Stationary fuel cells gain momentum with adoption from Toyota and eBay

Stationary fuel cells gain momentum with adoption from Toyota and eBay

June 22, 2012 0 By Erin Kilgore

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Fuel cells becoming popular as a main and backup power source

Hydrogen fuel cells have become a popular subject for their uses in the auto industry. The clean energy systems exist beyond the realm of transportation, however, and these fuel cells could be inching closer to commercialization. Stationary fuel cells have long been a staple in the world of industry. These energy systems are used to power large manufacturing facilities all over the world, or provide backup power to data centers. Stationary fuel cells are beginning to play a bigger role with companies interested in alternative energy.

Toyota to utilize stationary fuel cells provided by Ballard Power

Toyota has announced that its Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A headquarters in Torrance, California, is prepared for the installation of a stationary fuel cell system provided by Ballard Power, a leading manufacturing of hydrogen energy systems. The acclaimed automaker broke ground at the future home of Ballard’s CLEARgen stationary fuel cell system earlier this month. The system will be used to provide supplemental power for the facilities numerous operations. The hydrogen used to power the system is produced through the reformation of sustainable bio-gas.

eBay teams with Bloom Energy to bring renewable fuel to the world of online commerce

Famous online auction and retail company eBay has also set its sights on alternative energy. The company has announced that it will be building its next generation of data centers with sustainability in mind. eBay has tagged Bloom Energy as a provider for the stationary fuel cells that will be used at these new data centers. The company believes that it can combine the world of alternative energy and commerce through its new initiative.

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Clean Energy Quotes To Remember - “For example, a breakthrough in better batteries could supplant hydrogen. Better solar cells could replace or win out in this race to the fuel of the future. Those, I see, as the three big competitors: hydrogen, solar cells and then better batteries.”

- Bob Inglis, Politician

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Stationary fuel cells continues to be a popular option for businesses

Stationary fuel cells have proven to be powerful energy systems in the industrial world. They are beginning to gain popularity amongst technology companies for their ability to provide an uninterruptable stream of electricity. Apple is one of the first technology companies to make use of stationary fuel cells at one of its data centers in Maiden, North Carolina.

 

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