Archive for the ‘Hydrogen’ Category
Hydrogenics Corporation has announced it has entered into an agreement with Enbridge Inc. to jointly develop utility scale energy storage in North America. Enbridge is Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company and plans to use its existing infrastructure as a ‘Power-to-Gas’ storage system.
An old coast guard ship could be transformed into the “world’s greenest oceanresearch platform” off B.C.’s coast by next spring.
“It’s going to be essentially a mobile observatory in the Salish Sea that will be studying oceanographic conditions that are important to survival of fish stocks,” said Kim Juniper, lead scientist for the project.
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With a multi-pronged strategy for embracing clean energy initiatives, Surrey has thought of cleaner transportation, hydrogen fueling stations, DES, a biofuel production plant, and many other avenues to decrease carbon emissions. For this, they have been awarded the Clean Energy Association of BC’s ‘Community of the Year Award.” See more details here.
Bridgeport, Conn. WTNH – Mayor Bill Finch today celebrated the New York Hornblower Hybrid, a cutting-edge 600-passenger vessel being built at the Bridgeport Regional Maritime Complex shipyard on the eastside of Bridgeport harbor.This new 168-foot vessel is a high-tech, hybrid-power ferry that utilizes a unique power management system which integrates multiple energy sources from solar panels, wind turbines, a hydrogen fuel cell, diesel engines, and shore side electric power to charge an array of 192 batteries that run the ferrys twin electric motors.
Here is an interesting ferry that uses wind, solar, a fuel cell, shore power and a diesel engine to recharge a battery bank that runs the electric motors. As is often said there is no one silver bullet for the future, a range of sources will be required. This applies for society in general and in a more concentrated form on a ferry. Read more about it here Maritime Company comes to Bridgeport
Surrey City Council has passed an innovative new fuel initiative requiring all new service stations in the city provide at least one alternative fuel source, such as hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), or electric vehicle recharging, in addition to conventional gasoline, diesel and propane energy.
Great to see City of Surrey taking the lead on alternative fuel supply. With an alternative “pump” at every station, alternative vehicles will likely increase in number rapidly. Also encouraging to see a strong push for CNG municipal waste trucks that are cleaner, quieter and cost significantly less to fuel. Read more here City Council Rules New Fuelling Stations Must Provide Alt-Fuel
Hydrogenics Corporation (Nasdaq:HYGS) (TSX:HYG), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, today announced that the Company has received a contract from Statue Cruises, LLC, a subsidiary of Hornblower Cruises & Events for the delivery of two HyPM HD 16 fuel cell power modules delivering up to 33 kilowatts of continuous power. The 600 passenger Hornblower Hybrid will be propelled by hydrogen fuel cells in a compound hybrid arrangement along with wind turbines, solar panels and a tier 2 diesel engine for additional energy needs.
Read more here Hydrogenics Awarded Contract
Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to build a hydrogen fuel cell plant in Burnaby, B.C., with the aim of developing its own line of cheaper and more efficient fuel cells for passenger vehicles.
When completed in 2012, the plant will first supply the company with fuel cell stacks for its small fleet of hydrogen powered vehicles. But Mercedes hopes to grow that fleet from about 200 to 10,000 in the next two to three years.
Read more at Mercedes to open fuel cell plant.
Back in the 1990s it was the flag-bearer of the coming hydrogen economy. This Vancouver-based daddy of the fuel-cell industry was a stock market heartthrob, boasting a market capitalization of more than $8 billion as it entered the 21st century.
It did this by riding a wave of investor excitement, as well as photo ops with politicians who seemed to think fuel cells were the answer to our climate woes.
Ballard convinced itself – and others – it could deliver. It touted a not-so-distant future in which the public could walk into a car dealership and purchase an emission-free car powered by one of its hydrogen fuel cells.
Clean energy is slowly become more competitive with traditional fossil fuel. As uplifting as these recent trends are, the potential deal-breaker is still how to store it for when we need it. Electricity generated by wind and solar are amazing new sources of electricity to feed into grids that can take the power as it comes out of the turbine or photovoltaic array, but what about portability? What about when we want to take that power and use it later?
With Al Gore’s recent change of heart about the subsidization of corn ethanol, and the price of batteries, while expected to fall, still remaining prohibitively high due to growing demand -a great investment opportunity, but you still can’t drive a semi truck with a full load very far on even the best lithium ion cell – we’re left with few viable options in portable energy sources to consider seriously. Anyway, even though batteries are grouped in as a power source, it’s worth reminding readers that they are technically a storage technology rather than a fuel…electricity from some source is still needed to charge the batteries.
The “Hydrogen Highway” is fraught with problems and has yet to materialize (though here’s an interesting new development), leaving biodiesel as one of the only players left in the game, and with the subsidization of the oil and gas industry it’s currently still more expensive to procure than fossil diesel, unless you’re making your own from left-over McDonald’s grease, which just isn’t scalable. (more…)