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.

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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.

22/02/15 Hydrogen Bus fleet

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

www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk

 

 

 

CYGNUS ATRATUS COST EFFECTIVE FUEL CELLS

In the UK the Government plans to supply low carbon energy with nuclear power, which will require a long term subsidy.  The first generator planned for Hinkley is estimated to cost £18bn and will be followed by several other expensive reactors.   The Government is also seeking to reduce CO2 emissions by improving energy efficiency in buildings. The UK’s housing stock is among the least efficient in Europe according to a recent report by the National Audit Office entitled Green Deal And Energy Company Obligation.  The Government’s ‘Green Deal’ to improve energy efficiency has not been value for money it says.  The report states that over half a million homes were supplied with new boilers, but Fuel Cell Power suggests that, given backing for innovative SMEs, boilers could be replaced by highly efficient fuel cells with heat pumps where needed.  The Government is also faced with the problem of air pollution which is responsible for 40,000 deaths per annum in the UK alone, according to a report by the Royal College of Physicians. Fuel cells could resolve all these issues, with efficiency up to 90% and zero emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

Engineers at the Cygnus Atratus (Black Swan) Group have been working for the past twenty years to develop cost effective alkaline fuel cells which will enable the generation of electricity and heat with negative carbon dioxide emissions.   A gasified anaerobic digester system (GAD™ ) produces energy from municipal, agricultural or forestry waste.   The ACE™ fuel cells generate electricity with efficiency over 60% and in combined heat and power mode efficiency is up to 90%.

The fuel cells start quickly, operate at around 80°C, have low maintenance and are 95% recyclable. The technology is based upon the original work of the British engineer Dr Francis Bacon who developed the first practical working fuel cell for the Apollo space programme. This technology has had no backing in the UK but engineers have reduced materials costs and can now make fuel cells commercially available.

CARBON CAPTURE AND RECYCLING (CCR)

The system can be operated on site as the electrochemical process has little noise or vibration and there are zero emissions of NOx, SOx and particulates. Usable by-products are heat, methane, syngas, sterile liquid fertiliser, bio-char, nitrogen, pure carbon dioxide and sterile ash. The only emission is potable water.  The electrochemical process separates the carbon dioxide which can then be utilised locally.  Carbon capture and recycling (CCR)  is more efficient than carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The fuel cells can be manufactured locally, using commonly found parts and low cost materials, with advanced processes including 3D mass production. The system can be utilised around the world with telematics managing digestate handling, transport, ph stability, temperature, product gas management, humidity control, gas transmission, reformation control and monitoring, fuel cell operation, water control, fertiliser and terra preta management.  Progress is being made with a low cost electric swing absorber which would enable six times more energy to be obtained from organic waste than is at present being obtained by combustion. The fuel cells can also balance the intermittent loads from wind and solar energy, using hydrogen obtained at times of low demand.

BELOW AVERAGE PRICE

The GAD™ and ACE™ system will be offered at below world average per kWh pricing.   Fuel cells will enable developing countries to improve their economies and indigenous people could have a better quality of life, while eliminating carbon dioxide and other polluting emissions.   The availability of an enhanced income from local agriculture or forestry could discourage further deforestation.  Cygnus Atratus will ensure that a percentage of the income is devoted to the local community, which could help to improve education and further conservation measures.

ETHANOL FUELLED ELECTRIC VEHICLES

For transport applications, two fuel cell taxis and a boat have been demonstrated and the technology is now ready for evaluation in another vehicle powered by ethanol, prior to commercialisation.   Most countries have an established liquid refuelling infrastructure and ethanol can be obtained from indigenous sources.

zevco taxi2

The plan is to install ethanol fuel cell stacks in the taxi and drive it from Southern France to   London.  Following the first tour, the taxi will be taken to the USA and driven right across the US, from New York to San Francisco. Then on to China, from Hong Kong to Beijing.   It is anticipated that this will provide significant publicity and serve as a powerful tool to advance the technology and see it applied to transport applications.

 

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CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON FUEL CELL-POWERED MICRO-GRID

The City of Hartford, Connecticut with the retail energy supplier Constellation and Bloom Energy have begun the construction of a micro-grid system powered by fuel cells that will help to manage electricity costs and supply emergency power to a portion of the city’s Parkville neighbourhood. The micro-grid system is scheduled for completion during the third quarter of 2016.

During non-emergency operation, the 800-kilowatt micro-grid system is designed to provide 100% of the electricity for various local centres and excess electricity generated by the system will reduce costs at four schools.

“When the power goes out elsewhere, our state-of-the-art micro-grid will keep the power running at a senior center, library branch, school, health center, supermarket and gas station,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. “In addition, the clean energy produced by the fuel cells will result in cost savings for the City of Hartford. That’s a win-win for our city and we hope to build on this model elsewhere in Hartford.”

Constellation is providing engineering, procurement, construction and operation services for the micro-grid system. Powered by Bloom Energy fuel cells, the electricity generated will be purchased by the city at or below current market rates through a 15-year power purchase agreement.   “As a competitive energy supplier and a strong advocate of customer choice and innovation, Constellation aims to provide flexibility and support for our customers who require distributed generation and other dedicated energy technologies as part of their overall energy strategy,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president of distributed energy at Constellation. “We applaud the City of Hartford for its commitment to micro-grid development and the state of Connecticut for creating the public-private initiatives that help make projects like this possible.”

“Bloom Energy is proud to be a part of this innovative public-private partnership with Constellation and the City of Hartford,” said Josh Richman, vice president global business development & policy at Bloom Energy. “This micro-grid project and others like it would not be possible without the state of Connecticut’s support.”

The project is Connecticut’s first to be developed thorough a public-private effort and one of the first to be implemented through Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Micro-grid Grant Program.  Additionally, the project is part of the state’s Low-emission Renewable Energy Credits Program, which enables participants to sell qualified Connecticut Class I renewable energy credits created from renewable projects to the local utility under a long-term contract.

“The Parkville micro-grid is a perfect example of the positive impact we can have on our communities and residents through innovative and creative approaches to the energy challenges we face,” said  Commissioner Robert Klee, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “This micro-grid will help reduce energy costs for the City of Hartford and its school system, in addition to providing power to maintain important services for people when the electric grid goes down. We are pleased that DEEP’s micro-grid grant program and other energy initiatives helped make this impressive project possible.” www.bloomenergy.com