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Apr
2015
 

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

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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20
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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5
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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11
Dec
2014
 

Hydrogen-Powered Holiday Drive


Is your car big enough for our holiday to-do list? Zero-emissions hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer all the cargo space for the many things that Nuvera staff do during the holidays. One of these things is to join our friends at the Billerica Food Pantry who are working hard – with your contributions – to meet their targets. Supreet Dangore, Supplier Development Engineer at Nuvera Fuel Cells, delivered contributions from Nuvera and learned that our community has been coming together to help meet pantry targets.

You can help support targets in our region, or organizations committed to helping the hungry in your community, by finding your local pantry at www.foodpantries.org.

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5
Dec
2014
 

Facts versus Fiction on Fuel Cell versus Battery Electric Vehicles

 

Have you found yourself wondering how to better understand comparisons between battery- and fuel cell-powered cars? It starts by avoiding a common mistake, the generalization that pits ‘hydrogen cars’ against ‘electric cars.’ In fact, hydrogen-powered cars ARE electric cars. Electric vehicles (EVs) can be fueled either by a battery (making it a battery electric vehicle: BEV), or a hydrogen fuel cell (making it a fuel cell electric vehicle: FCEV). In both cases, the car is an electric car.

The Hyundai Tucson is an example of a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle – and the affordability with which they are coming to market. To further gain better insight into comparisons of the technologies by which electric cars are powered, Mike O’Brien, VP of Hyundai corporate and product planning, suggests it is about understanding which technology can “satisfy the wide-ranging expectations…to ensure [a] consumer can find the right low-carbon vehicle solution for their needs, without compromises to their lifestyle or driving behavior.”

 

To that end, industry expert John Voelker, editor of Green Car Reports, recently posted 10 questions to fuel cell electric vehicle automotive manufacturers. As a passionate leader in fuel cell vehicles, Hyundai has provided insightful and well-referenced answers to these questions – questions you may have been looking to get the facts on!

 


Hyundai’s response (including industry, government and research references)
Link:
Hyundai Answers Your Fuel Cell Questions
URL: http://www.hyundailikesunday.com/2014/11/14/hyundai-answers-your-fuel-cell-questions/

 

The Green Car Reports posting of the original challenge
Link:
10 Questions On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars
URL: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1094899_10-questions-on-hydrogen-fuel-cell-cars-to-ask-toyota-honda-hyundai
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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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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23
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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23
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.

On-site hydrogen generation is enabling a more efficient and clean hydrogen supply chain.

On-site hydrogen generation is enabling a more efficient and clean hydrogen supply chain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Nuvera’s PowerTap® on-site hydrogen generation and PowerEdge® fuel cells offer a total power solution for materials handling equipment.

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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