Building Continues in Grenzach-Wyhlen

Constructing the power-to-gas system, © Energiedienst

Construction continues on a new power-to-gas system in Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany, despite considerable opposition. A citizens’ initiative had tried to remove the site from consideration, but Freiburg’s regional authority approved it in mid-March, as the hydrogen-producing facility met federal pollution standards (see H2-international, March 2017). Nevertheless, there have been calls to verify that, once started up, the system would comply with the noise limits set by law.

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eMove360° Adds Fuel Cells

The eMove360° Europe show, which will be held Oct. 16 through 18, is poised to welcome the fuel cell industry into the fold. The show’s organizer, MunichExpo, has partnered up with the German DWV – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, among others, to schedule a Fuel Cell Conference for the first day of the event. It is said to be attended by representatives for high-profile companies such as Alstom, Daimler and Toyota.

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Linde Ends BeeZero

© Linde

In mid-2016, industrial gas supplier Linde took the novel approach of creating a free-floating carshare program that offered only fuel cell vehicles. The corporation founded a subsidiary named Linde Hydrogen Concepts to buy 50 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars, which customers could book via an app and pick up at public parking lots instead of designated rental stations.

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Werner Tillmetz Retires From ZSW

W. Tillmetz, © ZSW

Professor Werner Tillmetz will step down from his roles as a board member of the German Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Center, or ZSW for short, and the director of its electrochemical energy division this fall. “I’ll turn 63 in September, at which point I’m allowed to retire,” he told H2-international. “Considering the projects that have been underway, from NIP 2 to H2 Mobility, I think the hydrogen and fuel cell community has made good progress

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DWV – Management Stays On

Award winners Maybee, Breitwieser and Holst (from left), with Scheppat and Diwald

The German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) has reelected its board members to serve in their current capacities for another two years. Efforts undertaken in the last two had borne fruit, its chairman, Werner Diwald, said at the annual meeting, held May 30. He added that much had been accomplished in Germany and throughout Europe. The next goal was to professionalize the organization as soon as possible.

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Once Acta, now Enapter

Sebastian-Justus Schmidt

So far, we’ve closely followed the developments unfolding at Berlin-based fuel cell supplier Heliocentris and the takeover of its locations in Germany (see H2-international, May 2017 and January 2018). We also reported about the comeback of FutureE and the spin-off of Home Power Solutions. And recently, we sat down with Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, owner of Enapter, to find out what happened to Heliocentris’ subsidiary in Tuscany.

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Hydrogen to store wind power

60-bar alkaline high-pressure electrolyzer, © BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Hydrogen is of central importance to a German market that is becoming increasingly interwoven. What makes the gas the ideal chemical energy carrier is that it can provide not only the heat and power sector with a long-term storage option, but also vehicles with electricity and the chemical industry with a raw material. The authors of studies focused on the overall system estimate the requirements in 2050 to total 110 gigawatts for electrolysis

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Communities discover their love for electric carsharing


Sprakebüll is a small German village, west of Flensburg, where wet meadows extend as far as the eye can see. Most of the village’s population of 240 has worked in agriculture for decades. About 20 years ago, 24 of them pooled their resources to fund a community wind farm. The investment was seen as a risky venture, as the technology was still new, but wind is one thing the region has in abundance.

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Hydrogen refueling vs. electric charging

Supply chains examined in the study, © H2 Mobility / FZ Jülich

Electric motors are the key to sustainable transportation. One of the features that all-electric and fuel cell vehicles have in common is the absence of local emissions. Their lack of harmful pollutants can improve people’s quality of life, especially in highly populated conurbations. What is needed now is a supply chain

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