May 2018



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pictureHyundai’s new charm offensive in Germany
The second stop for the successor to Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell was neither Detroit nor Tokyo but Offenbach, home to the automaker’s German and European headquarters. In mid-January, seven weeks prior to its official European premiere in Geneva, the Nexo was shown to a select group of journalists in this city by the river Main … Read more
pictureJapan, the rising star
The 14th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo took place Feb. 28 through March 2 in Tokyo, Japan. According to the organizers, it is the largest hydrogen and fuel cell show in the world. One regular exhibitor over the past several years has been H2BZ-Initiative Hessen, the hydrogen and fuel cell initiative from the German … Read more
pictureHydrogen-enriched turbine gas
Scientists working for the Institute of Combustion Technology at the Stuttgart-based German Aerospace Center, also known as the DLR, are developing new laser-based methods to investigate combustion processes in gas turbines. Their progress may help reduce the dangers associated with hydrogen-rich blends, which could destroy a turbine’s combustion chamber. … Read more
pictureITM and Shell to build 10 MW electrolyzer
Water electrolysis is starting to make inroads into the refinery sector. Shell has revealed plans for the construction of a 10-megawatt electrolyzer at its Wesseling refinery site in Germany. The project, called Refhyne, is supported with EUR 10 million in funds from the EU’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. It will see British manufacturer … Read more
pictureRiversimple tries crowdfunding
Riversimple, based in Llandrindod Wells, a Welsh town of 5,000 people, is venturing into uncharted territory. Crowdfunding a new fuel cell car is not the only thing that sets the company apart from its competitors. The small creative powerhouse will also take another route in distribution. … Read more
pictureReal-life experiences with hydrogen-powered transportation
Special edition vehicles produced in only small numbers: It’s what luxury car manufacturers do to cultivate an air of exclusivity and add value to their brands – and their methods seem to work. They could also be a model for German OEMs to establish new technologies promoting sustainability. At least, that’s what it looked like … Read more
pictureKehler and Lücke become spokesmen for the IBZ
The beginning of this year saw wide-ranging changes to the Fuel Cell Initiative, or IBZ for short. What used to be a group of manufacturers and energy suppliers collaborating to promote fuel cell heaters was integrated with the BDH, Germany’s national heating industry association, and Zukunft Erdgas, an advocacy group representing the interests of over … Read more
pictureTransportation ministry funds off-grid fuel cell units
The National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology is now providing financial support for off-grid fuel cell systems. Christian Schmidt, acting federal transportation minister, said in February 2018 that the government intended to guarantee the eco-friendly, uninterrupted supply of critical and remote off-grid infrastructure. … Read more
pictureMattes replaces Wissmann as head of VDA
On Jan. 30, the German Automotive Industry Association, or VDA for short, elected a new president. By unanimous vote, Bernhard Mattes was chosen to head the Berlin-based organization. On March 1, he took over for Matthias Wissmann, president since June 2007, whose contract had expired. Mattes was the chairman of Ford-Werke between 2002 and 2016. … Read more
pictureHydrogen to play bigger role in 2020s
The 50-station target, originally set for 2015, has not yet been achieved, but it will be soon, according to the H2 Mobility Germany consortium. On behalf of its founding partners, it is setting up and putting into operation new hydrogen stations across the country. … Read more
pictureHydrogenious gets new partner in Broad Ocean
Hydrogenious Technologies, based in Erlangen, Germany, has succeeded in bolstering its global partner network over the past months. In mid-January, it said that it had signed a cooperation agreement with a Chinese supplier, Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor Co., while South African mining corporation Anglo American Platinum, also known as Amplats, had increased its investment in … Read more
pictureH2esla from Hoogezand
In late 2017, the Holthausen Group, a Dutch gas supplier based in Hoogezand, east of Groningen, unveiled a Tesla car running on hydrogen instead of battery power. More specifically, the company had replaced the battery in a Tesla Model S, owned by 18-year-old Max Holthausen, with a fuel cell and a hydrogen tank. The upgrade … Read more
pictureSynergy in education
Last February, the Czech member of Singapore-based Horizon Educational Group acquired Heliocentris Academia, or at least some portion of it (see The Break-Up of Heliocentris). Other assets, or, more specifically, part of the sales, advanced manufacturing and back-office divisions, went to the group’s companies in China and the United States. … Read more
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