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Next Hydrogen Corporation to Supply Hydrogen Generator to Canadian Tire Corporation

April 07, 2014
Next Hydrogen Corporation to Supply Hydrogen Generator to Canadian Tire Corporation
Next Hydrogen Corporation has been selected by Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) to supply a hydrogen generator for use in CTC’s Powered by Hydrogen pilot project. The hydrogen generator will produce high purity hydrogen gas from water. The hydrogen is used to fuel a PEM fuel cell which generates electricity without combustion emissions - replacing lead acid batteries. Hydrogen is clean renewable energy which supports sustainability goals. CTC is analyzing the productivity improvements achievable by using hydrogen energy in its mobile equipment operations.
 
“We are pleased to be working with Next Hydrogen Corporation as a key member of our project team. It is important for us to use a Canadian technology leader that has a thorough understanding of our priorities of system efficiency and a commitment to delivering life cycle value” said Brad Chittick, Associate Vice President, Supply Chain Facilities and Maintenance, Canadian Tire Corporation.
 
“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with CTC, a world-class leader in applying technology to supply chain operations. CTC has rigorous standards of performance for its suppliers and we are honored to be competitively selected” said Jim Hinatsu, CEO of Next Hydrogen Corporation.
 
Next Hydrogen Corporation is a Canadian Supplier of advanced, large-scale water electrolyser systems and modules. Please see www.nexthydrogen.ca for additional information.
 
CONTACT
Jim Hinatsu, CEO
Next Hydrogen Corporation
+1 647 338 5900
jhinatsu@nexthydrogen.ca

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Professor David Wilkinson Awarded the 2014 Grove Medal

March 18, 2014
Professor David Wilkinson Awarded the 2014 Grove Medal

The CHFCA congratulates Professor David Wilkinson at the University of British Columbia who has been awarded the 2014 Grove Medal.  

Professor Wilkinson has been within UBC's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering for a decade and currently holds the position of Canada's Research Chair in Clean Energy and Fuel Cells at UBC.

Professor Wilkinson will be awarded the Grove Medal at 9:40 am on Thursday, April 3rd at Fuel Cells 2014 Science and Technology, a two-day conference taking place in Amsterdamn, The Netherlands.

For further information on the award ceremony and the Fuel Cells 2014 Science and Technology conference, please visit: www.fuelcelladvances.com.

For additional background on the Grove Medal, click here.

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Clever Video Illustrating the Benefits of Utilizing Hydrogen Energy Storage with Renewable Energy Technology- Produced by the Clean Energy Partners.

March 11, 2014
Clever Video Illustrating the Benefits of Utilizing Hydrogen Energy Storage with Renewable Energy Technology- Produced by the Clean Energy Partners.

The Clean Energy Partners created a very clever video illustrating the importance of integrating hydrogen with other renewable technologies.

In Germany, the government has a target to increase the use of renewable energy to 80% by 2050- this is a 60% increase from 2011.

Renewable technology fluctuates and thus requires a power grid to assist with power fluctuations. Currently, during the fluctuating periods, if more electricity is produced than needed, it is wasted as it cannot be properly stored to save surplus electricity for a later time.  

This surplus electricity can be stored as hydrogen to help solve the issues surrounding supply and demand. Hydrogen can be stored for months without great energy loss and can be converted back into electricity as needed by use of a fuel cell.

Additionally, this renewably produced hydrogen can be used for fuel cell vehicles- reducing carbon emissions and the use of fossil fuels.

 

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FuelCell Energy Announces Market Developments for On-Site Distributed Hydrogen Generation Using Versatile Stationary Fuel Cell Power Plants

March 07, 2014
FuelCell Energy Announces Market Developments for On-Site Distributed Hydrogen Generation Using Versatile Stationary Fuel Cell Power Plants

FuelCell Energy Announces Market Developments for On-Site Distributed Hydrogen Generation Using Versatile Stationary Fuel Cell Power Plants

$2.8 Million Award From the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office to Demonstrate Tri-Generation Capability of Stationary Fuel Cells for Industrial Applications

DANBURY, Conn., March 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL), a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today announced further progress with developing the on-site distributed hydrogen generation market with a $2.8 million continuation of an award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office to showcase the tri-generation capabilities of a Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R) ) power plant for industrial applications. Versatile DFC power plants can provide hydrogen at the point of use in addition to ultra-clean electricity and usable high quality heat in a solution that is cost competitive, environmentally friendly and easy to site. FuelCell Energy will install a sub-megawatt fuel cell power plant at its manufacturing facility in Torrington, Connecticut, to generate hydrogen, electricity and heat, replacing hydrogen that is currently purchased and delivered to the facility via truck, and replacing electricity purchased from the electric grid. The tri-generation DFC-H(2) (R) is expected to be operational by the end of 2014.

"The objective of this project is to demonstrate the technology and system that will enable market development for distributed hydrogen used for industrial purposes, delivered efficiently, cleanly and in an economically compelling manner by our existing technology," said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer at FuelCell Energy, Inc. "In addition to offering ultra-clean electricity and usable high quality heat, this fuel cell installation will provide reliable on-site hydrogen production that has the potential to reduce costs associated with purchasing, transporting and storing hydrogen. We estimate a potential market size of $1.6 billion for our tri-generation DFC-H(2) fuel cell power plants serving the industrial and mobility markets in the United States alone."

This DFC-H(2) installation can generate about 135 kilograms of hydrogen per day which generally meets the daily requirements of many industrial hydrogen users. Once commercially available, the production cost of the hydrogen from DFC plants is expected to be competitively priced within a range of $5 to $7 per kilogram or even lower with increased production volumes. On-site hydrogen generation from DFC plants avoids the costs and pollutants associated with transportation while enhancing the reliability of supply.

"For this installation in Torrington, hydrogen will be used as an oxidation preventative to support the company's manufacturing process, replacing hydrogen we currently purchase and have delivered," said Neil Aiello, Vice President of Manufacturing at FuelCell Energy, Inc. "The high quality heat will contribute to facility heating while the ultra-clean baseload electricity will support our around-the-clock production."

While this industrial application is the first of its kind, a DFC-H(2) project has been operating for over two years, converting renewable biogas from the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) in Fountain Valley, California into renewable hydrogen for vehicle fueling as well as ultra-clean electricity. This installation generates 250 kilowatts of power which is enough to power about 250 average size homes and provide renewable hydrogen that can fuel approximately 25 vehicles per day.

FuelCell Energy power plants provide combined heat and power (CHP) capabilities, also known as cogeneration, by providing both high quality baseload power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. For this project, FuelCell Energy will configure the stationary fuel cell power plant to also produce and distribute useable hydrogen, making it a tri-generation system, or CHHP, and a valuable on-site resource for industrial applications.

Fuel cells electrochemically convert a fuel source into electricity and heat in a highly efficient process that emits virtually no pollutants due to the absence of combustion. The Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R) ) stationary fuel cell power plants manufactured by FuelCell Energy utilize carbonate fuel cell technology and provide continuous baseload power located where the power is used, including both on-site applications and electric grid support. The combination of near-zero pollutants, modest land-use needs, and quiet operating nature of these stationary fuel cell power plants facilitates locating the power plants in urban locations. The power plants are fuel flexible, capable of operating on natural gas, on-site renewable biogas, or directed biogas.

About FuelCell Energy

Direct FuelCell(R) power plants are generating ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power at more than 50 locations worldwide. With more than 300 megawatts of power generation capacity installed or in backlog, FuelCell Energy is a global leader in providing ultra-clean baseload distributed generation to utilities, industrial operations, universities, municipal water treatment facilities, government installations and other customers around the world. The Company's power plants have generated more than two billion kilowatt hours of ultra-clean power using a variety of fuels including renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as well as clean natural gas. For more information, please visit www.fuelcellenergy.com

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Direct FuelCell, DFC, DFC/T, DFC-H2 and FuelCell Energy, Inc. are all registered trademarks of FuelCell Energy, Inc. DFC-ERG is a registered trademark jointly owned by Enbridge, Inc. and FuelCell Energy, Inc.

CONTACT: FuelCell Energy, Inc. 
         Kurt Goddard, Vice President Investor Relations 
         203-830-7494 
         ir@fce.com



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Port of Honolulu to Utilize Hydrogen Fuel Cell Project

March 06, 2014
Port of Honolulu to Utilize Hydrogen Fuel Cell Project

Maritime Administration is partnering with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Sandia National Laboratories to lower emissions and energy consumption in the Port of Honolulu by deploying a self-contained hydrogen fuel cell unit aimed to be operational by early 2015.

Hydrogenics Corporation is designing the prototype and providing the fuel cells. The unit will consist of  four 30-kilowatt fuel cells, power conversion equipment and a hydrogen storage system, that is to be delivered and deployed  by Young Brothers- the project's shipping partner. Young Brothers is also the demonstration partner, which will be occurring for period of six months after deployment.

The unit will have the ability to float on a barge or placed on a dock, allowing for easy transportation to an area requiring electricity-such as ships at berths, in an effort to reduce the use of diesel engines.

The goal of the project is to study the unit and the efficiency at the Port of Honolulu in order to further develop commercial-ready technology to be used at other ports.

 

For background information on this project refer to the following sources:

United States Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.gov/fastlane/maritime-administration-helping-green-port-honolulu

Sandia National Laboratories: https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/fuel_cell/#.UxjWSfldWSo

Additional background information of interest:

National Geographic: http://energyblog.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/25/new-fuel-cell-project-aims-to-make-port-of-honolulu-greener/

Environmental Leader: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/02/25/sandia-team-building-hydrogen-fuel-cell-unit-for-port-of-honolulu/

 

 

 

 

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Greenlight Expands with the Addition of a New Industrial Automation Division

February 28, 2014
Greenlight Expands with the Addition of a New Industrial Automation Division

Vancouver, BC – February 27th, 2014 - Greenlight Innovation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Commonwealth Automation Technologies Inc. (CATI) of Abbotsford BC; a leading supplier of manufacturing equipment to the fuel cell and battery industries. The agreement combines the manufacturing automation experience of CATI with Greenlight’s global presence in test equipment. This alliance will be the foundation for Greenlight’s newly created Automation Division, which will offer turn-key automated assembly and testing solutions to customers in the fuel cell, battery and manufacturing industries. Greenlight’s Automation Division will serve these industries by implementing advanced manufacturing production processes, allowing customers to reduce manufacturing costs and improve quality control.


“This strengthens Greenlight’s position as a world leading supplier of advanced testing and assembly solutions for the alternative energy industry. As our customers evolve from R&D to production, we can provide them tailored solutions to meet their manufacturing requirements”, stated Ross Bailey, Greenlight’s President.

Since 1997, Commonwealth Automation has specialized in product and process design, PLC control, automated testing and assembly equipment, custom machinery, tooling, motion control systems, inspection equipment, and materials handling equipment. CATI has designed and built over 500 special-purpose production and automation machines.

Greenlight automation products will include leak testing fixtures, electrode testing equipment, optical inspection and measuring stations, pick-and-place assembly equipment, electrode cutting and measuring equipment, winders, laser and resistance welders, fixturing and tooling including progressive dies, cap crimping machines, electrolyte wetting machines, conveyors, handling machinery, cell testers, pack testers, laminators, slitters/rewinders, coating machines, data collections systems, and equipment for every facet of Lithium cell production.


For further information contact:


Greig Walsh
Director of Sales and Marketing, Greenlight Innovation
T +1 604 676 4038 F +1 604 676 4111 W www.greenlightinnovation.com

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Ballard Power Systems Gains Huge Win for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry

February 26, 2014
Ballard Power Systems Gains Huge Win for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry

  

VANCOUVER, B.C., February, 26th, 2014---The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association today congratulates Ballard Power Systems for announcing it had reached profitability, marking the arrival of the world's first profitable major fuel cell company and heralding a new era in the commercialization of clean technology.


Ballard Power announced financial results of 40% growth, amounting to $61.3 million in revenue for 2013, due to its three focus areas; product sales, engineering services and IP licensing. Ballard experienced strong product sales in the telecom backup power and materials handling sectors, as well as its first IP licensing agreement that was a multi-year agreement with Azure Hydrogen for bus module assembly.


Eric Denhoff, CHFCA President and CEO, noted that "the arrival of a profitable fuel cell company is a major accomplishment for Ballard, and for the fuel cell sector, not only in Canada, but around the world. These results demonstrate clearly that fuel cell technology is here to stay, is rapidly commercializing and that the technology is a solution across a wide platform of applications."


He noted that the turnaround at Ballard is consistent with strong financial results emerging from other publicly traded and privately held Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell sector companies, who are showing strong results over the past two years on their way to profitability.


"Canada has 2,000 high paying, clean technology jobs in this sector, and we generate about $200 million a year in revenue, most of it from exports," said Denhoff, noting that Ballard's results are evidence of the maturation of the industry in Canada along normal lines for technology companies.


For more information, please contact:


Eric Denhoff, President and CEO
Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
E-Mail: edenhoff@chfca.ca
Tel: (604)-760-7176

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Hydrogenics Corporation Announces Partnership on Power-to-Gas Project in Denmark

February 19, 2014
Hydrogenics Corporation Announces Partnership on Power-to-Gas Project in Denmark

A 1MW water electrolysis plant will be installed by Hydrogenics in Spildevandscenter Avedøre, a wastewater treatment facility in Denmark.


The “BioCat”, Power-to-Gas Biological Catalysis Project will utilize hydrogen produced by excess wind power to enable a conversion of biogas from sewage into clean methane gas.


The project is being led by Electrochaea and Energinet with additional partners including Hydrogenics, Audi, NEAS Energy, HMN Gashandal, Spildevandscenter Avedøre and Insero Business Services. The project received funding from ForskEL.


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Sprint Takes Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology To Rooftops With Help From Department Of Energy

February 03, 2014
Sprint Takes Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology To Rooftops With Help From Department Of Energy

Sprint (NYSE:S) will deploy hydrogen fuel cell technology as backup power to rooftop network sites with financial assistance from the Department of Energy (DOE). The solution should allow for lower network site maintenance and cleaner network energy sources and will increase network survivability during power outages.

“We are excited to once again partner with the DOE to bring a new fuel cell technology solution to the market,” said Bob Azzi, chief network officer at Sprint. “To date, we’ve deployed approximately 500 hydrogen fuel cells in our network. This technology will provide backup power for our network and could extend to other industries as well.”

This is not the first time Sprint and the DOE have come together to deploy hydrogen fuel cells as an energy source for their network. Sprint pioneered the introduction of fuel cell technology to ground-based networks in 2005. In 2009 the DOE provided a $7.3M grant for Sprint to support fuel cell technology advances. Rooftop cell sites comprise almost 25 percent of Sprint’s total network locations for which fuel cells have not been an option for fuel cell deployment until now. As much as 30 percent of total network cell sites are located on rooftops in some major metropolitan areas.

The technology, still in development, could enable innovative approaches to promote rooftop fuel cell deployments. One such approach is a modular and lightweight fuel cell solution that can be easily installed without heavy cranes and can be refueled from the ground – overcoming the need to transport fuel to rooftops.

Hydrogen fuel cells provide a much cleaner alternative to diesel-powered backup generators, a common solution with negative outcomes such as increasing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), increased risk of ground contaminants, and higher maintenance costs. Although their use is required in many cases, Sprint strives to limit the deployment of new fossil fuel generators that exhaust unhealthy GHG emissions. Sprint is working to reduce its GHG emissions by an absolute 20 percent by 2017. Several states are in the process of instituting strict generator exhaust emission legislation that can impose hefty fines on violators. Unlike fossil fuel based generators most commonly used to provide backup power, HFCs generate no environmentally undesirable greenhouse gases in creating electricity.

Although the full scope and financial aid of the project is yet to be determined, but expected in the next 60 days, Sprint is hopeful to begin installing the hydrogen fuel cell solution by the end of 2014. Today, the primary desired outcome of the program is to develop economically and operationally viable methodologies to scale up the deployment of rooftop fuel cell deployments. Both Sprint and the DOE hope this can also promote further hydrogen fuel cell advancement across a multitude of industries.

Sprint was recently honored as the most “eco focused” wireless carrier by Compass Intelligence and has been widely recognized for its environmental commitments to decrease energy use, enable more eco-friendly mobile solutions, and offer industry-leading wireless recycling programs.

Last year, Sprint was the only telecommunications company named to CDP’s S&P 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), which highlights companies that demonstrate strategies committed to improving their impact on the environment. Sprint was also named for the third consecutive year to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America, which tracks the corporate sustainability performance of the top 20 percent of the 600 largest companies by industry in the United States and Canada.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE:S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 54 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years.

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