Werner Tillmetz Retires From ZSW

W. Tillmetz, © ZSW

Professor Werner Tillmetz will step down from his roles as a board member of the German Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Center, or ZSW for short, and the director of its electrochemical energy division this fall. “I’ll turn 63 in September, at which point I’m allowed to retire,” he told H2-international. “Considering the projects that have been underway, from NIP 2 to H2 Mobility, I think the hydrogen and fuel cell community has made good progress

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DWV – Management Stays On

Award winners Maybee, Breitwieser and Holst (from left), with Scheppat and Diwald

The German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) has reelected its board members to serve in their current capacities for another two years. Efforts undertaken in the last two had borne fruit, its chairman, Werner Diwald, said at the annual meeting, held May 30. He added that much had been accomplished in Germany and throughout Europe. The next goal was to professionalize the organization as soon as possible.

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Newfound optimism

Considering we are confronted with new facts almost every day, it should come as no surprise that the controversy surrounding nitrogen oxides and fine dust, blue badges and diesel bans in German cities shows no sign of letting up. Likewise, automakers are a recurrent subject on the evening news, whether they want to or not. Despite, or probably because, every news cycle delivers more information about how the industry cheated during emission tests, it has become increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest developments.

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Fuel cell power plants compared

DEMOSOFC system at a wastewater treatment plant in Turin, Italy, © DEMOSOFC

Fuel cell power plants are the top class of stationary applications. They are the most difficult systems to design and the market for them is the toughest to survive. Companies engaging in this business have often come crashing down or were saved in spectacular fashion by mere chance. But there are some which have mastered the market’s ups and downs and new entrants who are willing to try.

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Extracting hydrogen from water

Traver Kennedy

The work of Joi Scientific Inc. continues to be shrouded in secrecy. Who are these Americans who have been present on the scene for months, but haven’t really explained what they’re doing? What does the company, which seems to have already collected millions in investor money, want to offer? A finished product or services only? Moreover, why all this secrecy? H2-international had the opportunity to interview the CEO of Joi, Traver Kennedy, to learn more about the company’s plans for 2017 and beyond.

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Once Acta, now Enapter

Sebastian-Justus Schmidt

So far, we’ve closely followed the developments unfolding at Berlin-based fuel cell supplier Heliocentris and the takeover of its locations in Germany (see H2-international, May 2017 and January 2018). We also reported about the comeback of FutureE and the spin-off of Home Power Solutions. And recently, we sat down with Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, owner of Enapter, to find out what happened to Heliocentris’ subsidiary in Tuscany.

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Hydrogen to store wind power

60-bar alkaline high-pressure electrolyzer, © BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Hydrogen is of central importance to a German market that is becoming increasingly interwoven. What makes the gas the ideal chemical energy carrier is that it can provide not only the heat and power sector with a long-term storage option, but also vehicles with electricity and the chemical industry with a raw material. The authors of studies focused on the overall system estimate the requirements in 2050 to total 110 gigawatts for electrolysis

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Using renewable hydrogen in direct methanation

Cosyma test container, © Energie 360°

Until 2030, Switzerland’s heat generation from renewable gas is to increase from today’s roughly 1 percent to 30 percent. To achieve greater efficiency in the use of raw gas sources, Zurich-based energy supplier Energie 360° and the PSI – Paul Scherrer Institute have been working on developing a new power-to-gas technology.

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