September 2008

9.26.2009
SC Hydrogen Alliance receives Dept. of Energy Funding
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9.25.2008
The Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge announces 2009 call for white papers
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9.19.2008
Energy Information Agency (EIA) releases report on the increased use of hydrogen
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9.17.2008
Columbia gets fuel cell plant
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9.12.2008

SC Alliance to increase hydrogen education
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9.12.2008
Alliance receives grant for hydrogen education
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9.11.2008
South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance receives $188K from Department of Energy to increase hydrogen education
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September 26, 2008
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SC Hydrogen Alliance receives Dept. of Energy Funding

The South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance will receive $188,788 from the U.S. Department of Energy for the development of hydrogen education programs for state and local government officials. The project is a joint educational venture between the SCHFCA and Greenway Energy LLC.

The funding will be used over three years to create and implement technically accurate information about the benefits of hydrogen technology and safety. The primary goal will be to educate government decision-makers through training sessions, meetings, online resources and web-based seminars.


September 25, 2008
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The Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge announces 2009 call for white papers

The South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), on behalf of the University of South Carolina - City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative, is accepting white papers for the Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge 2009 for projects focused on commercializing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in and around Columbia, South Carolina.

This solicitation launches the third annual installment of the Fuel Cell Challenge. With a total anticipated funding availability between $500,000 and $1,000,000, the Fuel Cell Challenge 2009 will focus on accelerating the region's efforts to become a premier destination for hydrogen and fuel cell innovation in the country.

Based upon a merit review of white papers received, invitations to submit full proposals will be issued in late November or early December, 2008. A major factor in ultimate award selection will be on how the proposed project would lead to generation of new jobs and/or creation of new or spin-off companies in near-term hydrogen and fuel cell commercial market segments.

The Fuel Cell Challenge was launched in 2006 as a vehicle to create and expand an "innovation pipeline" for fuel cell technology, which includes efforts to build a critical mass of research knowledge (the discovery phase), to commercialize the fruits of that research in specific applications for product creation and company formation (the development phase), and then to create incentives to grow and attract industries into enterprise clusters (the deployment phase).

Areas of particular interest for the 2009 challenge include:

  • Hydrogen production from renewable sources
  • A transportation project affiliated with the Columbia hydrogen fueling station
  • A high visibility stationary power project that could be sited in the University of South Carolina's new research campus facilities (Innovista) in the heart of downtown Columbia

In an effort to create a critical mass of innovative ideas and projects, the submission requirements have changed this year.
Please click here to access the 2009 RFP application.


September 19, 2008

Energy Information Agency (EIA) releases report on the increased use of hydrogen

WASHINGTON, DC - September 12 - The Energy Information Administration (EIA), an independent statistical and analytical agency in the U.S. Department of Energy, released the report entitled "The Impact of Increased Use of Hydrogen on Petroleum Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emissions"
on September 12, 2008. This report responds to a request from Senator Byron L. Dorgan for an analysis of the impacts on U.S.
energy import dependence and emission reductions resulting from the commercialization of advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the transportation and distributed generation markets.

The report can be viewed in PDF format at:

http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/servicerpt/hydro/pdf/oiafcneaf(08)04.pdf


  September 17, 2008
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Columbia gets fuel cell plant

Houston firm makes hydrogen fuel-cell batteries for generators

By ANDREW SHAIN - ashain@thestate.com

Columbia’s bid to become a hydrogen hub will get a boost this month when Trulite becomes the area’s first fuel cell manufacturer.

The Houston-based company will produce fuel cell batteries used in portable generators at a business incubator on Midlands Technical College’s Northeast campus.

Trulite will employ nine in what is now a pilot program. Full-scale manufacturing could start with 30 employees in a year, the company said. Trulite also plans to work with the University of South Carolina to develop and market the generator, which eventually could be sold at home centers. A formal announcement about the project will come Thursday.

Columbia and USC have been working for five years to attract hydrogen fuel-cell research and business to the region. The fuel cells, which can be used to power many products including cars, produce almost no emissions but the technology remains years away from regular commercial use.

Columbia has at least six other fuel cell research firms and component makers that employ a total of 14, according to data from EngenuitySC, a public-private partnership to promote the area’s knowledge-based economy.

A hydrogen fueling station, the only publicly accessible one in the Southeast outside Florida, is expected to be running at Huger and Laurel streets in March when the National Hydrogen Association annual conference comes to Columbia. A fuel-cell powered commuter bus is expected to arrive in Columbia early next year.

“We’re emerging as a leader in this field,” said Greg Hilton, project manager at EngenuitySC.

Trulite chose South Carolina over California, Connecticut, Ohio and North Carolina — all of which also want to boost their share of hydrogen research and manufacturing, Trulite chief operating officer Ken Pearson said.

South Carolina won out because state and business officials moved quickly with a proposal when the company expressed interest after visiting a National Hydrogen Association forum in Columbia last year, Pearson said.

“They were a very well organized machine,” he said.

Trulite will receive half of the $1.5 million that will fund the manufacturing project from state and local governments, and business groups. The company is putting up the rest, Pearson said.

This spring, Trulite also won $96,000 in the Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge. The money will be used to build 12 generators and 500 batteries with some going to the city of Columbia, USC and Fort Jackson by year’s end.

The Trulite generators can be used inside because they do not give off the noxious emissions of gas models.

The generators can last up to eight hours on two fuel cell batteries and have four outlets to run or charge laptops, radios and cell phones.

The generators cost $2,495, while the batteries are $24.95 each. They are not yet available commercially, but Pearson said that’s the plan in the next few years.

The company wants to raise $15 million to meet that goal. Trulite recently received $1.5 million from a Houston business development company.

So far, Trulite has supplied 24 generators to customers.

And Trulite could move its headquarters to Columbia, Pearson said. The company might go to Salt Lake City, where it has another research operation and does some manufacturing.

Those working to attract Trulite included: SCRA; SC Launch!; EngenuitySC; city of Columbia; Midlands Technical College; USC; Richland County; Central SC Alliance; and S.C. Department of Commerce.


September 12, 2008
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SC Alliance to increase hydrogen education

The South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance will receive $188,788 from the U.S. Department of Energy for the development of hydrogen education programs for state and local government officials. The funding will be used across three years to create and implement technically accurate information about the benefits of hydrogen technology and safety. The primary goal will be to educate government decision-makers through in-person training sessions, meetings, online resources and web-based seminars.

The education program directly supports the goals of the Department of Energys Hydrogen, Fuel Cell & Infrastructure Technologies Program. This latest award from the Department of Energy is proof that South Carolina is recognized as one of the key players on the road to the hydrogen economy, said Shannon Baxter-Clemmons, Executive Director for the SCHFCA. The SCHFCA will leverage the award to reach a wide array of government decision-makers in South Carolina with the assistance of the South Carolina Energy Office, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Municipal Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Fire Marshal's office.

These partner groups will allow the program developers to reach the targeted audiences through existing relationships. This award also supports one of the primary goals of our organization through promoting public education about this exciting technology that is quickly changing the way we look at energy in the Palmetto State, said Baxter-Clemmons. The effort that will go into educating our states citizens about hydrogen and fuel cells will act as a timely prequel to next March when the National Hydrogen Associations annual conference comes to Columbia.

The 2009 National Hydrogen Association Conference and Hydrogen Expo will be held March 30 through April 3 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC. On Wednesday, April 1, the public will be invited to attend an entire day of hydrogen education activities, including opportunities to get behind the wheel of a hydrogen vehicle.


September 12, 2008
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Alliance receives grant for hydrogen education

The S.C. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance will receives $188,788 from the U.S. Department of Energy for hydrogen education programs aimed at local and state government officials.

The programs over a three-year period include in-person training sessions and meetings, online resources and web-based seminars, the Columbia-based alliance announced today.

"This latest award from the Department of Energy is proof that South Carolina is recognized as one of the key players on the road to the hydrogen economy," said Shannon Baxter-Clemmons, executive director for the alliance.

The programs are a joint venture between the alliance and Greenway Energy, a Columbia consulting firm. The alliance will work with the S.C. Energy Office, S.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association, Municipal Association of South Carolina and the S.C. Fire Marshal’s office to reach government officials.

The 2009 National Hydrogen Association Conference and Hydrogen Expo will be held March 30 through April 3 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. On April 1, the public will can attend a day of hydrogen education activities, including a chance to drive a hydrogen-powered vehicle.


September 11, 2008
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South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance receives 188K from Department of Energy to increase hydrogen education

Columbia, S.C. The South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance (SCHFCA) announced today that it will receive $188,788 from the U.S. Department of Energy for the development of hydrogen education programs for state and local government officials. The project is a joint educational venture between the SCHFCA and Greenway Energy, LLC. The funding will be used across three years to create and implement technically accurate information about the benefits of hydrogen technology and safety. The primary goal will be to educate government decision-makers through in-person training sessions, meetings, online resources and web-based seminars.

The education program directly supports the goals of the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen, Fuel Cell & Infrastructure Technologies Program. “This latest award from the Department of Energy is proof that South Carolina is recognized as one of the key players on the road to the hydrogen economy,” said Shannon Baxter-Clemmons, Executive Director for the SCHFCA. The SCHFCA will leverage the award to reach a wide array of government decision-makers in

South Carolina with the assistance of the South Carolina Energy Office, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Municipal Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Fire Marshal’s office. These partner groups will allow the program developers to reach the targeted audiences through existing relationships.

“This award also supports one of the primary goals of our organization through promoting public education about this exciting technology that is quickly changing the way we look at energy in the Palmetto State,” said Baxter-Clemmons. “The effort that will go into educating our state’s citizens about hydrogen and fuel cells will act as a timely prequel to next March when the National Hydrogen Association’s annual conference comes to Columbia.”

The 2009 National Hydrogen Association Conference and Hydrogen Expo will be held March 30 through April 3 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC. On Wednesday, April 1, the public will be invited to attend an entire day of hydrogen education activities, including opportunities to get behind the wheel of a hydrogen vehicle.

About the South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance

The South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance (SCHFCA) is a public-private collaboration for cooperative and coordinated utilization of resources in the state used to advance the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Founded in January 2006, the SCHFCA was created by eight organizations devoted to hydrogen and fuel cell initiatives: The Center for Hydrogen Research, Clemson University, EngenuitySC, the Savannah River National Laboratory, the S.C. Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Research Authority, S.C. State University and the University of South Carolina. For more information about the SCHFCA, its members and their activities, please visit www.schydrogen.org


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