Toyota Truck for Los Angeles

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Fuel cell truck equipped with H2 tanks, © Toyota

Soon, Toyota may not only be known for its fuel cell cars and buses, but for trucks as well. A new initiative called Project Portal aims to build a 36-ton truck equipped with two fuel cell stacks originally designed for the Mirai. They will be supported by a 12-kilowatt-hour battery to provide 500 kilowatts of output and 1,800 Nm of torque at a range of 320 kilometers (199 miles).

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Off Across the Pond

SPI20172017 is the first year Deutsche Messe and Tobias Renz Fair, the organizer of the annual joint Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries booth in Hanover, Germany, will manage a stateside group exhibit called Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America, the US counterpart of Germany’s industry meeting. From Sept. 10 through 13, the most important solar trade show and the largest energy storage event in North America – Solar Power International boasting 700 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees and Energy Storage International, respectively – will run in parallel at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Electrolyzer Target: 100 Megawatts

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Container solution with 2-megawatt PEM unit

This year’s June issue came with a detailed description of the electrolyzer market and in-depth reports on manufacturers and their products. But of course, the list wasn’t exhaustive, as numerous businesses have entered the segment and much had to be left unsaid. Many of those suppliers exhibited at Hannover Messe, showcasing their latest developments. Considering the great interest in our previous article on the technology, we thought to create a summary

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Ballard Power: Good Start with Strong First Quarter

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Rendering model of the H2-driven T680, © Kenworth

One good piece of fuel cell news after another: Businesses on the stock exchange, such as the ones discussed in these news articles, have announced a series of large orders, new strategic partnerships, technological advances and new investors (also strategic ones), and some (quarterly) results or forecasts promise interesting times ahead on the way to a hydrogen society. Share prices are gradually starting to reflect the positive development

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Plug Power: Big Amazon Order and Investment

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Amazon also has interest in solar, © Amazon

First-quarter figures this year differed from expectations. You could say: They were abysmal. A net loss of USD 24.1 million attributable to common shareholders, meaning a loss of USD 0.13 instead of USD 0.07 per diluted share. Plug’s possibly very disadvantageous Walmart business (forklift retrofits financed through leasing) is still making an impact that shows on the balance sheet.

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FuelCell Energy: Unexpected Capital Raise

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© www.wallstreet-online.de, May 20, 2017

On April 27, 2017, FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ: FCEL) took everyone by surprise when it announced that it intended to raise USD 15.4 million in capital through an underwritten public offering. The net proceeds amounted to USD 13.8 million at USD 1.28 per share, meaning 15 per cent above current stock quotes. At the same time, it issued one-year warrants priced at USD 1.28 per share, exercisable at any time, and five-year ones at USD 1.60 per share, including the same option (convertible into shares).

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Hydrogenics: Chinese Investor Confirmed

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Presenting the new electrolysis stacks

Before the capital raise, a Chinese-based investor, Fuzhou Bonded Zone Hejili Equity, made a private placement to Hydrogenics (NASDAQ: HYGS) at a price that was 10 per cent above the average stock quote, meaning USD 7.83 per share. This has all the hallmarks of a good deal for Hydrogenics and shows the trust that the strategic investor has in its decision. Hejili paid USD 21 million for those shares

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Tesla: Squeeze, Bull Trap, Hangover?

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Model 3, © Tesla

Profit from 2017‘s first quarter was less than persuasive, as minus USD 1.33 per share (before extraordinary items/losses) was a much higher fall than the, on average, USD 0.81 in loss analysts had expected. First-quarter net loss added up to around USD 330 million. That revenue grew strongly by 69 per cent (compared to the same quarter last year) to USD 2.7 billion is a positive.

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ITM Power: New to the Market

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Shell station by ITM Power in the UK, © ITM

ITM Power (NASDAQ: ITMPF) is the first R&D fuel cell business from the UK making the jump onto the British stock exchange. ITM manufacturers power-to-gas systems, H2 filling stations and electrolyzers. Currently, it is working on a module-based electrolyzer that could allow for combinations offering up to 100 MW capacity.

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Linde Wants Praxair

Since last December, industrial gas supplier Linde has been trying in a second attempt to merge with its American competitor Praxair. On June 2, 2017, Linde’s supervisory board finally approved the merger, a decision that was not without controversy. As Reuters has reported, one of the six worker representatives had abstained from voting, effectively turning a split decision into a six-to-five vote in favor of the deal.

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