ITM Power (NASDAQ: ITMPF) is the first R&D fuel cell business from the UK making the jump onto the British stock exchange. ITM manufacturers power-to-gas systems, H2 filling stations and electrolyzers. Currently, it is working on a module-based electrolyzer that could allow for combinations offering up to 100 MW capacity.
Georgios “Jorgo” Chatzimarkakis was born in Duisburg, Germany, in 1966. He holds German and Greek nationality, a degree in agriculture and politics from the University of Bonn, and even back then, he had already showed a strong interest in economic history and international and European law, making his entry into politics an easier one. He went on to work for Germany’s Foreign Office, as a business consultant, as an associate professor in the field of European Politics and until 2014 for Germany’s Free Democrats
Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, sent a clear signal during her opening tour of this year’s Hannover Messe on April 24, 2017. Together with Poland’s prime minister, Beata Szydło, she went to Energy hall 27 to take a closer look at a fuel cell bus, something that created a cheerful mood among the exhibitors at the joint booth Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries set up right next to the vehicle.
Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of the European Commission’s Energy Union, spent twenty minutes during Hannover Messe to discuss the role of green hydrogen in the energy transformation with representatives from industry. The conversation at NOW’s booth was followed by the DWV and industry representatives presenting Šefčovič with a position paper by the industry. It called on the European Commission to consider a legislative change
On March 30, 2017, the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association organized a parliamentary evening at the French embassy in Germany’s capital of Berlin. The embassy had already been the venue for a similar meeting between politicians and industry representatives three years ago. The topic was the economic feasibility of hydrogen transportation, this time including rail and maritime applications besides the much-discussed issue of road vehicles.
The marketing of fuel cell buses has begun: The successful completion of several showcase projects (see HZwei issues from January 2011 and 2014 and March 2017) and the conclusion of the CHIC conference in London late last year were followed this January by the launch of the Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe, or JIVE for short, and MEHRLIN
Although Daimler, Ford and Nissan have been working together since 2013 to develop a fuel cell system, Symbio FCell has had its own collaboration project with Nissan to design an H2 range extender. At the FC Expo in Tokyo this March (see Japan Leads the Way), Symbio – by its own account, the “European leader of hydrogen mobility solutions”
At the Geneva International Motor Show, Korean carmaker Hyundai unveiled its new fuel cell concept study, the FE Fuel Cell Concept. It offers a glimpse into the fourth vehicle generation boasting much higher output and an extended range. The fuel cell unit is said to be twenty per cent lighter and ten per cent more efficient than in previous models, which would raise energy density by thirty per cent.
The head of Swatch, Nick Hayek, intends to use the company group’s subsidiaries Belenos and Renata to establish a second stream of income by developing electric cars with vanadium batteries. After many years of work, they are said to be tested soon in China. In summer 2015, Swatch had announced its decision to stop the development of fuel cell versions and transfer activities in this field to Groupe E
The success of marketing a new technology hinges on the number of people who know how to install, maintain and repair it properly. In 2014, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking launched the KnowHy project to disseminate knowledge of fuel cell technologies that had reached near-market maturity. Supported by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program, the project became more detailed as the years passed. Now fully developed, it will continue until 2020.