Fuel Cells

Bringing Fuel-Cell Power to Africa

Linda Hardesty

Nordic fuel cell technology company PowerCell Sweden and South African power-as-a-service player Mitochondria Energy have signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate to develop diesel-fed fuel cell power solutions to the African market. PowerCell’s power supply unit, the PowerPac, is currently under development. Mitochondria will be involved in the pre-production development and testing processes to   …Continue Reading


Modern Data Centers Faster, More Energy Efficient

Karen Henry

Innovations in modern data center design have been shepherded by the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft and include improvements to power supply and distribution, more flexible hardware, new cooling methods and cloud-oriented server design. An article in InformationWeek highlights some of the more recent data center innovations that are being implemented by conventional   …Continue Reading


Solar Patents Reach a Record High

Karen Henry

The number of solar patents recorded a new high of 335, up 29 over the previous record set in the second quarter of 2013, and 110 over the third quarter of 2013, according to the Q3 2014 Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI). This is the sixth straight quarter that solar patents have topped the patent   …Continue Reading


Southern Installs Fuel Cell Backup Power System

Linda Hardesty

Plug Power executed a multi-year contract with SouthernLINC Wireless, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the utility Southern Company. Plug Power will provide its ReliOn integrated backup power fuel cell systems to SouthernLINC Wireless for use in its wireless network, which supports Southern Company’s communication needs and provides a wireless communications network for customers. SouthernLINC Wireless anticipates   …Continue Reading


Fuel Cell Market Poised for Consistent Growth

Karen Henry

The fuel cell market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent during 2015–2020, according to a research study published by business consultancy company RNCOS. According to the study, “Fuel Cell Market Outlook 2020,” the efficiency of fuel cells has created demand in applications including military, electronic devices, transportation, traffic   …Continue Reading


Lift Truck Manufacturer Acquires Fuel Cell Developer

Karen Henry

Lift truck manufacturer Hyster-Yale Materials Handling’s operating company, NACCO Materials Handling Group has acquired Nuvera Fuel Cells. Nuvera is a development-stage technology and product development company focused on fuel cell stacks and related systems and supporting on-site hydrogen production and dispensing systems that can deliver clean energy solutions to customers. The acquisition will supply Hyster-Yale with   …Continue Reading


Fuel Cells Capture Carbon

Linda Hardesty

FuelCell Energy of Danbury, Conn., is conducting research in its laboratory to use fuel cells to capture carbon, reports the New York Times. The US Department of Energy has provided a $2.5 million grant for the experiment, which involves feeding fuel cells carbon dioxide in order to help power the fuel cells. According to the   …Continue Reading


No Fuel Cells at One World Trade Center

Linda Hardesty

The new One World Trade Center tower in Manhattan has been touted as one of the most energy efficient skyscrapers in the world, but an article in Climate Desk, says the fuel cells in the tower’s basement were flooded and destroyed during Superstorm Sandy, and they have never been replaced. The tower is run by   …Continue Reading


Global Fuel Cell Industry Sales Surpass $1B in 2013

Linda Hardesty

The market for fuel cells exceeded $1.3 billion in worldwide sales during 2013, according to a recently released report from the US Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO). Notable findings in 2013, according to the 2013 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report, include: • About 35,000 fuel cell systems were shipped in 2013, an increase of 26 percent   …Continue Reading


Are Fuel Cells Best Suited for Data Centers?

Karen Henry

In early November, Microsoft opened an off-grid data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The data center is powered by fuel cell system that convert biogas into electricity. Although fuel cells have been around for decades, the technology has struggled to find an application and a market, according to a recent Gigaom blog post. The data center,   …Continue Reading