Weekly Fuel
Apr. 18, 2013

Hydrogen Aston Martin Rapide to race in 24-hour Nurburgring event
The challenges facing adaption of hydrogen as a fuel are quite staggering, from the high costs of fuel cells to the serious lack of fueling infrastructure. But some automakers are wedded to hydrogen as the future of fuel, and a hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide will take place in next month's 24 hour endurance race at the famed Nurburgring.More

Honda testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with vehicle to grid technology
The Green Optimistic
Some electric vehicle makers and aftermarket companies have been producing vehicle-to-grid [V2G] technology, which enables an electric vehicle to serve as an emergency backup power source. In case of an emergency, such as power outages suffered after Hurricane Sandy, backup systems can keep houses running for a little while. What happens if the power outage is ongoing? Even electric vehicles with V2G tech will eventually run out of juice. Fuel source could make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles more attractive than plug-in vehicles in these cases.More

Ballard's hydrogen fuel cell production reaches new record
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that its production facility in Tijuana, Mexico, has reached a new record high. Over the past several years, Ballard has been working to promote hydrogen fuel cells as a powerful and viable alternative to conventional energy systems. The company has found some success in certain industries and lackluster support in others. More

Hyundai unveils the world's first mass produced fuel cell vehicle
Greener Ideal
Hyundai has created a version of the ix35 which runs completely on hydrogen, meaning the only by product this car produces is water. The zero emissions vehicle is the product of the millions that has been invested into fuel cell research by the Korean company. The competition is beginning to build when it comes to environmentally friendly driving, with car manufacturers publicizing future plans for a zero emissions driving environment.More

Black is better for hydrogen producing catalyst
A team of researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that turning "white" photocatalytic nanoparticles of titanium dioxide into "black" nanoparticles increases their efficiency in triggering the water splitting reaction that creates hydrogen from water. More

Water splitting: Plants provide blueprint for cheap hydrogen production
Hydrogen is a significant source of energy which can be burned to produce power with no negative impact on the environment, unlike power produced by burning fossil fuels. Hydrogen gas can be easily produced by splitting water into its constituent elements — hydrogen and oxygen. Plants' powers of photosynthesis allow them to harness the energy of the sun to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen at separate times and at separate physical locations in the plant's structure. More

U.K. team boosts hydrogen fuel cell engine performance
The Engineer
Hydrogen fuel cell engines could become 30 per cent more power dense thanks to research by a consortium of U.K. engineering firms including Dyson and Ricardo. The team working on the Enhanced Fuel Cell System claim to have demonstrated the increase by improving the performance and reducing the weight of a fuel-cell engine produced by project leader Intelligent Energy. More

SFC Energy unveils new direct methanol fuel cell units
Platinum Today
SFC Energy has launched an improved range of its EFOY Pro direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) units. Aimed at demanding industrial applications, the units boast a 50 per cent increase in lifetime and are capable of providing 4,500 operational hours while reducing costs by 40 per cent. More

For BMW, green automobile technology starts at home
Greener Ideal
One of the latest technologies that have been getting some notice is hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Essentially, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is an electric vehicle with an onboard generator. We're familiar with extended range electric vehicles, such as the Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma, which have gasoline-powered generators that kick in once the battery charge runs down. The hydrogen fuel cell though, doesn't burn anything, but generates electricity on demand directly from hydrogen. More

Proton OnSite making good progress on reducing cost of hydrogen energy storage
Renewable Energy Focus
Proton OnSite has reduced the cost of producing water electrolysis stacks by 40 per cent over the last five years, enabling the firm to begin producing a cost-effective multi-megawatt electrolyser for the emerging renewable energy markets. More

Surprising findings on hydrogen production in green algae
Nano Werk
New research results from Uppsala University instil hope of efficient hydrogen production with green algae being possible in the future, despite the prevailing skepticism based on previous research. The study, which is published in the esteemed journal PNAS ("Increased photosystem II stability promotes H2 production in sulfur-deprived Chlamydomonas reinhardtii"), changes the view on the ability of green algae. More

Hydrogen fuel to be used for energy storage in Germany
Hydrogen Fuel News
Hydrogenics, a leading developer of proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells and electrolyzer technology, has been awarded a contract to establish a new energy storage system in Hamburg, Germany. The company's electrolyzer will be used to generate hydrogen fuel, which will serve as an energy storage method for other forms of renewable power. E.ON, a leading provider of energy services, will be participating in this endeavor alongside its longtime partner Hydrogenics.More