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Oct
2014
 

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: An Automotive Turning Point

Is the world of fossil fuels and the combustion engine coming crumbling down? A stark, highly-produced video by Toyota suggests that it is. The fact is, a combination of government regulation, industry leadership and consumer awareness has set the path for a turning point toward hydrogen fuel propulsion.

 

Zero emission vehicle mandates have led to exciting automotive developments this year with announcements of a focus on hydrogen fuel cell technology from manufacturers such as Toyota, and the rollout of the first commercially mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle by Hyundai. Partial zero emissions vehicles are giving way to completely zero emissions vehicles. These include battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. While the variety of clean vehicles may be confusing, it is clear that the trajectory of the industry is heading toward electric propulsion, and that fuel cell vehicles will be essential to the success of cars that are completely zero-emissions.

 

This focus offers a challenge, one that Toyota is posing in its Turning Point campaign: become a trailblazer for hydrogen fuel propulsion. At Nuvera, we’ve been forcused on making hydrogen make sense since the beginning. PowerTap™ and Orion™ products provide hydrogen and fuel cell power solutions in the industrial mobility, transportation and commercial automotive markets and help uncover significant opportunities in the energy and efficiency challenges we all face. 


 
 Toyota’s “Turning Point” campaign seeks drivers to drive change
 
 

 

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Sept
2014
 

Kicking Gas at a National Drive Electric Week Event

There is more than one way to kick gas, especially when it comes to electric vehicles. Both batteries and hydrogen-powered fuel-cells provide options to kick our national habit for gasoline – two clean technologies to power electric vehicles (EVs).

Supplier development engineer, Supreet Dangore, drove a zero-emissions hydrogen-powered Toyota Highlander fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) from Nuvera facilities in Billerica to a National Drive Electric Week event in Worcester, MA. The FCEV provided exciting contrast to the field of battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) on display. Beyond National Drive Electric Week events, leading car manufacturers have been putting excitement in electric vehicles with their focus on fuel cell technology. This year’s National Drive Week is one of many indications of a turning point – from being kicked by gas, to kicking gas.

Nuvera supplier development engineer, Supreet Dangore, showcases FCEV in Worcester, MA

Nuvera supplier development engineer, Supreet Dangore, showcases FCEV in Worcester, MA

Read an example of the turning point: how New England communities are supporting cleaner vehicles

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Sept
2014
 

Fuel Cells Power Tractor, Energy Independence and Renewable Energy Targets

In 2009, 400 journalists from over 42 countries reported with excitement on the Gold and Silver SIMA Innovation awards for the first hydrogen-powered tractor. Since then, the zero-emissions NH2 tractor by the agricultural equipment manufacturer, New Holland, has generated tremendous interest in sustainable farming with practical trials at New Holland’s energy independent farm in Venaria, Italy. The energy independent farm and tractor concept have now earned a place among the top projects of the Industry 2015 Program: New Technologies for Made in Italy.

The NH2 Tractor is powered by Nuvera fuel cell technology and is a key element in New Holland’s Energy Independent Farm concept. It is the first tractor in the world to be powered by hydrogen. A perfect fit for harnessing renewable bio methane sources or other renewable sources stored as hydrogen.

Enabling hydrogen is the key. Unlike other farms using renewable energy sources, New Holland’s independent farm is not forced to sell energy back to the grid. Rather, it uses compressed hydrogen to store energy for use when needed to power farm machinery, generators, electrical and heating systems. The NH2 project has yielded exciting results over the past five years: Energy, economic and environmental impacts that meet full compliance with EU targets for renewable energy.

Watch New Holland’s NH2 Tractor in action

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Aug
2014
 

Expanding the Sweet Spot for Fuel Cell Forklift Fleets

Hydrogen fuel cell forklifts are not just an economical fit for mega-warehouses with fleets of 100 trucks or more. Nuvera’s PowerTap On-Site Hydrogen Generation Appliance is helping fuel cell power make sense for modest-sized fleets as well. For example, a Nuvera PowerTap-supplied fleet was able to switch to fuel cells with only seven reach trucks and 10 pallet jacks that consume about 25 kg of hydrogen in 24 hours. The daily cost savings achieved with a hydrogen-powered fleet easily justified the investment.

What PowerTap offers, in this and other examples, is an alternative to the burden of conventional hydrogen supply. Delivered hydrogen requires more permitting and more storage space than on-site production in addition to the significant cost of ongoing hydrogen delivery. PowerTap is proving the most cost effective solution for 25-150 kg/day. PowerTap has taken steam methane reforming – by far the most efficient process of hydrogen production – and scaled it into a technologically advanced and compact appliance.

Efficient hydrogen production is no longer just the province of large-scale chemical plants. Today, even modest-sized distribution centers, warehouses and manufacturing plants can produce hydrogen directly at the point of use – fueling lift trucks as quickly and easily as fueling a car at a filling station. That’s how Nuvera is helping expand the sweet spot for a growing fuel cell market.

Learn why fuel cell and hydrogen offerings are making big in-roads the fuel cell lift truck market in the latest analysis from Modern Materials Handling. (http://www.mmh.com/article/elevating_the_fuel_cell_lift_truck_market)

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July
2014
 

EPA Qualifies Hydrogen from Biogas for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Under Expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Pathways Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requires importers and producers of transportation fuel to include percentages of various kinds of renewable fuel in the overall volume they import or produce each year. Importers and producers may acquire fuel credits known as Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to demonstrate that they have met the requirement. On July 2nd the EPA qualified additional fuel pathways to include hydrogen generated from biogas projects for powering fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). This addition is a critical first step toward the 2022 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels used in transportation. The RVO obligation represents an increase of cellulosic biofuel use in U.S. transportation by 2,666 times from 2013 levels.

 

The expanded RFS Pathways II Rule specifically qualifies hydrogen from biogas to produce electricity under the “Applicable D Codes for Each Fuel Pathway for Use in Generating RINs.” These codes state that hydrogen fuel from biogas would be eligible for “cellulosic” renewable fuel credits, which are the most valuable form of the RIN credits.

 

With proper feedstock pretreatment, Nuvera Fuel Cells’ PowerTap steam methane reforming technology offers enabling solutions for biogas-to-hydrogen production projects. Together with the California Hydrogen Business Council, Nuvera encourages biogas-to-hydrogen projects to apply for approval from the EPA in order to qualify for RIN credits for their fuel. The credits be banked or sold at a RIN credit exchange.

 

RFS details can be found at:
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/documents/rfs-path-II-fr-07-02-14.pdf 

 

 

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July
2014
 

Hydrogen Fueling Gets Global Commercial Standard

Hydrogen delivery systems are getting ready for prime-time. On the heels of Nuvera’s DOE award to design and demonstrate an intelligent high-pressure hydrogen dispenser for FCEV fueling comes a July 16th announcement on standards for hydrogen fueling. SAE International – the global engineering association that sets technical standards for the automotive industry – has approved a light duty vehicle hydrogen fueling standard (SAE J2601) that will serve as a baseline for commercial fueling of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) worldwide. The standard will ensure consistent, customer-friendly hydrogen fueling at both 35MPa and 70MPa within 3-5 minute fuel times. This means FCEVs can be fueled similarly to today’s petroleum vehicles – the difference being that FCEVs are powered by hydrogen and produce zero-emissions.  

Jesse Schneider, lead of the J2601/J2799 SAE standards committee for hydrogen fueling , explained, “After 13 years of testing and development with the international automotive and hydrogen industry, the publication of SAE J2601 establishes the standard for which the first generation of commercial hydrogen infrastructure will be built.” These developments continue as dispensing technology, design, and production improvements are enabled by companies such as Nuvera – already working on next-generation dispensers for the emerging FCEV market.

 

SAE’s J2601 hydrogen fueling standard can be found at http://standards.sae.org/j2601_201407/

Related Nuvera Press: http://www.nuvera.com/pressroom/press-releases/182-nuvera-fuel-cells-selected-to-enable-hydrogen-dispenser-solution-from-u-s-department-of-energy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June
2014
 

Japan Targets Energy and Industry Growth with Hydrogen Highway Investments

Japan’s rapid development plans for a commercial hydrogen supply infrastructure network is exciting news for Japanese carmakers that are now starting to develop mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). 19 hydrogen refueling stations have already existed in Japan since 2012 and the government aims to have 100 hydrogen stations installed by 2015, according to Fuel Cell Insider. The promotion of hydrogen fuel is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth strategy. Japan’s subsidies, tax incentives and other policy initiatives for hydrogen research and development are motivated by new opportunities for global competitiveness in energy and industry.

Japan is a global automotive leader. Toyota, the world’s largest automaker and a proven clean-energy leader with the success of the Prius full-hybrid electric vehicle, is now driving Japan’s commercialization into the hydrogen economy with its announcement to start selling FCEVs in Japan, Europe and the United States in 2015. The all-in commitment by Japan’s government highlights how far the technology has come since Toyota and Honda began leasing fuel-cell-powered cars to Japanese drivers in 2002. Other car manufacturers, like Hyundai Motor of South Korea and Daimler of Germany, are also producing FCEVs.

The global safety standards adopted by the United Nations in 2013 signal the worldwide commercialization of FCEVs. Through its PowerTap product line, Nuvera is delivering clean, efficient and cost-effective hydrogen refueling solutions for FCEVs and other applications.

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Watch Nuvera CCO Prabhu Rao present fueling infrastructure solution

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June
2014
 

Bring on the cars. The fueling is right behind.

There’s a first for everything. Just as Nuvera has installed the first 70 MPa hydrogen dispenser for vehicle use in Massachusetts, Hyundai is now announcing the first customer of a mass-produced, hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). Timothy Bush, the proud driver of the new Hyundai Tucson FCEV says the lease decision was easy. “What’s great about the Tucson [FCEV] is that its day-to-day utility is virtually identical to the gasoline version, so we don’t have to compromise our lifestyle in the process; I can easily fit all of our family’s things in the back. The attractive $499 lease rate with unlimited free hydrogen fuel made the decision to drive a fuel cell even easier.”

Nuvera Fuels Cells, with support from the Massachsuetts Clean Energy Center, is about to break ground on a next-generation hydrogen refueling station. Start of operations will be in early 2015, in tandem with FCEV deployments by Toyota and Honda, in addition to Hyundai.

Watch Video and learn how the PowerTap hydrogen generator is positioned to support efficient deployment of automotive fueling infrastructure.

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May
2014
 

Toyota Unplugs Tesla Batteries

Toyota is allowing a battery-supply deal with Tesla Motors to expire in 2014 in order to focus on developing next-generation technology that rivals Tesla’s battery-powered electric vehicle. The decision to end its Tesla deal shows a shift away from batteries towards fuel cells. Even before ending the 4-year deal with Tesla, the Japanese auto manufacturer has been sending increasingly obvious signals that it sees the future of zero-emission technology in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The reason: Fuel cell electric vehicles, also known as hydrogen vehicles, offer a significantly greater range and are ready to drive without charging. Like conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, FCEVs simply fuel up at a filling station. But there’s an important difference. The fuel is hydrogen and the fuel cell (which creates electricity from a reaction between hydrogen and the oxygen in air) powers the vehicle without creating any emissions, except a little water.

Consumers who enjoy the convenience of fueling their cars in minutes, rather than recharging them for hours, are proving to be a promising market for car companies. Toyota, Honda and Hyundai all have plans to start releasing FCEVs in 2014‒2015. What’s more, federal and state mandates and incentives for hydrogen infrastructure and zero-emissions vehicles are fostering development for the roll-out of hydrogen fueling stations in key markets. As the shift towards automotive hydrogen use continues, Nuvera continues to provide breakthrough technology solutions in fuel cell engines and hydrogen fueling station engineering, design and production.

Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota, highlights long term vision of the future as solidly rooted in FCEVs. Read More and Watch Video.

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May
2014
 

New England Leads Another Industrial Revolution

Nearly 70% of the companies participating at this year’s Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries Group Exhibit (Europe’s largest hydrogen, fuel cells and battery exhibition) at the Hannover Fair, are from New England states. As reported in PRWeb, Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development Commissioner, Catherine Smith, commented on the impressive hydrogen and fuel cell leadership of Northeast region: “The renewable energy sector in particular is an emerging area of strength…cutting-edge companies [positioned as] leaders in this growing industry.”

Nuvera is among these world leaders of hydrogen and fuel cell technology companies involved in research, design, and manufacturing.  

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