Five out of 10 hydrogen living labs underway

Ulrich Wagner, Trans4ReaL spokesman, © Trans4ReaL, Enno Kapitza
Ulrich Wagner, Trans4ReaL spokesman, © Trans4ReaL, Enno Kapitza

Here’s a sobering statistic: Out of a total of 10 hydrogen living labs, only five have actually been rolled out. Peter Altmaier, economy minister in the previous German government, had enthused grandiosely about the practical relevance of the projects he was supporting and went to great lengths to rebut any criticism of them. Even during the selection process, a fair number of voices could be heard complaining that the time for demos had passed. And yet Altmaier used the full force of his authority and sailed on. Today the reality is that the majority of these field trials have yet to swing into action, hampered by excessive bureaucracy and onerous conditions.

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Becoming an H2 district pays off

The analyzed residence spaces of the housing co-op, © Bauverein, Tim-Online
The analyzed residence spaces of the housing co-op, © Bauverein, Tim-Online

So far, H2 has comprised only a tiny slice of the German gas grid. And the suitability of increasing this share to up to 30 percent is currently only being tested within the framework of individual, time-limited demonstration projects. H2 “micronets,” that is city districts or regions running 100 percent on hydrogen, are yet to exist. But Lennart Lohaus has recently demonstrated that H2-based solutions can already be economically attractive today. As part of his master thesis, he developed an optimization model for designing regenerative supply solutions with hydrogen as energy carrier for the coal district Rheinisches Revier.

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New brand for hydrogen-run garbage trucks

Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff at Enginius – with the CityPower in the background
Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff at Enginius – with the CityPower in the background

The kickstart for Enginius could hardly have turned out better. On May 16th, 2022, Faun Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG introduced its new brand to the public in Bremen, and only two weeks later, the vehicle manufacturer from Niedersachsen was presented the first ever H2Eco Award during Hannover Messe. At the same time as the industrial fair, the subsidiary of the Faun Group also made a splash at IFAT 2022, the world-leading trade fair for environmental technologies, in Munich from May 30th to June 3rd.

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Hydrogen trucks for hire

Sara Schiffer, founder and director of hylane, advisor to the board at DEVK, © hylane
Sara Schiffer, founder and director of hylane, advisor to the board at DEVK, © hylane

The idea of carmakers running their own car sharing enterprises has been around for years. But an insurance company leasing hydrogen-powered trucks is something completely new. Indeed at first glance the plans put forward by hylane, a subsidiary of German insurer DEVK (historically an insurance fund for railroad employees), seem rather unconventional. During the course of the company’s press conference on April 11, 2022, however, the partners involved made it clear that unusual times occasionally call for unusual measures. The same applies to the H2 Delivery brand which began marketing its rental concept in December 2021.

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Where we are is way ahead

HyStarters and HyExperts of round 2
HyStarters and HyExperts of round 2

On May 12th, 2022, German transport minister Dr. Volker Wissing set off the next round of the HyLand program. Representatives from each of the 15 HyStarter and HyExpert Regions came to Berlin to hear the funding decisions from the ministry for transport and digital infrastructure (Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr, BMDV). In addition, Wissing announced another call for HyPerformer Regions – also for this year.

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It may be a jarring change

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The discussion about rising energy prices is taking on ever greater dimensions. Now, German economic minister Robert Habeck wants to grant the German competition regulation agency (Bundeskartellamt) new rights. Swift to oppose such alleged unconstitutionality is not only Handelsverband Deutschland (the general association for commerce in Germany).

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H2FC Europe makes furious comeback

German economic minister Robert Habeck conversing with Ove Petersen, managing director of GP Joule
German economic minister Robert Habeck conversing with Ove Petersen – GP Joule

There it was again – Hannover Messe. Although significantly smaller than before the corona pandemic, there was great relief on both the presenter and visitor side that the industry show from May 30 to June 2, 2022 could take place in person. The Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Europe event was very lively and busy at times – especially on the Tuesday and Wednesday. A sure sign that hydrogen will play a truly important role in industry as well as energy supply in the future. Otherwise, the view of Hannover Fairgrounds was rather dismal.

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Car and oil companies advertise for e-fuels

This chemical plant for the production of e-fuels is already on its way to Chile., © MAN Energy Solutions
Chemical plant for the production of e-fuels is on its way to Chile, © MAN Energy Solutions

Industry fears that so-called e-fuels could be a similar flop to biofuels are high. There are too many parallels. Which is why some players are very unsettled. There are also numerous critics warning against extending the life of internal combustion engines. On the other hand, synthetic fuels offer a great opportunity, especially for the until now market-dominating corporations to maintain their influence. In addition, many billions of euros in revenue beckon. Hence this attempt to shed some light on the e-fuel debate.

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H2-international survey of electrolyzer manufacturers

The EL 4.0 will be built first in Pisa and then Saerbeck, © Enapter
The EL 4.0 will be built first in Pisa and then Saerbeck, © Enapter

The developments in the electrolyzer sector are continuing in great strides. Particularly in costs, where most manufacturers have been able to achieve substantial price reductions in the recent months, even if this has not been reflected in a reduction of the final price in all cases. In addition, both stacks and whole systems are becoming increasingly more compact and efficient.

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