Researchers discover a way to improve hydrogen fuel cells

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Research team to use new catalyst to power hydrogen fuel cells Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a way to accelerate the hydrogen fuel production process, making fuel cells more efficient and attractive renewable energy solutions. The research team has begun making use of a new catalyst that they claim can speed up the hydrogen generation process 1,000 times. Using the catalyst could allow fuel cell vehicles to fuel much more quickly, which may make them somewhat more attractive to consumers. New catalyst is comprised on nickel…

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Apple wins patent for new fuel cell system

Apple may be developing a fuel cell system for mobile devices Technology giant Apple has been awarded its second patent for a fuel cell system. The patent was awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Apple has been working to develop a new fuel cell system that can be used to charge mobile devices. Fuel cells have long been used for industrial purposes, but these energy systems can generate electricity for a multitude of purposes. Apple believes that a fuel cell system could be quite useful as a…

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Hydrogenics and SinoHytec to bring new fuel cell systems to China

Partnership will deliver new hydrogen fuel cells to northern China Hydrogenics, a leading develop of hydrogen technologies, has signed a partnership with SinoHytec, a Chinese company focused on fuel cells and clean energy. Together, the two companies will work to deliver new fuel cell systems to the northern regions of China, where the demand for clean energy is on the rise. The partnership between the two companies is valued at $13.5 million. Both companies will work to develop new fuel cell systems and their primary focus may be on the…

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Proton Power Systems to deliver hydrogen fuel cell technology to German client

Company enters into a new deal with a German company interested in fuel cells Proton Power Systems, a clean technology company, has announced that it has won a $15 million deal with a German company. The deal will span seven years, during which period Proton Power Systems will deliver hydrogen fuel cells that will be used as emergency power solutions. Currently, Proton Power Systems has an ongoing deal in Bavaria, which has allowed the company to hold a foothold in the German market, where demand for fuel cells is on…

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Hyundai does not need partnerships to improve fuel cell technology

Hyundai has avoided partnerships thus far Automakers are beginning to show more interest in fuel cell technology, but developing this technology alone can be very costly and difficult. In order to mitigate costs and accelerate advances in fuel cell systems, several companies have partnered together, but Hyundai is one that believes that such partnerships are not ideal given the current climate of the fuel cell sector and the clean transportation market. Hyundai already has considerable experience with hydrogen fuel cells, which may be the reason why it has chosen to…

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Fuel cells could keep devices charged for a whole week

Intelligent Energy is making hydrogen fuel cell systems for smartphones The days of short battery life for mobile devices may soon come to an end. Intelligent Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has been working on a new fuel cell system that can be used to power smartphones. The company has reportedly succeeded in the effort, but it has not yet revealed that name of the product. The fuel cell system is designed to power mobile devices for more than a week. Prototype smartphone shows off the capability…

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Financial aid for hydrogen fuel cells may be coming to an end in the US

ITC expiration could have consequences for renewable energy in the US The Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is set to expire soon in the U.S., unless Congress takes steps to resolve this issue. The ITC provides financial support for those developing renewable energy systems. This financial aid is needed due to the relatively high cost of developing these systems. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association has urged federal lawmakers to extend the ITC, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Hydrogen fuel cells continue…

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PowerCell receives first order for its S2 fuel cells

Developer announces that it has received the first order for its S2 platform PowerCell, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells based in Sweden, has announced that it has received the first order for its S2 fuel cell platform. The company has established a strong position in the Nordic fuel cell space, offering innovative products that are gaining popularity. The S2 platform is a next generation fuel cell stack that made its first debut at the Hannover Fair in Germany earlier this year. At the event, the S2 platform managed to…

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AFC Energy receives approval for new hydrogen fuel facility in Germany

Fuel cell developer receives final approval needed to build its new energy facility AFC Energy, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has received the final permit needed to finish construction on what it believes to be the world’s largest industrial alkaline fuel cell facility. The facility is located in Germany, a country that has been growing more interested in fuel cell technology and renewable energy. The new facility will be equipped with alkaline fuel cells, which will produce electrical power that is expected to be delivered…

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Study predicts growth in global stationary fuel cell market

Global stationary fuel cell market is poised to see promising growth in the coming years Winter Green Research has released a new study concerning the global stationary fuel cell market. These fuel cells have become an important energy tool for many industries, largely due to their ability to produce high amounts of electrical power without also producing harmful emissions. Companies in the industrial sector like to use these energy systems, but they are also becoming more common in the residential sector, where they do not only produce electricity but also…

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Intelligent Energy moves forward with plans for portable hydrogen fuel cells

Intelligent Energy successfully acquires maker of disposable consumer products Intelligent Energy, a prominent developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology, has announced its acquisition of Societe Bic, a producer of disposable consumer products. The acquisition cost Intelligent Energy $13 million, and the company will pay an additional $2 million when the transactions is completely finalized. Intelligent Energy could benefit from the acquisition as the company continues to show focus on producing portable and disposable hydrogen fuel cell systems that can be used to power consumer electronics. Portable fuel cells are gaining…

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Hydrogen fuel cell developer wins grant from UK government

Hydrogen fuel cells continue to gain support in the UK Ceres Power, a developer of residential hydrogen fuel cell systems, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. The agency has been working to establish the United Kingdom as a world leader in low-carbon technologies and has put a strong focus on fuel cells and other such clean energy systems. While fuel cells remain quite popular in the transportation sector, these energy systems are beginning to gain more attention for their…

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Hydrogen fuel cells developer raises $51 million

Funds to aid Intelligent Energy in its hydrogen fuel endeavors Intelligent Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has raised $51 million in recent funding initiatives. The money, which is the most the company has raised since it began operating, is meant to aid in expansion efforts and will help fund new research and development endeavors focused on the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cells. Some of this money will go toward the deployment of a stationary fuel cell system in India, which will serve to…

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New standards may be formed to govern hydrogen fuel cells

New group aims to develop standards for hydrogen fuel cells The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has created a new forum through which mobile network operators and fuel cell developers can come together to create standards governing the use of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the telecommunications sector. Hydrogen fuel cells have become quite popular in the telecommunications industry. This is partly due to their ability to provide reliable energy in remote locations of the world. The demand for mobile technology is on the rise, which is pushing telecommunications companies to…

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BAE Systems to participate in US hydrogen fuel initiative

Federal hydrogen fuel initiative aims to commercialize hydrogen-powered buses BAE Systems, a British defense, security, and aerospace company, is one of the recipients of funding from a new initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The federal agency’s latest initiative involves hydrogen fuel and how it can be used in various transportation applications. While BAE Systems has long operated in the realm of security, the company also has some dealings in the transit sector; having developed its own hydrogen-powered bus that the Department of Transportation believes could help commercialize…

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German-US collaboration makes breakthrough in fuel cells

Fuel cells could soon be free from the constraints of platinum A German-US collaboration has made a major breakthrough in the field of fuel cell technology this week. The collaboration is comprised of OH-Energy Germany, the University of Delaware, Fraunhofer ICT, and Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research. Together, these organizations have been experimenting with fuel cell technology, hoping to find a way for these energy systems to produce electrical power without having to rely on platinum. Platinum is a common component in hydrogen fuel cells and is part of the…

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