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The NHA is proud to welcome the following new members, which joined the association during the second quarter of 2003.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
At Toyota, we operate under a global earth charter that promotes environmental responsibility throughout our entire company. We are leading the way in lowering emissions and improving fuel economy in gasoline powered vehicles. Not only did we create the world’s first mass-produced gas/electric hybrid car, but we are also at the forefront of developing tomorrow’s fuel cell vehicles.
Toyota has been working on its own 100-percent proprietary fuel cell program since 1992. Last December it delivered two market-ready Toyota FCHV hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, one each to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), in an initiative designed to establish a fuel cell “community” partnering government, business and higher education to help develop products and infrastructure and consumer acceptance. Toyota is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership.
The Toyota FCHV is based on the popular Toyota Highlander, a five-passenger, mid-size sport utility vehicle. The fuel cell stack was developed and built in-house solely by Toyota.
The FCHV’s fuel cell system features four 5,000-psi hydrogen fuel tanks. The hydrogen gas is fed into the fuel cell stack where it is combined with oxygen. The electricity produced by the chemical reaction is used to power the 109-hp electric motor and to charge the vehicle’s nickel-metal hydride, which feeds power-on-demand to the electric motor. It has a range of up to 180 miles and a top speed of 96 miles per hour. The only by-product is water vapor and the FCHV has been certified as a zero emissions vehicle by CARB.
DuPont is a science comany. we put science to work solving problems in ways that make life better and safer.
When we were founded in 1802, DuPont was primarily an explosives company. One hundred years ago, our focus turned to chemicals, materials and energy. Today, we deliver science-based solutions that make real differences in people's lives around the world in areas such as food and nutrition, health care, apparel, safety and security, construction, electronics and transportation. Look closely at the things around your home and workplace, and chances are, you'll find dozens of items made with DuPont materials.
Our ability to adapt to change and our foundation of unending scientific inquiry has enabled DuPont to become one of the world's most innovative companies. But, in the face of constant change, innovation and discovery, our core values have remained constant: commitment to safety, health and the environment; integrity and high ethical standards; and treating people with fairness and respect.
Hydrogen – a clean, abundant source of energy for the future. More than 20 years ago, JSW started a research project on metal hydrides, pursuing hydrogen as the most promising substitute for fossil fuels.
The road of our pursuit has been paved with the fruitful development of various metal hydride alloys. Metal hydride storage has been the main street, so to speak, of the application systems of these alloys.
These systems, in turn, have branched off into further avenues of proprietary applications of metal hydride, such as heat pumps, refrigerators, hydrogen purifiers, actuators and static compressors.
Our goal is to build a flourishing society, based on our state-of-the-art technology with metal hydrides, which stretches out in all directions.
Nebraska Public Power District
Nebraska Public Power District is Nebraska's largest electric utility, with a chartered territory including all or parts of 91 of Nebraska's 93 counties. It was formed on Jan. 1, 1970, when three utilities--Consumers Public Power District, the Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District and the Nebraska Public Power System--merged. NPPD is a public corporation and political subdivision of the state of Nebraska. The utility is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, who are popularly elected from NPPD's chartered territory.
NPPD's revenue is mainly derived from wholesale power supply agreements with 53 towns and 25 rural public power districts and rural cooperatives who rely totally or partially on NPPD's electrical system. NPPD also serves about 75 communities at the retail level. About 5,000 miles of transmission lines make up the NPPD electrical grid system, which delivers power to about one million Nebraskans.
NPPD uses a mix of generating facilities to meet the needs of its customers. This includes a nuclear plant (CNS), three steam plants (Canaday, GGS and Sheldon), nine hydro facilities, nine diesel plants and three peaking units. NPPD also purchases electricity from the Western Area Power Administration, which is operated by the federal government. The average mix of fuel to supply NPPD's customers in a typical year is 60 percent from coal, 20 percent from nuclear, 20 percent from hydro and .1 percent from gas or oil. NPPD is also a member of the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool and the Western System Power Pool.
Southern California Edison
The energy industry is changing rapidly and dramatically. As global competition transforms the way companies do business, energy issues are no longer simply local, or even national. At the same time, it’s clear that the importance of providing reliable local service has never been more important.
Our heritage at Southern California Edison is is based on reliability. For more than 100 years we have provided high-quality, reliable electric service to more than 4.2 million business and residential customers over a 50,000 square mile service area in coastal, central, and southern California.
Of course, recent changes in the California's electric industry have affected us as well. In 1997, as part of the restructuring of the electric industry in our state, SCE sold its 12 fossil fuel generating stations and overhauled nearly every aspect of its business to prepare for the changing environment. While we still own and operate hydro and nuclear power facilities that serve our area, our main role is that of power transmission and distribution. The power needed for our customers is largely purchased from the California Power Exchange and provided by SCE to our customers without a price markup.
We also play an important role in the economic well being of our state. We have a decades-old commitment to assist businesses seeking to start, expand, or relocate to our service territory, through a comprehensive economic development program. We also believe in supporting energy-efficiency and have earned numerous awards, including the Green Lights Utility Ally of the Year Award, presented by the US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency, for leadership in reducing energy usage among major business customers.
Finally, we take pride not just in what we do, but how we do business. We were cited by Fortune magazine in 1998 as the nation's leading corporation in our support of minority vendors, and by Working Woman magazine in 1996 for our health care programs that embrace the needs of women and their families. SCE fields a corps of employee volunteers who annually donate more than 700,000 hours of work to community and non-profit organizations. It is a major economic and social force actively striving to improve the quality of life in the hundreds of communities in which its 12,000 employees, thousands of retirees, and their families, live and work.
At SCE we want you to know that even in times of change, we retain our proven commitment to service, reliability, innovation, and the community.
We Energies is the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas Company, the principal utility subsidiaries of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. We Energies serves more than one million electric customers and nearly one million natural gas customers in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We Energies also serves about 2,500 water customers in Milwaukee's northern suburbs and about 500 steam customers in downtown Milwaukee.
We Energies has a long history of supplying safe, reliable and reasonably priced service. Looking forward, we seek opportunities and technologies to increase customer value, improve the environment and strengthen the communities we serve. In all of our businesses, we build relationships with our customers through courteous, enthusiastic and innovative employees dedicated to exceptional service.
Small Business Members
Avālence LLC is an early stage company that has been formed to accelerate the production, promotion and sales of our low cost hydrogen generation appliance lines in order to make hydrogen fuel for fuel cell vehicles (automotive and marine) and home power devices immediately available to the average consumer.
The technology validation of our innovative Hydrofiller technology has been completed and we have filed our provisional patent application. Our next goal is to produce a fully functional engineering prototype. We are in the process of forming strategic alliances with key component and complimentary equipment manufacturers that will enable us to stage field demonstration projects.
Avālence occupies a 17,000 square foot office and manufacturing facility in Milford, Connecticut. The quality control center occupies 670 square feet, and the test area about 1,050 square feet. Avālence manufacturing facilities include machining, metal forming, welding, brazing, mechanical assembly and performance testing.
The primary goal of Avālence, LLC is to unlock the market potential of a hydrogen based consumer economy. How?
Jadoo Power Systems
Jadoo Power Systems designs, develops and manufactures power systems that utilize proton exchange membrane fuel cells for portable applications.
Our products provide low-cost, efficient and environmentally-friendly alternatives to existing power sources. Our people and partners share our vision to deliver fuel cell power systems that outperform existing products and technologies - from surveillance systems that protect our homeland, to telemetry systems that monitor our natural gas pipelines.
MTCI has developed a patented PulseEnhancedTM indirectly heated steam reformer. The steam reformer generates a hydrogen-rich syngas from a wide range of organic feedstocks including wood chips, rice hulls, pistachio shells, bagasse, orchard prunings, paper mill sludge, black liquor in pulp mills, municipal solid waste and sewage sludge, animal waste, and coal. The MTCI indirectly heated steam reformer represents a revolutionary improvement over the state-of-the-art partial oxidation and auto-thermal gasification technology. The reformer receives heat through the resonance tubes of a pulse combustor, which are immersed within a fluid bed. The hydrogen-rich syngas can be used to generate biofuels or as fuel for gas turbines or fuel cells to generate power. The steam reformer’s ability to generate hydrogen from wastes offers the unique advantage of feedstock with a negative fuel price in the form of tipping fees.
ThermoChem’s subsidiaries, ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. (TRI) and StoneChem, Inc. have entered the market with the proprietary steam reforming technology for the next generation of environmentally advanced chemical and energy recovery systems for the pulp and paper industry worldwide, processing spent liquors, bark, waste wood residue and other organic waste products. The Company’s technologies for steam reforming, concentration and drying systems can serve as a supplement to, or replacement for current chemical and energy recovery systems and conventional energy production systems. TRI’s solutions offer significant competitive advantages in terms of energy efficiency, operating cost effectiveness, environmental compliance, feedstock flexibility, worker safety and reliability. StoneChem has two commercial scale projects in construction which are scheduled for startup in 2003.
A project is underway in Germany using ThermoChem’s steam reformer for producing biopower from wood. Eight other projects are being developed in Europe by a ThermoChem licensee. Several of these projects are designed for future retrofit to fuel cells.
ThermoChem and MTCI have also developed a system for direct gasification of refractory feedstock (requiring high temperatures to gasify) for making hydrogen from petroleum coke, anthracite and other refractory carbonaceous and hydrocarbon-laden materials.
Background: As public sector budget pressures grow and the capability of government to formulate and evaluate public policy is becoming increasingly constrained, there is an increased recognition of the contribution to be made by university-based applied research to public policy formulation and evaluation. This situation is particularly true in the area of energy policy, where the government’s policy apparatus can be enhanced by the presence of a center devoted to consideration of the interrelation of energy, economic and environmental policy. In response to this opportunity, the Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy (CEEEP) was established at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in January 2003. The Bloustien School encompasses research and education in the areas of housing, transportation, workforce development, public health, economic development, ecological balance, and social equality and justice.
Center Mission and Goals: The Center will work to affect public policy in close cooperation with faculty, student, and existing centers within the Bloustien School, as well as with policy resources and experts in the private, public, and non-profit sectors throughout our region and across the country. The mission of the Center is to:
International Scope: The Center’s activities will include an international component through the integration of the Center for Sustainable Development in the Americas (CSDA). CSDA is a NGO based in Washington, DC, engaged in the development of financial mechanisms to support climate change and other environmental initiatives throughout Latin America. Founded in 1994, CSDA has received international recognition for its work with governments, businesses, and multilateral institutions. CSDA’s publications have become part of the core work related to climate policy emanating from the international protocol on climate change. The incorporation of CSDA into CEEEP is anticipated by September 2003.
South Louisiana Economic Council
Established in 1984, the South Louisiana Economic Council was formed for the purpose of furthering economic development of the South Central Louisiana area, and to promote and assist the growth and development of the industry and business concerns within the area. The council is a non-profit organization.
The South Louisiana Economic Council is guided by a Board of Directors comprised of business and industry executives and university officials representing the parishes of Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne.
The South Louisiana Economic Council serves, but is not limited to, the cities, towns, municipalities and areas within the parishes of Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne.
Louisiana Economic Council initiates, maintains, coordinates and implements
projects and programs that facilitate growth; primarily in the areas of Business
Retention and Expansion, Strategic Planning and Community Assessment, Industry
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