Above: New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at the opening ceremony for Plug Power's Rochester manufacturing facility.

Below: U.S. Congressman Joe Morelle addresses attendees at the opening ceremony.
According to Plug Power COO Keith Schmid, the Rochester manufacturing expansion is possible in part from the company's  acquisition of American Fuel Cell (AFC) in 2018. By leveraging AFC's design expertise along with Kodak's digital high speed coating technology, Plug Power plans to deliver up to 400,000 MEAs in 2019.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.
FuelCell Energy Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary
On March 14, FCHEA member FuelCell Energy celebrated its 50th year in business. The company was originally founded on March 14, 1969 by Dr. Bernard Baker as Energy Research Corporation. According to FuelCell Energy, its golden anniversary makes it the oldest continually-operating commercial fuel cell company in the world.

Today, FuelCell Energy's SureSource fuel cell power plant systems have produced more than 8.7 million megawatt-hours of electricity, according to FuelCell Energy President and CEO Chip Bottone. In reflecting on the company's achievements over the past 50 years, Bottone thanked the hard work and dedication of FuelCell Energy's employees and the support provided by its customers, investors, and suppliers.
Source: FuelCell Energy

Click  here for the full news release from FuelCell Energy.
Air Liquide, Hydrogenics to Build the World's Largest Hydrogen Electrolysis Plant in Canada
On February 25, FCHEA member Air Liquide announced an award to FCHEA member Hydrogenics to design, build and install a 20 megawatt (MW) electrolyzer system for a hydrogen production facility located in Bécancour, Quebec. According to Hydrogenics, the facility is expected to be in commercial operation by the end of 2020, with an output of just under 3,000 tons of hydrogen annually.

According to Air Liquide, Bécancour's proximity to major industry markets in Canada and the United States will help ensure North America's supply of low-carbon hydrogen for both industry and mobility usage.

Click  here for the full press release from Air Liquide, and click  here for Hydrogenics' press release.
Hyundai Launches NEXO FCV in Canada Through Car-Sharing Service
On March 18, FCHEA member Hyundai announced the launch of the 2019 NEXO fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in Canada. Hyundai is collaborating with car-sharing service Modo to make two NEXO cars will available for drivers to use in the Vancouver region.

Modo drivers will be able to refuel the NEXO FCVs at one of Canada's first hydrogen refueling stations in Vancouver's Marpole neighborhood. Hyundai also states that NEXO will be available for retail purchase at select Vancouver dealerships in the coming weeks.
Modo's two Hyundai NEXO FCVs, now available for Modo users to drive around Vancouver.
Source: Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

Click  here for the full press release from Hyundai.
Audi Announces Increase in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology, Will Eventually Introduce Commercial Fuel Cell Vehicle
On March 5, Bram Schot, Chairman of FCHEA member Audi's Board of Management, announced that the automaker recently decided to increase its investment in hydrogen fuel cell transportation technology.

In an interview with journalists at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Schot said that Audi plans to have a running prototype fuel cell vehicle (FCV) on the road sometime later this year. According to Schott, the automaker would follow this up with a limited-run FCV pilot program reaching production by 2021. Schott also speculated that Audi would possibly have large-scale FCV production running by "the second half of the 2020s."
Audi's H-tron Quattro concept FCV, displayed at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Source: Autocar

In his remarks to the press, Schott credited Korean and Japanese automakers for their success at early commercialization of FCVs, and stated that European car companies like Audi must follow suit to produce a full range of sustainable electric vehicles.

Click  here for the full article from  CNET.
Toyota and Japanese Space Agency Announce Study of Fuel-Cell Powered Rover for Manned Moon Mission
On March 12, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and FCHEA member Toyota announced a collaboration agreement to study space exploration technologies. As part of this collaboration, Toyota is engaging in a joint study with JAXA on a fuel cell-powered rover to support a manned mission to the Moon in the 2030s.

According to JAXA, due to the limited amount of energy that can be transported to the moon, a fuel cell-powered pressurized rover would have a total lunar surface cruising range of more than 10,000 km (~6,214 miles). JAXA and Toyota envision the rover to have dimensions of 6 x 5.2 x 3.8 meters (~20 x 17 x 12.5 feet), 13 cubic meters (~460 cubic feet) of living space for two people or four in an emergency, and autonomous and remote driving features.
Click to view a concept video of the fuel cell-powered manned lunar rover. Source: Toyota via YouTube

JAXA Vice President Koichi Wakata states that the agency envisions launching the rover into space in 2029 to support a manned lunar mission in the following decade. Toyota and JAXA hope through further collaboration to solve technological issues identified in their joint concept studies so far before engaging on actual development of the rover.

Click  here for the full press release from JAXA.
H2 Mobility Partnership Opens Two New Hydrogen Stations in Germany
On March 15, Germany's H2 Mobility partnership announced the simultaneous opening of two new hydrogen refueling stations in Leverkusen and Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The openings bring the total number of retail hydrogen stations open in Germany to 64.

The Leverkusen facility was built with hydrogen fueling technology from Air Liquide, and is located at an existing Shell gas station. The Essen facility was built by FCHEA member Linde, and is also located at a Shell gas station. According to H2 Mobility, the Essen station has a daily capacity of 230 kg of hydrogen fuel, and is able to refuel up to fifty fuel cell vehicles per day.

Both stations received funding support from the European Commission through its Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) in the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project. In addition, H2 Mobility states that it is making progress on its goal of opening 100 hydrogen refueling stations in Germany by the end of 2019.

Click  here for the press release on the Leverkusen hydrogen station, and click  here for the press release on the Essen station, both from H2 Mobility.
Nel Receives Purchase Order for 2 Megawatt PEM Electrolyzer in Switzerland
On February 25, FCHEA member Nel ASA announced a $3 million purchase order for a two megawatt (MW) proton exchange membrane electrolyzer. The purchase order was made by Hydrospider AG, an affiliate of Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy.

According to Nel, the electrolyzer will be used to produce green hydrogen for heavy-duty fuel cell trucks from Hyundai, which will begin operation in Switzerland during late 2019. In addition to the purchase order, Nel entered into a framework agreement with Hydrospider AG to supply 30 MW of electrolysis capacity for hydrogen production.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.
Praxair to Build New Large-Scale Hydrogen Plant in Louisiana
On March 28, Praxair, a subsidiary of the Linde Group, authorized the construction of a liquid hydrogen production plant in Louisiana under a long-term contract with a major refinery in the area.

According to Praxair, the plant will have a capacity in excess of 170 million standard cubic feet per day, making it one of the largest hydrogen production facilities in the United States. Praxair states that once complete in 2021, this project will increase Praxair’s U.S. Gulf Coast hydrogen capacity to more than 1.7 billion standard cubic feet per day.

Click  here  for the full press release from Praxair.
Hyundai Delivers First NEXO Fuel Cell Vehicle in France to ENGIE Cofely
On March 18, Hyundai announced the first delivery of its NEXO fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in France to French energy clean energy company ENGIE Cofely. ENGIE will incorporate the NEXO into its corporate fleet, building upon the company's use of Hyundai's previous-generation Tucson FCV.

According to Hyundai, ENGIE Cofely would like to acquire a total of three NEXO FCVs for the company's fleet. Hyundai also states that several dozen orders for NEXO have been placed in France since the zero-emissions crossover SUV's launch there last year.
Lionel French Keogh, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor France, and Élise Maury, Director of Global Facility Management and member of the Executive Committee of ENGIE Cofely, posing with the company's new NEXO FCV for its fleet. Source: Hyundai Motor France.

Click  here for the full press release from Hyundai [in French].
Intelligent Energy Launches New Product to Increase Output for Fuel Cell-Powered Drones
On March 7, FCHEA member Intelligent Energy announced the launch of its Power Path Module (PPM) to double the power output from its Fuel Cell Power Modules (FCPM) for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

The PPM is a small unit designed to facilitate ‘plug and play’, linking two of Intelligent Energy’s FCPMs in series. It enables customers to fly larger UAVs with heavier payloads. According to Intelligent Energy, two connected 650 watt (W) modules can provide 1.3 kilowatts (kW) of continuous power and two 800 W modules will provide 1.6 kW.

The PPM, which has been designed in accordance with Europe's CE and the United States' FCC certification requirements, will be officially launched at Japan Drone in Chiba-City, Japan later this month.

Click  here for the full press release from Intelligent Energy.
Air Products, Linde to Supply Hydrogen for Heavy-Duty Transportation Product in Alberta
On March 12,  JWN Energy reported that FCHEA member Air Products and Praxair, a subsidiary of the Linde Group, will provide high-purity compressed hydrogen to fuel a heavy-duty freight transportation project in Alberta, Canada.

The industry-led, CAD 15 million (~$11.2 million) Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project will design and manufacture two heavy-duty, extended-range, hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid trucks. The fuel cell powertrains for the trucks will be provided by Ballard Power, working with other industry partners.

The trucks will move freight year-round in an eighteen month field trial between the provincial capital of Edmonton and the city of Calgary through mid-2022. According to  JWN Energy, the 71 ton-trucks will be capable of travelling up to 700 kilometers (~435 miles) between refuelings, and will be the largest trucks in the world tested with hydrogen fuel cell powertrains so far. By the end of the project, the trucks are expected to travel more than 500,000 kilometers (~311,000 miles).

The AZETEC project is led by the Alberta Motor Transport Association, with financial support from Emissions Reduction Alberta through its BEST Challenge program, which targets technologies that demonstrate potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta.

Click  here for the full article from JWN Energy.
Hyster to Develop Fuel Cell-Powered Reachstacker for Port of Valencia
On March 20, Hyster-Yale Group, the parent company of FCHEA member Nuvera, announced that it will develop a fuel cell-powered reachstacker for the Port of Valencia in Spain. The zero-emission reachstacker will support freight operations at the port's MSC Terminal, home to the European Commission's  H2Ports project.

According to Hyster, the reachstacker is expected to enter operation in 2021, where it will undergo thorough testing handling laden shipping containers alongside several existing reachstackers.
A Hyster-Yale ReachStacker used in heavy-duty freight operations. Source: Hyster-Yale Group

Hyster is also developing a laden container handler for the Port of Los Angeles,  powered by a Nuvera fuel cell engine, as announced in September of 2018.

Click  here for the full press release from Hyster.
Nel, Hyundai, Air Liquide Announce Joint Venture to Construct 100 Hydrogen Refueling Stations in South Korea by 2022
On March 1, Nel ASA's and Air Liquide's South Korean subsidiaries co-signed an agreement with Hyundai and eleven other South Korean industrial firms to establish the Hydrogen Energy Network (HyNet), a new Special Purpose Company and joint venture.

HyNet's goal is to expand hydrogen fueling infrastructure in South Korea by installing 100 stations by 2022 and to operate them until 2029. The plans to establish HyNet were  first reported in September of 2018.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.
myFC receives order for JAQ Hybrid from Swedish RLVNT
On February 25, FCHEA member myFC announced an order for its fuel cell-based power bank JAQ Hybrid from Swedish lifestyle distributor RLVNT. According to myFC, the order is for 2,000 units of JAQ Hybrid and associated fuel cards.

The order delivery is planned to begin in the second quarter of 2019 and includes myFC's new generation of fuel cards that nearly double the energy capacity of the JAQ Hybrid. According to myFC, the order is valued at approximately SEK 1 million (~$108,000).
myFC's JAQ Hybrid fuel cell power bank. Source: myFC

Click  here for the full press release from myFC.
Nel Wins Bid to Build Two Hydrogen Refueling Stations in South Korea
On February 22, Nel ASA announced that it has won bids from South Korean firm Gangwon Technopark to install two of its H2Station facilities in the South Korean cities of Gangneung and Samcheok.

According to Nel, one station will feature on-site production of hydrogen from a natural gas reformer, where hydrogen will be produced and distributed via trailers to the other H2Station.

Nel states that the station orders are valued at a total of €2.8 million (~$3.2 million) and are scheduled to be installed later this year.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.
DATADVANCE and SOLIDpower Collaborate to Extend the Lifetime of Fuel Cell Generators
On February 26, SOLIDpower, the parent company of FCHEA member Aris Energy Solutions, announced a successful collaboration project with software designer DATADVANCE to extend the lifetime of SOLIDpower's BlueGEN power generators. BlueGEN is a micro combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell system that sources hydrogen from natural gas to create electricity.
SOLIDpower's BlueGEN micro CHP fuel cell system. Source: SOLIDpower

DATADVANCE used its proprietary pSeven software to optimize the shape of high-temperature heat exchange within the BlueGEN, allowing the system to overcome a larger number of thermal cycles in operation. According to SOLIDpower, the optimized shape found by pSeven will lead to the extension of the system’s mean time between failures (MTBF) and significantly decrease maintenance costs.

Click  here for the full press release from SOLIDpower.
Audi Selects Hexagon for Hydrogen Development Project
On February 27, FCHEA member Hexagon Composites announced that it has been nominated by Audi to supply high-pressure hydrogen tanks for a multi-year development and small-serial production project.

Audi also states that it will introduce its first commercial fuel cell vehicle (FCV) model at the beginning of the next decade. This news follows last year's announcement that Audi and Hyundai  will cooperate on developing FCVs, and the automaker's previously demonstrated  H-tron Quattro FCV concept.

Click  here for the full press release from Hexagon.
myFC Announces Feasibility Study with Hozon Auto and Joint Development Project With Gränges AB for LAMINA REX Fuel Cell Vehicle Range-Extender
On March 4, myFC announced that they will conduct a feasibility study with Chinese automaker Hozon Auto for myFC's LAMINA REX, a fuel cell-based range extender for battery electric vehicles. Hozon Auto develops and manufactures electric cars exclusively for the Chinese market, and holds one of the country’s ten licenses for manufacturing and selling electric cars.

The feasibility study will be conducted by staff from Hozon Auto and myFC. The objective is a technical definition of a prototype introduction of LAMINA REX, and then evaluate potential continued collaboration. myFC’s emissions-free fuel system is also included in the feasibility study.

According to myFC, the study will take place in the summer of 2019.

Click  here for the full press release from myFC.

On March 11, myFC announced a joint development project with Gränges AB, a global supplier of rolled aluminum products for heat exchanger applications. The project's goal is to design and develop a prototype of myFC's next generation reactor and thermal management system for the LAMINA REX.

According to myFC, the work will be carried out by staff from both companies and is expected to last until at least mid-2020.

Click  here for the full press release from myFC.
Federal Programs Update
Department of Energy's Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Annual Merit Review Plenary Panel to Include FCHEA Chairman
On March 6, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Plug Power CEO and FCHEA Board of Directors Chairman Andy Marsh will participate in the 2019 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review's (AMR) Plenary Panel Session.

Marsh will join Dr. Alan Finkel, Australia's Chief Scientist, to discuss "Perspectives on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Opportunities and R&D Needs." Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director of DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office, will moderate the panel discussion.

Click  here for more information on the plenary panel and the 2019 AMR.
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.
Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2019
April 23-26, 2019

Long Beach Convention Center | Long Beach, CA

Join us at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California for the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s leading conference and expo showcasing the real-world application of the latest transportation technologies, drive trains, and clean fuels. ACT Expo combines the best educational content in the industry with a cutting-edge trade show floor showcasing the most innovative technologies on the market today. Connected vehicle technologies, fuel efficiency improvement strategies and equipment, and drivetrain electrification will be key focal points for the 2019 show, set against the backdrop of increased use of alternative fuels, innovative powertrain solutions and economic & environmental fleet sustainability.

For more information, visit   www.actexpo.com.
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.
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. 
Additional Links

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China Daily | 26 February 2019

CNBC | 26 February 2019

Financial Post [Canada] | 26 February 2019

ars technica | 27 February 2019

Passenger Ship Technology | 28 February 2019

The Sydney Morning Herald | 1 March 2019

Chemical Engineering | 3 March 2019

FuelCell Energy | 4 March 2019

SMM News | 6 March 2019

Australian Financial Review | 7 March 2019

Cruise Industry News | 7 March 2019

Dry Bulk Magazine | 8 March 2019

Dry Bulk | 8 March 2019

Le Monde De L'Energie [in French] | 10 March 2019

Construction Week Online | 10 March 2019

Andy Marsh, Plug Power CEO and Chairman of the FCHEA Board of Directors, via Forbes | 11 March 2019

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The Conversation | 11 March 2019

Automotive World | 11 March 2019

Fleet News | 12 March 2019

Forbes | 12 March 2019

Next-Gen Transportation News | 13 March 2019

Fuel Cells Works | 14 March 2019

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Requests for Papers, Proposals, & Information
O*NET Data Collection Program: Fuel Cell Engineers
O*NET Description of Fuel Cell Engineers: Design, evaluate, modify, or construct fuel cell components or systems for transportation, stationary, or portable applications.

You are considered an Occupation Expert if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have at least 5 years of experience with the occupation. This time can include supervising, teaching, or training, if you have at least one year working as a Fuel Cell Engineers during your career. 
  • You are currently active in the occupation (practicing, supervising, teaching and/or training) and based in the U.S. 

If you meet these criteria and are interested in participating, please contact Jim Rose at RTI International, the O*NET data collection contractor ( jrose@onet.rti.org or 877-233-7348 ext. 121).
Department of Energy Announces $31 Million in Funding To Advance H2@Scale
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $31 million in funding to advance the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors.

By producing hydrogen when power generation exceeds load, electrolyzers can reduce curtailment of renewables and contribute to grid stability. Hydrogen produced from existing baseload (e.g., nuclear power) assets can also be stored, distributed, and used as a fuel for multiple applications. Such applications include transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial sectors such as steel manufacturing, ammonia production and petroleum refining. Key challenges to the H2@Scale concept include affordability, reliability, and performance of emerging hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Topics under this funding announcement to advance H2@Scale include:

Topic 1: Advanced hydrogen storage and infrastructure R&D (up to $9M) including novel materials or hydrogen carriers for transporting and storing hydrogen, and materials for hydrogen infrastructure components.

Topic 2: Innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization (up to $12M) including advanced water splitting materials, affordable domestic hydrogen production technologies, co-production of hydrogen for additional sources of revenue, and reversible fuel cell technologies.

Topic 3: H2@Scale Pilot - integrated production, storage, and fueling systems (up to $10M) including innovative approaches that successfully integrate and optimize the complete system encompassing hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use.

Concept papers are due April 8, 2019 and full applications are due May 29, 2019. More information, application requirements, and instructions can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange web site.
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.

A webinar for this funding opportunity will be held from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT on April 11, 2019 - click here to register. 

For Further Information Contact: Tara Clark, Office of Program Management, 202-366-2623 or consult our FAQs.
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.
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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