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
Hydrogen Station Dream Map at the EHA stand in Hannover

Greetings from the EHA stand at the Hannover Fair 2013! This year EHA along with the Spanish, Latvian and Italian Hydrogen Associations  is featuring the current and future status of hydrogen station development in Europe in view of the EU Clean Power for Transport ambitions. The EHA stand is featuring a map of Europe with the current and planned stations and visitors are asked to put a sticker where they wish a hydrogen station to be built in the near future.  EHA Executive Director Marieke Reijalt, as coordinator of the HyER office in Brussels will be presenting local hydrogen developments at the Better Transport Forum on April 9 at the Metropolitan Solutions fair that has shown a significant  increase in clean urban energy and transport solution provides as well as a larger number of visitors over the past few years.

The EU Commission published its Green Paper on a 2030 Framework for Energy & Climate Policy.  Although hydrogen is not specifically referred to in the paper the objectives for 2030 commits to supporting  progress towards a competitive economy and a secure energy system by creating more demand for efficient and low carbon technologies and spurring research, development and  innovation – good news for employment and growth as  the EUs new efficiency standards (for cars in particular) have the possibility of creating up to 443,000 new jobs, according to a recent study by Cambridge.

The EHA has been informed that the EC is facilitating various national round tables on the EU proposal for a Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (COM 2013/18) ( which hydrogen is mentioned in article 5) starting this month. These round tables might be a good occasion for EHA’s national association members to ensure that the role of hydrogen in future transport infrastructure is explained in these meetings.

EHA continues to expand into new territories, an invitation from its newest member, Romania to present it activities and talk about the role of national associations and local communities in the roll out of hydrogen infrastructure while EHA’s industry member, McPhy Energy will work to develop a new hydrogen solution for the Colombian market with plans to establish a renewable hydrogen fuel production facility in Bogota.

McPhy Energy expands into Columbia
3 April, 2013EHA Member, McPhy, has entered into a strategic partnership with Spain’s Ecowill Engineering Group. Together, the two parties will work to develop a new hydrogen fuel solution for the Colombian market
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Toyota joins London Hydrogen Partnership
3 April, 2013The development of a hydrogen economy in London will help support the Mayor’s ambitions to secure new jobs and investment whilst at the same time reducing environmental impact in the capital.
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EU Fuel Economy Rule to Create More Jobs
3 April, 2013Robust fuel efficiency standards for cars could create up to 443,000 new jobs by 2030 and add €16 billion per year to Europe’s GDP, according to the first economic study of the effects of CO2 legislation on the auto-industry.
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EASE LAUNCH EVENT
3 April, 2013EASE, the European Association for Storage of Energy, and EERA, the European Energy Research Alliance will launch of the “EASE/EERA Joint Recommendations for a European Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap towards 2030
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27 Hydrogen Refuelling stations open world wide in 2012
3 April, 2013Twenty-seven new hydrogen refuelling stations opened worldwide in 2012, bringing the total number of hydrogen refuelling stations in operation to 208 as of March 2013.
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No mentioning of role of hydrogen in EU energy and climate 2030 Framework
28 March, 2013The EU Commission published its Green Paper on a 2030 Framework for Energy and Climate Policy on March 27, 2013
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Connecting Eastern Europe to Clean Power for Transport: Romanian Hy-Ways
12 March, 2013“Why not trying to be among the first this time?” asked prof. Eden Mamut, Secretary General of Black Sea Universities Network introducing  the initiative Romanian Hy-Ways
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EHA National Member Associations at Hannover Messe 2013
5 March, 2013EHA is organising its annual presence, together with our German, Spanish, Latvian and Italian organisations at the H2 and FC Group Exhibit
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