GMI Energy, ITM to offer integrated green power, hydrogen fuel

GMI Energy, ITM to offer integrated green power, hydrogen fuel

NEWS station through 155 refuellings between November 2011 and April 2012, mainly for vehicles from Daimler and Hyundai. The station was available 96%...

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NEWS station through 155 refuellings between November 2011 and April 2012, mainly for vehicles from Daimler and Hyundai. The station was available 96% of the time, with 65% of all downtime situations solved within 30 min and 92% within one day. No incidents affecting the safety of the station operations were experienced during the operational period. The performance results show important progress on the ‘must-win battles’ that H2 Logic has defined for the continuing R&D effort on its H2Station product. These are to enable the same fast refuelling and long range as gasoline; a hydrogen pump price competitive to gasoline; a commercial payback for the station owner/operator; and close to 100% refuelling availability in networks. H2moves is co-financed by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the Transnova programme in Norway, and the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) in Denmark. H2 Logic A/S, Herning, Denmark. Tel: +45 9627 5600, H2 Logic 700 bar refuelling performance presentation: H2moves Scandinavia: H2moves Scandinavia report: European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking: Transnova, Norway: Danish Energy Agency:

hydrogen refuelling system for APFCT’s fuel cell scooters. Acta’s proprietary electrolyser technology significantly reduces the cost of small-scale hydrogen generation, and can be powered directly from solar panels without losing energy in power conversion or hydrogen compression [see the feature on Acta in this issue]. Each scooter has two cartridges that store hydrogen in metal hydride form at low pressure, and can take the scooter 90 km (56 miles), with a 1.2 kW fuel cell that gives a top speed of 35 mph (55 kph). The fuel cell scooters are expected to be on Honolulu roads early in 2013, according to Honolulu Civil Beat. Guy Toyama, CEO of H2 Technologies, says that the initial plan is to begin offering the scooters as rentals for the tourist market, to build an economy of scale that will drive down the price – currently about $3500. APFCT is gearing up production of its fuel cell scooters [FCB, August 2012, p5]. The company’s scooters have been undergoing extensive road testing in Taiwan – at the end of last year it announced that two of the 10 scooters in its fleet field trial in Taiwan had reached 15 000 km of on-road driving [FCB, January 2012, p11]. Just before that, the company signed an agreement with Acta for the development and supply of refuelling stations for fuel cell light electric vehicles using Acta’s hydrogen generation technology [FCB, December 2011, p1]. H2 Technologies Inc: Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies: Acta SpA:

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Fuel cell scooters, solar hydrogen station launched in Hawaii


awaii-based Aloha Motor Company, a joint venture between H2 Technologies in Hawaii and Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies (APFCT) in Taiwan, has launched what it says is the world’s first commercial off-grid solar hydrogen refuelling station in Honolulu. The hydrogen station uses solar power to drive the electrolysis of water, generating hydrogen. The 200 litre/h electrolyser was supplied by Italian-based Acta SpA, which is working closely with APFCT and H2 Technologies to implement a convenient

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GMI Energy, ITM to offer integrated green power, hydrogen fuel


n the UK, ITM Power has signed an agreement with GMI Renewable Energy Group to offer integrated renewable power generation and hydrogen production for backup power, industrial processes, and refuelling solutions for materials handling equipment in commercial buildings. The agreement will offer renewable power coupled to hydrogen generation as a totally zero-carbon process. GMI Energy will offer its existing and potential new customers the alternative of hydrogen generation as a use of their renewable power generated onsite. ITM Power will provide the hydrogen generation and refuelling equipment and, if required, the fuel

IN BRIEF Altergy for US, India telecom networks California-based Altergy Systems (www. has received an order for 1000 of its 7.5 kW Freedom Power™ hydrogen PEM fuel cell systems, to power a major upgrade to a large wireless telecom carrier in the US. The systems will house the carrier’s transceiver stations, DC plant, fuel cell system, thermal management, and enough fuel for 8–24 h of runtime, in an integrated, compact package. Altergy has also commenced a second deployment of its Freedom Power systems for MetroPCS, a US mobile phone service provider. The first deployment was in Florida, while the new rollout is in California. These fuel cell systems replace batteries and generators to assure continuous communication capability. In addition, Altergy’s Freedom Power systems have been selected to power telecom sites in India, running for between 4 and 20 h per day. Altergy will build and deliver 2.5 and 5 kW fuel cell power systems, while German-based industrial gases giant Linde will provide the hydrogen. Altergy will transition the fabrication and assembly of its fuel cells to a strategic partner in India as country volume increases. The strategic partner will also install, commission, and service products across the region. Fuji unit powers Hamburg car showroom The Mercedes-Benz dealership in Hamburg, Germany is now being powered by a fuel cell power plant, supplied by Fuji Electric in Japan. The phosphoric acid fuel cell system provides 100 kW of electric power and 120 kW of thermal energy, operating on natural gas, and will cut the dealership’s CO2 emissions by up to 60%. The power plant is expected to pay back the -1 million (US$1.3 million) investment within six or seven years. The purchase and installation was managed by N2telligence GmbH (, which specialises in sustainable energy and fire protection solutions [FCB, June 2011, p9]. Fuji Electric ( is targeting fuel cell sales of ¥1 billion ($12 million) in Europe within two years [FCB, March 2012, p6]. Initially the company will assemble the products in Japan, but it aims to increase the procurement of foreign-made parts, and eventually begin manufacturing outside Japan. The company also plans to expand sales of a fuel cell system that would provide electric power to hospitals or data centres under emergency conditions. The ¥65 million ($840 000) system usually operates on city (natural) gas, but can switch in just 30 s to propane if the city gas supply is cut.

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NEWS cell systems to enable customers to produce zerocarbon hydrogen at the point of use for use in materials handling solutions, backup power, and industrial processes [FCB, July 2012, p8]. ‘GMI is a great partner for ITM Power to bid for onsite hydrogen generation systems powered by renewables,’ says Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power. ‘A fully integrated renewable energy system which includes hydrogen fuel for applications like backup power, forklifts, and pallet trucks is a unique market offering.’ ITM Power designs and manufactures hydrogen energy systems for energy storage and clean fuel production based on water electrolysis. The company’s hydrogen systems convert renewable energy to a clean fuel that can be indefinitely stored for use in transport, residential, and industrial applications. [See the feature on ITM Power’s hydrogen fuelling technology in FCB, January 2012.] GMI has delivered many successful building and construction service projects for an international portfolio of developers, public sector clients, and blue-chip companies. Its range of services includes solar PV, low-energy lighting, biomass, and smart metering. GMI selects, designs, installs, and manages renewable energy and energy-saving systems of all sizes and on any type of property, ensuring that systems meet energy requirements and provide the maximum financial return. ITM Power Plc, Sheffield, UK. Tel: +44 114 244 5111, GMI Renewable Energy Group Ltd, Leeds, UK. Tel: +44 113 276 0505,


Hydrogenics, Iwatani collaborating to develop Japan market


anadian-based Hydrogenics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Iwatani Corporation, a diversified Japanese company with significant experience in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The two companies will collaborate to develop opportunities in Japan for hydrogen solution offerings targeting the nation’s growing demand for utility-scale hydrogen energy storage, hydrogen generation and refuelling, fuel cell integration, and industrial hydrogen generation. By working together the two companies will offer an integrated ‘end-to-end’ customer


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experience that will ensure quality and effective project development and delivery in Japan. Hydrogenics will primarily be the technology provider of fuel cell and electrolyser equipment, including services and supplies for commissioning, training, and technical support. Iwatani’s role will be to create and support joint business opportunities by facilitating the customer interface between Hydrogenics and Japanese customers. The firm will also provide engineering services, local codes and standards support, site installation, operations, and site service. ‘Today more than ever, the business climate in Japan is very engaged in advancing the country’s priorities around energy and the environment,’ says Daryl Wilson, president and CEO of Hydrogenics. ‘It was important for Hydrogenics to align with a complementary Japanese partner, and we are very pleased to have achieved this with Iwatani, a company with broad experience and presence in Japan’s energy market.’ Toronto-based Hydrogenics provides hydrogen generation, hydrogen energy storage, and hydrogen PEM fuel cell power modules to customers and partners around the world. The company also has manufacturing sites in Germany and Belgium, and service centres in Russia, China, India, Europe, and the US. Iwatani’s traditional strengths in the energy sector include LPG, portable gas stoves, and industrial gases such as hydrogen. The company is working with Honda on the automaker’s programme to test fuel cell electric vehicles and solar hydrogen refuelling stations in Saitama Prefecture [FCB, April 2012, p5]. It has also worked with French-based McPhy Energy to install an industrial hydrogen storage system at an Iwatani facility [FCB, April 2011, p7]. Hydrogenics Corporation, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Tel: +1 905 361 3660, Iwatani Corporation:

Shell, National Grid join UK’s hydrogen gas injection project


n the UK, Shell Research Ltd and National Grid Plc have joined the Hydrogen Gas Inject feasibility study, which is part-funded by the government’s Technology Strategy Board under its Smart Power Distribution and Demand competition. The GridGas study – led by Sheffield-based ITM Power – aims to investigate the technical, financial, and operational feasibility of injecting hydrogen gas, generated from electrolysis fed

from excess renewables, into the UK’s gas networks [FCB, April 2012, p1]. The project includes preliminary logistical research, system research, the creation of a generation model, and the simulation of hydrogen production at a single wind farm. Other partners include the Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association and Kiwa Gastec at CRE. ‘Having both Shell and National Grid plc contributing to this project will provide a significant level of industry expertise, and we are delighted to be working with these highly respected organisations,’ says Dr Graham Cooley, CEO at ITM Power. [See the feature on ITM Power’s hydrogen fuelling technology in FCB, January 2012.] There is increasing interest in using excess renewable energy in electrolysis to generate hydrogen, which is then injected into natural gas pipelines, for eventual combustion in conventional power generation systems. For example, Hydrogenics is working with Enbridge in Canada on this approach to utility-scale energy storage [FCB, April 2012, p1], and with the German utility E.ON for a 2 MW ‘Powerto-Gas’ energy storage facility at Falkenhagen [FCB, July 2012, p7]. ITM Power Plc, Sheffield, UK. Tel: +44 114 244 5111, GridGas project: Shell Research Ltd: National Grid Plc: Technology Strategy Board:


DOE issues report on the status of fuel cells in America in 2012


he US Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program has issued the third annual State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2012 report, which details fuel cell and hydrogen activities and policies across the nation. The report, written by Fuel Cells 2000, details fuel cell and hydrogen activities and policies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report also includes an analysis of new policies and funding, recent and planned fuel cell and hydrogen installations, and activities by industry and academia. The report confirms that in the past year in the US, there have been more than 1700 fuel cell-powered forklifts deployed or ordered, 25 fuel cell buses placed into or planned for transit

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