TRA 2012 Transport Research Arena – Athens Greece
1 February, 2012The Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference to take place April 23-26th is an initiative of its organizing stakeholders, (CEDR, ERTRAC, ERRAC, WATERBORNE and EU) for on»
Chances and Challenges EU and Hungary
3 October, 2011On 29 September, in view of parliamentary discussions on the national energy strategy, the Hungarian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association hosted a workshop for the public. At the event, EHA met with the deputy secretary of energy to address hydrogen’s role within the national energy strategy. on»
Getting the Market to Pick up Pace
30 September, 2011Recent events within the French Hydrogen Community have taken place to merge The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform (HyPaC) and the “Association Française de l’Hydrogène” (AFH2). In result the new French Association for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (AFHYPAC) has now stepped forward as the national reference point for the government and industry in the field of hydrogen and fuel cells. In an effort to learn more about the new organisation and next actions in France, EHA sought to discuss with Claude Derive. In the past, Claude Derive has worked with a large utility company in France, mainly in the field of research in energy : clean coal, nuclear, solar, hydrogen. He is now retired and sits as Chairman the Board of the French Association for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells “AFHYPAC”. on»
29 September, 2011National Governments are stepping up support of hydrogen in clean energy and transport systems! Recently new funding announcements of several national governments in Europe seem to indicate that the role of hydrogen in clean transport is becoming more and more recognized. Denmark has established 97 million Danish Krones (13 million Euros) will be applied for the development of hydrogen and fuel cells. The Netherlands  aims to facilitate a sufficient infrastructure build up of hydrogen refuelling network to attact the first fuel cell hydrogen car fleets, buses trucks as well as passenger cars with a budget of 5 mln is set aside for these efforts. A total of 3 calls for project proposals strictly in the field of hydrogen technologies will be launched in France up till the end of 2011.  The projects surround the demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, stationary applications, and energy storage. The UK recently opened the first public refuelling station in the country. In view of these developments the EHA recently initiated a dialogue with the FCH JU to step up the EHA’s support in accelerating the engagement of national decision makers in the further roll-out of fuel cell and hydrogen applications and necessary infrastructure. Through its 20 national member associations, the EHA is well placed to inform national stakeholders about EU policy developments and activities in other Member States to stimulate more political and budget commitment. On the other hand EU policy makers need to be updated on recent developments and achievements at national level in order to integrate more support for hydrogen developments in EU programs. In order to leverage this unique position of the EHA and its national associations it is increasingly important to gather information on what is happening at national level and to establish a regular and consistent collaboration with key decision makers at national level to communicate the latest developments. The EHA is presenting updates on the results of the EU funded projects in hydrogen demonstration and deployment at several national association meetings and conferences in Europe, last month in Scotland (WHTC 2011) and Hungary (Chances and Challenges for EU and Hungary). Do not hesitate to contact the EHA secretariat to organize a presentation at one of your events in the near future at: on»
29 August, 2011Hydrogen and Fuel Cell transport is breaking barriers and records! The Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, with support of Linde Benelux, built a fuel cell powered formula 1 race car, The FORZE IV. The vehicle broke a fuel cell car record on August 16, 2011 in the Hague, Netherlands. Covering the 1/8th mile in just 10,459 seconds, it beat the previous record by one second! The EHA took the opportunity to interview Jaco Reijerkerk, Head of Business Development Linde Gas Benelux to get his view on the event and the developments in the hydrogen industry. Hamburg, a pioneer in hydrogen bus demonstration in Europe is progressing in full speed as the most recent city to bring new Fuel Cell Hydrogen (FCH) powered buses in regular public transport service. The next cities to follow include Aargau (CH), Bolzano/Bozen (IT), Milan (IT) and Oslo (NO). Earlier this year, London and Cologne also saw the start of FCH bus operation. All mentioned cities are linked to the Clean Hydrogen In European Cities (CHIC) project. In view of the European Council meeting which will address non-budgetary ways to support transport infrastructure build up, EHA in a joint effort with the FCH JU Programme Office, NEW IG and NERGHY , submitted a letter to European Council members on the occasion of the EU Transport Council the beginning of September, underlining the need a comprehensive support strategy and incentives to facilitate the rapid build up of new infrastructure for clean fuels in view of the new TEN T Guidelines. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) closed its 4th call for proposals on August 18th 2011. Results of the evaluations will be available at the end of September 2011. The EHA’s contribution to the dissemination of 5 FCH JU running projects has demonstrated the EHA’s work as an effective communication and information instrument. The EHA over the summer has facilitiated the development of proposals consortia for the current FCH JU 2011 Call and, under the umbrella of FAST, has been included in 3 project proposals which involve the topics of Energy Storage, Training for Emergency Responders and a demp projects for Fuel Cell Forklift Trucks. Increasingly our colleagues in new EU Member States are stepping up their efforts to engage their politicians in hydrogen development. As the Hungarian government is preparing its national energy strategy the Hungarian Hydrogen Association will be hosting a workshop on the 29th of September in Budapest to present the role of hydrogen to local and national officials with regards to opportunities and challenges in national energy and transport systems. The EHA will be presenting the results of the current FCH JU projects it is involved in (see under EHA Project Info) at this event. on»
Commission adopts proposal Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020
30 June, 2011The Commission on June 29, 2011 presented its proposal Council Regulation  laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 that should facilitate business-driven research and innovation through the use of public funding to leverage private investments. on»
Clean Vehicles at Brussels Motor Show 2011
30 December, 2010The European Hydrogen Association visited this year's European Motor Show on January 20th, in Brussels. Each car manufacturer underlined energy efficiency by presenting at least one on»
Hydrogen at EC Energy Storage Infoday
11 December, 2010The EU Commission on December 10 , 2010 organized a well attended infoday on large scale energy storage, a € 30 mln topic in its on»
World Energy Outlook 2010 includes scenario on governements’ Climate actions
10 November, 2010The 2010 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) was released on 9 November and it provides updated projections of energy demand, production, trade and on»
UK Brighton-London Future Car Challenge features Toyota FCHV-ad and Honda FCX Clarity
6 November, 2010The RAC Future Car Challenge is a  new motoring challenge for electric, hybrid and low-emission Cars, LCV’s and Motorcycles to use the lowest energy on»