June 2016

H2-international – Newsletter June 2016


Fuel Cell Outlook Never Been Better
The large increase in the number of orders placed with each one of the fuel cell businesses analyzed in this and following articles promises a very bright future for the industry. Prototypes give way to mass production. The recent stabilization of the oil price is an effective mental tool. The road to profitability is there. … Read more
Plug Power: Growth Not Losing Speed
The fourth quarter brought another growth boost by 70% to USD 38.4 million compared to the same quarter last year. Plug Power’s total revenue added up to more than USD 103 million, although it could have been 3.6 million more if the sale-leaseback transactions hadn’t forced the company to distribute the amount for tax reasons … Read more
Audi Gets the Fuel Cell
As predicted several times before, #dieselgate is the driver of upcoming changes at German carmaker Volkswagen. In March 2016, it was said that the Wolfsburg-based corporation would concentrate all fuel cell activities at its Audi subsidiary. This will necessitate a move of most of the fuel cell research, which has so far been conducted in … Read more
LOHC – A Reusable Bottle for Hydrogen
Five years ago, some called carbazole the “wonder fuel” and “fuel source of the future,” although basic research hadn’t even been concluded yet. After intensive development, Hydrogenious Technologies has just presented a potential successor to the carbazole legacy: dibenzyl toluene. On Jan. 29, 2016, the company based in Erlangen, Germany, brought its first hydrogen storage … Read more
Energy Saxony: Rohleder Replaces Franke
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 … Read more
Coop Sticks Around – Axpo Quits
Despite announcements to the contrary, the H2 project in Glattfelden in the Swiss canton of Zurich (see HZwei issue from July 2015) will deliver on its promises. At the beginning of March 2016, rumors had it that Axpo and Coop would stop their joint project. The project’s coordinator, Hansjörg Vock from H2 Energy, told H2-international … Read more
nanoFlowcell Ad Campaigns Continue
Like in the last years, nanoFlowcell garnered a lot of attention at this year’s International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. Like in the last years, there are big announcements, but little to back them up. The 2016 headlines: The QUANTiNO had successfully completed a 14-hour test drive indoors, the car’s range would soon increase to … Read more
New Eurosolar Management – Scheer-Pontenagel Quits
Over decades, Irmgard Scheer-Pontenagel and her husband – Hermann Scheer, who died in 2010 – had been influential figures who helped shape the renewable energy industry. After a 25-year tenure at the helm of Eurosolar, Scheer-Pontenagel has stepped down and made room for Tobias Jaletzky, who started working at the association based in Bonn, Germany, … Read more
Hybrid Cars Put the Brakes on Electric Transportation
The number of electric vehicles in use on Austrian roads could grow from 4,700 to around 8,000 this year, according to a statement made by the country’s environmental protection agency. In 2017, the figure could jump to 23,000; in 2020, there could be around 174,000 electric cars driving in the Alpine state. Jürgen Halasz, chair … Read more
Tesla Makes It Happen – Just Like That
First things first: This isn’t one of these test drive articles narrowly reporting all the various technical details or complaining about a not-so-perfect weight distribution. It is about the experiences made with Tesla’s Model S on one single day of driving, during which it quickly became clear that the author had found his new dream … Read more
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  • June 13th to 16th, 2016, World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2016, in Zaragoza, Spain, www.whec2016.com
  • July 4th and 5th, 2016, International Hydrail Conference, in Birmingham, United Kingdom, www.hydrail.org
  • July 5th and 6th, 2016, 7. German Hydrogen Congress 2016, in Berlin, Germany, www.h2congress.de
  • July 5th to 8th, 2016, European SOFC & SOE-Forum, in Lucerne, Switzerland, www.efcf.com
  • July 20th to 21th, 2016, Ulm ElectroChemical Talks (UECT), in Ulm, Germany, www.uect.de

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  • Areva
    AREVA H2Gen GmbH, Maarweg 137, 50825 Cologne, Germany, Phone +49-(0)221-888244-88, Fax -67, www.arevah2gen.com
  • Diamond
    Diamond Lite S.A., Rheineckerstr. 12, PO Box 9, 9425 Thal, Switzerland, Phone +41-(0)71-880020-0, Fax -1, diamondlite@diamondlite.com, www.diamondlite.com
  • Giner
    Giner, Inc., 89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, Massachusetts 02466, USA, Phone +1-781-529-0500, information@ginerinc.com, www.ginerinc.com
  • Hydrogenics
    Hydrogenics GmbH, Am Wiesenbusch 2, 45966 Gladbeck, Germany, Phone +49-(0)2043-944 141, Fax -6, hydrogensales@hydrogenics.com, www.hydrogenics.com
  • Proton_OnSite
    Proton OnSite, 10 Technology Dr, 06492 Wallingford CT, USA, Phone +1-203-678-2000, info@protononsite.com, www.protononsite.com

Energy Storage

  • GKN Powder Metallurgy, GKN Sinter Metals, PO Box 55, Ipsley House, United Kingdom – Redditch B98 0TL, Worcestershire, www.gkn.com/sintermetals
  • Hydrogenious
    Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH, Weidenweg 13, 91058 Erlangen, Germany, Phone +49-(0)9131-12640-220, Fax -29, www.hydrogenious.net

Event Organizers

  • EFCF
    European Fuel Cell Forum, Obgardihalde 2, 6043 Luzern-Adligenswil, Switzerland, Phone +41-4-45865644, Fax 35080622, forum@efcf.com, www.efcf.com
  • GL events Exhibitions, 59, quai Rambaud, CS 50056, 69285 Lyon Cedex 02, France, Phone +33-(0)478-17633-0, Fax -2, www.gl-events.com

Fuel Cells

  • FuelCellEnergy-home
    FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH, Winterbergstr. 28, 01277 Dresden, Germany, Phone +49-351-2553739-0, Fax -1, www.fces.de, Stationary fuel cells for commercial and industry: CHP solutions, hydrogen production and power storage
  • Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG, Rudower Chaussee 29, 12489 Berlin, Germany, Phone +49-(0)30-340601-500, Fax -599, info@heliocentris.com, www.heliocentris.com
  • Tropical
    Tropical S.A., 17 Krokeon Str, 10442, Athens, Greece, Phone: +30-(0)210-5785455, Fax: -7, info@tropical.gr, www.tropical.gr

Fueling-Recirculation and Air-Supply

  • Busch
    Busch Clean Air S.A., Chemin des Grandes-Vies 54, 2900 Porrentruy, Switzerland, Phone +41 (0)32-46589-60, Fax -79, info@buschcleanair.com, www.buschcleanair.com

Gas Diffusion Layers (GDL)

  • SGL
    SGL Carbon GmbH, Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 18, 86405 Meitingen, Germany, Phone +48 (0)8271-83-3360, Fax -103360, fuelcellcomponents@sglgroup.com, www.sglgroup.com

Hydrogen Distribution

  • Hydrogenious
    Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH, Weidenweg 13, 91058 Erlangen, Germany, Phone +49-(0)9131-12640-220, Fax -29, www.hydrogenious.net
  • Wystrach
    Wystrach GmbH, Industriestraße 60, Germany – 47652 Weeze, Phone +49-(0)2837-9135-0, Fax -30, www.wystrach-gmbh.de

Membrane and Separator

  • Fumatech-Logo
    FUMATECH BWT GmbH, Carl-Benz-Str. 4, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, Phone +49-(0)7142-3737-900, Fax -999, www.fumatech.com
  • Plansee
    Plansee SE
    , Bipolar Plates, Interconnects and Metal Supported Cells, 6600 Reutte, Austria, Phone +43-(0)5672-600-2422, www.plansee.com


  • DWV
    German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
    , Deutscher Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Verband e.V. (DWV), Moltkestr. 42, 12203 Berlin, Germany, Phone +49-(0)30-398209946-0, Fax -9, www.dwv-info.de
  • hySOLUTIONS GmbH, Steinstrasse 25, 20095 Hamburg, Germany, Phone +49-(0)40-3288353-2, Fax -8, hysolutions-hamburg.de
  • NOW
    National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH)
    , Fasanenstr. 5, 10623 Berlin, Germany, Phone +49-(0)30-3116116-15, Fax -99, www.now-gmbh.de


  • WS Reformer GmbH, Dornierstraße 14, 71272 Renningen, Germany, Phone +49-(0)7159-163242, Fax -2738, www.wsreformer.com

Research & Development

  • Fraunhofer ICT-IMM, Reformer and Heat Exchanger, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18-20, 55129 Mainz, Germany, Phone +49-(0)6131-9900, info@imm.fraunhofer.de, www.imm.fraunhofer.de
  • Fraunhofer_ISE_logo
    Fraunhofer ISE
    , Heidenhofstrasse 2, 79110 Freiburg, Germany, Phone +49-(0)761-4588-5208, Fax -9202, www.h2-ise.de


  • Anleg GmbH, Advanced Technology, Am Schornacker 59, 46485 Wesel, Germany, Phone 0281-206526-0, Fax -29, www.anleg-gmbh.de
  • BORIT_logo Borit NV, Bipolar plates and interconnects, Lammerdries 18e, 2440 Geel, Belgium, Phone +32-(0)14-25090-0, Fax -9, contact@borit.be, www.borit.be
  • HIAT_Logo-web
    HIAT gGmbH, Schwerin, Germany, CCMs / MEAs / GDEs for PEFC, DMFC & PEM-Electrolysis, www.hiat.de
  • Weka
    WEKA AG, Schuerlistr. 8, 8344 Baeretswil, Switzerland, Phone +41-(0)43-833434-3, Fax -9, info@weka-ag.ch, www.weka-ag.ch

System Integration

  • DLR_Logo
    Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) / German Aerospace Center
    , Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics Energy System Integration, Pfaffenwaldring 38-40, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany, Phone +49-(0)711-6862-672, Fax -747, www.dlr.de/tt, www.dlr.de/tt
  • Flexiva-logo
    FLEXIVA automation & Robotik GmbH
    , Power Electronics – Hybrid Energy System Solutions, Weißbacher Str. 3, 09439 Amtsberg, Germany, Phone +49-(0)37209-671-0, Fax -30, www.flexiva.eu



  • buerkert
    Bürkert Werke GmbH, Mass Flow Controllers, Christian-Bürkert-Str. 13-17, 74653 Ingelfingen, Germany, Phone +49-(0)7940-10-0, Fax -91204, www.burkert.com
  • OMB
    OMB Saleri SpA, Via Rose di Sotto 38/c – 25126 Brescia, Italy, hydrogen@omb-saleri.it, www.omb-saleri.it

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Ten Years of HZwei News

Ten years ago, Hydrogeit Verlag printed its first issue of the

HZwei magazine

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.

Every six months and in comparably simple layout, H2Tec had reported about the activities in the H2 and fuel cell industry on no more than 20 pages. A lot has happened since then: Circulation increased to 4,500 and the time between issues was cut in half. The number of pages grew as well – first to 32 and meanwhile to 56.

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