October 2011

10.2.2011 GM Shows Off Fuel Cell Cars
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10.3.2011 FuelCell Energy Announces $3.0 Million Award for Carbon Capture Utilizing Direct FuelCells(R)
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10.3.2011 Boeing Supports Neah Power Systems as a Fuel Cell Provider for Airplane and Ground Applications
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10.4.2011 Portland Community College Celebrates Commissioning of Combined Heat and Power Fuel Cell System
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10.4.2011 ITM Power rallies after 'hugely successful' fuel cell project
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10.4.2011 EU officials test hydrogen fuel cell car
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10.4.2011 Air Liquide’s Potier Says Car Fuel Cells to Boost Hydrogen Sales
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10.4.2011 Hillsboro firm's fuel cells power college
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10.5.2011 IMW Industries Secures Long-Term Agreement from UTC Power To Provide Key Fuel Cell Modules on Exclusive Basis
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10.5.2011 Dynamic Announces HydraGen(TM) Repeat Sales
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10.6.2011 FuelCell Energy Announces $1.0 Million Phase II Award for Hydrogen Separation and Compression Technology Research
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10.6.2011 Ballard CLEARgen(TM) Fuel Cell System Wins Innovation Award; Seen As Leader in DG Market
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10.6.2011 Logistics news: Fuel-Cell Powered Lift Trucks Starting to Make an Impact in Distribution Centers
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10.7.2011 Fuel Cell Vehicle Market to Reach $16.9 Billion by 2020, According to Pike Research
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10.7.2011 AAA Joins the Electric Drive Transportation Association
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10.7.2011 AlumiFuel Power, Inc. Provides Rationale for Why the PBIS-2000 Portable Balloon Inflation System Technology Can Become the Worldwide Lift Gas Standard
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10.8.2011 How fuel cells can help cell phones in a hurricane
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10.10.2011 FuelCell Energy Announces Sale of 1.4 Megawatt Power Plant to Provide Ultra-Clean Electricity and Steam to a Connecticut University
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10.10.2011 Heliocentris wins energy lab order in Qatar, expands Middle East presence
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10.11.2011 ITM Power to cooperate with Dutch Fuel Cell Consortium on hydrogen energy projects
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10.13.2011 Nissan Develops Next Generation Fuel Cell Stack
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10.19.2011 Hydrogen fuel cell tram unveiled
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10.20.2011 Apple exploring lighter, more efficient hydrogen fuel cells
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10.24.2011 Plug Power Introduces Next Generation of GenDrive Fuel Cell Products
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10.25.2011 Fuel Cells Recommended by US DOD for Defense Facilities
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10.26.2011 T-Mobile USA deploys renewable fuel backup system
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10.27.2011 Ballard Announces Dantherm Power Agreement to Supply Fuel Cell System for Anglo American
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October 2, 2011
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GM Shows Off Fuel Cell Cars

Honeoye Falls, N.Y. – It’s no secret GM has been fine tuning hydrogen fuel cells at their Honeoye Falls plant, but the public never had a chance to see how it was developed.

Now, as they are doing at facilities across the country, GM gave the public a behind-the-scenes look at the technology behind the fuel cell during an open house Saturday.

“Everyone knows what is going on with that, but to see the work being done firsthand is something they don’t get a chance to see” Honeoye Falls Mayor Rick Milne said. “There is a lot of buzz about it.”

People can’t go inside the facility to see production, so GM brought the production outside with a new fuel cell Chevy Equinox to test drive.

“It’s unusually quiet.” said Ralph Jiacomi after his test drive. “The movement and sound stays constant throughout the whole experience.”

The fuel cell being developed the Honeoye Falls plant powers cars on hydrogen and leaves only water as exhaust.

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October 3, 2011
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FuelCell Energy Announces $3.0 Million Award for Carbon Capture Utilizing Direct FuelCells(R)

DANBURY, Conn. -- FuelCell Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power plants, today announced a $3.0 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to evaluate the use of Direct FuelCells(R) (DFC(R)) to efficiently and cost-effectively separate carbon dioxide (CO2) from the emissions of existing coal-fired power plants. Efficient and cost-effective carbon capture can then lead to sequestration of this greenhouse gas, preventing its release into the atmosphere.
 
"FuelCell Energy has over 80 Direct FuelCell power plants providing ultra-clean power and usable high quality heat at more than 50 locations globally," commented Tony Leo, Vice President Applications Engineering and New Technology, FuelCell Energy, Inc. "This award enables us to further expand the use of our existing commercial technology to develop an additional application with significant market potential, namely the ability for our power plants to economically capture carbon dioxide from the emissions of conventional fossil fuel-fired power plants."

FuelCell Energy's carbonate fuel cell technology separates and concentrates CO2 as a side reaction during the power generation process. DFC carbon capture research conducted by FuelCell Energy has demonstrated that DFC is a viable technology for the efficient separation of CO2 from a variety of industrial facility flue gases such as cement plants and refineries. In addition to the carbon capture, the research also verified that DFC technology is capable of destroying some of the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in flue gas streams, thus, reducing the cost of NOx removal equipment. This award from the DOE will advance DFC carbon capture technology further by funding research to assess the capability of DFC technology to separate the CO2 within the flue gas emitted by existing coal fired power plants in a cost-effective manner.

Technologies currently in use to capture CO2 from the emissions of coal fired power plants are energy-intensive with high operating costs. DFC power plants potentially represent an efficient and cost-effective approach to separating CO2 while generating ultra-clean power rather than consuming power, as required by current CO2 capture technologies.

This three year research project will involve system design, cost analysis, and long-term testing of a multi-kilowatt DFC stack, with funding occurring in stages upon reaching certain progress milestones. Successfully attaining the project goals of capturing at least 90 percent of the CO2 from the coal-fired power plant emissions within the DOE's cost targets may lead to a demonstration project with a DFC power plant installation at an existing coal-fired power plant.

"FuelCell Energy is excited to be part of this leading edge research to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we are honored to have been chosen for this award," continued Mr. Leo.

Efficient and cost-effective carbon capture from coal-fired power plants is a potentially large global market as coal is widely used to generate electricity. Additionally, DFC carbon capture technology can be used where onsite power generation is desired and carbon dioxide is sequestered or utilized as a commodity.

DFC power plants excel at solving energy, environmental and business problems by providing ultra clean, efficient and reliable distributed power generation solutions. Direct FuelCells combine a fuel such as natural gas or renewable biogas with oxygen from the ambient air to efficiently produce ultra-clean electricity and usable high quality heat through an electrochemical process. DFC power plants emit virtually no pollutants due to the absence of combustion.

About FuelCell Energy

Direct FuelCell(R) power plants are generating ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power at more than 50 locations worldwide. The Company's power plants have generated over 850 million kWh of power using a variety of fuels including renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as well as clean natural gas. With over 180 megawatts of power generation capacity installed or in backlog, FuelCell Energy is a global leader in providing ultra-clean baseload distributed generation to utilities, industrial operations, universities, municipal water treatment facilities, government installations and other clients around the world. For more information please visit our website at www.fuelcellenergy.com

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company's plans and expectations regarding the continuing development, commercialization and financing of its fuel cell technology and business plans. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause such a difference include, without limitation, general risks associated with product development, manufacturing, changes in the regulatory environment, customer strategies, potential volatility of energy prices, rapid technological change, competition, and the Company's ability to achieve its sales plans and cost reduction targets, as well as other risks set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statement to reflect any change in the Company's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Direct FuelCell, DFC, DFC/T, DFC-H2 and FuelCell Energy, Inc. are all registered trademarks of FuelCell Energy, Inc. DFC-ERG is a registered trademark jointly owned by Enbridge, Inc. and FuelCell Energy, Inc.


October 3, 2011
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Boeing Supports Neah Power Systems as a Fuel Cell Provider for Airplane and Ground Applications

BOTHELL, WA -- Neah Power Systems, Inc.  announced today that the Boeing Company is exploring areas of collaboration to deploy our patented, award-winning PowerChip(TM) technology to various distributed power sources on Boeing's current and future airplane and ground systems.

The current trend in the aircraft industry is the "More Electric Aircraft" (MEA), which focuses on replacing mechanical and hydraulic systems with electrical systems to accommodate ever increasing power requirements. In a letter to our company, a representative of Boeing Commercial Airplanes states, "One of the key technologies that Boeing is evaluating for future airplanes are fuel cell systems used for the generation of airplane electrical power. We believe that Neah's technology will help Boeing achieve the objective of greener airplanes in the future. The development of a fuel cell system meeting Boeing's requirements is a crucial step toward proving the potential for successful deployment of this technology. Boeing would work with Neah on the prototypes for internal validation, developing and engineering the air-worthiness of the system, various certifications needed, and system integration with airplane and ground applications."

Our PowerChip(TM) power stack systems provide higher energy densities and lower weight than current comparable fuel cells. This could translate into substantial fuel and cost savings. With successful implementation, this could give Boeing Commercial Airplanes a competitive edge in the MEA market place.

Dr. Chris D'Couto, CEO, Neah Power Systems, said "Our fuel cells offer clean and efficient energy generation and we are delighted to work with Boeing, a market leader, in implementing cutting edge solutions into their designs for airplane and ground applications."

About Neah Power Neah Power Systems, Inc. is developing long-lasting, efficient and safe power solutions for the military, transportation, and for portable electronics applications. We use a unique, patented, award-winning, silicon-based design for our PowerChip(TM) micro fuel cells that enable higher power densities, lower cost and compact form-factors, and that can run in aerobic and anaerobic modes.

Neah Power is headquartered in Bothell, Washington, and its common stock trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "NPWZ." Further company information can be found at www.neahpower.com .


October 4, 2011
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Portland Community College Celebrates Commissioning of Combined Heat and Power Fuel Cell System

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu on October 3 applauded the commissioning of a combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell system at Portland Community College in Oregon. The CHP fuel cell system will help Portland Community College save on its energy bills and help achieve its energy efficiency and sustainability goals. Students at the college will also learn about the fuel cell technology used in the project as part of a comprehensive alternative energy curriculum offered by the school.  

“The benefits of a combined heat and power fuel cell system, coupled with the educational benefits of a living laboratory, not only advance clean energy technology, but help ensure that our nation remains competitive in the workforce of tomorrow,” said Secretary Chu. “Giving students hands-on, real-world experience working with clean energy technologies is critical to developing the skilled workforce we need to power our clean energy future.”  

This is the first of ten CHP fuel cell systems that will go into operation on the West Coast as part of a $2.8 million combined industry and government award that includes $1.4 million of funding from the Department of Energy. In addition to providing electricity, the CHP fuel cell system captures the excess heat generated inside the fuel cell and releases it into the facility to provide space heating. The excess heat can also be used for hot water or other heating needs, while excess electricity produced but not consumed by the building can be sold back to a local utility company. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) awarded $1.4 million to Oregon-based ClearEdge Power to install 38 CHP fuel cell systems at ten different West Coast businesses under the initiative.

An event on September 29 at Portland Community College celebrated the completion of the first two 5 kW systems. The remaining 36 units will be installed at nine additional locations and will be completed in the next few months.

To document and validate this innovative technology, PNNL will analyze the engineering, economic, and environmental performance of the two systems during the next five years. PNNL anticipates that this type of a system could reduce the fuel costs and carbon footprint of a commercial building by approximately 40 percent, compared with conventional electricity use.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Find out more about DOE's support of research, development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.


October 4, 2011
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ITM Power rallies after 'hugely successful' fuel cell project

Carbon Trust’s technology director Robert Trezona called the project a “huge success”

Shares in ITM Power rallied this morning after the clean fuel specialist told the markets that its recently completed nine month fuel cell project has achieved all of its objectives.

The project, which was supported by Carbon Trust as part of the Polymer Fuel Cells Challenge, focused on ITM Power's proprietary hydrocarbon membrane materials and their evaluation in high power density hydrogen/air fuel cells.

Carbon Trust’s technology director Robert Trezona called the project a “huge success”, saying that the progress made by ITM Power during these nine months was significant and is testament to the capability of its material technology.

ITM Power said that increasing power density is seen as the single most important factor in reducing the cost of fuel cells and its materials have shown the ability to generate “unprecedented power density” when using either oxygen or air.

The project examined the impact of operating in environments and conditions required by the automotive industry.

In addition, longevity studies were initiated as part of the project and benchmarking was carried out against industry standard material.

The project was conducted at a single test cell level with an aim of reducing the technical risk presented by ITM Power's materials as a new component.

“The enthusiasm that has been shown by the automotive industry and fuel cell supply chain for the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) developments has been very encouraging. We now move to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) partner evaluation to demonstrate our MEA performance as a first step to commercialization,” said chief executive of ITM Power Graham Cooley.

ITM added that the commercialization of its MEAs will be using a licensing business model.

ITM Power’s were in demand after the report was released, rallying 12 percent to trade at 37 pence in early deals, valuing the company at £41 million.


October 4, 2011
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EU officials test hydrogen fuel cell car

Hyundai’s prototype ix35 fuel cell electric vehicle has been selected to give Members of the European Parliament and EU officials a taste of the future for hydrogen-powered cars and prove the real-world possibilities of the technology.

A concept fuel cell car from Toyota

The car maker’s SUV fuel cell model was selected by the European Commission-backed Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to be used as a demonstration vehicle to test and promote hydrogen fuel cell cars.

The trail of the vehicle was announced as part of the FCH JU-organised ‘Joint Technology Initiatives: Innovation in Action’ exhibition in Brussels. Now the ix35 will be made available EU commissioners and other policymakers to test drive until March 2012.

The decision moves Hyundai a step closer to the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles by 2015.  Debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010, the ix35 features important innovations over previous-generation Hyundai FCEVs, including a 55 per cent improvement in driving range and an 80 per cent reduction in manufacturing costs.

Earlier this year, Hyundai signed a memorandum of understanding with the municipality of Copenhagen to establish the necessary infrastructure for the supply and use of FCEVs in Denmark.

Maria da Graça Carvalho MEP, Member of the Industry Committee and host of the exhibition Joint Technology Initiatives, said: “Fuel cell vehicles, such as the ix35 FCEV, have great potential to help fight carbon dioxide emissions, reduce our dependence on hydrocarbons and contribute to economic growth.  I am sure my fellow members of the European Parliament will embrace the opportunity to test the viability of hydrogen technology.”

Korean car maker is targeting a price of around US$50,000 (£31,625) by the time the ix35 FCEV goes into commercial production by 2015. This early prototype’s 144 litres hydrogen fuel tank could cost as little as $30 (£19) to fill, giving an estimated cost per mile of around 5p.

The ix35 FCEV has a maximum speed of 100 mph and zero-to-62mph time of 12.8 seconds. Its only tailpipe emissions is water vapour.


October 4, 2011
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Air Liquide’s Potier Says Car Fuel Cells to Boost Hydrogen Sales

Air Liquide SA (AI) Chief Executive Officer Benoit Potier said demand for hydrogen used in fuel cells will probably rise as carmakers such as Daimler AG (DAI) and Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) introduce models powered by the technology.

A global automotive market share of 1 percent for fuel- cell-powered cars would represent 15 billion euros ($19.8 billion) in sales for the industrial-gas industry, Potier told journalists today near Paris.

“Daimler, Opel, Toyota and Honda have announced launches on the market around 2015,” Potier said. “The U.S., Canada, Japan, South Korea and China have started refueling-station infrastructure programs, and Germany has taken a very strong lead in Europe.”

Air Liquide, the world’s biggest producer of industrial gases, generated 1.4 billion euros in hydrogen sales in 2010, mostly to oil refiners and chemicals producers, Potier said. Of that amount, only “a few million euros” came from hydrogen sales to users of fuel cells to power forklift trucks, buses and remote mobile-phone antennas.

Cars powered by fuel cells, which produce electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, will become more attractive because the vehicles can travel more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) between refuelings, which take three minutes, compared with several hours to recharge battery-powered cars with shorter ranges, he said.


October 4, 2011
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Hillsboro firm's fuel cells power college

Dignitaries from Congress and the U.S. Department of Energy joined with officials from Portland Community College on Thursday to unveil a pair of Hillsboro-built fuel cells to heat the Health Building and its swimming pool at PCC’s Sylvania campus.

PCC District President Preston Pulliams was joined by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader to witness the installation of the ClearEdge Power ClearEdge5 cells, which convert natural gas into electricity and heat. ClearEdge Power President Russell Ford says the cells are 10 times more productive than solar power and reduce the campus’ carbon footprint.

Pulliams said the new fuel cells are in keeping with the college’s sustainability goals, and provide a living laboratory for students interested in sustainable technologies.

“With the ClearEdge Power systems, we will be able to support our sustainability goals and give our students the opportunity to see fuel cell technologies in action,” Pulliams said. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will monitor PCC’s fuel cells during the next several years to confirm the energy-usage goals.

PCC is the first college or university to activate a ClearEdge fuel cell, although others are expected to come online this year.

“Portland Community College is setting an example for colleges across the nation,” Rep. Schrader said. By teaching a wide array of classes in sustainability, ranging from construction to automotive to wind and solar power, the college, “has an incredibly impressive alternative energy curriculum and the way it leverages alternative energy sources is also highly commendable.”

The fuel cells are all part of an effort to retrofit Sylvania — PCC’s oldest campus — to make it more sustainable.
Since the passage of a $374 million bond measure in 2008, the college has opened the LEED Platinum rated Willow Creek Center and Newberg Center. LEED is the internationally recognized measurement for energy-efficient buildings. Ongoing construction at all three main campuses and PCC’s Southeast Center also will focus on sustainability.


October 5, 2011
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IMW Industries Secures Long-Term Agreement from UTC Power To Provide Key Fuel Cell Modules on Exclusive Basis

CHILLIWACK, British Columbia -- IMW Industries announced today that it has signed a long-term agreement with UTC Power, a unit of United Technologies Corp., to be the exclusive provider of natural gas reforming and CSA cooling modules for its PureCell(R) Model 400 stationary fuel cell production. No contract value was disclosed for the agreement, which lasts through the end of 2014.

"We have worked with UTC Power to provide best-in-class natural gas processing technology for its stationary fuel cells and are pleased to be chosen as sole supplier for its market-leading system," said Brad Miller, president and CEO of IMW. "This agreement complements our growth in the expanding market for natural gas compression equipment for fueling transportation in North America and worldwide."

The PureCell solution from UTC Power uses fuel cell technology to generate 400 kW of electric power using natural gas as input fuel. In a fuel cell, no fossil fuel combustion takes place. The only byproduct is heat that can be easily harnessed to provide space heating or domestic hot water, or with the addition of an optional absorption chiller, can produce cooling. More than half of the energy potential in traditional, centralized power generation goes up the stack as exhaust heat. UTC Power fuel cell systems convert heat exhaust into cooling and heating, turning potential waste into useable energy. While central powerplants achieve energy conversion percentages in the mid-30-percent range, the PureCell system can attain energy conversion efficiencies as high as 90 percent.

UTC Power is part of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), which provides energy-efficient products and services to the aerospace and building industries. UTC is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index each year since it was launched in 1999. Based in South Windsor, Conn., UTC Power is the world leader in developing and producing fuel cells that generate energy for buildings and for transportation, space and defense applications. For more information, please visit www.utcpower.com

IMW Industries manufactures and services advanced natural gas fueling compressors and related equipment that is sold to station operators and commercial fleets, and has provided more than 1,200 installations in 24 countries. The company operates a manufacturing facility at its headquarters near Vancouver, BC, Canada, a second manufacturing facility near Shanghai, China, and a third manufacturing facility near Ferndale, Washington, USA. IMW is a subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. For more information, visit www.imw.ca

Clean Energy is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America and a global leader in the expanding natural gas vehicle market. It has operations in CNG and LNG vehicle fueling, construction and operation of CNG and LNG fueling stations, biomethane production, vehicle conversion and compressor technology. For more information, visit www.cleanenergyfuels.com


October 5, 2011
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Dynamic Announces HydraGen(TM) Repeat Sales

OSHAWA, Ontario -- Dynamic Fuel Systems Inc. ("Dynamic" or the "Corporation"), announces repeat sales of its flagship product the HydraGen(TM) to Hydrogen Fuel Systems Inc. (HFS).

Dynamic has accepted another binding order for 70 of the Corporation's flagship product, HydraGen(TM) from its Michigan based distributor Hydrogen Fuel Systems Inc ("HFS"). HFS sells Class 8 Vehicles that are specially equipped with a number of fuel and emission reduction measures including HydraGen(TM). HFS also advises that this order will bring the total number of HydraGen(TM) equipped vehicles operated by Pepsi Beverages Company to 178.

"We are delighted with the progress that HFS is making in their sales with their Class 8 Glider package and the important role that HydraGen(TM) plays in their package offering. This new order confirms increasing market acceptance of the HydraGen(TM) product as a means for corporations of all sizes to achieve their desired fuel efficiency and emission reduction targets," stated Mr. Grove Bennett, President of Dynamic.

"This commitment by HFS and Pepsi Beverages Company is recognition of the HydraGen(TM) value proposition. Dynamic continues to engage transportation companies and manufacturers in discussions that would dramatically increase the number and type of diesel engines that would benefit from the use of the HydraGen(TM) a transportable hydrogen generator. We continue to invest in research & development and testing initiatives," notes Mr. Bennett.

About Dynamic Fuel Systems Inc.

Dynamic Fuel Systems Inc. is an Oshawa, Ontario; Canada based energy Sector Company engaged in the sales & marketing, manufacture, distribution, installation and support of a transportable hydrogen generator aftermarket product targeted for use in the heavy tractor trailer industry. Its flagship product, the HydraGen(TM), is a patent-pending aftermarket retrofit solution that provides performance enhancement by mixing hydrogen into a vehicle's intake air resulting in greater fuel efficiency supporting on and off road industries. The scientific and product development of the HydraGen(TM) is consistent with the Corporation's on-going commitment and dedication to improve the Corporation's current and future product offerings. Its business was founded in 2001.

The Corporations emphasis during the on-going field trials to date was focused on delivering a HydraGen(TM) product that will survive the rigors of the transportation industry and to provide a reliable, sustainable & robust product to our end customers. The positive results of the on-going trials have permitted the Corporation to begin the commercialization of the HydraGen(TM) product. As our testing continues, the Corporation will provide specific and verifiable data confirming performance results, emission reductions and fuel savings.

The Corporations relationship with companies with specific knowledge of gas calibration systems and the equipment required to run infield testing, continue to offer the Corporation opportunities for growth and continued development of the HydraGen(TM) product for additional industries.

Applications of our new technology are scheduled to commence testing on large diesel engines such as railroad, ocean, transit and equipment used in the oil and gas industries. This testing will provide an increase data base of diesel engine types and provide a design reference for application of the HydraGen(TM) product for those specific applications.

We are at the early stages of exploration in these fields and look forward to seeing the impact of the new HydraGen(TM) technology within these industries. Our focus is to provide solutions to power generating equipment with major companies, where the goal of a greener environment is at the forefront.


October 6, 2011
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FuelCell Energy Announces $1.0 Million Phase II Award for Hydrogen Separation and Compression Technology Research

DANBURY, Conn. -- FuelCell Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power plants, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded approximately $1.0 million to FuelCell Energy, Inc. to further develop and demonstrate a highly efficient and reliable method for simultaneously separating and compressing hydrogen for multiple applications utilizing its solid-state electrochemical hydrogen separation and compression (EHSC) technology. Combining both separation and compression simplifies the process of hydrogen production and reduces energy consumption, leading to lower cost hydrogen production. The EHSC technology expands the hydrogen production capability of FuelCell Energy's Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) power plants making them suitable for applications that use hydrogen including industrial uses and vehicle fueling applications, while simultaneously providing ultra-clean on-site power.

"We have already demonstrated hydrogen production from a DFC power plant operating on renewable biogas and using conventional hydrogen separation and compression technology," said Tony Leo, Vice President Applications Engineering and New Technology, FuelCell Energy, Inc. "This program will develop and demonstrate our technology to use electrochemical processes to separate and compress the hydrogen which is produced as a byproduct of power production in our DFC power plants. Replacing conventional mechanical processes with our EHSC electrochemical process for hydrogen separation and compression is expected to increase system efficiency and reduce operating costs by about 50 percent compared to existing technology."

DFC power plants generate three value streams including ultra-clean electricity, high quality heat, and hydrogen suitable for vehicle fueling or industrial uses. DFC plants can be sited at the point of use for the hydrogen and the ultra-clean electricity and heat used on-site or the electricity can be supplied to the electric grid. The benefit of the EHSC technology is the ability to separate and compress the hydrogen produced by the fuel cell for on-site storage and use at a later time. DFC plants produce ultra-clean power in a highly efficient and continuous manner using a non-combustion electrochemical process. Due to the absence of combustion, virtually no pollutants are emitted.

This award funds a two year project to develop scalable and durable EHSC capability that can operate on a variety of fuel inputs including natural gas or renewable biogas. The compression target for this program is 300 psig (pounds-force per square inch gauge). Integrating the EHSC technology with FuelCell Energy's existing fuel cell technology targets the production and compression of hydrogen at pressures of 3,000 to 12,000 psig. The ability to efficiently and cost effectively produce and compress large volumes of hydrogen to 3,000 psig is attractive to industrial users that currently use multi-stage mechanical compressors and compression to 12,000 psig targets hydrogen vehicle fueling.

The DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Program fosters the development and enhancement of technologies to expand the market for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for both transportation and stationary power generation. Hydrogen is generally produced at a location different from where it is used, resulting in the need for transportation and storage. High compression storage is an important component for expanding the use of hydrogen, particularly for vehicle fueling.

About FuelCell Energy

Direct FuelCell(R) power plants are generating ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power at more than 50 locations worldwide. The Company's power plants have generated over 850 million kWh of power using a variety of fuels including renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as well as clean natural gas. With over 180 megawatts of power generation capacity installed or in backlog, FuelCell Energy is a global leader in providing ultra-clean baseload distributed generation to utilities, industrial operations, universities, municipal water treatment facilities, government installations and other clients around the world. For more information please visit our website at www.fuelcellenergy.com


October 6, 2011
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Ballard CLEARgen(TM) Fuel Cell System Wins Innovation Award; Seen As Leader in DG Market

VANCOUVER -- Ballard Power Systems announced that it is the recipient of Frost & Sullivan's "2011 New Product Innovation Award" in the North American Stationary Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell category for the Company's unique CLEARgen(TM) multi-megawatt distributed power generation system.

"This award recognizes Ballard's technological leadership and strong market position in the commercialization of PEM fuel cells for distributed energy generation," said Tomasz Kaminski, Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst. "Ballard's solution surpasses the competition in terms of fuel cell durability, product cost and load-following capability, all keys to commercially viable grid-scale solutions."

The New Product Innovation Award is presented to the company that has excelled relative to the following criteria: innovative elements of the product; leveraging leading edge technologies in the product; value added features/benefits of the product; increased customer ROI; and customer acquisition/penetration potential.

John Sheridan, Ballard President and CEO said, "With the CLEARgen(TM) system, our customers can produce clean, reliable power and reduce their demand for grid electricity. This can create significant cost savings, while simultaneously reducing customers' environmental footprint."

Powered by Ballard's proprietary FCgen(TM)-1300 proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, the CLEARgen(TM) system is a complete solution designed to generate clean energy from hydrogen. Modular 500 kilowatt (kW) PowerBanks are combined to produce multiple megawatts (MW's) of zero-emission electricity, with heat created by the system also providing the opportunity for hot water and space heating. The system can operate continuously to meet baseload power needs, or intermittently to provide peak power during times of high demand.

Ballard's early work with CLEARgen(TM) has led to a number of notable contracts, including:

A 1MW CLEARgen(TM) system, the largest PEM fuel cell system in North America, has been installed at FirstEnergy Corp.'s Eastlake plant, near Cleveland, Ohio for use in a utility load management demonstration project. FirstEnergy Corp. activates the hydrogen-fuelled generator during periods of peak demand, taking strain off the power grid and ensuring uninterrupted power to customers. Results during the first year of operation have been positive.

Next year, K2 Pure Solutions will deploy a CLEARgen(TM) system at its bleach plant in Pittsburg, California. The system will convert by-product hydrogen into clean load-following electricity that will partially offset power demand at the state-of-the-art facility.

Also in 2012, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. will site a 1MW CLEARgen(TM) system at its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance, California. The system will provide peak electrical power and heat to a number of locations on Toyota's multi-building campus, utilizing hydrogen produced by steam-reformation of renewable bio-gas generated at a landfill.

Commercialization of the CLEARgen(TM) system is being supported by extending operating life and lowering product cost through a project funded by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), an arm's-length, not-for-profit corporation created by the Government of Canada.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

About Ballard Power Systems

Ballard Power Systems provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products are based on proprietary esencia(TM) technology, ensuring incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com .

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October 6, 2011
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Logistics news: Fuel-Cell Powered Lift Trucks Starting to Make an Impact in Distribution Centers

While the Green supply chain movement overall seems to have hit something of a plateau of late, much action still continues to be happening in the lift truck sector, as many manufacturers have delivered vehicles to market based on hydrogen-powered fuel cells.

Crown Equipment Corp., for example, recently announced it has just sold its 500th fuel-cell powered vehicle, and has constructed a special development center outside of Dayton, Oh (some 50 miles from its New Bremen, OH headquarters) that focuses specifically on fuel-cell technology.

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October 7, 2011
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Fuel Cell Vehicle Market to Reach $16.9 Billion by 2020, According to Pike Research

BOULDER, Colo. -- For the passenger car market, fuel cells offer the benefits of zero-emissions operation without the range and charging limitations of pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs). While the market for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) has been slower to develop than many anticipated a few years ago, major automakers including Toyota, Daimler, GM, Honda, and Hyundai have all publicly stated that fuel cells are a critical piece of a complete clean vehicle portfolio. Commercialization is expected to accelerate beginning in 2015. According to a recent report from Pike Research, cumulative commercial sales of FCVs will surpass 1 million by the end of this decade, generating $16.9 billion in annual revenue by 2020.

The largest market for FCVs will be the Asia Pacific region, which will account for more than half of total worldwide sales in 2020. The most rapid growth, however, will come in Western Europe, where sales with increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 53%.

"The limiting factor for the FCV market will be the availability of hydrogen infrastructure," says senior analyst Lisa Jerram. "If current plans for station construction are delayed or abandoned, the rollout of FCVs will be similarly pushed back."

While these latest figures represent a downgrade from Pike Research's previous FCV forecasts, published in the first quarter of 2010, the cleantech market intelligence firm expects a step change in FCV production levels to occur in 2015. After a five-year ramp-up period, production from top automakers will likely reach just under 58,000 in that year and accelerate rapidly from there. Early sales will be focused on areas where infrastructure investments have been or are being made, such as the United States (primarily California and the New York City region); Germany; Scandinavia; Japan (mainly Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka); South Korea (primarily around Seoul); and Shanghai, China.

Pike Research's report, "Fuel Cell Vehicles", analyzes opportunities and challenges in the development of commercially viable fuel cell cars, buses, and trucks. The report provides an examination of the key market drivers and barriers for FCV development in the face of competition from incumbent internal combustion engine vehicles and new plug-in electric vehicles. The report includes a status update on the progress of fuel cell R&D toward meeting commercial technical and cost targets for cars and buses. The report also covers key countries' policies promoting development and adoption of FCVs, strategies and plans of major industry players, and discussion of the vehicle segments and drivetrain configurations under development. The report forecasts global pre-commercial deployments of LDVs and buses through 2014, global commercial sales of LDVs and buses from 2015 through 2020, and potential revenue from fuel cell LDVs from 2015 through 2020. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm's website.

Pike Research is a market research and consulting firm that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The company's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy, Smart Grid, Smart Transportation, Smart Industry, and Smart Buildings sectors. For more information, visit www.pikeresearch.com or call +1.303.997.7609.


October 7, 2011
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AAA Joins the Electric Drive Transportation Association

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) -- the preeminent industry association dedicated to advancing electric drive as a core technology on the road to sustainable mobility -- today announced that AAA has joined the Association.

"With more than 52 million members, AAA is dedicated to providing industry leading information and support for the sustainable mobility options offered by hybrid, plug-in, fuel cell and battery electric vehicles, and we are proud to welcome AAA into the Electric Drive Transportation Association," said Brian Wynne, President of EDTA. "AAA's more than a century of experience engaging motorists will support the mission of our GoElectricDrive initiative to educate consumers, policymakers and key industry sectors on the benefits of electric vehicles."

Founded in 1902, AAA provides members with emergency road service, maps and travel publications, as well as a broad range of travel services, member-benefit programs and public service activities.

"AAA has been a leader in addressing the needs of motorists for more than a century, and the introduction of mobile electric vehicle charging continues that tradition. As the electric vehicle market continues to emerge, AAA is ready to help alleviate some 'range anxiety' with the ability to provide a charge to electric vehicles on the roadside that gets drivers back on the go quickly," said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet. "In joining EDTA, AAA looks forward to continuing to accelerate education around electric drive vehicles and providing the industry leading electric vehicle resource to AAA members."

EDTA regroups battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and international conferences. The trade association is growing rapidly and currently includes 118 members.

About AAA: As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 52 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

About EDTA: The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is the preeminent trade association representing battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and international conferences. EDTA's membership includes vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy companies, technology developers, component suppliers, government agencies and others. For more information about EDTA and its members, visit www.ElectricDrive.org . For information about owning and operating electric vehicles, please visit www.GoElectricDrive.com .


October 7, 2011
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AlumiFuel Power, Inc. Provides Rationale for Why the PBIS-2000 Portable Balloon Inflation System Technology Can Become the Worldwide Lift Gas Standard

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Early production stage hydrogen generation company AlumiFuel Power, Inc. ("API"), the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based wholly owned operating subsidiary of AlumiFuel Power Corporation (the "Company"), revealed today why the PBIS-2000 system can become a global standard following the award of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) contract announced yesterday. Military and meteorological users from the US, NATO, and around the world have been following API's Portable Balloon Inflation System product development with keen interest, and have indicated that the technology embedded in the PBIS-2000 could offer a superior solution to lift gas requirements in remote and inaccessible locations.

The PBIS-2000 expands the capability of API's current family of hydrogen generators, which includes the PBIS-1000 (for 100g balloons) and the PBIS-lite (designed for 30g pilot balloons). The PBIS-2000 generates sufficient hydrogen to inflate a 200g weather balloon within 20 minutes using up to 6 AlumiFuel Cartridges contained in a single reactor vessel. The system operates at ambient temperature and pressure so that the user never has to deal with a high pressure system such as the industry standard K-Cylinder. After purchasing any unit of the PBIS family, typical customers continue to purchase replacement cartridges to launch up to 700 balloons per unit each year (up to 4,200 cartridges).

The current addressable weather balloon lift gas market is estimated at $150-$200 million per year, and encompasses military as well as civil government meteorological users worldwide. Traditionally, helium has been used as the primary lift gas for weather balloons, but with the increasing scarcity and cost of helium, users are rapidly switching to hydrogen and API's PBIS family is far more mobile, safe, cost effective and cheaper to maintain than other on-site hydrogen generation systems. The cost, complexity, and safety of the hydrogen supply chain is greatly improved because no hydrogen is transported or stored. An on-site water source of any quality can be used to generate the hydrogen in the PBIS system. Certain meteorological users have indicated that the use of the PBIS and AlumiFuel cartridges for the launching of two weather balloons daily from each of its sites would be only one-third the cost of hydrogen K-Cylinders delivered to various launching sites -- an annual savings of over $120,000 per site, not to mention the avoidance of having to distribute and handle the awkward, heavy, high pressure K-Cylinders. In fact, users are now able to launch weather balloons from sites previously not accessible to K-Cylinders.

Moreover, the technology and configuration of PBIS systems provide an additional capability beyond balloon launching. PBIS units in the field also give users an added benefit by creating a ready-made logistics supply chain for hydrogen to power fuel cells. The 99.99+% purity of the hydrogen, as verified by an independent research lab, makes it ideally suited for fuel cells serving remote and man-portable power applications. Integrated with a fuel cell, two AlumiFuel cartridges could provide nearly 600Wh of electricity, resulting in a unique "hydrogen genset." API and its portable power partner, Ingenium Technologies of Rockford, Illinois, are pursuing back-up power market opportunities.

API's President & CEO, Mr. David Cade, said, "The advanced technology of the PBIS-2000 can be engineered into all of the PBIS family products, providing even more flexibility, user-friendliness, and rapid launching than current hydrogen lift gas systems, as well as cheaper and safer logistics. For these reasons, API believes the PBIS family can become the field standard and lift gas product of choice for NATO military users and meteorological customers worldwide."

About AlumiFuel Power, Inc. API ( www.alumifuelpowerinc.com ), the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based wholly owned operating subsidiary of AlumiFuel Power Corporation, is an early production stage alternative energy company that generates hydrogen gas and steam/heat through the chemical reaction of aluminum, water, and proprietary additives. This technology is ideally suited for multiple applications requiring on-site, on-demand fuel sources, serving National Security and commercial customers. API's hydrogen feeds fuel cells for portable and back-up power; fills inflatable devices such as weather balloons; can replace costly, hard-to-handle and high pressure K-Cylinders; and provides fuel for flameless heater applications. Its hydrogen/heat output is also being designed and developed to drive fuel cell-based and turbine-based undersea propulsion systems and auxiliary power systems. API has significant differentiators in performance, adaptability, safety and cost-effectiveness in its target market applications, with no external power required and no toxic chemicals or by-products.

About AlumiFuel Power Corporation AlumiFuel Power Corporation operates through its wholly owned operating subsidiary, AlumiFuel Power, Inc., a Philadelphia-based early production stage alternative energy company that generates hydrogen gas and heat for multiple applications requiring on-site, on-demand fuel sources.


October 8, 2011
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How fuel cells can help cell phones in a hurricane

Tropical storm Irene reminded us – as if we could ever forget – how essential reliable cell phone service has become in our lives. As the ferocious winds and heavy rains downed trees and millions of people across the East lost power and traditional land phone service, cell phones became all the more important.

We used our cell phones to check on the safety of relatives and friends, to stay in contact with work, to get the latest news in our communities, look at photos and video of storm damage, order takeout food and even to network socially. In fact, status updates on Facebook and tweets about the frustrations of losing power were made possible by using smartphones that maintained their Internet and cell connections, technology that didn’t exist in the past with hurricanes such as Hurricane Gloria in 1985.

Despite widespread power outages, wireless networks stood up well to Irene. According to a New York Times report, the Federal Communications Commission said thousands of wirelines went down during the storm while 1,400 cell sites along the coast were down, and several hundred were running on backup power.

Backup power for extended periods of time to cell phone sites is critical in times of natural disaster like Irene. We’ve heard of generators and use them in our homes and businesses. But the problem I see with diesel generators for cell sites that we might not be aware of is that they are noisy, produce noxious emissions and require a lot of maintenance and repair because they have moving parts. Diesel also is commonly stolen in some countries, with around 15-30 percent of generator fuel being siphoned off in some developing regions — and as soon as the site runs out of diesel, it goes down.

A better way

A concept fuel cell car from Toyota

A cleaner alternative is emerging. Wireless service providers increasingly are investing in fuel cell systems for backup power. Fuel cells use hydrogen and oxygen, the molecules that create water, to produce electricity with no pollution. We see it as a green alternative that is on the rise. Clean and energy efficient fuel cells can help reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent as well as decrease other toxic emissions and deliver additional environmental and efficiency benefits.  They also are very quiet, less costly to maintain and are not targets for theft.

When there is a loss of power for the electric grid, an attached fuel cell system senses the drop in the direct current voltage and automatically starts up, and begins reforming fuel. The liquid fuel is heated to the vapor point, and steam is reformed, and at the same time hydrogen starts flowing to the fuel cell module. Electricity is generated in the fuel cell stack by the chemical reaction between hydrogen from the fuel processer and oxygen in ambient air. The fuel cell can deliver power in about one minute and reach full power in 3.5 minutes, providing 5 KW of power to the telecom site.

When Irene was in full force with high winds that knocked out electrical grid power in one tropical location, a customer of our ElectraGen ME backup power fuel cell system reported the system automatically turned on, providing power to the telecom base station for hours. And members of this resort community never lost cell service.

Around the globe in times of severe weather, emergencies and in countries with limited or unreliable grids, backup fuel cells provide this essential service countless times – without cell phone users ever knowing it, but keeping them happy that they always have service.

With consumers’ growing reliance on cell phones, we expect wireless carriers around the world will continue to recognize the need for backup power. And with today’s energy-consciousness and sustainability efforts, we expect they’ll increasingly turn to a greener and sustainable solution: advanced fuel cell systems.

Just think — the next time you’re in the dark texting friends during a storm, it may be thanks to a fuel cell system.


October 10, 2011
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FuelCell Energy Announces Sale of 1.4 Megawatt Power Plant to Provide Ultra-Clean Electricity and Steam to a Connecticut University

DANBURY, Conn., -- FuelCell Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power plants, today announced the sale of a 1.4 megawatt (MW) Direct FuelCell(R) power plant to Greenwood Energy, the North American renewable energy division of global conglomerate the Libra Group. The power plant will be located on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut and the ultra-clean electricity and steam generated by the plant will be sold to the University under a long term power purchase agreement. FuelCell Energy will maintain the plant under a multi-year service agreement and the plant is expected to be operational by December, 2011.

"The economics and clean, baseload distributed generation attributes of fuel cell power plants are quite compelling and we are pleased to be adding this fuel cell project to our global portfolio of power generation assets," said Camilo Patrignani, Head of Americas at the Libra Group. "We see this as an excellent initial project in the deployment of FuelCell Energy's ultra-clean and efficient fuel cell power plants."

"We are pleased to be working with the Libra Group for financing of fuel cell projects such as this university installation," said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. "This project represents our ninth university installation. Universities are an ideal market for our ultra-clean and efficient fuel cell power plants due to their power usage profile that requires baseload power, their desire for sustainable and environmentally friendly power generation, their need for energy security, and the energy reliability that on-site power generation provides."

The fuel cell power plant will reduce power costs for the University due to the high efficiency of the power generation process and help the University attain its sustainability goals. The fuel cell power generation process is highly efficient, generating more power from a given unit of fuel, and lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to combustion based power sources in a similar size range. The plant will use natural gas for fuel to generate ultra-clean electricity via an electrochemical reaction. Due to the absence of combustion, virtually zero pollutants are emitted such as NOx, SOx or particulate matter.

"Fuel cells address the needs of our university communities with ultra clean and efficient power that is generated continuously," said Keith Epstein, AIA, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Planning and Technical Services, Connecticut State University System. "We continue to see opportunities to incorporate fuel cells into our power and sustainability planning across our campuses."

"This fuel cell power plant represents a significant step towards CCSU achieving its aggressive goals for greenhouse gas reduction and improving energy efficiency," said Jack Miller, President, Central Connecticut State University, whose Sustainability Initiative was responsible, in part, for the University's selection as an "exemplary Green institution" by the Princeton Review. "By providing both electricity and steam in such a clean and efficient manner, the fuel cell plant will decrease our carbon emissions."

The power plant will be configured to utilize the high quality heat created by the power generation process in a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) mode to generate steam for heating and cooling campus buildings. This CHP configuration will assist the University with reducing its carbon footprint and emission of pollutants by lessening reliance on an existing combustion based boiler.

This project represents the initial collaboration between Greenwood Energy and FuelCell Energy. Greenwood's other renewable energy interests include biofuel manufacturing plants in North America. The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority provided a grant to the project, in connection with the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program.

About Greenwood Energy

Greenwood Energy is the North American renewable energy division of the Libra Group, a privately owned global conglomerate that spans 18 locations across four continents. Created in 2003, the Libra Group is predominantly focused on five core sectors: shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy. In addition to Greenwood's fuel cell ownership and biofuel manufacturing interests in the U.S., Libra Group companies own and operate solar and wind parks in the Mediterranean and biogas facilities in Northern Europe.

About Central Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is a regional, comprehensive public university. Comprising five schools, CCSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs. More than 85 percent of CCSU graduates remain in Connecticut, contributing to the intellectual, cultural, and economic health of the state. Founded in 1849, CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly supported institution of higher education. The largest of four comprehensive universities within the Connecticut State University System, CCSU -- New Britain serves nearly 12,500 students.

About FuelCell Energy

Direct FuelCell(R) power plants are generating ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power at more than 50 locations worldwide. The Company's power plants have generated over 850 million kWh of power using a variety of fuels including renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as well as clean natural gas. With over 180 megawatts of power generation capacity installed or in backlog, FuelCell Energy is a global leader in providing ultra-clean baseload distributed generation to utilities, industrial operations, universities, municipal water treatment facilities, government installations and other clients around the world. For more information please visit our website at www.fuelcellenergy.com

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company's plans and expectations regarding the continuing development, commercialization and financing of its fuel cell technology and business plans. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause such a difference include, without limitation, general risks associated with product development, manufacturing, changes in the regulatory environment, customer strategies, potential volatility of energy prices, rapid technological change, competition, and the Company's ability to achieve its sales plans and cost reduction targets, as well as other risks set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statement to reflect any change in the Company's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com

SOURCE: FuelCell Energy, Inc.


October 10, 2011
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Heliocentris wins energy lab order in Qatar, expands Middle East presence

Heliocentris Energy Solutions has won an order from Qatar University, to supply a complete teaching laboratory for energy generation, storage, and management. The German-based company is also opening an office in Dubai, to boost its presence in the Middle East.

The ‘New Energy Lab’ for Qatar University is a complete energy system for conveying practical knowledge in the fields of energy generation, storage, and management.

The Heliocentris system combines energy generation from solar, wind, and fuel cells with energy storage in batteries and hydrogen technology, to simulate an autonomous hybrid energy system for the university. The price of the system is in excess of €100 000.

Qatar University is the largest and best known higher education institution in Qatar. The order was commissioned by its Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, as part of creating a complete research laboratory for renewable energies.

The setting up of complex renewable energy labs is emerging as a global trend, and Heliocentris – with its educational (Didactic) business unit and more than 10 years’ experience – is one of the leading companies worldwide in this segment.

Heliocentris’ Didactic business unit has an extensive portfolio of training and research systems for fuel cells and hydrogen, as well as other renewable energy technologies.

‘We already have clients in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen who can vouch for the quality of our products and technology,’ says Dr Andras Gosztonyi, CFO of Heliocentris Energy Solutions. ‘This new order for Qatar will enable us to further expand our position in the Middle East.’

Gosztonyi adds that a decisive step in its drive to expand in the Middle East is the equity participation in Heliocentris of the National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC), a fully owned subsidiary of the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA).

Heliocentris is currently setting up an office in Dubai. This will enable it to efficiently implement larger projects in the region, particularly in energy efficiency and autonomous power.

Heliocentris recently took over Munich-based P21 GmbH, which subsequently secured a €100 000 order for a monitoring and data acquisition system, as part of a scientific PV systems testing platform at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.


October 11, 2011
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ITM Power to cooperate with Dutch Fuel Cell Consortium on hydrogen energy projects

ITM Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dutch Fuel Cell Consortium (DFC), to cooperate on developing hydrogen energy system projects for clean fuel and energy storage applications in the Benelux region.

UK-based ITM Power will provide hydrogen generation, storage, and dispensing technology through its HFuel® technology platform, which is the basis of its ongoing Hydrogen On Site Trial (HOST). The company will also bring its hydrogen energy system expertise for integrating electrolyzers and fuel cells.

‘Partnering with DFC for the development of hydrogen energy projects is a very exciting step for ITM Power,’ says Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power.

‘Renewable energy policies are well developed in the Benelux countries, and the deployment of hydrogen as a clean fuel is gaining momentum.’

The Dutch Fuel Cell Consortium is engaged in the development, implementation, and exploitation of energy systems based on fuel cells and alternative energy technologies. It has developed an extensive network of technology and marketing partners in the Benelux countries, bringing together consortia of experienced partners.

Current DFC projects include city buses and hydrogen refueling stations, renewable energy supply for mobile telecom base stations, and energy storage for renewable energy sites.

‘We have been impressed with the HOST trials developed by ITM Power in the UK, and with the HFuel refueling station technology,’ says Theo Hendriks, Managing Director of DFC.

‘Partnering with ITM Power provides the opportunity to introduce their technology to the rapidly expanding alternative energy market in the Benelux countries.’


October 13, 2011
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Nissan Develops Next Generation Fuel Cell Stack

YOKOHAMA, Japan - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today released its Next Generation Fuel Cell Stack (2011 Model) for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV). The latest technology development is part of the company's continuing efforts towards the realization of a Zero Emission society.

A concept fuel cell car from Toyota

Through improvements to the MEA (Membrane Electrode Assembly) and the separator flow path, which make up the structure of Fuel Cell, Nissan significantly improved the power density of Fuel Cell Stack to 2.5 times greater than its 2005 model and realized a world's best* 2.5 kW per liter.

Furthermore, molding the supporting frame of the MEA integrally with the MEA enabled stable, single-row lamination of the Fuel Cell, thereby significantly reducing its overall size by more than half compared to conventional models. Additionally, compared with the 2005 model, both the usage of platinum and parts variation has been reduced to one quarter, thereby reducing cost of the Next Generation Fuel Cell Stack to one-sixth of the 2005 model.

Nissan continues to work on the development of practical applications of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles to realize a Zero Emission society.


October 19, 2011
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Hydrogen fuel cell tram unveiled

SPAIN: Metre-gauge operator FEVE has unveiled a tram powered by two hydrogen fuel cells that can carry between 20 and 30 passengers at up to 20 km/h.

A concept fuel cell car from Toyota

The prototype was built at the company's Pravia workshops by Fenit Rail (in which FEVE holds a 37·5% stake), and it is hoped that it will enter service in Asturias next year.

Developed at a cost of €1m using a 14·3 m Series 3400 car originally built for SNCV of Belgium and later operated by FEVE in Valencia, the prototype vehicle weighs 20 tonnes. It is powered by two 12 kW fuel cells, supplied with hydrogen from a rack of 12 canisters containing 105·6 m3 of the gas.

Current is fed to four asynchronous AC traction motors, each rated at 30 kW. Energy produced during regenerative braking is stored in three Maxwell HTM125 supercapacitor modules or lithium-ion batteries rated at 95 kW.

Power equipment was designed by CIDAUT, a transport and energy research and development centre formed in 1993 to draw upon the expertise of the University of Valladolid. Funding for the project was provided by the Asturias regional government.


October 20, 2011
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Apple exploring lighter, more efficient hydrogen fuel cells

Apple's interest in alternative energy and building "green," energy-efficient devices has been highlighted in a new concept for hydrogen fuel cells to power portable electronics.

A pair of new patent applications published this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and discovered by AppleInsider demonstrate the work Apple has done internally on fuel cells. The filings describe how Apple could build the power sources smaller and lighter for portable devices.

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October 24, 2011
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Plug Power Introduces Next Generation of GenDrive Fuel Cell Products

Innovative Fuel Cell Technology Provides Increased Reliability and Improved Performance, Driving Cost-Savings and Operating Efficiency Improvements for Customers

LATHAM, N.Y., -- Plug Power Inc., a leader in providing clean, reliable energy products, today announced the next generation of its widely deployed GenDrive(R) fuel cell products. Designed as a drop-in replacement for lead-acid batteries in electric lift trucks, GenDrive now features a number of enhancements designed to increase reliability and improve lift and towing capacity.

With a simplified architecture and common system platform featuring 30 percent fewer components, GenDrive now provides customers with greater flexibility in managing deployments. "With our application knowledge and advanced technical capabilities, Plug Power has been able to enhance our GenDrive product offerings in a way that simplifies the system and reduces the parts necessary to manufacture the units," said Adrian Corless, CTO at Plug Power. "As a result, the customer benefits from improved reliability and performance within their lift truck fleet, an important element to building a highly-efficient operation."

A concept fuel cell car from Toyota

The next-generation GenDrive products leverage Plug Power's material handling market expertise and are specifically designed to incorporate the lift truck power needs of its material handling customers. For example, lower-priced GenDrive product options are now available to help customers more cost-effectively meet order picking requirements.

GenDrive units have accumulated more than 5 million hours of runtime at customer sites across North America. Plug Power remains the leader in fuel cell system product deployments, including live sites at Walmart, Sysco, BMW and Coca-Cola. On average, GenDrive customers increase productivity by up to 15 percent, lower operational costs by up to 30 percent and reduce site greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent.

"The expansion of our GenDrive product line will provide Plug Power customers with a rugged and reliable power solution to meet their operational and environmental needs," said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. "With improved performance and versatility, the next-generation GenDrive product line will help increase lift truck efficiency, while driving down operating costs. Plug Power is now able to service more of the material handling market, enabling more full-fleet conversions of customers eager to adopt this commercially viable solution."

Plug Power will be demonstrating the capabilities of its next-generation GenDrive fuel cell products in booth 441 at the International Foodservice Distributors Association's (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference, taking place October 24 - 26, 2011 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX. Plug Power Vice President of Sales and Service, Erik Hansen, will participate in a conference panel discussion on fuel cell technology on Monday, October 24 at 9:30 a.m. in room 202B. In addition, qualified customers who visit the Plug Power booth will be entered to win a free, one-week demonstration of the GenDrive product series.

About Plug Power Inc.

The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power revolutionized the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints. Long-standing relationships with industry leaders forged the path for Plug Power's key accounts, including Wegmans, Whole Foods, and FedEx Freight. With more than 1,200 GenDrive units shipped to material handling customers, accumulating over 5 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow's incumbent power solutions today. Additional information about Plug Power is available at www.plugpower.com .


October 25, 2011
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Fuel Cells Recommended by US DOD for Defense Facilities

North American Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Associations Applaud Groundbreaking Study

WASHINGTON, D.C. AND VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Oct 25, 2011 -- Two leading North American clean energy associations, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) of the United States, and the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), today applaud the release of a groundbreaking U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) study, "Beyond Demonstration: A White Paper on the Role of Fuel Cells in the Department of Defense's Energy Strategy" which supports deployment of fuel cell-based power solutions.

The DOD assessment validates technological and commercial progress made to date by developers of fuel cell technology, recommending that the U.S. Department of Defense proactively evaluate and acquire fuel cell systems for distributed power generation, backup power, material handling equipment, ground support equipment and unmanned vehicles.

"The U.S. Department of Defense is demonstrating innovation and leadership by recommending the adoption of fuel cell technology for a variety of operational, cost and environmental reasons," said Morry Markowitz, Executive Director of FCHEA. "Acquiring fuel cell systems will improve U.S. defense energy usage, protecting and creating jobs in the fuel cell industry."

"The US Department of Defense study confirms that fuel cell technology has moved beyond the demonstration phase, providing a range of operational and financial benefits that are already being enjoyed by a growing list of corporate, government and institutional end-users," remarked Eric Denhoff, President and CEO, CHFCA.

Fuel cell-based products are experiencing significant market adoption in a variety of sectors, including the application areas specifically identified by the Department of Defense:

--  Distributed Power Generation - Large multi-megawatt fuel cell systems are being installed at commercial, government and institutional sites to provide primary power (and in some cases heat) for buildings and production facilities. These systems run on natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and other sources. Early adopting end-users include Google, Whole Foods, eBay, Toyota, FirstEnergy, and Walmart.

--  Backup Power - Fuel cell backup power solutions are demonstrating their reliability in mission-critical applications such as wireless telecommunication networks and computer data centers. Recently announced adopters include Wind Mobile, Verizon, AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Motorola.

--  Non-Tactical Material Handling / Ground Support Equipment - Global brands such as Walmart, Whole Foods, FedEx, Sysco, Coca-Cola and BMW are using fuel cell-powered forklift truck solutions - including pallet jacks, reach trucks and large counterbalanced trucks - to dramatically improve productivity in warehouse operations, thereby driving attractive financial results, including payback in under 1-year and return-on-investment in excess of 20%.

--  Unmanned Vehicles - Fuel cells are providing clear operational benefits, including weight reduction and mission duration improvements for unmanned vehicles. A number of companies are advancing unmanned vehicles for the military including Boeing who is developing unmanned aerial vehicles powered by fuel cells for the Navy capable of running for 30 days. Another fuel cell manufacturer, Adaptive Materials, has demonstrated a successful unmanned ground vehicle which operated for 12 hours, traveling 40 miles with all cameras and computers activated.

The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy in the country, accounting for approximately 80% of the federal government's energy consumption and spending $4 billion for facilities energy in 2009. Electricity accounted for 64% of the energy consumption at DOD installations in 2009, equating to approximately five times the amount of electricity consumed by the state of Vermont. Legislative mandates, Executive Orders and DOD policies have established aggressive targets for energy use and emissions reductions.

The DOD assessment can be downloaded here or www.dlafuelcells.org.

About the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) is the trade association for the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry. FCHEA and its membership are dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are being commercially deployed today to solve critical problems in our energy infrastructure and deliver clean, reliable power to leading edge corporate, academic and public sector users. FCHEA's membership represents the full spectrum of the supply chain from universities, government laboratories and agencies, trade associations, fuel cell materials, components and systems manufacturers, hydrogen producers and fuel distributors, utilities and other end users.

About the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is the national industry association for Canada's world-recognized hydrogen and fuel cell sector. As the sector's collective voice, the CHFCA works to raise awareness of the economic, environmental and social benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells.
We provide services and support to Canadian corporations, governments and educational institutions promoting, developing, demonstrating and deploying hydrogen and fuel cell products and services in Canada. Our members cover most types of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, components, systems supply and integration, fuelling systems, fuel storage, and engineering and financial services.


October 26, 2011
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T-Mobile USA deploys renewable fuel backup system

T-Mobile USA has deployed an ElectraGen ME Fuel Cell System from IdaTech on its network in California, and is using Bio-HydroPlus fuel to power the system. The backup power fuel cell can deliver 5,000 watts of 'clean' power while operating on renewable fuel. Bio-HydroPlus is a liquid fuel mixture of bio-methanol (62% methanol by weight) and de-ionized water for powering IdaTech's backup power fuel cell systems. IdaTech's ElectraGen systems were developed specifically to provide critical backup power to the telecom market when loss of grid occurs. The fuel cell systems provide a cleaner alternative to diesel generators for backup power. The US federal government offers a rebate of 30 percent of the system, cost plus an additional 30-50 percent rebate is offered in several states. Renewable fuel is required for participation in the California rebate programme.


October 27, 2011
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Ballard Announces Dantherm Power Agreement to Supply Fuel Cell System for Anglo American

VANCOUVER - Ballard Power Systems announced that Dantherm Power, its backup power systems company, will supply a 150 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell generator and associated engineering services to Anglo American Platinum Limited (www.angloamericanplatinum.com), the world's largest primary producer of platinum and a member of the Anglo American plc Group.

The fuel cell generator, based on Dantherm Power's DBX5000 backup power fuel cell system, utilizes Ballard fuel cell stacks and will be delivered in the current quarter for deployment at one of Anglo American Platinum's mining operations in South Africa.

"This deployment is an opportunity to demonstrate the readiness and benefits of fuel cell power systems in new vertical market applications," said John Sheridan, Ballard's President and CEO. "Anglo American operations will gain first-hand experience regarding the ability for a fuel cell generator to provide clean and reliable power on a relatively large scale at a mining site."

The fuel cell system will be powered by hydrogen generated in South Africa and will provide clean, cost-effective electricity.

Backup power solutions based on fuel cell technology deliver a number of advantages over conventional batteries and diesel generators, including: higher reliability across a wide range of operating conditions; lower maintenance costs; longer operating life; reduced size, weight and installation footprint. Fuel cell backup power systems also reduce noise and air emissions and do not present the disposal issues associated with lead acid batteries at the end of life.

About Ballard Power Systems

Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products are based on proprietary esencia™ technology, ensuring incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.


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