ACT News 2017

UTC Power

AC Clocks 20,000 Fuel Cell Hours

August 18, 2015 in fuel cells, Hydrogen, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Clean Air Endurance Record for a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stack
A hydrogen fuel cell powering a Van Hool transit bus operated by the Oakland, Calif.-based Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District has logged 20,000 hours of continuous operation – “a record-breaking milestone.” updated August 19

US Hybrid for Transport Fuel Cells

January 27, 2014 in Companies, fuel cells by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Firm Reaches a Global Licensing Pact with UTC,
Says ‘The Execution of This Agreement is a Game-Changer’

Southern California’s US Hybrid reports a global licensing agreement with United Technologies Corp allowing it to commercialize the proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cells developed by UTC Power in Connecticut.

The PC58 is effectively US Hybrid's behind a licensing agreement with UTC.

The PC58 is effectively US Hybrid’s behind a licensing agreement with UTC.

The agreement “advances US Hybrid’s strategy to become the leading provider of integrated fuel cell power systems for transit buses, commercial trucks and off-road vehicles worldwide,” the company says. Coupled with a recent Federal Transit Administration award, it “thrusts US Hybrid to the forefront of hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing in the medium and heavy duty commercial vehicle sectors.”

“The execution of this agreement is a game-changer for US Hybrid and the commercial fuel cell vehicle industry,” US Hybrid president and CEO Abas Goodarzi said in a release. “This proven PEM fuel cell technology has accumulated millions of miles of revenue transit service with no cell stack failures to date.

‘A Commercially-Viable, Integrated Fuel Cell Power System’

“US Hybrid is committed to improving upon this technology to manufacture a commercially-viable, integrated fuel cell power system to enable the Americas, Europe and Asia to meet their GHG reduction goals,” Goodarzi said.

US Hybrid is likely to keep the 'PureMotion' handle for the fuel cells initially developed by United Technologies – seen here in a Van Hool bus operated by Oakland, Calif.-based AC Transit.

US Hybrid is likely to keep the ‘PureMotion’ handle for the fuel cells initially developed by United Technologies – seen here in a Van Hool bus operated by Oakland, Calif.-based AC Transit.

US Hybrid will continue development and refinement of products including the UTC-developed including the PureMotion 150 (aka the PC58) from UTC – likely keeping the PureMotion tradename, according to business development VP Mike Tosca, himself a UTC veteran. “We could have units available this year,” he told F&F.

US Hybrid has taken over UTC’s fuel cell facility in South Windsor, Connecticut, where it plans to complete development, fabrication and validation of fuel cells with support from its Torrance, Calif. headquarters and from Magmotor in Worcester, Mass.

Already a Supplier of Key Ancillary Gear

US Hybrid notes that it has been a key supplier of such “balance of plant” components as cathode air blowers, DI (de-ionized water) pumps and power converters to UTC and other fuel cell suppliers for more than a decade.

The California company says it will add fuel cell production to its various core competencies: “system design, integration and operation of fuel cell buses, trucks, military and specialty vehicles, as well as supporting fuel cells with component electronics.”

Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a subscription.

Source: US Hybrid with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


US Hybrid Steps in for UTC Power

August 21, 2013 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contracts for the Next Generation Fuel Cell for Transit Buses

Southern California’s US Hybrid will step in where Connecticut’s UTC Power left off, and will build the next generation of fuel cells for transit buses with the support of the Federal Transit Administration. The announcement was made yesterday by Calstart, which administers the FTA project.

ClearEdge Power Buying UTC Power

January 25, 2013 in Biomethane, Companies, Electric Drive, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Disposition of Transportation Fuel Cells Business Is Uncertain,
Separately, AC Transit Is to Resume Operation of Its UTC Buses

Oregon’s ClearEdge Power has disclosed the pending acquisition of UTC Power from United Technologies, but the fate of UTC’s PureMotion fuel cell business for transportation is likely to remain unknown until after the purchase closes – “early in 2013,” ClearEdge says.

Flint Embraces Propane, Eyes Hydrogen

May 1, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, Hydrogen, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. is embracing alternative fuels, augmenting an existing compressed natural gas fueling unit at its Grand Blanc facility with a dozen more economical propane installations, and celebrating the arrival of a hydrogen fuel cell bus, on May 21.

MTA operates a Ford E-450 cutaway with a dedicated propane upfit by Roush CleanTech, expects a second in May, and two more in July, says general manager Ed Benning. His agency will go out to bid to deploy a total of 65 propane shuttle buses by year-end – making for opportunity for other upfitters as well. Also by the end of this year, MTA expects have propane fueling at all 12 of its Flint area locations.

AC Transit’s Solar-Boosted Hydrogen

April 11, 2012 in Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

“This isn’t just rain, it’s fuel for more buses,” Proton Onsite chairman Tom Sullivan said April 10 as Oakland’s AC Transit dedicated a hydrogen fueling station in Emeryville, Calif. that will help support a dozen fuel cell buses and as many as 20 hydrogen cars per day.

  • Archives