Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. (Orlando, FL) and Southern California Edison successfully completed factory testing for the world's first fuel cell/gas turbine hybrid power system. The 220kW proof-of-concept system will be readied for shipment, installation and operation next month at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. During the testing, the […]
IMPCO Technologies Inc.'s (Irvine, CA) Advanced Technology Center has been awarded a patent for its new and innovative in-tank pressure regulator technology for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and natural gas vehicles. Combined with the company's proprietary TriShield ultra-lightweight, advanced-composite, fuel-storage tanks, IMPCO's new in-tank regulator offers a great reduction in fuel system cost while increasing […]
H Power Corp. (Clifton, NJ) has filed a registration to have shares of its initial public offering of common stock listed on the Nasdaq National Market as HPOW.
Astris Energy Inc. (Toronto, Canada) announced that its European subsidiary has completed, tested and delivered a 4kW AFC generator to the Technical University of Mines, Ostrava, Czech Republic. The generator was built and tested by Astris' laboratory in Benesov, Czech Republic. The system is the first of a future line of fuel cell cogeneration units. […]
Strategic Research Institute (New York, NY) will host an energy conference entitled Innovation and Transformation through Distributed Generation in Boston on June 8-9, 2000. The latest developments of photovoltaic, microturbine, fuel cell and solar technology will be discussed. Needs of residential, commercial and industrial energy consumers will be discussed. The keynote address will be presented […]
Northwest Power Systems (Bend, OR) will change its name to IdaTech, effective May 1, 2000. The name change is linked with Northwest's decision earlier this year to become a manufacturer of fully integrated fuel cell systems and with IDA Corp's assumed majority ownership of Northwest Power Systems in April 1999. "IdaTech better communicates our company's […]
Inverpower Controls Ltd. (Toronto, Ontario) has been awarded a contract from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to design and manufacture a 250kW power conversion system for an atmospheric SOFC combined heat and power system. The project is a venture between OPG and Siemens Westinghouse, the SOFC technology provider, and production will be undertaken by Ontario Power […]
Vicor Corp. (Andover, MA) announced a 38-percent increase in revenues for the quarter, ending on March 31, 2000. Revenues increased to $57,786,000 compared with $41,964,000 for 1999. Net income increased 94 percent at $7,116,000, up from $3,665,000 in 1999. Diluted earnings per share increased 88 percent to $0.16, up from $0.09 in 1999.
Arthur D. Little (ADL, Cambridge, MA) has announced the merger of it's industry-leading Epyx fuel processing business with De Nora Fuel Cells (Milan, Italy) to form Nuvera Fuel Cells. Nuvera will maintain operations in Cambridge and Milan and will increase its staff from 80 to more than 200 by the end of the year. Nuvera […]
Mazda Motor Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) has joined DaimlerChrysler AG (Germany) and Nippon Mitsubishi Oil in a government-led project to test fuels for next-generation fuel cell vehicles. Mazda and DaimlerChrysler will each contribute fuel cell vehicles, while Nippon will contribute hydrogen, methanol fuel and test tracks for the three-year project. The purpose of the project is […]
American Superconductor (Westborough, MA) and GE Industrial Systems announced a marketing and sales alliance to provide American Superconductor's superconducting magnetic energy-storage (SMES) systems to utility and industrial customers. The SMES device is applied to improve customers' electrical power performance during system disturbances and high-load conditions. Under the agreement terms, GE has exclusive rights to offer […]
NESS Corp. (Korea) announced the introduction of their new 2.3V ultracapacitor technology for electric and hybrid-electric vehicle applications. The new NESS ultracapacitor is designed for use in regenerative braking, where it recaptures and recycles energy normally lost through brake-friction heat. The company reports that the ultracapacitor earned the Chairman's Choice Award for components at the […]
International Fuel Cells Inc. (South Windsor, CT) has aided South County Hospital in Wakefield, RI, with their PC25 fuel cell system. South County has become the first hospital in New England to generate its own electricity. The fuel cell began its 24-hour operation in December 1999, producing one-third of the hospital's electricity during peak hours, […]
American Power Conversion Corp. (APC, West Kingston, RI) has made its debut in Fortune magazine's ranking of the 1,000 largest companies. The company topped out 1999 with $1.3 billion in revenues placing the company at Number 929. "The fact that a company that manufactures and markets power-protection equipment made it to the Fortune 1,000 sends […]
Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD, Troy, MI) and N.V. Bekaert S.D. (Belgium) have formed a joint venture into the production of photovoltaic cells and modules based on thin-film technology. With an investment from Bekaert, a leading manufacturer of steel products, a manufacturing plant with an annual capacity of 25MW will be designed and built by […]