FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY UPDATE: JUNE 2010

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Fuel Cells 2000’s Fuel Cell Technology Update

June 2010

Jennifer Gangi (jennifer@fuelcells.org)

Tue 6/01/10

Fuel Cells 2000’s Fuel Cell Technology Update – June 2010

The Fuel Cell Insider (http://www.fuelcellinsider.org) has some great posts up, including a couple from our new guest blogger, Mike Hugh from Asia Fuel Cell Gateway. He will be providing an inside look into Japan’s fuel cell programs and progress. Please visit our blog and post a few comments!

TRANSPORTATION APPLICATIONS

Toyota Predicts $50,000 Retail FCV.
Toyota Motor Corporation said it has cut the cost of making fuel-cell vehicles by about 90 percent since the mid-2000s and may be able to price its first retail hydrogen model at about $50,000.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-06/toyota-targets-50-000-price-for-first-hydrogen-car-update2-.html

CTE Awarded Forklift and Infrastructure Contract.
The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) has been awarded a $6 million contract for the development of a Department of Defense hydrogen fuel cell pilot program at the Defense Depot San Joaquin (DDJC), in Tracy, California. The project scope includes development of a hydrogen pilot at DDJC utilizing 20 hydrogen-powered forklifts for warehousing activities, and an electrolysis-based hydrogen generation system using renewable energy. The project consists of approximately 12 months of infrastructure and vehicle development and deployment followed by two years of pilot program operations and data collection. The project team, led by CTE, consists of industry-leading organizations, including Plug Power Inc., Air Products and Chemicals, and Proton Energy Systems.
http://www.cte.tv/pr/tracy.pdf

Cummins and Protonex Successfully Demonstrate SOFC Truck APU.
Cummins successfully demonstrated a tubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) in a hybrid-configured auxiliary power unit (APU) configured to power a Class 7/8 truck’s “hotel loads” while running on commercial ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel. The Cummins APU incorporated hybrid power electronics, system controls, and balance-of-plant components combined with SOFC modules supplied by Protonex Technology Corporation. The SOFC power unit was integrated with a modified power electronics section derived from Cummins Power Generation’s Hybrid Quiet Diesel™ (HQD) recreational vehicle power system. The hybrid power electronics provide dynamic load sharing between the SOFC and a battery pack. The testing replicated the ten-hour rest period that is part of the daily routine of a typical over-the-road truck. http://www.cumminspower.com/en/about/news/2010/news-2010-02/index.jsp

SFC Selects Marine Retailer for Sweden.
SFC Smart Fuel Cell’s EFOY marine fuel cells will be available for Swedish yacht and boat builders and owners through Thermoprodukter, the new EFOY distribution partner for the marine market in Sweden. Thermoprodukter offers the complete EFOY product range for the marine market with charging capacities ranging from 600 Wh to 2160 Wh per day.
http://www.efoy.com/en/press-release/11240-thermoprodukter-ist-neuer-marine-vertriebspartner-fuer-efoy-brennstoffzellen-von-sfc-smart-fuel-cell-in-schweden.html

STATIONARY APPLICATIONS

Fuel Cell to Power New Residential Complex.
A UTC Power PureCell® Model 400 arrived at 360 State Street in New Haven, Connecticut to be installed in the new 700,000-square-foot, 33-story commercial-residential complex set to open in August. The fuel cell will provide “nearly” 100 percent of the electricity for the complex’s 500 apartments, stores and common areas as well as heat the building’s water, including the swimming pool. This installation will be the world’s largest fuel cell installed in a residential building.
http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/fuel_cell_arrives_downtown_food_co-op_planned/id_26618

UTC Power’s 400-kW PureCell® Receives Certification.
UTC Power’s PureCell® Model 400 fuel cell has been certified to the American National Standards Institute/CSA American Standard for Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems (ANSI/CSA FC-1). This industry standard assures customers that the UTC Power 400 kW fuel cell meets rigorous safety and performance requirements.
http://www.utcpower.com/fs/com/bin/fs_com_Page/0,11491,0335,00.html

PORTABLE/BACKUP POWER

Proton Motor and SPower to Collaborate on UPS Systems.
Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, has signed an agreement with SPower GmbH to collaborate on the development, market launch and sales of UPS systems supported by fuel cells. The companies aim to develop and provide back-up solutions combining fuel cell technology with flexible modular UPS systems, which are tailored to customers’ specific needs. Following product sales, the companies will provide customer support via a complete service package from fuel logistics to remote system monitoring.
http://www.proton-motor.de/fileadmin/documents_pm/Pressemeldungen_2010/Spower_pressrelease_Cooperation_environmetally_friendly_UPS_Apr10.pdf

MICRO FUEL CELLS

MTI Micro Receives $1.2 Million from DOE.
MTI Micro Fuel Cells Inc. has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), broadening the cost-shared program fund that supports the manufacturing process of its Mobion® fuel cell systems and reducing the overall cost of micro fuel cell systems.
http://www.mtimicrofuelcells.com/news/article.asp?id=371

Horizon Shipping H-Cell 2.0.
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has begun shipments of the world’s first miniaturized hydrogen fuel cells and refueling stations for use in model hobby radio controlled vehicles, the “H-Cell 2.0.” The hybrid power kit is also adaptable to other electric vehicles, including robots and boats, greatly extending their normal runtimes.
http://www.horizonfuelcell.com/store.htm

FUELS/REFORMERS/STORAGE

GM and TGS to Develop Hawaii Hydrogen Infrastructure.
General Motors (GM) is collaborating with The Gas Company (TGS) to develop a hydrogen infrastructure on the Hawaiian island of Oahu to power a ramp up of fuel cell vehicles. Through a proprietary separation process, TGC plans to tap into its 1,000-mile utility pipeline system at key locations and separate the hydrogen for use by local fueling stations for fuel cell vehicles.
http://media.gm.com/content/media/us/en/news/news_detail.brand_gm.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2010/May/0511_hawaii

Air Liquide Providing Hydrogen to the Challenge Bibendum.
Air Liquide is a partner of the 10th Challenge Bibendum, currently being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, until June 2, 2010. The company set up a bi-pressure hydrogen filling station (350 and 700 bars) to fuel the 10 vehicles participating that are powered by hydrogen.
http://www.airliquide.com/file/otherelement/pj/dp_challenge%20bibendum_2010_en117037.pdf

ITM Power Receives Contract from NextEnergy.
ITM Power plc has been awarded a sub-contract from NextEnergy for $81,000 over 10 months to design an alpha prototype Small-scale Hydrogen Fuelling Appliance (SHFA) for 70MPa (700 bar) refueling. This will be capable of generating and delivering up to 5kg H2 per week in one or more refueling events.
http://www.itm-power.com/news/8/US+Home+Refueller+Design+Contract+%26+Partnership.html

Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge 2010.
The USC-Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative, a partnership of the University of South Carolina, the city of Columbia, EngenuitySC and SCRA, has launched the $175,000 Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge 2010, an innovation-based competition focused on identification and commercialization of novel hydrogen, fuel cell and clean technologies in South Carolina. Teams from around the world are invited to submit business plans for development of the next generation of products focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technology and fuel cell components. Submissions will be based on a two-phase process, and the deadline for the first round is July 16. To qualify for the contest, teams must have secure intellectual property, a corresponding business plan demonstrating commercial viability and no previous Fuel Cell Challenge or SC Launch funding. Additionally, applicants must have business operations in or the willingness to relocate to the Columbia region.
http://www.engenuitysc.com/initiatives/greatercolumbiafuelcellchallenge.aspx

MATERIALS/COMPONENTS/TESTING

AppliedSensor Introduces Two New Hydrogen Sensor Modules.
AppliedSensor has introduced its new HLS-440P and HPS-100 hydrogen sensor modules designed for implementation in fuel cell systems or other in-process applications.
http://www.appliedsensor.com/news_events/documents/AppliedSensor_HydrogenModulesRelease_Final.pdf

Brookhaven Scientists Receive Three New Patents.
Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have received three patents for developing catalysts to accelerate chemical reactions in fuel cells. Two of the patents were awarded for catalysts that speed up oxygen reduction and the other is for adding gold clusters to platinum-based catalysts. The catalysts and the technique are available for licensing.
http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/pr/PR_display.asp?prID=1134

REPORTS/MARKET STUDIES

Three New CESA Fuel Cell Reports.
The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has just completed three reports to highlight the merits of accelerating deployment of fuel cells in the U.S., with concrete recommendations for how advance the market for fuel cells. The three reports are: Fuel Cell Technology: A Clean, Reliable Source of Stationary Power, Stationary Fuel Cells and Critical Power Applications, and Advancing Stationary Fuel Cells through State Policies. You can download the reports at All are attached and also available on the CESA website at: http://www.cleanenergystates.org/JointProjects/hydrogen.html, under “What’s New.”

New Deloitte EV Report.
Deloitte just published a new report called “Gaining Traction: A customer view of the electric vehicle mass adoption in the U.S. automotive market” that focuses on consumer attitudes and behaviors when it comes to purchasing vehicles and possible electric vehicle acceptance. Although the report focuses specifically on battery electric vehicles (BEVs), many of the findings could apply to fuel cell vehicles, too.
http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-UnitedStates/Local%20Assets/Documents/us_auto_GainingTraction051410.pdf

REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS

Check out the Fuel Cell RFPs blog for more opportunities.

SCAQMD Releases RFP for Hydrogen Fueling Station.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District requests proposals for the detailed design, engineering drawings and calculations, permitting, construction and 60 month maintenance services for enhancing and upgrading the AQMD’s current hydrogen fueling station at the AQMD’s headquarters in Diamond Bar.
http://www.aqmd.gov/Default.htm

i6 Challenge.
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and its Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced a new competition, the i6 Challenge, which “is designed to encourage and reward innovative, ground-breaking ideas that will accelerate technology commercialization and new venture formation across the United States.” Applicants should address “a real or persistent problem or an unaddressed opportunity” by leveraging “regional strengths, capabilities, and competitive advantages.” A total of $6 million is available for this solicitation, with at least six awards of up to $1 million – one in each of the EDA’s six regions. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2010.
http://www.eda.gov/i6

NREL Issues RFP for Building America Research Teams.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) “to select Building America research teams to develop cost-effective solutions that improve the quality and energy efficiency of new and existing U.S. homes.” Up to 15 Task Ordering Agreements (TOAs) are expected to be awarded, with funding ranging from $500,000 to $2.5 million for each TOA in the first year. The deadline for proposals is June 21, 2010.
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=336

Biomass Research and Development Initiative.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced up to $33 million in funding for biomass research and development. Proposed projects must integrate all three technical areas addressed by the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, namely feedstocks development, biofuels and biobased products development, and biofuels development analysis.
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54455

Rural Energy for America.
The USDA is accepting applications for grants and loan guarantees in the Rural Energy for America Program, to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources. Eligible projects include anaerobic digesters, biomass, and hydrogen systems. The deadline for applications for funding is June 30, 2010.
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2010/05/0229.xml
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-9580.pdf

DLA BAA.
Energy is listed as an area of interest in the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA’s) new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), FY2010 Emergent Research and Development Requirements. The Energy topic includes “Development of modular and transportable advanced hydrogen-based energy storage systems,” including “fuel cell and storage systems that are integrated with photovoltaic hydrogen generation capability.” The BAA is open for responses until April 27, 2011.
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=2b691b59d2c90f06f9c20f6c302d2736&tab=core&_cview=1

MISCELLANEOUS

Adaptive Materials Awarded Navy Contract.
Adaptive Materials was recently awarded a $150,000 contract to provide highly integrated, high efficiency fuel cells to the U.S. Navy. The contract will fund research aimed at developing fuel cells powered by the Navy’s on-board fuels, including JP-5. The award includes two additional contract options. The second contract option, valued at $750,000, would fund delivery of Adaptive Materials fuel cells to the Navy. The third contract option would fund optimization of the JP-5 fuel cell for specific Navy applications such as auxiliary power unit, battery replacement and supplement, and small primary propulsion.
http://www.adaptivematerials.com/adaptive-materials-awarded-contract-for-navy-jp-5-fuel-reforming

New Websites.
Microcell Corporation has launched a new website at http://www.microcellcorp.com/ and the U.S. Fuel Cell Council has a new homepage at http://www.usfcc.com.

CONFERENCES

For a complete list of conferences, please go to http://www.fuelcells.org/news/conf.html.

DOE/DOT Fuel Cell Bus Workshop.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a Fuel Cell Bus Workshop on June 7, 2010, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program Annual Merit Review. DOE invites the fuel cell bus community and other stakeholders to participate in a discussion of research and development topics relevant to fuel cell buses and government funding. Emphasis will be placed on fuel cell stack components and fuel cell system balance of plant, excluding infrastructure, demonstration, drive-train, and non-fuel cell bus components.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/hydrogenandfuelcells/pdfs/fuel_cell_workshop_agenda_06072010df.pdf

Fifth Annual New Energy Symposium (NES).
The Fifth Annual New Energy Symposium (NES) will take place August 9-10, 2010, at the World Trade Center in New York, New York. For more information, please go to http://www.neny.org/nes/2010/home.

f-cell 2010.
The f-cell 2010 conference takes place September 27-28, 2010, in Stuttgart, Germany. For registration or exhibitor information, please go to http://www.f-cell.de/englisch/Home/.

Remote 2010.
The Remote 2010 Conference and Exposition will be held October 19-20, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. For conference details, please visit http://www.RemoteExpo.com.

EUEC2011 Energy & Environment Conference.
The 14th Annual EUEC2011 Energy & Environment Conference will be held January 31-February 2, 2011, at the Phoenix Convention Center. For more information, please go to http://www.euec.com.

NHA Hydrogen Conference and Expo.
The 2011 NHA Hydrogen Conference and Expo will be held February 13-16, 2011, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, DC. For conference details, please visit http://www.hydrogenconference.org/2011.asp.

HANNOVER MESSE.
The 17th Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells at HANNOVER MESSE 2011 will take place April 4-8, 2011, in Hannover, Germany. For details, please visit http://www.h2fc-fair.com/.

Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2011.
Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2011: International Conference and Exhibition (HFC2011): Partnerships for Global Energy Solutions will be held May 15-18, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information, please go to http://www.hfc2011.com/.

Fuel Cells 2000’s Fuel Cell Technology Update – June 2010

Jennifer Gangi (jennifer@fuelcells.org)

Fuel Cells 2000’s Fuel Cell Technology Update – June 2010

Tue 6/01/10

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