No Concern for H2 Feed-In in Natural Gas Pipelines

The German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) presented a new study during the gas industry discussion forum, gat 2015, on Oct. 27, 2015. The new document says that “the existing natural gas infrastructure is generally suited for adding one to nine per cent hydrogen.” In Essen, the association presented results from its research conducted under the auspices of the DVGW research project Hydrogen Tolerance of Natural Gas Infrastructure and Associated Facilities.

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France’s Own Energy Transformation

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La Poste uses H2 vans by © Renault

Not too long ago, France’s capital had been the venue for the UN Climate Change Conference COP21. Even if hydrogen and fuel cell technology was not a separate item on the agenda, it is a good bet that many of the around 40,000 participants – from government officials to business associations and unions to environmental and religious organizations – have developed a basic understanding of this technology

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Conference of the Showcase Electromobility

It was almost four years ago that the subsidy program Showcase Electromobility (Schaufenster Elektromobilität) was launched. A lot has happened since then. To present an overview of all the different projects carried out during the three-year run time of the program, the four Showcase regions will organize a conference to present the program results on April 14 and 15, 2016. On behalf of the federal government, the organizers scheduled a one-and-a-half-day conference, which takes place just after the New Mobility (April 12 to 13) on the Leipzig trade show premises

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H2IntraDrive – Testing Industrial Fuel Cell Trucks

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Quick H2 refill, © Linde MH

The presentation of the results of the H2IntraDrive project was not a sales event or press conference – it was both. On Nov. 23, 2015, the project partners as well as representatives of prospective new partners and some reporters gathered in the BMW factory in Leipzig to take a look at the results of two years of development. The important thing to take away from the event was:

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OWI Undergoes Restructuring

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David Diarra, © OWI

OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut underwent business restructuring at the end of 2015: Since Nov. 17, 2015, the RWTH Aachen affiliate has had a new parent company in Tec4Fuels. The new and sole head of the business venture is David Diarra. The engineer has been a long-time employee of OWI and had shared management of the company with Dr. Klaus Lucka until last October. Lucka had been OWI’s CEO for 15 years and is now a managing partner of Tec4Fuels. The other partner of Tec4Fuels is the Institute for Heating and Oil Technology.

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Simplified Production Method for PEM Fuel Cells

MPL-GDLThe heart of PEM fuel cells is the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), which has so far been produced by using only polymer electrolyte membranes. The manufacture of these membranes, however, is highly complex and expensive, limiting MEA production to a few companies around the globe. An innovative method discovered by researchers from the Department of Microsystems Technology (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg makes the membrane process technology obsolete

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Alexandra Ernst is Newest Member of DVGW Team

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Alexandra Ernst,
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On Oct. 1, 2015, Alexandra Ernst became the CFO of the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW). The association’s executive board had decided in a special session in Bonn on creating this new post, making the economist born in Recklinghausen the second salaried executive besides Professor Dr. Gerald Linke. The main responsibility of Ernst, who had been CEO of juwi Service & Solutions between January 2013 and January 2015, will be the commercial as well as the product and service-related management of the DVGW Group.

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Results of the Feasibility Study RHyntal Fuel Cell Ferry

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Ferry Rheinthal, © Jobst Johann

A ferry over the Rhine has for many years been the link between Rüdesheim and Bingen, a cross-over between the federal German states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. The car ferry is highly frequented: both by local tourism and by commuters who want to get to Ingelheim and Mainz, but also into the other direction to Wiesbaden and the Frankfurt area, including its adjacent communities.

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Japan’s 2016 Fuel Cell Budget

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Support Program to Stimulate Demand for FCVs, © HySUT

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 year.

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Plug Power: Unshakable growth

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Forklift trucks near Prelodis in France, © Plug Power

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 cents per share).

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