News

26 June 2014:
Exchange meeting with External Advisor Fuel Cell Energy Solutions and Fraunhofer IKTS

The outcome of MCFC-CONTEX will be shared with the External Advisor of the project in order to discuss about the exploitation of scientific results and prototypes generated within the project. In particular the economic assessment of the fuel clean-up strategies and the optical gas analysis device for real-time, online monitoring of sulphur species are of immediate interest to FCES. Fraunhofer IKTS will assess the potential for future collaboration on MCFC research with the MCFC CONTEX partners.

22-23 May 2014:

The final plenary meeting for the project will be held in Rome, at the ENEA facilities. Here, the project results will be reviewed and opportunities for continuing collaboration discussed. The programme is available here

19 February 2014:
World's Largest Fuel Cell Park Completed in South Korea

FuelCell Energy announced completion of the world's largest fuel cell park in South Korea. The Gyeonggi Green Energy fuel cell park, located in Hwasung City, South Korea, is fully operational. The largest fuel cell park in the world, the facility consists of 21 FuelCell Energy DFC3000® power plants, rated at 2.8 megawatts each, requiring only about 5.1 acres of land for 59 megawatts of new and renewable power. The fuel cell park provides continuous baseload electricity to the South Korean electric grid and usable high quality heat for a district heating system. POSCO Energy commenced construction on this project in November 2012 and finished in only 13 months, illustrating the ability to rapidly construct multi-megawatt fuel cell installations that enhance grid resiliency.

23-24 January 2014:

The 48 months' MCFC-CONTEX progress meeting will be held in Genoa, to set up the final stretch of the project to its conclusion. The programme is available here

8 October 2013:
FuelCell Energy Solutions (FCES) Announces Delivery of German-Made MCFC Power Plant to Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Office Complex

FuelCell Energy Solutions - advisor to MCFC-CONTEX - today announced the delivery of its first German manufactured fuel cell power plant to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) office complex that is being constructed by BAM Deutschland AG in Berlin, Germany. FuelCell Energy Solutions is managing the installation of the power plant and commissioning is expected in mid-2014 once construction of the office complex nears completion.

1 august 2013:
FuelCell Energy Solutions, GmbH has launched a new website at www.fces.de and completed the first fuel cell module manufactured at the Ottobrunn, Germany manufacturing facility.

The new FCES website highlights the applications for highly efficient and environmentally friendly fuel cell power generation, both for on-site applications with large power users as well as electric grid support for utilities. Each of the megawatt-class markets are explained, including on-site power for universities, municipal, food and beverage, and industrial applications as well as electric grid support with multi-megawatt fuel cell parks for electric utilities and independent power producers. FuelCell Energy Solutions also has a product oriented towards maritime applications. The website includes an explanation of fuel cell technology and illustrates the multiple attributes and value that stationary fuel cell power plants can deliver.
"Our German manufacturing facility recently completed and verified the power output of our first fuel cell module," Stefan Peterhans, Vice President Engineering and Operations, FuelCell Energy Solutions, GmbH. "This fuel cell module is now ready for transport to Berlin, Germany for installation at the new Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) government complex currently under construction."

10 July 2013:
EU and industry join forces to invest €22 billion in research and innovation - €1.4 billion for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen

The Proposal for a Council Regulation on the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking, a Public-Private partnership for the development of FCH technologies for the period 2014-2020, to follow up the FCH-JU 2007-2013, has been submitted to the European Parliament and the European Council for approval.
In the course of the "Industry CEO breakfast" with the EC President Barroso and Commissioners Geoghegan-Quinn, Kallas and Kroes and the following EC Press Conference, the Innovation Investment Package including the Proposal for a Council Regulation on the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking, has been released.

The European Commission press release and memo as well as the Industry Grouping press release are available

2-3 July 2013:
42 Months' Project Progress Meeting held in Barcelona, hosted by CETaqua. Six months after the accession of the new partners to MCFC-CONTEX, the new lines of action and results will be discussed. In the two-day programme, also a visit to the waste-water treatment plant of Matarò is planned, where the pilot of the gas clean-up system is going to be installed.

25 June 2013:
President Barack Obama rolls out a major plan to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions and using renewable energy

15 June 2013:
Shallow economic prospects for shale gas in Europe?

14 May 2013:
Telecon meeting between partners of Work Package 4 to assess the clean-up materials tested so far, converge towards a clean-up system design for pilot testing in the last 6 months of the project, and plan outstanding characterization tests for the finalization of the system's dimensioning.

3 May 2013:
Telecon meeting between partners of Work Package 2 to assess the test materials to be used and determine the exact testing procedures, as a function of test repeatability, numerical model validation and accelerated testing protocols.

15 February 2013
Plenary project meeting held in Brussels to discuss the outcome of the talks with FuelCell Energy and receive the input from the other Industrial Advisor, Aqualogy, as referred by CETaqua.

8 February 2013
ENEA meets with FuelCell Energy to discuss and determine the guidelines for the "reloaded" project. Objectives, approaches and procedures have been shared for the experimental activities in Work Packages 2 and 4.

23 January 2013
The amendment of the contract is accepted! MCFC-CONTEX is officially on track again, with an extension of 18 months (to end in June 2014) and the accession of University of Perugia and CETaqua as partners replacing MTU and Ansaldo, and FuelCell Energy and Aqualogy as Industrial Advisors.
The targets of the project focus on clean-up of biogas (in particular from waste water treatment) and separation of CO2 from tail pipe gases from conventional power plants, making use of modelling, validation and accelerated testing.

12 Oct 2012
The 5th FCH-JU Stakeholders' General Assembly will be held in Paris on October 12th.
This is your yearly chance to meet the European fuel cell community at large.
Participation is free but registration is compulsory - possible until the 5th of October: here

11 Oct 2012
Plenary meeting to negotiate the concrete plans for the future of the project. After putting the project on hold at Month 18 - following the quittal of MTU Onsite and Ansaldo Fuel Cells - a new Consortium has been assembled, strengthened by the experience of CetAqua and Aqualogy (from the LIFE+ project Biocell) and FuelCell Energy, the american industry leader in MCFC development.
Location and Agenda can be downloaded.

18 July 2012
FCES declines to participate in MCFC-CONTEX, but will act as subcontracted supplier of active components. University of Perugia is candidate to join the project for MCFC testing. Negotiations are underway with CETaqua and Aqualogy Medio Ambiente (already partners in the Life+ project Biocell) to strengthen the consortium in terms of biogas treatment and prototype development of a biogas clean-up system for high-temperature fuel cells.

26 June 2012

FuelCell Energy announces completion of asset acquisition and German Joint Venture with Fraunhofer IKTS.

11 April 2012

A dedicated meeting was held in Berlin between ENEA, FCE, FCES and Fraunhofer IKTS . At this meeting the project objectives, tasks and achievements were once more set out in detail, as well as the financial conditions. Based on this detailed discussion, it was decided that FCE, FCES and Fraunhofer IKTS will take 3 additional months to evaluate the data supplied in order to reformulate tasks and activities and reallocate resources and finally take a decision about participation.

22 February 2012

FuelCell Energy announces cooperation with Fraunhofer IKTS to develop the European market for stationary fuel cell power plants.

12 December 2011

Meeting held in Rome between ENEA and Fraunhofer IKTS, to discuss the extent of FCES participation and a preliminary redistribution of tasks and funds. At this stage however, it is still premature to proceed to such concrete discussions and the meeting served above all to acquaint Fraunhofer IKTS with the project, with MCFC technology and its perspectives in Europe, and to share the expertise of the various laboratories involved.

1 December 2011

"Newco" will be called FuelCell Energy Solutions (FCES), with FCE and Fraunhofer IKTS as shareholders. A Request for Amendment of the contract is submitted by ENEA to the FCH-JU, where it is stated that FCE will access as External Advisor, and FCES as full partner.

16 September 2011

MTU communicates that it terminates participation to MCFC-CONTEX retroactively as from the end of Month 18 (30 June 2011).

14 September 2011

Meeting between MTU, ENEA and the FCH-JU Project Officer in Brussels to discuss the progress of MTU’s negotiations to stay in business and in the project. MTU announced their involvement with FCE and Fraunhofer IKTS to set up a new company (preliminarily called “Newco”), a joint venture for the continuation of MCFC development in Europe. Thus, the opportunity exists to involve this “Newco” as an active partner to MCFC-CONTEX to replace MTU and AFC.

Announcing the 9th Molten Salts Chemistry and Technology conference:

MS9
Subject: Molten salts chemistry and applications (including MCFC)
location: Trondheim, N
date: 5 - 9 June 2011
abstract due: 21 February 2011

Announcing the second MCFC-CONTEX plenary progress meeting, to be held at TUBITAK Marmara Research Centre, Gebze - Istanbul, Turkey, from 23-25 February.

Progress will be shared of the first 12 months' activities, and future steps will be discussed. The preliminary agenda is available here

Announcing the following fuel cell conferences - and opportunities for publication of MCFC-CONTEX progress - for 2011:

EFCF 2011
Subject: all fuel cells
location: Lucerne, CH
date: 28 June – 1 July 2011
abstract due: 30 November 2010

EFC 11 - Piero Lunghi conference
Subject: all fuel cells
location: Rome, I
date: 14 - 16 December 2011
abstract due: March 2011

Workshop on Molten Carbonates and related issues
Subject: High-T fuel cells and MC applications
location: Paris, F
date: 21 - 22 March 2011
Presentations and papers still welcome

9 September 2011
Announcing the MCFC-CONTEX MidTerm meeting:
Location: Brussels, B
Date: 6 - 7 October 2011
The Agenda is available here. At this event external reviewers and the FCH JU will hear the progress achieved by the project at the half-way mark. Also contingency plans will be discussed in view of the reorganized project Consortium. There is the opportunity for everyone to attend the Joint Undertaking's Event on 4-5 October 2011 in Brussels, at the European Parliament. The programme can be seen here and the deadline for registration is 20 September 2011.

8 September 2011
Announcing the 2nd International Workshop on Fuel Cell Degradation Issues:
Location: Thessaloniki, GR
Date: 21 - 23 September 2011
The full announcement and programme can be consulted here

21 June 2011
The MCFC-CONTEX intranet is on line. This area is reserved for partners only and can be accessed to share files, exchange results, download templates, upload articles, consult official documents.

10 June 2011
Due to a strategical decision by the TOGNUM board of management, MTU will not continue with their MCFC activities. Despite the necessity of MTU to leave the consortium based on this decision, the aim of MTU is the continuity of MCFC-CONTEX. Thus, before quitting the project, MTU will pay attention to all rules and regulations of the consortium agreement and support the consortium in pursuing the foreseen activities independently.

30 May 2011
Ansaldo Fuel Cells has communicated that they will quit the project as from the end of Month 18. They will satisfy all outstanding contractual obligations and contribute within their power to make it possible for the Consortium to continue. Negotiations are underway to determine how tasks and funding could be redistributed among the partners.

3 March 2011
Director General Alessandro Pansa announces to close the company Ansaldo Fuel Cells following a decision by the holding group Finmeccanica.

Announcing the following fuel cell conferences - and opportunities for publication of MCFC-CONTEX progress - for 2011:

Workshop on Molten Carbonates and related issues
Subject: High-T fuel cells and MC applications
location: Paris, F
date: 21 - 22 March 2011
Presentations and papers still welcome

EFCF 2011
Subject: all fuel cells
location: Lucerne, CH
date: 28 June – 1 July 2011
abstract due: 30 November 2010

EFC 11 - Piero Lunghi conference
Subject: all fuel cells
location: Rome, I
date: 14 - 16 December 2011
abstract due: March 2011

Announcing the 9th Molten Salts Chemistry and Technology conference:

MS9
Subject: Molten salts chemistry and applications (including MCFC)
location: Trondheim, N
date: 5 - 9 June 2011
abstract due: 21 February 2011

Announcing the second MCFC-CONTEX plenary progress meeting, to be held at TUBITAK Marmara Research Centre, Gebze - Istanbul, Turkey, from 23-25 February.

Progress will be shared of the first 12 months' activities, and future steps will be discussed. The preliminary agenda is available here

Announcing the following fuel cell conferences - and opportunities for publication of MCFC-CONTEX progress - for 2011:

EFCF 2011
Subject: all fuel cells
location: Lucerne, CH
date: 28 June – 1 July 2011
abstract due: 30 November 2010

EFC 11 - Piero Lunghi conference
Subject: all fuel cells
location: Rome, I
date: 14 - 16 December 2011
abstract due: March 2011

Workshop on Molten Carbonates and related issues
Subject: High-T fuel cells and MC applications
location: Paris, F
date: 21 - 22 March 2011
Presentations and papers still welcome

November 15-16, 2010

A first technical meeting dedicated to the planning and definition of activities of Work Package 4 (Cleaning strategies) will be held in Rome, at the ENEA Headquarters in Lungotevere Thaon di Revel 76. The meeting is planned from 11:00 until 18:30 on the 15th, with the possibility to extend the meeting to the 16th until 14:00, or, alternatively, to visit the laboratories at the ENEA research centre "Casaccia", just outside Rome.

November 9-10, 2010

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Stakeholders' General Assembly in Brussels is an annual event aimed at informing all interested parties about the activities of the FCH JU and acquiring feedback for future planning of the programme. It is also a key platform for European and global stakeholders across sectors to come together to examine and assess the current position of this emerging industry, exchange ideas on next steps and make contacts.
With a strong focus on commercialisation of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, this year's programme will feature presentations and debates on public and private strategies to bring the technologies to the market.
MCFC-CONTEX will be presented as an example of a project supported by the FCH JU dedicated to bringing fuel cell applications to market maturity by a coordinated scientific-technological effort.
More info at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/fch/index_en.cfm?pg=sga2010-intro

July 12-13,2010

Announcing the Workshop “Fuel Cells in the Carbon Cycle”, to be held in Naples, Italy, about fuel cells fed with carbonaceous fuels, direct carbon fuel cells, CO2 capture and sequestration using fuel cells and much more. More information and registration at: https://sites.google.com/site/fuelcellscarboncycle

July 1-2, 2010

The first 6-monthly progress meeting is scheduled for the first two days of July. KTH will host the meeting at their premises in Stockholm, Sweden. All partners will be present and will report on the preliminary work done so far materials and test conditions, definition of procedures etc.)

May 12, 2010

Finally agreement has been reached between all partners on the Consortium Agreement. This is an agreement between the partners only, regulating intellectual property management, accession to and secession from the Consortium, scientific and financial reporting, project coordination and monitoring.

Januari 25, 2010

On the 25th of January 2010 the Kick-off meeting between the 9 partners took place in Munich at the Technical University. The lines of activity were discussed and tasks were distributed. The next foreseen meeting will be end of June in Stockholm.

Januari 1, 2010

On the 1st of January 2010 the project MCFC-CONTEX has taken off. After almost a year of evaluation and negotiation, the 36-month countdown to the success of the project has started.