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
EHA National Member Associations at Hannover Messe 2013
When: 8 April, 2013   Where: Hannover

The Hannover Messe 2013 will take place from 8-12 April 2013 and will be staged under the banner of “Integrated Industry.” The lead theme signals the fair’s key focus on the growing integration of all areas of industry.

The EHA will be present at the 19th Hydrogen Fuel Cells Group Exhibit in Halle 27, co-exhibiting with the Spanish Hydrogen Association and the Latvian Hydrogen Association where  150 companies from 25 countries will present their products. The German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association will also be present in the next booth.The 10.000 m² Ride & Drive open air site offers everyone a chance to test-drive fuel cell cars themselves

HyER will be present at the Metropolitan Solutions fair in Hall 1 in stand F01. EHA’s director and HyER office coordinator, Marieke Reijalt, has been asked to present at the Better Transport Forum on April 9 at this fair, that has shown a significant increase  in clean urban energy and transport solutions and number of visitors over the last years.

Activities in Czech Republic
17 December, 2012Czech Hydrogen Technology Platform (HYTEP) is a non-profit organization aiming to integrate activities of its members towards introduction of hydrogen technology to the commercial production and use in the broad spectra of application areas. Beside technical development it includes also dissemination of information on this specific and highly innovative field of technology and education of new specialists. The membership includes all type of institutions, like universities, public and private research institutions as well as commercial industrial subjects.
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EHA organizes Educational Encounter on the occasion of IPHE meeting
17 December, 2012The EHA in collaboration with the Spanish Hydrogen Association and HyER’s vice president Javier Brey and with the support of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells organised an Educational Encounter at the Seville School of Engineering  on November  13, 2012. The EHA seeks with these encounters to define the educational needs to ensure a sustainable roll out of commercial hydrogen and fuel cell applications in the coming decades. The Assistant director of the School of Engineering Francisco Gordilla welcomed the audience referring to hydrogen and fuel cell activities in the School and its relationships with industry in this field in Sevilla (Abengoa, etc.). Prof. Filippo Rosa explained the need to work close with industry to give students a perspective of the job possibilities; many of his students have found jobs in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector and he has the impression that the hydrogen and fuel cell courses that the School is offering actually improve the chances of students to find jobs.
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HIT Project Kicks Off at TEN T Days
17 December, 2012Today (during the TEN-T Days 2012: 28th November 2012) in Brussels, the Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport (HIT) project  had its official Kick-Off. 
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Introduction
17 December, 2012The year 2012 saw an increased interest of the role of hydrogen in Europe’s clean energy and transport policy. The approval of a large EU energy storage project (INGRID), the first hydrogen project along a TEN T corridor  (HIT) and the management of the European Electro-mobility Observatory (EEO) by HyER demonstrated the recognition of hydrogen’s role in EU ‘s emission reduction efforts.  In addition the highly anticipated EU Communication on Clean Power for Transport including a legislative proposal for the deployment of the alternative fuels infrastructure. As the FC and H2 sector is moving form a project focus to a program approach where larger number of applications need to bring down costs and engage first customers, the need for more political engagement at national and local level is crucial. The role of EHA national member associations will therefore significantly increase to align key stakeholders and communicate examples of successful national H2 mobility initiatives throughout Europe. We are looking forward to an exciting 2013 and wish you all Lovely and Relaxing Holidays and a great start of the New Year!
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Dr Joachim Gretz, Pioneer of Hydrogen Energy 1929-2012
17 December, 2012With regret we inform you of the death of our former honorary member Dr. Joachim Gretz  who died on October 12 aged 83. With him we lose a pioneer of hydrogen energy in Germany, particularly Hamburg, and Europe. He was a champion of hydrogen technology in a time when it was still widely seen as a subversive underground activity. Being a member of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy) his insider knowledge made it possible for him to launch projects about the topic at a time what it did not yet appear at all in the official research framework programs. His greatest success was without doubt the EQHHP (Euro-Québec Hydro-Hydrogen Pilot Project) which was done jointly by the Commission and the Canadian province of Québec. The results set a standard, and the community profits from them until this day.
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World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, Shanghai, China
17 December, 2012In order to develop the technologies needed for conversion to Hydrogen Energy, International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) has been organizing the World Hydrogen Energy Conferences (WHEC) and tge  the World Hydrogen Technologies Conventions (WHTC)
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HyER sign contract for European Electromobility Observatory
17 December, 20125 December 2012 marked the official beginning of the The European Electromobility Observatory (EEO).  In the presence of the EU Commission,  HyER President, Andreas Ziolek  signed the contract, on behalf of the seven partner consortium (HyER, Avere, ECN, TNO, TUV Nord, Polis and VUB) at the DG MOVE offices in Brussels.
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Multi billionaire invests 8.7million in AFC Energy
17 December, 2012UK fuel cell developer AFC Energy, directed by EHA Chairman Ian Williamson has announced an equity investment of nearly £8.7 million in the company by Ervington Investments Ltd, the ultimate beneficial owner of whom is Roman Abramovich
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Policy Round Up
17 December, 2012The EHA has been meeting with EU Parliament members to find a way to ensure that hydrogen and recharging infrastructure is included in the CEF and the accompanying TEN T and TEN E Guidleines. Below is an round up of the latest policy news. Connecting Europe Facility On 18 December 2012 the joint ITRE/TRAN Committee will adopt the report on the Connecting Europe Facility to which over 800 amendments were tabled. In order to gain broad support in the joint ITRE/ TRAN Committee the Co-Rapporteurs have proposed 70 compromise amendments.  The joint ITRE/TRAN Committee will also vote on whether to give a mandate to open inter-institutional negotiations.
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