Vancouver waste H2 utilization project

Vancouver waste H2 utilization project

NEWS The baseline design also incorporates an air separation unit to provide oxygen for the plant, as well as unique thermal integration of the SOFC w...

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NEWS The baseline design also incorporates an air separation unit to provide oxygen for the plant, as well as unique thermal integration of the SOFC with the oxygen system to save additional energy. Siemens Power Generation – formerly Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation – will work with its gasification partner ConocoPhillips and its oxygen membrane partner Air Products to maximize plant performance and efficiency while minimizing costs. Contact: Stationary Fuel Cells Division, Siemens Power Generation Inc, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Tel: +1 412 256 2022, www.powergeneration.siemens.com

Vancouver waste H2 utilization project

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he Canadian government is making a C$12.2 million (US$10.6m) federal contribution to support development and demonstration of the Integrated Waste Hydrogen Utilization Project (IWHUP) in Vancouver, BC. The project will develop and demonstrate clean energy solutions using an existing but currently untapped source of hydrogen: hydrogen emitted as the by-product of a sodium chlorate manufacturing plant in North Vancouver [FCB, August 2004]. The three-year project, led by Sacré-Davey Innovations working with Westport Innovations and Sacré-Davey Engineering, received contributions from the Hydrogen Early Adopters (h2EA) program, Sustainable Development Technology Canada and the Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance. This support has been leveraged by an industry contribution of C$6.1m (US$5.3m), for a total project value of C$18.3m (US$15.9m). Other project participants include Clean Energy, Dynetek Industries, Easywash Inc, Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Powertech Labs, Questair Technologies and the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink). The project assembles a consortium of industry partners along the supply chain – product developers, distributors and customers – to accelerate the market success of clean technologies. It will also demonstrate the full hydrogen value chain that includes the supply, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen. The demonstration will involve the operation of eight light-duty trucks running on hydrogen, four public transit buses converted to run on a combination of compressed natural gas and hydrogen, and a fuel cell system operating on hydrogen to provide electric power and heat to a carwash. The North Vancouver fuel station of IWHUP is one of the key stops on the BC Hydrogen 6

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Highway™ that will play a role in sustainable transportation demonstrations for the Vancouver/ Whistler 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games [FCB, June 2004]. As part of the IWHUP initiative, QuestAir Technologies has received a C$165 000 order for an H-3200 hydrogen purifier, to recover and purify hydrogen from a by-product stream at the sodium chlorate plant. Contact: Sacré-Davey Innovations Inc, North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Tel: +1 604 986 0663, www.sacre-davey.com Or contact: Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Tel: +1 613 234 6313, www.sdtc.ca Or contact: QuestAir Technologies Inc, Burnaby, BC, Canada. Tel: +1 604 454 1134, www.questairinc.com For more on the Hydrogen Early Adopters (h2EA) Program, go to: tpc-ptc.ic.gc.ca/h2 For more on the Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance, go to: www.nrcan.gc.ca/es/etb/ctfca

FCE units for Westin hotel, government training center in California

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onnecticut-based FuelCell Energy has announced the expansion of its fuel cell power plants to include the Westin Hotel chain, with the inaugural installation of a 500 kWe Direct FuelCell® power plant at the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel. FCE has also sold a 500 kWe DFC® power plant to LOGANEnergy for the US Navy, for anticipated use at the US Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton in California. The 500 kWe DFC power plant for Westin – part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide brand – will supply baseload power for the 390-room hotel, while by-product heat will be used to heat the indoor pool. Once the Westin hotel unit is installed and operating, Starwood will be generating 2.75 MWe of fuel cell power for five of its hotels in California, New Jersey and New York. The first unit was installed in 2002 at the Sheraton in Edison, New Jersey. The DFC will be installed and operated by Alliance Star Energy, a joint venture between FCE and Alliance Power. At Camp Pendleton, FCE’s distribution partner LOGANEnergy will install the power plant, consisting of two 250 kWe DFC300MA™ units, to provide baseload electricity and heat for Bachelor Enlisted Quarters housing 200 Marines and a mess hall serving over 400 personnel daily. The power plant is scheduled to be up and running in late 2006. LOGANEnergy is

the prime contractor, overseeing installation and operation of the DFC power plants, and will also subcontract maintenance services to FCE under a multi-year service contract. Albion Environmental, GBC Electrical Services and Mojave Mechanical will also provide expertise during the construction phases. Contact: FuelCell Energy Inc, Danbury, Connecticut, USA. Tel: +1 203 825 6000, www.fuelcellenergy.com

Teledyne PEM fuel cell under test at Nasa

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asa’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio is performance testing a PEM fuel cell engineering model power plant designed and built under contract by Teledyne Energy Systems, developed for space exploration applications. The testing is being carried out in a new state-of-the-art fuel cell test facility at Glenn, which is capable of testing various fuel cell types from 1 to 125 kWe in output power. On completion of the testing at Glenn, the engineering model will undergo vibration and thermal vacuum testing at Nasa’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. At the conclusion of the test program, Nasa will have demonstrated in a simulated flight environment that the technology is ready for application consideration in future space missions. The engineering model was delivered in the summer [FCB, October], and is the first highfidelity 12 kWe PEM fuel cell hardware for space applications to be evaluated in a spaceflight-like environment. Contact: Mark A. Hoberecht, Fuel Cell Technology Manager, Nasa Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Tel: +1 216 433 5362, Email: [email protected], www.grc.nasa.gov Or contact: Teledyne Energy Systems Inc, Hunt Valley, Maryland, USA. Tel: +1 410 771 8600, www.teledyneenergysystems.com

Olympus, QinetiQ for portable H2 fuel cells

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K-based QinetiQ has signed an agreement with opto-digital giant Olympus Corporation in Japan to develop hydrogen generators for fuel cells for consumer portable devices. The aim is to deliver a working prototype by 2008, which will enable compact devices with high power output (10 W) and longer operating time.

December 2005