Hydrogenics fuel cell power for Honolulu port in Sandia project

Hydrogenics fuel cell power for Honolulu port in Sandia project

NEWS / FUEL CELL SEMINAR a key aspect for supporting global adoption and driving production volume to reduce costs, and our utilisation of one common ...

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NEWS / FUEL CELL SEMINAR a key aspect for supporting global adoption and driving production volume to reduce costs, and our utilisation of one common fuel cell platform worldwide enables these initiatives.’ ‘A key aspect of our continued cost reductions is reducing the per-unit cost of raw materials and componentry, which is coming from higher production volumes,’ adds Tony Rauseo, COO of FuelCell Energy. ‘Our two organisations are closely coordinating purchasing, and FuelCell Energy is placing combined volume purchase orders to ensure tight purchasing integration to drive down costs, and receiving compensation from POSCO Energy for procurement services rendered.’ South Korea is keen on utility-scale fuel cell parks, to benefit from ultraclean distributed generation that enhances electric grid resilience, supports economic development, and highlights progress towards national low-carbon goals [FCB, October 2014, p4]. Eighteen fuel cell parks are operating in 13 cities, generating over 140 MW for the electric grid, including the world’s largest fuel cell park at 59 MW in Hwaseong City, south of Seoul [FCB, March 2014, p6]. This rapidly expanding installed base also provides long-term service opportunities to POSCO Energy and FuelCell Energy. FuelCell Energy, Danbury, Connecticut, USA. Tel: +1 203 825 6000, www.fuelcellenergy.com POSCO Energy: http://eng.poscoenergy.com

Hydrogenics fuel cell power for Honolulu port in Sandia project


he Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell Project in Hawaii has kicked off, to test a hydrogen fuel cell powered generator as an alternative to conventional diesel generators [FCB, March 2014, p7]. The project, at the Port of Honolulu facility of Young Brothers Ltd, is led by Sandia National Laboratories. Planning for the pilot project began in late 2012, with a study that determined that hydrogen fuel cells could replace diesel generators in providing auxiliary power onboard and to ships at berth [FCB, May 2013, p11]. An analysis by Sandia and DOE showed that due to fluctuating loads in maritime auxiliary power applications, a hydrogen fuel cell – which only supplies power when it is needed – is more energy-efficient than a diesel engine. Hydrogenics designed and built the prototype hydrogen fuel cell generator, comprising four 30 kW PEM fuel cells, a hydrogen storage system and power-conversion equipment, all packaged in a 20 ft (6 m)

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shipping container. With 75 kg of onboard hydrogen storage, the generator has enough energy to power 10 refrigerated containers for 20 continuous hours of operation. The unit is already providing power to refrigerated containers onshore. Soon it will begin powering the same refrigerated containers on board Young Brothers’ barges that distribute goods to Hawaii’s other islands. ‘Young Brothers will be testing and demonstrating this technology on our onshore and ocean environments over the next six months,’ says the company’s president, Glenn Hong. Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu is supplying the hydrogen to power the fuel cell. The hydrogen is produced by electrolysis, using electricity supplied by Hickam’s solar-powered electric grid. The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, next door to the city of Honolulu, also operates a containerised 100 kW HyPM-OH outdoor hydrogen PEM fuel cell power system supplied by Hydrogenics [FCB, November 2012, p6]. Following the six-month test of the fuel cell unit, the project team will analyse the project’s successes and challenges, including the operating and cost parameters needed to make a business case at other ports. The deployment is funded by the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office and the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. ‘The long-range goal is to develop a commercial-ready technology that can be widely used at other ports,’ says Sandia’s project lead, Joe Pratt. ‘The project team sees a strong market need and desire for a fuel cell solution, not only at maritime ports but also for users who aren’t connected to a grid. That could extend to developing countries and remote locations worldwide.’ Sandia, Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell Project: http://tinyurl.com/sandia-maritime-h2fc Hydrogenics Corporation, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Tel: +1 905 361 3660, www.hydrogenics.com Young Brothers Ltd: www.htbyb.com US Maritime Administration: www.marad.dot.gov


Military order for SFC, launches EFOY GO! for outdoor activities


erman-based SFC Energy has received another order from an international defence force, to deliver Jenny 1200 portable direct methanol fuel cells for use by soldiers in multiday missions. SFC has also begun sales

2015 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition The 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition will take place 16–19 November at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California. This year’s event will bring together more than 1000 delegates from around the world representing the entire fuel cell industry supply chain, including stack, component and system manufacturers, hydrogen technology suppliers, fuel producers and distributors, as well as government laboratories, research organisations, and NGOs. Programme now available The programme of sessions is now available, with plenary sessions each morning followed by up to six parallel tracks in the technical sessions: UÊ /…iÊ Fuel Cell Applications track includes sessions on SOFC applications, Power generation systems & hybridisation, Fuel cell buses, Cogeneration & polygeneration, Vehicle applications of fuel cells, Fuel cell bus development & applications, and Infrastructure & refueling. UÊ /…iÊFuels and Renewable Energy track covers Hydrogen generation, Renewable hydrogen, and Flow battery technology development. UÊ /…iÊFuel Cell Industry Status & Analysis track has sessions on Public policy for fuel cell & related technologies, Cost, Reforming, US fuel cell supply chain, Infrastructure & refueling, Market perspectives, and Fuel cell stack technology. UÊ /…iÊ Fuel Cell Technology Development track covers PAFC and MCFC systems, Balance of plant, SOFC technology development, Fuel cell electrocatalysts, SOFCs, Alkaline exchange membrane technology development, Fuel cell bipolar plates, Fuel cell modeling and characterisation, Fuel cell APU backup power development, Electrochemical technology R&D, and Fuel cell development from cell components to systems. The Opening Plenary is being given by Jon Slangerup, CEO of the Port of Long Beach, with other plenary speakers to be announced shortly. The meeting opens on Monday with the free short courses on Hydrogen Fueling Best Practices for Fuel Cell Transit Buses (morning) and Fuel Cells 101 (afternoon), and closes on Thursday afternoon with the Southern California Fuel Cell Installation and Hydrogen Station Tour 2015. The Exhibit Hall will again be a focal point of the Fuel Cell Seminar, hosting many of the conference’s main attractions, including the welcome reception, coffee & snack breaks, exhibitor presentations, and product demonstrations. More information: www.fuelcellseminar.com

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