Millennium Cell, Aperion to develop backup power

Millennium Cell, Aperion to develop backup power

FCBSeptember 8/28/02 9:34 AM Page 7 NEWS market power production systems based on fuel cell technology for various applications. Although both com...

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NEWS market power production systems based on fuel cell technology for various applications. Although both companies cited a successful joint development phase, each will separately pursue fuel cell hydrogen technology development. Axane will continue its development activities as a wholly owned company within Air Liquide. Contact: Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc, 35 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA. Tel: +1 617 498 5398, Fax: +1 617 498 6655, www.nuvera.com Or contact: Nuvera Fuel Cells Europe SrL, Via Bistolfi 35, I-20134 Milano, Italy. Tel: +39 02 2129 2212, Fax: +39 02 2129 2403. Or contact: Axane, BP 15, 2 rue de Clémencière, F-38360 Sassenage, France. Tel: +33 4 7643 6169, Fax: +33 4 7643 6098, www.axane.fr

Ballard strengthens Ebara ties, new president Vancouver-based Ballard Generation Systems has signed a two-year agreement with Osaka Gas, Ebara Ballard and Ebara Corporation to develop a 1 kWe cogeneration stationary PEM fuel cell system for the Japanese residential market. BGS’s parent company Ballard Power Systems has meanwhile appointed Dennis Campbell as president and chief operating officer, replacing Kip Smith who announced his resignation last fall. The BGS/Ebara system will comprise a Ballard® fuel cell and an Ebara Ballard system using Osaka Gas’ fuel processing technology. BGS and Ebara Ballard also signed a license agreement to use Osaka Gas’ fuel processing technology worldwide for 10 kWe or less PEM fuel cell systems. Dennis Campbell brings to Ballard a vast amount of commercial experience that directly applies to Ballard’s fuel cell and related businesses in the portable, stationary and transportation power markets. As part of the company’s management succession plan, Campbell will become CEO next March 31, with chairman/ CEO Firoz Rasul becoming executive chairman. ‘Dennis’ experience and capabilities in product development, manufacturing, business processes and building lasting customer relationships, match the requirements to lead Ballard into its next stage – mass commercialization,’ commented Rasul, who has led Ballard for 14 years. ‘Dennis will succeed me as CEO next year to drive this change and lead Ballard going forward... I will work, together with Dennis, to enhance key external relationships with customers, partners, shareholders and governments to meet the needs of our growing business.’

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In its recent second quarter results Ballard reported continuing significant progress towards achieving its 2002 goals. The integration of Xcellsis and Ecostar is progressing according to plan, and the company remains ‘comfortable’ with its 2002 product and services revenue forecast of US$82m and predicted 2002 cash burn of between $122m and $142m, plus $36m for integration activities. The number of customers for its Nexa™ power module increased from 13 to 27 during the quarter. Contact: Ballard Power Systems, 9000 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, BC V5J 5J9, Canada. Tel: +1 604 454 0900, Fax: +1 604 412 4700, www.ballard.com Or contact: Ballard Generation Systems, Unit C, 4242 Phillips Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5A 2X2, Canada. Tel: +1 604 421 7475, Fax: +1 604 444 2400. Or contact: Ebara Corporation, Fuel Cell Cogeneration System Development Department, 1-6-27 Kohnan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8480, Japan. Tel: +81 3 5468 6333, Fax: +81 3 5461 6087, www.ebara.co.jp

Go-ahead for FCE coal gasification demo Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy has received approval from the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to advance the demonstration of a 2 MWe Direct FuelCell® power plant operating on coal-derived gas, by moving the project from the intended Kentucky Pioneer Energy Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) site near Trapp, Kentucky to the Wabash River Energy IGCC site in West Terre Haute, Indiana. The DFC will receive coal-derived ‘syngas’ from the commercially operating Wabash River Energy facility. Relocating the fuel cell to an operating clean coal plant is intended to give a two-year jump start on demonstrating a high-tech power system, said US secretary of energy, Spencer Abraham. ‘President Bush has highlighted both clean coal technologies and fuel cells in his Clear Skies and Climate Change Initiatives, and this gives us a way to bring both together in an early preview of a possible power plant of the future,’ he added. Both projects are owned by Global Energy. Contract modifications approved by DOE and Global Energy include appropriation of funding for the remainder of the project and the site relocation. The Kentucky Pioneer Energy site is still in development, while the existing Wabash River Energy site is operational. Site construction for the fuel cell is still subject to final environmental approval. The remaining project cost will be $32.3m, with half from DOE.

The 2 MWe unit will follow the 1 MWe unit being sent to the King County, Washington municipal waste water treatment facility later this year. FCE will operate the larger unit on natural gas at its Torrington facility, before it is shipped to the site in the second half of 2003, to begin the one-year demonstration on coalderived gas. Design work was substantially completed earlier this year. As a result, FCE will recognize $3–5m more in research and contract revenues, as well as corresponding cost-share expenses in the third quarter of 2002. Additional revenue and cost recognition for the remainder of the project will be proportionate to its development for the balance of fiscal 2002 and continuing into fiscal 2003. Contact: FuelCell Energy Inc, 3 Great Pasture Road, Danbury, CT 06813, USA. Tel: +1 203 825 6000, Fax: +1 203 825 6100, www.fce.com Or contact: Michael L. Eastman, Clean Coal Power Initiative, National Energy Technology Center, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, PO Box 10940, Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940, USA. Tel: +1 412 386 6136, Fax: +1 412 386 4822, Email: [email protected], www.netl.doe.gov/coalpower/ccpi Or contact: Global Energy Inc, 1500 Chiquita Center, 250 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA. Tel: +1 513 621 0077, Fax: +1 513 621 5947.

Millennium Cell, Aperion to develop backup power Missouri-based Aperion Energy Systems, an integrator of complete fuel cell systems, has signed a development agreement to integrate Millennium Cell’s Hydrogen on Demand™ fuel technology into fuel cell systems manufactured and marketed by Aperion. Under the two-year cooperative development agreement, Aperion has purchased a development Hydrogen on Demand system and will design, build and test commercial sodium borohydride-based fuel supply system prototypes for telecoms and utility backup power applications. The Hydrogen on Demand systems will be integrated with Aperion partner fuel cell products for field deployment and evaluation by Aperion’s customers. On commercialization, Aperion will license Millennium Cell’s technology and purchase catalysts from the company as a component of Aperion’s products. ‘We are very pleased to be working with an aggressive partner like Aperion,’ said Adam Briggs, Millennium’s VP for distributed generation. ‘We believe the market for clean and

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NEWS quiet backup power in telecom and other stationary applications is accessible now and that our fuel systems, as a component of the Aperion solution, meet current market needs.’ Contact: Millennium Cell Inc, One Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724, USA. Tel: +1 732 542 4000, Fax: +1 732 542 4010, www.millenniumcell.com Or contact: Aperion Energy Systems, 398 Dix Road, Suite 102, Jefferson City, MO 65109, USA. Tel: +1 573 636 2825, Fax: +1 573 893 5342, www.aperionenergy.com

German study convinces Celanese to build MEA pilot production plant The fuel cell will make a substantial contribution towards fulfilling the energy needs of a rising global population, according to a German study prepared for Celanese AG by the IFOK GmbH Institute for Organization Communications. It will thus help meet the requirements of the UN’s Agenda 21 model for sustainable development, which states that economic development and rising energy requirements should be met without a deterioration in global living standards. The IFOK study admits it is not yet possible to make concrete predictions on future applications for fuel cells, because the technology is still in the development phase. But fuel cells can use sustainable, renewable sources of energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. They also offer the benefits of high efficiency combined with low local emissions. Their only real disadvantage is that their manufacture is more detrimental to the environment than the conventional alternatives, according to IFOK, which adds that improvements could be achieved through recycling of the catalytic platinum and extending their operational lifetimes. IFOK reports that PEM fuel cells have significant advantages over other fuel cell types, especially in portable and automotive applications. Celanese’s research unit, Celanese Ventures GmbH, is the sole producer worldwide of high-temperature membrane electrode assemblies for PEM fuel cells. The Celanese MEA can operate at up to 200°C, compared to about 100°C for conventional fuel cells. The heart of the MEA is a membrane made of polybenzimidazole (PBI), a high-performance, heat-resistant polymer that is only produced by Celanese. This offers the advantages of costeffective purification of the hydrogen mix; efficient use of heat in homes, offices and

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production; and smaller and more cost-effective cooling systems. The market development and outlook for the Celanese MEA has encouraged the company to construct a pilot production plant. The pilot facility, in the industrial park in Hoechst, was scheduled to go into operation on September 2. Contact: Celanese Ventures GmbH, Industrial Park Hoechst, D-65926 Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Tel: +49 69 305 4423, Fax: +49 69 305 47572. For a short version of the study, contact: Celanese AG, Corporate Center, Frankfurterstrasse 111, D-61476 Kronberg/Taunus, Germany. Tel: +49 69 305 16000, Fax: +49 69 305 16006, www.celanese.com Or contact: Dr Christoph Ewen, IFOK GmbH Institut für Organizationskommunikation, Berliner Ring 89, D-64625 Bensheim, Germany. Tel: + 49 6251 841671, Fax: +49 6251 841616, www.ifok.de

PC25 for Austin health center, but UTC Fuel Cells cuts jobs Austin Energy has installed a 200 kWe phosphoric acid fuel cell system, manufactured by UTC Fuel Cells, at the Rebekah Baines Johnson Health Center in Austin, Texas. Even so, Associated Press has reported that UTC Fuel Cells is cutting 65 hourly jobs, blaming slower than expected sales – mainly because of the weakness in the overall US economy – and the pacing of already planned production work. Electricity produced by the PC25™ unit is being fed into the Austin Energy electric grid, the first fuel cell in Texas to do so. The health center is using the heat produced by the unit to heat water for its own use, helping to reduce the cost and emissions associated with operating a natural gas-fired boiler. The RBJ Health Center is headquarters for the public health and community care components of the Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department. Austin Energy, the city’s community-owned utility, plans to open the installation to the public as a demonstration facility, and provide tours and educational programs. The job losses, made through a combination of layoffs and a voluntary separation offer, represent more than a quarter of the union workforce at UTC Fuel Cells. However, spokesman Peter Dalpe said that the company is focusing more on development than on producing fuel cells for market. He said the company has added 75 engineers this year, for a total close to 800 even accounting for the latest

cutbacks. ‘When you’re developing new products, you do more engineering and less production,’ he told the local Journal Inquirer. Contact: UTC Fuel Cells, 195 Governors Highway, PO Box 739, South Windsor, CT 06074, USA. Tel: +1 860 727 2200, Fax: +1 860 727 2319, www.utcfuelcells.com Or contact: Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704, USA. Tel: +1 512 494 9400, www.austinenergy.com

PolyFuel secures funding for DMFC development California-based PolyFuel Inc, which is developing direct methanol fuel cells for mobile applications, has secured US$15.6m in its second round of financing. The round, led by Vancouver-based Ventures West, included Chrysalix Energy, Intel Capital, Mayfield and Technology Partners. The DMFC developer generated a high level of interest among top-tier investors, despite the difficult funding environment. This financing round includes recognized venture capital funds from both the US and Canada. PolyFuel’s president/CEO, Gregg Semler sees these investors providing the resources and expertise needed to attract partners and customers to the company’s proprietary technology. PolyFuel’s innovative technology is designed to dramatically improve the run-time of nextgeneration laptop computers, cell phones and PDAs. A spinoff of SRI International, the company has developed an inexpensive fuel cell that will satisfy the increasing power needs of these portable electronic devices, offering significantly longer run-times and instant recharge. ‘We believe PolyFuel has the potential to be a dominant player in this multi-billion dollar industry,’ says David Berkowitz, VP of Ventures West, a prominent investor in the fuel cell sector. ‘PolyFuel’s technology and management team stand out in the portable fuel cell arena.’ Ventures West investments in power technology include Ballard, AstroPower, Cellex, QuestAir and Angstrom Power. PolyFuel concurrently announced that David Berkowitz has joined its board of directors, which includes Grant Heidrich, Gregg Semler and Larry Dubois of SRI. Contact: PolyFuel Inc, 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. Tel: +1 650 859 3928, Fax: +1 650 859 3816, www.polyfuel.com Or contact: Ventures West, 1285 West Pender Street, Suite 280, Vancouver, BC V6E 4B1, Canada. Tel: +1 604 688 9495, Fax: +1 604 687 2145, www.ventureswest.com

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