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Toyota to build power plant to convert cattle manure into electricity, hydrogen

FuelCell Energy Tri-Gen plant

LOS ANGELES — Toyota plans to build a power plant in California that captures methane gas from dairy cattle manure to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.

“We understand the tremendous potential to reduce emissions and improve society,” said Doug Murtha, Toyota's North America group vice president for strategic planning.

The company announced the project Thursday at the Los Angeles auto show. The Tri-Gen Project at the Port of Long Beach, Calif., will be the world’s first commercial-scale 100% renewable power and hydrogen generation plant. Toyota is betting heavily on fuel-cell technology, especially in Japan.

When it comes online around 2020, Tri-Gen will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of about 2,350 average-sized homes and meet the daily driving needs of nearly 1,500 vehicles — approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day, according to Toyota.

In addition, the hydrogen fueling station will support the automaker’s operations at the port.

“Tri-Gen is a major step forward for sustainable mobility and a key accomplishment of our 2050 environmental challenge to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from our operations,” Murtha said...snip more:

What to do with 3.5 daily tons of garbage? Make hydrogen!

Fuel Cell Energy:

The Toyota Mirai is fueled by bullshit!

Fuel Cells Gain Momentum as Range Extenders for Electric Trucks

UPS Fuel Cell Stack from Hydrogenics, Canada

When Nikola Motor Co. President Trevor Milton pulled the wraps off the Nikola One prototype Class 8 truck last year and announced it would have a hydrogen fuel-cell power plant, it seemed a radical approach at the time. But since then, the concept of using fuel cells as range extenders on battery-equipped heavy-duty trucks has gained significant traction.

Fuel cells, which generate electricity during the chemical process of uniting hydrogen and oxygen, aren’t a new technology. In fact, fuel cells provided the electrical power needed by the Apollo astronauts traveling to and landing on the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

Now, suppliers and researchers are looking at ways to apply this technology to trucking.

At the 2017 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition, held Nov. 7-9 in Long Beach, Calif., the center of attraction was a Navistar International ProStar equipped with TransPower’s battery-electric system with a range-extending fuel cell by Hydrogenics Corp.

Similar to the Nikola One powertrain, the TransPower-converted ProStar carries the highly compressed hydrogen fuel in steel gas cylinders...snip

...“With fuel cells, you can size the energy conversion device — the fuel-cell stack — to meet the power demands and simply size the hydrogen storage to be appropriate for the amount of energy you need,” said Jack Brouwer, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and associate director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine. As a result, it’s possible to make “a totally zero-emissions truck” that can haul a big payload over a reasonable distance without adding so much weight, Brouwer said. This type of separate power and energy sizing of the truck’s fuel cell “is not possible with batteries alone,” he added...more:

Nikola Motor has begun building a US National Network of 375 Solar Powered Green Hydrogen Stations. Details here:

Solar heads to 1c/kWh before 2020 after Mexico sets record low

Australia’s leading solar researcher Dr Martin Green predicted just a few months ago that the cost of solar would fall to around 1c/kwh by the mid 2020s. He now expects he will not have to wait that long.

Mexico has announced that its latest tender, for 3 terawatt hours of solar electricity, has elicited a price of US1.77c/kWh from Italy’s Enel Green Power – a record low. The price translates into $US17.70/MWh, or $A23.40/MWh.

The offer beats the previous low of US1.79c in Saudi Arabia, although the outcome of that result is yet to be confirmed, and a bid of US2.1c/kWh in a recent auction in Chile, which also featured a winning bid from Enel.

According to a table published on Electrek (see above), Enel bid two different projects at the new record low price, for a total of 289MW.

In all, five bids were sub US2c/kWh and the average price for 2.4GW of solar capacity allocated in the auction was just US2.05c/kWh.

Enel is also building the 220MW Bungala solar farm near Port Augusta in South Australia...snip more:

Reminder: 0.01 Cents per kWh = 0.50 Cents per Kilogram Hydrogen which equates to 0.25 cents per gallon gas

IEEE: Fuel Cells Poised to Replace Indias Diesel Generators

By Lexi Carver

Despite significant addition to power generation and transmission capacities in recent years, India still faces an energy deficit of 2.1% and about 20,000 villages are off-grid. Moreover, electricity supply to urban and rural India is still unreliable. As a result, diesel generators are widely used for decentralized power generation. These generators (Figure 1, top), although inexpensive, are inefficient and pose great environmental and health risks.

This is why the National Chemistry Laboratory (NCL) in India, along with two other labs in the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), are investigating cleaner, cost-effective, and more dependable technology for powering telecom towers and eventually buildings.

A promising answer to the cost and pollution conundrum can be found in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM fuel cells or PEMFCs, shown in Figure 1, bottom), which are being phased into many applications as replacements for older power technology. Thanks to their small carbon footprints, low decibel levels, fuel compatibility, and excellent complementarity with other renewable energy options, they have potential for use in transportation, residential buildings and offices, and certain industrial sectors. PEM fuel cell systems have an overall efficiency exceeding 30% (compared to 22-25% for diesel generators), and when run on pure hydrogen, their only emission is water vapor.


PEM fuel cells contain a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) that comprises gas diffusion layers, electrodes, and polymer electrolyte membrane. Electrochemical reactions that generate power occur inside the MEA...snip more:

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Fuel cell technology proves value in hurricane relief efforts

Congress, like most Americans, may not be fully aware of a growing energy source powering industry today, which explains why fuel cell technology isn’t being treated fairly. While it’s largely out of public view, it was one of the unsung heroes in this year’s hurricane disasters.

When Hurricane Irma struck Florida in September, one of Walmart’s distribution centers lost its supply of electricity. Fortunately, its fleet of warehouse forklifts were powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

If these trucks had run on traditional lead-acid battery power, the generators would not have been able keep up with the needs, and the fleet would have quickly run out of power.

When Hurricane Harvey flooded the Houston area, outdoor hydrogen pads were submerged. Redundant safety features nevertheless kept hydrogen continuously running to forklift truck operations around the clock.

The ability of hydrogen fuel cells to withstand these natural disasters ensured that the delivery of food, water and other supplies could continue to those in need...more:

Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen sind die Zukunft!

A real-life flying man reaches speed of 32mph to set world record with body-controlled jet suit

It wasn't Hollywood but Richard Browning's bid to make world history was straight out of a superhero film.

Browning set a Guinness World Record for the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit this week.

The founder and chief test pilot of British tech company Gravity Industries reached a speed of 32.02mph on his third attempt at Lagoona Park in Reading.

Then he mis-timed a turn and dropped into the lake.

It mattered little by then, however, as he had already made history.

Adjudicator Pravin Patel from Guinness World Records was on hand to make sure that Browning's speed was measured accurately over at least 100 metres.

The "Iron Man" suit is made up of six kerosene-fuelled micro gas turbines, which each have 22kg of thrust.

It is controlled solely by body movement so Browning had to practice core strength exercises before his record attempt so he was able to balance in the air...more

Huge solar plant aims for brighter Brazil energy output

Brazil has lagged far behind in the shift to solar power, but the continent's biggest facility now being built in the south-east aims to give the country its place in the sun.

The plant in Pirapora, in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, has 1.2 million solar panels, covering the equivalent of more than 1,200 soccer fields. It first began producing power in September, with the second of three phases in the project going online this Thursday.

The whole thing, operated by French energy giant EDF Energies Nouvelles, should be operational before the second quarter of 2018, boasting a capacity of 400 megawatts. That's enough to meet the annual demand of 420,000 households.

"It's a key project of exceptional dimensions at a location that has the advantage of being flat, with little vegetation, a lot of sun, and proximity to a high voltage transmission line," said Paulo Abranches, EDF EN chief executive officer for Brazil.

The site, sprawling over 1,977 acres (800 hectares) north of the state capital Belo Horizonte, appears to be a natural setting for capturing the sun. The little vegetation that grows has been parched, while visitors are told to wear protective leg gear against the danger of snake or spider bites...more:

Q: What is the guaranteed output of solar panels?
A: Panels from the best manufacturers are guaranteed to output 80% of the original specification after 25 years

Hydrogen could replace diesel in 15 years says LNVG, as fuel cell train contract signed

GERMANY: ‘Fuel cell technology has a good chance to prevail in Germany in the next 10 to 15 years, with diesel vehicles being more and more forced out of the market’, said Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG when it signed a 30-year contract with Alstom and gas supplier Linde Group for the delivery, maintenance and fuelling of 14 Coradia iLint hydrogen-fuelled multiple-units.

‘The use of hydrogen for rail vehicles is a milestone in the application of fuel cells for emission-free transport’, said Linde board member Bernd Eulitz at the ceremony in Wolfsburg on November 9. ‘For the first time, the coupling of this sector to hydrogen infrastructure will be realised with a significant scope and in an economically viable manner. This development will push the establishment of a hydrogen society and will create new solutions for the storage and transport of energy.’

The iLint multiple-units are to be built at Alstom’s Salzgitter plant, and will be leased by LNVG to its contracted train operator for use on Elbe-Weser services between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude. The existing two-car prototype unit and a second unit are scheduled to enter service in spring 2018, with the rest of the fleet scheduled to replace diesel multiple-units from December 2021.

The trains will be maintained at an existing depot in Bremervörde where Linde will build a hydrogen fuelling point, with the estimated €10m cost funded by the federal government. The on-site production of hydrogen by electrolysis and wind energy is planned for a later phase of the project.

According to Alstom, the Coradia iLint will be able to operate at speeds up to 140 km/h and cover a distance of up to 1 000 km between refuelling...more:

Alstom Transport

European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Learn about the benefits of fuel cells and hydrogen and about the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a successful public- private partnership bringing these technologies to the market. More:

Related, from today's news:

CSIRO launch program to make Australia hydrogen fuel leader

The CSIRO has launched new Future Science Platforms to make Australia a renewable energy exporter and hydrogen fuel hotspot.

It is investing $13.5 million into hydrogen fuel research and tailored health solutions.

Hydrogen fuel has been touted as a major future energy source. The development of a Hydrogen FSP will support the creation of technologies that will enable Australia to export its solar energy and a low-emissions energy source.

"Under our strategy 2020, we're committed to increasing funding for science that underpins innovation and will reinvent and create new industries and jobs for Australia's future," CSRIO chief executive Larry Marshall said...more:

Royal Caribbean to pilot cruise ship fuel cell system

The pilot installation, including control, converter and transformer technology from ABB, will generate 100 kW of energy, and has been fully developed, marinized, assembled and tested by ABB Marine & Ports. ABB selected an FCvelocity proton exchange membrane (PEM) pure hydrogen fuel cell engine from Ballard Power Systems, Vancouver, BC, for its pilot system.

To everyone that mocked hydrogen fuel cells:

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