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Multi-million pound fund to get hydrogen cars moving

October 15, 2014
Multi-million pound fund to get hydrogen cars moving

Press release

Multi-million pound fund to get hydrogen cars moving

Government and industry will prepare the UK for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

The £11 million investment will:

  • help establish an initial network of up to 15 hydrogen refuelling stations by the end of 2015
  • include £2 million of funding for public sector hydrogen vehicles

This is part of the UK government’s drive to become a global leader in ultra-low emission vehicles and follows news earlier this month (October 2014) that Toyota has chosen the UK as one of the first markets for its FCEV when it goes on sale next year.

It is just one of the ways that government plans to decarbonise road transport alongside battery electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids with £400 million of support available in the current Parliament and £500 million committed in the next.

Of the £11 million announced today (9 October 2014), £7.5 million will come from government and £3.5 million from industry:

  • £2 million of top-up funding to upgrade 6 to 8 existing hydrogen refuelling stations (already operational or under development in the UK) and take them from demonstrator projects to publically accessible sites
  • £3.5 million of funding to be matched by industry for 4 to 7 new hydrogen refuelling stations. This will include mobile stations as well as those on stand-alone sites and integrated into conventional petrol forecourts
  • £2 million of funding for public sector fleets to encourage deployment of around 40 hydrogen FCEVs in focused geographical clusters.

Speaking in Japan where he met executives at Honda, Nissan and Toyota, Mr Hancock said:

Britain has become one of the best places in the world to build cars, with the value of those we export outstripping imports for the first time in a generation, but we want to go further.

Hydrogen cars present us with a huge economic opportunity and can bolster our internationally renowned automotive industry. We want to make the UK one of the best places in the world to design, manufacture and sell ultra-low emission vehicles.

Government will work in true partnership with industry so the potential benefits are realised by businesses and consumers across the UK.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said:

By 2040 all new cars and vans will be ultra-low emission vehicles and this could be delivered by a variety of technologies, including plug-in hybrids, pure EVs and hydrogen. We want to ensure that support is there for all of these vehicles and that the UK continues to lead the pack in providing the right infrastructure to drive the switch to electric.

The programme follows on from the work undertaken by the UKH2Mobility project - which brings together leading businesses from the automotive, energy, infrastructure and retail sectors with government - to provide a ‘roadmap’ for the introduction of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK.

Establishing 15 hydrogen refuelling stations by the end of 2015 will represent a significant first step towards the initial national network of 65 identified by UKH2Mobility.

Notes to editors

  1. The UKH2Mobility project was established to evaluate the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to the UK and to develop a roadmap for the introduction of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
  2. There are currently 12 industry participants (below) in UKH2Mobility together with 3 UK government departments – the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Transport and the Department for Energy and Climate Change – and Transport Scotland, Welsh Government and the Greater London Authority. The European Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking is also a participant.
    • Air Liquide SA
    • Daimler AG
    • Honda
    • Hyundai Motor Company
    • Intelligent Energy Limited
    • ITM Power plc
    • Johnson Matthey plc
    • Morrisons
    • Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd
    • Sainsbury’s
    • The BOC Group Limited (part of the Linde Group)
    • Toyota Motor Corporation
  3. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles share a large proportion of the electric motor and drive train technology with other electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles; it is the energy storage/conversion devices that are different. The fuel cell is an electrochemical device that can be refuelled quickly - it will continue to generate power so long as it is fed with hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles have a similar range to their internal combustion engine equivalents. They are highly efficient devices (50-60% compared to an average of around 20% for internal combustion engines) that produce no emissions or pollutants at the tail-pipe and much reduced overall well-to-wheel emissions when compared with today’s petrol and diesel engines.
  4. Hydrogen is a clean energy carrier. When used as fuel in fuel cell systems it does not produce any carbon emissions (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, unburned hydrocarbons or particulates). Therefore, using hydrogen will contribute to the improvement of air quality and the reduction of CO2.
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Toyota to Launch Fuel Cell Sedan in 2015

October 02, 2014
Toyota to Launch Fuel Cell Sedan in 2015


Toyota to Launch Fuel Cell Sedan in 2015


CHFCA is pleased to note the announcement by Toyota, at the Paris Motor Show, of its intention to launch its Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, the USA and in Europe during the course of 2015. 
 
The vehicles will be available in the UK from 2015, which is good timing for the three hydrogen refuelling stations ITM Power is currently building for London as part of the HyFive project.
 
The full text of Toyota’s announcement is set out below:

TOYOTA FUEL CELL SEDAN AT THE 2014 PARIS MOTOR SHOW

After more than 20 years of research, Toyota’s vision of the car of the future has become a reality. The new Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan, seen for the first time in Europe at the Paris motor show, can carry four people in comfort, has a driving range comparable with a petrol engine vehicle and can be refuelled in around three minutes, yet its only tailpipe emission is water vapour.
 
The world’s first production hydrogen-powered saloon is a development of the Toyota FCV Concept that made its international debut at the 2013 Tokyo motor show. While remaining faithful to the avant garde styling of the concept, the Fuel Cell Sedan features a number of detail changes that make it practical for everyday driving, including adjustments to the radiator grille, headlamps, rear lights, aerial, roof and fuel filler flap. Unsurprisingly, the concept’s rear-view cameras have been replaced by conventional mirrors.
 
The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan will be launched in Japan, the USA and in Europe during the course of 2015.
 
Specific architecture
The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan is designed to be practical for motorists’ everyday needs, being a front-wheel drive, four-door, four-seat saloon. Performance and cruising range are like that of a petrol engine vehicle and filling the fuel tank takes roughly three minutes.
 
To maximise cabin space and lower the car’s centre of gravity, the fuel cell, battery and fuel tanks are installed under the floor. The two tanks store hydrogen at pressures up to 700bar.
 
The front compartment houses the electric motor, electronic control system and boost converter. The converter increases the voltage produced by the fuel cell, so has allowed for the size of the motor and number of cells to be reduced, cutting costs and increasing performance.
 
The technology has advanced considerably since 2002 when Toyota began renting Highlander SUV-based fuel cell vehicles to customers in Japan and North America. A key difference in the new generation of fuel cells is that there is no humidifier; the humidity the fuel cell needs is taken directly from the water produced in the chemical reaction between the hydrogen and oxygen. This means the structure of the fuel cell has been made simpler, more compact, more reliable, lighter and cheaper to produce.
 
Commercialisation
The Fuel Cell Sedan will go on sale in Japan before April 2015 and preparations are under way for launches in the USA and European markets in the summer.
 
In Japan the Fuel Cell Sedan will be sold at Toyota and Toyopet dealerships, priced at approximately seven million yen (about £43,450). Initially sales will be limited to those parts of the country where a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is under development. Prices for Europe and the USA have not yet been decided. Detailed information such as final prices, specifications and sales expectations will also be announced later.
 
Toyota’s commitment to developing vehicles that are kinder to the environment is based on three principles: embracing diverse energy sources; securing low vehicle emissions; and driving positive environmental change by making these vehicles popular with customers.
 
Hydrogen has great potential as an alternative fuel. It can be produced from a wide variety of primary energy sources, including solar and wind power; it is easy to store and transport; and when compressed, it has a higher energy density than batteries. It could also be used in a much wider range of applications beyond automotive and domestic use, including large-scale power generation.
Fuel cell vehicles contribute to the diversification of vehicle fuels. They emit no carbon dioxide or substances harmful to the environment when driven, but offer the convenience associated with petrol-powered vehicles. Toyota believes the technology has great potential in the development of vehicles that are kinder to the environment and ideal for helping deliver sustainable mobility.
 
The HyFive project
The aim of the HyFive (Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles) project is to speed up the introduction hydrogen-powered cars in Europe. The group is a partnership of 15 vehicle manufacturing and energy providing businesses who are joining forces to help ensure a co-ordinated deployment of fuel cell vehicles, in conjunction with establishment of the refuelling and fuel supply infrastructure they will require.
 
Toyota, BMW, Daimler, Honda and Hyundai will be responsible for delivering a fleet of 110 vehicles to six European cities: Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, London, Munich and Stuttgart. A network of hydrogen refuelling pumps will be developed simultaneously within these five metropolitan areas, as well as in Sweden, Denmark’s close neighbour.
 
The vehicles deployed by Toyota from the effective launch of the programme at the end of  2015 will be fitted with a continuous data logging system. This will operate throughout the three-year project, providing engineers with detailed, day-to-day feedback on the cars’ use and performance, information that will be essential for further development of the fuel cell technology.
 
For all stakeholders, the project will raise the public image of the hydrogen-powered car, the future of private transport.
 
Main technical specifications
Power source  – hydrogen fuel cell
Fuel cell type – polymer electrolyte
Electric motor – permanent magnet
Hydrogen tanks – two high-pressure (700bar/70MPa) units

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Case Studies Demonstrate Benefits of ElectraGen™ Telecom Backup Power Solutions

September 18, 2014
Case Studies Demonstrate Benefits of ElectraGen™ Telecom Backup Power Solutions

Market Updates

Case Studies Demonstrate Benefits of ElectraGen™ Telecom Backup Power Solutions

September 16, 2014

VANCOUVER, CANADA – Telecom operators around the world are turning to fuel cell solutions to address challenges they face in providing reliable, extended duration backup power for wireless communication networks. In many cases they require a solution that will address specific needs not met with incumbent technology, such as diesel generators or lead-acid batteries. In two Case Studies just released, Ballard illustrates how products from our fuel cell portfolio are successfully being used by to provide customers in diverse geographies. 
 
Wireless Telecom Network – East Timor 
A major telecom operator selected Ballard’s ElectraGen™-ME methanol-fuelled fuel cell system to provide extended duration backup power, as well as continuous power, as part of a brand new wireless communications network in East Timor, Southeast Asia. Challenges faced with this deployment include a hot tropical climate, jungle-covered terrain and lack of road infrastructure in many sites. Learn more about this deployment here
    



SINE Tetra Network – Denmark
 
Ballard’s ElectraGen™-H2 direct hydrogen fuel cell backup power systems have now been successfully operating at approximately 120 base station sites as part of the Danish SINE emergency radio network, providing significant benefits for over 5-years. These systems have proven reliable over an estimated 4,000 startups. Learn more about this deployment here

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News Release

September 02, 2014
News Release

News Release

Randall MacEwen Appointed President & CEO of Ballard Power Systems

September 1, 2014

For Immediate Release

Vancouver, Canada – The Board of Directors of Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) today announced the appointment of Mr. Randall (Randy) MacEwen as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 6, 2014. Mr. MacEwen will replace John Sheridan, who is retiring after serving as the Company’s President and CEO since 2006. Further to the announcement in February of John Sheridan’s plan to retire at yearend, he will continue to serve as an employee in an advisory capacity and on the Board as a director until December 31, to support the CEO transition process. 

“Ballard has benefited tremendously from the strong leadership provided by John over the past eight years as he successfully transformed Ballard to become the leading clean energy, fuel cell company,” said Ian Bourne, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We are strongly positioned for Randy to lead Ballard through the next phase of the Company’s growth and development.” 

The appointment of Randy MacEwen follows a rigorous succession planning and comprehensive search process by the Board of Directors. Mr. MacEwen has extensive executive-level experience in the clean energy sector. He served as Executive Vice President of Stuart Energy Systems Corporation, an onsite hydrogen production company, as CEO of Solar Integrated Technologies Inc., a manufacturer and installer of commercial solar systems and as Founder and Managing Director of NextCleanTech LLC, a clean energy consulting firm. In these roles, Mr. MacEwen has demonstrated an ability to clearly define strategy and focus, to deliver strong performance from his management teams and to drive growth and profitability in complex clean energy markets. He holds an Honours BA degree from York University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Western Ontario. 

Randy MacEwen’s biography is available at www.ballard.com/ceo

About Ballard Power Systems 
Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visitwww.ballard.com

Further Information: Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com 

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The Emerging Canadian Fuel Cell Supply Chain

August 05, 2014
The Emerging Canadian Fuel Cell Supply Chain

For decades, in Canada and internationally, fuel cell manufacturing was pretty much a custom construct---the volumes of fuel cells were so low that traditional manufacturing suppliers didn't develop production lines or systems to deliver major components for fuel cells.

Only a few years ago, fuel cell production at firms like Ballard Power was in the hundreds of cell stacks annually, and they are a world leader in fuel cell production.

Now, just in the material handling space, thousands of fuel cell stacks are being build annually by Ballard alone, for installation in forklifts for Walmart, Whole Foods, Sysco, Canadian Tire, Coca Cola, BMW and a host of others.

Hydrogenics in Toronto has started ramping up fuel cell production as well, following last year's record-setting $90 million contract for Hydrogenics.

And Daimler/Mercedes' new automated fuel cell manufacturing plant in Vancouver, built with more than $70 million in state of the art facilities, custom robotics and world-class technology, is working to ramp up production to, eventually, be able to produce in the tens of thousands of fuel cells for the expected launch in 2017 of Mercedes' FCVs, plus Nissan and Ford's.

Overseas, Toyota and Hyundai this year, and Honda next year, will begin manufacturing FCVs in the thousands, and while initial runs will be in the low thousands, they are expected to ramp up production rapidly by 2016/17.

Telecomm usage of fuel cells is exploding, going from a few hundred backup power units just a few years ago to thousands now being installed worldwide.

So, now that the reality of mass fuel cell production requirements is sinking in to OEMs, and many others, the supply chain development is becoming a more urgent need, and a real business opportunity.

The Government of Canada, through Industry Canada's Vancouver and Ottawa offices, recently spearheaded a tremendous effort to identify supply chain manufacturing opportunities in our sector, and to marry this emerging market opportunity to Canadian Automotive Part Manufacturers Association members.

As the study noted:

"A study undertaken by Technavio in 2012 suggested that the hydrogen fuel-cell market would continue to grow at an average annual rate approaching 17% in the period from 2012 to 2015. There can be little doubt that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles continue to represent unique opportunity to the world’s global OEMs. Specifically, within the NAFTA region, the average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in February 2013, as reported from the WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index, reached an all-time high. However the February performance was 24.1 miles per gallon or 9.8 L/100 km, a 1% increase over 1 year ago and a 14.9% gain on the WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index base, established in the fourth quarter of 2007. It is a number that remains a long ways away from the NAFTA standard of 48.7 miles per gallon that must be achieved by the year 2025. There can be little doubt that vehicles such as battery electric vehicles (BEV) and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) could and will play a very important role in achieving these ambitious requirements."

Industry Canada's study suggested:

"The key purpose in undertaking this study was to identify and build a supply chain of hydrogen fuel-cell suppliers and HQP (highly qualified personnel) who can assist in continuing to drive a national business objective of establishing Canada as a world leader in hydrogen FCEV. The APMA reached out across its member base and across the entire range of stakeholders and manufacturers involved in the Canadian automotive industry to determine and develop interest in supporting the hydrogen fuel cell initiative. The establishment of the Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell stack technology development and production facility in British Columbia has indeed been a huge boost for Canada for the hydrogen FCEV segment. This is the world’s first production volume fuel-cell stack facility and continues to show the potential for the application of fuel cells in regular production vehicles. At the current time these fuel cells are being exported to Germany for incorporation into fuel cell systems that are ultimately installed in fuel cell vehicles. The plan is that these fuel cells could be installed in vehicles built in North America."

The work done by the APMA and Industry Canada, in close co-operation with the National Research Council and IRAP participants, found some very interesting context for the emerging interest in fuel cell component manufacturing by traditional automotive parts manufacturers.

Remember, Canada has been a world leader in fuel cell research, development, and commercialization, but large scale manufacturing of fuel cells has thus far been elusive, really awaiting a major OEM to start North American production. Although there are five fuel cell manufacturers in Canada, really only Hydrogenics and Ballard are in the automotive space.

Ballard exited mainstream automotive manufacturing several years ago, selling it's interests to others, but kept the bus fuel cell stack manufacturing space, which has lead to sales of almost 100 bus stack units, deployed around North America and in Europe, and now through a joint venture, China. 'The company then re-entered the automotive space as an engineering services provider, in 2013, with the dramatic announcement of a Volkswagen contract worth up to $100 million over five years.

Hydrogenics has also been increasing fuel cell sales, in a variety of areas.

However, with most of the fuel cell cluster in British Columbia, and very little traditional manufacturing left in BC, there is a geographic challenge in communicating opportunity to manufacturers, located primarily in Ontario.

The Industry Canada/APMA project has helped significantly in overcoming that.

In their report, the group provided background on the issues:
It does remain clear that there are gaps in the supply structure along with the overall infrastructure necessary to support FCEV. Until a regular volume production model, powered by hydrogen fuel-cell is announced for serial production suppliers remain somewhat wary as to the tooling costs and infrastructure investment necessary to support this segment of the business. In a later section of this report we will attempt to identify some of the gaps that remain with respect to FCEV requirements but clearly our investigation and efforts in preparing this database has shown that the remains a substantial interest in substantial capability within the Canadian business segment.

One of the issues that arose during the study was that it was oftentimes very difficult for suppliers to determine where they fit into the overall production environment. Are they focused on the production of components is used in fuel-cell stack production, or perhaps in the production of components necessary or essential to the build a hydrogen FCEV, (storage tanks etc.) or are they involved in the production of components to support the hydrogen fueling infrastructure or even in manufacturing plant components necessary to support a hydrogen fuel style cell stack production operation.

To this end the APMA utilized a simple diagram to assist suppliers in understanding where they fit into the supply chain infrastructure. This chart is by no means complete or fully comprehensive but it did serve a useful purpose in helping suppliers to understand their position in the fuel-cell supplier continuum. The reality is that our database was developed and focused upon specific requirements as identified by the Mercedes-Benz facility in British Columbia. Suppliers were sought and pursued based on their ability to meet the identified requirements for the Mercedes-Benz specific production requirements. However, it is also suggested that this diagram could be expanded and more completely populated such that we would be able to build a comprehensive overarching database of all suppliers that would be necessary to truly establish Canada as a global leader in the production of not only fuel-cell stacks, but also hydrogen fuel-cell powered electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure to support the utilization of FCEV on Canadian roads.

There remains little doubt that one of the factors that has made Canada a significant leader in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology is a strong and coordinated government support which enabled the industry to develop at a rapid pace. The support was partly in the form of government funding injections for corporate and entrepreneurial R&D, as well as a wider coordination and support including such areas as education funding and provision of facilities. This government funding enabled significant developments with limited investment and shared risk bearing. It is recognized that the fuel cell companies tend to be early stage and thus have less ability to match funding than established industry. 

The various activities undertaken by this group in providing information to the manufacturers, hosting webinars and in-person meetings, and the development of a data base, will contribute to greater acceleration of interest and capability amongst Canadian parts manufacturers, and a stronger sense within the fuel cell development side that there is potential for large scale manufacturing in Canada, with Canada's usual superior quality, technical capability and price competitiveness.

Canada has some tremendous strengths to offer for North American manufacturing of fuel cells to feed the emerging OEM market.

The market will be developed in a methodical manner, with North America first seeing Asia OEMs Hyundai, Toyota and Honda rolling out FCVs in, primarily, California through 2015. For the next two years, it is likely that Japanese and Korean production for each OEM will be limited to between 2,000 and 3,000 FCVs per manufacturer, and most of these vehicles will go to California, and to Scandanavia, both of whom have very significant subsidies/incentives. In addition, some FCVs will obviously go to the home markets of the OEMs.

There are few opportunities here for Canadian OEMs.

The real opportunities lie in the 2016 to 2017 period, when Mercedes here is ramping up fuel cell production dramatically to install the stacks in German-made vehicles in Europe, and with Ford, GM and others expected to start 2017 delivery of FCVs in North America.

At this point--towards mid-2016--it is expected that Vancouver's Mercedes plant, which has both Nissan and Ford as participants, will be ramping up production into the thousands of units, for German and North American (and possibly Nissan) production in anticipation of retail offerings in 2017.

GM and others in North America would be expected to launch in this time frame, as well, thus providing an automotive market of major proportions compared with today's production. At the same time, Toyota, Hyundai and Honda will all have had two years of production under their belts, and should be ramping up into the 10,000 per year per OEM production range, at a minimum.

Other areas, like material handling, are ramping up quickly, as well. Walmart alone order more than 1700 new units from Plug Power recently, then added another 250 units within weeks. Firms like Canadian Tire are also latching on to fuel cell powered forklifts, and North American and European usage is expected to grow rapidly.

The study quantified Canadian advantages:

"An analysis of Canadian strengths in the area of fuel cells has reviewed the following information:

- As already identified at the outset of this report, Canada has a long-standing history in the development of fuel cells and thus has developed significant skill sets to support fuel cell development and production. While there may have been some decline since the momentum generated at the start of the millennium, there remains no doubt that there is still a significant skill set strength in this area. Canada seems to be still regarded as one of the leading countries in supporting fuel-cell expertise. It was our observation that several international studies point to Canada as a role model for the development of a fuel-cell industry.

- In a report released in September 2012 by Fuel Cells 2000, entitled “State of the States, Fuel Cells in America 2012,” it was specifically noted that the top five leaders in the United States were the states of California, Connecticut, New York, Ohio and South Carolina. However a quick review of the policies, capabilities and deployment of fuel-cell application needs to the States would suggest they still significantly lag behind the overall capability and progress that has been made in Canada.

- We clearly have two centers of excellence supporting the development of fuel cells. As identified, one is in the greater Vancouver area and represents the historic fuel-cell development capabilities. The second center of excellence is located in southwestern Ontario and includes organizations such as Hydrogenics and the Fuel-Cell Research Center. 

- As identified in the database, Canada continues to have a significant number of researchers who are focused on the development of fuel-cell technologies and capabilities.

- Besides the university research capabilities located in Western Canada including IES Vic, there are several research institutions located in southwestern Ontario that have a specific interest in this area or are interested in becoming more heavily involved as opportunities may present. As identified, these include the WatCAR program at the University of Waterloo, the MacAUTO program, under the guidance of Dr. Ali Emadi at McMaster University and the new research and testing facilities located at UOIT in Oshawa.

- While it would remain true that there appears to be less funding at the current time that there was of the start of the millennium to support fuel-cell research there still remain several capabilities and possibilities to support funding. The National Research Council IRAP program would provide specific funding to a supplier to support the development of technologies and the research and development in the area of fuel-cell technology. The IRAP program receives a new tranche of funding that kicks in on April 1 of this year and this could be of specific benefit for Canadian suppliers.

- Similarly the CME Smart Program can provide up to $75,000 of funding to support new technology developments and concepts. While this funding will be ending very shortly it still remains a possibility and a Canadian strength to support R&D development.

- The APC program, parented by NSERC Canada and four other Canadian organizations can also provide funding to support technology development and remains a very real possibility to support fuel-cell technology development. It is anticipated that this program will be re-funded in the near future and fuel-cell technology remains an area of great interest. 

- No attempt has been made to discover specific provincial programs from either British Columbia or Ontario that can support fuel-cell technology development. However it is believed that the interest of both provinces would continue to exist should there be very specific program opportunities related to the funding request. Overall R&D funding is continued to be viewed as a Canadian strength.

- Overall, Canada continues to have a strong focus on innovation. Besides all of the research organizations that are identified in the database, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) continues to be a potential organization that could support fuel-cell development. Our investigation has shown that their interest has waned since the beginning of the millennium but once again, should there be a very specific opportunity, they could be swayed to become more heavily involved in the development of fuel-cell programs and activities.

- Of course a Canadian strength in this regard, although we are stating the obvious, is the presence of the Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell production facility in British Columbia. The reality is that this is the world’s first serial production facility for fuel cells and obviously represents a huge strength for Canada and a great opportunity to build a cluster around this production capability. Further expansions of this operation will only add to the overall strength in this regard.

- Although we have no OEMs undertaking primary engineering activities in Canada, Ford General Motors and Chrysler all maintain some engineering and technical focus in Canada and remain extremely interested in supporting fuel cells. A continued communication with the General Motors team in Oshawa, the Ford team in Windsor (powertrain) and the Chrysler team in Windsor would seem to be a worthwhile ongoing effort.

- One other area of strength that is worthwhile mentioning is Canada’s expertise in bio fibers. Although our research to date has not been able to turn up any specific research projects related to bio fibers and fuel cell technologies, it is believed that there could be several potential applications. This is a Canadian strength and it would be a worthwhile investigation to determine how the bio fibers area of expertise could become more closely aligned with the fuel-cell development program."

Other countries, as well, are spotting this opportunity and moving rapidly to take advantage, a confirmation of the market prospects. Taiwan, for example, has more than 30 small and medium sized companies investing heavily in fuel cell supply chain development, and Korea and Japan are beginning work in this area as well.

Overall, Canada has a real opportunity to excel at fuel cell component supply chain development, and capture a strong share of North American OEM fuel cell manufacturing.

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector is thankful that Industry Canada, NRC and other federal government departments have invested heavily in ensuring our shot at success.

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Taiwan's Fuel Cell Program Moving Ahead Fast

July 10, 2014
Taiwan's Fuel Cell Program Moving Ahead Fast

The CIER Fuel Cell Office in Taiwan recently hosted the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association on a whirlwind tour of Taiwan fuel cell facilities and programs following the World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Korea.

Taiwan has developed a strong, mature and high quality supply chain of experienced manufacturers in the fuel cell sector, and is rapidly moving ahead with demonstration projects, cost reduction initiatives and commercialization and international co-operation efforts.

Taiwan's fuel cell promotion office tracking more than 200--yes, 200!--demonstration projects across Taiwan involving stationary power and vehicles, including a large fleet of 80 fuel cell power motor scooters. The country has invested more than $71 million new Taiwan dollars in projects thus far, and has more than 50 companies involved in the upstream, midstream and downstream hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain.

Taiwan's H2 sector companies have strong experience in integrating mechanical and electrical products, a solid electronics industry, downstream fuel cell capability and they are beginning to develop IP and international joint ventures, such as M-Field's recent deal with Ballard Power.

With strong institutional research capability and interest, and a well maturing fuel cell supply chain, arising in part from the flexibility and high tech manufacturing experience of an SME dominated business culture, Taiwan has some nimbleness advantages over Japan and Korea, which are dominated by large-scale industrial compacts which have hefty capital and R&D capabilities, but are perhaps less quick to adjust and make decisions.

Already deeply involved with Canadian companies, Taiwan is looking to expand co-operation with Canada on research and development, supply chain and joint ventures.

For more information, please contact:

Carolyn Bailey
Director, Government Relations and Communications
Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
Tel: 604-283-1042
Email: cbailey@chfca.ca

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Greenlight Announces the Completion of their 200th Automotive Fuel Cell Test Station

June 25, 2014
Greenlight Announces the Completion  of their 200th Automotive Fuel Cell Test Station

Vancouver, BC - Greenlight Innovation is pleased to announce the completion of their 200th PEM fuel cell test station supplied to an automotive OEM. This significant milestone solidifies Greenlight’s position as the premier supplier to the automotive industry.

As automotive companies approach their target release dates for fuel cell vehicles, the need for advanced testing equipment increases. For more than 20 years Greenlight has been the automotive supplier of choice, with test rigs installed at 11 of the world’s major automotive companies. This most recent project showcases Greenlight’s FCATSTM G900, capable of automated R&D testing on fuel cells with power ratings up to 200kW.

Greenlight’s automotive fuel cell product offering was recently strengthened by the acquisition of Commonwealth Automation, one of the world’s leading suppliers of automated equipment for fuel cell manufacturing, with more than 500 fuel cell automation projects completed to date. For further information on Greenlight’s fuel cell testing and automated assembly equipment, please contact: sales@greenlightinnovation.com.

About Greenlight Innovation:
Greenlight Innovation is a leading global supplier of testing and diagnostic equipment to the fuel cell, hydrogen and battery industries. Greenlight designs and manufactures automated test equipment for fuel cells, reformers, electrolysers, fuel cell systems as well as EV and HEV batteries. Greenlight’s line of test equipment, ranging in power from 5 W to 250kW, is the recognized industry standard for electrochemical cell and fuel cell stack testing. Our product portfolio includes fuel cell test systems for PEM, DMFC, SOFC, MCFC as well as battery packs. Greenlight has sales and service throughout North America, Asia and Europe.


For further information contact:
Greig Walsh
Director of Sales and Marketing, Greenlight Innovation
T +1 604 676 4038 F +1 604 676 4111 E gwalsh@greenlightinnovation.com

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Hydrogenics Signs Agreement to Create “Kolon Hydrogenics” Joint Venture for Power Generation in South Korea

June 24, 2014
Hydrogenics Signs Agreement to Create “Kolon Hydrogenics” Joint Venture for Power Generation in South Korea

Mississauga, Ontario – Jun 23, 2014 –

Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS; TSX: HYG) ("Hydrogenics" or "the Company"), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power systems, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to create a joint venture with Kolon Water & Energy, part of a leading conglomerate in South Korea. Kolon Group is one of the nation’s largest industrial companies, with a focus on chemicals and textiles, and its subsidiary, Kolon Water & Energy, has identified the potential for renewable power generation projects in South Korea and other Asian regions. Hydrogenics’ and Kolon Water & Energy’s joint venture will look to capitalize on these renewable energy opportunities. South Korea has a significant focus on the deployment of clean, efficient fuel cell technology.

For Hydrogenics, the joint venture represents an important step toward megawatt and multi-megawatt installations of PEM fuel cell products. The Company’s product development work in advanced fuel cell power modules and compact rack mounted certified systems forms an important platform for such applications, and the initial target market is thought to exceed 100MW – representing a significant revenue opportunity in equipment sales, service, and operations. The first 1MW of production has already been ordered and is expected to be ready for delivery by early 2015. This contract includes both a fuel cell array as well as a 20-year maintenance and service agreement. Additional fuel cell orders are expected in the coming quarters, to complete a multi-megawatt initial project rollout by 2016.

“This is a major step forward for Hydrogenics, as the joint venture opens up tremendous opportunities in a key market for renewable energy generation,” said Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Hydrogenics. “This also marks Hydrogenics’ first participation in power purchase agreements with local businesses in South Korea. We are very gratified to be working with such an astute, well-connected partner as Kolon Water & Energy.”
“We see a very strong market opportunity with our local customers and beyond, and we look forward to working with Hydrogenics toward realizing the full business potential of this new venture,” added Kolon Water & Energy CEO Soo-Young Lee.

About Hydrogenics:

Hydrogenics Corporation (www.hydrogenics.com) is a globally recognized developer and provider of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products and services, serving the growing industrial and clean energy markets of today and tomorrow. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Hydrogenics has operations in North America and Europe.

About Kolon Water & Energy:

Kolon Water & Energy (www.kolonwe.com) is a well-recognized conglomerate in South Korea providing a total solution for water and energy sector. Kolon Group operates under “Lifestyle Innovator” vision to fulfill its customer’s need. Based in Seoul, Korea, Kolon Group has operations in various countries over the world.

For further information, please contact: 

Jose A. Gonzalez
Director, Marketing
Hydrogenics Corp.

Direct: +1 289 247 2013
Mobile: +1 647 922 6227
Email: jgonzalez@hydrogenics.com
Web: www.hydrogenics.com

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CHFCA Elects its Board of Directors for 2014-15

June 05, 2014
CHFCA Elects its Board of Directors for 2014-15

Vancouver--The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association is pleased to announce the election of its new Board of Directors for Canada's leading clean energy association, representing the hydrogen and fuel cell sector.

Elected as Chairman is Andreas Truckenbrodt, former CEO and CTO of the Automotive Fuel Cell Corporation in Vancouver and current Chairman of PowerDisc. David Teichroeb, Manager, Alternative and Emerging Technologies, Fuel Cells, Enbridge Inc., was elected Vice Chairman.

Board Members:
John Sheridan, Ballard Power Systems
Sam Suppiah, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Ross Bailey, Greenlight Innovation
Colin Armstrong, Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation
Thorsten Wesse, Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation
Richard Chahine, Hydrogen Research Institute
Daryl Wilson, Hydrogenics Corporation
Stephen Kukucha, WazuKu Advisory Group
Ira Wolff, NORAM Engineering & Constructors
Michael Pacholek, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Christopher Sacré, Sacré - Davey Engineering
Steven Holdcroft, Simon Fraser University
Alakh Prasad, Quadrogen Power Systems
David Leger, PowerDisc
David Wilkinson, University of British Columbia
Klaus A. Berger, Mercedes-Benz Canada
Brian Cheadle, Dana Corporation
Ray Hoemsen, Red River College
Geoff Budd, ITM Power
David Ghosh, XRG Energytech Solutions

Eric Denhoff, President and CEO of the CHFCA, said, "Our new Board takes on its’ duties at a time of unprecedented growth and opportunity for the hydrogen and fuel cell sector. This year marks the commercial launch of Fuel Cell Vehicles from manufacturers like Hyundai, Toyota and Honda. Canadian technology is key to the automotive sector. Our companies have had stunning success in the Power-to-Gas sector, taking off-peak renewables like wind and converting that power to hydrogen for injection into gas lines or the power grid through fuel cells. We have also seen a tremendous number of new companies, expanding companies and commercial products in material handling, telecom backup power and elsewhere".

He noted that the board represents a broad array start up companies, medium companies and larger, publicly-traded companies, and has strong representation from academic and institutional groups in the sector, as well.

"Canada has a $200 million a year revenue industry, employing more than 2,000 people in clean, high tech, well paying jobs and we expect significant growth as the industry begins to take off over the next few years," said Denhoff.


For further information, please contact: 

Carolyn Bailey
Director, Government Relations and Communications
Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
Tel: 604-283-1042
Email: cbailey@chfca.ca

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Upcoming Trade Shows

May 15, 2014
Upcoming Trade Shows

A number of exciting trade show opportunities are on the horizon! 

 

The first is Renewable Energy 2014, taking place from July 27th - August 2nd in Tokyo, Japan.  The conference would consist of an exhibit for your organization at the Renewable Energy World Fair 2014 (Tokyo, July 30 – Aug 1, 2014), networking events, one-on-one business meetings, and optional technical tours of Japanese hydrogen and fuel cell facilities.  The application deadline is June 20th.  The conference website is: http://www.grand-re2014.org/eng-conf/. 

The second is CARISMA 2014, taking place from December 1st – 3rd in Cape Town.  The CARISMA conference series is devoted to the challenges in developing fuel cell materials for transport and stationary applications in the medium and high temperature range.  This conference will provide our members with an excellent opportunity to connect with and learn about South African hydrogen and fuel cell firms, and the CHFCA will be attending.  The registration deadline for CARISMA 2014 is June 30th  and the conference website is: http://www.carisma2014.com/index.php

Both conferences promise to be very exciting and informative!  If your organization is interested in pursuing these opportunities or joining the CHFCA, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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