Fuel Cells

NY Green Bank Loans $25M to Plug Power

Carl Weinschenk

The NY Green Bank has closed a $25 million senior loan to support Plug Power’s deployment of 1,300 fuel cells in New York during the next three years. The cells will be deployed to distribution centers for Walmart, Home Depot and other companies. NY Green Bank is incentivizing Plug Power to create as many as   …Continue Reading

A Microgrid Grows in Brooklyn

Carl Weinschenk

The Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn, NY, will the site of the first microgrid emerging from Con Edison’s Brooklyn-Queens Neighborhood Program (BQNP). The complex, which is in the Brownsville section, is owned by L+M Development Partners. The microgrid includes a 400KW system, a 400 KW fuel cell, and a 300 KW/1,200 kWh lithium-ion battery, according   …Continue Reading

IKEA Builds Sustainability, Energy Savings

Carl Weinschenk

The furniture retailer is deploying fuel cells and solar. The two approaches complement each other–but will they connect?

Nanogrids and Microgrids are Keys to Decentralizing the Energy Infrastructure

Carl Weinschenk

Today, a look at the vital topics of nanogrids and microgrids.

Black & Veatch, Schneider Building Microgrid for the Marines

Carl Weinschenk

Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric USA have joined forces to build a microgrid at the Marine Corps Station (MCAS) Miramar, which is in San Diego.

Fuel Cells Will Power a Connecticut Community. Will They Work Elsewhere?

Ken Silverstein

Fuel cells aren’t just blowing hot air. They are now helping to manage electricity costs and supply emergency power to a Connecticut neighborhood through a localized microgrid. The fuel cell-powered microgrid will provide all the power that the “Parkville” community will need during non-emergency operations. If there is an outage, the system will provide emergency   …Continue Reading

Legrand Unveils Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell From Bloom Energy

Carl Weinschenk

Legrand, a manufacturer of electrical and digital infrastructure equipment, this week unveiled a 500kW solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) from Bloom Energy. The platform has been installed in its headquarters in West Hartford, CT. The company expects the fuel cell to eventually provide 88 percent of the electricity used by the buildings on its 263,000-square-foot campus.   …Continue Reading

DoE Pushing Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Research

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy is making as much as $35 million in funding available to advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technology research, according to NGT News. The funding will go toward research in hydrogen production, delivery and storage research and development, according to the story. In addition, the DoE will support demonstration of infrastructure   …Continue Reading

Developing Economies Increasing their Share of Renewable Capacity

Carl Weinschenk

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported this week that in 2014 developing nations attracted more investment in renewable power generation than developed economies, according to North American Wind and Power. The story says that BNEF made the claim based on work done by Climatescope, an index used by the U.K., U.S. and the Inter-American Development   …Continue Reading

LG Chem In Big German Battery Project

Carl Weinschenk

LG Chem Power will integrate six large-scale batteries at STEAG power plants in Germany, according to LG. The release says that the deployment will be part of the largest energy storage system project in the world. The plants are in the North-Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate regions. The storage systems offer 140 MW of power   …Continue Reading