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May
2016
 

Nuvera and Eastern Lift Truck Company Exhibit Clean Technology at NYC Fleet Event

 

It was the largest recorded turnout in the 28-year history of the Annual NYC Equipment and Vehicle Show. On May 12, 2016 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, nearly 170 exhibitors showcased the latest in vehicles and equipment. Interest was focused on the large contingent of vendors supporting New York City’s Clean Fleet and Vision Zero initiatives. Nuvera Fuel Cells and Eastern Lift Truck Company were among those presenting solutions to help advance sustainability initiatives.

New York City operates the largest municipal fleet in the United States, with over 28,000 units. Last December, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services issued a Request for Information to solicit ideas and proposals for advancing the NYC Clean Fleet initiative, aimed to reduce fleet emissions 50% by 2025. There were 77 formal responses from industry, including Nuvera’s proposal to use electric forklifts and other industrial vehicles repowered by fuel cells. Implementing hydrogen infrastructure to service both on- and off-road vehicles using fuel cells could have a major impact in attaining New York Mayor DeBlasio’s sustainability objectives. Nuvera presented its proposal in greater detail to New York City fleet managers in April, 2016.

At the Equipment and Vehicle Show, Bill Van Fossen (pictured left) and Bob Kehley (pictured right) of Eastern Lift Truck Company accompanied Gus Block of Nuvera Fuel Cells to display a Yale® counterbalance truck and a Nuvera PowerEdge® fuel cell power system. Highlighting the ability for fast 3-minute fills, a PowerTap® hydrogen fueling dispenser rounded out the display.

 

Eastern Lift Truck Company is headquartered in Maple Shade, NJ and has 15 locations serving the Mid-Atlantic region. They offer a wide range of lift trucks and aerial lifts manufactured by Hyster®, Yale®, UTILEV®. 

 

 

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30
Sept
2015
 

10 Elemental Milestones to Share with Friends and Colleagues on National Hydrogen Day

 

Nuvera will join the nation on October 8 to celebrate National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day!

 

October 8 was chosen to observe National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in recognition of the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008). On such an elemental day, engaged people are sharing their knowledge about hydrogen and fuel cells with friends and colleagues (you can join in the social media Thunderclap). America plays a significant role in this robust global industry, delivering proven technology that provides sustainable transportation, improved business operations, and resilient power.

                                

Here are 10 elemental ways we’ve supported the hydrogen revolution, from the world’s first clean energy using gasoline, to the new Toyota Mirai being fueled by cow manure:

 

1.   Generation of hydrogen from gasoline and other hydrocarbons. After conducting the world’s first gas powered fuel cell demonstration in 1997, Arthur D. Little merges its industry-leading Epyx fuel processing business with De Nora Fuel Cells to form Nuvera Fuel Cells (2000).
Learn about a significant milestone for fuel cells, and the international merger in which Nuvera is rooted


2.   Railways. First ever trials of fuel cell rail car in Japan are supported by Nuvera technology, the Forza™ PEM fuel cell (2004).
Learn how these successful tests supported the introduction of fuel cell systems into railway operations

3.   Heat & Power. Japan Gas Association selects Nuvera’s Avanti ™ fuel cell power module to deploy integrated combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell system (2004).
Read more about Nuvera’s part supporting the Japanese government’s prestigious Millennium Program

4.   Lift Truck Power. East Penn Manufacturing installs Nuvera’s first PowerTap® On-Site Hydrogen Generator to power a fleet of fuel cell-powered forklift trucks (2006).
Read more about this alternative energy first

5.   Fueling. The first hydrogen fueling station in Massachusetts (2008).
Getting pumped

6.   Farming. Case New Holland introduces world’s first hydrogen-powered tractor, using Nuvera fuel cell technology to enable award-winning energy independent farm project (2009).
Discover details and link to video

7.   Distribution. Commercial grocer H-E-B deploys a new edge in fuel cell power systems with a Total Power Solution™ from Nuvera – after the successful conclusion of a joint development agreement between Nuvera and East Penn Manufacturing – when PowerEdge® is born (2009).
Get report on outcomes achieved at HEB during first commercial PowerEdge deployment

8.   Maritime. Fincantieri commissions Nuvera to produce and deliver Orion® fuel cell stacks for use as range extenders on marine vessels (2013).
Read full details at Bloomberg Business


9.   Materials Handling. Big news in the hydrogen and materials handling industry: Acquisition of Nuvera by NACCO Materials Handling Group, signals the importance of fuel cell power and hydrogen supply solutions to further leverage the productivity of electric vehicles and expand sustainable power options (2014).
Read the press release

10. Biofuel. Toyota’s fuel cell Mirai fueled by BS – demonstration of a possible bovine renewable energy future enabled by the steam methane reformation technology of Nuvera’s PowerTap® generator (2015).
Watch happy cows and cool technology in action!

 

Learn more about National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day at http://hydrogenfuelcellday.org/

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26
Aug
2015
 

Saving and Shaving: Fuel Cells in Materials Handling Reduce Peak Electric Demand and Power Outage Risk

 

Among the cost drivers of electricity usage in your materials handling facility, lift truck battery chargers could be among the biggest electricity consumers. Battery chargers can also drive up additional annual peak demand charges for your building. Electricity demand during peak periods may result in utility surcharges, with the additional risk of stretching grid capacity to the point of power outages or need for usage restrictions.

Fuel cell powered electric lift trucks run on hydrogen, not on electricity used to charge batteries, so their use could significantly reduce your facility’s electricity consumption.  Moreover, PowerEdge® fuel cell units can be used to supply electricity to the grid to support electric peak demand shaving, providing added savings on electricity bills.

 

See a fascinating analysis of this potential in a recent presentation by DOE at: http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/downloads/webinar-analysis-using-fuel-cell-material-handling-equipment-shaving-peak

 

 

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10
Aug
2015
 

Zero Emissions Vehicles Market Handicapped by Congress

There are two types of commercialized zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) available to consumers today, the fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and the battery electric vehicle (BEV). Both types of vehicles support greenhouse gas reductions, improve local air quality, and reduce reliance on oil. Many automakers are now investing in fuel cells as an essential technology to create consumer-friendly zero-carbon transportation options.

 

Yet, just as the fuel cell electric vehicle market is beginning to gain serious momentum with major automakers working on FCEVs, Congress has failed to renew the federal tax credit for FCEVs. Battery electric vehicles, however, continues to enjoy tax incentives created under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 with credits of up to $7,500. This tax credit was structured without a set expiration date. Instead, it “sunsets” based on market penetration for individual manufacturers selling more than 200,000 vehicles, followed by a prolonged phase-out of the credit. The BEV tax credit is an example of an incentive policy structured to achieve market results. Why not strive for stronger consumer adoption across the entire ZEV market?

A lopsided incentive policy creates an uneven playing field for zero emissions vehicles. Consider urging your representatives in Congress to reinstate the $8,000 FCEV credit, or create a new tax credit that would put FCEVs on the same footing as BEVs. 

Read more at The Energy Collective

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26
June
2015
 

Get Interactive with Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

With all the news on climate change just this month – G7 agreement to decarbonization, Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change, and a multi-country effort for post-2020 climate action – it’s time to understand the world of climate data.

There’s a tool for that! Discover the Climate Analysis Indicator Tool (CAIT), a fascinating set of interactive graphics developed by a trusted source for climate data, the World Resources Institute. Start exploring today, by finding out what your country’s emissions look like!

And, while you’re exploring, fuel cells and hydrogen are playing a “vital role in diversifying America’s clean energy supply”[1] and “providing a pathway to renewable technologies.”[2] Supporting this role, Nuvera offers solutions across the entire hydrogen value chain – generation, compression, storage, dispensing and use – for industrial mobility, transportation, and industrial gas applications. And, that’s some good news on ways to address climate change.

 

Notes:

[1]  “Department of Energy: Fuel Cell Technologies Program” http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/54315.pdf (accessed 6/25/15)

 

[2] “Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Natural Gas Reforming,” n.d., http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/hydrogen-production-natural-gas-reforming (accessed 6/25/15)

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25
June
2015
 

Steam Methane Reformation (SMR) Demonstrated Using Biogas

On March 18, 2015, Nuvera demonstrated the ability of its PowerTap® on-site hydrogen generator to use renewable natural gas. Using methane captured from cow manure and water, PowerTap generated high-purity hydrogen.

Today, you can see the new Toyota Mirai fuel cell car visiting Nuvera facilities in Billerica, Massachusetts for a quick fueling of hydrogen generated using methane captured from cow manure.

Watch now: at Toyota.com (or video link to You Tube below)

 

 After watching the film, check out this quick animation detailing the process.

 

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June
2015
 

Nuvera to Present New Energy Solutions for Industrial Trucks at Fuel Cell Symposium

Industry, academic, and government leaders interested in the future of the fuel cell industry will be attending the 2015 Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium to learn about the shift from research and development to commercialization that has been taking place in the fuel cell industry over the past decade. Gus Block, Director of Marketing and Government Affairs at Nuvera Fuel Cells, will discuss the strategic acquisition of Nuvera Fuel Cells by Cleveland-based NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) to offer fuel cell power and hydrogen supply solutions for industrial motive applications.

Read the full story: Press release

Learn more about the Symposium: Ohio Fuel Cell Corridor

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26
May
2015
 

Stop Talking Bullsh*t, Start Reforming It

 

The shift to hydrogen fuel cells is being driven by many things: a global energy shift, technology advancements, and a need for pathways to quickly broaden the use of renewables.

Some skeptics have said that hydrogen fuel cell electrical vehicles are “such bullsh*t”.

Interestingly, it turns out that hydrogen fuel cells really can be powered by cow manure.

 

See how at Toyota.com

 

 After watching the film, check out this quick animation detailing the process.

 

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May
2015
 

The 2015 Energy Feature: Forkliftaction Reviews Alternative Power Options for Use in Materials Handling

In the four years since the 2011 Forkliftaction News feature on alternative energy use in the material handling industry, fuel cell-powered electric forklifts have made significant inroads into warehouse, manufacturing, distribution and other facilities in the US because the benefits they offer are so compelling. It is one of the reasons NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), manufacturer of Yale® and Hyster®  lift trucks, acquired Nuvera Fuel Cells in 2014. NMHG believes that the use of hydrogen in fuel cells is a winning combination that offers tremendous value to many of its customers.   

Visit Forkliftaction News to read the entire feature and discover how hydrogen addresses fleet operating cost concerns

 

The 2015 Forkliftaction News Energy Feature
Energy Sources and Technologies: Alternatives Spark Interest

Why Hydrogen? Why Now?
Hydrogen Addresses Fleet Operating Cost Concerns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr
2015
 

Discover How Hydrogen and Natural Gas Are Good News for a Renewable Energy Future

A dramatic reduction in our country’s carbon footprint will need to rely on a specific convergence of three factors: Energy economics, energy infrastructure, and energy technologies. The U.S. is experiencing such a convergence, and it is positioning us for a clean energy boom.  Domestic natural gas production is rising and is expected to continue for decades to come, resulting in cleaner power generation, lower prices, and enhanced energy security.

Increased natural gas production and infrastructure support the highly efficient production of hydrogen. Fuel cells, which generate electricity from hydrogen without combustion, produce no emissions other than water and heat. Emissions from Nuvera’s PowerTap® hydrogen generator, which relies on natural gas as a feedstock, are so low – about the same as a residential boiler – as to be exempt from the strictest air quality permitting requirements.

Fuel cell adoption based on natural gas infrastructure is good news for a renewable energy future. The same PowerTap system that reforms natural gas into hydrogen can also use renewable gas sources from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and dairy farms. As noted on the Web site of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the DOE is pursuing this technology because reforming low-cost natural gas to produce hydrogen can provide the commercial hydrogen production capacity needed to support a full fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).[i] Once commercially adopted, natural gas reformation will open the way to use of the other renewable natural gas sources mentioned.  When “renewable natural gas” is used, the net carbon fuel cycle is zero.[ii]

Read more about how options for our clean energy future are falling into place.

For a detailed report from Sandia National Laboratory on the synergies between fuel cell and natural gas vehicles, visit http://energy.gov/eere/vehicles/downloads/vehicle-technologies-office-transitioning-transportation-sector-exploring


[i] “Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Natural Gas Reforming,” n.d., http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/hydrogen-production-natural-gas-reforming (accessed 3/11/15)

[ii] The CO2 released by the renewable natural gas reforming process is offset by CO2 metabolically absorbed by the organisms used to create the renewable natural gas.

 

 

 

Discover How Hydrogen and Natural Gas Are Good News for a Renewable Energy Future

A dramatic reduction in our country’s carbon footprint will need to rely on a specific convergence of three factors: Energy economics, energy infrastructure, and energy technologies. The U.S. is experiencing such a convergence, and it is positioning us for a clean energy boom.  Domestic natural gas production is rising and is expected to continue for decades to come, resulting in cleaner power generation, lower prices, and enhanced energy security.

Increased natural gas production and infrastructure support the highly efficient production of hydrogen. Fuel cells, which generate electricity from hydrogen without combustion, produce no emissions other than water and heat. Emissions from Nuvera’s PowerTap® hydrogen generator, which relies on natural gas as a feedstock, are so low – about the same as a residential boiler – as to be exempt from the strictest air quality permitting requirements.

Fuel cell adoption based on natural gas infrastructure is good news for a renewable energy future. The same PowerTap system that reforms natural gas into hydrogen can also use renewable gas sources from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and dairy farms. As noted on the Web site of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the DOE is pursuing this technology because reforming low-cost natural gas to produce hydrogen can provide the commercial hydrogen production capacity needed to support a full fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).[i] Once commercially adopted, natural gas reformation will open the way to use of the other renewable natural gas sources mentioned.  When “renewable natural gas” is used, the net carbon fuel cycle is zero.[ii]

Read more about how options for our clean energy future are falling into place.

For a detailed report from Sandia National Laboratory on the synergies between fuel cell and natural gas vehicles, visit http://energy.gov/eere/vehicles/downloads/vehicle-technologies-office-transitioning-transportation-sector-exploring


[i] “Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Natural Gas Reforming,” n.d., http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/hydrogen-production-natural-gas-reforming (accessed 3/11/15)

[ii] The CO2 released by the renewable natural gas reforming process is offset by CO2 metabolically absorbed by the organisms used to create the renewable natural gas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


[i] “Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Natural Gas Reforming,” n.d., http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/hydrogen-production-natural-gas-reforming (accessed 3/11/15)

[ii] The CO2 released by the renewable natural gas reforming process is offset by CO2 metabolically absorbed by the organisms used to create the renewable natural gas.

 

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