RIVERSIMPLE GRANTS FOR HYDROGEN POWERED RASA

Riversimple – makers of the hydrogen fuel cell Rasa, a car that emits just a spoonful of water – has been awarded two grants worth £325,000. The grants were announced at the UK’s premiere low carbon vehicle event, LCV2016, in association with Cenex, held at Millbrook, Milton Keynes.

A grant of £200,000, to work in collaboration with engineering company Presreg and the University of South Wales, will be used to develop a hydrogen container manifold and regulators for use in niche hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.  This means that hydrogen components can be made in the UK – rather than overseas, helping to create jobs and set up a national supply chain.

The innovative car maker is also part of a consortium with NetComposites and KS Composites that has been awarded funding worth £125,000 to develop a bio-carbon fibre made from flax, helping to reduce noise vibration and cost.   If adopted by niche and mainstream car makers this new technology could lead to the creation of 7,000 jobs and generate revenues of £520 million a year.

Hugo Spowers of Riversimple said: “The two grants will enable us to further refine our components and ensure that we can make more of the parts in the UK in the future, which is great news for local communities.”

Riversimple were also runners up for the national award for Low Carbon Innovation by a SME at the Low Carbon Champions Awards, an event set up to celebrate achievement and innovation in low carbon road transport.  It was a far cry from its appearance at last year’s show, where Riversimple unveiled the chassis of the Rasa car, now believed to be the greenest car currently on the road and weighing just 580kg.

The Rasa spent 15 years in development by a team that includes ex-F1 and aerospace engineers and former Fiat design chief, and was launched in the spring to huge acclaim.

The company has since started crowdfunding to build 20 cars for a public trial in 2017, before starting commercial production in 2018.   The two-seater Rasa has a range of 300 miles and refills in a few minutes. It will be offered on a total service arrangement, similar to the cost of a family hatchback, with the cost of fuel included making it an affordable alternative.    The  Rasa is seen here travelling at night in London.

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EFOY PRO ENABLES UP TO 90% ANNUAL OPEX REDUCTION

The EFOY ProCabinet Hybrid enables yearly reduction in operating expenditure (OPEX) of up to 90 % over gas generator solutions.   The eco-friendly integrated solution was selected by Christiansen Engineering Group for a major midstream company in the western Canadian oil and gas sector in line with their environmental stewardship initiatives to minimize impact. Additional customer benefits are few emissions and increased site autonomy capabilities.

The 500W fuel cell EFOY Pro 12000 Duo will power remote densitometers and associated heaters along pipelines.

The EFOY ProCabinet Hybrid uses SFC Energy’s most powerful fuel cell to date, the EFOY Pro 12000 Duo, combined with solar panels and batteries for a 12/24 Volt DC power system.    The system was developed for extreme temperatures from -40°C to +50°C.     Remote operation capabilities enable data collection, system configuration, and monitoring. All components are housed in a weatherproof enclosure.

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Hybrid cabinet with integrated fuel cell

“The EFOY ProCabinet Hybrid Solution is the latest addition to our successful portfolio of fully integrated plug & play EFOY Energy Solutions”, says Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy. “With it, operators of off-grid equipment can reduce their yearly OPEX by up to 90 % compared to gas generators due to the very high energy density and efficiency of the fuel methanol. Our hybrid fuel cell solution is eco-friendly: it produces very few emissions and no harmful emissions like CO, NOx, and CH4. These major advantages helped us win this important order.”

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WINTER BACK UP FOR BATTERIES AND SOLAR PANELS

During the high solar energy months of the year the solar input will maintain the battery bank to cover the load. When the solar system is unable to deliver enough power in winter and bad weather, the EFOY Pro fuel cell will automatically switch on and reliably bridge the energy gap. This prevents the battery bank from deep cycling or freezing, ensuring optimal battery health and lifespan. Hybridization also allows complex and oversized solar system designs to be streamlined, reducing solar array and battery bank sizing by up to 75 %.

The new solution features substantially longer system autonomy with less frequent re-fueling requirements, thus eliminating costly site visits in the middle of winter.

EFOY Pro 12000 Duo is the world’s first stationary direct methanol fuel cell with an output power of 500W to have received the TUEV octagon for fuel cell systems for Europe (IEC 62282-3-100:2012), the US (UL60950-1:2007/R:2014-10) and for Canada (CAN/CSA C22.2 No60950-1:2007/A2:2014-10). The certificates were issued by TUEV Sued Industrie Service GmbH.    35,000 SFC fuel cells are already providing off grid power,  for security and safety, oil and gas, wind, traffic management, environmental and telecommunications applications.

EFOY PRO FEATURES TRIPLE AUTONOMY OVER DIESEL GENERATORS

SFC Energy’s popular EFOY Pro fuel cells are being used by Volkswagen for mobile event monitoring systems on board their Amarok Pickup, which is a pilot for future mobile utility vehicles.

The Amarok Pickup with its mobile monitoring system is part of Volkswagen’s security strategy. Video systems on board use their proprietary technology, developed for autonomous, mobile operation with maximum flexibility in any terrain and independent from the grid. The system features immediate readiness with minimum personnel. The integrated fuel cell is responsible for the power supply. Equipped with two 28 litre cartridges it will reliably power the on-board systems for up to six days without any user intervention.

The video system with the fuel cell is installed in the vehicle’s interior for protection. With a set-up time of merely 10 minutes, rapid response crews can react fast to incidents. The vehicle’s instruments communicate with Volkswagen headquarters via standard interface.

The Amarok uses SFC Energy’s most powerful fuel cell to date, the EFOY Pro 12000 Duo. Fuel cell operation is fully automatic and intervention-free. The fuel cell constantly monitors the system batteries’ charge state. Once a critical threshold is reached, the fuel cell automatically starts operation. In operation the fuel cell produces almost zero noise and exhaust emissions, making it the ideal power source for undercover operations.

“We selected the EFOY Pro 12000 Duo for two reasons”, says Andreas Fietze, Group Security Volkswagen. “In operation, it is silent and environmentally friendly.  No noise, no emissions! The decisive advantage for us, however, is the tripled autonomy of the on-board systems thanks to the fuel cell. Up to now our teams had to maintain and refuel a generator every second day.  Now, the fuel cell powers the monitoring systems on board for up to six days, without us having to do a thing. We can minimize our personnel resources and use them instead for other important tasks.”

Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy said: “The German Federal Office of Goods Transport has been equipping the complete fleet of their toll inspection vehicles with EFOY Pro fuel cells for several years now. The reliability, maintenance and user free operation of our fuel cells, and the extremely long system autonomy they enable, create real added value for operating electric and electronic devices on board special vehicles.”

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VW Amarok with mobile event monitoring equipment

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COMMERCIALISING FUEL CELLS

The production of fuel cells is growing at an increasing rate around the world.  Ballard Power Systems and Synergy have their first order for 10,000 fuel cells for the motor industry.  POSCO and FuelCell Energy are building more fuel cell parks generating both electricity and heat in South Korea.   Intelligent Energy’s fuel cells are unlocking the full potential of the mobile economy. SFC Energy is expanding global sales of off-grid power. Bloom Energy is working with India’s leading natural gas supplier to transform India’s energy future.  ITM Power is extending the hydrogen infrastructure for road vehicles with EU colleagues. The Cygnus Atratus Group is building the future now with hydrogen and ethanol fuel cells powered by domestic, industrial, agricultural and forestry waste.

The summer issue of Fuel Cell Power  explains how fuel cells are meeting demands for clean, low carbon energy and is now available to download.

 

THE TRANSITION TO CLEAN, SAFE ENERGY

Fuel  cells are leading the transition to clean, safe energy with the following attributes:  carbon dioxide neutral with renewable energy;   efficiency;  conserves existing stocks of fossil fuels;  useful by-products including high quality heat;   no pollution of atmosphere, soil or oceans;   balancing  intermittent supplies of solar and wind energy;   recycling energy from landfill, agricultural and forestry waste;  water conservation;  and no extensive infrastructure required.

Fuel cells are operating reliably in many applications.  If the real costs of fossil fuels are taken into account, fuel cells can already provide a cost effective alternative and there will be further cost reductions as production increases.

 

Fuel Cell Power Spring 2016 is now available to download.

ABERDEEN THE HYDROGEN CITY

Following the deployment of the largest hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet in Europe, Aberdeen is making another clean energy first as the city council’s flagship hydrogen programme introduces hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the city’s car club.

The availability of the Hyundai ix35 cars will enable many more people to experience the excellent performance of hydrogen fuel cell cars.

schfa aberdeen councilAberdeen City Council secured Transport Scotland funding to buy two Hyundais. This will  encourage businesses and individuals to try out and buy hydrogen vehicles and will also be the next step in building a hydrogen infrastructure in the city and extending the use of hydrogen-fuelled transport throughout Scotland.

The fuel cell cars will be made available for public use on a pay-as-you-go basis later this year, following an initial testing period and a series of promotional events. Councillor Barney Crockett, who chairs the European hydrogen association (HyER) said:  “Once again we are demonstrating that by taking the lead on developing and using new and innovative technologies, we can offer environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional methods of transport which rely on fossil fuels.

Managing director of Co-wheels, Richard Falconer, added:  “Co-wheels has always  pioneered cleaner and greener travel  options, and these hydrogen powered cars are another step toward improving air quality and reducing  COemissions in the city.

We are delighted to be working with Aberdeen City Council to enable residents, council staff and local businesses access to this cutting-edge green driving technology.”

The Hyundai ix35 fuel cell car has similar levels of convenience and performance to conventional internal combustion cars. Its hydrogen capacity gives it a driving range of 525km (326 miles) on a single fuelling. Unlike traditional cars, the hydrogen fuel cell cars produce no harmful emissions, and in fact only produce water vapour at the tail pipe.  Once in full operation, the Hyundais will be fuelled using locally-produced hydrogen.

Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport & Islands said: “Transport Scotland have supported the introduction of these cars to complement Aberdeen’s growing fleet of ultra-low emission vehicles, including buses and vans. The fact that they will be deployed in the car club and be so accessible by the public and council staff as well as by local businesses, means that many more people will be able to experience the benefits of clean and green motoring first hand”.

ABERDEEN HYDROGEN BUSES SUCCESSFUL YEAR

The Aberdeen hydrogen fuel cell bus project celebrated its first successful year of operation. The fleet travelled 250,000 miles and carried more than 440,000 passengers.

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The buses produce no harmful emissions and have proven to be almost four times more fuel efficient than their diesel equivalents. The hydrogen production and refuelling station achieved 99.9% availability.  It is owned and operated by BOC, a member of the Linde Group.

 

 

 

Councillor Barney Crockett said: “The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project has been a great success story for Aberdeen and all of the partners and funders involved in it. In the space of just a year since we moved into the operational phase, the project has outperformed expectations. It’s been very well received by the bus drivers and members of the public, and has created a real buzz about the city’s hydrogen capabilities. These vehicles have replaced 10 diesel buses on the city’s streets, cutting the amount of toxins polluting our air on a daily basis and helping us work towards making Aberdeen a cleaner, greener city, with a clear focus on low-carbon technologies.

Steve Walker, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “Reaching the first year of operation is a huge milestone for the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project. We are really pleased with how the vehicles are performing on the road and we have had a significant amount of positive feedback from our passengers on the quality of the buses. We are looking forward to the next year of operating the hydrogen powered vehicles.”

David Phillips, First Aberdeen managing director, said: “We are proud of our role as an operator of these ground-breaking hydrogen vehicles and I’m delighted to mark the one year anniversary today. They’ve been an effective addition to our Aberdeen fleet and the feedback we’ve had from both passengers and the drivers who’ve had them on the roads every day has been extremely positive. More public transport journeys are made by bus than any other mode and it’s important we continue to embrace changes that benefit both the passenger and the environment. We are keen to continue to work closely with our partners to ensure that together we achieve real and lasting modal shift.”  http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk   http://www.shfca.org.uk      wwwhighvlocity.eu

 

 

13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HYDROGEN & FUEL CELLS

HYDROGEN AND FUEL CELLS INTO THE MAINSTREAM

The Conference, Exhibition and Partnering Event will be held in

Birmingham, UK.          14th March 2017

Speakers will include representatives from the following organisations:
                           

 ITM Power                          Johnson Matthey

 Hydrogenics                       Intelligent Energy
Ballard                                 Proton Onsite
Logan Energy                     Element Energy
Commercial Group           UlemCo
S.H.F.C.A                             Delta Energy and Environment
Adelan                                 Enterprise Europe Network

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