The EHA used the quiet August month in Brussels to visit EU officials to inquire about the Commission’s plans for energy and transport infrastructure. As this autumn a communication on EU energy infrastructure development is expected as well as on a European Energy Strategy till 2030, the EHA last month has submitted a positon paper to facilitate  more concrete reflections on how a hydrogen infrastructure can best be integrated in national and local energy systems. We are also working on a short paper for the TEN T consultation to keep the hydorgen topic visible in these developments as well..  In view of the European Roadmap 2020 for Hydrogen Transport that is currently being prepared and the increasing inquiries of car companies on how and where to develop the first  local refuelling infrastructures in Europe, EU, national and local authorities will need to start to reflect on what the use of hydrogen will mean for their energy production and distribution as well as for industrial development .

EU Commission sets outlines of future industrial policy

In a meeting on September 1, the Commission discussed its plans for EU’s industrial policy that will be presented on October 13. When a few years back a common EU Industrial policy proofed difficult,  because of  recent issues regarding the euro, internal market, and discipline with regards to State Aid in addition to the expected  18% growth  in Asian countries compared to only 2 % in the EU, the winds have changed. Commissioner for Industry, Antonio Tajani indicated five areas as the main focus of the EC :
1. improvement of access to credit especiaaly for SME’s;
2. reinforcement of the internal market;
3. less bureaucracy;
4. better and more sustainable infrastructures for transport and energy;
5. create more synergies between centres of excellence and industry.

SunHydro and Toyota Agree for 10 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles in Connecticut, USA
28 Aug, 2010 SunHydro announced an agreement with Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc More info >>
BBC Radio 4 features German NOW and Toyota fuel cell car in Berlin
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UK and India sign agreement on fuel cell development
10 Aug, 2010 Under pacts signed on July 29 by India’s junior science minister Prithviraj Chavan and UK minister for science and universities David Willets in New Delhi, the two countries will invest £ 3 million (US$ 4.7 million or Indian rupees 218.06 million) each to promote partnerships between groups already working on fuel cells More info >>