It’s been over 20 years since the “Magazin für Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen” started covering the hydrogen and fuel cell sector. H2Tec, as it was called at the time, was launched by Hanover-based SunMedia Verlags GmbH at the turn of this century. In 2005, the company decided to cease publication and transfer the rights to the trade magazine to Hydrogeit Verlag, then and now Germany’s premier source for books about hydrogen and fuel cells.
It’s been a long time since things were moving forward at the pace they have been in recent months. And it has been just as long since the mood was that optimistic in the energy sector. Wherever you look, you feel as if a new chapter has begun. It certainly feels a lot different than past times of doom and gloom in the fuel cell and hydrogen industry.
During my research for the article on the second generation of Honda‘s fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity Fuel Cell (see Honda Hands Over Keys for First Clarity Fuel Cell), I suddenly remembered days long past. More specifically, I recalled news pieces that I had written or read many years ago. I did a bit of a search and found the following lines, which I would like to share with you:
“One must recognize the distinct accomplishment of the second-biggest Japanese carmaker, Honda, which – like archrival Toyota – succeeded before all automotive manufacturers in the Western world to supply customers with fuel cell cars.
Ten years ago, Hydrogeit Verlag printed its first issue of the HZwei magazine – the German counterpart of H2-international. Entitled “H2Tec” in 2000, the Magazine for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells had been published for six years prior under SunMedia before the people responsible for it intended to go their separate ways – because the industry hadn’t advanced as quickly as they had expected.
Starting from the autumn of 2015, Hydrogeit Verlag will be issuing an international information medium about hydrogen and fuel cells. Following from the growing levels of interest in the specialist journal HZwei as well as in a global, independent level of reporting, the owner of the publishing house and issuer of HZwei, Sven Geitmann, has decided to publish an English language newsletter. In contrast to the existing Hydrogeit newsletter which already appears every month, along with the latest news, its international counterpart will also include specialist reports and will therefore only be available against payment. On a similar basis to the currently available German magazine HZwei this digital information service will primarily provide information concerning research results, demonstration projects as well as developments from the H2 and fuel cell sector in Germany. Those who are interested are able to find out more at www.h2-international.com.