Last November, H-Tec Education, based in Lübeck, Germany, was put under new management. Parent company GP Joule elevated Thorsten Schmidt to head of the teaching materials division. Åke Johnsen, who had worked for H-Tec’s marketing department since 2001 before becoming part of the board in 2016 after the exit of company founder Uwe Küter, left the subsidiary to join its parent company, where he could lead the hydrogen business at both GP Joule and H-Tec to new levels of success.
These are indeed trying times for the Education and Training Center for Innovative Energy Technologies, or WBZU, in Ulm, Germany. The institute, which had become part of the local chamber of industry and commerce in January 2014 (see HZwei issue from April 2014), had seen a steadily declining interest in its educational offerings in the months before the end of last year, evidenced by a much lower number of seminars held during that period. Subsequently, Sirko Nell – formerly, managing director of the institute – left the Weiterbildungszentrum Ulm (WBZU) prior to the beginning of 2017.
Hanover is still the leading sector meeting place for the H2 and FC community. As in previous years, from 13th until 17th April 2015, almost 150 exhibitors presented themselves on the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries in hall 27. Apart from that, however, relatively little was on offer for interested visitors that was worthwhile. The topic of electrical mobility wasn’t as present as it was in previous years. This time