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FuelCell Energy Sells University Microgrid to NRG Yield

Linda Hardesty

FuelCell Energy sold a 1.4 MW fuel cell power plant project at the University of Bridgeport to NRG Energy. Concurrent with the closing, a subsidiary of NRG – NRG Yield – acquired the project; the first-ever fuel cell project placed into any yieldco. The University of Bridgeport will buy the electricity and heat produced by   …Continue Reading


Grocery Store Installs Bloom Energy Fuel Cell

Linda Hardesty

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company plans to install a Bloom Energy fuel cell to power its Mt. Vernon, NY, store. The 250 kW system will generate more than 2 million kWh each year. The project supports the company’s carbon reduction goals and will provide resiliency even through grid outages, like those experienced in the   …Continue Reading


Microsoft Tests Fuel Cells at ‘Server Level’

Linda Hardesty

Microsoft is testing Redox Power Systems fuel cells to power individual server racks within a data center in a three-year, $5 million project, reports Gigaom. The project, using a grant from the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program, is unusual because most data centers that use fuel cells install the fuel cells away from the servers,   …Continue Reading


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