Hydrogenics wins two contracts for hydrogen fueling stations in UK

Hydrogenics wins two contracts for hydrogen fueling stations in UK

NEWS collaboration with a key stakeholder in rollout and operation of hydrogen refueling stations.’ The H2Station technology is used for hydrogen refu...

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NEWS collaboration with a key stakeholder in rollout and operation of hydrogen refueling stations.’ The H2Station technology is used for hydrogen refueling of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from major car manufacturers, with refueling stations already in daily operation in several European countries. The CAR-100 provides fast refueling to give more than 500 km (310 miles) range in 3–4 minutes, and is designed to enable both trucked-in and onsite electrolysis production of hydrogen from renewable electricity [FCB, October 2012, p8]. The CAR-100 has been developed to enable the swift and cost-effective deployment of an initial network of refueling stations, to support automakers’ efforts towards FCEV market introduction. Last summer H2 Logic installed a hydrogen refueling station in Copenhagen in only 48 hours [FCB, June 2013, p2]. H2 Logic is a leading manufacturer of H2Drive® PEM fuel cell systems for materials handling vehicles, and H2Station hydrogen refueling stations for FCEVs [see the H2 Logic feature in FCB, May 2013]. H2 Logic A/S, Herning, Denmark. Tel: +45 9627 5600, www.h2logic.com H2Station CAR-100: www.h2logic.com/h2station NOW GmbH: www.now-gmbh.de

Hydrogenics wins two contracts for hydrogen fueling stations in UK


anadian-based Hydrogenics has been awarded two contracts by BOC, a member of The Linde Group, for hydrogen fueling stations in the UK. The first contract covers three HySTAT™ 60 electrolysers for Aberdeen City Council in Scotland, while the second is for a HySTAT 30 electrolyser for a fueling station in Swindon, England for Honda Motor Company. The systems for Aberdeen are as part of a large fueling station due to be constructed for Aberdeen City Council’s Kittybrewster depot, and operational during the second half of 2014. The three electrolysers will together provide up to 400 kg/day of hydrogen, and the station, part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, will be used for 10 fuel cell buses – which will be the largest such fleet in Europe [FCB, March 2013, p2]. Aberdeen City Council is taking a strategic lead in facilitating the arrival of a hydrogen economy, through leading the North Sea Region HyTrEc (Hydrogen Transport Economic) project; coordinating the development of a strategy, on behalf of the

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Scottish Cities Alliance, to enable Scotland to build new infrastructure and support hydrogen technologies; and leading initiatives for growing Aberdeen’s hydrogen economy [see page 3]. The second Hydrogenics contract is for an electrolyser to be installed as part of a hydrogen fueling station at Honda’s car manufacturing plant in Swindon. The electrolyser will provide 65 kg/day of hydrogen, and is also expected to be operational during the second half of this year. The Swindon hydrogen station is the result of a joint public-private partnership between Honda, BOC, and the Forward Swindon economic development agency, which recently unveiled the Swindon Hydrogen Project [FCB, December 2013, p7]. The fueling station will utilise solar energy to generate hydrogen, and be used for materials handling vehicles and light-duty vans at Honda’s manufacturing plant. BOC already operates a public access hydrogen refueling station at the Honda site [FCB, October 2012, p2 and p7]. ‘These most recent fueling station awards confirm that hydrogen infrastructure spending is indeed increasing across the globe – particularly in Europe, Japan, Korea, and California,’ says Daryl Wilson, president and CEO of Hydrogenics. ‘This should come as no surprise given the plans outlined by a number of leading automotive OEMs to begin selling high-volume fuel cell vehicles between 2015 and 2017, with some models expected out later this calendar year [FCB, December 2013, p2]. We see a great deal of growth potential in fueling stations.’ Hydrogenics Corporation, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Tel: +1 905 361 3660, www.hydrogenics.com Hydrogenics Europe – Electrolysers, Oevel, Belgium. Tel: +32 14 462110. H2 Aberdeen: http://tinyurl.com/h2-aberdeen Swindon Hydrogen Project: http://tinyurl.com/swindon-hydrogen


McPhy Energy role in French Power-to-Gas GRHYD programme


he French GRHYD programme, which aims to manage the natural gas network by injecting hydrogen to reduce carbon emissions, was officially launched at the recent 15th French Energy Conference in Dunkirk. McPhy Energy, which specialises in hydrogen-based solutions for industrial and energy applications,

is a key player in this Power-to-Gas (P2G) programme. In the GRHYD programme McPhy’s proprietary solid-state hydrogen storage technology will regulate the quantity of hydrogen produced from wind power to be injected into the natural gas network [FCB, October 2013, p7]. This initiative aims to convert surplus electricity produced by renewable energy sources into hydrogen, which is stored and injected on-demand into the natural gas network. The GRHYD pilot programme is led by the GDF Suez Centre for Research & Innovation in Gas and New Energy Sources (CRIGEN) [FCB, December 2012, p10]. It is being implemented by a partnership comprising McPhy Energy, the Dunkirk Metropolitan Authority and local transit agency DK’Bus Marine, Cofely Ineo (a GDF Suez business unit), natural gas network operator GrDF, natural gas fuel distributor and station operator GNVERT, AREVA Hydrogen and Energy Storage, CEA Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, INERIS National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks, CETIAT Technical Center of the Aerodynamic and Heating Industries, and the electrolyser and reformer manufacturer CETH2. Over the next four years, the Dunkirk urban community’s GRHYD pilot programme will assess the technical and economic relevance of Power-to-Gas in two specific markets. In housing, varying proportions of hydrogen will be injected into the natural gas distribution network, to meet the needs of 200 housing units in a new residential neighbourhood. And in transportation, it will be used to produce Hythane® – a mix of 20% hydrogen and 80% natural gas – for around 50 buses running on natural gas. The GRHYD project has been retained in the ADEME (National Environment and Energy Conservation Agency) call for proposals on hydrogen and fuel cells. The programme’s projected budget is E14.9 million (US$20.4 million), with E1.82 million ($2.5 million) funded by McPhy Energy. Meanwhile, Dr Leopold Demiddeleer has been appointed chairman of McPhy Energy. Demiddeleer is currently an advisor to the Solvay Chemicals Group Innovation Center. Over a long career with Solvay he rose to head of corporate R&D and new business development, where he coordinated research programmes on organic electronics and fuel cells, the latter including storing energy as hydrogen. This culminated in producing one of the world’s most powerful prototype fuel cells, rated at 1 MW, developed in association with a process for sodium chloride electrolysis [FCB, February 2012, p6]. Since 2004, he has

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