During this year’s f-cell, which took place on 10 and 11 September 2019 in Stuttgart, a look into the future was taken and the question of how hydrogen can make the transport sector more climate-friendly was answered.
In the House of Economy studies were discussed which had just been published and which had already provided a lot of material for discussion when they were published. For example, the life cycle analysis of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, in which battery and fuel cell cars were compared on behalf of H2 Mobility, was presented. It states that FC cars are more economical than battery cars for vehicles with a range of several hundred kilometres from the point of view of climate protection.
The discussion with presenter Jürgen Pfeiffer, who discussed the best mix of alternative drive technologies with H2 Mobility boss Nikolas Iwan, among others, was also interesting again. In the context of this panel discussion, the infrastructure study of the Ludwig Boelkow Foundation by Dr. Ulrich Bünger, which was carried out with the help of the ADAC Foundation, was also mentioned.
Valuable input from abroad came from the French bus manufacturer Safra, which presented its bus concept based on hybrid technology. His model Businova is an electric bus whose battery is powered by a 30 kW fuel cell so that it can cover about 300 km. A ten-member delegation from China was arriving this year to exchange ideas with local exhibitors and participants. A workshop entitled “Doing Business in China” was also offered. Hans-Werner Kulenkampff traveled from Chile to explain why this South American country is traded as an insider tip in the PtX sector.
New this year was the 24-Hour-Hydrogen-Challenge, which was held in the run-up to f-cell. This 24-hour rally started on Monday, 9 September, in which various teams in Stuttgart had to head for various checkpoints on a self-chosen route across Germany within one day. Although this was the first German hydrogen challenge, it was also the 5th hydrogen challenge organised by the Dutch organisers. The winners were announced at the evening event on 10 September, at which the f-cell awards were also presented.