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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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9
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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Jan
2015
 

What Will Be Your First Step Into the Hydrogen Economy?

Nuvera is known for many first steps in the development of hydrogen enabling technologies. One of those firsts was the installation of the first hydrogen refueling station in Massachusetts.

Since 2008, Nuvera’s PowerTap™ station has served for various refueling demonstrations of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from across the United States. Today, it continues to fuel Toyota’s FCHV-adv fuel cell Highlanders at the Billerica facility.

More importantly, the hydrogen station is that significant first step on which adoption is built. The January 15, 2015 Boston Globe Media reference of Nuvera’s hydrogen station in Billerica is an example of that.

Learn more about hydrogen-powered cars in Massachusetts at Boston.com

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Jan
2015
 

Two Power Houses Unite

The Lifting Power of Hyster-Yale and the Hydrogen Power of Nuvera

 

On December 18, 2014 Nuvera Fuel Cells was acquired by NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG). NMHG’s parent company, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (NYSE: HY), is a global leader in lift trucks and other industrial vehicles. The addition of Nuvera to the Hyster-Yale family represents NMHG’s vision to offer its customers access to some of the most advanced power options in the world, enabling them to meet ever more demanding requirements to increase productivity, reduce cost, and support green initiatives. NMHG expects to be the first global lift truck OEM to offer fuel cell power, along with single-source hydrogen supply solutions based on on-site hydrogen generation. 

 

Since its founding in 2000, Nuvera has developed a complete portfolio of hydrogen fuel and power products (generation, compression, storage, and dispensing, along with fuel cell power power) for logistics, aerospace, and automotive markets. We will continue commercialization of PowerEdge™, a replacement for lead acid batteries currently used for electric lift trucks that is quickly refueled, easily installed, and never needs swapping. And we will continue to offer our PowerTap™ product line of hydrogen supply equipment. Hyster-Yale is committed to bringing the premium hydrogen product technology of Nuvera to demanding customers who rely on operational dependability.

 

Learn more about the game-changing vision by two premium names in their respective markets:

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling – a global leader in lift trucks, and

Nuvera Fuel Cells – an industry leader in hydrogen power and supply solutions.

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