FCE finalizes SECA award

FCE finalizes SECA award

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NEWS Contact: Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd, Noble Park, Victoria, Australia. Tel: +61 3 9554 2300, www.cfcl.com.au Or contact: Ceram Research Ltd, Penkhull, Stoke-onTrent, UK. Tel: +44 1782 764444, www.ceram.co.uk

FCE finalizes SECA award


uelCell Energy has finalized its award with the US Department of Energy, resolving ‘open budget, scope and schedule issues’ for the three-year first phase of its Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) program. Phase 1 is a $24m cooperative agreement cost-shared by DOE and the FCE team, which includes Versa Power Systems, Materials & Systems Research Inc, the Gas Technology Institute, University of Utah, Electric Power Research Institute, Dana Corporation and Pacific Northwest National Lab. The team has refined its SOFC technology development efforts during the negotiations, to increase its efficiency and coordination with DOE. In April 2003, DOE selected FCE to lead a project team for a three-phase, 10-year, $139m project within the SECA program [FCB, June 2003]. The FCE team started work on Phase 1 that July via a DOE pre-award authorization. A provisional SECA award in February 2004 enabled the team to increase the effort level consistent with the program’s scope of work. To strengthen its SOFC commercialization capabilities, FCE made two strategic investments in SOFC technology: an investment in Versa Power Systems [FCB, October 2003], and the acquisition of Global Thermoelectric [FCB, September 2003]. Commercialized SOFCs would complement FCE’s larger-scale, molten carbonate Direct FuelCell® (DFC) products. Contact: FuelCell Energy Inc, Danbury, Connecticut, USA. Tel: +1 203 825 6000, www.fuelcellenergy.com

(HTDC) in Hawaii to supply a module to power an airport ‘step van’, also with delivery by the end of the year. The tow tractor will be used in fuel cell demonstrations at selected Air Force Bases and civil airports in the US, in conjunction with the US Air Force Advanced Alternate Power Technology Transformation Office. CTC will monitor and report on the operating and maintenance parameters of the vehicle, using FCTec resources to characterize fuel cell performance. The vehicle will provide a platform to study the use of fuel cells for different applications including mobility power and auxiliary power. The project will also trial interconnection with existing power systems, to potentially offset utility grid requirements at commercial airport installations. Hydrogenics has secured several patents on vehicle-to-grid power distribution, and this contract offers an opportunity to showcase the off-board power capabilities of fuel cells. Installation of the HTDC power module will take place at the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) in Honolulu. Demonstration activities will take place at Hickam AFB. In addition to routine base operations, the step van could also serve as a Ground Power Unit for the Air Force to power up aircraft and equipment during maintenance operations. Vehicles such as the step van are seen as prime candidates for hydrogen power module integration, as they are often part of ground fleets based in a central depot. Contact: Hydrogenics Corporation, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Tel: +1 905 361 3660, www.hydrogenics.com Or contact: Fuel Cell Test & Evaluation Center, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. Tel: +1 814 269 2721, www.fctec.com Or contact: Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, High Technology Development Corporation, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Tel: +1 808 594 0100, www.htdc.org/hcatt

For more on SECA, go to: www.seca.doe.gov

Hydrogenics modules in airport vehicle demos


oronto-based Hydrogenics is to supply a 65 kWe hydrogen fuel cell power module to the US Department of Defense’s Fuel Cell Test & Evaluation Center (FCTec), which is operated by Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC). The module will be delivered in December, and integrated into an aircraft tow tractor by CTC. Hydrogenics has also been contracted by the High Technology Development Corporation

November 2004

PSI seeks partners to commercialize PowerPac


wiss energy research center the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, has developed the PowerPac, a compact PEM fuel cell power system. PSI has unveiled a functioning 1 kWe alpha prototype of the portable system, and is looking for interest from ‘industrial and development parties’ to take the technology into ‘commercialization and implementation of mass production.’

In Brief Eletropaulo unveils S. America’s fuel cell Brazilian utility Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de São Paulo, which supplies electricity in the state of São Paulo, has revealed the first fuel cell to be developed in South America, according to the Latin America News Digest. The hydrogen PEM prototype is the result of a partnership between Eletropaulo, research firm Eletrocell and São Paulo University, supported by the science & technology ministry. Eletropaulo has invested US$600 000 from its R&D fund in the project since it began [FCB, October 2003]. The prototype, apparently rated at 30 kWe, is undergoing field tests. Yamaha DMFC motorbike begins road tests In Japan, Yamaha Motor Co has received license plates for its recently developed direct methanol fuel cell motorcycle, and began tests on public roads in mid-September. The company will conduct road trials under a variety of operational conditions until the end of 2005, with surveys and verification tests, and data gathered on environmental performance. The FC06 Proto motorcycle, based on the company’s Passol electric scooter, uses a compact DMFC system developed by Yamaha in collaboration with Osaka-based battery manufacturer Yuasa Corporation, which also has fuel cell expertise [FCB, September 2003]. The bike’s 4 liter methanol fuel tank should give it a range of more than 100 km (60 miles). Call for Grove IX papers The Ninth Grove Fuel Cell Symposium will take place 4–6 October 2005, returning to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in central London. Grove IX will reflect progress in the development of fuel cell industries and supporting infrastructure. The technical sessions will cover the advances and challenges in the main application areas: • Transportation – automotive, marine, aerospace etc. • Large-scale power generation. • Small-scale power generation. • Micro fuel cells – consumer electronics, defense etc. Papers are invited to address issues in these sectors, including technical barriers, market dynamics, fuels, and safety, codes and standards. Oral presentations will be selected mainly from submitted papers, augmented by keynote and plenary presentations from leading figures. There will again be a substantial poster display. Abstracts (up to 300 words) for both oral and poster presentations should be submitted online at www.grovefuelcell.com, by 31 January 2005.

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