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2010: Hydrogen News Round-up

As we're nearly at the end of 2010 it seems to be a good point to review all of the major hydrogen news stories from the year. The collection of articles is quite impressive and shows a real build up in momentum for the hydrogen economy as we move towards 2011.

JANUARY

River Simple Urban Car Riversimple's hydrogen car hits the headlines as its design is to be "open source".
http://www.riversimple.com/


FEBRAURY

Bloom Energy Logo

Launch of the Bloom box fuel cell generates a huge media frenzy and features big names such as Google and Ebay. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/22/bloom-box-fuel-cell-launch


MARCH

RV1 Hydrogen Bus London to create a ‘hydrogen network’ by 2012, in time for the city’s Olympic games. The London Hydrogen Partnership (LHP) is working across London boroughs on plans to deliver over the next two years at least six refuelling sites to refuel hydrogen-powered vehicles in the capital. One is already being built in east London for the refuelling of hydrogen-fuelled buses that will begin running on the RV1 route later this year.
http://www.thegreencarwebsite.co.uk/blog/index.php/2010/03/26/london-reveals-hydrogen-network-plans/


APRIL

McPhy Solid Hydrogen Storage Solution

French startup McPhy Energy has delivered the first commercial-scale prototype of a solid-state hydrogen storage tank, which it claims could solve the challenge presented to grid operators by the intermittent nature of many renewable energy sources. McPhy claims that its "game-changing technology" can store hydrogen at low pressure in a short space of time.
http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1805351/french-firm-unveils-game-changing-hydrogen-storage


MAY

Kia Fuel Cell Vehicle

Kia announces it is to produce 10,000 hydrogen vehicles by 2015
http://green.autoblog.com/2010/05/25/report-kias-hydrogen-vehicle-plans-include-10-000-on-the-road/


JUNE

Lotus Fuel Cell Taxi

Lotus Fuel Cell Taxi announced - and it looks just like a regular black cab!
Read more about the taxi in our article published in September: http://www.hydrogenclub.co.uk/main/index.php/transport/15-20-lotus-hydrogen-fuel-cell-taxis-to-hit-the-road-by-2012


JULY

Fuel Cells UK Logo UK Gains "Common Voice" for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry. Fuel Cells UK and UK Hydrogen Association Merge to form UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association. http://www.fuelcellsuk.org/2010/07/02/uk-gains-%e2%80%9ccommon-voice%e2%80%9d-for-hydrogen-and-fuel-cell-industry/


AUGUST

ITM Power Company Logo ITM Power's HFuel unit starts to get attention from a number of large organisations. http://www.hydrogenclub.co.uk/main/index.php/infrastructure/12-itm-powers-hfuel-unit-gains-momentum


SEPTEMBER

Honda FCX Clarity

Honda FCX Clarity hits UK shores to tour existing refuelling stations
http://www.hydrogenclub.co.uk/main/index.php/transport/19-fcx-clarity-hits-the-road-in-the-uk


OCTOBER

Logo On October 28, 2010 the US Fuel Cell Council and the National Hydrogen Association announced a merger between the two organizations. The merger of the industry's leading advocacy organizations will deliver an integrated strategy to the industry and a singular message to stake holders: fuel cells and hydrogen are integral components of our clean energy portfolio. http://www.usfcc.com/USFCC_NHA_Merger_PR.pdf


NOVEMBER

ITM Power Company Logo

ITM Power demonstrates exceptionally high power densities by developing its proprietary hydrocarbon membrane materials for hydrogen/oxygen fuel cells. A step change from the current state of the art was been achieved, with what is believed to be the highest power density ever recorded for a PEM fuel cell (5.5W/cm2 and 10A/cm2). http://www.itm-power.com/news/40/High+Power+Density+Fuel+Cells.html


DECEMBER

RV1 Hydrogen Bus

London launches the UK's first permanent hydrogen bus that will travel along a popular tourist route (RV1). http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/dec/10/hydrogen-bus-london