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WATT Fuel Cell Opens Factory

Linda Hardesty

WATT Fuel Cell opened a new manufacturing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Penn., following its acquisition in April of Mt. Pleasant-based tubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) developer Pittsburgh Electric Engines. The new facility will combine both companies’ fuel cell technologies and personnel. Western Pennsylvania has seen a marked increase in the availability of natural gas,   …Continue Reading


Fuel Cells Power Shopping Mall

Linda Hardesty

Bloom Energy will power the 1.3 million-sq-foot Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut with a 750 kW Bloom Energy fuel cell system. Bloom is working with Macerich real estate investment trust, which owns the shopping center. The project was financed in partnership with Washington Gas Energy Systems and the Connecticut Low-emission Renewable Energy Certificate Program. The Danbury   …Continue Reading


School of Mines Unveils First-Ever Geothermic Fuel Cell

Karen Henry

The Colorado School of Mines Colorado Fuel Cell Center has unveiled IEP Technology’s Geothermic Fuel Cell (GFC). This first-ever GFC will enable production of unconventional hydrocarbons, such as oil shale, in an economic and environmentally sustainable way, while producing clean, baseload electricity. The technology was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE)   …Continue Reading


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


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