U.S. DOE Announces $39 million for Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies R&D

| USA: Washington DC

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made available up to $39 million in funding to support early stage research and development (R&D) of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The work supported through this investment will address key early-stage technical challenges for fuel cells and for hydrogen fuel production, delivery, and storage related to hydrogen infrastructure. Read more »

U.S. Small-Scale H2 Refueling Appliance Exported to Japan

| USA: Washington DC

SimpleFuel H2 ApplianceThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) recently announced a collaboration on hydrogen and fuel cell safety research and development (R&D) data sharing. In the spirit of this collaboration, DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office says SimpleFuel, winner of the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize, is now exporting one of the world’s first hydrogen refueling appliances to Japan. Read more »

ENGIE Sails Into H2 Waters with Energy Observer

| France, Paris

Energy ObserverENGIE, a France-based international provider of power, natural gas, energy services, has become one of the main partners of the first ship in the world powered by hydrogen and renewable energies only, an experimental laboratory aimed at energy autonomy, without emissions of greenhouse gases or fine particles. Read more »

Air Products Equipment Bound for China Energy’s First H2 Fueling Station

| USA: Lehigh Valley PA and China: Shanghai

Air Products, a world-leading industrial gases company, has signed an agreement with state-owned Shenhua New Energy Co. Ltd. (New Energy), 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. Read more »

Georgia Tech Team Develops Fuel Cell Game Changer

| USA: Atlanta GA

Nanoparticle coating on disk for H2 fuel cell (Photo: Georgia Tech – Christopher Moore)

“It can let you use readily available fuels like methane or natural gas or just use hydrogen fuel much more efficiently” — Meilin Liu, Regents’ Professor in Georgia Tech

Powering clean, efficient cars is just one way fuel cell technology could accelerate humanity into a sustainable energy future, but unfortunately, the technology has been a bit sluggish. Now, engineers may be able to essentially turbocharge fuel cells with a new catalyst. Read more »

Japan H2 Mobility formed to Deploy Hydrogen Refuelling

| Japan, Tokyo

H2 Station Construction TargetsJapan H2 Mobility, LLC (JHyM) is a company newly established by eleven companies to accelerate the full-fledged development of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in Japan. Deployment will be guided by the Japanese Central Government’s Ministerial Council on Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Related Issues (“Basic Hydrogen Strategy” published on December 26, 2017). Read more »

Hydrogen-Powered Train Technology Feasible says Ontario Study

| Canada, Toronto ON

GO Transit Network OntarioThe Canadian province of Ontario is taking the next steps in exploring the potential of hydrail as an alternative to conventional electric trains, as Ontario transforms the GO network into a rapid-transit system that will provide faster and more frequent service for commuters and families. Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation, has released the province’s Hydrogen Rail (Hydrail) Feasibility Study. Read more »

Germany Records Highest Increase of H2 Refuelling Stations Worldwide

| Germany, Munich

TUV SUD World H2 StationsIn Germany, 24 public hydrogen refuelling stations have gone into operation in 2017, turning the German public hydrogen refuelling infrastructure into the second largest globally with 45 public stations, ahead of the USA (40 stations) and only surpassed by Japan with 91 public stations. Read more »

Trillium CNG Embraces Hydrogen Fuel

| USA, Houston TX

OCTA bus (H2)Trillium CNG, a U.S. provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fueling facilities plans to expand its services to include the design, construction and maintenance of hydrogen fueling stations. The company will begin construction on its first hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell electric buses this summer for the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) Santa Ana, California, facility. Read more »

Kenworth Shows Hydrogen-Fuelled T680; CNG Hybrid in Development

| USA, Las Vegas NV

Kenworth_T680 ZECT at Port of SeattleKenworth used the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January to display its zero-emission T680 day cab equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. The vehicle is part of the Zero Emission Cargo Transport (ZECT) demonstration project managed through Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The company is also working on a natural gas engine project. Read more »