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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:48 pm

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11 more multinationals join Hydrogen Council
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180313-hc.html

Eleven international oil & gas, energy, science & technology and automotive companies from Asia, North America and Europe have joined the Hydrogen Council. The newcomers almost double Council membership one year on from its launch.

Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in early 2017, the Hydrogen Council (earlier post) is a global CEO initiative to foster the role of hydrogen technologies in the global energy transition. The 13 founding members are Air Liquide, Alstom, Anglo American, BMW GROUP, Daimler, ENGIE, Honda, Hyundai, Kawasaki, Royal Dutch Shell, The Linde Group, Total and Toyota.

3M, Bosch, China Energy, Great Wall Motor, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation and Weichai, join as steering members alongside Hexagon Composites, Marubeni, McPhy, Nel Hydrogen and Royal Vopak at supporting level. . . .
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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:06 pm

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Toyoda Gosei establishes new plant in Japan to produce high pressure hydrogen tanks for FCVs
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180315-toyodagosei.html

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has established a new plant in the city of Inabe, Mie Prefecture, Japan to produce high pressure hydrogen tanks, a crucial component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Preparations for the start of production are currently underway.

Production capacity at the new plant for these tanks will be built up gradually to meet growth in demand with the expected increase in number of FCV models as these vehicles come into wider use. . . .
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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:05 pm

I would have never dreamed that oil companies, large hydrogen promoting auto manufacturers and hydrogen producers would form a club to protect their future profits.

That is just so “out of left field”. Did not see that coming.

Welp, that solves all the hydrogen problems. I guess it’s inevitable; the George Bush hydrogen economy is here.

I’m going to get a phone call into Tesla to give them the bad news. Shit, I really thought they had something, but now I see the future. It’s obviously hydrogen.

GRA wrote:Via GCC:
11 more multinationals join Hydrogen Council
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180313-hc.html

Eleven international oil & gas, energy, science & technology and automotive companies from Asia, North America and Europe have joined the Hydrogen Council. The newcomers almost double Council membership one year on from its launch.

Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in early 2017, the Hydrogen Council (earlier post) is a global CEO initiative to foster the role of hydrogen technologies in the global energy transition. The 13 founding members are Air Liquide, Alstom, Anglo American, BMW GROUP, Daimler, ENGIE, Honda, Hyundai, Kawasaki, Royal Dutch Shell, The Linde Group, Total and Toyota.

3M, Bosch, China Energy, Great Wall Motor, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation and Weichai, join as steering members alongside Hexagon Composites, Marubeni, McPhy, Nel Hydrogen and Royal Vopak at supporting level. . . .

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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:34 pm

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Toyota accelerates use of hydrogen at its plants in Japan
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/toyota-accelerates-use-of-hydrogen-at-its-plants-in-japan.html

Toyota Motor Corporation has deployed 20 fuel cell forklifts, manufactured by Toyota Industries Corporation, at its Motomachi Plant located in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. It has also built a hydrogen station for designated use by fuel cell forklifts at the plant.

In addition to Toyota’s first two fuel cell forklifts, which were introduced at the Motomachi Plant on January 31, 2017, this brings the number of fuel cell forklifts at the Motomachi Plant up to 22. . . .

In addition to these efforts, it is also utilizing renewable energy and hydrogen in its plants, and this deployment of fuel cell forklifts is part of these efforts. In order to achieve the Plant Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge, Toyota intends to continue to replace existing conventional forklifts with fuel cell forklifts, deploying a total of 170 to 180 fuel cell forklifts to the Motomachi Plant by around 2020. Furthermore, the deployment and use of fuel cell forklifts will also be promoted at other plants. . . .

Fuel cell forklifts utilize hydrogen to generate electricity, and demonstrate excellent environmental performance as they do not emit CO2 or substances of concern (SOCs) during operation. They are also very convenient given that they can be refueled in approximately three minutes. Furthermore, with their ability to supply electricity, fuel cell forklifts can serve as a source of power supply during emergencies.


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DOE to award up to $32.5M to advance solid oxide fuel cell technologies
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180316-sofc.html

. . . The selected projects will fall under the Office of Fossil Energy’s two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs): Preliminary Design and Techno-Economic Analysis of MWe-Class Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Core Technology Research.

SOFC R&D will enable efficient, cost-effective electricity generation from abundant domestic coal and natural gas resources, with minimal use of water and near-zero atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide and pollutants. . . .

FOA Preliminary Design and Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) of Megawatt-Electric (MWe)-Class SOFC Systems will provide an estimated $23 million in federal funding for cost-shared research to develop a preliminary design and TEA of a MWe-class SOFC power system for distributed generation applications. These projects will have two phases with a competitive down-select between Phase I and Phase II. The Phase II project will culminate in the construction and testing of a MWe-class SOFC system that meets the cost target of $6,000/kilowatt-electric and degradation target of 0.5 percent/1,000 hours. These systems will be field tested for a minimum of 5,000 hours.

FOA Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Core Technology Research will provide an estimated $9.5 million for cost-shared R&D in two areas of interest:

    SOFC Core Technology Research. DOE seeks applied laboratory or bench-scale R&D projects to advance cell technology stack components, novel cell and stack architectures, and/or balance-of-plant technologies that will improve the performance, cost, reliability, and endurance of cells, stacks, and/or systems. Successful projects will result in validation of concepts at laboratory or bench scale.

    Core Technology R&D in Support of Near-Term SOFC Power Systems Prototype Tests. DOE seeks to address and resolve reliability issues related to the long-term operation of prototype tests for second-generation SOFC power systems in an operational environment. Applications can focus on any SOFC cell, stack, balance-of-plant component, or subsystem and should directly contribute to lowering the system degradation to less than 0.5 percent/1,000 hours. Successful projects will result in validation of concepts in an operational system by a SOFC manufacturer team member.
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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:41 pm

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Air Products to provide hydrogen fueling equipment to China Energy Investment Group’s first hydrogen fueling station in China
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180320-ap.html

Air Products signed an agreement with . . . a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group Co., Ltd. (China Energy), to provide two hydrogen dispensers to China Energy’s first commercial hydrogen fueling station project in Rugao City of Jiangsu Province, eastern China.

Air Products’ SmartFuel hydrogen dispenser will be supplied for the project for fueling the hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles. The fueling station is expected to be one of the largest in China in terms of fueling capacity when it becomes operational in mid-2018. . . .

As part of its efforts to support China’s hydrogen energy industry, Air Products also announced it has joined the National Alliance of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell (NAHFC) organization, which was co-initiated by China Energy and officially established in Beijing in February.

The alliance is a government-backed national platform to develop the hydrogen and fuel cell industry by consolidating resources and innovative technologies from key industry players and institutes. It also serves as a think-tank to form the national hydrogen energy strategy and development roadmap. . . .

Several sites for certain hydrogen fueling applications are currently fueling at rates of more than 75,000 refills per year. Use of the company’s fueling technology is increasing and accounts for more than 1,500,000 hydrogen fills per year. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, scooters, forklifts, locomotives, planes, cell towers, material handling equipment, and even submarines have been fueled using Air Products’ technologies.
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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:00 pm

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Audi to field small series of fuel cell vehicles in 2020
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180321-audi.html

Audi’s drive-system strategy also includes an initial small series with fuel cells, which the automaker will put on the road in 2020, said Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, during his speech at the company’s annual press conference.
. . .
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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:15 pm

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UK government awards £8.8M to boost hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and refueling infrastructure
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180327-uk.html

Police cars and taxis in the UK will be among nearly 200 new hydrogen powered vehicles supported by a new £8.8-million (US$12.2-million) award from the Department for Transport to improve access to hydrogen refueling stations nationwide and to increase the number of hydrogen cars on the roads from this summer.

The funded project is run by a consortium managed by Element Energy and includes expertise from ITM Power, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. . . .

The £8.8-million grant will be matched by a further £13.1 million (US$18.2 million) investment including support from the companies and other sources. The project will involve the procurement of new vehicles, construction of new stations and upgrades to existing stations.
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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:25 pm

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SimpleFuel exports innovative small-scale hydrogen refueling appliance to Japan
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180329-simplefuel.html

SimpleFuel, winner of the US Department of Energy (DOE) $1-million H2 Refuel H-Prize, is exporting one of its first hydrogen refueling appliances to Japan.

The initial SimpleFuel product line is designed to target several small-scale hydrogen dispensing markets, including home and local/distributed refueling of consumer FCEVs, refueling for fuel cell vehicle fleets, and industrial fuel cell vehicle refueling.

SimpleFuel is an on-site hydrogen generation and dispensing appliance that uses water and electricity to produce high purity fuel cell-grade hydrogen via electrolysis. SimpleFuel can dispense fast “opportunity” fills or full fills to 700 bar automotive pressures. . . .

With support from the Japanese Environmental Ministry of the Central Government, the SimpleFuel appliance will run on solar or grid electricity for use with a Toyota Industries fuel-cell forklift truck at the Kesen Precut Cooperative. Kesen Precut manufactures high quality wood and wood chip products for the Japanese market. . . .

I posted a couple of previous articles about SimpleFuel's H2 refueling products upthread, but here's their product page: https://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/pdfs/htac_may17_13_obrien.pdf

No prices for the unit going to Japan are mentioned, but the product page says that the home unit prototype which won the DoE prize had an installed cost of <$35k/kg., and a direct user cost of <$15/kg. Both would need to be radically reduced for home use, obviously. I have no idea how much could be done through development and how much through economies of scale. The unit for the Kesen forklift is presumably the 350 bar version.
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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:15 pm

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ITM Power to study large-scale production of renewable hydrogen in British Columbia; export to Japan and California
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180330-itmpower.html

The British Columbia Government Ministries of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Jobs, Trade and Technology has awarded ITM Power a grant to undertake a Power-to-Gas (P2G) feasibility study. In the initial phase of the project, ITM Power will undertake a techno-economic feasibility study for the large-scale centralized production of renewable hydrogen in the province of British Columbia (BC).

Although the initial contract value of the feasibility study is relatively small, the project has the potential to be one of the largest of its kind globally, with total hydrogen electrolysis capacity of up to 300MW under consideration, to be used to supply both domestic and international export demand. . . .

The project is due to commence in Q2 2018 and has a duration of 12 months.

There is a growing demand for hydrogen in parts of the world that are leading the transition away from conventional energy sources to renewable, clean energy for both motive and stationary power applications. British Columbia’s grid is one of the cleanest in the world in terms of carbon emissions, with 92% of the power generated by hydro, and has competitive electricity rates. This positions BC as a strong candidate for production of renewable hydrogen generated via electrolysis. . . .


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Toyota Mobility Foundation awards 10 grants for hydrogen research initiative
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/03/20180330-tmf.html

. . . The Hydrogen Research Initiative started in July 2017 to support innovative research to reduce the output of carbon dioxide and/or the cost of hydrogen and hydrogen systems. Research proposals are to yield practical results in these areas between the years 2025 and 2030. This fiscal year, TMF solicited applications in four fields:

Hydrogen generation
Hydrogen storage and transport
Hydrogen applications
Energy systems

Toyota received 32 applications; a screening panel of hydrogen energy experts from universities and public research organizations determined the final grant awardees.

    Hydrogen generation:

    Dynamic Simulation of Hydrogen Production System Using Estimated Renewable Electricity Profiles and a Water Electrolyzer Model

    Investigation of catalyst / electrolyte interface structure during photoelectrochemical water splitting

    Innovative surface reforming technology development for functionalization of stainless steels as water electrolysis catalysts

    Development of air electrodes for proton-conducting solid oxide electrochemical cells

    Development of oxide-based electrocatalyst of water electrolysis for production of CO2-free-hydrogen


    Hydrogen storage and transport:

    Computational Design for Higher-Order Porous Structures Suitable for Efficient Hydrogen Storage under Room Temperature-Molecular Dynamics Approach

    Development of organic hydride electrolyzer for hydrogen energy carrier synthesis


    Hydrogen applications:

    Examination of alternative measure for safety distance in high pressure hydrogen storage facility using porous wall


    Energy systems:

    Design of sustainable hydrogen supply system based on the spatial analysis

    Study for realization of hybrid energy system composed of electric and hydrogen energy using renewable energy and FCV

I've removed the researcher's name and organization from the above list, but they are in the original if anyone's interested.
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Re: Hydrogen and FCEVs discussion thread

Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:06 pm

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H2FUTURE building world’s largest green hydrogen pilot plant; targeting the steel industry
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/04/20180416-h2future.html

The European H2FUTURE project consortium, comprising voestalpine, Siemens, VERBUND, and Austrian Power Grid, together with the research partners K1-MET and ECN, officially gave the green light to the construction of a 6 MW “green” hydrogen pilot production plant—the world’s largest—at a voestalpine Linz steel plant. (Earlier post.)

The partners from industry and power generation will use this facility to research into future breakthrough technologies which are needed to meet global climate goals over the long-term. The plant is scheduled to be fully operational by spring 2019.

More than 600 billion cubic meters of hydrogen are used annually worldwide, more than 95% of which is produced via a CO2-intensive process. Global demand for hydrogen is projected to increase tenfold by 2050, to around 6 trillion cubic meters.

The EU-funded €18-million (US$22.3-million) project will be used to test the potential applications for green hydrogen—e.g., CO2-free hydrogen produced via electrolysis using renewable electricity—in the various process stages of steel production, and integration into the power reserve markets for the power grid. . . .

The core electrolysis components will be delivered during the summer, with the plant going live within a year. The start of the comprehensive two-year test program is planned for spring 2019. . . .

The vision of the technology and capital goods group is to move away from coal and coke via bridging technologies based on natural gas, as is already the case at the direct reduction plant in Texas, and finally on to the greatest possible use of green hydrogen.

Siemens has developed what is currently the world’s largest PEM (proton exchange membrane) electrolyzer module for the research facility in Linz. With a capacity of 6 megawatts, the plant will be able to produce 1,200 cubic meters (108 kg) of green hydrogen an hour. The goal is to achieve a record output efficiency of 80% in converting electricity into hydrogen.

With its 128 hydropower plants, VERBUND, Austria’s largest electricity company and a leading European hydropower electricity producer, generates almost 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. . . .

Around €12 million (US$15 million) of the funding is from the European Commission, specifically from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).
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