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With 2013 coming to a close, CHFCA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide Weekly Fuel subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday January 9, 2014.





10. Hydrogen fuel research may benefit from shift in auto industry
Hydrogen Fuel News
Feb. 7, 2013: Ford, Daimler, and Nissan recently joined forces to make progress in the field of hydrogen fuel cell technology. Each of the companies has an ambitious goal in mind in terms of hydrogen transportation, but each has also been faces with challenges that threaten to derail these goals. The automakers decided to team up in order to overcome some of these challenges and introduce new standards to hydrogen fuel cell technology as a whole.
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9. Ballard signs long-term engineering services contract to advance Volkswagen AG Fuel Cell Automotive Research Program
Ballard Power
Mar. 7, 2013: Ballard Power Systems has announced signing of an agreement with Volkswagen Group for a major Engineering Services contract to advance development of fuel cells for use in powering demonstration cars in Volkswagen's fuel cell automotive research program. The contract term is for 4 years, with an option for an extension. The expected contract value is in the range of $60-100 million.
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8. Department of Energy launches new hydrogen fuel initiative
Hydrogen Fuel News
May 23, 2013: Hydrogen fuel has become a major focus for the global auto industry and this focus is likely to transform the transportation sector around the world. As automakers put more emphasis on clean transportation, global markets are beginning to respond by supporting the promotion of hydrogen fuel in the transportation sector. Much of this support comes in the form of governments working to establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure that will be capable of supporting a new generation of fuel cell vehicles.
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7. Danish researchers find way to cut costs of fuel cells
Hydrogen Fuel News
Aug. 1, 2013: Despite their high cost, fuel cells remain very popular for those interested in renewable energy. As such many organizations have been working to address the cost issues relating to these energy systems. The expensive nature of fuel cells is linked to the materials used to create the catalysts they rely on. Without a catalyst, fuel cells would not be able to operate effectively, and platinum has long been the ideal material to use when developing these catalysts.
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6. Launch of world's first hydrogen fuel cell e-bike
Bike Europe
June 6, 2013: It operates without long battery charging times and plug-in socket requirements. Just replace the ready-to-use energy cartridges which can be suited to individual range needs. The hydrogen fuel cell e-bike which is launched today by Cycleurope and two partner companies, is truly remarkable.
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5. Could hydrogen breakthrough revive the fuel-cell car?
Forbes
Apr. 11, 2013: Researchers at Virginia Tech have found a way to efficiently extract hydrogen from plant materials, overcoming one of the obstacles that led the Obama Administration to put hydrogen fuel-cell technology on the back burner. "We think this discovery is a game-changer in the world of alternative energy," said Y.H. Percival Zhang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering.
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4. Hyundai's fuel-cell vehicle could be a massive success
The Motley Fool
Oct. 24, 2013: Hyundai isn't the only manufacturer in the race for FCEVs. Toyota Motors, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and a number of other car companies have spent billions in fuel-cell technology, and are all competing to see who can be the first to market with a consumer-friendly FCEV. And for good reason. FCEVs have a driving range similar to gasoline-powered vehicles and can be refueled in minutes, and hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe.
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3. Hyundai will begin mass production of hydrogen fuel cell cars
The Verge
Feb. 28, 2013: Hyundai announced plans to begin mass production of hydrogen fuel cell cars, as part of an effort to spearhead the development of zero-emission vehicles. As Korea's Yonhap News Agency reports, Hyundai will begin producing hydrogen-powered versions of its Tucson ix SUV at its Usan plant in South Korea, in the hopes of selling 1,000 models across the world by 2015.
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2. Cost of hydrogen fuel cells may soon drop due to catalyst breakthrough
Hydrogen Fuel News
June 13, 2013: When it comes to hydrogen fuel cells, cost is a major issue that often determines whether these energy systems are used or abandoned in favor of less expensive alternatives. Indeed, the high cost of hydrogen fuel cells has prevented these energy systems from finding any significant traction beyond the auto industry, and cost may be what leads to the potential failure of that industry's strong focus on these energy systems.
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1. Hydrogen fuel cell breakthrough reached in the U.K.
Hydrogen Fuel News
Apr. 25, 2013: A team of engineers working on a collaborative project in the United Kingdom, lead by Intelligent Energy, has made a major breakthrough in fuel cell technology. The Enhanced Fuel Cell Systems project, which is designed to break new ground in the field of hydrogen fuel cells, has successfully demonstrated a new fuel cell system that is more powerful, durable, and reliable than conventional models.
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