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GE Finds Substitute for Platinum in Fuel Cells, Builds Pilot Manufacturing Facility

Linda Hardesty

General Electric is building a fuel cell manufacturing facility in upstate New York to pilot a new form of fuel cell that uses stainless steel in place of platinum and rare metals. “Scientists in GE labs recently cracked an important conundrum involving one iteration of the technology called solid oxide fuel cell, or SOFC,” says GE’s   …Continue Reading


Doosan Buys 2 Fuel Cell Firms

Linda Hardesty

South Korea’s Doosan is acquiring the assets and operating debt of US-based ClearEdge Power for $32.4 million, reports Reuters. ClearEdge Power shut its doors in April, and Doosan is purchasing the assets from its bankruptcy auction. Earlier this month Doosan announced it was merging with South Korea-based fuel cell maker Fuel Cell Power for an   …Continue Reading


Apple Planning to Put Fuel Cells in Portable Devices?

Linda Hardesty

Apple is rumored to be working with UK fuel cell firm Intelligent Energy to introduce fuel cell technology into future mobile devices, reports The Daily Mail. Intelligent Energy does have ties to Apple; In 2011, it hired former Apple executive Joe O’Sullivan to serve as its chief operating officer. And Intelligent Energy recently opened an   …Continue Reading


Stanford Works on ‘Reversible’ Fuel Cells

Linda Hardesty

Stanford University scientists are working on “reversible” fuel cells as an energy storage possibility. Fuel cells use oxygen and hydrogen as fuel to create electricity; but the scientists are using electricity to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. “The hydrogen can be stored and used later in the fuel cell to generate electricity at night   …Continue Reading


Plug Power Deploys Hydrogen Fuel Cell Units for Ace Hardware

Karen Henry

At the grand opening of its distribution center in Wilmer, Texas, Ace Hardware celebrated its first all hydrogen material handling fleet. Plug Power deployed GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell units for the facility’s fleet of class-2 and class-3 lift and reach trucks. Ace has ordered further GenDrive units for another distribution center being built in West   …Continue Reading


Energy-Efficiency Projects Save AT&T $191M

Karen Henry

AT&T realized more than $191 million in energy savings between 2010–2013 by implementing more than 18,000 energy-efficiency projects, according to its recently released 2013 Annual Update. The company took a three-pronged approach to its energy-savings efforts: company-wide energy efficiency initiatives, collaboration and alternative energy. As a part of its company-wide energy policy, AT&T focused on   …Continue Reading


Redox, Trans-Tech Develop Natural Gas Fuel Cells

Linda Hardesty

To advance its goal of using distributed power for heating and cooling data centers, Microsoft’s Redox Power Systems – a University of Maryland Microsoft Corporation – has teamed with Trans-Tech. The partners are developing transformational natural gas fuel cells through a $5 million cooperative agreement funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)   …Continue Reading


Tokyo Shiodome Building Installs Fuel Cells

Linda Hardesty

The SoftBank Group installed the Bloom Energy Server fuel cell system at Tokyo’s Shiodome Building in Japan. The system can produce 200 kW and provides 14 percent of the building’s electricity needs. To contribute to disaster preparedness in Tokyo, Bloom Energy Japan can supply electricity generated by the fuel cells to streetlights and free power   …Continue Reading


ARPA-E Invests $33 Million for Projects Aimed at Transforming Fuel Cell Technology

Karen Henry

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced $33 million in funding for 13 new projects aimed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. The projects, which are funded through ARPA-E’s new Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, are focused on improving grid stability,   …Continue Reading


CommScope, Hydrogenics Provide Indoor Backup Power for Data Centers

Karen Henry

CommScope has expanded its partnership with Hydrogenics to provide compact indoor power backup  for enterprise data centers. The backup power is being marketed as an alternative to traditional generators or large battery racks and occupies the same space as one server cabinet, according to CommScope. Earlier this year, CommScope introduced an outdoor hydrogen fuel cell backup   …Continue Reading


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