The production of hydrogen is now recognized as an emerging market right around the globe. Many diverse electrolyzer manufacturers are experiencing unprecedented demand. A great many new players are jumping on the bandwagon and increasing numbers of conventional energy suppliers are pivoting from traditional power sources to renewable energies and embedding hydrogen in their portfolios. So what is the current situation vis-a-vis electrolyzers and what can we expect in the future? This article seeks to shine a light on these and other questions by providing a general – though not necessarily exhaustive – roundup of recent developments.
Non-profit organizations aiming to establish a hydrogen economy are sprouting up all over Germany. The first was founded in Hamburg in 1989. HyCologne in the Rhineland region followed in 2007, and H2BX in Bremerhaven in 2016. Newcomers are the Wasserstoffenergiecluster Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and H2 Süd in southern Germany.
The current interest in hydrogen is almost frightening. Too often we already had H2 hypes, according to which the image of hydrogen was worse than ever before. A number of industry representatives with whom I have talked these days are therefore sceptical and fear that the hope for sustainable change that is just emerging will immediately be destroyed again.
Spring traditionally means a full calendar for members of the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, or DWV for short. It is the season in which industry stakeholders meet at Hannover Messe and the Energy Storage Europe, but it is also the time to prepare the annual member assembly, which was held in Erlangen on May 12 this year. Additionally, the DWV often organizes a so-called “parliamentary evening” in the first half of the year
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
Since August 1, there has been a new CEO at the helm of H-Tec’s electrolysis division: Michael Seehuber, who is now managing H-Tec Systems. Seehuber will take over the responsibilities previously held by Uwe Küter, who founded H-Tec in 1997 together with Stefan Höller and left the company in 2014. The company’s former Head of Sales, Ake Johnson, will manage the training division, H-Tec Education. For seven years, Michael Seehuber was CEO of REFUsol, a specialist in inverters, which was bought up by AEI Power in 2013. In August 2014, the electrical engineer established PV4Life, a consultancy for power electronics. Ove Petersen,