Air Liquide plans to install New York City’s first publicly available hydrogen refueling stations for fuel cell vehicles after signing leases for pump spaces at 668 3rd Ave., in an industrial stretch of Brooklyn’s Greenwood Heights neighborhood; and at 2274 Tillotson Ave., in the Eastchester section of the Bronx.
FDNY technology and engineering personnel held discussions last week with the Paris-based industrial gas giant regarding plans for the properties.
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are one of the world’s two main types of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) – automobiles which release no pollutants when they’re driven; battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are the other.
FCEVs, however, have longer ranges (over 300 miles) in lighter packages than BEVs. And although they require hydrogen to run, FCEVs can be fully refueled faster – in about five minutes – versus the hours to days it takes to completely recharge BEV batteries.
The Brooklyn hydrogen pump will join a set of traditional gas dispensers at a Sunoco station and Dunkin’ Donuts franchise on the southwest corner of 3rd Avenue and 20th Street, aside the Gowanus Expressway section of I-278.
The Bronx pump is slated to take over an auto repair yard on the southwest corner of Tillotson and Merritt avenues, directly off I-95 at exit 13, near the Hutchinson River Parkway.
While initial plans have been filed, Air Liquide needs further approvals from the FDNY and the Department of Buildings before it can start building the stations. Although a timeline filed in July with the U.S. Department of Energy says the company estimated that the Bronx pump could be commissioned by January, and the Brooklyn dispenser launched in April, it’s unclear whether those are still considered plausible deadlines, because there’s uncertainty over how long permitting will take.
A source with knowledge of local discussions on the projects says there is some concern that the plans could take up to two years to wend their way through local bureaucracies, unless City Hall “fast-tracks” the initiatives. That’s something Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Sustainability could do in an effort to meet the city’s stated goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions under its commitments to address climate change.
While neither Mayor de Blasio’s advisers, Air Liquide nor local permitting officials would discuss specific hydrogen stations, a City Hall spokesperson did tell us that New York’s “80 x 50” goals, aimed at cutting the city’s emissions 80 percent by 2050, “require a deeply decarbonized transportation network.”
So “the city is actively working with public and private parties to reduce emissions from transportation… by… pioneering low-emissions fuels and electric vehicles for [the] municipal fleet.”
This “NYC Clean Fleet” program is “on track to cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 – and 80 percent by 2035,” targets the city deems “the most comprehensive and ambitious blueprint for municipal fleet sustainability in the nation.”
Toyota, Codes & Standards and DOE Assistance
Robert Wimmer, director of energy and environmental research in North America for Toyota, which is partnered with Air Liquide in building a network of hydrogen stations from New York to Boston, told the DOE in July that he was part of a task force working directly with Mayor de Blasio to make the planned hydrogen fueling stations a priority for commissioning, as part of the group’s core mission, which includes hammering out codes and standards issues.
According to the city’s “80 x 50” roadmap, New York is currently assessing a pilot for a hydrogen station that would fuel municipal fleets. Another local pilot approved by the DOE in August aims to outfit 20 Nissan e-NV200 utility vans with US Hybrid fuel-cell range extenders for National Grid. That fleet, based at National Grid’s East Williamsburg lot in Brooklyn, is expected to use “existing hydrogen fueling stations.”
Yet concerns over potentially prolonged permitting efforts have been mentioned before by others with knowledge of the New York projects. Installations of other public stations in the Northeast, by comparison, are expected to track closer to yearlong timeframes, including a hydrogen pump under construction off I-91’s exit 33 in Hartford, Conn., which is set to launch near yearend.
Approvals may be delayed locally, because although national standards for handling and storing hydrogen in dense urban environments like New York are already on the books, changes to the fire code, which are promulgated by groups like the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), are ongoing. So updates and special training may need to occur to ensure installations conform to specifications.
That said, city fire personnel have been training with Air Liquide safety experts since at least spring, specifically on hydrogen standards and fire containment for H2 stations and fuel cell vehicles. FDNY Battalion Chief Steven Fitzgerald traveled to France in May for practical instruction as part of a group that also included fire officials from California and Massachusetts.
FDNY engineers are experienced in completing timely assessments of hydrogen stations: They approved New York’s first H2 pump in 2009 in the Bronx – a private demo dispenser from Air Liquide, GM and Shell used by the Department of Sanitation at 1635 E. 233rd St. Permitting for that station took only a year. And another private H2 demo pump commissioned the same year at JFK Airport has fueled vehicles used by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
A code consultant who works with city officials to update local specifications, including New York’s 2009 demo stations, said the FDNY “have always been receptive” to standards updates.
DOE will also offer expertise to local officials to speed permitting.
“As hydrogen stations continue to open in California and the Northeast, the need for consistent codes and standards across the country increases rapidly,” said Sunita Satyapal, director of the department’s fuel cell technologies office. “DOE’s work can pave the way for stations in multiple regions, significantly reducing the time it takes these stations to open no matter where they are located. DOE-funded research and development focuses on enabling codes and standards while validating protocols and station performance and increasing R&D on station components.”
Safer than Gas
Experts consider hydrogen safer than other automotive fuels: Unlike traditional gases and their vapors, which naturally pool up, under and around a vehicle in a leak or crash situation, hydrogen, which is the most abundant and simplest element in the universe, is 14 times lighter than air. So it rises and dissipates very rapidly, up and away from ignition sources.
“It’s safer than liquid fuels in automotive applications,” says Marty Gresho, a firefighter, engineer and member of the NFPA’s hydrogen code committee. “Gasoline vapors tend to hang around on the ground, meaning any ignition could result in a ground fire right below a vehicle that could envelope it.
“Hydrogen is so buoyant that it can’t practically accumulate outdoors,” Gresho said. “So you can’t really have a pool fire, because the hydrogen won’t hang around, which is a good thing; it just leaves. That’s a big safety difference.”
Hydrogen gas has been used in myriad applications for decades by industry to power forklifts, back up data centers and WiFi equipment, hydrogenate food, purify petroleum, and make computer chips.
In the last two years in the U.S., fuel cell vehicles, including Hyundai’s Tucson SUV and Toyota’s Mirai sedan, have been offered to the public, although thus far only in California, which has 21 retail hydrogen stations stretching from Truckee to San Juan Capistrano. Honda’s Clarity sedan is expected to debut later this year in the Golden State.
Carmakers are awaiting completion of stations in the New York-Boston corridor before they allow dealerships to offer fuel cell vehicles in the Northeast.
the Fuel Cell range extender Nissan eNV200 project with National Grid as a possibility for a NYC site location. That fleet, based at National Grid’s East Williamsburg lot in Brooklyn, is expected to use “existing hydrogen fueling stations.”
Manufacturer of fuel cell engines and power conversion systems for medium and heavy-duty transportation applications upgrades to highest membership class
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Los Angeles, CA – August 29, 2016 – Today, the California Hydrogen Business Council announced the appointment of Dr. Abas Goodarzi, President and CEO of US Hybrid to the Board of Directors.
US Hybrid Corporation, established in 1999, specializes in the design and manufacture of powertrain components and systems for medium and heavy-duty electric, hybrid, and fuel cell commercial buses and trucks to enable them to become more reliable and fuel-efficient, with lower emissions and better responsiveness. The company recently introduced the first freeze-capable integrated fuel cell engine for medium and heavy-duty vehicle markets.The company has also announced a Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Sumitomo Corporation, also a new CHBC Member, to expand fuel cell stack production capacity for commercial vehicles.
US FuelCell is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Hybrid with more than 26 years of experience in fuel cell balance of plant components and vehicle development and deployment. US FuelCell was established in 2013 after the purchase of the UTC Power PEM fuel cell Transportation division. US FuelCell, a premier manufacturer of the first freeze-capable integrated fuel cell engine, is targeting medium and heavy-duty vehicle markets.
“US Hybrid joined the CHBC last year, to participate in the Council’s Goods Movement, Heavy Duty Transportation, and Clean Ports market activities, and develop deeper business and government relationships in California. Now we see even more opportunities for our products and leadership and have decided to fully commit to the organization,” Abas Goodarzi stated.
Jeff Serfass, Executive Director of the CHBC stated “With the increased government focus on emission reduction in the medium and heavy duty sector, I am looking forward to Dr. Goodarzi’s participation in leading the CHBC during this transformative time for the industry.”
US Hybrid joins CHBC’s ten other Platinum Members which are South Coast Air Quality Management District, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, AC Transit, Ballard Power Systems, Fuel Cell Energy, Hydrogenics, Pacific Gas & Electric, Plug Power, Southern California Gas Company and Toyota. As a Platinum member, US Hybrid is eligible to appoint one company representative to CHBC’s Board of Directors, and receives an array of other benefits, including increased recognition in CHBC activities.
For a complete listing of CHBC’s Board of Directors, see www.californiahydrogen.org/index.php?q=bod.
About the California Hydrogen Business Council
The California Hydrogen Business Council is comprised of organizations and individuals involved in the business of hydrogen. Its mission is to advance the commercialization of hydrogen in transportation, goods movement, and stationary power markets to reduce emissions and dependence on oil. More information at www.californiahydrogen.org.
Sumitomo Corporation together with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (collectively referred to as” SC Group”) announced today their Strategic Collaboration Agreement with US Hybrid to support their desire to grow its fuel cell production business through the expansion of fuel cell stack production capacity for commercial production. SC Group will play an integral role in the project by coordinating the discussions with OEM’s through their extensive business network.
US Hybrid, together with their Fuel Cell division, US FuelCell, has more than 26 years of experience in fuel cell balance of plant components and vehicle development and deployment. US FuelCell develops and manufactures new technologies and transportation products.
“Fuel cell vehicles offer high energy efficiency, no tailpipe emissions, and full vehicle functionality, including the normal driving range, fast fueling and a potential path to sustainable transportation. We highly respect Japanese automakers as a leader in commercializing fuel cell passenger vehicles, and we consider our new freeze capable, fuel cell powertrains to be a game-changer for the equally important market segments of medium and heavy duty trucks for freight movement and buses for public transit,” said Abas Goodarzi, President of US Hybrid. “We are very pleased to be working with Sumitomo, as a global strategic business development partner, in order to commercialize our fuel cell engine and integrated vehicle technologies that have proven reliability for both on-road and off-road transportation.”
SC Group is equally excited to be initiating this partnership. “By bridging US Hybrid’s excellent technology and Sumitomo’s deep relationships with OEMs, we are excited to contribute to this project and realize the potential for using clean hydrogen energy in commercial transportation,” said Duke Kato, Senior Vice President at Sumitomo Corporation of Americas. “We view this partnership as an investment into the way mass transportation performs in the future, mitigating the negative impact on the environment.”
SC Group has studied Hydrogen as a future clean energy source, including how fuel cell technologies can be applied to cars. In Japan the development of fuel cell technology has already been incorporated into passenger cars like the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity.
Through this research, SC Group has recognized the need to develop this clean energy technology for greater infrastructure needs, specifically applying it to public transportation. Reaching this agreement with US Hybrid will be an important next step in developing this technology, whose fuel cell application to public transit had been evaluated as one of the closest to the commercialization through demonstration projects in California, Hawaii, Ohio and Michigan. US Hybrid also marketed the first freeze-capable integrated fuel cell engine for medium and heavy-duty vehicles at the Hannover Messe Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and Batteries Fair this past April.
About Sumitomo Corporation
Sumitomo Corporation is a leading global trading company with 110 locations in 66 countries and 23 locations in Japan. The entire Sumitomo Corporation Group consists of nearly 900 companies and more than 70,000 personnel. The SC business is continuously expanding into a diverse range of products and services. Its core business units are Metal Products, Transportation and Construction Systems, Environment and Infrastructure, Media, Network, Lifestyle Related Goods and Services, Mineral Resources, Energy, and Chemical and Electronics.
About Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York City, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA) has 8 offices in major U.S. cities. SCOA is the largest subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, one of the world’s leading traders of goods and services. As an integrated business enterprise, the firm has emerged as a major organizer of multination projects, an expediter of ideas, an important international investor and financier, and a powerful force for distribution of products and global communications through a network of offices worldwide.
SCOA continues to grow its renewable energy business and has extensive experience developing, operating and owning power generating projects and facilities such as wind, geothermal, biomass and solar businesses around the world. Investments include 200MW Mesquite Creek Wind Farm in western Texas; 845MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon; two Kansas wind farms, the 131MW Cimarron II and 168MW Ironwood projects; Stanton wind project, a 120-MW wind power facility in Texas; and Desert Sunlight, a 550MW solar power project in California. For more information, visit www.sumitomocorp.com
About US Hybrid
Since 1999, US Hybrid has provided electric and hybrid traction drive systems for medium and heavy duty commercial trucks, municipality vehicles, and fuel cell transit buses throughout the world. US Hybrid was founded in Torrance, California by Dr. Gordon Abas Goodarzi, Ph.D, P.E. a 30-year veteran of the electric, hybrid, and fuel cell industries. US Hybrid’s team of engineers has over 200 years of combined experience in electric and hybrid powertrain and energy storage systems.
US Hybrid’s products have been used in many OEM commercial vehicles worldwide, including transit systems and trucks with over one million accumulated kilometers of operation. US Hybrid’s 170kW and 240kW drive motors currently power monorails in Brazil and Malaysia, while US Hybrid’s 320kW drives power heavy-duty mining equipment as well as Class 8 trucks. US Hybrid is the supplier for the New York Department of Sanitation Hybrid street sweepers and the New York Container Terminal hybrid port trucks and fuel cell vehicles for Hawaii Volcano National park, Hilo MTA and Ports of Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.ushybrid.com, www.usfuelcell.com
US Hybrid, Nissan, Argonne National Laboratory and National Grid, a utility fleet owner and operator, has been selected for $6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to design and test a fuel cell range extender for utility vehicles based on Nissan’s e-NV200 platform. The three-year pilot program will include prototype design and testing, as well as an economic assessment of the marketability of this emerging transportation technology. The team is comprised of an established powertrain supplier and vehicle integrator (US Hybrid), a major OEM (Nissan), a national lab experienced in fuel cell and powertrain modeling/analysis (ANL), and National Grid a leading and largest investor-owned energy companies in the world - covering Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and the UK.
The fuel cell range extender vehicle is intended to provide a cost-effective extended zero emission operation. Additionally, fuel cell range extenders may help provide the needed cabin comfort and heating required for operation in cold climates such as the Northern United States, China, Canada, EU and Japan.
“Zero-emission vehicles are typically either hydrogen fuel cell cars that run primarily off of a fuel cell with a high power battery, or they are all-electric vehicles that run off of high energy battery packs,” said Glenn Keller, an engineer in Argonne’s Energy Systems Division.
The range extender vehicle operates similar to a plug-in hybrid with a small, lower-cost zero emission fuel cell displacing the combustion engine. The proposed range extender FCeNV200 utility van should provide over 200 miles of driving range while maintaining a 650kg payload and 4.2m3 cargo capacity meeting the operation requirements of most users. The FCeNV200 will allow for extended and 24/7 operating hours and fast hydrogen refueling while allowing overnight electric charging during off-peak hours.
The project’s goals are to (1) test and demonstrate one FCeNV200 at the operator’s sites in New York and/or Massachusetts in demonstration phase; (2) deploy and operate a minimum of twenty FCRXeNV200 for 5,000 hours operation per vehicle (30 months) at the operator’s sites; and (3) conduct an economic assessment, including a payback analysis, cost per unit, and payback time concerning the use of hydrogen fueled fuel cells for range extenders used in commercial operations. The economic assessment will be facilitated using data collected and submitted to NREL quarterly. Upon project completion, the team will be able to make recommendations on the marketability and commercial viability of the FCeNV200.
US Hybrid, a company that specializes in green vehicle drive systems, has developed and deployed a similar fuel cell range extender system for medium-and heavy-duty commercial and military vehicles. A similar fuel cell range extender vehicle (Renault Kangoo ZE van) has been deployed in the French postal service, La Poste.
US Hybrid Since 1999, US Hybrid Corporation has provided electric and hybrid traction drive systems for medium and heavy duty commercial trucks, municipality vehicles, and fuel cell transit buses throughout the world. US Hybrid Corporation is privately held and was founded in Torrance, California by Dr. Abas Goodarzi, Ph.D, P.E., and a 30 year veteran of the electric, hybrid, and fuel cell industries including design and development of General Motors’ EV1 power-train development at Hughes Aircraft Company. US Hybrid has designs and production facilities in Torrance California, Honolulu Hawaii, South Windsor Connecticut and Worcester Massachusetts. Please visit www.ushybrid.com for more information
Nissan Electric Vehicles
In 2010, Nissan was the first mainstream vehicle manufacturer to bring zero emission mobility to the mass market with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF – an affordable, all-electric family car. In 2014, Nissan launched its second electric vehicle (EV), the e-NV200, in select global markets, bridging tried and tested technology from the Nissan LEAF with its award-winning Light Commercial Vehicle range. Fast forward to 2016, and Nissan remains the global market leader in providing mass market EV solutions with the sales of Nissan EVs now in excess of 220,000 units globally. Last year, Nissan sold 49,136 Nissan EVs worldwide, 19,883 of which were in Europe alone. Consumer needs for smarter, more flexible mobility solutions will only increase as cities and urban environments become more complex and more congested in the future. Nissan believes electric vehicles are shaping the future of mobility, today and we welcome industry initiatives that seek to further this vision.
Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.
For the third year in a row, US Hybrid was a participant at the 2016 ACT Expo in Long Beach, CA, where it displayed its Class-8 Battery-Electric Truck, its Class-8 LNG Plug-in Hybrid Truck, as well as its Fuel Cell Tug developed for the United States Air Force. Also, on Monday May 2, President/CEO of US Hybrid Dr. Abas Goodarzi presented at the California Hydrogen business Council.
US FuelCell, a premier supplier of integrated fuel cell engines announces the market introduction of the first freeze-capable integrated fuel cell engine for medium and heavy-duty vehicle markets. The integrated power plant simplifies vehicle integration and is compatible with existing J1939 vehicle diagnostics, further simplifying the service and maintenance of fuel cell engines.
“The introduction and deployment of this fuel cell engine is a game changer for US FuelCell and the commercial fuel cell vehicle industry,” said US FuelCell President and CEO, Dr. Abas Goodarzi. “The proven PEM fuel cell technology has accumulated millions of miles of revenue transit service with no cell/stack failures. US FuelCell is committed to manufacturing this commercially-viable, integrated fuel cell power system to enable the Americas, Europe and Asia to meet their GHG reduction goals at comparable cost to a Euro 6c engine, while providing zero emissions and the highest GHG reduction”
Today’s announcement follows news of US FuelCell’s recently awarded contracts to supply the integrated fuel cell engine as a commercially viable range extender battery dominant fuel cell bus for Sunline Transit in Coachella Valley California and to manufacture five fuel cell powered class-8 drayage trucks (37T) for operation at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Houston. The 80kW fuel cell power plant is capable of operating at temperatures as low as -30C with rapid start capability from -30C and is not required to be powered during non-operational periods to remain above freezing, further reducing operational and maintenance costs and failure risk in all-weather environments. The FCe80TM engine offers the best efficiency and continues the field proven durability and performance in transit industry applications.
“With this announcement, US FuelCell is taking a step forward in showing that hydrogen fuel cells can be viable in the commercial vehicle sector,” said CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel. “Governments worldwide are requiring both smog forming and greenhouse gas emissions be reduced from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. It is becoming more difficult to meet those targets with conventional combustion based technologies using fossil fuels. This is creating a growing opportunity and need for trucks and buses powered by electricity and hydrogen”.
About US FuelCell
US FuelCell is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Hybrid with more than 26 years of experience in fuel cell balance of plant components and vehicle development and deployment. US FuelCell was established in 2013 after the purchase of the UTCPower PEM fuel cell Transportation division along with the global PEM IP license. US FuelCell continues to operate in the former UTCPower facility and is focused on developing new technologies and products and manufacturing freeze-capable PEM fuel cell engines with integrated control and power conversion for medium and heavy-duty fuel cell commercial buses and trucks. For more information, please visit www.usfuelcell.com, as well as the Hannover Messe US FuelCell Exhibitor Profile.
From April 25 to April 29 2016, US FuelCell will be an exhibitor at the Hannover Messe Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries Fair. The Hannover Messe is Europe's largest hydrogen, fuel cells, and battery exhibition with over 200,000 visitors and 5,000 exhibitors. On Monday April 25, Dr. Abas Goodarzi, President/CEO of US FuelCell will be delivering a presentation on "Fuel Cell technology and products for medium and heavy duty vehicles, operation experience and reliability."
Exhibit - US FuelCell
Presentation - "Fuel Cell technology and products for medium and heavy duty vehicles, operation experience and reliability."
Monday, April 25, 2016; 12:00pm