The idea to use fuel cells as range extenders for electric cars is gaining in popularity. Now, Magna International presented its own approach during the 37th International Motor Symposium in Vienna, Austria, at the end of April. As a base component, the Austrian automotive supplier uses a medium-size van, which can go 90 kilometers (56 miles) on electricity alone. But when the battery charge drops below a certain threshold, the fuel cell is turned on to regenerate the power storage
On May 1, 2016, Nikolas Iwan became the new CEO of H2 MOBILITY Germany. Iwan had previously worked for eight years in different management positions at Shell. His predecessor, Frank Sreball, who has had his own consultancy for management and interim management since 2005, had been the one originally setting up H2 MOBILITY on his own.
Many prominent figures from politics and business showed up to the H2Mobility conference in Berlin, Germany, in order to re-assure each other of the promises they had already made. Alexander Dobrindt kicked off the event held on the premises of his government department, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), before the Chinese transportation minister, Wan Gang, addressed the audience.
Large fuel cell systems in the megawatt range have so far been set up primarily in South Korea or the States. Now, Germany is said to get its first 1.4 MW plant. The new system by FuelCell Energy Solutions is currently being built in the Friedrichsfeld suburb of Mannheim (see photo). E.ON Connecting Energies has been implementing the Direct FuelCell® unit
Being nominated for this year’s GreenTec Awards had already been a success in its own right. But the company based in Rostock, Germany, even won the special startup award during the ninth edition of the eco-prize ceremony. The prizes were handed over during a gala at the International Congress Center Munich on May 29, 2016.
Elcore, a manufacturer of fuel cell heating systems, had already elevated Sascha Kuhn to a board position at the beginning of this year. The former CEO of Bayerngas Energy Trading is expected to use his management skills to advance the growth of the company located in Munich, Germany. Kuhn has had longtime experience in the energy industry and is considered a specialist in helping growth-phase businesses. At Elcore, he has taken over the commercial tasks at board level.
Roland Käppner‘s journey continues: After he had worked for Siemens for many years, he became CEO of McPhy Energy Germany. In August 2015, he then left for GKN Sinter Metals (see Roland Käppner Leaves for GKN). On July 1, 2016, he changed jobs and took on the position of head of business development and sales at the industrial division of thyssenkrupp.
Many years ago, Germany still had important expertise in battery technology. After crucial stakeholders left the country, the market has been dominated by Japanese and South Korean manufacturers. The National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) is now feverishly looking for ways to bring cell and battery production back to the country, in order to make Germany a leading supplier in electric transportation.
MunichExpo, Germany, has taken a small step back by retracting the name change made in summer 2016 for this year’s event, postponing the issue to 2017. A spokesperson for the Bavarian organizer explained to H2-international that the move was necessary for “legal reasons.” This means that 2016 will still see an eCarTec trade show and an eCarTec Award.
It has been four years since the start of the four German Electromobility Showcase projects. In 2012, they became the follow-up to the eight Electromobility Model Regions, across which electric engine technologies had been researched and developed. Before this demonstration and market preparation stage will ultimately be concluded at the end of 2016, the projects were discussed during an official closing conference