Opportunity: Hydrogen Trade Mission to Aragon (Spain)

The Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) has established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the corresponding trade association in the Spanish region of Aragon: the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation (FHA). A reciprocal trade mission with Aragon is now being planned, for the purpose of forging better links and nurturing trade and technology partnership opportunities. The date for this mission is February 2017, travelling out on Wednesday 15th February for a series of meetings and activities on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February 2017 in and near Zaragoza, the principal city of Aragon. The mission is also likely to include a visit to the FHA facilities in Huesca, located about 30 miles from Zaragoza.

Arrangements are currently being put in place for this trade mission. It will be comprised of representatives from the Scottish Government and their agencies, together with a number of SHFCA members who have active interest in building trade and partnership links. However, there may still be a couple of places available, along with some financial support available towards meeting travel and accommodation costs.

If you or your organisation would like to take part in this mission to Aragon in February 2017 and have not already expressed interest, please email Nigel Holmes at nigel.holmes@shfca.org.uk, with ‘SHFCA Member Interest in Aragon Mission’ included in the message header.

The Aragon Hydrogen Foundation (FHA) has a very similar number and composition of members as SHFCA, for information about FHA members and their regional strategy for hydrogen and fuel cells please take a look at the FHA website, which also includes other details and links to the Aragon 2016-2020 Masterplan: http://hidrogenoaragon.org/en/master-plan/.

Surveys Say 77% of Canadians Believe Hydrogen Has A Bright Future

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Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. (HACC) reports dual surveys it consecrated found some-more than three-quarters of Canadians trust hydrogen fuel dungeon vehicles are “the approach of a future.”

The automaker has begun prolongation and sales of a initial such crossover, a Tucson FCV, and says it teamed adult with researchers to get answers exclusively for a Canadian market.

Findings were around a “two-pronged” investigate investigate in partnership with Canadian investigate association Ipsos Reid and Offsetters, North America’s heading CO supervision company.

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Report: Hydrogen or batteries for grid storage? A net energy analysis

Energy storage in hydrogen is a technically feasible option for grid-scale storage, and is already in pilot demonstrations. In order to examine the potential benefits and drawbacks of hydrogen as a grid-scale energy storage technology, through a collaborative study, scientists from Imperial College, Stanford University and Western Washington University have looked at the energy efficiency characteristics of storing energy in a regenerative hydrogen fuel cell (RHFC) using net energy analysis.

The study, which compares RHFC configuration, containing an alkaline water electrolyzer and a PEM fuel cell, to other storage technologies, concludes that the reference case RHFC system has a higher energy stored on invested (ESOIe) ratio than lithium ion battery storage. This indicates that the hydrogen storage system makes more efficient use of manufacturing energy inputs to provide energy storage. However, lithium ion batteries remain energetically preferable when considering the operation of the system, as well as its manufacture, due to their higher round-trip efficiency (90%). The scientist report that this is reflected in the overall energy efficiencies of the two storage technologies: the overall energy efficiency of a typical lithium ion battery system is 0.83, compared to 0.30 for the reference case RHFC system.This highlights that in spite of its relatively efficient use of manufacturing energy inputs, the round-trip efficiency of a RHFC system needs to be improved before it can provide the same total energy benefit as other storage technologies. The authors report that improving the RHFC round-trip efficiency relies on electrolyzer and fuel cell performance.

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FuelCell Energy Advancing Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Commercialization for a range of applications

FuelCell Energy, Inc. FCEL, +1.01% a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, announces significant progress towards achieving commercial deployment of its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, naming three projects selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for funding support. The projects are designed to demonstrate performance and commercial-readiness, further reduce both product and manufacturing costs, and validate hydrogen production utilizing the SOFC technology in an electrolysis configuration.

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BMW shows off first hydrogen fuel cell cars: i8 prototype, 5 Series GT

BMW is jumping on the hydrogen bandwagon with the debut of two fuel-cell powered prototypes based on two very different production models. Those cars — a modified i8 coupe and 5 Series Gran Turismo hatchback — debuted at BMW’s Innovation Days 2015 event and represent the first tangible result of the German carmaker’s ongoing collaboration with Toyota.

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Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Stations for Fuel Cells

Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan’s big push toward “a hydrogen society.”

Fuel cell vehicles emit no pollution. They run on the power created when hydrogen stored as fuel combines with oxygen in the air to make water.

Hydrogen fueling stations are needed to make the technology a viable option. Only 23 have opened in Japan so far, with hundreds more being planned.

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SHFCA News : IEA H&FC Roadmap released – vast promise, but huge challenges

The International Energy Agency released the IEA Technology Roadmap for Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (30th June 2015), outlining the critical steps to advance hydrogen and fuel cells in global markets. This IEA Technology Roadmap: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells outlines hydrogen is an energy carrier that partly offers the advantages of fossil fuels – flexibility and energy density – with potentially a low carbon footprint. As a storehouse of low-carbon energy, it offers a means to integrate high shares of variable renewable electricity into the energy system.

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The Sustainable Energy Award 2015 goes to one of the hub’s co-directors; Professor John Irvine

The H2FC SUPERGEN hub is pleased to announce that Professor John Irvine, one of the co-directors of the hub, wins this year’s Sustainable Energy Award for his outstanding and sustained contributions to low carbon energy generation, in particular the development of electrode materials for solid oxide fuel cells.

The Sustainable Energy Award is for the contributions of chemical sciences to sustainable energy. This includes development or understanding of materials and processes and the improvement of existing technologies through the application of the chemical sciences.

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Manufacturing of Green Fuels from Renewable Energy

Scientists discussed  ‘Manufacturing Green Fuels from Renewable Energy’ at DTU Energy, Denmark, where Prof. Nigel Brandon, the director of H2FC SUPERGEN and the Sustainable Gas Institute gave a presentation titled Correlating microstructure and performance (15th April 2015). Professor Brandon explained the research motivations and needs for making durable Solid Oxide Electrochemical Cells (SOECs) to add to the discussions on different clean energy systems and the initiatives taken by different institutions around the world for developing these systems.

UK Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Research Capability Document Launched

H2FC SUPERGEN are pleased to launch the UK’S first Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Capability Document.

This document aims to share capabilities and skills across the UK’s academic hydrogen and fuel cell research landscape.  Nearly 70 UK-based academics have contributed to this document, which spans the entire Hydrogen and Fuel Cell landscape. We hope that academics, industry and government both in the UK and further afield find this document useful and that it stimulates further collaboration.

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