Third Polish Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Forum
When: 29 Nov - 30 Nov, 2011

The third Polish Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Forum will be held on 29-30 November 2011 in Warsaw as a satellite conference of the SET Plan Conference associated with the acquisition of Poland’s presidency of the European Union.

The theme of the Third Forum will be smart materials for use in hydrogen and renewable energy applications.

Smart Materials for Hydrogen and Renewable Energy conference is devoted to a presentation of Polish achievements and stimulation of growth and development of new materials applicable in Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Technology and Renewable Energy areas. The European Hydrogen Association will present the “EU policy and funding for the development and deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies”.

Successful EHA Annual General Assembly in Oslo!
The 11th EHA Annual General Assembly that took place on June 21, 2011 at Akershus Fylkeskommune, left of the main entrance to Akershus Fylkeskommune. This edition featured at 11:30 Scandinavian national associations presenting the latest developments in their countries and Scandinavain industries were invited to showcase their latest hydrogen and fuel cell system solutions. The meeting concluded with a luncheon and a tour program in the afternoon visiting the Oslo electro-mobility projects including the hydrogen transport demo sites. See downloads for presentations from the full day of events.
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European Parliament Seminar: Joint seminar on youth employment
On June 30th the the employment committee of the European parliament, hosted a seminar “What is Europe doing for youth employment?”.
EHA took the opportunity to ask the panel of speakers in light of the activities of the HyPROFESSIONALS project, of the EU’s plans to address the changing demands in the new innovative job markets, such as hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
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International Conference on Hydrogen Production (ICH2P-11)- Thessaloniki
This June 19-22 the ICH2P-11 took place in Thessaloniki, Greece. EHA took part in the event presenting our activities and the various EU funded projects that are currently taking place in Europe.
The event provided for a great opportunity to stimulate the Greek Hydrogen Community and thus communication has begun to extend the EHA network to include Greece.
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European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEE–F) Launched
On 1st July 2011, the Commission launched a new European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEE-F) as part of the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR). It will allocate around EUR 146 million from the EEPR (3.7% of the total EEPR envelope) towards a new financial facility dedicated to projects in energy efficiency and renewable energies. This EU contribution comes from funds mobilised for the EEPR in 2009 which could not immediately be allocated to projects in the sectors of infrastructure, off-shore wind and carbon capture and storage. The setting up of the fund follows an agreement between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament in December 2010 to a European Commission proposal. The EEE-F will invest in energy saving, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, particularly in urban settings, achieving at least 20% energy saving or GHG/CO2 emission reduction.
The fund will offer a wide range of financial products such as senior and junior loans, guarantees or equity participation to local, regional and (where justified) national public authorities to promote sustainable energy investments.
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Commission adopts proposal Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020
The Commission on June 29, 2011 presented its proposal Council Regulation  laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 that should facilitate business-driven research and innovation through the use of public funding to leverage private investments.
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Energy Commissioner launches Smart Cities and Communities Initiative
Speaking to 500 representatives of cities, business, the financial sector and research institutions EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger launched on June 21st the EU’s new Smart Cities and Communities Initiative, the EU’s programme for the energy efficient cities of tomorrow.
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FP7 Information Days – 2012 calls
In order to support the preparation of proposals for the new Calls for Proposals and preparation for proposals on Energy and other topics under the FP7, the European Commission’s Directorates-General are organising various Information Days in July 2011 in the Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi n° 170, in Brussels: July 7, 11-12, and 18-19.
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UK HFCA Summer Networking Reception
The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association is holding its Summer Networking Reception on the evening of the 7th July 2011. The occasion provides the opportunity for informal networking and knowledge-sharing among the members of the Association. The results of the ‘Hydrogen Coalition’ study and its impact and implications since publication last year will be presented.
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Hydrogen Station Opens in Denmark
A 700 bar fast-fill hydrogen refuelling station opened this week in Holstebro, Denmark. Capable of refuelling a fuel cell vehicle in less than three minutes, this station is the first of its type in the area and is one of the first steps towards forming a countrywide network by 2015; networks of this type will be needed by then to meet the demands of fuel cell vehicle fleets scheduled for commercialisation at that time.
Developed by H2 Logic A/S and operated by Danish energy company Vestforsyning A/S the project was supported by funding from the Danish EUDP program. Built in accordance with standard SAE J 2601, the station features a standardised dispenser nozzle and meets other requirements for speed of refuelling; hence it will be universally suitable for use with fuel cell vehicles meeting this standard.
The ultimate aim of projects like this is to attract the initial rollouts of fuel cell vehicles through facilitating the necessary infrastructure. A B-Class Mercedes F-CELL was showcased alongside the station to demonstrate the refuelling technology.
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Hydrogenics Awarded Hydrogen Fuelling Station in Germany
Hydrogenics announced on an award to supply a HySTAT™-60 electrolyzer for a hydrogen fueling station to be based in southern Germany.The electrolyzer will be capable of producing up to 130 kilograms per day of green hydrogen fuel from wind power to be used in electric fuel cell vehicles.
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JS Power announces the launch of its new H2 generators
JS Power, a China-based company in hydrogen technologies, has announced the launch of its new JS-2N range of hydrogen generators. The underlying feature of these generators is that they function, by using JS Power’s powder pouches, anywhere a source of water is available.
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New 700bar H2 refueling station opens in Holstebro, Denmark
H2 Logic and Hydrogen Link announced 20 June 2011 the launch of a new hydrogen refueling station in Holstebro, Denmark.
It is the first 700bar refueling station as part of the LINK2009 project that has been supported by the Danish Energy Agency EUDP program with a project budget of €5 million.
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Hydrogen Sweden at Meeting Point Almedalen, 2011
Hydrogen Sweden are present for one week in Almedalen, Sweden during which hydrogen and fuel cell technologies will be presented on several occasions. 
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Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: France’s National Program
The French National Research Agency in 2005 launched a research program on new energy technologies.
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MPs Line-Up to Drive Hydrogen Powered Mercedes – UK
Westminster, 22nd June 2011 Dozens of MPs and Peers took a spin in a hydrogen powered car as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL and an Air Products hydrogen fuelling station.
The fuelling station was presented to the Parliament for the first time can fill up the vehicle in less than four minutes!
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