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Ballard signs long-term engineering services contract to advance Volkswagen AG Fuel Cell Automotive Research Program
Ballard Power
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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Hydrogen power viable by mid-2020s
Motoring.com
A hydrogen power consortium in the U.K. predicts that hydrogen will reach mainstream status among automotive fuels by midway through next decade. In the first of a series of scheduled SWOT-analysis reports to help facilitate commercial rollout of a hydrogen vehicle fleet and supporting infrastructure, UKH2Mobility has predicted that its feasible for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to find commercial critical mass by 2025. The group projects a thirty-fold sales increase over a decade, from around 10,000 units a year in 2020 to 100,000 in 2025.
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U.S. Department of Energy makes modest push for fuel cells
Plastics News
The U.S. Department of Energy soon will launch a campaign to promote hydrogen cars, embracing a technology that was favored by the administration of President George W. Bush but initially shunned under Barack Obama. The project is tentatively called H2USA, in reference to the chemical symbol for hydrogen gas. The DOE is signing up automakers, suppliers and other companies that want to see hydrogen fuel cell vehicles hit the marketplace.
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New catalyst could make hydrogen fuel storage feasible
Hydrogen Fuel News
There are several issues that face hydrogen fuel that have kept this form of renewable energy from receiving widespread adoption. Storage, production, and the efficiency of fuel cell energy systems are among the most significant of the challenges facing hydrogen fuel. Researchers from the University of Rostock in Germany may have found a solution to the storage and production issues of hydrogen fuel with the development of a new catalyst and its use of methanol.
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Navy to field-test hydrogen fuel cell- and solar-powered military renewable energy system
Military & Aerospace Electronics
Military renewable energy experts in the U.S. Navy are testing a trailer-mounted regenerative fuel cell system that could save money and soldiers lives, Navy officials say. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, CA, are evaluating a system that consists of a fuel cell and an array of solar panels that can be towed behind ground vehicles and generate about 5,000 Watts of electricity.
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AFC Energy looks to East Asian market with new South Korea office
Proactive Investors
Fuel cell specialist AFC Energy marks another step in its growth, as it looks to tap into the markets of East Asia. The firm has opened its first office in South Korea in partnership with Intralink, which provides market access and development services for U.S. and European countries that are bidding to expand in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. South Korea is one of the countries currently providing subsidies for electricity generated from fuel cells and therefore represents an attractive early opportunity for the company.
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Local students build EcoCar
St. Albert Gazette
A University of Alberta team has unveiled a new car it hopes will show the world that zero-emission transportation is possible. About 20 members of the U of A's EcoCar team unveiled their latest zero-emissions electric car, which is made from biomaterials and powered by hydrogen, to be entered in the international Shell Eco-marathon this April. They built their first zero-emission car in 2012 and won second place in the fuel cell category at that year's Shell Eco-marathon a race that challenges high-school and post-secondary teams to make the most energy-efficient vehicles possible.
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Hydrogen fuel research may benefit from shift in auto industry
Hydrogen Fuel News
Ford, Daimler, and Nissan 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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Some automakers are bouncing back to fuel cells out of frustration, is this wise?
Gas2
Frustration with the low volume of electric vehicle sales caused some automobile manufacturers to bet on fuel cell vehicles as they used to. Hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles have their benefits, such as the potential to achieve very long range per charge, and the ability to fill their hydrogen tanks quickly. But do we want to turn our backs on EVs so soon?

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U.S. offers more funding for hydrogen fuel research
Hydrogen Fuel News
The U.S. Energy Department has announced funding for a new project meant to advance cost-competitive hydrogen fuel. The government agency has been showing more support for hydrogen fuel in recent years, despite having a limited interest in this form of renewable energy. One of the reasons hydrogen fuel has received such limited support from the federal government in the past is because of issues concerning cost.

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North van electric vehicle advocate takes on gas-addicted society
North Shore News
With almost every major auto manufacturer mass-producing EVs or plug-in hybrids that have the ability to get the average commuter to work and home and then some on a single charge, is it time to consider a switch? Yes, says Bruce Stout, a North Vancouver resident and president of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association.
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Let's revive the fuel cell
Postmedia News via National Post
Automakers are reviving their long-dormant fuel cell research, a technology Post Driving has long espoused that offers much the same emissions-free driving as an electric vehicle, mainly because fuel-cell cars are essentially EVs powered by hydrogen instead of a battery. Cato's conclusion is that though "the smart money in on 'electrified' vehicles being a major force by 2020," said smart money might be better spent on fuel-cell vehicles and hybrids.
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