Fuel Cells

We analyse the potential market for hydrogen fuel cell energy storage. Photo: Power Plus stock was not as affected as Ballard Power by the bankruptcy of the fuel cell technology company ClearEdge Power.

Fuel cells: fuel’s gold?

The demise of ClearEdge Power last month raises questions over the future of a technology that has many followers yet steadfastly refuses to take off. Fuel cells, the product commercialised by ClearEdge, have a history dating back…


The US Department of Energy has awarded FuelCell Energy USD$3m to increase performance and decrease costs for its stationary fuel cell power plants.

Energy storage news: 16.04.14

The main energy storage news from our Twitter feed this week. Hydrostor and the University of Windsor are building the world’s first grid-connected offshore and underwater energy storage system near Toronto, Canada. MIT researchers are pioneering azobenzene-on-carbon nanotube photoswitches…


Could ammonia energy storage beat hydrogen. Commercialisation of solid-state ammonia synthesis by NHThree and the Royal Silver Company puts it back in the running.

Could ammonia do hydrogen’s job?

A Bolivian smelter is the unlikely setting for a technology experiment that could upset hydrogen’s incipient lead as an alternative energy storage and fuel source. Last September the smelter, run by the Royal Silver Company,…


Sprint, the telecoms company, is using hydrogen fuel cell energy storage on city rooftops as a back up for it mobile networks, in a programme part-funded by the US Department of Energy.

Energy storage news: 05.02.14

The important energy storage news from our Twitter feed this week. EnStorage Israel and Princeton Power Systems have been awarded a USD$950,000 grant from the BIRD Foundation. The grant will be used to commercialise an energy storage…


The Toyota fuel-cell vehicle concept has been revealed, with vice president Bob Carter dismissing “naysayers” such as Elon Musk of Tesla Motors.

Energy storage news: 22.01.14

The energy storage news from our Twitter feed this week. A Tesla Motors Model X prototype has been photographed in California. The fully electric vehicle is a cross between a sports utility vehicle and a minivan. EnerVault…



Joe Pratt studies hydrogen fuel cell energy storage in ports at the Port of Oakland, California. Photo credit: Sandia National Laboratories

Energy storage in port operations

A hidden challenge for renewable energy, in terms of carbon reductions at least, is making sure your cure is not more damaging than your disease. Many types of renewable power plants, for example, contain large…