Fuel Cells and Wind

Published on August 6, 2015 by in News

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Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction, not combustion, so there are no polluting emissions, only water and heat as by-products. Many fuel cells are fueled with hydrogen, which can be derived from a wide range of sources, both traditional and renewable. This includes wind-powered electrolysis, the process of running electricity through water to generate hydrogen and oxygen. Since a fuel cell produces water as a by-product, it can become a sustainable closed-loop system.

The variable nature of wind lowers the efficiency of wind turbines, but fuel cells can provide base-load power that ensures a facility stays powered during times of low or no wind.

In areas with abundant wind, hydrogen and fuel cells are becoming a viable energy storage option. Power-to-Gas (P2G) projects, where the excess electrical energy can be used to produce hydrogen, are on the rise in Europe, mainly Germany, and many incorporate wind turbines. The hydrogen produced via wind electrolysis can then be injected into existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure, or stored and used at a later time to generate electricity in a stationary fuel cell or used to fuel up fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

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Fuel Cells and Solar

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Interest in renewable power generation, and solar power in particular, is growing quickly in the United States in both the residential and utility markets. Unfortunately, when the sun is not shining, in inclement weather or at night, solar can be a limited power resource. Fuel cells are the perfect partner, able to generate supplemental power if solar resources are low during the day, or by providing electricity at night.

A synergy between the two technologies is further emphasized when using solar electrolysis to generate 100% renewable hydrogen that can be used for onsite fuel cell power generation or fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) fueling.

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Fuel Cells and Natural Gas

Published on August 6, 2015 by in News

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Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction, not combustion, producing zero or near-zero polluting emissions, depending on the fuel source. For larger stationary fuel cell systems, natural gas is the most common feedstock, relying on the widespread infrastructure of natural gas pipelines throughout the U.S. Some natural gas-fueled fuel cells have been running for more than a decade.

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Fuel cells are providing both primary power and back-up power to hundreds of sites across the country in a range of applications, including data centers, utilities, businesses, condominiums, grocers, hospitals, and more. Able to be installed as part of the electric grid, or in parallel to it, fuel cells provide seamless and reliable power without disruption due to grid failure or blackouts.

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Fuel Cells and Biogas

Published on August 6, 2015 by in News

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Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction, not combustion, so there are no polluting emissions, only water and heat as by-products. Many fuel cells are fueled with hydrogen, which can be derived from a wide range of traditional and renewable sources, including biogas.

Many facilities, such as wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), landfills, food/beverage processing facilities, wineries, breweries, dairies, large industrial factory farms and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), generate tons of organic waste as a byproduct of daily operations, be it sewage, effluent, food or animal waste, all of which can be expensive to remove and burdensome to store. These sites often use an anaerobic digester to convert the organic waste into methane or anaerobic digester gas (ADG), and then burn the ADG, in a combustion-based generator or flare it into the atmosphere to dispose of it. Although ADG is considered carbon-neutral since it is derived from an organic (non-fossil) source, flaring or burning leads to releases of direct and indirect GHGs and other air pollutants. Since ADG contains hydrogen, which is the fuel of choice for fuel cells, a cleaner, more efficient option is to use the gas in a fuel cell to generate electricity and heat for the plant, following a gas cleanup step.

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With fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on the roads in Southern California, Japan and Germany, and renewed automaker
commitments to increase production and sales in the next few years, many misconceptions and myths are being perpetuated by critics and those unfamiliar with the technology.
 
Fuel cells generate electricity using a chemical reaction, not combustion, to unleash a fuel’s latent energy. They are clean, quiet, efficient, and scalable, making fuel cells an excellent option in nearly every power application, including transportation.
 
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) has prepared this fact sheet to clear up some of the most
common myths about FCEVs and hydrogen.
 
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Kareem Afzal

Published on April 28, 2015 by in News

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United States Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Vice President of Business Development Kareem Afzal when PDC Machines showcased its hydrogen compression technology and fuel cell hydrogen station systems integration capabilities at the 11th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo, FC Expo 2015, Tokyo, Japan.

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PDC has delivered the compressor to a leading manufacturer of H2Station® hydrogen refueling stations which has supplied a Hydrogen Refueling Station in Hamburg for a major infrastructure provider in Germany which is part of a planned 50 station network in the country.

Today a video was released by Shell on Youtube showing the entire planning and construction process for the recently inaugurated hydrogen fueling station in Hamburg – delivered by H2 Logic.

H2 Logic delivers hydrogen fueling station for Hamburg – first to achieve German CEP approval

Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH inaugurated a new hydrogen fueling station in Hamburg Monday 16 Marts based on H2Station® technology from H2 Logic. The fueling station is the first in Germany to obtain a 2014 approval from the Public‐Private Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) after extensive third party acceptance and verification tests. This ensures that vehicle users experiences a fast and reliable fueling of hydrogen with long driving range, similar to that of gasoline vehicles.

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The 20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2014 International Conference and Exhibition was held on June 15 – 20, 2014 at the Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea.

The world’s hydrogen and fuel cell community came together in Gwangju, Korea for the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2014 (WHEC 2014). The event covered hydrogen products, hydrogen distribution infrastructure, hydrogen storage, hydrogen component/ equipment manufacture, fuel cell manufacture, fuel cell vehicles and renewable energy.

PDC Machines alongside Korean representative US Aviation exhibit its gas compression technology at the 2014 WHEC conference in Gwangju, South Korea.

 

PDC Machines Korean representative US Aviation exhibit its gas compression technology at the 2014 WHEC conference in Gwangju, South Korea.

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An Air Force Research Laboratory project demonstrated its mission capability during a power outage at Joint Air and Naval Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii, Dec. 5.

A containerized hydrogen fuel cell back-up power solution commissioned by Hydrogenics Corporation, proved successful when it quickly engaged to replace power to its designated areas during the outage which affected the base for nearly 12 hours.

“The fuel cell system didn’t miss a beat, not even a single hertz,” said Mark Schultz, site manager for HydraFLX Systems, operator of the Hydrogen Station under a cooperative agreement with AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO).

The system was used to enable the continued operation of the Hickam Hydrogen Station, providing for the hydrogen fleet at JBPHH. This real world event proved to be a demonstration of the utility of Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology.

“The Hydrogenics fuel cell systems produced very high quality electrical power all night long – not a flicker, blip, dip or trip all night. No faults, warnings, nor any failures,” added Schultz. “We’re extremely pleased Hydrogenics backed up these proof-of concept trials. Our work resulted in a shining moment for fuel cells going toe-to-toe with our diesel counterparts.”

Hydrogen alternatives reduce the Air Force’s reliance on petroleum fuels for ground based vehicles and equipment through the adoption of alternative, renewable energy sources.

“If this had been a more serious crisis situation such as an earthquake or hurricane, in addition to demonstrating a fully off the grid Hydrogen Refueling Station, we would’ve also been filling the fuel cell vehicles as an emergency response fleet. We had enough fuel to power the station for 10 days and 10,000 road miles of equivalent hydrogen energy to the Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs).”

 Hydrogenics fuel cell power modules are currently powering a number of FCVs, including buses that operate around the base.

“Events such as the outage at JBPHH help underscore the capabilities of hydrogen based power generation for critical applications,” said Daryl Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Hydrogenics. “We salute the members of AFRL and HCATT for their forward thinking in applying this technology for the Hydrogen Station at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.” The fuel cell system project is an effort under AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office. The APTO program executes technology development and demonstration of alternative energy technologies on behalf of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Energy.

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PDC Machines Exhibits at the FC Expo 2014

Published on February 28, 2014 by in News

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PDC Machines along with it’s representative in Japan Tokyo Boeki Mechanics exhibited PDC Machines diaphragm compressors for hydrogen service.

 

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (shown above) visited PDC’s booth to learn about it’s capabilities. Kareem Afzal, Vice President of Business Development highlighted our experience in supplying compression systems for  demonstration and commercial installations worldwide for hydrogen refueling of cars, buses and material handling equipment.

 

 

 

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