FuelCell Energy fights for profitability in competitive industry

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Fuel cell industry struggles in terms of profitability The hydrogen fuel cell industry is often plagued by skepticism and controversy regarding the efficiency and electricity generation potential of hydrogen-based energy systems. The cost of fuel cell manufacture is often cited as a major reason the industry has struggled to reach profitability. Many companies in the industry have promised to deliver cost effective and highly efficient fuel cells for decades, but none have yet made good on that promise. FuelCell Energy, a maker of stationary molten carbonate fuel cells, believes that…

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A*STAR researchers create new pressure sensors using nanotechnology

Nanotechnology

Researchers from the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics have constructed new pressure sensors using nanotechnology. Pressure sensors are widely used throughout the world of medicine and mechanics. Such sensors can often be found in vehicles and are used to note changes in fuel pressure. The new sensors developed at A*STAR are comprised of nanowires, which researchers claim have superior electrical and mechanical properties compared to conventional components usually found in sensory devices. The A*STAR sensors can detect even the slightest changes in pressure. As such, these devices are likely to be…

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German researchers experimenting with chemical compound that could be used for hydrogen storage

Hydrogen Fuel Research

Researchers from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, have been experimenting with a chemical compound first patented by Air Products, a hydrogen production company, back in 2004. Known as N-ethylcarbazole, the chemical dates back to World War I where it was used in chemical weapons. Instead of focusing on its potential applications in weaponry, German scientists are trying to use the chemical for hydrogen storage. The research is in line with Germany’s continued pursuance of hydrogen energy as a potential replacement to fossil-fuels and nuclear power. Researchers claim that the chemical…

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F-Cell and Battery+Storage to appear concurrently at the Stuttgart Trade Fair this year

Stuttgart Trade Fair 2012

As hydrogen energy attracts more attention, the problems of the energy are entering the limelight. Storage, efficiency and cost are the three main problems currently keeping hydrogen energy from global incorporation. In the early years of hydrogen, these problems were largely ignored because the energy was not considered viable. As more companies come to favor hydrogen over other alternative to fossil-fuel, however, they are hard pressed to find solutions to these problems. In an effort to expedite this absolution, the F-Cell industry forum and the new Battery+Storage conference and trade…

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South Korean scientists develop new material that could solve the problem of hydrogen storage

Hydrogen Fuel Research

In an effort to solve the problem of efficient hydrogen storage, scientists in South Korea have developed a new material that could contain the gas effectively. The development comes from scientists working with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The material could eliminate the need for large containers for hydrogen gas, because it absorbs a great deal of the gas and allows for efficient distribution. Storage is one of the problems currently preventing hydrogen fuel from finding mainstream acceptance around the world. Scientists believe that the microporous material could…

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AFC Energy’s project LASER-CELL goes live with inaugural meeting

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Industry

AFC Energy, a leading manufacturer of fuel cells, has announced that the first consortium meeting for the LASER-CELL project occurred last  week. The project is aimed at developing high-volume production technologies that can be used to hasten the production of hydrogen fuel cells. It will also conduct detailed market analysis and distribute reports at regular intervals. The meeting means that the project is now live and will be working toward its established goal. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cells has remained low due to the cost associated with their production. Fuel…

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United Kingdom launches new hydrogen power initiative with the help of the global auto industry

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

The auto industry is taking hydrogen fuel cell energy very seriously. Over the past two years, automakers all over the world have been showing off their new hydrogen-powered vehicles, claiming that hydrogen is the fuel of the future. These claims had once been met with derision from skeptics, but that did not slow the momentum that automakers had gained. Now the United Kingdom is throwing its support behind the auto industry and has announced the launch of a new initiative to progress hydrogen beyond its current point. The initiative is…

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ITM Power teams with Logan Energy to expand hydrogen fuel projects in Scotland

Biofuel research

ITM Power, a developer of technologies associated with hydrogen energy, has teamed with Logan Energy, a hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer and distributor based in the UK, to work to develop new fuel storage and fuel cell projects that will be used in Scotland. The joint ventures the companies will be launching together will be focused on maximizing the supply of alternative energy in Scotland. ITM Power hopes that the projects will broaden the awareness of hydrogen energy amongst Scottish consumers. One of the primary focuses of the collaboration will be…

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Researchers develop sponge-like material that increases the hydrogen capacity of fuel cells

Hydrogen fuel research

 Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the U.S. have been working on ways to make hydrogen fuel cells a more viable energy source. While there can be no doubt that the technology is quite powerful, manufacturing fuel cells is not known for its affordability. The costs of manufacture translate into higher prices for consumers looking to buy fuel cell power systems. The high costs have not made fuel cells popular with many, but researcher may have found a way to reduce the price of fuel cells and boost…

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University of Delaware taps Professor Yushan Yan to help commercialize hydrogen fuel cells

Fuel Cell Vehicles - University of Delaware

One of the most prominent hydrogen fuel cell researchers in the world is heading to the University of Delaware. Yushan Yan, a well known researcher that has unlocked some of the daunting secrets holding hydrogen back has been hired by the university to teach engineering. In preparation for Yan’s arrival next summer, the university has built a new $1.9 million, 6,500 square foot laboratory and office space where Yan will be conducting the majority of his research in the coming years. Yan has been working to make fuel cells ready…

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AFC Energy finishes commission for AkzoNobel, brings fuel cells to Europe

German Alternative Energy

AFC Energy, a fuel cell technology company, has completed a commission for AkzoNobel, a Dutch pain company, that will bring a hydrogen fuel system to the company’s factory in Germany. AkzoNobel is the latest European company to adopt hydrogen fuel as an alternative to oil in an attempt to lessen its impact on the environment. The completion of AFC’s commission marks the first time the company has sold its Beta model fuel cells to an industrial company in Europe. AFC Energy will be fitting their Beta fuel cells with electrodes…

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New hydrogen storage method could make the fuel more attractive for commercial use

Stationary Fuel Cells - Commercialization

Hydrogen fuel is one of the most promising sustainable fuels currently available. The fuel has been gaining favor amongst companies, consumers and governments in recent years thanks to its efficiency and performance. There are glaring drawbacks to the fuel, however, that have kept it away from commercial incorporation. These problems are encompassed in fuel cells and storage methods. A team of scientists from the University of Southern California have developed a new method of storing hydrogen that can make it more accommodating for commercial use. Because hydrogen gas is the…

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ClearEdge secures millions in latest round of funding, plans to focus on commercialization

Clean technology

ClearEdge Power, a fuel cell manufacturer that specializes in units that run off of natural gas, has finished its fifth round of fundraising, netting a total of $73.5 million. The company has been making waves in the hydrogen fuel industry with its stationary fuel cells that provide energy to homes. ClearEdge is among the first to offer such models in an industry that often caters to big-name distribution chains and automakers. The money will help the company continue its efforts to commercialize their fuel cells and expand the reach of…

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Fuel Cells 2000 report shows that Ohio is the top state for hydrogen fuel development

US Hydrogen Fuel Cell Development

The need for new energy sources is becoming more apparent. With civil unrest gripping much of the Middle East and Africa, the price of oil has soared. This has driven many nations to seek out alternatives, such fuel cells. The level of fuel cell development varies from place to place, but in the U.S. one location stands out as the best place for development. Fuel Cells 2000, an organization that promotes hydrogen fuel and its associated technologies, has released a new report showing that Ohio is leading the charge toward…

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The long journey for hydrogen fuel cell production

Pioneers of Hydrogen Fuel Cell

The concept of hydrogen as a power source is, surprisingly, not new. The principle of the fuel cell was first discovered in 1838 by German scientist Christian Friedrich Schonbein. A year later, a Welsh scientists by the name of Sir William Robert Grove, successfully constructed the first working hydrogen fuel cell. During their extensive history, fuel cells have faced a number of challenges, never really being able to overcome the barriers holding it back from commercial incorporation. Now, scientists are looking into the past of fuel cells to try and…

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Rare platinum replacement

Platinum - catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen fuel cells have been criticized for their use of platinum. Fuel cells use the metal as a catalyst to spur the process of electrolysis, a process through which hydrogen is produced. Platinum is classified as a rare-earth material, making its use restricted as the worldwide supply is finite. Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have been focusing their efforts on finding an alternative to platinum catalysts, and they may have been successful. Scientists have developed a catalyst comprised of three materials that reduces the cost…

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