This past month has given way to new developments in the visibility of hydrogen in Europe. The Commission communication published on November 17, 2010, Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond – A Blueprint for an integrated European energy network, refers to hydrogen used in electricity storage applications and the needs to build hydrogen transport infrastructure by 2015-2020 and aims to link SET plan renewable energy initiatives to new transmission, storage and smart grid technologies. The Commission has overall put the spotlight on the concerns of electricity storage with regards to large amount of renewable, distrbution power generation coming on-line and thus EHA will continue to follow closely new  developments.
The SET plan Conference that took place this November featured the Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen, FCH JU, in several presentations as the first established European Industrial Initiative (EII’s)with a long term budget and strong cooperation at regional and national levels.   The recently launched European Industrial Initiatives of the SET Plan indicated that they are still working to secure long term budgets and multi-level collaboration. The FCH JU is  in a unique position to establish meaningful collaboration with all established EII’s as hydrogen production and applications link to all energy technologies of the SET Plan. The EHA therefore calls for increased attention ot leverage SET Plan budgets where possible and international cooperation efforts that puts Europe’s H2 and FC industries on a wide global map.

EHA contributing to Cars 21 re-Launched November 10th
22 Nov, 2010 November 10, 2010 the European Commission re-launched the CARS 21 High Level Group with a new mission More info >>
The Clean Vehicles Portal, a new tool for public procurment of clean vehicles
18 Nov, 2010 A project of Intelligent Energy Europe and powered by TUV Nord, the Portal will be a tool which will facilitate the implementation of the Directive on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles (2009/33/EC). The directive creates mandatory obligation for the public procurement of road vehicles and has to be transposed into member state legislation by December 4, 2010 More info >>
FCH JU Independent as of November 15th 2010
23 Nov, 2010 Monday the 15th of November 2010 marked the official first day of independence for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking More info >>
Hydrogen in Electricity Storage and Transport Sytems a part of new European Commission Communication
19 Nov, 2010 On 17 November 2010, the European Commission adopted the Communication “Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond – A Blueprint for an integrated European energy network.” The communication defines EU priority corridors for the transport of electricity, gas and oil. A toolbox is also proposed in order to enable a timely implementation of these priority infrastructures More info >>
EU says €200bn needed for energy grids by 2020
18 Nov, 2010 €200 billion is needed to upgrade Europe’s gas and electricity grids over the coming decade, the European Commission said yesterday (17 November), adding that half of the sum will have to come from government coffers at a time of budgetary presssure. The EU executive presented its energy infrastructure priorities for the next two decades. It warned that the EU will not meet its goals on renewable energy, greenhouse gas emission reductions and security of supply without significant investment in cross-border interconnections and in integrating renewable energy into the network. More info >>
5th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference, 22-24 November 2010, Berlin
22 Nov - 25 Nov, 2010 The 5th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference will be helds on 22-25 November 2010 at the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin, Science and Conference Center. The Conference will communicate developments in energy storage and aim to popularize the results in applications and solutions. The conference will be focus on storage solutions for electricity,  heat and mobility. More info >>
HyNor hosts Yearly Hydrogen Conference 2010, 24 November- Kjeller, Norway
24 November, 2010 The Norwegian Hydrogen Association, HyNor will be holding their Yearly Hydrogen Conference on November 24th 2010 at Kunnskapsbyen Conference Center,  Kjeller, Norway. 2010 marks the first year of HyNor’s second phase More info >>
Nano and Surface Science Approaches to Production and Storage of Hydrogen, 14-19 November 2010, Noordwijkerhout (The Netherlands)
14 Nov - 19 Nov, 2010 The conference will focus on new methods for producing and storing hydrogen More info >>
Production of ZEM Evolution Buses to start next year
30 Nov, 2010 ZEM Evolution is a new Italian bus manufacturer, developing at this moment a range of electric and hybrid buses, including a hydrogen fuel cell version More info >>
Mercedes Releases More Details on Fuel Cell Vehice Roll Out in US
30 Nov, 2010 The Mercedes-Benz contribution to the green car spotlight at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year is word that the German automaker will be making available in the United States a limited number of its new B-Class F-CELL fuel cell powered vehicles More info >>
Lotus unveils new fuel cell car with innovative construction method
25 Nov, 2010 Lotus has unveiled a concept car design to be powered by a fuel cell More info >>