IBM, FuelCell Energy to use generative AI in effort to boost performance of fuel cell systems

IBM and FuelCell Energy, Inc. will work together to boost the performance of FuelCell Energy’s technology using Foundation Models, a form of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). The aim of this collaboration is to support both companies’ efforts to lead a global transition to renewable energy sources that emit little to... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Company signs MOU with Poh Tiong Choon Logistics to develop hydrogen ecosystem in Singapore

Hyundai Motor Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Poh Tiong Choon Logistics Limited (PTC) to establish an ecosystem for hydrogen-based mobility in Singapore. The signing of the MOU aligns with Singapore’s national strategy to develop hydrogen as a decarbonization pathway. With this MOU, Hyundai Motor Company will... Read more →

Bramble Energy has signed an MoU with the EDAG Group to collaborate on the development of a digital integration of Bramble’s patented printed circuit board fuel cell (PCBFC) (earlier post) into EDAG’s electric vehicle storage platform. The digital investigation will involve the design of a customized fuel cell stack as... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz has delivered the first 3 of 48 fully electric eCitaro articulated buses with a 60 kW fuel cell as range extender to Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv). The buses offer a range of up to 400 kilometers and will be in use in urban traffic throughout the cities of Mannheim and... Read more →

Piasecki Aircraft Corporation has been awarded a $37-million multi-year contract by AFWERX, the Air Force’s innovation arm in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), as part of its Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) program. The award will enable Piasecki to flight demonstrate its Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) tilt-duct... Read more →

The city of Wałbrzych, Poland, has contracted for 20 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses, including an option to purchase an additional 25 vehicles. The first 14 units will be delivered to Wałbrzych in September next year. The contract is to be completed by the end of July 2025. The vehicles... Read more →

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL), the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility in India, has ordered 2 × 2 × MAN 12V175D-MEV variable-speed GenSets in connection with the building of two short-sea hydrogen-fueled feeder container ships for global logistics company, Samskip Group, headquartered in Rotterdam. (Earlier post.) Known as the SeaShuttle project,... Read more →

Honda is showcasing a prototype of its next-generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell System Module, jointly developed with GM, at the 2023 European Hydrogen Week as a further demonstration of the steps being taken to achieve carbon neutrality across all global operations by 2050. On display at the Brussels Expo from 20-24... Read more →

Reaction Engines and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions expand collaboration for hydrogen fuel cell technology integration

Reaction Engines and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand their existing collaboration to explore additional aerospace applications for their zero-emission propulsion technology. (Earlier post.) The MoU represents an expansion of both companies’ efforts to develop applications for their hydrogen fuel cell-based powertrain design and... Read more →

SWITCH Maritime LLC, a US-based company developing electrified, zero-emission ferries powered by battery and hydrogen fuel cell, has raised $10 million in a Series A round led by Nexus Development Capital to grow its fleet. Founded in 2018 by a veteran team of maritime energy transition leaders, SWITCH’s mission is... Read more →

JAL signs agreements with three hydrogen-electric aircraft/engine manufacturers on joint studies for introducing sustainable hydrogen-powered flight to Japan

Japan Airlines has separately signed basic agreements with three hydrogen-electric aircraft/engine manufacturers—H2FLY GmbH, Universal Hydrogen Co., and ZeroAvia Inc.—to study the safety, economic feasibility and maintainability etc., for hydrogen fuel cell-powered next generation aircraft. JAL Engineering Co., Ltd. (JALEC), which is in charge of aircraft maintenance for the JAL Group,... Read more →

At SOLUTRANS, the world trade fair for industrial and urban vehicles, from 21-25 November, at Lyon Eurexpo (France), HYVIA will reveal a new architecture for its hydrogen-powered Renault Master Van H2-TECH. This new architecture is a response to the broader needs of professional users, with the introduction of three new... Read more →

Norway-based Applied Hydrogen AS, a developer of hydrogen-powered equipment and refueling systems for the construction industry, and Ballard Power Systems are partnering on the development of a new zero-emission fuel cell excavator, incorporating Ballard’s FCmove-XD 120kW fuel cell engine. Supported by Enova, an enterprise of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate... Read more →

Nedstack, a Dutch developer and manufacturer of PEM Fuel cell power solutions for high power and safety-relevant applications, and thyssenkrupp Automation Engineering, a recognized pioneer in automation solutions, have solidified their partnership through the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the supply of a semi-automated PEM Fuel Cell... Read more →

Yanmar Power Technology (Yanmar PT), a subsidiary of Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd, has made its first delivery of its newly commercialized maritime hydrogen fuel cell system, introduced in August 2023. This system was supplied to the passenger ship HANARIA, operated by MOTENA-Sea, a company backed by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.... Read more →

CPKC places follow-on order for 2.4 MW of Ballard fuel cell systems for active service locomotives

Ballard Power Systems received an order for 2.4 MW of additional fuel cell systems from Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC). These twelve, 200 kW fuel cell engines are planned for delivery in 2023 and will support the development of CPKC’s additional hydrogen-powered locomotives planned for regular switching and local freight... Read more →

Advent and Airbus partner on HT PEM MEAs for aviation

Advent Technologies Holdings has reached an agreement with Airbus for a joint benchmarking project regarding an optimized Ion Pair Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) for hydrogen fuel cells. Airbus will provide financial support to the project and its extensive knowledge of the aviation industry. Advent will invest in people, materials, hardware,... Read more →

Blue World Technologies and AGCO Power have developed a range extender concept and prototype for an electric Fendt e100 Vario tractor based on Blue World’s HT PEM fuel cell platform enabling long operation time using liquid methanol as fuel. Field demonstration of an early concept electric Fendt tractor with a... Read more →

NREL study finds rapid adoption of ZEVs will move to US to 80% or more drop in GHG emissions by 2050

The rapid adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles will move the nation close to an 80% or more drop in transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from the 2019 level according to researchers from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). An open-access paper on the work is... Read more →

Last year, Toyota unveiled the all-new Crown with four model types: sedan, sport, wagon and crossover. (Earlier post.) The first model out of the lineup was the crossover type. Now, Toyota has unveiled its all-new Crown Sedan model in Japan and will begin accepting orders. The launch is planned for... Read more →

Researchers at MIT and Harvard University have developed an efficient process that can convert carbon dioxide into formate, a liquid or solid material that can be used like hydrogen or methanol to power a fuel cell and generate electricity. Potassium or sodium formate, already produced at industrial scales and commonly... Read more →

Toyota Industries Corporation has developed a fuel cell module (FC module) with an output of 50kW, which is a packaged fuel cell (FC) system. The newly developed 50kW-class FC module can be installed in lift trucks, agricultural machinery, construction equipment, among others. Toyota Indstries will continue to expand its lineup... Read more →

Krefeld, Germany’s public transport operator, SWK Mobil Krefeld, is purchasing 10 Urbino 12 hydrogen buses from Solaris. The first three of these Solaris buses will be delivered to the city of Krefeld in western Germany by the end of 2024, with the remaining seven scheduled for delivery by May 2025.... Read more →

Hyzon Motors, a hydrogen fuel cell technology developer and global supplier of zero-emission heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), announced the commercial trial deployment of its first Heavy Rigid fuel cell electric waste collection truck to Remondis Australia, one of the world’s largest recycling, service, and water companies. The commercial... Read more →

Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR), in partnership with Alstom, a global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, is operating and demonstrating the hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint train (earlier post) in Riyadh in October. This demonstration marks the first introduction of a hydrogen-powered train in the Middle East and Africa. The collaboration between... Read more →

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and ETH Zurich in Switzerland have converted chicken feathers into a clean and sustainable material to build zero-waste fuel cells. By extracting the protein keratin from feathers, then processing it into ultra-fine fibers known as amyloid fibrils, the researchers created a thin... Read more →

Germany-based bus operator West Verkehr has ordered a fleet of 12 Wrightbus Kite Hydroliners after a Europe-wide tender process. The single-deck hydrogen buses will be rolled out across the town of Geilenkirchen. The Kite has a range of up to 640 miles and can carry up to 90 passengers. The... Read more →

Isuzu Motors and Honda Motor will exhibit the GIGA FUEL CELL, a fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck currently being co-developed by the two companies (earlier post), at the Isuzu Group booth at the JAPAN MOBILITY SHOW 2023. This will be the first time the GIGA FUEL CELL will be shown to... Read more →

ARPA-E awards GE Aerospace $4.5M to build and demo small prototype engine with fuel cells and SAF

Following the successful completion of the design phase of the FLyCLEEN (fuel cell embedded engine) project (earlier post), ARPA-E’s REEACH program has awarded GE Aerospace Research $4.5 million in Phase 2 funding to take the next step of building and demonstrating a 25kW power generation subsystem integrating solid oxide fuel... Read more →

Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has unveiled its modular HGV platform that provides a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain with medium- and high-power e-axles, up to three hydrogen tanks and two power outputs. The modular platform is built on a fixed wheelbase, which means the vehicle’s footprint does not change, irrespective of... Read more →

HD Hyundai makes €45M strategic investment in solid oxide fuel cell company Elcogen

Solid-oxide fuel cell company Elcogen announced that Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co., Ltd. (KSOE), a member of HD Hyundai Group, has signed a strategic investment in Elcogen of €45m with closing subject to, among other things, Elcogen obtaining the approval of its shareholders to the issue of the new... Read more →

IKEA Austria is introducing five QUANTRON QLI fuel cell electric trucks. The zero-emission transporters will be fueled with green hydrogen from energy supplier Wien Energie. The fuel cell vehicles were developed in collaboration with Ballard Power Systems, the Canadian global leader in fuel cell technology. The entire process from feasibility... Read more →

Iveco Group and Hyundai Motor Company unveiled the first IVECO BUS E-WAY H2 at Busworld 2023 in Brussels. This new hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric bus is another concrete result of the partnership the two companies announced in March 2022 and reflects their commitment to accelerate the transition towards net zero... Read more →

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division will showcase its advanced new AxTrax 2 LF electric portal axle for low-floor city buses at Busworld 2023, to be held in Brussels from 7 to 12 October. ZF’s new AxTrax 2 LF low-floor electric axle comes with two stand-alone silicon carbide (SiC) inverters... Read more →

BASF ECMS and ZeroAvia partner to advance HT-PEM fuel cells for hydrogen-fueled aviation

BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (ECMS) and ZeroAvia signed an agreement for the supply of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) and to collaborate on research on next generation MEAs for ZeroAvia’s high temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cell stacks for aviation. The companies will work together to accelerate the... Read more →

$100M available for zero-emission school buses in NY

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $100 million will be made available on a statewide basis for zero-emission school buses in the first round of funding available for these buses under the $4.2-billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. By utilizing this funding, school... Read more →

Researchers at the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) have developed a technology for real-time detection of micro defects on the fuel cell surface during the production process. The technology is based on deep learning and enables real-time 3D measurement. It can detect defects on the surface shape... Read more →

A public road approved prototype of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck completed Daimler Truck’s #HydrogenRecordRun covering 1,047 km of distance driven with one fill of liquid hydrogen. Powered by a cellcentric fuel-cell system and equipped with a liquid hydrogen fuel tank system, the run started 25 September in the afternoon at... Read more →

ABB will deliver a comprehensive power distribution system for two newbuild short-sea container ships of the global logistics company Samskip Group headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The vessels will be among the world’s first of their kind to use hydrogen as a fuel. Financial details were not disclosed. The order was... Read more →

Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District’s (METRO) Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase of 57 New Flyer hydrogen-powered, fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs). This procurement will be the largest acquisition of FCEBs yet in North America. METRO expects to start taking delivery of the 57 new FCEBs in late 2024,... Read more →

DOE to award nearly $48M to 16 projects to advance clean hydrogen technologies

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $47.7 million in funding for 16 research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects across 13 states to advance clean hydrogen technologies. The selected projects aim to lower technology costs, enhance hydrogen infrastructure, and improve the performance of hydrogen fuel cells—supporting DOE’s efforts to reduce... Read more →

Nikola Corporation, a manufacturer of hydrogen-fuel-cell and battery-electric heavy-duty trucks, announced an expansion of its dealer network into Canada for its Class 8 truck sales and service coverage with the addition of ITD Industries Inc., a commercial trailer manufacturer and technology business headquartered in Toronto, ON. ITD has more than... Read more →

TECO 2030 ASA and Pherousa Green Shipping AS (PGS) signed a green package supply agreement for up to six modern, zero-emission Ultramax dry bulk carriers of about 63.000 deadweight tons each. Each vessel will be equipped with 12 megawatts (MW) of TECO 2030 fuel cells for main propulsion onboard. Pherousa... Read more →

Venice orders 90 Solaris hydrogen buses

The transport company Azienda Veneziana della Mobilita has ordered a total of 90 hydrogen Solaris buses, with 75 of them being the 12-meter version and 15 being articulated Urbino 18 buses. The contract also includes an option to increase the order quantity. According to the agreement, these vehicles will be... Read more →

TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K., which operates an industrial precious metals business as a core company of TANAKA Precious Metals, signed a technical assistance agreement with Chengdu Guangming Paite Precious Metal Co., Ltd., an affiliated company in China, in the area of fuel cell electrode catalyst manufacturing technologies. TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo... Read more →

The municipal public transport operator TPER in the city of Bologna is going to purchase 130 hydrogen buses from Solaris. The delivery will encompass 127 units of 12-meter Urbino 12 hydrogen buses for TPER Bologna and 3 units for TPER Ferrara. The carrier shall also have the right to extend... Read more →

WAE Technologies (WAE) introduced an ultra-high performance hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle platform—EVRh—at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Show. WAE developed EVRh to demonstrate the potential of hydrogen-powered powertrain systems through implementation in a high-performance vehicle application. EVRh combines WAE’s extensive vehicle and powertrain engineering experience alongside a hydrogen... Read more →

Toyota has unveiled a prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric Hilux. (Earlier post.) Its debut is a further demonstration of the broad scope of Toyota’s multi-path strategy for achieving carbon-free mobility, applying different powertrain solutions—hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, battery electric and fuel cell electric—to suit different user needs and operating... Read more →

Cologne ordering 18 more Solaris hydrogen buses; brings hydrogen fleet to 53 units

Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK) has announced its third order for Solaris hydrogen buses. With a current fleet of 35 hydrogen Solaris buses, RVK will further enhance its green initiative by adding 18 more hydrogen e-buses in an articulated version. The selected model, Urbino 18 hydrogen, will feature advanced driver assistance... Read more →

Ballard and Quantron AG have been developing fuel cell electric commercial vehicle platforms in a partnership since September 2021. (Earlier post.) Now the two partners have delivered their first fuel cell electric vehicles, combining QUANTRON’s vehicle engineering expertise with Ballard’s fuel cell technology. QUANTRON QLI FCEV light truck The core... Read more →