Great Wall Motor remains in China

H2.Live/Card
H2.Live/Card, © H2 Mobility

Great Wall Motor (GWM) did not join H2 Mobility as originally planned. At the end of October 2018, a press release stated that the Chinese market leader for off-road vehicles and pickups wanted to invest in the German hydrogen filling station network. Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 Mobility, told the FAZ that he had contacted GWM at the beginning of 2018.

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Continuous infrastructure support

Lower Saxony's Environment Minister Olaf Lies (l.) inaugurated the new H2 station directly at the exhibition grounds in Laatzen during the Hanover Fair.
Lower Saxony’s Environment Minister Olaf Lies (l.) inaugurated the new H2 station directly at the exhibition grounds in Laatzen during the Hanover Fair, © Shell

Since the number of hydrogen filling stations in Germany is unstoppably approaching the three-digit range, the inauguration celebrations are becoming smaller and the press releases fewer. Most recently, numerous high-ranking industry representatives and politicians appeared at the 50th H2 station in Potsdam.

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Great demand for HyStarter

Stephan Weil demanded during the Hannover Messe: "Hydrogen technology from Lower Saxony for Lower Saxony and the rest of the world - all over the world."
Stephan Weil demanded during the Hannover Messe: “Hydrogen technology from Lower Saxony for Lower Saxony and the rest of the world – all over the world.”

The real laboratories are now to give fresh impetus to new energy technologies. Greater room for manoeuvre in regional projects should enable local business concepts to be tested first and then implemented on a larger scale nationwide. There’s a lot of interest in it: By the beginning of April 2019, project outlines could be submitted and, as has been confirmed by various parties, the call was oversubscribed several times.

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A hydrogen village in Bitterfeld

System components of the H2 infrastructure: above-ground pipe bridge and gas pressure regulator station
System components of the H2 infrastructure: above-ground pipe bridge and gas pressure regulator station, © Michael Setzpfandt

Hydrogen is considered by many to be the energy source of the future. It can be generated from renewable energies and utilised in different sectors for material and energy production, which is referred to as sector coupling. However, the distribution of hydrogen in particular is the subject of numerous discussions.

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Wind rescuers at the Minister of Economic Affairs

Dr. Buchholz (centre) surrounded by wind rescuer supporters
Dr. Buchholz (centre) surrounded by wind rescuer supporters

Not only the movement “Fridays for Future” has many supporters at the moment, also the “Windretter” have a lot of supporters behind them. On 10 April 2019, the initiator Sybille Riepe handed over an open letter with 4,105 signatures to the Minister of Economics of Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Bernd Klaus Buchholz.

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Bosch is to build fuel cells

PowerCell and Bosch are working together on the production of FC stacks for mobile applications.
PowerCell and Bosch are working together on the production of FC stacks, © Bosch

At the end of April 2019, Bosch made a loud and clear commitment to fuel cells by announcing its intention to produce FC stacks for mobile applications together with PowerCell Sweden AB in the future. According to a press release, Robert Bosch GmbH wants to “prepare the breakthrough of technology for trucks and passenger cars”.

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MAN joins H-Tec Systems

T. Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMWi (l.), in front of the GP Joule Electrolyzer at the Hannover Messe with F. Zimmermann
T. Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMWi (l.), in front of the GP Joule Electrolyzer at the Hannover Messe with F. Zimmermann

MAN is a vehicle and mechanical engineering group and is commonly associated with combustion engines and commercial vehicles. This is now likely to change, as the subsidiary of Volkswagen AG has held 40 percent of the shares in H-Tec Systems GmbH, an electrolyser manufacturer, since the end of March 2019.

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Refining renewable energies

"This is how we imagine the future," explained GP Joule CEO O. Petersen to Energy Turnaround Minister J. P. Albrecht (centre); right: Exhibition boss A. Petersen
“This is how we imagine the future,” explained GP Joule CEO O. Petersen to Energy Turnaround Minister J. P. Albrecht (centre); right: Exhibition boss A. Petersen

“Let’s refine renewable energies – we as an industry would be ready.” With these words Mai-Inken Knackfuß, Managing Director of watt_2.0, opened the New Energy Days, which took place from 21 to 24 March 2019 in Husum. The H2.0 conference was the prelude to this event. More than 120 participants came to the NordseeCongressCentrum to inform themselves about a green hydrogen economy in the regions. This was complemented by the public trade fair New Energy Home and the trade fair New Energy Expert, which brought both consumers and experts up to date in the energy sector with a total of around 90 exhibitors.

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Energy storage systems are crucial

ESE, Halle 8b.
ESE, Halle 8b.

The core statements of Messe Düsseldorf were contradictory: On the one hand, Hans Werner Reinhard, the managing director of the trade fair company, explained: “A new industry is emerging here. […] We want to have the central platform for energy storage in Germany.” On the other hand, he stated that the exhibitor figures for 2019 were “rather in a horizontal movement”:

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