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Hollywood stars defy Death Valley with hydrogen-fuelled car

February 03, 2014
Hollywood stars defy Death Valley with hydrogen-fuelled car

In the glamorous world of alternative fuel vehicles, you are undoubtedly likely to attract celebrity friends; just as the Toyota Prius has Leonardo DiCaprio and the Honda FCX CLarity has Jamie Lee Curtis; Mercedes B-Class F-Cell hydrogen-fuelled car can count Hollywood stars Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson as among its fans.

Mercedes-Benz in Death Valley

In a new bid to show the functionality of the concept, the F-Cell’s friends took it for a road trip across California’s Death Valley; one of the driest place in the world. Taking to the desert, Diane and Joshua took no water for the two-day journey for either drinking or cooking and relied purely on the car’s tailpipe water vapour emissions to meet all their needs. A special tank was fitted to the car to collect the emissions to supply them with sufficient water.

Diane Kriger and Joshua Jackson Mercedes-Benz

Driving through 50 degree Celsius, the B-Class F-Cell used 21 litres of hydrogen to complete the journey; resulting with enough water to keep the stars comfortable.

"We've become absolute fans of the fuel cell. The car usage is so easy. On a day-to-day basis our normal mobility isn't restricted at all - and we had no water problems in Death Valley either", reported Diane Kruger.

"It takes three minutes to fill up, drives about 400 kilometres and gives off zero emissions - simply perfect", added Joshua Jackson.

Already in series production, there are around 70 of these compact hydrogen-fuelled cars already on the road in the US. Over the last two years, these cars, including one used by the Hollywood couple, have collectively covered more than 1.6 million kilometres of real-world driving, saving around 113,500 litres of fuel and almost 270 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in the process.

Altogether, Mercedes-Benz and its parent firm, Daimler have a fleet of around 200 fuel cell vehicles on loan to customers in the USA and Europe since 2010, trialling the technology. Daimler now plans to start full production of a fuel cell car by around 2017, having proved that it works, although it had originally planned for a launch this year.

“Our various projects in Germany, the USA and Norway and, not least, the Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive, have shown that the time is right for fuel cell-powered electric vehicles and demonstrated the tremendous potential that exists for hydrogen as a source of energy. We are therefore all the more delighted that such well-known film stars have adopted a pioneering role in relation to this technology and call attention on the advantages of electric mobility", commented Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

During the Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive of 2011, three B-Class F-CELL vehicles took 125 days to drive 30,000 kilometres through 14 countries on four continents, to prove the viability of the technology. Joshua Jackson was one of those who took part in the first circumnavigation of the globe in fuel cell vehicles, driving a section of the route in the USA.

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SFU, Indian Oil join forces on research

January 29, 2014
SFU, Indian Oil join forces on research

Simon Fraser University and India's national oil company, Indian Oil Corp., have signed an agreement to collaborate on hydrogen and fuel-cell technology research. SFU President Andrew Petter inked the agreement in New Delhi on Friday with Indian Oil's director of research and development, R.K. Malhotra. B.C. government officials also attended the signing. "Collaborating on research with (Indian Oil) will provide greater opportunities for our faculty members and students to advance the field globally," Petter said in a statement. Added Malhotra: "The collaboration with Simon Fraser University would help Indian Oil to get the benefit of their expertise in hydrogen and fuel-cell research." The collaboration will enable exchanges for SFU faculty and students to work in Indian Oil's research facilities, while providing the company's researchers access to SFU work. It could also lead to the creation of a joint research centre in hydrogen and fuel-cell technology at Indian Oil's Faridabad site.

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Hydrogenics Awarded Contracts for Fueling Stations in the UK

January 29, 2014
Hydrogenics Awarded Contracts for Fueling Stations in the UK

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Jan. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hydrogenics Corporation (Nasdaq:HYGS) (TSX:HYG), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, today announced that it has been awarded two contracts for fueling stations in the United Kingdom. The first contract includes three HySTAT(TM) 60 electrolyzers for BOC, a member of The Linde Group (XETRA:LIN), for installation as part of a large fueling station due to be constructed in 2014 for Aberdeen City Council's Kittybrewster depot in Scotland. The three electrolysers will provide up to 400 kg per day of Hydrogen, and the station, part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, will be used for 10 fuel cell buses -- which will be the largest such fleet in Europe.

The second contract, also with BOC, calls for a HySTAT(TM) 30 electrolyzer to be installed as part of a fueling station in Swindon, England for Honda Motor Company (NYSE:HMC). The electrolyzer will provide 65 kg of Hydrogen per day and is expected to be operational during the second half of 2014, as is the Kittybrewster installation.

Daryl Wilson, Hydrogenics' President and CEO said, "These most recent fueling station awards confirm that Hydrogen infrastructure spending is indeed increasing across the globe -- particularly in Europe, Japan, Korea, and California. This should come as no surprise given the plans outlined by a number of leading automotive OEMs to begin selling high-volume fuel cell vehicles between 2015 and 2017, with some models expected out later this calendar year. We see a great deal of growth potential in fueling stations and are uniquely qualified to provide the most reliable and efficient electrolyzers in the industry."

Aberdeen City Council is taking a strategic lead in facilitating the arrival of a Hydrogen economy through: (1) leading the North Sea Region HyTrEc (Hydrogen Transport Economic) project; (2) coordinating the development of a strategy, on behalf of the Scottish Cities Alliance, to enable Scotland to build new infrastructure and support Hydrogen technologies; and (3) leading initiatives for growing Aberdeen's Hydrogen economy.

The Swindon fueling station is the result of a joint public-private partnership between Honda, BOC, and the economic development organization Forward Swindon. The fueling station will utilize solar energy to generate hydrogen and be used for material handling vehicles and light vans at Honda's manufacturing plant.

The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project is being multi-funded through the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise along with the European Commission and the UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB). Both the Aberdeen and Swindon projects are tied to a January 2012 initiative of the TSB, co-funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), aimed to encourage UK businesses to develop fuel cells and hydrogen systems to make the case for further investment. Fueling infrastructure is a key requirement to "complete the circle" for Hydrogen-based transportation. These state-of-the-art facilities will create awareness for the need to develop fueling stations throughout the UK and illustrate Hydrogenics' leadership position in this expanding field.

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.

Contact

Bob Motz, Chief Financial Officer
Hydrogenics Corporation
+1 (905) 361-3660
investors@hydrogenics.com

Chris Witty
Hydrogenics Investor Relations
+1 (646) 438-9385
cwitty@darrowir.com

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Boeing's Hydrogen Powered Phantom Eye Takes A Second Flight

January 28, 2014
Boeing's Hydrogen Powered Phantom Eye Takes A Second Flight

 On January 25h, 2014, at an altitude of 8,000 feet and speed of 62 knots, Boeing's Phantom Eye embarked on a 66 minute flight from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Centre located at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

This was the Phantom Eye's second flight, the first flight was on June 1st, 2012.

Unveiled to the public in July of 2010, the Phantom Eye is expected to soar at 65,000 feet and stay in the air for four days with appropriate intelligence and support.

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Hydrogen fuel station receives permit to grow

January 22, 2014
Hydrogen fuel station receives permit to grow

Hydrogen generated in Chino will give operators of zero-emission fuel cell vehicles confidence to venture out of the Los Angeles area and into the Inland Empire, according to the company planning to construct a fueling station on East End Avenue.

Hydrogen Frontier Inc., which was awarded a $3 million grant from the state Energy Commission in August 2013 to rebuild the station, received the go-ahead from the Chino planning commission Monday.

The company, which with its partners Powertech and ITM Power plans to add $1.7 million to the grant money, has operated a similar fueling station in Burbank for two years. It plans to upgrade a stored-hydrogen fueling center that the planning commission permitted in 2005 at Hyundai American Research and Development at 12610 East End Ave.

Unlike the existing facility, the new fueling station will be open to the public and will generate hydrogen on site. Currently, hydrogen stored in cylinders is trucked in to fuel Hyundai’s advanced vehicles. Hyundai began production of hydrogen-powered, electric-motored vehicles in February 2013 at its plant in Ulsan, Korea.

The $3 million grant is part of $200 million allocated by Assembly Bill 8, passed in September 2013, to develop 100 hydrogen fueling stations over 10 years.

The station will be the first of its kind in San Bernardino County, according to a Hyundai news release. Seven hydrogen fueling stations are operating in Southern California.

The station will be required to open to the public in October 2014 with a capacity of 6,000 to 9,000 vehicle fill-ups annually. The state grant requires that the station be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Because the number of fuel-cell vehicles operating in Orange and Los Angeles counties is in the hundreds, the station is not expected to receive heavy use, according to Hydrogen Frontier.

“It is crucial because it provides peace of mind that fuel is available on the outskirts of greater Los Angeles,” the company stated.

The station is designed to generate 220 pounds of hydrogen a day through electrolysis of water. The average fuel-cell car has a capacity of 11 to 13 pounds of the element. The station will be capable of dispensing fuel at a maximum rate of 77 pounds an hour.

The hydrogen generating equipment will be enclosed and screened behind a 10-foot decorative block wall, according to the commission report. The refueling area will be covered with a solar canopy that will power the station lighting, according to Hydrogen Frontier.

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Finland’s First Hydrogen Fuel Station Opens In Helsinki

January 22, 2014
Finland’s First Hydrogen Fuel Station Opens In Helsinki

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 22 January 2014. Finland’s first commercial hydrogen fuel station will open in 2014 at the Port of Helsinki, Vuosaari Harbour, according to the Finnish gas manufacturer Woikoski.

A hydrogen station is a filling station for hydrogen intended to power vehicles, but can also be used to power small devices.

The hydrogen fuel dispensers dispense the fuel by the kilogram. It is an environmentally friendly fuel that has the potential to dramatically reduce our dependence on imported oil, but several significant challenges must be overcome before it can be widely used. According to the company, the refuelling station is an environmentally friendly solution that includes its own

Since the turn of the millennium, filling stations offering hydrogen have been opening worldwide. However, this has not begun to replace the existing extensive gasoline fuel station infrastructure, which would cost a half trillion U.S. dollars in the United States alone by the end of 2013.

Woikoski also has Finland’s first hydrogen fuel cell car which is produced by Hyundai. Many car manufacturers are planning to introduce fuel cell cars to the Finnish consumer market in 2015.

Expanding hydrogen production in Finland

Woikoski is utilizing by-product hydrogen from various chemical plants and also expanding its hydrogen production capacity in Finland. The company has already invested in new hydrogen road transport vehicles.

The cost of the necessary European-wide hydrogen fuelling infrastructure could be five times lower than the cost of the charging network required for battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Woikoski has been producing hydrogen for over 100 years and is the old gas company in Finland. According to Woikoski, it is currently transporting 500 tons of hydrogen annually and planning to deploy more hydrogen refuelling stations in Finland and worldwide.

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FedEx announces hydrogen fuel cell range extender trial

January 16, 2014
FedEx announces hydrogen fuel cell range extender trial

FedEx Express is to undertake a collaborative project to trial hydrogen fuel cell range extenders on its fleet of electric delivery trucks.

The $3m (£1.8m) project is part-funded by the U.S. Energy Department’s recently-announced $7m (£4.25m) investment in hydrogen fuel cell technology and infrastructure, and FedEx Express will work with Smith Electric Vehicles – the manufacturer of most of its electric delivery vans – and Plug Power.

Fitting a 10kW Plug Power hydrogen fuel cell system to the Smith Electric Newton vans doubles the pure-electric model’s 80-mile range, allowing the vans to be feasible for nearly delivery routes, according to FedEx Express. It also means the vans can be used for a wider range of applications.

Hydrogen fuel cells use a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to generate the electricity used to drive the vans’ electric motor and recharge its lithium ion battery. Refuelling takes minutes and the only by-product is water vapour.

Plug Power claims a 50% increase in fleet efficiency and a 35-40% decrease in fuel expenses compared to an equivalent diesel vehicle, as a result of using its hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Andy Marsh, Plug Power CEO, said: ‘Early customer experiences with electric delivery vehicles have been overwhelmingly positive. But only 1% of these vehicles are electric today; we think that this range extender provides the added distance and quick refueling capabilities needed to really grow this market.’

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Hydrogen, Driving the Future

January 16, 2014
Hydrogen, Driving the Future

Hydrox holding may have unlocked the secret to cheap clean renewable energy

Fill up a tank with some water, flip the switch, and within minutes you have created enough hydrogen energy to power your vehicle, house, and any other peripheral devices for days to come.

Hydrox Holdings, a company out of South Africa, has reinvented the way hydrogen fuel is developed, and if it has its way, its new invention will create a world without power cables stretching over vast distances.  Instead, we will have power on demand.

Hydrox Holdings’ process differs from conventional hydrogen fuel cell technology in that they have done away with the membrane. 

“There is no membrane, the resistance is gone. The big thing is the cost of the membrane, they are made from noble metals that have inherent problems, like clogging, they don’t last long and cannot take high heat,” Corrie Dejager, Hydrox Holding’s founder and an attorney by profession, told CCTV.

With one of these devices, one will be able to create hydrogen on demand.  There will be no need for vast pipe lines, or other transporting mechanism since you can create hydrogen where it is needed.

Dejager envisions a world where every household has one of these devices.

“It must be inexpensive, less than $5,000 US, and you make your own hydrogen.  You don’t have to go to a filling station.  This will open up the hydrogen era,” said Dejager.

The next step for Hydrox Holdings is to find a company that can take it to the next level and commercialize the technology.

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Toyota eyes California hydrogen station network

January 08, 2014
Toyota eyes California hydrogen station network

Toyota Motor Corp., which is getting ready to sell Camry-size sedans powered by fuel cells in the U.S. next year, plans to help create a network of hydrogen stations that may include pumps at car dealers and even trash dumps.

The world’s largest automaker showed its hydrogen-fueled FCV sedan, a concept version of the car Toyota will sell in the U.S. and Japan next year, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday. Along with cutting costs to make the vehicles, Toyota will do “whatever we can” to get more fuel stations set up, Bob Carter, Toyota’s U.S. group vice president, said in an interview.

“We’re throwing everything against the wall,” Carter said Monday in Las Vegas. “We know we have to push the infrastructure.”

Toyota, Hyundai Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. have announced plans to sell hydrogen cars and crossovers initially to drivers in California, where strict state rules require increasing numbers of zero-emission vehicles be sold each year through 2025. Currently, the state has about 10 public hydrogen fuel pumps, although the number is set to rise from this year, with a target of 100 more within a decade.

California committed last year to spending as much as $200 million to expand its fueling network by 2024. Toyota is working with the University of California at Irvine and state officials to identify ideal sites for future fuel pumps. Only 68 stations are needed to ensure most California drivers have a place to refuel, Carter said.

While hydrogen for fuel and industrial uses is produced mainly by steaming it out of natural gas, Toyota is exploring alternative sources, including methane emitted from waste-treatment plants, trash dumps and landfills, and agricultural sources, Craig Scott, the carmaker’s U.S. national manager for advanced technologies, said in an interview in Las Vegas.

Toyota is exploring how to work with other companies to set up pumps dispensing hydrogen from such sources, Scott said, without elaborating.

Some Toyota dealers in California may also install hydrogen pumps, Carter said.

Concrete steps by Toyota to set up stations will come within a few months, Carter said. “We’re going to do what we can to help kick-start the construction of convenient hydrogen refueling infrastructure.”

Fuel-cell autos are similar to battery-only models such as Nissan Motor Co.’s Leaf hatchback and Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S sedan in avoiding tailpipe pollution from burning gasoline.

Battery models carry electricity in their lithium-ion battery packs, while fuel-cell vehicles make electricity on board in a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, with only water vapor as a byproduct. While hydrogen vehicles have a range comparable to gasoline vehicles and need only a few minutes to refuel — compared with hours for most battery autos — there are few hydrogen pumps currently open to the public.

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PowerDisc Announces New Chairman of the Board

January 08, 2014
PowerDisc Announces New Chairman of the Board

Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt Will Accelerate Growth of Fuel Cell Company

Vancouver, British Columbia - PowerDisc Development Corporation, a Vancouver-based fuel cell company, today announced that Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He replaces John Morgan who has led the Board since 2010 and will remain as a Director.

"I am honored and proud to welcome such a distinguished professional as Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt to Chair the PowerDisc Board," said David Leger, President and Chief Executive Officer and founder of PowerDisc. "Dr. Truckenbrodt is an accomplished executive and strategic decision maker, and he brings an extensive understanding of the fuel cell, energy and automotive industries that will help lead us into the future. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank John Morgan for his significant contribution to the advancement of the company as Chairman of the Board for the last three years."

Dr. Truckenbrodt joins the PowerDisc Board of Directors as Chairman after more than 12 years of experience in the fuel cell industry and over 25 years in the automotive sector. Dr. Truckenbrodt is currently Chief Executive and Chief Technical Officer for the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation(AFCC), a joint-venture of Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company. Previously, Dr. Truckenbrodt was responsible for the DaimlerChrysler Hybrid Development Center following a number of high level executive positions within DaimlerChrysler including the head of the company's Fuel Cell and Alternative Powertrain Vehicles. Dr. Truckenbrodt has also worked with Ballard Power Systems, Daewoo and BMW.

Dr. Truckenbrodt has been instrumental in collaborating with organizations around the world to promote the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles and help improve the environment, including eight years as a member of the Steering Committee (and past-Chairman) of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, a collaboration of auto manufacturers, energy providers, government agencies and fuel cell technology companies.

As Chairman of the Board for PowerDisc, Dr. Truckenbrodt will oversee the strategic direction of PowerDisc and work closely with company management as it seeks to build its position as a leading clean energy provider specializing in fuel cell and hydrogen products.

"I am delighted to be joining the PowerDisc team," said Dr. Truckenbrodt. "The fuel cell market is undergoing rapid growth, fueled by increased demand for clean energy solutions. The outlook for PowerDisc products is very promising, in particular because of their durability, performance, and cost benefits. This allows PowerDisc to compete with internal combustion engine solutions, which is needed for ongoing commercial success. When it comes to levelized cost of energy, we've got a strong business case. I look forward to joining such a professional team and contributing to the advancement and long-term sustainability of the organization."

Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt joins existing PowerDisc Board members David Leger, Ron Sturm, Lee Rogers, Ian Robertson, and John Morgan.

About PowerDisc

PowerDisc Development Corporation is an alternative energy company that designs, develops and markets fuel cell technology solutions in a number of global markets for a range of applications including stationary, back-up power, transportation, material handling and portable applications. The company's technologies enable fuel cell developers and integrators to optimize product performance, improve durability, eliminate costly components, and accelerate down the cost curve earlier than anticipated. Research and development facilities are based in Vancouver, Canada - the worldwide hub for fuel cell research and development - at the National Research Council of Canada located at the University of British Columbia. For further information, visit www.powerdisc.ca.

Contact Information

Debby Harris
PowerDisc Development Corporation
Tel: 778-386-4333
Email: debby.harris@powerdisc.ca

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