Flexible, stretchable bio-fuel cell

Energy supply of a diode on the forearm via welding.
© CNRS/University Grenoble Alpes

In an international collaboration, scientists have developed a kind of “bio-fuel cell” that can be worn directly on the body and supplied with energy by sweat alone. At the end of September 2019, French researchers from the Département de Chimie Moléculaire (DCM), a research unit comprising CNRS (National Center De La Recherche Scientifique) and the Université Grenoble Alpes, together with …

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Unknown and expensive

Coming in spring 2020 - the eLecta 300
Coming in spring 2020 – the eLecta 300, © Remeha

After the gas industry, the heating industry is now also increasingly relying on hydrogen. Although the absolute sales figures for fuel cell heaters are still low, a clear growth trend can be observed. In 2019, the number of funding applications rose by 30 percent compared with the same period of the previous year.

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CDU/CSU ministers commit themselves to hydrogen

Participants of Stakeholder Conference for the National Hydrogen Strategy (NSW).
Participants of Stakeholder Conference for the National Hydrogen Strategy

Hardly anyone had expected such a rush. 300 participants were expected. But then 600 registered, and finally 700 came to the stakeholder conference for the National Hydrogen Strategy on 5 November 2019 in Berlin. However, the great interest is not really surprising, as a total of four federal ministries sent out invitations.

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Perhaps the most interesting energy source

Thomas Bareiß
Thomas Bareiß

Hydrogen has now reached the highest political level: Even before the summer break, Chancellor Angela Merkel had already spoken out in favour of an H2 strategy for Germany. It was therefore she who set the course for the energy turnaround, even before Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmeier publicly announced the presentation of a corresponding concept at the end of the year.

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Economies of scale achievable quickly

Claus Möhlenkamp
Claus Möhlenkamp, © Freudenberg

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST) is regarded as one of the pioneers of fuel cell technology, at least in Germany. The globally active seal manufacturer is one of those automotive suppliers who see the far-reaching changes in the mobility sector as an opportunity. With the purchase of battery manufacturer XALT Energy and parts of FC supplier Elcore in 2018, the basis was laid.

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Remanufacturing – the ultimate recycling economy

Remanufacturing process of a PEM stack and its manufacturing cost structure.
Remanufacturing process of a PEM stack and its cost structure.

According to official statistics, waste management in Germany comprises the entire recycling economy. It differentiates between waste generation, further use and recycling as well as waste disposal. The legal basis is the Recycling Economy Act (KrWG), which is geared towards waste avoidance and recycling with the aim of protecting the environment.

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Batteries for passenger cars – Fuel cells for trucks

The designers of the HDC-6-NEPTUNE Concept were inspired by the Streamliner Railway (1936-1959).
Design of the HDC-6-NEPTUNE Concept, inspired by the Streamliner Railway, © Hyundai Motor

Two years ago, the interest of German truck manufacturers and freight forwarders in fuel cells was extremely low. It’s different today. Almost all logistics companies are now in some way concerned with the question of what fuel their vehicles will be powered by in the future.

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Acceptance of P2X technologies by young people

Knowledge of power generation, hydrogen as a storage medium and battery electric mobility (n = 510/1.036).
Knowledge of power generation, hydrogen as a storage medium and battery electric mobility (n = 510/1.036).

As part of the social science study “Invisible Kids” in the Copernicus Project P2X, the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), the WWF and DECHEMA examined the acceptance of P2X technologies among young people and adults in comparison.

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An entrepreneur who is doing something

Jan-Justus Schmidt explains the completed Microgrid.
Jan-Justus Schmidt explains the completed Microgrid.

Sebastian-Justus Schmidt is not only an unusual name. The man with that name is also an extraordinary person – and he does things that are anything but ordinary. In October 2019 sent out invitations to Thailand so that he could present his idea of a microgrid, a small, self-sufficient energy supply system.

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