Introduction

The EHA entered an new era in June appointing Ian Williamson of Air Products as its first president representing industry.  Ian is succeeding Lars Sjunnesson who has represented the Swedish national hydrogen association in the EHA  for over 7 years. Under Lars’s guidance the association membership has increased from 5 national associations in 2000 to 19 national member associations and 7 of the main hydrogen infrastructure companies, Shell Hydrogen, Statoil, ENI, Air Products, Linde, Air liquide and Hydrogenics Europe today. Ian Williamson indicated that the EHA with this unique membership structure  is well placed to foster local deployment and infrastructure build- up and that he is committed to support national association members to facilitate a broad market uptake of the first commercial hydrogen applications throughout Europe.
With the development of electric transport throughout Europe, the role of hydrogen in electric fuel cell vehicles will become more imminent.  The EHA therefore seeks to actively contribute to the upcoming EU White Paper on Sustainable Transport for Europe and has submitted its contribution to the Comission’s consultation on an EU Energy 2011 -2020 strategy. In collaboration with HyER (formerly HyRaMP) a Workshop is scheduled on large scale infrastructure development for key national and regional stakeholders on October 20, 2010 in Brussels. For more inforamtion and registration please contat the EHA secretariat at info@h2euro.org

Ian Williamson, new president of the EHA

Ian Williamson, director of Air Products’ Hydrogen and Bio Energy business, was appointed as new EHA president by the EHA General Assembly on June 22 in Brussels. Ian is succeeding Lars Sjunnesson, who steered the Association form 5 founding national associations to an European hydrogen organisation of reference, representing  19 national assoications and the main hydrogen infrastructure suppliers in Europe as Shell, Statoil, ENI, Linde, Air Liquide, Air Products. Massimo Prastaro of ENI and Stein Briskebey of the Norsk Hydrogen Forum were appointed as new EHA board members. Ian in his acceptance speech emphasized the need to leverage the EHA’s European coverage of industrial and national activities to accelerate the uptake of the use of hydrogen throughout Europe. He indicated that the EHA intends to increase its network  opportunities between industry and national stakeholders as well as between associations.

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June 22, 2010 EHA Annual General Assembly and EHA National Association Action Meeting

When: 22 June, 2010

The EHA is organizing its 10th Annual General Assembly amd Annual National Association Action meeting on June 22, 2010 focussing on national support actions to implement EU transport and energy decarbonisation targets. The recent EU communication on Clean and Energy Effcient Vehciles, the development of a White Paper on Sustainable Transport for Europe, the Strategic Transport Technology Plan all require acceleration of national support for hydrogen and fuel cell development to ensure rapid uptake of commercial applications. The EHA National Association Action meeting will highlight key developments in several EU countries as well as updates on the most important EU dossiers to stimulate the rigth actions at Member State level. To register send an email to info@h2euro.org with name organisation and tel. number.

The EHA AGM appointed Ian Williamson from Air Products as President of the European Hydrogen Association.
The following new members were approved:
National Associations:
1. Macedonian Association for Hydrogen;
2. Bulgarian Hydrogen Society
3. Danish Partnership for Hydrogen
4. Slovenia Development Cetnre for Hydrogen Technologies
SME’s:
5. Hydrogenics Europe
6. Renewable Energy Storage Ltd.

The General Assembly approved Massimo Prastaro, Stein Briskebey and Sven Wolf as new members of the EHA Board 2010-2011.