Introduction

As has been reported in previous EHA newsletters several new funding initiatives as a result of the financial crisis have been recently put in place that could offer additional funding to hydrogen and fuel cell activities. In order to interest authorities presiding over these funds to include H2 and FC projects in their funding schemes visibility of feasability of our technologies is crucial. Several high impact projects like the HyFleet CUTE project have offered this proof of concept to a broader public including local authorities. It is now up to the the first demonstration projects of the JTI to further broaden the scope of these demonstration projects and lift the bar to  include sites that are committed to integrate hydrogen applications in energy and transport systems and build the market. The EHA therfeore is keen to facilitate increased leveraging of funding at EU, national and local level and invited the European Investment Bank to its last General Assembly on June 17  to discuss new funding mechanisms for local authorities for energy effciency and sustainable transport.  In addition the EHA published a press release on the occasion of the EU Commission Transport Communciation stressing the need to include hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles next to battery cars to create  the Commission’s objective of a “an integrated, technology-led and user friendly system”.

EHA Press Release: support for smart grids for electric transport AND hydrogen distribution networks”
19 Jun, 2009 The EHA welcomes the European Commission’s Communication “A sustainable future for transport: Towards an integrated, technology-led and user friendly system” (COM 2009/279/4) that was presented on June 17, 2009 More info >>
EIB and JTI present EU funding programmes at EHA Annual General Assembly
18 Jun, 2009 In view of the launch of the European Energy Programme for Recovery, the EU Green Car Initiative, Clean Bus Financing Facility and Renewable Energy Financing Facility the EHA invited the European Investment Bank to its AGM and European National Association Meeting (ENAM) on June 17, 2009 in Brussels to explain more details on these ancing programmes More info >>
EHA visits Hungarian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell stakeholders.
10 Jun, 2009 The EHA was invited by the Hydrogen section of the Hungarian Energy Association, member of the EHA,  to meet potential stakeholders in Hungary to facilitate the development of the Hungarian Strategic Research Agenda for hydrogen and fuel cells that is currently being undertaken by the Central Hungarian Innovation Centre with the support of the Hydrogen section More info >>
JU FCH second Call for proposals will come out the second week of July.
26 Jun, 2009 In reference to our earlier annoucements the second Call for proposals of the Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen (JU FCH) is expected to come out the second week of July More info >>
Environment Council on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control: more flexibility.
26 Jun, 2009 The Environment Council on June 25, 2009 agreeed to more flexibiliy  for Member States in implementing the IPPC Directive More info >>
Public consultation on future EU ETS auctioning rules launched.
14 Jun, 2009 A public consultation on rules to govern the future auctioning of emission allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been launched by consultants working for the European Commission More info >>
Commission put up consultation EU Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (EEAP)
10 Jun, 2009 The European Commission has published an online consultation to seek input on the review of the Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (EEAP) More info >>
Baden-Württemberg opens first public hydrogen filling station
18 Jun, 2009 On the site of the OMV service station at Stuttgart Airport, OMV in cooperation with Linde AG and Daimler AG is opening Baden-Württemberg's first publicly accessible hydrogen filling station on 17 June 2009 More info >>
Hydrogen Midi Buses in North Rhine Westphalia
15 Jun, 2009 In the he German cities Bottrop and Gladbeck two low-floor fuel cell midibuses will be aprt of regular public transport service by Vestische Strassenbahnen GmbH, a regional transit authority.  The midibus was developed by the German company Hydrogenics GmbH (a subsidiary of Canadian Hydrogenics Corporation), with financial support of the North Rhine-Westphalian government and the European Commission trought the HYCHAIN project.  According to Hydrogenics, there are now ten of such buses in operation throughout Europe More info >>
Italian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association AGM promotes creation of national platform
15 Jun, 2009 H2IT, the Italian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, is collaborating with Italy's biggest industry organisation Confindustria to establish an Italian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Platform, H2CC.  At the H2IT Annual General Meeting on June 26, 2009 form 1030 till 1230 in Milan, similar initiatives in other EU countries and the status of the work in Italy will presented More info >>
Swiss CityCat H2 sweeps streets really clean!
09 Jun, 2009 Empa a Swiss  interdisciplinary research and services institution  for material sciences and technology development, home of the Swiss Hydrogen Association "Hydropole", and Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) in cooperation with Bucher Schörling, Proton Motor, BRUSA Elektronik AG, and Messer Switzerland have developed a communal vehicle running on hydrogen More info >>