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Fuel Cells Get a Bad Rap for Using Natural Gas

Linda Hardesty

ClearEdge Power says there is a tendency to discount fuel cell-based energy as less green than other clean energy methods because fuel cells use natural gas. ClearEdge has penned a white paper to explain the benefits of fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) as it applies to commercial building applications. ClearEdge says fuel cells   …Continue Reading


LPL Financial Opens Net-Zero Office Tower

Linda Hardesty

LPL Financial, an independent broker-dealer, opened its new San Diego headquarters, Tower II at La Jolla Commons, which it believes to be the largest net-zero energy commercial office building in the United States. The 13-story, 415,000-sq-foot office tower utilizes three fuel cells to convert biogas into carbon-neutral electricity that will allow the building to achieve   …Continue Reading


Plug Power Pays $4M for ReliOn

Linda Hardesty

Plug Power has acquired the assets of ReliOn, a developer of hydrogen fuel cell stack technology and fuel cell systems based in Spokane, Wash. Plug Power paid about $4 million in Plug Power common stock for ReliOn’s assets and will add key ReliOn personnel, primarily in sales and engineering. The acquisition adds fuel cell stack   …Continue Reading


Cost of Platinum Constrains Fuel-Cell Uptake, Says GE

Linda Hardesty

Fuel-cell technology ultimately will be stymied by the high cost of platinum, according to General Electric, as reported by Bloomberg. The chief engineering officer of GE’s Power Conversion division told Bloomberg that platinum is a really effective catalyst for fuel cells, “but if you scale it up, there’s not enough platinum in the world.” Proton-exchange   …Continue Reading


Graphene Grabs Stage for Energy Innovation

Linda Hardesty

Using the world’s thinnest material, graphene, which is just one atom thick, mechanical engineers at the University of Maryland have found that they can make tiny squares of graphene fold into a box, which will open and close itself in response to an electric charge. Inside the box, they’ve tucked hydrogen atoms, and have done   …Continue Reading


On-Site Hydrogen Plant Under Deveopment

William Opalka

FuelCell Energy expects to showcase its tri-generation capabilities of a Direct FuelCell power plant for industrial applications at its own manufacturing plant later this year. The company said it will further develop the on-site distributed hydrogen generation market with a $2.8 million continuation of an award from the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. FuelCell Energy will   …Continue Reading


2.6 MW Fuel Cells Power Santa Clara County

Linda Hardesty

Washington Gas Energy Systems announced a 2.6 MW Bloom Energy project in Santa Clara County, Calif. Washington Gas will finance, build, own and operate the project and sell all energy generated to Santa Clara County under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The Bloom Energy Servers will generate power using natural gas and biogas. Bloom   …Continue Reading


Stationary Fuel Cell Market to Top $2bn this Year

William Opalka

Annual revenue in the stationary fuel cell market will double to $2 billion this year form 2012’s $1 billion, according to a new report from Navigant Research, Stationary Fuel Cells.. Navigant also forecasts that even under conservative growth estimates, the industry will be shipping 6.9 GW per annum of stationary fuel cells by 2022. Even   …Continue Reading


US Government Offers Funds for Fuel Cell Innovations

Linda Hardesty

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s fuel cell incubator program wants to identify fuel cell technologies not already addressed in its project portfolio. The agency will offer the funding opportunity: “Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator: Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies.” Some anticipated specific areas of interest include: Platinum Group Metal (PGM)-free   …Continue Reading


Walmart Places Big Fuel Cell Order

Linda Hardesty

Plug Power has revealed that Walmart placed a multi-site GenKey purchase order. Walmart Stores will roll out Plug Power’s hydrogen fuel cells for electric lift truck fleets at six of its North America distribution centers. The first of six sites will be deployed by the second quarter of 2014. Further purchase order terms for the   …Continue Reading


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