Fuel Cell Buses to Arrive in 2022 at the Earliest

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A semi-integrated motor home based on the Concept Sprinter F-Cell, © Daimler

At first, Daimler announced that it wanted to use fuel cells in light commercial vehicles. However, a few days later, news broke that the automaker planned to offer buses equipped with the technology as well, provided tests in a reasonable amount of time between 2020 and 2022 are successful. The decision is exemplary of the latest trend in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry to refocus efforts on commercial transportation.

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Powerful and Highly Adaptable

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New testing environment, © IAV

Fuel cells are regarded as easy-to-handle, high-performance devices. When used in electric vehicles, they are a viable alternative to the battery-only option. They can be refueled in just a few minutes, offer a high range, and remain operational even in low-temperature settings. Plus, they are closely linked to renewable sources of energy. As hydrogen is en route to becoming the main method for storing renewable electricity

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The Most Sought-After Electric Vehicle Option

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Some components of the Nexo will soon find their way into a VW vehicle, © Hyundai

The Hyundai Motor Group, based in South Korea, is one of few automakers that offer fuel cell vehicles on the market. In mid-June, it announced that it would support Audi’s work in the field and both corporations have since signed an agreement about cross-licensing patents. The contract expressly mentions the group companies that are part of the endeavor.

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50th Hydrogen Station Goes to Potsdam

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Shell station in Lohfelden, © H2 Mobility

Nearly every week in August, a new hydrogen station came online somewhere in Germany. The H2.Live map by H2 Mobility showed fueling pumps being added in Weiterstadt, Ratingen, Munich (on Verdistrasse) and Stuhr-Großmackenstedt at the Stuhr autobahn interchange near Bremen. There are five commercial hydrogen fueling stations up and running in the state of Hesse alone. The most recent addition was a pump at the SVG truck stop Lohfeldener Rüssel near Kassel

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H2Congress Shows China Widens Gap

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A visibly relaxed Stijn van Els giving one last presentation shortly before his retirement.

Every two years, the H2Congress takes place in North Rhine-Westphalia’s state office in Berlin. And if there is one technology that has grown in popularity throughout past conferences, it was hydrogen. So it seems only fitting that this year’s event, held June 6 and 7, placed the emphasis on electrolysis and power-to-gas, that is, the economic implications of hydrogen use in transportation and energy markets.

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H2 Well Launched in Sonneberg

H2wellA new coalition has formed in middle Germany to instigate an era of structural change in the region stretching from northern Franconia in Bavaria to the south of Saxony Anhalt. The goal of “H2 Well – a source of hydrogen and added value along the Main and Elbe river” is to establish a decentralized hydrogen economy in several states.

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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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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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Green Gas From Abroad?

denaEco-gas such as hydrogen or methane produced from renewable electricity is widely regarded as central to effective climate change policy. But if the latest predictions are any indication, Germany will need to import most of it. This doesn’t bode well for a shift in attitude, as much of the natural gas consumed in the country is shipped in from abroad as well. It is doubtful that continuing the practice with eco-friendlier imports

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Elcore Business Continues

Following Elcore’s acquisition by Freudenberg, many former business partners didn’t know what would happen to the fuel cell heaters manufactured by the company. Manfred Stefener, formerly Elcore’s chief executive and now the head of its 40-staff office in Munich, told H2-international that Elcore would continue selling 2400 Plus devices as well as support existing installations. One of the only changes had been the logo, which now showed the symbol of the new owner, Weinheim-based company Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, one of the largest business units of the Freudenberg Group.

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