Air Liquide buys 18.6% stake in Hydrogenics
French gas company Air Liquide has purchased a “strategic investment” of 18.6% in the Canadian Hydrogenics Corporation, who develops electrolytic hydrogen production equipment and fuel cells. The $20.5 million investment also includes provisions for a cooperation on PEM electrolysis technology.
Hydrogenics, Aeroboat, H2 mobility, Loop Energy.
FC tech for 1,000 buses: Hydrogenics has gained a 50m dollar order from China. More specifically, the Canadian fuel cell specialist shall deliver enough stacks to power 1,000 H2 buses by Chinese Blue-G. The order will be fulfilled over the next two to three years.
greencarcongress.com , hydrogenics.com
Indo-Russian hybrid amphibian: The ‘aeroboat’ is a hybrid beyond sheer propulsion technology as it is said to be capable of travelling on land, water, snow and sand as well. Jointly developed by Indo-Russian partners led by IIAAT Holding, the idea was to create a vehicle able to access difficult terrain, e.g. flooded or marshy areas. Over 25 units have already been ordered by private and government buyers in India.
financialexpress.com, masterbuilder.co.in, idrw.org
U.S. funding for H2 mobility: The DOE is going to raise an additional 15.8m dollars for a total of 30 development projects in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell tech. The focus is on research of novel, low-cost materials for H2 production and storage and fuel cells on-board light-duty vehicles.
REx for heavy duty EVs: Vancouver-based Loop Energy was granted 760,000 dollars for its range-extending power module for heavy-duty EVs from the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) board. The REx is to be integrated by an unnamed OEM.
Local Motors, ElectRoad, UQM, Showa Denko, Hydrogenics.
Olli and Watson: Local Motors and IBM have developed a self-driving electric bus called Olli. It sits 12 and thanks to the integrated computer system Watson, passengers can ask the bus questions (and get an answer). The electric Olli is now on the road in Washington, D.C. and is said to also come to Miami and Las Vegas.
Tel Aviv tests electric road: Israeli start-up ElectRoad has developed a technology that charges EVs while driving, using copper wire embedded in the asphalt. Test are currently under way on a specially prepared route. The embedding of the copper wire is said to take about one day per kilometre.
israelbetweenthelines.com (with video), jewishbusinessnews.com
New UQM drivetrain: UQM Technologies announced a new electric drivetrain for utility vehicles, called UQM PowerPhaseDT, and which is said to be available from this autumn. Eaton has been picked to supply the transmission, while Pi Innovo will contribute the transmission control unit.
Meeting demand: Japanese Showa Denko (SDK) announced an increase in production capacities for its carbon-based anode material for Li-ion batteries from the end of 2016. Production capacities will be raised 50 percent to annually 1,500 tonnes. Part of the production will be moved to China.
H2 utility vehicle alliance: Hydrogenics and SinoHytec have signed a strategic partnership for the development of fuel cell systems for the Chinese market. The FCs are destined for buses and trucks.
Google, OSTLER, Hydrogenics, HyStEP.
A for Automated: Bloomberg says Google plans to take its self-driving EV operation to the next level, forming a new business unit offering ride hire under the umbrella of the Alphabet mother corporation by 2016. In a first step, electric cars will likely become available in confined areas like college campuses, military bases or corporate office parks around San Francisco and Austin, Google’s current testing grounds.
Modular battery concept: EU project OSTLER (Optimised storage integration for the electric car) has explored the feasibility of a removable battery pack in a demonstrator vehicle. Tests were successful. Research included crashtests, as well as electrical and thermal system specifications and requirements.
Fuel cell forklifts: Hydrogenics says it secured an order worth 2m dollars from a hydrogen forklift manufacturer requiring fuel cell modules. Deliveries will start early next year. The forklifts by the unnamed manufacturer will go to to large logistics centres throughout the U.S.
H2 station acceleration: The time to commission new hydrogen refueling stations could be reduced from months to just a week with the Hydrogen Station Equipment Performance device (HyStEP). The mobile tool was developed by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and mainly serves certification.
greencarcongress.com, phys.org, sandia.gov
Hydrogenics, China Dynamics, India, Supercharger, EV Connect.
Chinese-Canadian cooperation: Hydrogenics says it sealed several deals with EV integrators from China to supply its fuel cell technology and hydrogen stations. The agreement covers more than 2,000 vehicles over the next three to five years, the Canadian company reports.
100 electric buses: The city of Xingtai in Chinese Hebei province ordered a hundred electric buses from China Dynamics after a successful trial. Deliveries will be completed before the end of this year. 90 of those electric buses measure eight metres in lenght, the another ten are 10.5 metres long.
10 electric buses: The government of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh bought ten electric buses with subsidies to serve on the Manali-Rohtang route and elsewhere. At the same time, a trial with Mahindra’s electric maxi-cabs will start in the second week of December.
154.2m dollars net book value is what Tesla reports for its Supercharger network. At the end of the last quarter, 536 charging stations were live worldwide resulting in average costs of 284,000 dollars each.
2.7m dollars in funding were collected in EV Connect’s latest round of equity financing. The company provides software solutions to manage EV charging infrastructure via cloud. The money will be spend on growth and to take EV Connect to profitability.
BYD, Motiv Power, Hydrogenics, LG Chem & AllCell.
BYD funds for battery production: The Chinese manufacturer plans a share sale, with which it hopes to gain about 10 billion yuan (1.6bn dollars). The fresh capital is believed to be used for expanding BYD’s battery production to fulfil increased demand for the company’s electric cars and buses.
Further expansion plans come from Motiv Power who just received a grant from the California Energy Commission over 8.1 million dollars. The money is to aid production at Motiv’s new factory in Hayward. At full capacity, the facility is said to make up to 480 all-electric powertrains annually.
Fuel cell deal for Hydrogenics: The Canadian company has landed a 50-million euro deal with Alstom Transport to exclusively supply the latter with fuel cell systems for regional commuter trains in Europe over the next ten years. Delivery of the first units is set for 2016.
Electric forklifts: AllCell and LG Chem have developed a high performance long lasting Li-ion battery for material handling applications that will replace currently used lead-acid batteries. The battery is built with LG’s cylindrical 18650-format Li-ion batteries and AllCell’s proprietary passive thermal management technology with phase change composite (PCC).
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was Audi confirming its Q8 for 2019 launch and its all-electric Q6 for 2018.
Japan, Hydrogenics, Kandi, Fleet Alliance.
Massive push for hydrogen infrastructure: According to a report from Nikkei, JX Energy may build up a total of 2,000 hydrogen fuelling stations in Japan. It will be opening its first one late this month at a gas station in Kanagawa Prefecture, and by the end of fiscal 2015 hopes to have 40 such locations mostly in the Tokyo area. The rollout would continue as JX watches how fuel cell vehicles are adopted.
Hydrogenics has been awarded contracts to supply two hydrogen fueling stations, one in California and another one in Scotland. That brings the total number of contracts secured by Hydrogenics this year to nine. Moreover, Hydrogenics is involved in the building and servicing of 45 stations worldwide.
Kandi strikes another deal: The Chinese manufacturer has sold another 700 of its electric vehicles, this time to Guangzhou MingZhi Auto Trade Co. The latter will be responsible for setting up EV leasing businesses in the region, as Guangzhou is one of the national renewable energy automobile pilot cities.
Fleet Alliance goes greener: The company extends its fleet by two Nissan Leaf and a Lexus CT Hybrid and has installed two charging points, free for all EV drivers. The measures are part of an electric vehicle awareness campaign, aimed at cutting carbon emissions on its clients’ fleets.
Nanyang Technological University, Hydrogenics, Saltire Freeflow, Lotus.
Chinese revolution: Researchers at Nanyang Technological University have developed a battery with a 20-year lifespan and ultra-fast charging capability, saying it can recharge up to 70% in two minutes. The team now seeks funding to build a large-scale battery prototype, using the patented method. The technology has been licensed to a company that could bring the batteries to market within two years time.
Fuel cells for trucks: Hydrogenics presents its new fuel cell system for medium and heavy duty trucks and buses at the ‘American Public Transit Association Expo’ in Texas, USA. ‘Celerity’ is said to withstand temperatures of up to minus 40 degrees Celsius and is easy to install.
Perpetuum pedelec? Scotsman Neil MacMartin developed the Saltire Freeflow, an e-bike that never needs to be recharged, since its motor acts as a pedal-powered generator. Moreover, all electric components are invisible, as they have been integrated into the down tube and bottom bracket.
technologicvehicles.com (with video), angelsden.com
Lotus to drive Mercedes: Beginning with the 2015 season, the Lotus F1 team will be powered by the Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid Power Unit. The F1 team says work on the new E23 Hybrid is already underway. The agreement with Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) ends a 20-year relationship with Renault.
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Most clicked link on Monday was Tesla’s revelation of the dual motor Model S and the announcement that safety and autopilot hardware is standard on every new Tesla.
ZeEUS, NASA, Hydrogenics.
Zero Emission Urban Bus Systems (ZeEUS): This EU project unites 40 partners in eight European cities to research the emission saving potential of e-buses in public transport. In the city of Münster, Germany, a complete bus route will be operated with five all-electric buses recharging at two fast-charging stations. The test is coordinated by two institutes of RWTH Aachen university. ZeEUS will receive funding from the EU worth 13.5 million euros (18.3m dollars) until 2017.
emobilserver.de (In German), egvi.eu (Project coordination)
NASA’s electric car trial: A programme designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions at Kennedy Space Center has brought “really insane” results in its first three months, according to NASA’s Frank Kline. Ten employees using electric cars and charging them with green energy on-site have already saved 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide in only three months – mission to be continued.
H2 stations for UK: Fuel cell developer Hydrogenics announced it won two contracts from the British government to provide its electrolyser technology for new hydrogen fuel stations. The company’s HyStat 60 and 30 electrolyser will be used by BOC, a subsidiary of the Linde Group.