Natilus, a designer and developer of new autonomous blended-wing body (BWB) cargo aircraft, and ZeroAvia announced a strategic partnership jointly to develop hydrogen-electric engines for the Natilus Kona cargo aircraft. ZeroAvia’s ZA600 will be the sole hydrogen fuel cell powertrain offered for the novel Kona short-haul feeder UAV, with the... Read more →

At Global Public Transport Summit (GPTS) 2023 from 4 to 7 June 2023, Daimler Buses will be showcasing the first series-production electric bus with fuel cell as a range extender: the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro fuel cell. (Earlier post.) The new, zero-emissions regular-service bus combines high range with high passenger capacity. In... Read more →

DOE to award nearly $42M to 22 projects to advance clean hydrogen technologies

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award nearly $42 million in funding for 22 projects to advance critical technologies for producing, storing, and deploying clean hydrogen. DOE also announced $17.8 million to establish a new North American university research consortium that will help states and tribal communities implement grid... Read more →

Amogy, a developer of ammonia power solutions (earlier post); Skansi Offshore, a shipping company located in the capital of the Faroe Islands; and Norwegian system developer and integrator SEAM, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to investigate potential technology collaboration in the field of ammonia application, with the... Read more →

Ricardo working with sHYpS consortium on fuel cell propulsion for passenger ships

Ricardo is working with the sustainable HYdrogen powered Shipping (sHYpS) consortium to design and develop hydrogen fuel cell propulsion technologies to power the next generation of zero emissions passenger ships. sHYpS is centered around the idea of developing a swappable storage system for liquid hydrogen, based on new 40' c-type... Read more →

Isuzu Motors and Honda Motor signed a partnership agreement to have Honda develop and supply the fuel cell system for the fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck Isuzu is planning to introduce to market in 2027. Joint Isuzu-Honda R&D efforts produced a fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck that has been granted a Japanese... Read more →

Komatsu has developed a concept machine for a medium-sized hydraulic excavator that combines a hydrogen fuel cell and Komatsu-developed key components. By advancing the PoC (Proof of Concept) tests it started in May 2023, Komatsu says it will accelerate its efforts to embark on the commercial production of medium-sized and... Read more →

Stellantis to acquire equal stake with Faurecia and Michelin in hydrogen fuel cell company Symbio

Faurecia, a company of the FORVIA group, Michelin and Stellantis signed a binding agreement for Stellantis to acquire 33.3% stake in Symbio, a developer of hydrogen fuel cell systems for light- and heavy-duty vehicle applications. Faurecia and Michelin will remain shareholders with 33.3% holding each. The addition of Stellantis as... Read more →

PESA, the largest Polish producer of rolling stock, has developed a shunting locomotive with a hydrogen drive, based on the modernization of its SM42 unit. The experience gained during the implementation of this project will be the base for the construction of a passenger vehicle with hydrogen drive, the company... Read more →

A research team led by Professor Yong-Tae Kim and PhD candidate Sang-Hoon You at Pohang University Of Science & Technology (POSTECH) has developed a selective catalyst that curbs corrosion in fuel cells used for hydrogen-powered automobiles. By tailoring the hydrogen oxidation reaction to match the concentration of hydrogen in the... Read more →

A Ford-led consortium is testing hydrogen fuel cell technology on the E-Transit in a small UK-based prototype fleet developed by Ford Pro. The UK-based project will establish if hydrogen fuel cell technology can help to deliver enhanced zero-emission-driving range for E-Transit customers with energy-intensive use cases. Part-funded by the Advanced... Read more →

Advent Technologies Holdings announced a new contract with a prominent fuel cell manufacturer specializing in truck applications in the East Asian market. Under this contract, Advent will supply High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (HT-PEM) Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) to support the development of advanced fuel cell solutions for trucks. The contract,... Read more →

BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions, a global leader in precious metals and catalysis, and Advent Technologies Holdings, a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell systems, have concluded the terms of a new agreement to join efforts in building a full-loop component supply chain for fuel cells and to... Read more →

ULEMCo to lead £8M project to develop H2 fuel cell range extender module

ULEMCo has been awarded £3.9 million by government, matched by industry to a total £7.9 million, for a major project with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) to develop solutions for hydrogen powered vehicles. The HYER Power project will develop a hydrogen fuel cell range extender module that will integrate into electric... Read more →

UK APC investing £77M in 7 green heavy-duty and commercial vehicle projects

The UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is investing £77 million (US$97 million) in seven UK-based automotive collaborative research and development projects. The seven projects, each involving a group of companies working in partnership on green transport technology, will each benefit from industry support, together with a government grant. The £77... Read more →

Volvo Trucks is now testing hydrogen-powered electric trucks on public roads above the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden; ice, wind and lots of snow make an ideal testing environment. Trucks are operating seven days a week and in all types of weather. The harsh conditions on public roads in northern... Read more →

Bramble Energy, an innovator in fuel cell technology, has joined forces with Equipmake, Aeristech and the University of Bath to develop a new hydrogen double-deck bus integrating Bramble’s low-cost printed circuit board fuel cell (PCBFC) technology. (Earlier post.) Bramble Energy is the lead partner of the Hydrogen Electric Integrated Drivetrain... Read more →

EPA announces $4B in funding and RFI for clean port upgrades and heavy-duty vehicles

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the initial steps in the development of programs that will invest $4 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act in US port infrastructure while reducing air pollution. EPA is now seeking public input to inform the development of two new programs. The Clean Ports... Read more →

AJR Trucking, a leading carrier for the United States Postal Service (USPS) and a major drayage carrier operating in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has executed a purchase order for 50 Nikola Tre hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) trucks from Tom’s Truck Centers, a member of... Read more →

Nikola and Voltera enter into a definitive strategic partnership on hydrogen station infrastructure; funding for up to 50 stations

Nikola Corporation and Voltera, a provider of critical infrastructure necessary to support the full decarbonization of transportation, announced a definitive agreement to develop the hydrogen fueling infrastructure required to support Nikola’s deployment of its innovative zero-emissions vehicles. Through this strategic partnership agreement, Nikola and Voltera plan to develop up to... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Company premiered its new XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor, the commercialized class 8 6x4 fuel cell electric model, for the North American commercial vehicle (CV) market at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo. The company is exhibiting the XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor and the hydrogen fuel cell system at... Read more →

PACCAR and Toyota Motor North America announced an expansion of their joint efforts to develop and to produce zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks powered by Toyota’s next-generation hydrogen fuel cell modules. The expanded agreement supports ongoing development and commercialized zero-emission versions of the Kenworth T680 and... Read more →

Anaergia to supply RNG to FuelCell Energy to create renewable hydrogen supporting Toyota’s port facility

Anaergia Inc. announced that its subsidiary SoCal Biomethane will supply renewable natural gas (RNG) as facilitated by renewable fuels marketer Anew Climate to FuelCell Energy’s Tri-gen system to produce carbon-negative hydrogen and electricity for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.’s (TMNA) Logistics Services Center at the Port of Long Beach in... Read more →

Plug Power unveils stationary high-power fuel cell system for charging commercial electric fleets

Plug Power unveiled a new high-power stationary fuel cell system for charging commercial electric vehicle (EV) fleets. Plug’s standard 18,000-gallon liquid hydrogen tank combined with its new megawatt-scale PEM fuel cell solution can provide more than 60 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy—enough to charge more than 600 EVs. Operators deploying... Read more →

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division has introduced a new high-speed electric air compressor for fuel cells. ZF also announced this to be an exclusive development agreement with the Liebherr Group’s Aerospace & Transportation product segment. The partners will develop advanced fuel cell air compressor systems for their respective customer... Read more →

Rheinmetall’s Sensors and Actuators division has won a new order for more than 150,000 HRB 1800 hydrogen recirculation blowers. The contract, worth a figure in the mid-double-digit million-euro range, is from a new customer. For Group subsidiary Pierburg, this is an important milestone in the development of innovative fuel cell... Read more →

Using a novel combination of cryogenic transmission electron tomography and deep learning, EPFL researchers have provided a first look at the nanostructure of platinum catalyst layers, revealing how they could be optimized for fuel cell efficiency. Most proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) catalysts contain platinum—a scarce and precious metal. There... Read more →

Toyota was earlier granted a Zero Emission Powertrain (ZEP) Executive Order (A-014-1170) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its new heavy-duty fuel cell electric powertrain kit. (Earlier post.) The hydrogen-fueled powertrain kit includes a 200 kWh Li-ion battery; hydrogen fuel storage tanks (58.8 kg capacity, 700 bar), fuel... Read more →

Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK has signed a deal with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Cymru to optimize hydrogen fuel cell assembly. Advancements have been made to the Hydrogen Electric Propulsion Systems (HEPS) assembly testbed, based at AMRC Cymru in North Wales since work began in October... Read more →

California posted new light-duty zero emission vehicle (ZEV) sales—battery-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCEV)—of 124,053 units in Q1 2023, representing 21.1% market share of the total 588,455 light-duty vehicles sold, according to the California Energy Commission. The Q1 sales bring the cumulative ZEV sales in the... Read more →

ZeroAvia and Absolut Hydrogen partner to develop liquid hydrogen refueling infrastructure for aircraft operations

ZeroAvia and Absolut Hydrogen will jointly explore liquid hydrogen (LH2) production, storage and refueling at airports. The partners will work together to build and demonstrate liquefaction and liquid hydrogen storage in an airport context and ultimately explore the technology developments, concept of operations, safety procedures and standards for larger-scale deployment... Read more →

Güstrow-based carrier Rebus Regionalbus Rostock in Germany has ordered 52 Solaris Urbino hydrogen buses, including five articulated models. This is so far Solaris’ largest single order for vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cell. The contract is to be completed by the end of 2024. According to the regional government, public... Read more →

Johnson Matthey and SFC Energy expand strategic partnership to focus on PEM fuel cells; conclude tech transfer for DMFCs

Johnson Matthey (JM) has extended its partnership with SFC Energy to include a commitment from JM to develop and supply proton exchange membrane (PEM) components to support SFC Energy’s growth in hydrogen fuel cells. SFC Energy AG is a provider of hydrogen and direct methanol fuel cells for stationary and... Read more →

Iveco Group inaugurates its new zero- and low-emission bus plant in Foggia

IVECO BUS, the urban, intercity and tourism bus brand of Iveco Group N.V., inaugurated its new Foggia plant dedicated to the production of zero- and low-emission buses. The production volume of the plant will be 1,000 vehicles per year: high-tech buses with zero-emission propulsion (battery-electric and hydrogen-electric) and low-emission propulsion... Read more →

Rolls-Royce’s tests of its first mtu fuel cell demonstrator have shown that the system can provide uninterruptible power in the event of a blackout. The 250-kilowatt system we built at our headquarters in Friedrichshafen and tested for about a year absolutely met our expectations. During the blackout simulation, the system... Read more →

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) offer high energy efficiency and fuel flexibility, but require high operating temperatures. Although lowering the operating temperature of SOFCs can minimize material degradation and enable the use of less expensive materials, both electrolyte and electrode resistances increase exponentially with decreasing operation temperature. Now, researchers at... Read more →

Chart Industries, a leading global engineering design and manufacturer of highly engineered equipment servicing multiple applications in the clean energy and industrial gas markets, and Nikola Corporation executed a strategic collaboration agreement including liquid hydrogen storage tanks, transport trailers, and the development of new mobile and modular hydrogen refueling stations... Read more →

Nikola marks 100-salesorder milestone for Nikola Tre Hydrogen FCEV Class 8 truck; bolstered by HVIP

Nikola announced that Nikola and its dealer network have received orders for 100 Class 8 Nikola Tre hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Deliveries of the purpose-built heavy-duty trucks will begin in Q4 2023. With a range of up to 500 miles and an estimated fueling time of approximately 20... Read more →

A new hydrogen compressor developed at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) can improve the efficiency and reliability of hydrogen compression used in the refueling of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The SwRI-developed linear motor-driven reciprocating compressor (LMRC) is designed to compress hydrogen as a fuel source for FCEVs and other hydrogen-powered... Read more →

Now in its second-generation, the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle delivers an EPA-estimated zero tailpipe emission range of 402 miles on the Mirai entry-level XLE grade. The 2023 XLE grade has a starting MSRP of $49,500. An Advanced Technology Package, which includes Bird’s Eye View camera, front and rear... Read more →

Viritech, a developer of high-performance hydrogen powertrain solutions for the automotive industry, is extending its cooperation with Haydale, a global technology solutions company and a developer of functionaliZed graphene-enhanced nanomaterials. The two companies will work together on solutions for hydrogen pressure vessels for the automotive industry, initially focusing on commercial... Read more →

Ammonia-to-power company Amogy raises $139M Series B-1; led by SK Innovation

Amogy Inc., a developer of emission-free, energy-dense ammonia power solutions (earlier post), announced a $139-million Series B-1 fundraising. The round was led by SK Innovation, joined by other global investors including Temasek, Korea Zinc, Aramco Ventures, AP Ventures, MOL PLUS, Yanmar Ventures, Zeon Ventures and DCVC. SK Innovation had already... Read more →

EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies GmbH (EKPO), an entity fully consolidated within the Group of majority shareholder ElringKlinger AG, and operated in partnership with French automotive supplier Plastic Omnium, which holds the remaining ownership interests, secured a contract from a global automotive manufacturer to supply mass-produced bipolar plates for the carmaker’s... Read more →

As a result of acquisitions and investment, Cummins is focusing on three key areas for hydrogen: the production of green hydrogen; the management and transportation of hydrogen; and the application of hydrogen in engines and fuel cells. At Con Expo, Accelera, the new brand for Cummins’ New Power business segment,... Read more →

Toyota has developed new electrolysis equipment to produce hydrogen from electrolyzing water using the fuel cell (FC) stack and other technology from the Mirai. The equipment will be put into operation this March at a DENSO Fukushima Corporation plant, which will serve as a technology implementation venue to promote its... Read more →

Early testing of the pressurized 20kW High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (HTPEM) stack power module in ZeroAvia’s UK R&D location has demonstrated a record 2.5 kW/kg specific power at the cell level, paving the way for 3+ kW/kg system level densities in the next 24 months. ZeroAvia is focused on... Read more →

On 27 February, the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy hosted a hydrogen summit. Fendt presented prototype of a hydrogen tractor there for the first time. I see hydrogen as a very important solution to problems in agriculture and forestry. Agriculture and forestry can supply a... Read more →

PowerCell has signed an agreement valued at €19.2 million with SEAM for deliveries of hydrogen solutions for two Norwegian state ferries. The agreement includes deliveries of hydrogen solutions to two ships that operate on Norway’s longest ferry connection. This is the world’s largest hydrogen project to date in the marine... Read more →

Honda began operation of a stationary fuel cell power station on its corporate campus in Torrance, Calif., marking the company's first step toward future commercialization of zero-emission backup power generation. The initiative leverages Honda's hydrogen fuel cell technology expertise and contributes to the company's global goal to achieve carbon neutrality... Read more →

Universal Hydrogen has flown a 40-passenger regional airliner using hydrogen fuel cell propulsion. The airplane, nicknamed Lightning McClean, took off at 8:41am PST from Grant County International Airport (KMWH) and flew for 15 minutes, reaching an altitude of 3,500 MSL. The flight, conducted under an FAA Special Airworthiness Certificate, was... Read more →