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Next Generation Batteries 2017
Next Generation Batteries 2017

Stationary Fuel Cells

This eighteenth meeting continues Cambridge EnerTech’s event series on the advancement of fuel cell technology. This symposium targets end users, developers and manufacturers of stationary fuel cell systems across fuel types, system architectures, and power ranges. This year's Fuel Cells for Stationary symposium focuses on fuel cell systems development for stationary applications and the technical advancements, strategies for commercialization and regulatory updates from the government, academic and industry stakeholders. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the latest developments from these key players within the industry on how they are achieving success.


Thursday, February 16

8:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee

Fuel Cells Applications & Market

8:45 Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Knowledge Foundation, a Part of Cambridge EnerTech

8:50 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

James M. Fenton, Ph.D., Secretary of The Electrochemical Society; Director, Florida Solar Energy Center, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Central Florida

9:00 Sustainable Fueling/Charging Stations Along Highways for Fuel Cell and Electric Vehicles

Andrew F. Burke, Ph.D., Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis; Hengbing Zhao, Ph.D., Associate Project Scientist, University of California, Davis

 9:40 Preparation of Metallic Nanocatalysts/Nafion Film by a Drying Process

Hongki Lee, Ph.D., Professor, Woosuk University; Vice President, Hydrogen Fuel Cell RIC, South Korea

A new simple drying process was developed in order to prepare a Pt/Nafion film for self-humidifying membrane in a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC).

10:10 High-Performance Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

Ram_GuptaRam Gupta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Pittsburg State University

With the ever-increasing demands on energy and environmental protection, there is an urgent need to develop multifunctional, high-performance and durable materials for energy production. Hydrogen generated from water splitting is an alternative and renewable energy source, and presently, platinum is one of the most effective catalysts for its generation. However, its wide application is limited due to its high cost and it is essential to develop low-cost and earth-abundant materials to replace precious-platinum based catalysts.

10:40 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


11:15 Power-to-Gas (P2G) for Enabling High Renewable Power Use

Jack_BrouwerJack Brouwer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center and Advanced Power and Energy Program, University of California, Irvine

P2G has the desirable features of enabling separate sizing of the energy capacity and power capacity of the system, production of a zero emissions transportation or stationary power fuel, and ready storage of the product in existing infrastructure (e.g., natural gas system) or resources (e.g., salt cavern). These features cannot be engendered by traditional energy storage technologies like batteries. Analysis of the P2G concept will be presented and discussed.

Hybrid Applications

11:45 Hybrid Power Source Combining Lithium-Ion Batteries with PEM Fuel Cell Powered by Reformed Bioethanol

Paolo_FracasPaolo Fracas, Ph.D., CEO, Management, Genport srl, Italy

We would like to introduce a novel off-grid auxiliary clean power system designed to extend runtime of primary renewable energy sources (RES). Our G7000 HPS is tightly integrated with a lithium battery pack (GENIOL Series) delivering additional power or extending runtime when the battery and the primary energy source is off. GenScada is a remote IoT-based SW that provides supervisory, diagnostic and predictive control to smoothly adapt the dispatching strategies.

12:15 pm Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

The Hydrogen Ecosystem

1:30 Chairperson’s Remarks

Keith Wipke, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

1:35 Fuel Cells for Community Hydrogen

James_FentonJames M. Fenton, Ph.D., Secretary, The Electrochemical Society; Director, Florida Solar Energy Center; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Central Florida

Future energy landscapes will be shaped by the increased adoption of electric vehicles and solar production. To meet new demands (EV charging) and address old issues (solar variability), hydrogen may be employed as an energy source (fuel cells) or energy sink (electrolysis). Both the production and consumption of hydrogen may occur at community levels to support EV charging as well as meet local energy demands.

2:05 H2@Scale: Deeply Decarbonizing the Energy System

Kieth_WipkeKeith Wipke, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

This talk will focus on the role of hydrogen at the grid scale and the efforts of a large, national lab team assembled to evaluate the potential of hydrogen to play a critical role in our energy future. Facts about hydrogen, along with the vision of how it will fit into our future energy system and the R&D needs to enable this future, will be discussed.

2:35 Rapid Response Electrolysis - Benefits and Opportunities

Stephen_JonesStephen Jones, Managing Director, ITM Power

ITM Power designs and manufactures PEM electrolysis equipment and hydrogen energy systems. This talk will focus on the innovative products being developed to serve both existing and future markets for hydrogen. Examples of deployed projects and concepts for future efficiency hydrogen systems will also be explained.

3:05 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

3:30 Ultra-Clean Power, Heat and Hydrogen Generation with Direct Fuel Cells

Margalef_PerePere Margalef, Ph.D., Director, Advanced Technology Development, FuelCell Energy, Inc.

FuelCell Energy designs, manufactures, sells, installs, operates and maintains ultra-clean, highly efficient stationary fuel cell power plants for distributed power generation. Our power plants provide megawatt-class scalable on-site power and utility grid support, helping customers solve their energy, environmental and business challenges.

4:00 Near-Term Business Case Assessment for Power-to-Hydrogen in California

Josh_EichmanJosh Eichman, Ph.D., Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Hydrogen production from electrolysis offers a unique opportunity to integrate multiple energy sectors, contributing to greater flexibility, and potentially more clean and efficient operation of each energy sector. This talk explores the near-term business cases for electrolysis equipment in California. Four main scenarios and a variety of sensitivities are examined. Each sheds light on the important factors that affect economic competitiveness of electrolyzers and more generally, flexible demand response devices.

Alternatives in Energy Storage

4:30 Life-Cycle Energy Analysis of Technology Alternatives for Energy Storage: Comparing Hydrogen and Batteries

Matthew_PellowMatthew A. Pellow, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University

We evaluate the life-cycle energy costs of storing grid power in hydrogen using a regenerative hydrogen fuel cell (RHFC). The analysis finds that a hydrogen system stores more energy than batteries for the same manufacturing energy input. We estimate the energy return on investment of intermittent renewable generation firmed with storage, using these device-level energy return ratios.

5:00 Close of Symposium