On Aug. 1, 2017, Peter Röttgen became the new CEO of Germany’s Federal Renewable Energy Federation, or BEE for short. He replaced Harald Uphoff, who served as interim CEO after Hermann Falk left BEE in 2016. Röttgen had previously served as deputy head at the State Office of Mining, Energy and Geology in the German state of Lower Saxony and later as manager of the Energy Storage Innovation Center at E.ON until the company decided to split operations.
It’s been around three years since publisher Springer Verlag released the first edition of its guidebook “Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen – Technologien und Marktperspektiven”, written by Johannes Töpler and Jochen Lehmann. In late 2017, an extended and updated version hit the shelves, again comprehensively informing readers about hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Taking account of recent debates, this second edition in German grew by more than 80 pages to include a new chapter on hydrogen storage in underground caverns and one about power-to-X. To make up for the somewhat high price tag, it comes with a non-transferrable coupon that a buyer can use to download the e-book version.
Diamond Lite, a Swiss engineering firm founded by Hansjörg Vock in Herisau in 1982, used to be something of a European office for products by American electrolyzer manufacturer Proton OnSite. That changed last summer, when it was purchased by Swiss energy services provider Alpiq Holding, based in Lausanne, on June 30. With the acquisition of Diamond Lite, Alpiq has made a strategic investment in its growth markets.
Many see great promise in hydrogen as a fuel for zero-emission transportation and a raw material in the industrial sector. Not only has the number of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles been steadily on the rise. The fulfillment of COP climate targets will eventually require large quantities of the compound, for example, in refineries, steel processing and the basic chemical industry. What is needed is a reliable system to track and certify exactly where the green hydrogen comes from and how it is produced.
Hydrogeit Verlag’s most recently added information service, H2-international, has become a fixture of the international hydrogen and fuel cell community. Since its foundation in the summer of 2015, the e-Journal on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells has been offering translations of articles published in the German trade journal HZwei. Its reach is steadily growing.
The Hydrogen Council used the COP23 climate change conference to present a new report titled “Hydrogen, Scaling up.” Featuring contributions by consulting firm McKinsey, it describes a roadmap for advancing the large-scale introduction of hydrogen and assessing its impact on transforming the energy sector. According to the study, the gas could help cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 20 percent of the 2050 targets, or around 6 gigatons.
The takeover of Heliocentris by Odasco nearly a year ago was meant to save the ailing business, but it is now clear that the attempt at a turnaround has failed. When newly founded Odasco Heliocentris Europe filed for bankruptcy on Aug. 3, 2017, work at both company locations, Wendlingen and Munich, had already halted. Proceedings started Sept. 1 last year.