March 2016

H2-international – Newsletter March 2016


picture Japan’s 2016 Fuel Cell Budget
Japan’s federal R,D&D budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which starts April 1, 2016, is 37.1 billion yen (285 million Euro), according to a recent report from Technova, a Japanese advanced technology consultancy. The total includes continuing support for the successful Ene-Farm residential fuel cell program, which will support an estimated 50,000 residential installations this … Read more
picture Plug Power: Unshakable growth
Whichever enterprise figure is in the focus of the stock market, it will become the basis for share price development: With around US$ 31.5 million in the third quarter, Plug did deliver the expected turnover revenue, but had to continue posting a loss that the stock market took as a negative sign (expressed in US … Read more
picture FuelCell Energy: Stock Price Gets Cosmetic Changes
To free FuelCell Energy from the shackles of “penny stock life,” the company based in Danbury, Connecticut, took the radical step of merging its shares (reversal stock split) at a ratio of 12:1, effective from Dec. 4, 2015 (see graph). Considering the organization’s more than 300 million outstanding shares (more to say, 475 million fully … Read more
picture New DOE Funding Available
The US Department of Energy intended to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) early in December 2015 offering up to $ 35 million over several years for various research, demonstration and analytical topics. Most of the effort is focused on hydrogen station cost reduction and improvements in fuel cell performance and durability. The projects would … Read more
picture From f-cell to e-cell – (Almost) everything screams battery
The World of Energy Solutions (WES) is slowly turning into a battery-only exhibition. The event, whose most recent instalment took place in Stuttgart from Oct. 12 to 14, 2015, was originally launched as the regional fuel cell conference f-cell. Fifteen years ago, a small number of hydrogen and fuel cell experts met in the House … Read more
picture ESE and IRES Become One
Messe Düsseldorf and the European Association for Renewable Energy (EUROSOLAR) agreed at the end of last October to work together more closely in the future. They signed a collaboration agreement to better link the International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES) with the Energy Storage Europe (ESE). The tenth year since its inception will see IRES … Read more
picture H2 Storage Ground Under
Europe’s first research facility to test the storage opportunities for hydrogen at former natural gas reservoirs was inaugurated last fall in Austria’s city of Pilsbach. On October 5, Austria‘s Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Alois Stöger, celebrated the inauguration of the plant, which is part of the EUR 4.5 million project Underground Sun Storage … Read more
From SolviCore to Greenerity
Umicore and Solvay, the former mother companies of SolviCore, sold their joint venture in July 2015 to Toray Industries, a chemical company based in Japan. On Jan. 1, 2016, business management was handed over to Greenerity, a 100% subsidiary of Toray. SolviCore was founded in 2006 as a specialist for membrane-electrode assemblies (MEA). The headquarters … Read more
picture 474 Fuel Cell Heating Systems after Seven Years
Despite the fact that the envisioned number of 800 fuel cell heating systems was not even close to have been achieved, there was a lot of praise going around when the partners of the Callux project celebrated the completion of the Field Test of Residential Fuel Cells on Nov. 26, 2015. In the Erich Klausener … Read more
picture Technology Rollout Program Not Before Mid-2016
Most of his working life, Thorsten Herdan held jobs in the industry developing combustion technology. After having been elected secretary-general of the International Council on Combustion Engines, the mechanical engineer also served as chair of the Research Association for Combustion Engines for fourteen years. Since 1999, he has headed Power Systems, a sector group of … Read more
picture New Rule for Fuel Cell Heating Systems
The German CHP Act (KWKG) has been a long-time source of subsidies for stationary units producing heat and power as efficiently as possible. Once every few years, these types of laws are revised and naturally, the revisions spark heated debates months before any political decision is made. Just in the nick of time – shortly … Read more
picture OWI develops APU package of diesel and fuel cell
An autonomous fuel cell system developed jointly by several research partners does a quiet job of converting diesel fuel into electrical energy – without the help of an engine or generator. When the project supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy reached its conclusion, the technical maturity of the system was demonstrated … Read more
picture Fellbach and the Nineteenth H2 Station
Another hydrogen filling station has been brought into operation, this time in Fellbach, north-east of Stuttgart. The fifth of its kind in Baden-Wurttemberg is a multi-energy station by Total. It operates with 700 bar of filling pressure and is supplied by hydrogen generated on-site through solar and wind power. The inauguration ceremony in the presence … Read more
picture An airport’s search for sustainability
Innovative projects are something of a tradition at Stuttgart Airport: Echterdingen is home to several fuel cell airplane models, Baden-Wurttemberg’s first public hydrogen filling station set up in 2009 and hybrid technology field tests since 1991. The most recent project involves field-testing six electrically powered buses for regular day-to-day use … Read more
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  • March 15th to 17th 2016, International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2016), Düsseldorf, Germany,
  • March 16th 2016, 5th Conference Power-to-Gas & Power-to-X for Europe’s Energy Transition, at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany,
  • April 13th to 14th 2016, Grove Conference Fuel Cells Science and Technology, in Glasgow, United Kingdom, organised by Elsevier,
  • May 30th to 31th 2016, The Future of Electric Vehicles, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany,
  • June 13th to 16th 2016, World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2016, in Zaragoza, Spain,

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

Energy Storage

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

Event Organizers

  • GL events Exhibitions, 59, quai Rambaud, CS 50056, 69285 Lyon Cedex 02, France, Phone +33-(0)478-17633-0, Fax -2,

Fuel Cells

  • FuelCellEnergy-home
    FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH, Winterbergstr. 28, 01277 Dresden, Germany, Phone +49-351-2553739-0, Fax -1,, 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,,
  • Tropical
    Tropical S.A., 17 Krokeon Str, 10442, Athens, Greece, Phone: +30-(0)210-5785455, Fax: -7,,

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,,

Gas Diffusion Layers (GDL)

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

Hydrogen Distribution

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

Membrane and Separator

  • Fumatech-Logo
    FuMA-Tech Gesellschaft für funktionelle Membranen und Anlagentechnologie mbH, Carl-Benz-Str. 4, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, Phone +49-(0)7142-3737-900, Fax -999,
  • Plansee
    Plansee SE
    , Bipolar Plates, Interconnects and Metal Supported Cells, 6600 Reutte, Austria, Phone +43-(0)5672-600-2422,


  • 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,
  • hySOLUTIONS GmbH, Steinstrasse 25, 20095 Hamburg, Germany, Phone +49-(0)40-3288353-2, Fax -8,
  • NOW
    National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH)
    , Fasanenstr. 5, 10623 Berlin, Germany, Phone +49-(0)30-3116116-15, Fax -99,


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

Research & Development

  • Fraunhofer ICT-IMM, Reformer and Heat Exchanger, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18-20, 55129 Mainz, Germany, Phone +49-(0)6131-9900,,
  • Fraunhofer_ISE_logo
    Fraunhofer ISE
    , Heidenhofstrasse 2, 79110 Freiburg, Germany, Phone +49-(0)761-4588-5202, Fax -9202,


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

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,,
  • 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,





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

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