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 first month of the second decade of EHA’s operations in promoting hydrogen as an energy carrier in Europe, was dedicated to the hearings of relevant  new Commisoners designate and trying the find out what their responsibilites could mean for hydrogen and fuel cell development. In addition the EHA office chased Spanish colleagues to find out more about the scope of the proposed EU Electric Car Plan. Together with the JTI Industry Grouping NEW IG, HyER (formerly HyRaMP) and Fuel Cell Europe we have sent a joint letter to the Member State representative offices in Brussels to ask attention for the role hydrogen and fuel cell cars as part of and electric transport system. We now have information that a majority of the Member States indicated that would like to see a focus on more technolgies that just batteries in the Action Plan mentioning also fuel cells. The new Industry Commissioner Tajani also indicated his interest to focus more on green automotive technologies mentioning specifcally the need of active and coordinated involvement of Member States and Regions. As the Bulgarian Hydrogen Association requested membership last week (see under National News),  the EHA,  now with 16 national member associations and hosting the office of HyER (formerly HyRaMP)’s, 30 regions is well placed to facilitate more visibility of hydrogen and fuel cells in EU and national policies.

European Fuel Cell Forum 2011, 28 June to 1 July 2011 – Lucerne, Switzerland
28 June, 2010 The European Fuel Cell Forum 2011 will be a highlight of the European fuel cell year ..read on»
6th International Hydrogen & Fuell Cell Expo – 3-5 March, Tokyo Japan
3 March, 2010FC EXPO 2010 will gather all kinds of products/technologies related to the latest development of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell. 480 Exhibitors from across the world gather ..read on»
Bulgarian Hydrogen Association requests EHA membership
31 January, 2010Bulgarian Hydrogen Society (BG H2 Society) has been founded by the Ministry of Defense of Republic of Bulgaria, members of Bulgarian Parliament, University of Chemical ..read on»
Honda starts operations of solar hydrogen refuelling prototype station in Los Angeles
27 January, 2010Honda on January 27, 2010 began operations of a next generation solar hydrogen station prototype at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., intended for ultimate use as a home refueling appliance capable of an overnight refill of fuel cell electric vehicles. Designed as a single, integrated unit to fit in the user’s garage, Honda’s next generation Solar Hydrogen Station reduces the size of the system, while producing enough hydrogen (0.5kg) via an 8-hour overnight fill for daily commuting (10,000 miles per year) for a fuel cell electric vehicle. The previous solar hydrogen station system required both an electrolyzer and a separate compressor unit to create high pressure hydrogen. The compressor was the largest and most expensive component and reduced system efficiency. By creating a new high differential pressure electrolyzer, Honda engineers were able to eliminate the compressor entirely – a world’s first for a home use system.
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First JTI Call results are out: 16 new H2 and FC projects approved
20 January, 2010The European Commission published the results of the first JTI Call: 16 projects were approved among which a big vehicles demonstration project "H2Moves Scandanavia", involving ..read on»
EU Commission publishes Recommendation on use of low sulphur fuel in EU ports
19 January, 2010The EU Commision published Recommendation 2009/1020/EU of 21 December 2009 on the safe implementation of the use of low sulphur fuel by ships at berth ..read on»
EHA submits contribution to EU 2020 consultation
16 January, 2010The EHA submitted to EU Commission president Barosso's request for input on his EU 2020 strategy ..read on»
Linde’s CEO awarded prestigious ADAC Yellow Angel Award.
16 January, 2010ADAC, Europe's biggest automotive club, awarded Linde's CEO Prof ..read on»