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Heliocentris Develops Fuel Cell Technology for Mobile Phone Base Stations

Linda Hardesty

Germany-based Heliocentris Energy Solutions is to receive subsidies amounting to $1.9 million for the development of a new kind of hydrogen-based fuel cell emergency power supply. Among other things, these funds are to be used for grid-connected mobile phone base stations to ensure full connectivity in the event of blackouts. Heliocentris’ technology works with an   …Continue Reading


Connecticut Invests $5M for More Microgrids

Linda Hardesty

Connecticut is building new microgrid projects in Bridgeport and Milford to keep critical buildings and facilities powered even when the grid goes down. Through the second round of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Program, the projects have been awarded a total of $5.1 million. In Bridgeport, the funding will ensure   …Continue Reading


Stationary Sector is Biggest Driver of Fuel Cell Growth So Far

Linda Hardesty

From 2014 to 2017, stationary is expected to be the leading fuel cell sector in terms of megawatts shipped, according to a report from Navigant Research. Stationary markets are the furthest along both in commercial viability and adoption, says the “Fuel Cells Annual Report 2014.” These markets also have the largest unit size in kilowatts,   …Continue Reading


Fuel Cell Powers Mobile Light Tower

Linda Hardesty

There are about 100,000 diesel-powered mobile lighting towers in the United States, illuminating everything from airport runways and construction sites to movie sets. An Energy Department-supported project is designing, building, and testing a mobile lighting tower powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. The fuel cell mobile light (H2LT) offers a cleaner, quieter alternative to diesel-powered   …Continue Reading


Caltech Post-Doc Program Focuses on Renewables

Linda Hardesty

At Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute in Pasadena, Calif., some scientists have begun postdoctoral fellowships in energy technologies. The scientists in this first class of Resnick Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are focused on: 1. Highly efficient solar energy to drastically increase the efficiency of low-cost solar cells. 2. A system of materials that can effectively convert sunlight   …Continue Reading


Sheridan College Opens Energy Laboratory

Karen Henry

Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, has announced the grand opening of its Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory at the Davis Campus in Brampton. The lab was designed and project managed by Renteknik Group. The project focused on the integration
 of four renewable energy sources—solar PV and thermal, fuel cell, wind turbine and micro hydro—with a battery   …Continue Reading


Market for Microgrid Technologies to Exceed $26B by 2023

Karen Henry

The microgrid market is changing dramatically, as much greater emphasis is being placed on the economic value that microgrids bring to the overall power grid and new business models that support full commercial implementation of microgrid systems are being investigated. According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide vendor revenue from microgrid enabling technologies   …Continue Reading


Bloom Energy Partners with Exelon

Karen Henry

There currently aren’t any profitable fuel cell companies, but recent moves by Bloom Energy indicate that fuel cells are becoming an important part of the distributed energy equation, according to an article on the Utility Dive website. Exelon recently partnered with the fuel cell manufacturer, announcing that it would provide equity financing for 21 MW of Bloom   …Continue Reading


Verizon Nearly Doubles On-Site Solar

Linda Hardesty

Verizon will invest about $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program that it launched in 2013. This year, Verizon will install 10.2 MW of new solar power systems at eight Verizon network facilities in five states – California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. This investment nearly doubles the amount of solar energy   …Continue Reading


Fuel Cell Lift Truck Market Looks Bright, Providers Say

Karen Henry

There are some big advantages to using fuel cell lift trucks. Not only does it take far less time to refuel a hydrogen fuel cell lift truck than it does to swap out a battery for a conventional lift truck, but fuel cell lift trucks don’t require battery rooms and don’t experience power degradation during   …Continue Reading


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