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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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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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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Stralsund has written H2 history

Prof. Jochen Lehmann with his first FC system from Warsitz, Sunnyvale, from 1994.
Prof. Jochen Lehmann with his first FC system from Warsitz from 1994.

It all started almost forty years ago. At that time his interest in energy brought him to hydrogen. Since then Prof. Jochen Lehmann, a veteran of the German H2 industry, has achieved a lot: He initiated the installation of the complex laboratory Alternative Energy at the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund with the world’s first hydrogen storage power plant, …

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Hydrogen and WindEnergy

Where is the best place to demonstrate how hydrogen and wind power technology can grow together in the future? Northern Germany is certainly predestined for this. This is why Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH with its WindEnergy has now set a clear course for offering both technologies a common platform at the world’s leading trade fair for wind power.

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130 hydrogen filling stations by 2021

Nikolas Iwan
Nikolas Iwan.

The expansion of the H2 infrastructure continues – albeit much slower than it could be. The declared goal of having 100 hydrogen refuelling sites in Germany is expected to be achieved by mid-2020 – more than a year later than originally planned. By the end of 2021, 10 to 15 new locations are to be added each year.

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Growth and strengthening

A. Steinau, J. Starr, S. Beck (from left to right)
A. Steinau, J. Starr, S. Beck (from left to right), © CEP

At the annual meeting of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) at the end of 2019, a new management trio came together. Jörg Starr of Audi, who was recently elected Chairman of the Board, was joined by two Co-Chairs: Stefanie Beck from Toyota and André Steinau from GP Joule.

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