DOE Fuel Cell Bus Analysis Finds Fuel Economy to be 1.4 Times Higher than Diesel
Nov. 30, 2016 | U.S. DOE/EERE
Announced on November 30 by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar at the Zero Emissions Bus Workshop in London, FCTO has released a new report showing that the average fuel economy of fuel cell electric buses from three fleets is ~6 miles per diesel gallon equivalent or DGE, 1.4 times higher than conventional diesel buses (~4.2 miles per DGE) from one fleet and up to 1.9 times higher than compressed natural gas buses (~3.3 miles per DGE) in another fleet.
This demonstrates significant fuel economy improvement toward the DOE and Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) target of 8 miles per DGE. FCEB durability has reached 23,000 hours, surpassing FCTO's 2016 target of 18,000 hours, and range has reached up to 340 miles, more than 13% above our 2016 target of 300 miles.
The report, entitled Fuel Cell Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets: Current Status 2016 and published annually by NREL (click here or report), summarizes the progress of fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) development in the United States and discusses the achievements and challenges of introducing fuel cell propulsion in transit. The 2016 report focuses on the August 2015-July 2016 time period for three demonstrations: the Zero Emission Bay Area Demonstration Group, the American Fuel Cell Bus Project at SunLine Transit Agency in California, and the American Fuel Cell Bus Project at the University of California at Irvine (UCI). The results for these buses account for more than 550,000 miles traveled and 59,500 hours of fuel cell power system operation.
Hydrogen to the Rescue: U.S. Manufacturing Jobs are Already Coming Back
Nov. 21, 2016 | Triple Pundit
When Donald Trump campaigned on the promise of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., he probably did not have hydrogen in mind. However, this “clean” fuel is already generating new manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and it is positioned to play an important role in job creation moving forward.
Before we dig into the details, one important caveat: Hydrogen is now sourced primarily from natural gas. Until renewable sources edge out the fossil version, a hydrogen economy is not necessarily a clean power economy.
Three key states for hydrogen [Read More]
LNG Engines Could Be Stepping Stone to Fuel Cells
Nov 22, 2016 | Maritime Executive
The growing adoption of hybrid electric powertrain systems and the projected growth in the number of vessels burning LNG as fuel, could lead to wider adoption of fuel cells with LNG-fuelled engines becoming the stepping stone for the wide adoption of LNG-fuelled fuel cells as prime movers.
In a most recent demonstration of the uptake of fuel cells, PowerCell Sweden received its first marine order for two PowerCell S3 prototype stacks this month. Swiss Hydrogen will install the fuel cells on a ship powered by photovoltaics. [Read More]