100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply
Introduction

The joint EHA /HyER (formerly HyRaMP) workshop on Large Infrastructure Development in Europe on October 20, 2010 confirmed what the study of the Coalition of 31 large companies on eletric powertrains, including fuel cells,  indicated:  the making of a hydrogen infrastrucuture in Europe is “doable and affordable”.  At the Workshop EHA industry members,  presented the technical, financial and regulatory aspects concerning hydrogen production (Linde), distribution (Air Liquide) and storage (Hydrogenics). Sven Wolf of Hydrogen Sweden presented the experiences with hydrogen infrastructure projects so far pointing to the need for a business development  approach rather than continuing stand-alone demonstration projects .  All presentations can be downloaded under “EHA in Action”. In the afternoon EU Commission officials presented upcoming EU policy in the field of Energy Infrastructure, the White paper on Sustainable Transport for Europe, Trans European Network for Transport (TEN T) that includes the development of Green Corridors, and the use of Structural funds for energy efficiency and renewabel funds, that will all affect the deployment  of hydrogen applications.

The Workshop also demonstrated the urgent need of more coordination of funding on EU, national and regional level:  the advent of a concerted effort by the main fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen infrastructure suppliers in Germany, H2 Mobility, to start the build-up of a  hydrogen refuelling station network, offers an excellent opportunity to develop an effective dissemination plan to start  engaging decision makers in  key European markets to ensure a smooth market roll-out in the rest of Europe. The EHA,  representing 19 national associations and HyER (formerly HyRaMP), The European Regions and Municipalities Partnership for hydrogen and fuel cells are well placed to identify key stakeholders at national and local level to involve them in future market build-up.

Last but not least, the EHA is looking forward to the kick-off five FCH JU projects for which the EHA will facilitate the dissemination in Europe. Together with the support of EHA national member associations these projects will offer an excellent occasion of demonstrating EHA’s ability of mobilizing  involvement of key stakeholders  at national and local level. Check out the EHA Project Info section on the homepage for regular updates.

EHA contributes to EU Future Transport Fuels Expert Group
28 October, 2010A draft report by the European Expert Group on Future Transport Fuels assesses Europe’s options for substituting oil in the transport sector. The group, comprising industry associations, NGOs and Commission officials, was put together by the European Commission to provide advice on developing political strategies for alternative fuels. Among them, the European Hydrogen Association has been submitted input to the draft focussing on the need for a coordianted approach to local infrastructure build-up for electric battery and electric fuel cell cars. The report states that the transport sector remains  heavily dependent on oil, but concerns over projected rise in demand and spiralling greenhouse gas emissions have led to the search for viable alternative fuels. The report identifies electricity, via battery or hydrogen fuel cells, and biofuels as the main options for substituting oil in transport.
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Hydrogenics GmbH Awarded Contract for Fuel Cell Powered Aircraft
28 October, 2010Gladbeck, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany – October 19, 2010 – Hydrogenics, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, today announced that its German operating unit, Hydrogenics GmbH, has been awarded a contract by Germany’s national research center for aeronautics and space (DLR) to supply a series of next-generation fuel cell modules for aircraft power applications. The DLR is currently working on several projects such as the Multifunctional APU and the Antares H3, scheduled to take flight in 2011. Hydrogenics GmbH will supply several heavy-duty, high durability HyPM™ HD10 fuel cell power modules with delivery scheduled early next year.
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Clean Vehicles featured in Commission Communication on Industrial Policy
28 October, 2010The European Hydrogen Association welcomes the Commissions communication published today (October 28th 2010) An Integrated Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era Putting Competitiveness and Sustainability at Centre Stage.
Within the text indication is given that the next two years will introduce a more progressive strategy toward clean mobility. The text explains:
“Going beyond the strategy announced in April 2010 (A European strategy on clean and energy efficient vehicles), substantial financing of investments in infrastructure will be needed, including pilot projects to demonstrate breakthrough technologies in specific cities and regions.”
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Volvo initiates the development of fuel cells for battery cars
27 October, 2010Backed by research support from the Swedish Energy Agency Volvo Cars starts the development of a fuel cell that can extend the electric car’s operating range without any carbon dioxide emissions. The aim is to have two prototype chassis based on the Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric ready for testing in everyday traffic in 2012. “This is an exciting expansion of our focus on electrification. Battery cost and size means that all-electric cars still have a relatively limited operating range. Fuel cells may be one way of extending the distance these cars can cover before they need to be recharged. What is more, the project gives us increased knowledge about fuel cells and hydrogen gas,” says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stefan Jacoby.
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Manufacturer chosen for HyNor Oslo Buss
26 October, 2010From December 2011 HyNor Oslo Buss will operate 5 fuel cell buses, with hydrogen as fuel. The supplier is Belgium bus manufacturer Van Hool. The project also includes the building of a hydrogen station.
The operation will be based at Rosenholm bus garage, where the hydrogen station also will be established. Ruter, the public transport authority for Oslo and Akershus, is responsible for the operation, but the actual driving of the buses will be done by an operator chosen from a competitive tender in February 2011.
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EHA and HyER (formerly HyRaMP) call for coordinated support for Hydrogen Infrastructure Build-up
25 October, 2010At the Third Hydrogen Infrastructure Workshop organized by HyRaMP, together with the European Hydrogen Association, EHA, on October 20, the message from world leading hydrogen suppliers, Linde and Air Liquide, was loud and clear: hydrogen will be produced by many different primary energy sources, including renewable sources and can be effectively and economically distributed using existing distribution networks.
Hydrogenics, a global hydrogen infrastructure equipment supplier, explained the important contribution of  hydrogen storage to peakshaving and to smooth integration of more renewable energy into electricity grids. H2Logic, who installs and operates hydrogen refuelling stations in Scandinavia, described the comprehensive authorisation procedures for hydrogen refuelling stations in the Nordic countries, that could be an example for more cumbersome processes in some of the EU Member States. In the afternoon Commission officials, presented relevant EU policy on energy, transport, industry and regional development.
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Engaging Local Residents with Air Products Renewable Energy Team
20 October, 2010Local people living and working in the Billingham and Port Clarence areas of the UK have met members of the Air Products team who are wishing to build the Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility, a 49MW power generation project that will use waste destined to landfill to supply electricity to more than 50,000 homes in the North East. The exhibition, which was held at Stockton City Learning Centre on 18th October and the Port Clarence Community Centre on 19th October, was an opportunity for local people to learn more about the proposed project, which was announced in July 2010, in advance of a planning application being submitted by Air Products to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
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EU commissioned study on “the liability of electricity TSO for failing to supply”.
4 October, 2010On 25 June 2009 the European Commission (the “Commission”) selected the law firm Philippe & Partners for performing a study on “the liability of electricity transmission system operators for failing to supply” in Europe. The study aims at:
• Understanding liability of transmission system operators (“TSOs”) for all failures of supply (any type of supply failure, such as failure resulting from operation deficiencies, capacity curtailment, etc.);
• Analysing the way TSOs are insured against risks;
• Highlighting differences, common practices, good practices, etc. in the scrutinised Member States (“MS”);
• Determining to what extent such differences or practices affect the internal electricity market and/or hamper competition; and
• Assessing whether a Europe wide approach is recommendable.
The study covered eight MS, namely Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Czech Republic. The study can be downloaded at the EU Energy Website.
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Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020 Draft Report Includes Hydrogen Storage
4 October, 2010On July 13th 2010  Member of European Parliament, Lena-Kolarska Bobinska, sumitted the report to the European Parliament Towards a new Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020. Ms. Bobinska aims to establish an Energy Strategy which achieves the Lisbon Treaty objectives and the 20-20-20 climate package targets.
Within the text, many aspects are adressed including the Promotion of energy research & development and innovation. Hydrogen is included within this section mentioning the European Parliament, “Supports the development of cost-efficient new technologies for electrical storage, including the use of hydrogen and other fuel cells, which would allow to increase the share of variable renewables;” The overall text is currenty being amended and reshaped, thus EHA will be keeping a close watch to monitor any new developments.
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