Nuvera Fuel Cells and HELINOR Energy collaborate on developing scalable zero-emission energy solutions for maritime applications

Nuvera Fuel Cells signed a formal technology development agreement with HELINOR Energy, a Norwegian scale-up technology and production provider of next-generation hydrogen fuel cell and fire suppression modules. Under the agreement, HELINOR will fund the development of scalable marine power solutions incorporating Nuvera’s next-generation high-power fuel cell engine technology with... Read more →

Hyundai Motor talks hydrogen, AI and software-defined vehicles at CES 2024

Hyundai Motor Company presented its vision for a hydrogen-powered, software-driven transformation beyond mobility applications at CES 2024. Hyundai Motor Group has already announced a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, substantiated by a clear RE100 roadmap to use 100% renewable energy in its overseas factories by 2045 and in... Read more →

In a new report—“Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 2024-2044: Markets, Technologies, and Forecasts”—IDTechEx predicts that fuel cell electric vehicles will account for just 4% of zero-emission vehicles on the road in 2044, but the opportunity is greater in certain market segments. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have made monumental progress in the... Read more →

Hyundai Motor and Kia partner with Gore to co-develop polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) for hydrogen fuel cell systems

Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation (Kia) and W. L. Gore & Associates will collaborate on the development of advanced polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) for hydrogen fuel cell systems. The joint effort between the parties will encompass key aspects of PEM development, including test protocols. The ultimate goal of this collaboration... Read more →

Nikola Corporation in 2023 produced 42 and wholesaled 35 Class 8 Nikola hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Of the seven trucks produced but not wholesaled, three are being used in an extended field test with a fleet partner, two are in continued validation and engineering and two are being... Read more →

Ballard Power Systems signed a new Long-Term Supply Agreement (LTSA) with NFI Group Inc., a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in electric mass mobility solutions in North America and Europe. The agreement marks a new phase in the established partnership between Ballard and NFI, focused on... Read more →

Bloom Energy and SK ecoplant collaborate on a major hydrogen project to be developed by Korea Southern Power

Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) and SK ecoplant, an engineering and energy solutions provider and subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate SK Group, announced a sale of Bloom’s electrolyzer technology to deploy hydrogen as an energy source in a large-scale green hydrogen demonstration with the Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd (KOSPO) and... Read more →

Isuzu Motors and Honda Motor began demonstration testing on public roads in Japan of the GIGA FUEL CELL, a fuel cell (FC)-powered heavy-duty truck currently being co-developed by the two companies. (Earlier post.) Through this demonstration testing, scheduled to run through September 2024, the two companies will continue making progress... Read more →

Daimler Truck is building a first customer-trial fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Trucks (earlier post). Amazon, Air Products, INEOS, Holcim and Wiedmann & Winz will take part in first customer trials, expected from mid-2024, to gain initial experience in CO2-free long-distance transport with fuel-cell trucks. The five semi-trailer tractors will be... Read more →

ExxonMobil to build CCS pilot plant with FuelCell Energy using carbonate fuel cell technology

ExxonMobil’s affiliate Esso Nederland BV plans to build a pilot carbon capture plant at its Rotterdam Manufacturing Complex to test carbonate fuel cell technology jointly developed with FuelCell Energy. The pilot plant will obtain data on performance and operability of the carbonate fuel cell (CFC) technology. Additionally, the pilot aims... Read more →

Virginia-based REVO ZERO, a start-up hydrogen infrastructure and solutions provider, announced that its vehicle ENERGY is now available for pre-order (price not specified) with a $500 refundable deposit. ENERGY packages an EV battery pack with a Nuvera hydrogen fuel cell range extender in an SUV design. The 3-row SUV has... Read more →

General Motors and Komatsu will co-develop a hydrogen fuel cell power module for Komatsu’s 930E electric drive mining truck, the world’s best-selling ultra-class haul truck. GM, a leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology, and Komatsu, a global manufacturer of mining and construction equipment, will jointly design and validate the technology.... Read more →

Korea-based VINSSEN, a company specializing in the production of electric and hydrogen hybrid propulsion systems, has successfully tested and delivered a hydrogen fuel cell system for a trial project involving several key industry partners. VINSSEN is collaborating with Shell Singapore Pte. Ltd. as the project sponsor, Seatrium Limited as the... Read more →

GM to supply Autocar with HYDROTEC fuel cells to electrify vocational vehicles, from cement mixers to terminal tractors

General Motors and Autocar have signed a joint development agreement to create a range of zero tailpipe emissions vocational vehicles powered by GM’s HYDROTEC power cubes. (Earlier post.) Autocar, a market leader in customized vocational trucks, views this initiative as an important expansion in offering robust, zero tailpipe emissions solutions... Read more →

Symbio inaugurates first hydrogen fuel cell gigafactory; Stellantis to use Symbio fuel cells in Ram pickups

Symbio, an equally owned joint venture between automotive technology supplier Forvia, Michelin and Stellantis, inaugurated its first hydrogen fuel cell gigafactory, SymphonHy. Located in Saint-Fons, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, SymphonHy is the largest integrated fuel cell production site in Europe. The site houses the Group’s headquarters, a production plant, an... Read more →

Ionomr Innovations closes US$20M Series A-4 financing with broad industry participation

Ionomr Innovations Inc., developer and manufacturer of foundational polymer and membrane technologies for next-generation hydrogen applications, has closed a US$20-million Series A-4 funding round with returning lead investors NGIF Cleantech Ventures and Pallasite Ventures supported by Shell Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and Finindus, and joined by N.V. Bekaert, Asahi Kasei,... Read more →

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) will establish a local business operation, the Hydrogen Factory Europe. It will ensure a co-ordinated approach to the commercialization of hydrogen technology and systems—spanning everything from development and production, through to sales and aftersales. The Hydrogen Factory will be responsible for producing an increasing number of... Read more →

At Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME) 2023 Kenshiki event, a team of executives presented the company’s latest electrified products and technologies. Kenshiki means “insight” in Japanese; this year’s edition, with an audience of more than 300 media, focused on the battery electric and hydrogen vehicles which will play a significant role... Read more →

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 →