FuelCell Energy PPA for 7.4 MW project on Long Island, financing

FuelCell Energy PPA for 7.4 MW project on Long Island, financing

NEWS institutions SINTEF Ocean and Protech are also partners in the project. The emission requirements in Norwegian tenders for new ferries have led t...

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NEWS institutions SINTEF Ocean and Protech are also partners in the project. The emission requirements in Norwegian tenders for new ferries have led to rapid developments in battery technology, and Havila Kystruten is already using the world’s largest battery packs, and a design that results in energy-efficient vessels. But sailing long distances with such vessels demands so much energy that hydrogen is one of few available solutions. The PILOT-E scheme [see also the item above, and page 8] provides funding for Norwegian trade and industry, and has been launched as a collaboration between the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway, and the Enova SF clean energy agency. Havyard Group: www.havyard.com PILOT-E scheme: www.enova.no/pilot-e [in Norwegian]


SAFCell completes field trial at Shell Canada well site


alifornia-based SAFCell has completed an eight-month field trial of its solid acid fuel cell remote power system at a Shell Canada well site in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The SAFCell system, which runs on industrial methanol, powered a methane emissions sensor from late February until mid-October, demonstrating operability in the field at both low and high ambient temperatures. SAFCell developed the 50 W fuel cell system in partnership with Calscan Energy Ltd in Edmonton, Alberta, which has extensive experience in developing electrical equipment for the Canadian oil & gas industry. In early 2017 the two companies began to optimise SAFCell’s unit for deployment at off-grid oil & gas production facilities during harsh Canadian winters, under a grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada and Emissions Reduction Alberta. ‘SAFCell’s remote power system has enabled us to test next-generation methane detection technologies in our shale gas sites near Rocky Mountain House in Alberta,’ says Brad Morello, Shell’s Science & Policy Advisor – Air. ‘The system has demonstrated its resilience in extreme temperatures, from season to season.’ SAFCell is now extending its grant-funded field trials to the broader Canadian oil & gas industry, beginning this winter with Cenovus Energy, Repsol Oil and Gas Canada, and Husky Energy. 6

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Under a separate contract, SAFCell will also provide field trial units to Bellatrix Exploration. ‘We are excited to build upon our success with the Shell trial and work with our new industry partners this winter,’ comments Dr Calum Chisholm, CEO and President of SAFCell. ‘Our remote power systems operate on industrial grade methanol, which is ideal for electrification projects at Canadian oil & gas sites, where sunshine is limited but methanol is readily and cheaply available.’ Pneumatic equipment in use at the vast majority of Canadian well sites is under heavy regulatory scrutiny, as it is the greatest source of methane emissions from the upstream oil & gas industry. SAFCell and Calscan have developed a Near Zero Emissions Well Control System as a reliable, efficient, and clean alternative to the standard pneumatic equipment. SAFCell was formed in 2009 using technology developed and patented at the California Institute of Technology. The company is working with the US Army [FCB, June 2016, p8], oil & gas companies, and power system manufacturers to commercialise its solid acid fuel cell systems, which operate on commercially available fuels including (bio)methanol, ethanol, propane, (bio)diesel, and natural gas. SAFCell: www.safcell.com Calscan Energy Ltd: www.calscan.net Sustainable Development Technology Canada: www.sdtc.ca Emissions Reduction Alberta: www.eralberta.ca


Bloom onsite SOFC power for Partners HealthCare in MA


alifornia-based Bloom Energy is helping Partners HealthCare in Massachusetts, one of the leading integrated health systems in the US, to boost its readiness for future winter storms with new onsite, solid oxide fuel cell-based electric power systems. Partners HealthCare – founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both part of Harvard Medical School – recently reviewed the vulnerability of its facilities to storms, floods, and other outages. Massachusetts suffered more than 100 electric grid outages in 2017, lasting 55 hours in total, according to the Eaton Blackout Tracker, which affected more than 630 000 people.

Partners therefore decided to continue increasing reliability at its facilities by deploying 4.1 MW of SOFC-based energy systems from Bloom Energy, at locations throughout Massachusetts. Bloom Energy Servers can be configured to enable critical operations to continue even if the electric grid fails in the event of a storm or an accidental outage. They will provide cheaper electricity 24/7, thereby more than paying for themselves, and helping Partners to keep its electricity costs low and predictable over a 15-year period. Partners HealthCare intends to deploy the new systems at its corporate headquarters in Somerville, where more than 4500 administrative employees are based. They will also be deployed at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and at its Marlborough data centre. Bloom says that its Energy Servers are a good fit for Partners’ urban and space-constrained locations, as they are 125 times more spaceefficient than solar panels per kW generated. ‘Our hospitals and medical centres care for more than 1.5 million patients each year. Many of our facilities are open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, so reliable electricity is both crucial to our operations, and one of our largest utility costs,’ says Dennis Villanueva, Senior Manager of Energy & Sustainability at Partners HealthCare. ‘With the Bloom systems, we can save money, improve our resiliency to outages, and virtually eliminate particulate pollutants responsible for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in our community.’ Last summer Bloom unveiled an initiative with the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, to provide the hospital with clean, reliable energy that will also reduce the strain on Brooklyn’s power grid and help reduce local air pollution [FCB, July 2018, p7, and see also page 1 in this issue]. Bloom Energy: www.bloomenergy.com Partners HealthCare: www.partners.org

FuelCell Energy PPA for 7.4 MW project on Long Island, financing


onnecticut-based FuelCell Energy has signed the first of three longterm Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) under the Fuel Cell Resources Feed-In Tariff IV (FIT IV) programme administered by PSEG (Public Service Enterprise Group) Long Island, New York. FuelCell Energy has also signed a project finance facility with sustainable infrastructure

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NEWS investor Generate Capital, which will be used to finance the construction, installation, and commissioning of current and future projects. The PPA stems from the selection of a 7.4 MW fuel cell project in Yaphank, New York by PSEG Long Island under a solicitation for 40 MW of fuel cell based power resources [FCB, August 2017, p6]. The solicitation sought NY Clean Energy Standard (CES) qualified fuel cell resources from 1 MW to under 10 MW in nine designated electrical distribution development areas, and up to 20 MW at the transmission level at 10 key substation locations across Long Island. The Yaphank 7.4 MW project is one of three projects totaling 39.8 MW awarded to FuelCell Energy as part of the FIT IV competitive bid process. The electric power from the Yaphank project will be sold under a 20-year PPA, with FCE’s wholly owned special-purpose project entity, Yaphank Fuel Cell Park LLC, owning, operating and maintaining the SureSource™ molten carbonate fuel cell power plants. The systems are being installed by FuelCell Energy at a site leased from the Town of Brookhaven, with permitting, engineering, and site design already completed, and construction expected to commence in 2019. The other two selected projects have made substantial progress in completing the prerequisite items leading to PPA execution, and FuelCell Energy expects to complete the remaining items in the near term, allowing it to execute PPAs for the remaining 32.4 MW of projects. These include an 18.5 MW project at the Brookhaven Rail Terminal in Yaphank, and a 13.9 MW project at an industrial park in Yaphank. FuelCell Energy has also signed a project finance facility with Generate Capital, under which FCE will submit projects over a 36-month period. Once an individual project is funded, the construction loan will remain outstanding until the project becomes commercially operational. The facility structure provides for aggregate principal commitments up to $100 million, with ‘accordion’ features enabling expansions up to $300 million, if certain performance criteria are met, subject to funding availability. The initial draw amount under this facility is $10 million, reflecting loan advances for the facility’s first approved project, the 5 MW installation for Bolthouse Farms (Campbell Soup Company) in California [March 2018, p1]. FCE expects to use this finance facility to fund the construction of its utility-scale backlog, including the three projects with PSEG Long Island mentioned above, and the two projects awarded by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental

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Protection (DEEP), totaling 22.2 MW [November 2018, p7]. FuelCell Energy: www.fuelcellenergy.com Generate Capital: www.generatecapital.com


myFC China deal with Telling expires, JAQ Hybrid Japan clearance


wedish micro fuel cell company myFC has confirmed that its twoyear framework agreement with the Chinese cellphone distributor Telling Communication, for sales of its JAQ Hybrid fuel cell powered charger, expired at the end of November 2018. myFC will continue to market the product in China, but will review its structure for Chinese sales and distribution. And in Japan, the JAQ Hybrid is now PSE certified under the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law. The framework agreement with Telling, announced in December 2016 [FCB, December 2016, p12], covered sales and distribution of the JAQ charger and its subsequent releases, such as the JAQ Hybrid [July 2017, p7]. The deal was structured in three phases: phase one amounted to 1000 JAQ units, which were delivered to Telling in March 2017, but Telling has not made any orders under the second and third phases. This is mainly attributed to Telling’s distribution channels not being optimised for changing consumer behaviour and increasing e-commerce during the contract period. myFC will continue to cooperate with the related company Huangdou e-commerce, from which it received its first commercial order for JAQ Hybrid in February 2017 [February 2018, p6 and April 2018, p7]. In April 2016, myFC and investment company Novel Unicorn started a joint venture, myFC Asia, for marketing and sales of JAQ Hybrid to the Chinese market [May 2016, p6]. The JV was also tasked to drive the work with the Telling agreement. myFC has therefore decided to review how it addresses the Chinese market, with the aim of establishing a cost-effective structure that facilitates contacts with potential partners in China within all three of its prioritised verticals: the JAQ Hybrid, and integration of fuel cells in smartphones [November 2018, p8] and the Lamina™ Rex range-extender for electric vehicles [August 2018, p4]. In other news, the JAQ Hybrid charger is now PSE certified in Japan under the

Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law (DENAN), established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). With effect from 1 February 2019, the PSE (Product Safety Electrical Appliance & Material) certification requirement is being extended to include power banks and other products such as the JAQ Hybrid. myFC has confirmed that its product has passed PSE conformance testing with a registered conformity assessment body, and that the PSE Circle Mark will be affixed on devices sold in Japan. myFC: www.myfcpower.com METI, PSE certification: https://tinyurl.com/meti-pse


German network adds new Linde station in Hannover, five others


he German hydrogen refueling infrastructure continues to expand, with Linde opening a hydrogen refueling station in Hannover, Lower Saxony in early December, and five more added as 2018 drew to a close. The new Hannover station is on the site of Linde’s existing ‘Gas and More’ retail outlet on Industrieweg, in the north of the city. It is one of the first stations to be built nationwide as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), with approximately E450 000 (US$515 000) in funding support from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) through its National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The station investor and owner is Linde (a CEP partner), while the hydrogen facility is operated by the H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH joint venture. Linde is using a new generation of its proprietary cryogenic pump, which converts the stored liquid hydrogen into a gaseous state compressed to 900 bar [see the Linde feature in FCB, September 2014]. For drivers, its operation is intuitive, and the refueling process takes 3–5 min. This advanced technology is also used at Linde stations in the US, Japan, and China. It allows for refueling of up to 200 cars per day at the Hannover station; the storage capacity of the LH2 tanks can be increased from the current 400 kg to 800 kg if required. On 28 December, H2 Mobility announced that five additional stations have begun initial trial operation: in Laatzen (south of Hannover), Leverkusen (between Cologne and Düsseldorf in North Rhine-Westphalia), and

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