DOE awards $38 million to support fuel cell and hydrogen projects

DOE hydrogen project funding - American Money

More than 25 projects across the United States will receive funding. The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it has awarded $38 million in funds to support both new hydrogen projects as well as projects related to fuel cell technologies. In total, 28 projects in America will receive funding support. The funding specifically supports early-stage research and development. The DOE funding announcement was made by US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, while he was in Golden, Colorado touring the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This particular…

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Promising research could lead to the production of clean hydrogen

A Stanford graduate student may have found a solution to platinum catalysts. Scientists around the world continue their quest to find cheap and clean hydrogen fuel production methods that do not require the use of expensive metals, like platinum. Now, a graduate student from Stanford University, Xinjian Shi, has revealed in a recent study, published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, that he may have found a solution using cobalt. Cheap and abundant metal sulfides can be transformed into powerful electrodes for HERs. Like other scientists searching for cheap…

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Plug Power to expand production of its hydrogen fuel cell technology

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Plug Power is expanding its operations into a new building. The new 38,400-square foot building is located in Clifton Park, Saratoga County, New York, and will help Plug Power increase its production of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The new building is about 15 minutes away from the company’s headquarters in Latham. Plug Power’s CEO was also named to the Department of Energy’s HTAC In addition to announcing its new building for its hydrogen fuel cell technology production, Plug Power Inc. has also announced that its CEO, Andy Marsh, was named…

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Delaware Hydrogen plant project announced by PBF Energy

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The new project will help to make cleaner fuel for ships. In an effort to boost cleaner fuel production, a new Delaware hydrogen plant will be built at the Delaware City Refinery. The owner of the refinery, PBF Energy, is betting that more hydrogen will lead to bigger profits and give them a key competitive advantage over other fuel producers, reported Delaware Online. Hydrogen is a vital sulfur-removing catalyst in oil refining. With a growing demand for clean diesel, the Delaware hydrogen plant is likely to have a strong future.…

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Over 100m dollars raised to support launch of Nikola fuel cell trucks

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Nikola Motors says it has raised millions in just one week. Nikola fuel cell trucks – Nikola One and Nikola Two – have received more support. The Salt Lake City-based American hybrid truck design company claims it has raised more than $100 million in just one week after launching its new round of funding for $200 million. The money is to assist Nikola Motors launch and scale it two hydrogen-powered trucks in 2020. This round of funding will continue for another three weeks. The current round of funding for $200…

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Teesside takes another step forward in becoming a UK hydrogen “powerhouse”

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Teesside makes a bid for hydrogen super fleet. The UK hydrogen industry has received more support in Teesside. The conurbation in the north east of England has made a £220,000 ($282,200) bid in support of a major “super-fuel” vehicle fleet plan that could see cars, buses, trains and bin lorries powered by hydrogen fuel in the region, reported Teesside Live. Bringing the plan to fruition could create 1,000 jobs. The hydrogen fuel vehicle (HFV) fleet is part of a broader campaign to make Teesside a UK hydrogen “powerhouse”. The recent…

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Ammonia to hydrogen technology tested in fuel cell cars for first time

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CSIRO successfully refuels two fuel cell vehicles with it ultra-high purity hydrogen. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the successful road testing of two fuel cell cars powered by its ammonia to hydrogen technology. The organization became the first to demonstrate the production of “very clean hydrogen” produced from ammonia. The two fuel cell vehicles selected for the road test in Australia were the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai Nexo, according to a CSIRO news release. They hydrogen was produced in Queensland using CSIRO’s membrane technology.…

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Hydrogen technology to be used to produce monoethylene glycol from coal

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Honeywell UOP PSA technology to be applied in a Chinese MEG chemical plant. Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry Co., Ltd, a China-based manufacturer of agricultural chemical products, will be using Honeywell UOP’s hydrogen technology to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from coal. This is the first time this tech will be used in a MEG chemical plant in China. The Hubei Sanning chemical plant at Zhijiang in China’s Hubei province, will be the first MEG plant in China to use the innovative hydrogen technology. More specifically, Honeywell UOP’s Polybed Pressure Swing Adsorption…

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Iceland to begin hydrogen fuel production at geothermal power plant

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ON Power has announced it will start its experimental production of hydrogen. The Icelandic geothermal power utility is set to start hydrogen fuel production later this month near its Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in Southwest Iceland, which is located close to the country`s capital, Reykjavik. The hydrogen station is part of a bigger European research project. Along with two other Icelandic companies – Orkan and Icelandic New Energy – ON Power is participating in a European hydrogen research project. As part of its participation, it has purchased an electrolyte, which…

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Toyota unveils the latest version of its hydrogen fuel cell truck

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The new fuel cell truck model has been nicknamed the “Beta Truck.” Japanese automaker, Toyota, has recently revealed the latest version of its Project Portal hydrogen fuel cell truck. Dubbed the “Beta Truck”, version 2.0 of the hydrogen fuel cell eclectic Class 8 heavy duty tuck, builds on what the company learned form version 1.0 of its truck that it nicknamed the “Alpha Truck.” The Beta Truck has improved range, versatility and maneuverability. During a media briefing at a Center for Automotive Research meeting that took place on July 30th…

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Toyota intends to strive for lower hydrogen fuel vehicle costs

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The Japanese automaker plans to expand its production of HFCVs Hydrogen fuel vehicle costs, lack of infrastructure and low production numbers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) are among the reasons that many automakers don’t believe that HFCVs are a commercially viable option. Toyota disagrees and wants to prove that HFCVs can be practical eco-friendly transportation in the future. Toyota plans to mass produce its HFCVs. In an interview with Reuters, Toyota Mirai chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka said that the company is going to switch from limited production to mass…

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Scientists discover new green hydrogen production method using electrocatalysis

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The new eco-friendly method could be a viable alternative to platinum electrodes. Researchers from Sweden’s Linköping University (LiU) have discovered a new and efficient green hydrogen production method using electrocatalysis. This method, which produces hydrogen gas from water, uses electrodes with nanotruss structures of iron oxide instead of using platinum electrodes which are both expensive and difficult to obtain. The researchers have developed a method to control the production of ferromagnetic nanostructures. The green hydrogen production method was discovered when the group of researchers at LiU, led by Professor Ulf…

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First of its kind hydrogen power technology is coming to Australia

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Northern Oil plans to use hydrogen to generate electricity in a way that’s novel to Australia. An industrial-scale pilot plant is gearing up for the use of a new hydrogen power technology that will be the first of its kind in Australia. The technology will be used at Northern Oils Advance Biofuels Refinery, near Gladstone, Australia and is expected to start in 2019. The Gladstone Refinery was the first of its type in the country when it was built back in 2017. Northern Oil’s Advanced Biofuels Refinery produces renewable fuel.…

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New research finds that reeds could help make cheaper high-performance fuel cells

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The elements in these plants could lead to fuel cell efficiency and reduce costs at the same time. The search for new clean sources of energy and high-performance fuel cells is nothing new, especially not for researchers from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Québec, who may have just had a breakthrough with elements from reeds. These tall plants that grow in wetlands could aid in the production of a cheaper catalyst for more efficient fuel cells. Powerful fuel cells are needed to convert energy from hydrogen into electricity…

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Oahu hydrogen fuel station opens for businesses

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Hawaii’s first publicly accessible hydrogen refueling station becomes operational. The Oahu hydrogen fuel station is the first of its kind in Hawaii and was developed and opened by Servco Pacific. The new station, which reportedly took less than a year to complete, will help to support the use of hydrogen fuel vehicles in Hawaii. Servco will start to lease the Toyota Mirai later this month. Having already found success in establishing a presence in California, Toyota wants to bring its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to other promising clean transportation markets,…

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Cordia iLint hydrogen train receives green light for passenger service

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The hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit from Alstom was given formal approval to operate. Two prototype units of the Cordia iLint hydrogen train are expected to enter pilot service on the Elbe-Weser network in Germany, after receiving formal approval for passenger service on July 11. The Cordia iLint is the world’s first hydrogen-powered low-floor passenger train. As a hydrogen fuel cell-powered, zero-emission train, the Cordia iLint hydrogen train could revolutionize rail travel. The creators behind the train, Alstom, a leading manufacturer of trains, says that their iLint is the first low-passenger…

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