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    Thumbs Up Are you keeping an eye on hydrogen fuel cell technology?

    Fuel Cells for small stationary applicationss are coming on fairly rapidly. This is an excerpt from an online newsletter I read....


    Quote Originally Posted by Fuel Cells 2000's Fuel Cell Technology Update - March 2012
    [SIZE=2]STATIONARY APPLICATIONS[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Apple to House Largest Non-Utility Fuel Cell Installation In Country.
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    [SIZE=2]For its Maiden, North Carolina data center, Apple plans to install 5 megawatts (MW) of fuel cells that, when online later in 2012, will be the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country. This installation will be located directly adjacent to the data center and will be powered by 100 percent biogas. In 2011, Apple installed a 500-kW biogas-powered fuel cell at its Cupertino, California corporate facilities.
    [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]http://images.apple.com/environment/reports/docs/Apple_Facilities_Report_2012.pdf[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Cox Installs Another 1 MW of Fuel Cells.
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    [SIZE=2]Cox Enterprises has installed five new 200-kW Bloom Energy fuel cells at its Cox Communications subsidiary in San Diego. The fuel cells, powered by renewable biogas, include two 200 kW units powering 100 percent of one facility and three 200 kW units powering 90 percent of another building. Cox already has 8 other fuel cells installed in California - four 100 kW fuel cell units at KTVU-TV in Oakland; two 400 kW fuel cell units at Cox Communications in San Diego; and two 400 kW fuel cell units at Cox Communications in Rancho Santa Margarita.
    [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]http://cox.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=584[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]CT Transit to Install UTC Unit for Headquarters.
    CT Transit, which currently operates five buses in Connecticut powered by UTC Power fuel cells, has purchased a 400 kW PureCell®[/SIZE][SIZE=2] stationary fuel cell system for their headquarters in Hartford. The fuel cell will power the 330,000 square-foot facility and thermal energy from the fuel cell will be used to pre-heat two boilers that support the building’s primary heating system.
    [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]http://www.utcpower.com/pressroom/pressreleases/ct-transit-sets-another-green-example-installs-purecell-system[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]FCE Enters MOU With Fraunhofer IKTS, Signs Long-term Service Agreement with SCE.
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    [SIZE=2]FuelCell Energy, Inc. has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a German-based joint venture with Fraunhofer IKTS (Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems) to market its Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) stationary power plants to the European market. FuelCell Energy has established a legal entity in Germany for the joint venture and will retain majority ownership. In other FCE news, the company has sign a multi-year service agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE) to operate and maintain the 1.4 megawatt DFC® power plant previously purchased and located at California State University — San Bernardino. FuelCell Energy will operate and maintain the power plant and SCE will sell the ultra-clean electricity produced by the fuel cell power plant to the University under a power purchase agreement and will also provide the high-grade heat generated by the fuel cell to the University.
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    [SIZE=2]http://fcel.client.shareholder.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=650518[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]ClearEdge5 Receives CSA Certification.
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    [SIZE=2]ClearEdge Power’s outdoor ClearEdge5 system has received CSA certification and listing to ANSI/CSA Americas FC-1.
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    [SIZE=2]http://www.clearedgepower.com/news/clearedge-power-receives-csa-certification-meets-demanding-industry-fc-1-standards-0[/SIZE]


    [SIZE=2]PORTABLE/BACKUP POWER[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Thirty Dantherm Power Fuel Cells Being Installed in India.
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    [SIZE=2]Thirty of Ballard Power Systems’ fuel cells manufactured by Dantherm Power, its backup power company, are being deployed in the Idea Cellular wireless telecommunications network in India and installation will be completed this month. Good news for the industry - the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a directive in January, 2012 requiring 50% of all rural telecom base station towers and 33% of all urban towers in the country to be powered by hybrid solutions within five years. Hybrid solutions involve a combination of renewable energy sources, and include hydrogen fuel cells.
    [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]http://www.ballard.com/about-ballard/newsroom/news-releases/news02211201.aspx[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]ReliOn Introduces New Product.
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    [SIZE=2]ReliOn announced its new E-1100v fuel cell, a fully integrated system producing up to 1,100 Watts of power in an industry first vertical-mount chassis. The E-1100v fuel cell system offers footprint space savings and is available in both 24V or 48V DC in a variety of indoor and outdoor mounting options including rack, wall and cabinet. First customer commitments have been received in Europe for the internal communications network of a premier electrical utility and an emergency backup power application for a Fortune 100 industrial customer.
    [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]http://www.relion-inc.com/news.asp#41[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]FUELS/REFORMERS/STORAGE[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Belgium Station Officially Opened.
    The WaterstofNet Hydrogen Fueling Station built by Hydrogenics officially opened at Colruyt's headquarters in Brussels. This station features Hydrogenics' fifth generation HYSTAT 30 water electrolyzer, a compressor, a high pressure cascade storage and a 350 bar dispenser to supply up to 65kg of clean hydrogen fuel per day. The station will be used for refueling forklifts, buses and other vehicles. [/SIZE]http://www.hydrogenics.com/news/news_alerts/2012/WaterstofNet_Hydrogen_Fueling_Station.asp
    [SIZE=2]ITM Signs Agreements with Boeing, Logan Energy.
    ITM Power has signed an Equipment Development and Lease Agreement with Boeing Research & Technology Europe S.L.U. for the development, assembly and field trials of a 1Nm3[/SIZE][SIZE=2] PEM electrolyzer. The containerized electrolysis equipment will form part of Boeing’s current off-grid refueling station for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAS). ITM also signed a Cooperation Agreement with Logan Energy Limited to jointly tender for hydrogen energy storage and clean fuel projects in Scotland and Logan Energy will undertake all project management and after sales support for any plant installed under the agreement.
    [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]http://www.itm-power.com/news/97/Agreement+with+Boeing.html
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    [SIZE=2]http://www.itm-power.com/news/96/Agreement+with+Logan+Energy.html[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]Element One, Inc. Named Runner-Up in DOE's "America’s Next Top Energy Innovator" Competition.
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    [SIZE=2]Element One, Inc. of Boulder, Colorado, finished as a runner-up in the Department's "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" competition for its unique hydrogen leak detection technology that can indicate the presence of hydrogen down to concentrations as low as 0.04%, or 1/100 of the lower flammability limit.
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    [SIZE=2]http://energy.gov/articles/secretary-chu-announces-winning-startup-companies-america-s-next-top-energy-innovator[/SIZE] [SIZE=2]MATERIALS/COMPONENTS/TESTING[/SIZE]
    LeeB
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    Default Re: Are you keeping an eye on hydrogen fuel cell technology?

    How does a fuel cell achieve energy independence? There's no way you can produce enough gas (bio, natural, or hydrogen).
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
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    Default Re: Are you keeping an eye on hydrogen fuel cell technology?

    Quote Originally Posted by RiodeLobo View Post
    ....snip....Why do you want to be off the grid and how....snip....
    Solomon, fuel cells will one day be an option for a single family dwelling. Fuel cells can take you off the grid.
    LeeB
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    Default Re: Are you keeping an eye on hydrogen fuel cell technology?

    How? I might be missing something, but needing access to natural gas or hydrogen is still on the grid. I'm not trying to be combative, this is a serious question. I am curious about all options.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
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    Default Re: personal energy independence

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    Where your neighbors are just out of the range of a bullet. Two neighbors are still too close
    Darn, are they "just out of the range of a bullet?"
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    Default Re: Are you keeping an eye on hydrogen fuel cell technology?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    How? I might be missing something, but needing access to natural gas or hydrogen is still on the grid. I'm not trying to be combative, this is a serious question. I am curious about all options.
    Well, I take your point, I was thinking of the electric grid.

    I have an architect friend in California living off the grid, an hour South of San Jose. He heats his house with warm water in the pipes under the floor, using a 50 gallon water heater. His electric source is PV and wind generated with battery backup. Impressive set up for sure. He makes his living designing off the grid systems all over the world. A worthy goal to be sure. Hats off to those who succeed.
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    Default Re: personal energy independence

    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    Darn, are they "just out of the range of a bullet?"
    They are within rock throwing range. Also within range of their dogs (English Mastiffs, half a dozen of them) littering my yard with land mines.
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