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The purpose of the Spanish Fuel Cells Association is to promote the scientific and technical development of this technology, to publicize its potential in national and international spheres and to provide training and information to interested social agents.

IBERCONAPPICE 2019, the Ibero-American Congress of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, will be held at the CIEMAT-Moncloa Campus, Complutense Avenue, 40 28040-Madrid, between October 23 and 25, 2019.

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Workshop on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Jornada APPICE 27 Marzo 2019

Distributed energy: facilities for self-consumption based on Renewable, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Place: CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid

US Navy creates a superconductor that works at room temperature

High-powered fuel cell boosts electric-powered submersibles, drones

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The transportation industry is one of the largest consumers of energy in the U.S. economy with increasing demand to make it cleaner and more efficient. While more people are using electric cars, designing electric-powered planes, ships and submarines is much harder due to power and energy requirements.

A team of engineers in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a high-power fuel cell that advances technology in this area. Led by Vijay Ramani, the Roma B. and Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor, the team has developed a direct borohydride fuel cell that operates at double the voltage of today’s commercial fuel cells.

This advancement using a unique pH-gradient-enabled microscale bipolar interface (PMBI), reported in Nature Energy Feb. 25, could power a variety of transportation modes – including unmanned underwater vehicles, drones and eventually electric aircraft – at significantly lower cost.

“The pH-gradient-enabled microscale bipolar interface is at the heart of this technology,” said Ramani, also professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering. “It allows us to run this fuel cell with liquid reactants and products in submersibles, in which neutral buoyancy is critical, while also letting us apply it in higher-power applications such as drone flight.”

The fuel cell developed at Washington University uses an acidic electrolyte at one electrode and an alkaline electrolyte at the other electrode. Typically, the acid and alkali will quickly react when brought in contact with each other. Ramani said the key breakthrough is the PMBI, which is thinner than a strand of human hair. Using membrane technology developed at the McKelvey Engineering School, the PMBI can keep the acid and alkali from mixing, forming a sharp pH gradient and enabling the successful operation of this system.

“Previous attempts to achieve this kind of acid-alkali separation were not able to synthesize and fully characterize the pH gradient across the PMBI,” said Shrihari Sankarasubramanian, a research scientist on Ramani’s team. “Using a novel electrode design in conjunction with electroanalytical techniques, we were able to unequivocally show that the acid and alkali remain separated.”

A new ‘water fuel’ for hydrogen cars promises a range of 1,000 km between charges

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Strategic Framework of Energy and Climate: An opportunity for the modernization of the Spanish economy and the creation of employment.

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The Paris Agreement of 2015 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations mark the beginning of a sustainable global agenda that entails the transformation of the economic model and a new social contract of inclusive prosperity within the limits of the planet.

In response, the European Union has provided itself with a broad legal framework that will allow it to remain at the forefront of the transition and meet the objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

In this context, the Strategic Energy and Climate Framework, presented by the Government, is an opportunity for the modernization of the Spanish economy, the creation of employment, the positioning of Spain’s leadership in the renewable energies and technologies that will dominate the next decade, the development of the rural environment, the improvement of the health of people and the environment, and social justice.

It facilitates a transformation of the Spanish economy in which the country will gain in prosperity, energy security, generation of industrial employment, innovation, health, technological development and social justice, accompanying the most vulnerable groups.

The framework guides the Spanish business fabric towards the place where the competitive advantages will be in the future: innovation and capacity to produce with greater efficiency and with a low or no environmental footprint, reinforcing the national and international competitiveness of our companies.

The key elements that make up this framework are: the preliminary draft of the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law, the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC) 2021-2030, and the Just Transition Strategy. There are three essential pillars whose sum effect guarantees that Spain has a stable and accurate strategic framework for the decarbonisation of its economy; an efficient roadmap for the next decade, the 2021-2030 Plan, designed in coherence with the emissions neutrality we aspire to in 2050; and a strategy of solidary and just transition accompaniment, to ensure that people and territories take advantage of the opportunities of this transition and nobody is left behind.

Spain needs to position itself as soon as possible in the innovation, technologies, and the leading industry in a process of transformation that is already underway all over the world, with the objective of making the most of the opportunities it presents and that serves as a lever for the modernization and the progress of the country.

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Did you know that Air Liquide, Idex, STEP and Toyota create HysetCo to promote mobility based on hydrogen?

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Toyota joins Air Liquide, Idex and Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) with the aim of achieving a clean mobility that allows to improve air quality.

Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have joined forces to promote the development of hydrogen-based mobility with a joint venture called HysetCo. It is the first in history dedicated to the development of mobility based on hydrogen in the Île-de-France region, in Paris.

This collaboration represents an unprecedented milestone in the promotion of a hydrogen-based society in France and in the development of Hype, the world’s first hydrogen-based, emission-free fleet. It is a project launched in 2015, during COP21 and that has fuel cell cabs in circulation in Paris and throughout the Île-de-France region.

HysetCo will facilitate the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and their charging infrastructure in the Île-de-France region to reach the goal of 600 taxis by the end of 2020. Toyota will supply another 500 Mirai before the end of 2020, to Complete the existing fleet of 100 Hype vehicles.

This joint venture covers two activities: the distribution of hydrogen and the development of applications related to mobility. Within that ecosystem, each collaborator contributes his own knowledge. The entity’s mission is to promote the transition of the sector towards the elimination of emissions, with the aim of having ‘Taxis / VTC without emissions for the Olympic Games of Paris 2024’.

Did you know that more flexible nanomaterials can boost fuel cells for cheaper hydrogen cars?

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Transportation is one of the most important human needs. Nowadays, in our civilization it is so vital that we depend totally on it, both to move and to transport our resources, be it water, food, or any other basic need.

For this reason, it is logical to think that the automotive industry seeks to develop technologies that allow a better performance. It is expected that in the near future this economic sector will benefit enormously from nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

Global expectations of lower emissions and fuel savings are creating huge demands for lightweight, durable and low-cost materials to replace expensive metals and compounds, and nanotechnology can help meet those demands.

Scientists led by Johns Hopkins University have developed a new method to increase the reactivity of ultra-thin nanosheets, with only a few atoms of thickness, an advance that can make fuel cells for hydrogen cars cheaper in the future.

The research, published in the journal Science, promises faster and cheaper production of electric power using fuel cells, and also chemicals and bulk materials such as hydrogen.

The new method focuses on finding the right amount, to evaluate how much metal would be required for the fuel cell electrodes. The technique uses the forces on the surface of a metal to identify the ideal thickness of the electrode.

“Each material experiences a tension on the surface due to the breakdown of the crystalline symmetry of the material at the atomic level. We discovered a way to make these crystals ultrafine, thus decreasing the distance between the atoms and increasing the reactivity of the material, “says Chao Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Johns Hopkins University and one of the corresponding authors of the study.

Did you know that the port of Valencia will be the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy?

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The capital of the Turia was the scene on Tuesday of the first working meeting of “H2PORTS – Implementing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Ports”, a project aimed at implementing efficient solutions to reduce the environmental impact of operations developed in the port of Valencia. Thanks to this initiative, coordinated by the Valenciaport Foundation, in close collaboration with the Port Authority of Valencia, this enclave will become the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy into its terminals.

H2PORTS, which has a total investment of four million euros and is financed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking program (FCH JU), is part of the energy strategy implemented in 2017 by Valenciaport, based on the use of hydrogen and of fuel cells as an alternative energy.

This first meeting, which was attended by the general director of the Valenciaport Foundation, Antonio Torregrosa, and the director of Environment and Security of the APV, Federico Torres, is the starting signal for the implementation of the use of hydrogen through pilot projects that will operate in real conditions in the port of Valencia and that will bridge the gap between prototypes and pre-commercial products. Specifically, three pilots will be tested that will operate in this dock: a container loading / unloading and transport reach stacker, powered by hydrogen; a terminal tractor for ro-ro operations, powered by hydrogen batteries, and a mobile hydrogen supply station that will provide the necessary fuel to guarantee the continuous work cycles of the aforementioned equipment and that in the initial phase of the project will work in the Grimaldi (Valencia Terminal Europa) and MSC terminals in the Port of Valencia.

Did you know that two engineers from Extremadura create a prototype that stores hydrogen to turn it into electricity at a very low cost?

Did you know that they have discovered a way to cheapen hydrogen fuel cells?

Did you know that plastic waste can be converted into fuel for cars powered by hydrogen?

Did you know that the new bipolar batteries will give electric cars 1,000 km of autonomy?

Did you know that the world market for batteries and fuel cells already moves 5,500 million euros?

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Intersolar and eeS Europe, the largest battery and accumulator energy show in Europe, have just announced that the photovoltaic and accumulator sector will present its production solutions and the latest manufacturing technologies in a specific pavilion in the 2019 edition of These two fairs. The organizers of the largest fair-congress-exhibition of the solar of the Old Continent estimate that “the world market for batteries and fuel cells, which already amounts to 5,500 million euros, will exceed in 2025 the 81,000 million euros”.

The analysts of the market – Intersolar informs – predict for 2018 a photovoltaic growth of around 100 gigawatts (GW), while it is expected that by 2025 the world market for batteries and fuel cells will exceed 81,000 million euros. “The important growth The industry association is also generating an increase in production.SolarPower Europe sector forecasts go even further SolarPower Europe calculates that more than 1,000 GW of photovoltaic power will be installed in five years The fast growth of electromobility is another factor that is also driving the battery market, well, in light of all these forecasts, coinciding, Intersolar and Europe ees have decided to give more prominence to the production techniques and in 2019 will dedicate, for the first time , a specific pavilion for this theme in these specialized energy fairs, between May 15 and 17, 2019.

“In Germany – Intersolar informs -, the battery accumulator market has tripled in the last three years and in August the 100,000th solar electricity accumulator was put into operation”. The demand for high-powered industrial accumulators is also growing: for example, in June a battery accumulator with a capacity of more than 50 megawatt-hours (MWh) was installed in Pelham (England) to provide network stabilization services. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance research institute predicts that the annual installations of fixed accumulators will experience a significant growth by 2030 and that a power of 125 gigawatts will be reached with a storage volume of 305 gigawatt-hours (GWh).

Did you know that Latin American scientists managed to produce electricity with coffee waste?

Did you know that solar hydrogen can be used to increase the autonomy of drones?

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The transportation industry is one of the largest consumers of energy in the U.S. economy with increasing demand to make it cleaner and more efficient. While more people are using electric cars, designing electric-powered planes, ships and submarines is much harder due to power and energy requirements.

A team of engineers in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a high-power fuel cell that advances technology in this area. Led by Vijay Ramani, the Roma B. and Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor, the team has developed a direct borohydride fuel cell that operates at double the voltage of today’s commercial fuel cells.

This advancement using a unique pH-gradient-enabled microscale bipolar interface (PMBI), reported in Nature Energy Feb. 25, could power a variety of transportation modes – including unmanned underwater vehicles, drones and eventually electric aircraft – at significantly lower cost.

“The pH-gradient-enabled microscale bipolar interface is at the heart of this technology,” said Ramani, also professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering. “It allows us to run this fuel cell with liquid reactants and products in submersibles, in which neutral buoyancy is critical, while also letting us apply it in higher-power applications such as drone flight.”

The fuel cell developed at Washington University uses an acidic electrolyte at one electrode and an alkaline electrolyte at the other electrode. Typically, the acid and alkali will quickly react when brought in contact with each other. Ramani said the key breakthrough is the PMBI, which is thinner than a strand of human hair. Using membrane technology developed at the McKelvey Engineering School, the PMBI can keep the acid and alkali from mixing, forming a sharp pH gradient and enabling the successful operation of this system.

“Previous attempts to achieve this kind of acid-alkali separation were not able to synthesize and fully characterize the pH gradient across the PMBI,” said Shrihari Sankarasubramanian, a research scientist on Ramani’s team. “Using a novel electrode design in conjunction with electroanalytical techniques, we were able to unequivocally show that the acid and alkali remain separated.”

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US Navy creates a superconductor that works at room temperature

A scientist working for the US Navy has applied for a patent for a superconductor at room temperature, a potential paradigm shift in power transmission and computer systems.

A superconductor at room temperature is a material that is capable of exhibiting superconductivity – lossless energy transmission – at temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius. Current superconductors work when they cool near absolute zero, and the hottest superconductor, hydrogen sulfide, only works at -70 degrees Celsius.

Salvatore Cezar Pais is registered as the inventor in the United States Navy patent application made public on Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The application states that a superconductor at room temperature can be constructed using a cable with an insulating core and an aluminum coating PZT (lead zirconate titanate) deposited by vacuum evaporation with a penetration depth thickness of London and polarized after the deposition.

An electromagnetic coil is placed circumferentially around the coating so that when the coil is activated with a pulsed current, a non-linear vibration is induced, allowing superconductivity at room temperature.

“This concept allows the transmission of electrical energy without losses and exhibits optimal thermal management (without heat dissipation),” according to the patent document, which leads to the design and development of new energy generation and collection devices with enormous benefits for the civilization.

¿Did you know that…?

hype-toyota-hidrogeno

Did you know that Air Liquide, Idex, STEP and Toyota create HysetCo to promote mobility based on hydrogen?

Toyota joins Air Liquide, Idex and Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) with the aim of achieving a clean mobility that allows to improve air quality.

Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have joined forces to promote the development of hydrogen-based mobility with a joint venture called HysetCo. It is the first in history dedicated to the development of mobility based on hydrogen in the Île-de-France region, in Paris.

This collaboration represents an unprecedented milestone in the promotion of a hydrogen-based society in France and in the development of Hype, the world’s first hydrogen-based, emission-free fleet. It is a project launched in 2015, during COP21 and that has fuel cell cabs in circulation in Paris and throughout the Île-de-France region.

HysetCo will facilitate the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and their charging infrastructure in the Île-de-France region to reach the goal of 600 taxis by the end of 2020. Toyota will supply another 500 Mirai before the end of 2020, to Complete the existing fleet of 100 Hype vehicles.

This joint venture covers two activities: the distribution of hydrogen and the development of applications related to mobility. Within that ecosystem, each collaborator contributes his own knowledge. The entity’s mission is to promote the transition of the sector towards the elimination of emissions, with the aim of having ‘Taxis / VTC without emissions for the Olympic Games of Paris 2024’.

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