HYDROGEN TRANSPORTS! HyFLEET CUTE Conference – Hamburg, November 17 – 18, 2009

When: 17 Nov - 18 Nov, 2009

The achievements of the World’s Largest Hydrogen Powered Bus Fleet will be showcased at the FINAL CONFERENCE of the HyFLEET:CUTE Project.

The Conference will include Exhibitions of the Daimler / EvoBus Fuel Cell and the MAN Internal Combustion Engine hydrogen buses.  There will also be tours of the Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure and lots of opportunities to discuss details of the HyFLEET:CUTE Project with the Project Partners and network with colleagues and other people with interest and expertise in hydrogen.

The FIRST PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION of the NEXT GENERATION Daimler Citaro HYBRID FUEL CELL BUS will also be at the Conference.

EHA meets with DG Enterprise on EU Green Car Initiative

The EHA met with the the interim director of the Unit Automotive of the Commission’s DG Enterprise to discuss the first experiences wit hte EU Green Car Initiaitve that was annouced last November as part of teh EU Economic Recovery Package to support the struggling European  car industry.  The programme focusses on the development of electric powertrain with a clear focus on batteries and support for clean diesel and biofuel technology. It provides financial support  for green technologies in the form of grants from the European Commission’s scientific research budget, and loans  from the European Investment Bank.  Under the Green Cars Initiative, research will be funded in a variety of areas such as greener combustion engines for trucks, bio-methane, and electric and hybrid vehicles and infrastructure. The financial support measures will be supplemented by demand side measures involving regulatory action by Member States and the EU, such as the reduction of car registration taxes on low CO2 cars to stimulate car purchase by citizens.Mr. Jean  explained that the first calls for proposal that was announced on July 30 was the result of a collabroation  with DG RTD and DG TREN. The EHA explained the importance of hydrogen and fuel cells in the development of a future electric transport system that would cover all transport needs including long distance travel and opublic transport.  The importance of  a coordinated development of the recharging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for battery resp. fuel cells cars was also discussed. The EHA  communicated its intention to support a joint strategy paper on this subject.  Mr. Jean suggested a follow up meeting after the new appointment of the new Commissioners to discuss the infrastructure aspects more in detail. More info at the EGCI website.

EU launches online Strategic Energy Technologies (SET-Plan) Information System

The European Commission recently launched an online Strategic Energy Technologies (SET-Plan) Information System, “SETIS”, which provides the latest research results on the status, forecasts and R&D investment figures for low-carbon technologies. It underpins the effective strategic planning, conception and implementation of EU energy technology policy and serves notably to the implementation of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan). SETIS assesses and monitors those technologies that have a significant potential to help Europe meet its energy and climate change targets, such as wind power, solar power, CCS or bioenergy. The Information System offers interactive tools to compare the maximum potential and energy production costs foreseen for the different technologies over time. Scientific and market analyses are fed into the system by the SETIS community, led by the European Commission through its Joint Research Centre (JRC), working in close collaboration with other Commission services, EU Member States and European stakeholders in industry, research and finance.

The analyses cover in particular the low-carbon technologies identified by the SET-Plan and proposed as European Industrial Initiatives (wind, photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, bioenergy, carbon dioxide capture and storage -CCS-, smart grids, nuclear fission), two ongoing Initiatives (fuel cell and hydrogen and nuclear fusion) as well as others with great potential such as, ocean, geothermal power and energy storage. Demand side energy efficient technologies are also included.

SETIS focuses its analysis on R&D investment, which marks the innovation capacities for each technology; the technologies’ state-of-the-art, and forecasts from a technological, market and impact point of view.

HYDROGEN TRANSPORTS! HyFLEET CUTE Conference – Hamburg, November 17 – 18, 2009

When: 17 Nov - 18 Nov, 2009

The achievements of the World’s Largest Hydrogen Powered Bus Fleet will be showcased at the FINAL CONFERENCE of the HyFLEET:CUTE Project.

The Conference will include Exhibitions of the Daimler / EvoBus Fuel Cell and the MAN Internal Combustion Engine hydrogen buses.  There will also be tours of the Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure and lots of opportunities to discuss details of the HyFLEET:CUTE Project with the Project Partners and network with colleagues and other people with interest and expertise in hydrogen.

The FIRST PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION of the NEXT GENERATION Daimler Citaro HYBRID FUEL CELL BUS will also be at the Conference.