In view of the recent achievements of the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, with support of Linde Benelux, in building the FORZE IV record breaking fuel cell powered formula race car, the EHA found the opportunity to look into Linde's involvement with such university activities and receive the company’s perspective on developments in the hydrogen industry in Europe.
The EHA secretariat sat down with member of the board, Jaco Reijerkerk of Linde AG. Jaco Reijerkerk is currently Head of Business Development Linde Gas Benelux , and part of Clean Energy Business Development Western Europe Linde AG
. Although he began his professional career as a trainee and part-time researcher at DaimlerChrysler
, he then progressed to Linde AG to later become General Manager Global Programme and Strategy in Innovation Management - Hydrogen Solutions.
EHA: Linde has been involved in supporting a number of university related activities like supporting the FORZE IV, and the Shell Eco-Marathon. What is the company's objective from these activities? Do you see a trend in young adult’s interests in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies?
These are our customers and future employees, we don’t have to motivate them; these students are already very much excited about the topic. We think that the issue has gained more and more recognition, and more students are recognizing the potential of this enormous technology.
Y0ung adults are less constrained by "business as usual" and have more freedom to look at new, innovative things. Then we as Linde, really enjoy working with them and helping them, giving them some practical expertise and doing it in a safe manner.
With these events they meet our company and hopefully take back some good experiences.
EHA: This past June, Linde and Daimler announced 20 more hydrogen stations in to be built in Germany, and commercialization of hydrogen vehicles to begin in 2014. As you are responsible for the Benelux, how do you see hydrogen rollout coming to play in the next 5 years in comparison to Germany?
Mr. Reijerkerk :
Benelux may to some extent follow the Germany example