Fuel Cell Today publishes Report on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen in Finland

Fuel Cell Today has published a series of five reports on the Nordic countries, one which gives a brief overview of the energy context in Finland and examines where fuel cells might fit within this. It then describes the current fuel cell RD&D activities in the country and the commercial products for both the domestic and international markets that we expect to arise from this.

Finland, a member of EHA shows particular strength  in the use of wood-based biomass for energy. Over a fifth of its primary energy consumption is met by bioenergy, one of the highest proportions among the OECD member countries, and it has the highest share of biomass in electricity generation in the world. Much of this is used in highly efficient combined heat and power generation (CHP), in which the country is also a world leader.

The report pays particular attention to the use of wood-based biomass and potential synergies with fuel cells and hydrogen.

Jaco Reijerkerk
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.
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Four Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid Buses Begin Service in Hamburg
Hamburg transit agency Hamburger Hochbahn AG has acquired four Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid buses under the German NaBuz demo scheme; with a further three buses to be delivered next year. NaBuz demo is a subsidiary project of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), funded by NOW GmbH’s National Innovation Programme (NIP) and closely linked to the wider Clean Hydrogen In European Cities (CHIC) fuel cell bus project. Hamburg is a phase 0 city in the CHIC project. The Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid features battery hybridisation for energy recovery and storage and a continuous power output of 120 kW delivered by the same fuel cell stacks used in the company’s flagship fuel cell vehicle, the B-Class FCELL, which has also been trialled in Hamburg.  
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Air Products to open the World’s first sewage-powered H2 fueling station
Air Products announced the opening of a new hydrogen fuelling station on August 16 at the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, California, USA. The station produces hydrogen energy to be used to power vehicles from sewage.
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Breaking News! Fuel cell powered race car breaks speed records
The FORZE IV, a fuel cell powered formula race car, built by the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, with support of Linde Benelux, broke a fuel cell car record on August 16, 2011 in the Hague. Covering the 1/8th mile in just 10,459 seconds.
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EHA contributes to Joint letter in view of European Transport Council Meeting
In view of the European Council meeting of September 5-6, dedicated to transport and specifically non-budgetary ways to support transport infrastructure build up, EHA in a joint effort with the Joint Task force for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, submitted a letter to European Council members.
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Commission proposes to cut sulphur dioxide emissions from shipping by 90 %
Better air quality is on the way, thanks to proposals from the European Commission to lower the sulphur content of shipping fuels. The proposals should reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by up to 90 %, and fine particle emissions by up to 80 %.
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Public Consultation on Clean Transport Systems initiative launched
The European Commission has launched an electronic public consultation on the Clean Transport Systems (CTS) initiative. CTS is a part of the Flagship Initiative for “Resource efficient Europe” to modernise and decarbonise the transport sector.
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Chances and Challenges for Hungary and the EU
In view of the ongoing parliamentary discussion’s structuring the Hungarian Energy Strategy 2030; the Hungarian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association will host a workshop On 29 September 2011 for the public.
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5th International Seminar on Advances in Hydrogen Energy – Portugal
The  4th International Seminar on Advances in Hydrogen Energy: Opportunities and Challenges in a Hydrogen Economy, will take place on the 10-11th of November in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. EHA will be there!
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Energy Festival in Firenze, Italy
The 2011 edition of “L’energia spiegata ‐ Festival dell’Energia” marks a significant shift towards a wider and more international approach of the event. During previous editions, the Energy Festival confirmed its leading role in the energy debate at national level.
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Clean Hydrogen In European Cities Workshop – October 25, 2011
The first Clean Hydrogen In European Cities Workshop will be held Tuesday October 25, 2011 during the Busworld Europe Trade Fair in Kortijk, Belgium. Registration via: h2businfo@chic-project.eu
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The 4th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS) 2011
The 4th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS) 2011 will be held in San Francisco, California on September 12-14, 2011 under the auspices of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (IA-HySafe).
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