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 EU Smart Cities and Communities Initiative, as part of the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan and further outlined in the EU Commission’s  Communication “Energy 2020 – A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy”,  with an indicative budget of € 11 bln up to 2020 (COM2009/519) should accelerate the uptake of clean energy technologies in 30 cities throughout Europe. The EU recently has launched  a consultation on Smart Cities in which it soliciting concrete project ideas for different technologies.  To make sure that hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are included in the Smart Cities efforts, the EHA in collaboration with HyER (formerly HyRaMP), NEW IG and Fuel Cell Europe is organizing a seminar during the  EU Sustainable Energy Week on April 13 to highlight hydrogen’s potential in creating Smart an Sustainable European Cities.

Hydrogen is already becoming part of European urban transport systems as the Clean Hydrogen In European Cities (CHIC) project, has put 3 Fuel Cell Hydrogen (FCH) buses in regular service through the Streets of London recently, adding 5 more  by the end of 2011  in time for the London Olympics in 2012. A total of 26 buses will be introduced within the project in a further 4 locations (Aargau, Milan, Oslo, and  Bozen/Bolzano). The Brussels (in)crowd, visiting the EU Charlemagne venue and EU Commissions Berlayemont building will be able to “Hop on  a CHIC  bus” during the EU Sustainable Energy Week on April 12, 13, and 14 to hear about the CHIC project and the five EU projects for which the EHA is facilitating the dissemination (see under EHA Project Info). At the Hanover Fair, where the EHA was present at the 18th edition of the H2 and FC Group Exhibit, the Ride and Drive event draw huge lines to test the Daimler, Opel,  Volkswagen and  and Nissan FCV’s. While three Daimler B Class fuel cell cars are half way during their world tour…..

The market is around the corner, be prepared!
7 October, 2011The 4th conference gathering hydrogen and fuel cell experts of the North will take place in Malmö, Sweden on 25 to 26 October 2011.
Malmö and the south of Sweden is one of the regions in northern Europe pushing the market for hydrogen in the transport sector and together with its neighbor Denmark.
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11th ISCARW “Hydrogen Technologies and Infrastructure”
5 May, 2011The 11th International Short Course and Advanced Research Workshop “Hydrogen Technologies and Infrastructure” in a series “Progress in Hydrogen Safety” will be held in Belfast 16-20 May 2011. The brochure, programme and registration form can be found at http://hysafer.ulster.ac.uk/phs/forms/11thshortcourse.pdf.
 
5 bursaries are expected to be available for attendees. Priority will be given to the members of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (IA HySafe) which is going to sponsor the bursaries (decision is pending). Closing date for bursary applications is 16 of April 2011. Information on membership in IA HySafe can be found at http://www.hysafe.org/IAHySafe.
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Is London creating a Hydrogen Cluster for transport?
1 May, 2011Within the the Cleantech Cluster Event Series, on the 24th of May the London Hydrogen Partnership will collaboratively sponsor the cluster event ”Is London creating a Hydrogen cluster for Transport?”
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“Hop on a Session in a CHIC Bus!” Event – April 12, 13 & 14
15 April, 2011During this year’s European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels The EHA and HyRaMP collaboratively held the “Hop on a CHIC Bus!” Event.
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EC White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system”
7 April, 2011The new White Paper published by the European Commission "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system" aims ..read on»
FC-HyGuide: Invitation to Public Consultation
7 April, 2011The project FC-HyGuide aims to develop a Guidance Document for LCA studies on hydrogen production and fuel cell technologies. It is financed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. After several months of project work, a Technical Expert Workshop (held mid February 2011 in Brussels) and the revision of the draft Guidance Document the project team now wants to invite Stakeholders and interested people to critically comment on the advanced Guidance Document for: –       hydrogen production
–       fuel cell technologies This public consultation will be carried out from April 1 2011 until April 30 2011. Two documents (one for hydrogen production and one for fuel cell technologies). Further information may be found on the project website : www.fc-hyguide.eu
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Minister Prestigiacomo signed HMU3 at the Milazzo refinery
7 April, 2011Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo signed the decree of the environmental compatibility of the construction of a plant for the production of pure hydrogen from natural gas at the Milazzo refinery.
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Three Fuel Cell Hydrogen powered buses operating in London
7 April, 2011Under the Clean Hydrogen In European Cities (CHIC) 3 Fuel Cell Hydrogen (FCH) buses are now in service in London and by the end of 2011 there will be a total of 8 FCH buses running in London.  The buses are now running on the RV1 route– which takes passengers in Covent Garden, the Tower of London and the South Bank. The new buses, which were designed specially for London, are now carrying passengers. If you get to ride one of these CHIC buses keep in mind that they produces water vapour from its tailpipe (as all hydrogen powered vehicles) and can operate for more than 18 hours without needing to refuel! London Bus Service Limited, the CHIC partner base in London, is reminding passengers that the application of these buses will provide better quality breathing air to London residents.
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International Seminar on Electric Mobility
6 April, 2011Torres Vedras will be hosting an International Seminar on Electric Mobility taking place Wednesday April 27. Main topics to be addressed include: Mobility and Territory, Electric Mobility in the European Union, and Innovation/Competitiveness.
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