Toyota’s ‘Beta’ Fuel Cell Truck Steps Beyond Proof of Concept

| USA: Traverse City MI

Second version of Fuel Cell Heavy TruckThis week, Toyota contributed majorly to the future of zero-emission trucking by unveiling the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan. The new truck, known internally as “Beta,” expands on the capabilities of Toyota’s first Project Portal test vehicle, in part by increasing the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill. Read more »

BENEFIC Funds CNG, L-CNG and H2 Stations

| The Netherlands, Nieuwegein

Netherlands PitPoint CNG StationThe European BENEFIC project, which aims to accelerate the realization of infrastructure for environmentally friendly vehicles and vessels, has approved funding to support the construction of multiple Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations, hydrogen stations and one L-CNG station in Belgium and The Netherlands. Read more »

Germany Approves Coradia iLint Hydrogen Train for Commercial Operation

| France: Saint-Ouen

Alstom's Coradia iLintFrench multinational rail transport company Alstom’s Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger train, has been granted approval by the German Railway Office (EBA) for passenger service in Germany. On 11 July, Gerald Hörster, President of EBA, presented Alstom with the certificate of homologation at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in Berlin. Read more »

Hexagon Tanks Selected for First Hydrogen Vessel in US

| USA: Lincoln NE and Norway: Ålesund

Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine - H2 Powered IllustrationHexagon Composites’ subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln has been selected to supply high-pressure hydrogen tanks for the first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in the US. The vessel is being built by Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM) after they were awarded a USD 3 million grant by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), supported by the “California Climate Investments” (CCI) program. Read more »

Empa ‘move’s to new Gas Mobility Project in Switzerland

| Switzerland: Zurich

Switzerland_180621_Empa_GasmobilitaetEmpa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, opened a demonstration facility in Dübendorf under the name of ‘move’ in 2016 to show ways of switching mobility to renewable energy. Now, after two years of practical tests, the first project phase centred on hydrogen fuel has been successfully completed and a gas conversion phase is beginning. Read more »

DNV GL’s First AiP for Maritime Hydrogen Solution goes to Hyon in Norway

| Norway: Oslo
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Image courtesy of PowerCell

Norwegian hydrogen fuel chain company Hyon AS has received the world’s first approval-in-principle from DNV GL of their module-based fuel cell solutions, adapted for maritime use. The approval builds on the MS-100 fuel cell from PowerCell and opens the way for a general application of fuel cells in ships. Read more »

Regulatory Barriers to Hydrogen Infrastructure to be Assessed in USA

| USA: Washington DC

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced increased collaboration with stakeholders to reduce regulatory barriers on the development of hydrogen infrastructure. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons announced a new  Request for Information (RFI) to foster this united effort with industry. Read more »

Hexagon Composites to Supply Compressed Hydrogen Tanks in Automotive Deal

| Norway: Ålesund

Hexagon Lincoln Hydrogen storageHexagon Composites. an international composite pressure vessel technology manufacturer, says it will supply compressed hydrogen tanks for serial production of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) to be launched by an unspecified automotive OEM. Hexagon is currently developing the tanks to support anticipated production activities as early as 2020. Read more »

Ballard and Audi Extend PHEV Fuel Cell Passenger Car Program

| Canada: Vancouver BC and Germany: Ingolstadt
Audi h-tron quattro PHEV

Audi h-tron quattro PHEV concept

Ballard Power Systems, a global provider of clean energy and fuel cell solutions, has signed a 3.5-year extension to its current Technology Solutions contract with AUDI AG, part of the Volkswagen Group, extending the HyMotion program to August 2022. The program encompasses automotive fuel cell stack development as well as system design support activities.  Read more »