f-cell – Back to the Roots

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The conference room was as crowded as ever.

In 18 years of managing the f-cell show, its organizers have seen many trends, and businesses, come and go. Some companies that used to exhibit at the event no longer exist. Some of the speakers at past events have worked for multiple employers in the meantime. And before last year’s decision to move back to Stuttgart’s Haus der Wirtschaft, the show itself took place on the city’s showgrounds.

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Double the eMove360° Experience

On Oct. 16, 2018, the eMove360° show in Munich was no longer an event that attracted mainly fans of battery-powered vehicles. For the first time, it featured a conference on fuel cell cars, attended by around three dozen people. However, the main question during this eMove360° Fuel Cell Conference, which took place at the same time as the show, was not whether battery or fuel cell vehicles would make it on the market but if and how the technologies could be combined.

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Linde Invests in Hydrogen

Industrial gases producer Linde has a new hydrogen production system in Leuna, providing more evidence of the company’s shift in strategic focus. On Oct. 24, 2018, Linde announced that it would add another hydrogen liquefier to its chemical manufacturing facilities in Saxony-Anhalt. The unit, scheduled to come online in 2021, would double production capacity to ten metric tons of hydrogen a day and would, like the old one, be linked to the regional pipeline system

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ETC Swears by Hydrogen

nproxxUK-based Enrichment Technology Company, or ETC for short, has decided to split its German E&MS subsidiary into two: On Sept. 27, 2018, it announced separate contact numbers for the new companies located in Jülich, where Nproxx Jülich has been put in charge of constructing hydrogen tanks, while Pronexos will manufacture carbon-fiber composites and rollers, among other things.

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Brussels Passes RED II

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Miguel A. Canete, © European Commission, E. Ansotte

After three years of negotiations, the RED II bill was accepted by the European Commission, Parliament and Council in mid-June. Now, the parliament and council will need to make the agreement legally binding by approving the text of the renewable energy directive.

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Plansee Shuts Down Fuel Cell Division

Plansee SE, which specializes in high-temperature materials and is based in Reutte, Austria, will discontinue its fuel cell business. Early this year, management had announced that the company intended to refocus attention on core operations, namely molybdenum and wolfram production, and abandon research on metal-supported fuel cells. It is said, however, that Global Tungsten & Powders, a fully owned Plansee subsidiary headquartered in Towanda, USA, will continue

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Free Tickets for emove360

As a media partner of the emove360° Europe, the trade magazine HZwei once again offers free trade visitor tickets this year. All readers of the magazine for hydrogen, fuel cells and electromobility as well as subscribers of the newsletter can register in advance with a special code in order to receive free access to the exhibition grounds. The emove360° Europe will take place from 16 to 18 October 2018 in Munich.

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France Invests in a Hydrogen Future

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Nicolas Hulot, © Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire

Compared to other countries in Europe, France has launched a sizeable number of projects on hydrogen and fuel cells. Reportedly, the latest plan of the government is to move far beyond current figures: In early June, former environment minister Nicolas Hulot, a member of EELV, France’s Green Party, said that France would provide EUR 100 million to support the technologies over the coming years. He also presented a road map in the hopes that hydrogen can be integrated

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CO2 Proves a Valuable Resource

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Carbon dioxide (left) can be used in several ways, © thyssenkrupp

Here’s an intriguing idea: Don’t burn off most waste gases produced by steelmaking but turn them into basic chemicals and capture the carbon dioxide they contain instead of discharging it into the air. It is an idea with only one caveat, in that it will most likely take another 15 years before industrial-scale systems are available. Still, thyssenkrupp has taken the first step by starting its Carbon2Chem® project in Duisburg in mid-September.

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