Fuel cell buses emit no air pollutants or environmentally harmful gases. They can run an entire day without the need for refueling and offer operators the same flexibility as diesel vehicles. Fifty-four fuel cell buses and nine hydrogen filling stations were tested in day-to-day operation during the Clean Hydrogen in European Cities project from 2010 to 2016. The results were presented in London at the Zero Emission Bus Conference on Nov. 30, 2016.
An increasing number of German cities follow the example of Hamburg and stipulate the use of only zero-emission buses in public transportation starting in 2020 – Berlin’s senate among them. The transit authorities of the German state were instructed to purchase only buses without combustion engines from 2020 to ensure that the state government can meet federal and EU climate protection goals throughout the next decade.
On Dec. 1, 2016, Nikola Motor Company presented its first hydrogen truck. Founder and CEO Trevor Milton unveiled the Nikola One in front of 600 invited guests at the company’s headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. The truck is a concept study of an electric semi equipped with a large lithium-ion battery pack and a fuel cell.
The collected works of Peter Hoffmann, the editor of The Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Letter, have now been preserved for posterity and are available as part of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Archives. This database contains all newsletters that Hoffmann published jointly with his wife, Sarah, from 1986 up till his untimely death in April 2014 as well as the information gathered by Fuel Cells 2000 and the newsletters by the International Association for Hydrogen Energy.
The transportation sector is moving forward again: After a years-long debate and much reporting about fuel cell use in passenger cars, a breath of new life has been given to maritime, railroad and aviation applications. Especially many of the stakeholders in the maritime industry see great market potential for fuel cell units, as environmental regulations are gradually putting pressure on the oft-used diesel technology.
Although numerous critics had hardly thought it possible anymore because of years-long delays, fuel cell heating systems have entered the market. Several manufacturers of heating appliances have added power and heat units running on natural gas to their portfolio. One of them is Thermondo, a young heating installation company operating across Germany, which has been offering condensing boilers since last year.
Reusing carbon dioxide over and again in a closed process would be an optimal solution for protecting our environment. A demonstration system doing exactly what is needed has been running in one of Exytron’s showrooms at Rostock Port since September 2015. About 50 meters or 164 feet away from the wharf at the Unterwarnow, the river flowing through the old part of this Hanseatic city, you will find the headquarters of a young business that won the Start-up GreenTec Award at the end of April last year.
This year will be the twenty-third in the history of the joint booth Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries at the Hannover trade show (April 24 through 28). And since the industry meeting has proved to be a good networking platform, Tobias Renz FAIR and Deutsche Messe will also organize a similar booth at the American trade show this year. The Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America will take place from Sept. 10 to 13 during the Solar Power International in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
From March 1 through 3, 2017, the FC Expo will again be held in Tokyo, Japan. This year will be the ninth time that Peter Sauber Agentur Messen und Kongresse organizes a German pavilion at the International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo. Bearing the slogan “Hydrogen and fuel cells made in Germany,” the pavilion will offer German businesses and institutions a joint booth of around 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) for networking opportunities in the Asian country. According to Silke Frank, official representative of Peter Sauber, the pavilion has been “the biggest of this trade show for years.”
Even at the IAA Commercial Vehicles from Sept. 22 to 29, 2016, electric transportation was talked about – albeit not very much. For example, Volkswagen presented his e-Crafter concept study, which even EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger and federal transportation minister Alexander Dobrindt paid a visit during their trade show tour. Delivery of the first units of this electric transporter with a top speed of 80 kph (50 mph) is expected for this year.