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Directory:Fuel Cells in the News

Commenced Spring, 2010


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Latest: Directory:Nanotechnology / Directory:Batteries > Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Hydrogen Production / Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:KB Consulting, with Constantine Balakirian > Konstantin Balakiryan: Proton-3ND Energy Storage Technology Could Revolutionize Battery Industry - The capacity of the Proton-3ND (Proton -3 Nano Diffusion) battery is projected to be 44 times the capacity of lithium batteries. Electric vehicles with these batteries would have more power and much more mileage at no extra charge. (PESN January 4, 2016)


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Latest: Directory:Electric Vehicles / Directory:Batteries / Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL drive - The promotional material makes this seem like a car that runs on salt water, now approved for use on public roads in Germany and Europe and priming for series production. Amazing promo video. However, it's basically an advanced battery and fuel cell technology. (PESWiki July 30, 2014)

Free Energy Blog:2014:03:16 - Stocks of companies that develop and sell fuel cells are going crazy — their shares are up about 50% in the past five days. Among the catalysts for the surge was the announcement of a huge new Wal-Mart order for Plug Power's fuel cells ... [Imagine if FE...] (Free Energy Blog March 16, 2014)


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Latest: Directory:Natural Gas > Directory:Natural Gas / Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:Solid Oxide Fuel Cells > Redox Power Plans to Roll Out Dishwasher-Sized Fuel Cells - Redox says that it will provide safe, efficient, reliable, uninterrupted power, on–site and optionally off the grid, at a price competitive with current energy sources. 25 kW. And it will cost 90% less than currently-available fuel cells. (News:Pure Energy Blog August 20, 2013)


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Latest: Directory:Water > Directory:Water as Fuel > Directory:Running Vehicles on Water / Directory:Hydrogen / Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:Mercedes Ener-G-Force via Hydro-Tech Converter - From a conservation of energy point of view, the source of energy in this set-up is described in the phrase: "Water [is transferred to] the 'hydro-tech converter,' where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells." Waiting for elaboration. (PESWiki November 26, 2012)
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Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:Solid Oxide Fuel Cells > PNNL’s New Affordable, Small-Scale Fuel Cell Could Revolutionize Residential Power - The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has created a solid oxide fuel cell system that is small enough for domestic homeowners and affordable for the average citizen, that can meet the demands of homeowners while still maintaining low costs. (Inhabitat June 4, 2012)

Directory:Fuel Cells > Belgian fuel cell can power 1,400 homes - Chemicals giant Solvay hailed Monday the successful entry into service in Flanders of what it said was the largest fuel cell of its type in the world. The fuel cell converts the chemical energy from hydrogen into clean electricity through an electrochemical reaction with oxygen. (Yahoo News / AFP February 6, 2012)

Directory:Fuel Cells / Directory:Alternative Fuels > Directory:Water > Directory:Water as Fuel > PowerTrekk Offers Unlimited Water-Based Gadget Power - You can recharge your portable gadgets with Sweden's myFC's new PowerTrekk portable, water-powered fuel-cell charger. Fuel-cell technology uses the chemical reaction between the hydrogen in water and special electrodes and electrolytes in fuel cells to generate electricity. (Yahoo!News January 8, 2012)


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Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:Human-Powered > Directory:Human-Powered > Electrical Power from Humans - Researchers at the Joseph Fourier University of Grenoble have designed a biofuel cell that uses glucose and oxygen at concentrations found in the body to generate electricity to power implant devices. They are the first group in the world to demonstrate their device working while implanted in a living animal. (BBC October 16, 2011)
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Directory:Microorganisms in Energy Production / Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:Microbial Fuel Cells > Mobile phones in developing nations could charge up using dirt - A team at Harvard is developing a project for a mobile phone charger device based on microbial fuel cells taken from the soil to generate energy. Dr.Aiden expects local people can build their own, using easily-available materials such as window screens and cans of soda. The device assembly process is very fast and cost less than a dollar and it could fully charge a phone within 24 hours. (GizMag May 9, 2011) 


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Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Fuel Cells / Directory:Water > Directory:Desalination > Simultaneously Desalinating Water, Making Hydrogen And Treating Wastewater - Researchers from the University of Colorado are researching methods for practically incorporating desalination into microbial fuel cells in a way that can treat wastewater and produce electricity simultaneously. Next steps for the team will include using real wastewater to test the efficiency as well as optimizing the reactor configuration to improve system performance. (Energy Daily December 6, 2010)
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Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Fuel Cells > At last! An affordable, portable, pocket-sized Personal Fuel Cell - Horizon Fuel Cell has released the world's first affordable, pocket-sized fuel cell. Priced at US$99, the Minipak produces electricity from hydrogen at the point of use and offers effectively unlimited run-time for personal electronics. (GizMag June 15, 2010)
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Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:Microbial Fuel Cells > Navy's microbial fuel cell generates electricity from mud - Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) convert chemical energy to electrical energy to offer a clean, efficient and reliable alternative to batteries and other environmentally harmful fuels. The U.S. Office of Naval Research has developed an MFC that could revolutionize naval energy use by converting decomposed marine organisms into electricity. (GizMag April 20, 2010)
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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:BloomBox Fuel Cell by Bloom Energy > Bloom vs. Solar: Which One Is Best? - Bloom is more expensive than solar, but available 24/7, though it has a higher maintenance requirement and shorter warranty period. Solar wins in the carbon footprint category and has already passed through the UL approval hoops. (Wired Feb. 24, 2010)
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Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:BloomBox Fuel Cell by Bloom Energy > 10 Fuel Cell Startups Hot on Bloom Energy’s Trail - While Bloom Energy has raised more VC investment than many of these startups combined, it isn’t unique in aiming its sights at the holy grail of grid parity. Here are 10 startups that could be hot on Bloom Energy’s trail: ClearEdge Power, Ceres Power, Neah Power Systems, ReliOn, P21, ACAL Energy, CellEra, Intelligent Energy, Electro Power Systems, EnStorage. (Earth2Tech Feb. 22, 2010)
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:BloomBox Fuel Cell by Bloom Energy > BloomBox poised to make distributed, cleaner power materialize - Bloom Energy, a Silicon Valley startup, has developed a fuel cell technology that purportedly will to be cheaper and cleaner than grid power. They envision seeing their fuel cell in every home in five to ten years with the average unit costing less than $3000 USD. (PESN Feb. 22, 2010) (Comments)
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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations / Directory:Fuel Cells / Directory:Solar Hydrogen > Directory:Solar Hydrogen > Honda's next gen solar-powered hydrogen fuel cell station for home use - Honda has begun work on a smaller solar hydrogen station prototype intended as a home refueling appliance. Capable of an overnight refill of fuel cell electric vehicles it is designed to be a single, integrated unit that will fit in the user's garage, producing enough hydrogen (0.5kg) via an 8-hour overnight fill for daily commuting (10,000 miles per year). (GizMag Feb. 1, 2010)
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:Technology Management, Inc. > TMI's 1 kW fuel cell module for 3rd world deployment runs on wide range of fuels - A modular fuel cell technology can convert just about any fuel into clean electricity using a chemical process. Technology Management, Inc., of Cleveland, plans to market this distributed energy solution within the developing world where they don't have power, enabling them to grow their own. (PESN Feb. 5, 2010) (Comments)


We began accumulating the news for fuel cells in 2010. The following are a few stragglers that made it into the "in the news" section of the main index.

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Pepperidge Farm’s Bloomfield, Bakery Installs 1.2MW Fuel Cell - Pepperidge Farm, Inc., has announced the installation of a 1.2MW FuelCell Energy fuel cell in their Bloomfield, CT facility, which it claims is the largest commercial installation in the U.S. Now, when the power grid goes down, they don't suffer. They also save 3 cents per KW. (Video) (US Tech Interactive Oct. 6, 2008)


Fuel Cells Make Power for Homes in Japan - The Fuel Cell Cogeneration System is about the size of a suitcase and sits just outside the door of the 2,200 Japanese homes next to a tank that turns out to be a water heater. In the process of producing electricity, the fuel cell gives off enough warmth to heat water and produces electricity for a home with a 10-year, $9,500 lease, saving around $95 per month. (Physorg March 3, 2008)

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Water-Activated portable power - Millennium Cell and Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies are nearing completion of a portable power generator that incorporates a water-activated cartridge system to provide 400 Watt hours of “instant power". Aimed at recreational and emergency purposes, they plan to launch the unit in 2008 with a price of approximately US$400. (GizMag Nov. 21, 2007)

Cambridge-based CMR Fuel Cells - Entered into a non-exclusive collaboration Xaar and Solvay to jointly develop a single-step production process for the mass-manufacture of entire fuel cell stacks. The stacks will be based around CMR's fuel cell architecture.

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Combined Hydrogen, Electricity and Heat Generation - Air Products and FuelCell Energy announced construction of an advanced hydrogen energy station, providing low-cost hydrogen, electric power and heat from one integrated unit. It will combine Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plants with advanced gas separation technologies using renewable fuel sources. (Renewable Energy Access Mar. 20, 2007)

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Voller runs prototype fuel-cell on CNG - Voller Energy has developed a fuel-cell that can run on readily available compressed natural gas (CNG/LPG) or propane, instead of hard-to-find hydrogen. Voller plans to commercialize their 1kW class auxiliary power units (APUs) by the end of the year. (AutoblogGreen Mar. 18, 2007)

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Fuel Cell Technology To Put a Charge in Economy - Microcell's hydrogen fuel cells are cylindrical in shape and include membranes that are nanometer in size. The cylindrical shape is cheaper to produce and easier to maintain than fuel cells utilizing a flat, rectangular platform. Mobile generators will be produced first, followed by fuel cells for vehicles that don’t rely on fossil fuels. (WRAL Feb. 8, 2007)

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Battelle Debutes Multi-Purpose Fuel Cell Generator - Battelle has developed a fuel cell Multipurpose Electric Power System (MEPS) that generates more than five kilowatts of power and is 25 percent more efficient than generators based on internal combustion technology. It runs quietly, generates very little heat, toxic emissions or odor, and can operate on conventional fuels. (FuelCellWorks December 20, 2006)

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