New CPN Deputy Spokesperson

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Frank Luckau, © Deutsche Bahn

The members of industry network Clean Power Net (CPN) have elected a new deputy spokesperson during this year’s annual assembly in Berlin. Whereas Henrik Colell, CTO of Heliocentris Energy Solutions, was confirmed as the spokesman for the fifth year in a row, the members voted for a “new face” when it came to the deputy position: Frank Luckau is senior construction manager EEA North/East at DB Bahnbau Gruppe, which was recently admitted as the twentieth member of the CPN.

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Wind Energy Storage in the North East

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Total amount of wind power, © Crotogino

The 2014 version of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) allows operators in case of a grid overload to “reduce the feed-in” of green power, but with the obligation to log the incident. The ones who pay for it are the utility customers because the owners of wind farms receive their usual feed-in payment – even if the network operator takes the park off the grid. Use of the permission is rampant

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Electric Transportation Is Not a Carmaker’s Privilege

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CAD draft of towboat ELEKTRA, © TU Berlin

The expansion of renewable energies in the transportation sector requires new types of propulsion and energy supply systems for all means of transport, as environmental hazards can have an impact on a country’s population, especially in metropolitan areas. Transportation on inland waterways shows enormous potential for improvement because today’s propulsion systems will not be able to comply

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Energy Saxony: Rohleder Replaces Franke

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Lukas Rohleder

On March 1, 2016, Lukas Rohleder took over management of Energy Saxony. The 34-year-old replaced Robert Franke, who became head of the Office of Economic Development in Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony, on Oct. 1, 2015. Rohleder was last employed as the executive assistant for political communication at aireg, after he had worked as a research assistant at the Bundestag office of Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.

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Ten Years of HZwei News

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HZwei Cover April 2006

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.

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Kapferer Succeeds Müller

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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.

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Fuel Cell Manufacturers Target Installers

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50 Years of SHK Essen

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

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Formula E in the Midst of Berlin

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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.

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Blue Hamster Falls into Deep Slumber

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Blue Hamster in 2014, © H2FC

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.

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Fuel Cell Market is Growing

The-Fuel-Cell-Industry-Review-2015November 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.

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