PDC Machines showcased its new diaphragm compressor at the 12th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo 2016 at the Tokyo Big Sight, Japan, 2nd to 4th March 2016.
After careful review of six submissions, an independent panel of judges for the U.S. Department of Energy’s H2 Refuel H-Prize selected Team SimpleFuelTM, which includes PDC Machines, as the finalist for the competition organized to develop an affordable small-scale hydrogen refueling system.
Warminster, PA USA February 11, 2016 – PDC Machines- the world leader in hydrogen compression solutions for hydrogen refueling stations and energy applications- along with its partners IVYS Energy Solutions (Massachusetts) and McPhy Energy North America (Massachusetts), is part of Team SimpleFuelTM which has been selected by an independent panel of judges and safety experts to develop a hydrogen refuelling solution as a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition.
This competition was launched by the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) in October 2014 to develop small-scale hydrogen refueling systems which can be used in homes, community centers, retail sites, or similar locations to fuel hydrogen vehicles. Such solutions will enable the broad adoption of hydrogen infrastructure across the country by providing another convenient fueling option for U.S. consumers adopting fuel cell electric vehicles.
Team SimpleFuelTM will have until July 2016 to deploy their home scale refueling system and prepare it for testing. The SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance is a fully integrated hydrogen generation, compression, storage and dispensing system capable of delivering up to 5 kg/day of hydrogen to vehicles at pressures up to 700 bar using hydrogen produced via electrolysis, with a design that minimizes setback distances and reduces its physical footprint. The project has been approved and permitted by Warwick Township and will be installed at PDC Machines Plant 2 location.
Data collection will end in October 2016 and will be used to determine if the SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance meets the technical and cost criteria to win the $1 million prize.
“We are very proud to be part of Team SimpleFuelTM that has been selected for the final stage of this competition. PDC and our partners are deeply honoured by the selection and to be a part of such a talented team. We look forward to the next phase of the competition,” says Kareem Afzal, Vice President of PDC Machines.
On Friday August 21st, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick visited PDC Machines. Congressman Fitzpatrick is a member of the Republican Party serving as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district.
During his visit, PDC highlighted its capabilities in supplying compression systems and it’s active involvement as a component supplier, promoting the growth of commercial hydrogen refueling stations.
Shown above from left to right, Mateen Afzal, (General Manager and CFO), Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Syed M. Afzal, (President) and Kareem Afzal, (Vice President).
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).
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.
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.
Fuel Cells and Natural Gas Benefits
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.
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.
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.
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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