Air Products, Nippon Steel & Sumikin for Japan hydrogen fueling

Air Products, Nippon Steel & Sumikin for Japan hydrogen fueling

NEWS unit and supply the fuel cells, and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, providing assistance with hydrogen supply issues. Other stakeholders inc...

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NEWS unit and supply the fuel cells, and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, providing assistance with hydrogen supply issues. Other stakeholders include the US Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping, which have regulatory authority over the prototype design and operation, and see the project as a way to assist development of formal regulations for hydrogen and fuel cells in the maritime environment. They, along with DOE’s Hydrogen Safety Review Panel, will review the safety aspects of the design and operating plans. In addition to project management, Sandia is providing technical expertise in hydrogen and fuel cells, particularly in codes & standards, system design, safety systems, data collection and analysis of both operations and the business case for deployment. Following the six-month deployment, the project team will analyse the project’s successes and challenges, including the operating and cost parameters needed to make a business case at other ports. Sandia’s project manager Joe Pratt says that the long-term goal is to develop a commercial-ready technology that can be widely used at other ports. The project team sees a strong market need and desire for fuel cell solutions, not only at maritime ports but also for other applications, such as providing power to users that are not grid-connected. Maritime Administration: Sandia National Labs, Hydrogen Research: Young Brothers: Hydrogenics: Hawaii Natural Energy Institute: DOE Hydrogen Safety Review Panel:


Air Products, Nippon Steel & Sumikin for Japan hydrogen fueling


S-based Air Products and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Pipeline & Engineering Co Ltd (NSPE) in Tokyo have signed an agreement to work together in Japan’s developing hydrogen fueling infrastructure market, and are also discussing a long-term marketing and supply relationship agreement. Air Products will work on hydrogen fueling opportunities through its subsidiary, Air Products Japan. As part of the final agreement to be formalised, Air Products will 8

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provide SmartFuel® hydrogen fueling station technology and the fueling protocol licence, infrastructure engineering and design, while NSPE – a subsidiary of Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering – will provide engineering and construction, and adapt the technology for the Japanese market. NSPE and Air Products Japan will jointly work with customers in the automotive fueling market. ‘The Japanese government has been planning to install 100 hydrogen fueling stations by 2015 [FCB, June 2012, p11], and also 1000 by 2025 in the country, aiming at the dissemination of FCVs,’ says Takashi Takeuchi, NSPE’s managing director of marketing and business development. ‘We are greatly pleased that the combination of NSPE’s technologies and experiences accumulated in the natural gas and LNG sector over many years, and Air Products’ unique advanced hydrogen fueling technology, will enable us to significantly contribute to the implementation of those targets.’ Air Products’ SmartFuel hydrogen stations provide hydrogen fueling at 700 bar (10 000 psi), and include its patented technology to meet the SAE J2601 fueling protocol. The company offers several SmartFuel fueling station concepts incorporating modular and expandable technology, and holds a sizeable portfolio of global patents, with additional patents pending related to ‘compressionless hydrogen fueling stations’ [see the Air Products feature on European hydrogen infrastructure in FCB, February 2013]. Last autumn Air Liquide Japan and Toyota Tsusho Corporation partnered in a hydrogen supply business for FCEVs in Japan, establishing a new joint venture company that will start by building two hydrogen fueling stations in Aichi Prefecture, at Atsuta in Nagoya and Fukada in Toyota City [FCB, November 2013, p8]. Air Products, Hydrogen Energy: Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering: Nippon Steel & Sumikin Pipeline & Engineering Co Ltd: (in Japanese)

McPhy deal with Fincantieri to design marine hydrogen tank


he French hydrogen storage specialist McPhy Energy has signed a contract in the field of maritime hydrogen mobility with one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, Italian-based Fincantieri. McPhy will define and design

a tank prototype for use onboard vessels powered by hydrogen. McPhy Energy, which has developed a proprietary solid-state hydrogen storage technology, will produce a hydrogen storage design for vessels powered by hydrogen, that will lead to the manufacturing of the first prototype. ‘This partnership with Fincantieri shows that hydrogen provides green solutions not only to terrestrial transports, but also to sea or air mobility,’ comments Adamo Screnci, executive VP for McPhy Energy. ‘Working together with Fincantieri is a great value for McPhy Energy, and will bring us real technology advantages on the market. It is also the starting point to create a real green hydrogen infrastructure, including storages and local green generation, and McPhy Energy has the solution.’ McPhy Energy’s core expertise is its innovative technology for solid-state hydrogen storage based on magnesium hydrides. Last autumn the company premiered the first system to couple an industrial-scale hydrogen generator with a 100 kg solid hydrogen storage unit [FCB, October 2013, p7]. And in the last 12 months or so it has taken over electrolyser development and manufacturing from Enertrag HyTec GmbH in Germany, and acquired Italian electrolyser producer PIEL [FCB, February 2013, p9]. Fincantieri is also working with US/Italianbased Nuvera Fuel Cells on a range-extender programme to power luxury marine vessels with advanced hydrogen PEM fuel cell technology [FCB, November 2013, p1, and see the feature on marine fuel cells in FCB, May 2010]. McPhy Energy, La Motte-Fanjas, France. Tel: +33 4 7571 1505, Fincantieri:


Denmark turns excess wind power into gas via Hydrogenics tech


anadian-based Hydrogenics is providing a 1 MW electrolyser unit for the Power-to-Gas Biological Catalysis (P2G-BioCat) project in Denmark, which will use hydrogen produced using excess wind power to convert biogas from sewage sludge into methane that can be injected into the local gas network. This new Danish energy project will illustrate how future energy systems can be better integrated. The BioCat project has been awarded DKK27.6 million (US$5.2 million) in funding from the ForskEL research foundation. The

March 2014