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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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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.

Watch the flight below:

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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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