HyPROFESSIONALS Kickoff
HyPROFESSIONALS project, funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking,  is focused on the development of educational programmes and training initiatives for technical professionals to secure the required mid- and long-term availability of human resources capable to properly operate the technologies safely.
The project kickoff took place Tuesday February 15th.  The projects 9 partner organisations coming from 8 different European countries came together in a collaborative effort to define the ambitions of the project and give the overall impetus to the project’s activities. EHA is the dissemination partner for HyPROFESSIONALS.
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HyLIFT-DEMO project Kicked off in Brussels February 9, 2011
The overall purpose and ambition of HyLIFT-DEMO is to conduct a large scale demonstration of hydrogen powered fuel cell forklifts, which enables a following deployment and market introduction starting no later than 2013. The project will conduct a 2 year demonstration of at least 30 units of 2.5-3.5 tons forklifts with a fully integrated 3rd generation fuel cell system and hydrogen refueling infrastructure at end-user sites. The project kickoff was held at the new facilities of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking in Brussels. The project partners were brought together to exchange the first impressions of the project and work involved. EHA is the dissemination partner for the HyLIFT-DEMO project.
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FC-HyGuide Technical Expert Workshop
On 14th and 15th of February 2011, the FC-HyGuide Technical Expert Workshop was held at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts in Brussels. Organised in the framework of the FC-HyGuide project, the workshop grouped experts from both research and industry, to present and discuss the first draft of the “Guidance document for performing LCAs on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies”. The workshop, organised in parallel sessions for discussing the specificities of each technology, was characterised by a fruitful discussion among all the participants. EHA is a Dissemination partner within the FC-HyGuide project.
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EU Parliament working document adopts suggestions to include role of hydrogen in EU Energy infrastructure
The EU Parliament discussed a working paper on February 10  on the EU dossier “Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond” (COM 2010/677), including references to hydrogen as storage medium. The EHA submitted a paper on the role of hydrogen to the rapporteur of this report as well as the shadow rapporteurs, that has been well received. The report indicates “ that one of the biggest challenges in electricity distribution is doing it in an efficient and intelligent manner. Fostering infrastructure for the efficient integration of renewable energy development is critical for the success of overall energy objectives. Therefore, the rapporteur welcomes the long term focus on the “Supergrid”. The development of storage capacity (hydro power, high-temperature solar, hydrogen and other technologies) should be envisaged as a priority in association with the “smart cities” to encourage energy savings”.  The report al Building gas storage infrastructure should be included among the objectives (special consideration should be given to the possibility of setting up multi-use facilities which could accommodate both gas and, if necessary hydrogen).
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EU Energy Council call on EC to table initiatives on smart grids including clean vehicles and energy storage
The Energy Council that was held on Februay 4, 2011 organized by the Hungarian presidency focused on  two sectors – energy  and innovation More info >>
Following the Mercedes Benz F-Cell World Tour
EHA is following the progress of the 3 B-Class F-Cell  vehicles that were launched for their trip around the world. The journey started on the 29th of January 2011 in Stuttgart Germany, and in 125 days the vehicles will have traveled around the world and a distance of 30,000 km. The editor and others involved in the journey are frequently updating the public on their trip. Their journal not only lets us know about the vehicles but gives an interesting story to the people and places that are visited around the world.  The latest news shows the vehicles are in New Orleans Louisiana in the USA. Link to the Travel Notes of the tour which included pictures and video documenting (in German): http://fcellworlddrive.posterous.com/ .. ..
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McPhy Energy signs contract with Enel Group for solid hydrogen storage
McPhy Energy has announced that the company has signed a contract with the Enel Group, Italy for the supply of a solid hydrogen storage solution. The system has a capacity of 2 kilograms of solid hydrogen, stored in the form of magnesium hydrides (which do not require compression), offering an innovative solution for safe, reversible hydrogen storage, with energy efficiency. A prototype of the system design was validated through a series of tests at the CEA-LITEN (the French national Laboratory of Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials in Grenoble, France). The test tank was coupled to an electrolyser and to a fuel cell, successfully demonstrating the storage of renewable energy.
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Hydrogenics Awarded Hydrogen Fueling Station In Norway
Hydrogenics Corporation will supply 2 HySTAT(TM)60 electrolyzers for a hydrogen fueling station to be based in Oslo, Norway. The electrolyzers will support a complete electrolysis-based fueling station as part of the HyNor Oslo Bus project. The electrolyzers, capable of producing up to 260 kilograms per day of pure hydrogen are anticipated to be delivered in 2011 and will be based at the Rosenholm bus garage in a suburb of Oslo, Norway. The hydrogen fueling station is anticipated to commence service in 2012 and provide hydrogen to operate fuel cell buses for a five year period. The fueling station is part of CHIC, the Clean Hydrogen in European Cities Project, an essential next step leading to the full market commercialization of fuel cell hydrogen powered buses. Additional information regarding the CHIC initiative can be found at ( http://chic-project.eu ). The HyNor Oslo Bus project will reduce noise and improve the air quality in the Oslo area, in addition to reducing harmful emissions from public transport. The hydrogen fueling station will deliver 100% green hydrogen, thanks to the use of green electricity, further demonstrating that a complete carbon free chain using electrolysis has its place in the future energy mix for transport applications.
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The Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2) at GENERA2011, the Energy and Environment International Trade Fair
GENERA 2011, the Energy and Environment International Trade Fair will be held between 11 and 13 May in Feria de Madrid and will be the main meeting and business point with regard to renewable energy and energy efficiency in Spain. The Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2) will be present at this event and is currently planning a hydrogen related seminar for participants interested in the topic.
GENERA 2011 will have a TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS that will complete the commercial activity of the Fair, as well as FORO GENERA, a space in which products and services can be presented.
Also, in the INNOVATION GALLERY – an area of the Fair dedicated to highlighting the efforts of sectors such as research and development -, projects will be shown in order to illustrate the avant-garde advances in energy efficiency and environment protection, in an easily applicable and functional scheme.
More information about the event: Genera2011
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Norwegian Hydrogen Forum General Assembly and 5 Think Vehicles in Norway
The 2011 Norwegian Hydrogen Forum will be held March 29th in conjunction with the launch of  5 Think Hydrogen passenger cars in circulation in Norway. The vehicles are part of the HyNOR project which includes the building of a new hydrogen refuelling station in Lillestrom, Norway. The new station has begun building and is planned to be concluded in November of this year. The Vehicles have 10kW FC (range extender) and a total range of 250 km. The 5 Thinks will be spread among various users including a local energy company, The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), and one will be kept by the Norwegian Forum for car pooling. .. .. ..
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Hydrogen refueling station inaugurated in Arjeplog, Sweden
A new hydrogen refuelling station opened on February 1st 2011 in Arjeplog, Sweden More info >>
Hyundai – Kia Motors and stakeholders Nordic Countries sign MoU
At a joint ceremony the Embassy of Sweden and the Korean Ministry of Knowledge & Economy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  in Seoul, Korea on the 31st January 2011 on the deployment of fuel cell vehicles More info >>
European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference Call for Abstracts
On December 14-16 2011,  the 4th European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference and Exhibition will take place in Rome Italy. This year’s conference edition will hold a series of scientific sessions and leading researchers and scientists  are invited to come from all over the world. The submission of abstracts of is now open. Authors are invited to submit abstracts until 1st April 2011.
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The European Electric Vehicles Conference 2011
Hosted by The Centre for European Policy Studies and Forum Europe, the European Electric Vehicles Conference will take place on the 26th May 2011 in Brussels.The event will analyse the key policy and business steps to deploy electric vehicles in Europe.
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Europe’s Renewable Energy Policy Conference
The biennial conference organised by EREC (European Renewable Energy Council) will provide an outline energy pathways to 2050 and debate the implementation of the RES Directive More info >>
“Powering Europe’s Future Mobility” Seminar hosted in European Parliament
Tuesday, March 15th the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats group of the European Parliament will be hosting a half day seminar titled, “Powering Europe’s Future Mobility”. The presentations will discuss European Mobility and Energy objectives including the role of hydrogen. Discussions will be lead by officers of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, FCH JU, Members of HyRaMP and EHA, and more. The topics to be addressed include: EU Energy Infrastructure priorities: the challenge of energy storage Hydrogen as Energy Storage solution: industrial perspective Preparing for commercialization: EU Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen The role of energy companies: Green E-motion project
H2 Mobility: the German roll out plan Cars 21: a new strategy for clean and energy efficient vehicles Towards an EU Regional partnership for electromobility and hydrogen Activities in New EU Member States: Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria In order receive an access badge to the Parliament and to register for this event please send your full name and date of birth to elke.pingel@europarl.europa.eu The final agenda to this event will be uploaded here, check EHA soon for updates!
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European Hydrogen Association Contact Information
Executive director Marieke Reijalt
Phone:  + 32 2 763 25 61
Fax: + 32 2 772 50 44
E-mail: info@h2euro.org
Postal Address: European Hydrogen Association 3/4/5 Avenue des Arts 1210 Bruxelles Belgium
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