Coal, Renewables

Briefly Noted

Issue 7 and Volume 106.

Ballard Power Systems and EBARA Corp. have agreed to develop pilot scale manufacturing processes and equipment for Ballard’s BAM Grafted proton exchange membrane (PEM). This agreement combines EBARA’s core processing and manufacturing capabilities with Ballard’s expertise in membrane development for Ballard fuel cells. EBARA will construct and demonstrate its pilot-scale manufacturing capabilities for BAM Grafted PEM. Ballard will validate the performance specifications of the membrane manufactured by EBARA through demonstration in Ballard fuel cell systems.

EPRI has introduced the Distributed Resources Integration Assistant (DRIA) software package to address issues associated with two-way power flows needed in many DG applications. IEEE and DOE have been addressing technical issues surrounding the interconnection process, resulting in the forthcoming IEEE standard 1547, according to Dan Rastler, EPRI’s area manager of the distributed resources program. Nevertheless, implementation of the IEEE interconnection standard requires that utilities screen, evaluate, and resolve project-specific interconnection issues. DRIA software streamlines the process by helping solve interconnection and integration issues in compliance with recommended utility guidelines and standards, including IEEE 1547.

Avista Labs has announced that Automated Railroad Maintenance Systems (ARMS) will market Avista’s fuel cells as an alternative to batteries and generators that provide backup power to signals and switches connected to the grid. In remote locations, the fuel cells could back up solar power and batteries. The company estimates railroads maintain 100,000 remote sites in North America. The agreement calls for ARMS to purchase at least 25 Avista fuel cells this year, and substantially more each year out to 2006.

RJM has introduced its RJM A3 SCR system designed for dual fuel engines requiring a large turn down ratio of reagent flow. The system is ideal for reciprocating engines over 3,000 hp.