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National Hydrogen Day Activities and Events
Across the country this past week, scientists and engineers have been celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. Aptly chosen to represent the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day was celebrated for the first time on October 8, 2015 and this year we’ve keeping the momentum going.Read More
Part of the FCHEA member National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Days activities, NICTO – Innovate 2016 will showcase all-in fuel cell solutions for counterbalance forklifts, narrow aisle forklifts and motorized hand trucks used in multi-shift distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing operations.Read More
In support of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, Air Liquide launches www.letscleartheair.com and collaborated with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) to create a hydrogen infrastructure app.Read More
ITM Power officially launched its third public access hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) and the second HRS in London at the Centre of Engineering Manufacturing Excellence CEME, in Rainham East London.Read More
Secretary Moniz joined staff from the Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office in celebrating industry progress on National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell DayRead More
On October 8, Chris San Marchi of Sandia National labs hosted an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit's Science subreddit, answering a variety of questions regarding hydrogen as a fuel and energy carrier.Read More
International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Organizations joined FCHEA and the industry in helping celerbating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day this October 8, 2016. See some of the examples below:Read More
CaFCP staff will take part in the 2016 annual Charge Across Town EV Test Drive during Fleet Week and National Hydrogen Day on October 8-9 at Pier 27 in San Francisco, CA. FREE ‘ride and drives’ in the latest electric vehicles, including plug-in, battery, and fuel cell EVs. CaFCP staff will have the 2016 Toyota Mirai, Hyundai Tucson FCV, Mercedes Benz BClass F-Cell in the test drive and the 2017 Honda Clarity on display.Read More
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Partners with Toyota to Bring Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle to Taste of D.C.
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), the trade association dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies, is partnering with Toyota Motor Company to bring the Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle on display at the Taste of D.C. in Washington, D.C.Read More
Join the Thunderclap for 2016's National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day now! On October 8, industry, supporters, friends, and stakeholders are celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day to raise broader awareness of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. Show your support and join us on October 8 in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.Read More
Today, Altergy joins the nation in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day by marking the growth of the industry and raising awareness of the benefits fuel cells and hydrogen technologies provide in generating reliable and resilient power, improving the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing America’s energy security.
In commemorating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, representatives from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) and Toyota Motor Company drove a Toyota Mirai on a Capital-Capital-Capital tour from the nation's capital in Washington, D.C., to the capitals of Richmond, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland.Read More
This week the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) joins others across the United States to celebrate National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on Oct. 8—10.08—a date chosen to represent the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008).Read More
CSA Group Offers Discount on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Standards in Celebration of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
CSA Group will be offering a 50% discount off standards in this area during the week of October 8th to October 14th - including a brand new standard HGV 4.9 Hydrogen Fueling Stations. Use coupon code HFC50 at checkout.Read More
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Drivers Accumulate More Than One And One-Half Million Zero-Emission Miles In Celebration Of Second Annual National Hydrogen Day, October 8th
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., October 7, 2016 – In celebration of National Hydrogen Day, October 8th, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell drivers have again surpassed an important threshold, accumulating more than 1,500,000 miles on the roads and highways of both Southern and Northern California.Read More
In honor of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on October 8, we sit down with Byron McCormick, one of the “founding fathers” of hydrogen and fuel cells, to talk about his experiences during his more than 50-year career. Byron began his career in 1974 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he first explored the possibility of using fuel cells in vehicles.Read More
On October 5, Hyundai American Technical Center President William Freels delivered a Hyundai Tucson fuel cell vehicle (FCV) to DOE Acting Assistant Secretary David Friedman, commemorating National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day.Read More
October 8th is National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. To celebrate, here are a few things you might not know about hydrogen and fuel cells.
Why is National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day celebrated on October 8th?
The day is celebrated on October 8 (10/08) because the atomic weight of hydrogen is 1.008 atomic mass units.
Why should I care about hydrogen? What is it good for?
Hydrogen is an important chemical for many industrial processes, most notably in the production of ammonia, which is used to make the fertilizer used to grow food, and in petroleum refining, where hydrogen is used to produce gasoline. Other uses include metal refining and the semiconductor industry, where it is used to make computer chips in phones and tablets.
Hydrogen can also be used as a fuel to power cars and heat buildings. The most important benefit of using hydrogen as a fuel is that when you burn it, the byproduct is just water. Hydrogen can also be used as a way to store energy, and this use has the potential to have a large impact on our future. Hydrogen can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, integrate renewable energy into the grid and reduce the use of petroleum and other fossil fuels.
What is a fuel cell and how does it work?
A fuel cell is a device, similar to a battery, that converts the energy stored in chemical bonds to electrical energy. Fuel cells are more efficient than traditional combustion methods to convert fuel into electrical energy.Unlike a battery, a fuel cell isn't recharged, but is rather supplied with a flow of fuel (like hydrogen) that it reacts with an oxidant (like air or pure oxygen), which is then converted to electrical energy.
It's cleaner, too. When hydrogen is the fuel, the only byproduct is water — unlike our common combustion engines, which can create harmful byproducts like nitrogen oxides.
What are fuel cells used for?
Fuel cells can be used almost anywhere that there is a need for electrical power. They are more efficient than combustion engines and have higher reliability and lower emissions. In cars, fuel cells can provide faster refueling and longer ranges than current generations of batteries.
Over 60,000 fuel cells were shipped worldwide in 2015. Fuel cells are being used to provide backup power to telecommunications centers and cell phone towers, where their higher reliability and lower maintenance more than makes up for the higher initial equipment cost.
Hydrogen fuel cells can also replace natural gas in combined heat and power plants, which are used to generate usable heat and power simultaneously as decentralized generation. Fuel cell systems can convert up to 90 percent of the energy in the fuel (natural gas or hydrogen) into electrical power and useful heat. There are currently thousands of small units providing electrical power and hot water to homes in Japan, as well as in hospitals, hotels and at companies with a large demand for hot water or steam. Fuel cells are also being used at electric utilities to provide clean, reliable power to the grid.
In transportation, fuel cells offer the potential for efficient electric vehicles with the same range and refueling times customers have become accustomed to, while limiting the tailpipe emissions to only water. They are already being used in bicycles, cars, buses, trucks and even trains and planes. In California, there are now over 700 hydrogen fuel cell cars on the road and over 20 retail hydrogen fueling stations, with another 20 in development. Fuel cell cars can travel long distances before needing to be refueled (250-350 miles), and can be refueled in approximately the same time it takes to refuel your current gasoline-powered vehicle (three to five minutes).
What's holding fuel cells back, and what's being done to get more fuel cells out there?
While hydrogen and fuel cells are competitive in some applications, and some fuel cell vehicles are on the road, costs are still too high to be widely accepted in the market. Fuel cells have to get cheaper, while still achieving the durability and performance that people are accustomed to. Researchers have identified several key areas for cost reduction, including hydrogen storage and delivery and fuel cell materials costs.
Current commercial fuel cells use platinum, a rare and expensive metal, as the catalyst. Researchers are working on new catalysts that use less of this expensive metal, or that don't need platinum at all.
Lastly, for the adoption of fuel cell-powered cars, the number of hydrogen refueling stations must increase and they must be distributed across the country.
What research is Argonne doing on hydrogen and fuel cells?
Four different divisions at the lab conduct research in hydrogen and fuel cells, ranging from studies of the environmental impacts of fuel cell vehicles to developing new catalysts. Argonne is a partner in two new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) consortia aimed at reducing cost and improving the performance and durability of fuel cells to extend their adoption in the marketplace. Argonne researchers lead efforts in modeling and validation and in studies of fuel cell electrode layers for DOE's Fuel Cell Consortium for Performance and Durability. These studies focus on determining the relationships between structure, composition and performance in the electrode layer of fuel cells to optimize the performance and durability of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, the most commonly used commercial fuel cell.
Argonne and Los Alamos National Laboratory co-lead a second DOE fuel-cell-focused consortium, ElectroCat, that is accelerating the development of fuel cell catalysts that do not use expensive platinum-group metals. ElectroCat focuses on generating, analyzing, and evaluating catalyst candidates in a high-throughput laboratory.
For more information, see http://www.anl.gov/articles/six-things-you-might-not-know-about-hydrogen.
Plug Power is celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day all week – don't miss their blog series about how Plug Power and its industry partners are changing the way the world moves.
Check out Plug's first blog post here.Read More