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Special guest speaker announcement: Dr. Koshi Sekizawa
CHFCA
The 7th International Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2015 Summit (HFC 2015) – April 27-28, 2015

Dr. Koshi Sekizawa – Chief Officer, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Group, The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)


Dear CHFCA Members and Friends,
We are excited to announce that Dr. Koshi Sekizawa, Chief Officer of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Group at The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), has agreed to attend as a guest speaker at HFC 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this coming April 27-28, 2015.
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Smartphone dead? Fuel cells offer instant power anywhere
PC World
If there's one thing almost every smartphone user wants, it's longer battery life. While processors, memory and other components have advanced in leaps and bounds, progress in battery technology has been much slower over the last couple of decades. One answer might be fuel cells, which generate electricity through a chemical reaction and provide instant power anywhere. Unlike portable battery packs, they don't need to be charged in advance. You just need a fuel cell cartridge.
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Energy department announces $35 million to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies
National Law Review
Recently, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced $35 million in funding to promote innovation in fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. The funding announcement will facilitate early adoption of a wide variety of hydrogen fuel cell applications — including light duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) — by supporting research and development.
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Shared opportunities for natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle markets
Phys.org
Fueling stations that offer both hydrogen and natural gas could benefit distributors of both fuel types, says a new Sandia National Laboratories report, "Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Natural Gas Vehicles." The report, from a workshop last fall supported by the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies and Fuel Cell Technologies offices, considered common opportunities and challenges in expanding the use of hydrogen and natural gas as transportation fuels.
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Researchers synthesize new thin-film material for use in fuel cells
Phys.org
Researchers from Cornell University have synthesized a new thin-film catalyst for use in fuel cells. In a paper published March 10 in the journal APL Materials, from AIP Publishing, the team reports the first-ever epitaxial thin-film growth of Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore, which could act as a more effective cathode — a fundamental electrode component of fuel cells from which positive current flows through an external circuit delivering electric power.
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Linde to supply hydrogen fuel for the Shell Eco-marathon
Hydrogen Fuel News
Shell is hosting its fifth annual Eco-marathon, where teams of students from various universities demonstrate the potential of hydrogen fuel cells in the transportation sector. Shell expects that 54 teams will compete in the event this year, showcasing their fuel cells and how these energy systems can be used in vehicles. Linde, a leading producer of chemical gases, will be the exclusive provider of hydrogen fuel for this year's event.

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Aerogel catalyst shows promise for fuel cells
R&D Mag
Graphene nanoribbons formed into a 3-D aerogel and enhanced with boron and nitrogen are excellent catalysts for fuel cells, even in comparison to platinum, according to Rice University researchers. A team led by materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and chemist James Tour made metal-free aerogels from graphene nanoribbons and various levels of boron and nitrogen to test their electrochemical properties.

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Video: Researcher teams up with industry to help bring hydrogen-powered vehicles to market
Phys.org
If Marc Secanell Gallart had his way, the streets would be filled with hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. The technology already exists, and has for some time, says the director of the University of Alberta's Energy Systems Design Laboratory. But engineers like him are now only a few years away from reducing the cost of the fuel cell enough to compete with the conventional combustion engine.

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Want a Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car? You might wait until 2018
The Wall Street Journal
Toyota Motor Corp.'s fuel-cell car Mirai, which runs on hydrogen and emits just water and heat, has attracted more demand than the auto maker had initially expected. In fact, customers in Japan putting in orders today should expect to wait three years before the car is delivered, Toyota said. "The Mirai contains many new technologies. We are launching cautiously by thoroughly manufacturing each and every car to ensure a high level of quality, so the production volume is limited," Toyota said in a statement.
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New nanomaterials will boost renewable energy
Nanowerk
Global energy consumption is accelerating at an alarming rate. There are three main causes: rapid economic expansion, population growth, and increased reliance on energy-based appliances across the world. Fuel cells usually use expensive platinum electrodes, but a non-metal alternative could be an affordable solution for energy security. Fuel cells generate electricity by oxidizing fuel into water, providing clean and sustainable power.
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Toyota is concerned over lack of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure
Hydrogen Fuel News
Japanese automaker Toyota has plans to launch its new hydrogen-powered vehicle, called the Mirai, throughout the world in September of this year. The fuel cell vehicle is already available in Japan, where Toyota has had to increase production of the Mirai in order to keep up with demand. Approximately 100 of these vehicles will be sold in Europe during the first two years of its launch, but Toyota has expressed concerns regarding the lack of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure in many markets.
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