January 2018


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pictureMegatrend looming after 15 years of getting by
At the dawn of the new millennium, the shares of fuel cell companies had gone through the roof. Fuel cells were thought of as the next big breakthrough technology, and it seemed as if large, new growth markets were just waiting to be exploited. But shareholders were mistaken, celebrating too early. The industry’s leading businesses … Read more
pictureBallard Power’s vision: 30 percent FCEVs by 2030
As the then market leader, Ballard Power (Nasdaq: BLDP) determined soon after taking up its fuel cell activities that there was no way it could compete in the transportation sector. The upfront investment that such a move required was just too great. A decision was made to outsource these activities to AFCC, a Daimler-Ford joint … Read more
pictureFuelCell Energy – falling shares present new opportunities
FuelCell Energy’s shares have experienced a sharp drop for seemingly no reason. It may have been a tactic intended to push down the price, for example, to profit via short sale in anticipation of the fall and convert warrants later. That is pure speculation, of course, but people say these things have happened before. In … Read more
Plug Power – Expectations vs. reality
Plug Power’s third-quarter results proved disappointing. The company said that the figures didn’t have any influence on its great prospects, considering a customer base which includes corporations as large as Walmart and Amazon. Their bookings are expected to top USD 600 million in the coming years. During the reporting period, Plug delivered 2,753 GenDrive systems … Read more
pictureITM Power – share rally prompts profit taking
The dust has settled on a rally to the top and a share price that nearly tripled temporarily. Stock market experts like to call it chart consolidation and profit taking. ITM (London: ITM) was successful in raising EUR 120 million in fresh capital. Now, the British manufacturer’s market capitalization is above long-term expectations despite its … Read more
pictureTesla – losses continue to pile up
Tesla’s third-quarter figures didn’t merely point to poor performance – the USD 671 million loss in particular was way more than anything most analysts had predicted. Based on non-GAAP accounting, including adjustments, shares lost USD 2.92 each. GAAP, which has the more relevant figures in my opinion, showed minus USD 3.70 per share at a … Read more
pictureNew manager at H-Tec Education
Last November, H-Tec Education, based in Lübeck, Germany, was put under new management. Parent company GP Joule elevated Thorsten Schmidt to head of the teaching materials division. Åke Johnsen, who had worked for H-Tec’s marketing department since 2001 before becoming part of the board in 2016 after the exit of company founder Uwe Küter, left … Read more
Hydrogen featured at climate conference COP23
Proponents of hydrogen and fuel cell solutions had something to look forward to at COP23, the 23rd UN climate conference, which took place in Bonn, Germany, Nov. 6 through 17 last year. Until the beginning of December, the Deutsches Museum featured a special exhibition on “Hydrogen – The unlimited energy source,” supported by the Hydrogeit … Read more
pictureNikutta new head of Alstom Germany
On Sept. 1, 2017, Jörg Nikutta became responsible for Alstom’s operations in Austria and Germany. The same day, he was also appointed spokesman for the board of management at Alstom Transport Deutschland. Nikutta used to work at Deutsche Bahn and now follows in the footsteps of Didier Pfleger, who has since been in charge of … Read more
Fuel Cell Powertrain FCP founded in Chemnitz
Last November, Thomas Melczer and Achim Loecher were appointed CEOs at newly founded FCP – Fuel Cell Powertrain, a joint venture between Melczer’s PTT Power Train Technology based in the German state of Saxony and Dewei Group Holdings from Beijing. They share the role with Professor Thomas von Unwerth, director of the Advanced Powertrains department … Read more
pictureBEE gets new CEO in Peter Röttgen
On Aug. 1, 2017, Peter Röttgen became the new CEO of Germany’s Federal Renewable Energy Federation, or BEE for short. He replaced Harald Uphoff, who served as interim CEO after Hermann Falk left BEE in 2016. Röttgen had previously served as deputy head at the State Office of Mining, Energy and Geology in the German … Read more
pictureTöpler & Lehmann’s guidebook revised
It’s been three years since publisher Springer Verlag released the first edition of its guidebook “Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen – Technologien und Marktperspektiven” written by Johannes Töpler and Jochen Lehmann. In late 2017, an extended and updated version hit the shelves, again comprehensively informing readers about hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Taking account of recent debates, … Read more
Alpiq buys Diamond Lite
Diamond Lite, a Swiss engineering firm founded by Hansjörg Vock in Herisau in 1982, used to be something of a European office for products by American electrolyzer manufacturer Proton OnSite. That changed last summer, when it was purchased by Swiss energy services provider Alpiq Holding, based in Lausanne, on June 30. With the acquisition of … Read more
pictureCertifHy: Sustainable H2 production and supply
Many see great promise in hydrogen as a fuel for zero-emission transportation and a raw material in the industrial sector. Not only has the number of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles been steadily on the rise. The fulfillment of COP climate targets will eventually require large quantities of the compound, for example, in refineries, steel processing … Read more
pictureH2-international now well established
Hydrogeit Verlag’s most recently added information service, H2-international, has become a fixture of the international hydrogen and fuel cell community. Since its foundation in the summer of 2015, the e-Journal on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells has been offering translations of articles published in the German trade journal HZwei. Its reach is steadily growing. … Read more
pictureHydrogen Council: H2 investments to pay off
The Hydrogen Council used the COP23 climate change conference to present a new report titled “Hydrogen, Scaling up.” Featuring contributions by consulting firm McKinsey, it describes a roadmap for advancing the large-scale introduction of hydrogen and assessing its impact on transforming the energy sector. According to the study, the gas could help cut carbon dioxide … Read more
pictureHeliocentris again files for bankruptcy – FutureE’s resuscitation
The takeover of Heliocentris by Odasco a little over half a year ago was meant to save the ailing business, but it is now clear that the attempt at a turnaround has failed. When newly founded Odasco Heliocentris Europe filed for bankruptcy on Aug. 3, 2017, work at both company locations, Wendlingen and Munich, had … Read more
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  • FC Expo, International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo, February 28th to March 2nd, 2018, Tokyo Big Sight, in Tokyo, Japan, www.fcexpo.jp
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