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Hyundai Motor picked as supplier of fuel cell electric cars for EU

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's No. 1 carmaker, said Friday it has been tapped as a supplier of fuel cell vehicles to the European Union (EU). The move will open doors for the Tucson ix fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) to Europe, which can fuel greater demand for the eco-friendly zero-emission vehicle in the large automarket.

U.S. fuel cell stocks surge in premarket trading

By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of U.S.-listed fuel-cell-related companies surged in premarket trading on Wednesday, adding to recent gains as strong investor attention translated into heavy volume in the sector. FuelCell Energy Inc <FCEL.O> surged 22.9 percent to $3.33 in premarket on volume of more than 5 million shares, putting it on track for its sixth straight day of gains.

Wal-Mart's fuel cell order lifts Plug Power shares

By Garima Goel (Reuters) - Plug Power Inc <PLUG.O> said it would supply its hydrogen fuel cells to Wal-Mart Stores Inc <WMT.N>, boosting an already strong order book and sending its shares up 19 percent. The company did not disclose the value of the Wal-Mart order, but Cowen & Co analyst Robert Stone estimated it may be worth more than $50 million. "We are sure that this is not the only order they will book this quarter," he said.

Honda's 'Hydrogen Boy' pees his way to a cleaner world

A little boy urinating might not easily conjure up images of a cleaner world, but Honda had other ideas Thursday as it tries to promote its green-car technology. The Japanese firm erected a two-metre (6.6 foot) replica of famous Brussels landmark Manneken Pis -- the bronze statue of a boy peeing into a fountain -- for its display at the Tokyo Motor Show. The not-so-little plastic "Piss Boy", as the famous statue is known in Japan, was meant to show how the company's fuel-cell technology works, earning it the moniker "Hydrogen Boy".

Nissan unfazed by EV delays, dismisses rivals' fuel cell targets

By Yoko Kubota TOKYO (Reuters) - Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Renault SA <RENA.PA> and Nissan Motor Co <7201.T>, said he was unfazed by delays in his electric vehicle sales targets, predicting rivals would face even greater obstacles in their plans to launch fuel cell car sales over the next few years. Ghosn on Wednesday reiterated that Renault and Nissan would push back by two to three years an initial target to sell a combined 1.5 million electric vehicles by end-March 2017.

Hydrogen phone chargers to keep Africans connected when power runs short

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - African smartphone users will soon have an alternative means to get round the power shortages afflicting much of the world's poorest continent - a portable charger that relies on hydrogen fuel cells. British company Intelligent Energy plans to roll out 1 million of the new chargers in mid-December, mainly in Nigeria and South Africa, after successfully testing them in Nigeria over the last five months, its consumer electronics managing director, Amar Samra, said.

Experimental dirigible airship damaged in partial roof collapse at former Calif. military base

TUSTIN, Calif. - A $35 million lighter-than-air dirigible was damaged and leaked helium Monday when part of a hangar roof collapsed at a former military base, authorities said. The partial collapse was reported just after 7:45 a.m. at one of the World War II-era blimp hangars on the grounds of the former Marine Corps Air Station, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority. "There's a giant hole in the roof," he said. Hazardous-material crews were called to stop the helium leak.

Ballard Power Systems sees net income drop $5.2 million in Q2

VANCOUVER - Ballard Power Systems (TSX:BLD) says it recorded a $5.2 million loss in net Income in the second quarter after losing $7.4 million in the same quarter a year ago. The company’s share price dropped a nickel in the quarter after falling nine cents in the same quarter of 2012. Revenue came in at $14.6 million, an increase of 114 per cent, largely due to gains in the telecom backup power and engineering services markets.

Ballard signs deal to supply 220 backup power systems for use in China

VANCOUVER - Ballard Power Systems (TSX:BLD) said Friday it has signed a deal with Azure Hydrogen to supply 220 backup power fuel cell systems for use by Chinese telecommunications companies. Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available. The deal includes 120 direct hydrogen systems as well as 100 systems fuelled by methanol. The fuel cell company said the systems will be delivered to Azure in the third and fourth quarter of this year.

Scientists power mobile phone using urine

British scientists on Tuesday reported they had harnessed the power of urine and were able to charge a mobile phone with enough electricity to send texts and surf the internet. Researchers from the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory in south west England said they had created a fuel cell that uses bacteria to break down urine to generate electricity, in a study published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
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