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Power-to-Gas: GRTgaz selects McPhy Energy for the Jupiter 1000 project of Fos-sur-Mer in France

McPhy Energy, specialized in hydrogen production and storage equipment for industry and energy markets, has been selected as supplier and partner for the Power-to-Gas “Jupiter 1000” project that has just been officially launched in conjunction with the organization of COP21.

As part of the Jupiter 1000 project, McPhy Energy will supply GRTgaz with hydrogen production equipment with a total power of 1 MW. As key components of this project, McPhy Energy electrolyzers transform surplus energy originating from renewable sources into hydrogen. This green hydrogen will be injected into the natural gas network either directly or after transformation into methane, the principal constituent of natural gas.

Jupiter 1000 is the first French Power-to-Gas project seeking to store renewable electricity by injecting hydrogen and methane synthesis into the gas supply network. This project to be commissioned in 2018 in Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône) sets the stage for the deployment of the French Power-to-Gas sector.

By transforming surplus electricity originating from wind and solar energy into hydrogen, Power-to-Gas offers a solution to the problem caused by surplus production that will become more challenging with the inevitable acceleration in the development of intermittent renewables.

After the hybrid Prenzlau power plant in Germany commissioned in November 2014, we are particularly pleased in having been selected to provide the electrolysis technology to produce hydrogen derived from renewable electricity at Fos-sur-Mer. We wish to thank GRTgaz and the partners of the Jupiter 1000 project for this show of confidence This project marks the first step in launching Power-to-Gas in France. This sector has already demonstrated its efficacy in other countries in contributing to building essential new models for energy transition“, concluded McPhy Energy’s Chairman and CEO, Pascal Mauberger.


Friday, November 27, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Wallingford’s Proton Energy $2.5 million to develop a highly-efficiency hydrogen-iron flow battery capable of generating hydrogen to power fuel cells while also storing energy on the electric grid. The battery can be recharged either using grid electricity or through exposure to sunlight.

The award was among 41 announced this week totaling $125 million by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

“Connecticut companies have always led the way in developing new technologies that improve energy efficiency and protect our environment,” said Murphy. “For 18 years, Proton Onsite has raised the bar by exporting clean energy solutions across the globe, and I’m thrilled that DOE is recognizing their extraordinary contributions. Congratulations to the entire Proton Onsite team.”

“Connecticut is at the forefront of our nation’s efforts to secure a clean energy future, developing cutting edge technologies to generate and store renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions and help combat climate change. This award, one of only 41 granted nationwide, is a testament to the ingenuity and creativity we have come to know and expect from Proton Energy,” said Blumenthal.

“Proton OnSite has long been a leader in the alternative energy industry. If we are to move beyond our dependence on fossil fuels, we need to invest in the research and development efforts supported by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Open 2015 program.”said DeLauro. “The award of this funding is recognition of Proton’s groundbreaking work and further testament to their innovative spirit.  I am proud to join my colleagues in congratulating Robert Freidland and his team on their continued success.”

“We are honored to have been chosen by ARPA-E for this prestigious award.  Proton is committed to finding dynamic solutions that meet our country’s most challenging energy problems. This award allows us to leverage resources that will help broaden our expertise in high-impact energy technologies and will serve as a platform to support Proton as we achieve such goals.” Robert Friedland, President and CEO, Proton Energy Systems.”

“The ARPA-E projects selected today highlight how American ingenuity can spur innovation and generate a wide range of technology options to address our nation’s most pressing energy issues,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a DOE press release announcing the awards. “As we look beyond COP21, the energy technologies the Department of Energy invests in today will provide the solutions needed to combat climate change and develop a global low-carbon economy in the future.”

Sustainable Innovations, LLC Wins NASA Phase I Grant SBIR to Develop Cutting-Edge Helium Recovery System

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sustainable Innovations, a world leader in electrochemical hydrogen separation and compression technology, is pleased to announce its award of a 2015 NASA Phase I SBIR to further develop its Helium Recovery System (HRS) technology for use at NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC).

NASA SSC’s rocket test programs consume large quantities of hydrogen fuel and helium for fuel line purge gas. The price of helium has increased substantially in recent years, up about 50% since 2000. Currently, waste gas streams are sent to flare stacks to be combusted or vented, resulting in a large loss of valuable helium and hydrogen gas. Therefore, interest in finding an efficient and economical method of helium recovery has never been greater. The HRS is able to remove and purify hydrogen from a mixed stream of gasses, leaving behind high-value helium. The system then purifies the recovered helium and compresses it to high pressure for further use. In 2014, a prototype unit was successfully delivered by Sustainable Innovations to NASA SSC to separate a hydrogen/helium stream as well as purify and compress the product gases under a prior SBIR Phase II award.

The heart of the HRS is a system platform under commercial development by Sustainable Innovations, termed H2RENEW™. The H2RENEW™ is an electrochemical system that separates and compresses hydrogen using Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology. The H2RENEW™ is currently being developed for industrial applications, including metals and electronics processing. The ability to recover both pure hydrogen and pure helium from mixed waste gas streams adds further value to the HRS.

Sustainable Innovations’ newly awarded Phase I SBIR program will establish a new fundamental cell design for the HRS having the capability to separate at least twice the gas of previous designs. Ultimately, the NASA SSC HRS will be able to recapture >98% of the hydrogen and helium currently combusted and/or released to the atmosphere as waste.

About Sustainable Innovations: Sustainable Innovations (SI) is fueled by a vision to create a paradigm shift in the way the world uses energy.  Led by its founder, Dr. Trent Molter, SI represents over three decades of innovation in the waste and energy industry. From hydrogen recycling systems to grid scale energy storage, SI develops and manufactures innovative technology based on a proprietary, low-cost, large format electrochemical platform that transforms waste gases and power into higher value products. With sustainability as our imperative, SI products enable breakthrough efficiency, which is just smart business.



SOURCE Sustainable Innovations, LLC

Doosan Fuel Cell Wins Contract to Supply 70 Power Units to Korea

Doosan Corp.’s U.S. fuel cell unit agreed to supply 70 power plants to South Korea’s largest utility.

The fuel cells will produce 30.8 megawatts of power for Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. and the city of Busan, Doosan Fuel Cell America Inc. said in a statement Thursday. Delivery from its factory in South Windsor, Connecticut, will begin this year, with installation and testing expected to be complete in February 2017. The price wasn’t disclosed.

Doosan, a Seoul-based industrial conglomerate, bought the idled factory and technology originally developed by United Technologies Corp. last year for $32.4 million after its owner ClearEdge Power Inc. filed for bankruptcy. Fuel cells convert natural gas or hydrogen into electricity through a chemical process that produces fewer emissions than burning the fuels