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Failed Fuel Cell Maker Lilliputian, Cleantech VC, and Due Diligence

August 26, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Investment, Technology, and Risk

Failed MIT spinout and consumer fuel cell startup Lilliputian Systems faces the sell-off of its assets and IP after more than twelve years of development and hype, $150 million in VC investment and dozens of press releases attesting to the strength of its portable charging technology.[read more]

Tesla Trumps Toyota Part II: The Big Problem With Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

August 16, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Tesla and Toyota and the Future

The biggest problem hydrogen fuel cell automobiles and vehicles face is that while they deliver no obvious major consumer, societal, or environmental benefits compared to the rest of the competition, they do have a bunch of obvious consumer defects.[read more]

GE Threatens to Enter Fuel Cell Market, Compete With Bloom

August 2, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Fuel Cell Markets

Earlier this week, General Electric announced that it is initiating an entrepreneurial effort to commercialize its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for megawatt-scale stationary power applications. Billion-dollar fuel cell startup Bloom Energy also works with SOFC technology at this scale.[read more]

Microbes Chow Down on Latest Fuel-Cell Tech

May 31, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Microbes and Fuel-Cell Innovation

You can very quickly run out of fingers and toes in counting the myriad ways we waste energy. Take the inefficiency of our sewage systems, for example: The energetic content of wastewater is about 10 times the amount of energy it takes to process it.[read more]

Will Plug Power Be the First Profitable Fuel Cell Company?

October 27, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

Plug Power Profitability?

Plug Power's CEO, Andy Marsh, is looking for profitability for his fuel cell firm in 2014. A profitable quarter for a publicly traded fuel cell company would break a 100-year drought in the sector. But several other large fuel-cell firms may be on the brink of profitability in 2013 or 2014, as well.[read more]

New Redox Power Fuel Cell Gives Li-Ion Batteries Run For The Money

August 26, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Fuel Cell Innovation

While lithium-ion batteries are current champs of the electric vehicle market, fuel cells are beginning to come on strong. If that trend continues it raises some intriguing future scenarios, namely, fuel cells could eventually squeeze out Li-ion batteries altogether.[read more]

Bloom Energy Raises $130M More for Fuel Cell Future

May 12, 2013 by Eric Wesoff
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Bloom Energy fuel cells

Fuel cell "startup" Bloom Energy just raised $130 million more in venture capital, taking total funding to beyond $1.1 billion for this firm and makes it one of the all-time leaders in venture capitalization.[read more]

Ushering in a Hydrogen Economy

December 15, 2011 by Charles Arthur
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Making It interview with Dr. Mustafa Hatipoğlu, managing director of the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET), a UNIDO project supported by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.[read more]

Investment Tax Credits for Advanced Stationary Batteries

April 30, 2011 by James Greenberger
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If Congress is serious about reducing the burden of high petroleum prices on U.S. taxpayers, it must do what is necessary to build a market for an important petroleum replacement: advanced batteries. By simply extending to stationary advanced batteries the same investment tax credits that Congress has already made available to fuel cells (which are a promising but a much longer term solution to the problem of petroleum dependence), it would do much to help that market grow.[read more]

Top Energy Efficient Tax Credits

February 21, 2011 by Reginald Norris

Improve the energy efficiency of your home and tax money at the same time with these energy efficiency tax credits: 1. Fuel CellsFuel cells are an incredibly exciting technology that many people do not know about. A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts chemical energy into electricity. More technically, fuel cells use...[read more]

Bloom Energy’s "Electrons" Service an Interesting Spin on the Microgrid

January 26, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

I’ve been thinking a bit about Bloom Energy’s announcement last week that it wants to sell electricity as a service as a way to get its Bloom Box fuel cell into companies. The idea is that Bloom, as part of a service called Bloom Electrons, would sign 10-year power purchase agreements with the customer — i.e. the customer would agree to...[read more]

Urban renewables: Adobe installs a dozen Bloom fuel cells

September 28, 2010 by Todd Woody
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photo: Edelman In The New York Times on Tuesday, I write about Adobe Systems putting a dozen Bloom Energy fuel cells on the roof of a parking garage at its downtown San Jose headquarters, the largest such installation in the United States: To green up its operations, Adobe Systems, the maker of the ubiquitous Flash media player, has...[read more]

Japan aims its home fuel cells at Europe

March 19, 2010 by Big Gav

With interest in fuel cells being given a big boost by the Bloom Box, the BBC has an article on Japanese efforts to sell cells to Europe - Japan aims its home fuel cells at Europe. Following the success of a half-price subsidy for CO2-busting fuel-cell heat and energy generators for homes, Japan is now poised to ship its attention to...[read more]

California regulators reject utilities; fuel cell projects

March 10, 2010 by Todd Woody

photo: Todd Woody In The New York Times on Wednesday, I write about California regulators’ preliminary decision to reject requests by two big utilities to install grid-connected fuel cells: While Google, Wal-Mart and other corporations have embraced fuel cells, California regulators have turned down requests from the state’s two...[read more]

A Day Late on the Bloom Box

March 1, 2010 by Robert Rapier
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I wasn't going to write anything on the Bloom Box, but people keep writing to ask what I think. My initial reactions were "What a lot of hype" and "I have seen this all before." I also wondered why it is that people keep falling for these kinds of stories. But fuel cells aren't my specialty, and as such I won't weigh in on the relative...[read more]