Introduction

The recent approval of the US Senate to increase the budget for hydrogen and fuel cells to € 190 mln for 2010, up from earlier  earlier announcements of the Obama administration that government spending on hydrogen for transport would be reduced, demonstrates the power that active and constructive lobbying can have on decision makers.  We salute our collaegues in the US with this success that should inspire us all to be more ambitious in contacting key decison makers in Brussels and at national and local level. The EHA this summer has embarked on a intensive verification effort of new EU Parliament members, presidents of crucial committees and other key members with close links to the sectors that are important for hydrogen and fuel cells development. We have prepared a database that inlcudes contact info of all key MEP’sand listed them also per country for easy reference for our industry and national associtaion members. In this way the EHA is mobilizing support that includes references to concrete examples of how the use of hydrogen and fuel cells are indispensable components of  clean energy and transport systems. The recent openings of Shell’s cluster of hydrogen refeulling stations in the New York area being one of those (see under Hydrogen Hits the Roads ).

EHA joins Taskforce for large H2 vehicle event at COP 15
20 Jul, 2009 From December 7 - 18 the 15th UN Climate Change Conference , COP 15,  will be held Copenhagen with the goal of reaching agreement on a successor to the “Kyoto agreement”, thus securing the foundation for climate change actions beyond 2020.  The event offers a great opportunity for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry to highlight the industry's capacity to satisfy future energy needs and at the same time, providing sustainable solutions to the challenges of climate change. The EHA has therefore joined forces with other organisations in Europe and beyond  to organise various showcase events in Copenhagen before and during the COP15 More info >>
EHA facilitates technical visit to EU Parliament
01 Jul, 2009 The EHA facilitated a tour of the premises of the EU Parliament in Brussels to identify suitable sites for hydrogen and fuel cell installations More info >>
Czech Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technoloy Platform new EHA national association member
01 Jul, 2009 At the last EHA Annual General Meeting the Czech Hydrogen and Fuel cell Platform , was welcomed as EHA 15 th natioanl association member More info >>
EU funds large Mediterraean solar initiatives
15 Jul, 2009 On the eve of the first anniversary of the launching of the Union for the Mediterranean (Paris, 13 July 2008), the European Commission announced an additional contribution of €72 million, for 2009-2010, to the areas identified as priorities by the Euro-Mediterranean Heads of State and Government in Paris More info >>
Shell opens second H2 station in New York as part of cluster.
17 Jul, 2009 Shell today opened a second hydrogen filling station in the greater New York City area on July 13, 2009 More info >>
Baden Wuerttemberg jumpstarts electric transportation.
31 Jul, 2009 The Stuttgart Regional Economic Development Corporation (Stuttgart Region EDC) has been awarded 115-million euros by Germany's Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs in a competition to help jumpstart the development of sustainable transportation systems in urban areas More info >>
Italian Assocation H2IT organises JTI Second Call Seminar July 17, 2009 Milan
18 Jul, 2009 H2IT in collaboration with the local chapter of the EU Enterprise Europe Network and the Italian Federation of Scientific and TechnicalAssociations FAST is organised a seminar to present the topics of the JTI Second Call for proposals More info >>