Many German fuel cell fans are still angry at Sascha Kühn, mostly not because his company’s kraftwerk fuel cell charger has yet to be delivered but because Kühn has practically disappeared from the public eye. Months have passed since there was some kind of statement about if and how the original idea of manufacturing small high-temperature fuel cells with the help of crowdfunding could still be brought to market.
SFC Energy, which has so far focused on methanol-powered fuel cells, intends to branch out into the hydrogen fuel market. In November 2018, the company based in Brunnthal, Germany, announced that it had signed an agreement with adKor to develop and license the required fuel cell know-how. The deal reached with adKor’s chief executive, Hartmut Kordus, will grant SFC Energy non-exclusive access to the technology of three former fuel cell companies: FutureE, Heliocentris and P21.
December 31 last year was the date on which work at H-Tec Education officially ended. Still, the Fuel Cell Store (fuelcellstore.com) will continue the brand, as well as production, distribution and customer service. However, it was reported that, following the decision, 13 employees had been let go.
UK-based Enrichment Technology Company, or ETC for short, has decided to split its German E&MS subsidiary into two: On Sept. 27, 2018, it announced separate contact numbers for the new companies located in Jülich, where Nproxx Jülich has been put in charge of constructing hydrogen tanks, while Pronexos will manufacture carbon-fiber composites and rollers, among other things.
Automotive supplier ElringKlinger has divested its department that manufactured solid oxide fuel cell, or SOFC, systems. In September 2018, the business based in Dettingen, Germany, announced that it would focus on low-temperature fuel cells used in vehicles. It sold SOFC operations, and its assets in new enerday, headquartered in Neubrandenburg, to Dresden-based Sunfire.
The splitting of water to produce hydrogen will become a requirement if renewable electricity is to be converted into other energy carriers and industrial base materials to transform the energy market and meet climate targets in Germany. Expectations are that by 2050, electrolyzer capacity will run into the tens of gigawatts countrywide. Nowadays, most devices are either customized or manufactured in small numbers. As part of a study conducted on behalf of the German transportation ministry
After three years of negotiations, the RED II bill was accepted by the European Commission, Parliament and Council in mid-June. Now, the parliament and council will need to make the agreement legally binding by approving the text of the renewable energy directive.
Robert Habeck is not your typical politician. It may be easier to picture him as a band member of Green Day than a member of a political party. This January, he entered the national stage after having been voted in as one of two co-chairs to lead the Greens in Germany. As a result, he needed to give up his post in the cabinet of Schleswig-Holstein, where he had served a second term as the state’s environment minister upon his confirmation in summer 2017.
Due to a population that continues to grow and a booming economy, India will be the country to experience the largest increase in energy demand by 2040, according to the IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook published in 2017. The immense hunger for energy is being driven mainly by additions of generation capacity as well as electric vehicles. The government knows that fossil fuels will be able to meet only part of that huge demand.
Attendees from Europe, Asia and even North America had a long way to travel to this year’s World Hydrogen Energy Conference. In the end, however, more than 550 came to the event, which took place June 17 to 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They were rewarded with a lot of interesting material. What caught the imagination of many was the story of natural hydrogen