These days, hydrogen has become a focal point of discussion in Germany and at the highest echelons of the European Union. Gradually, the energy carrier is getting the attention it deserves. At last, despite the roadblocks, a breakthrough is imminent.
The Battery Production steering committee of the VDMA, the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, has had two new spokespersons since early September 2016. Both work for KUKA Industries, an Augsburg-based provider of fully automated battery production systems. The votes for Paul Merz, sales director of technology solutions EMEA, and Joachim Döhner, vice president of technology solutions, were unanimous.
The Fuel Cells Working Group in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) has presented its new Fuel Cell Business Survey. To gather the latest data, the working group completed a survey of approximately 60 members and calculated representative figures on the basis of 40 substantial answers. According to the comments made by the director of the working group Johannes Schiel, “2014 didn’t go so well”. The turnover in the fuel cells industry in Germany with commercially available FC heating devices and power supply systems in 2014 was only a moderate EUR 70 million, after EUR 50 million in 2013. As, according to Schiel, these figures correspond