Ten years ago, Hydrogeit Verlag printed its first issue of the HZwei magazine – the German counterpart of H2-international. Entitled “H2Tec” in 2000, the Magazine for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells had been published for six years prior under SunMedia before the people responsible for it intended to go their separate ways – because the industry hadn’t advanced as quickly as they had expected.
A former state secretary with the German health ministry succeeds a former state secretary for the chancellor – albeit not politically but in a lobby group. Hildegard Müller, who became a member of the German parliament in 2002 and worked closely with Chancellor Angela Merkel between 2005 and 2008, stepped down from her post as chair of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) at the end of January this year.
Is that already the market for fuel cell heating systems which everyone has worked toward for so long? No, not quite, because the Technology Rollout Program (TEP) has not yet come into force. And as long as neither manufacturers nor customers have some kind of planning security, nothing will happen. That much became clear during the SHK Essen in Germany. But TEP could apparently become a reality this summer
The next Formula E race in Germany won’t play out on the Tempelhof Field – as originally planned – but in former East Berlin. As the area that used to be the city’s airport was repurposed this year, the organizers agreed on a May 21 race track exactly on the border between the districts Central Berlin and Friedrichshain.
German Mossau Energy, which closed down its business at the end of 2015, had not had any luck in finding either a successor to the company or an investor for its Blue Hamster idea. Helmut Janßen said to Ostfriesische Nachrichten: “Mossau Energy is no more. That has nothing to do with insolvency.” Eighty-one-year-old Günter Mossau, who founded the company, just didn’t have any luck in finding a successor, leading to the liquidation of the company at the end of December 2015.
November 2015 saw the publication of the Fuel Cell Industry Review 2015, including market data and analyses for 2015. Since 2014, a team led by E4tech had contacted fuel cell companies around the globe, aggregated their supply figures and can now show the latest trends in the industry, much as Fuel Cell Today had done before its survey came to a halt. The following will present some excerpts from the review.
Are cars like the BMW i8 electric vehicles? A question hotly debated by many stakeholders in the electric transportation industry, not least since the government has planned to introduce various incentives for these types of vehicles. The German Electric Mobility Act (EmoG) passed in June 2015 says that communities can allow electric cars on bus lanes – whether or not the vehicles in question are actually running on gas or electricity
The idea has already been tossed around for twenty years – now it is finally being realized: The development of a market-ready fuel cell bike. As gas specialist Linde announced in November 2015, it took in-house engineers less than three months to design an electric-assisted pedal cycle equipped with a fuel cell instead of a battery pack. The required hydrogen is brought along in a composite tank, which can hold 34 grams of the gas
The German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) presented a new study during the gas industry discussion forum, gat 2015, on Oct. 27, 2015. The new document says that “the existing natural gas infrastructure is generally suited for adding one to nine per cent hydrogen.” In Essen, the association presented results from its research conducted under the auspices of the DVGW research project Hydrogen Tolerance of Natural Gas Infrastructure and Associated Facilities.
It was almost four years ago that the subsidy program Showcase Electromobility (Schaufenster Elektromobilität) was launched. A lot has happened since then. To present an overview of all the different projects carried out during the three-year run time of the program, the four Showcase regions will organize a conference to present the program results on April 14 and 15, 2016. On behalf of the federal government, the organizers scheduled a one-and-a-half-day conference, which takes place just after the New Mobility (April 12 to 13) on the Leipzig trade show premises