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Did you know that Energy Transition Day has taken place? Sustainability in the Assembly Hall of CIEMAT organized by APPICE?


The presentation was given by the Director of the Department of Energy of CIEMAT, Mrs. María Luisa Castaño, who was accompanied by Mrs. Loreto Daza, President of APPICE and Head of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Group of the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (CSIC), and by Mr. Tomás González Ayuso, Head of the Fuel Cells and System Integration Unit of CIEMAT.

Did you know that Air Liquide, Idex, STEP and Toyota create HysetCo to promote mobility based on hydrogen?


Toyota joins Air Liquide, Idex and Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) with the aim of achieving a clean mobility that allows to improve air quality.

Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have joined forces to promote the development of hydrogen-based mobility with a joint venture called HysetCo. It is the first in history dedicated to the development of mobility based on hydrogen in the Île-de-France region, in Paris.

This collaboration represents an unprecedented milestone in the promotion of a hydrogen-based society in France and in the development of Hype, the world’s first hydrogen-based, emission-free fleet. It is a project launched in 2015, during COP21 and that has fuel cell cabs in circulation in Paris and throughout the Île-de-France region.

HysetCo will facilitate the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and their charging infrastructure in the Île-de-France region to reach the goal of 600 taxis by the end of 2020. Toyota will supply another 500 Mirai before the end of 2020, to Complete the existing fleet of 100 Hype vehicles.

This joint venture covers two activities: the distribution of hydrogen and the development of applications related to mobility. Within that ecosystem, each collaborator contributes his own knowledge. The entity’s mission is to promote the transition of the sector towards the elimination of emissions, with the aim of having ‘Taxis / VTC without emissions for the Olympic Games of Paris 2024’.

Did you know that more flexible nanomaterials can boost fuel cells for cheaper hydrogen cars?


Transportation is one of the most important human needs. Nowadays, in our civilization it is so vital that we depend totally on it, both to move and to transport our resources, be it water, food, or any other basic need.

For this reason, it is logical to think that the automotive industry seeks to develop technologies that allow a better performance. It is expected that in the near future this economic sector will benefit enormously from nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

Global expectations of lower emissions and fuel savings are creating huge demands for lightweight, durable and low-cost materials to replace expensive metals and compounds, and nanotechnology can help meet those demands.

Scientists led by Johns Hopkins University have developed a new method to increase the reactivity of ultra-thin nanosheets, with only a few atoms of thickness, an advance that can make fuel cells for hydrogen cars cheaper in the future.

The research, published in the journal Science, promises faster and cheaper production of electric power using fuel cells, and also chemicals and bulk materials such as hydrogen.

The new method focuses on finding the right amount, to evaluate how much metal would be required for the fuel cell electrodes. The technique uses the forces on the surface of a metal to identify the ideal thickness of the electrode.

«Each material experiences a tension on the surface due to the breakdown of the crystalline symmetry of the material at the atomic level. We discovered a way to make these crystals ultrafine, thus decreasing the distance between the atoms and increasing the reactivity of the material, «says Chao Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Johns Hopkins University and one of the corresponding authors of the study.

Did you know that the port of Valencia will be the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy?


The capital of the Turia was the scene on Tuesday of the first working meeting of «H2PORTS – Implementing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Ports», a project aimed at implementing efficient solutions to reduce the environmental impact of operations developed in the port of Valencia. Thanks to this initiative, coordinated by the Valenciaport Foundation, in close collaboration with the Port Authority of Valencia, this enclave will become the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy into its terminals.

H2PORTS, which has a total investment of four million euros and is financed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking program (FCH JU), is part of the energy strategy implemented in 2017 by Valenciaport, based on the use of hydrogen and of fuel cells as an alternative energy.

This first meeting, which was attended by the general director of the Valenciaport Foundation, Antonio Torregrosa, and the director of Environment and Security of the APV, Federico Torres, is the starting signal for the implementation of the use of hydrogen through pilot projects that will operate in real conditions in the port of Valencia and that will bridge the gap between prototypes and pre-commercial products. Specifically, three pilots will be tested that will operate in this dock: a container loading / unloading and transport reach stacker, powered by hydrogen; a terminal tractor for ro-ro operations, powered by hydrogen batteries, and a mobile hydrogen supply station that will provide the necessary fuel to guarantee the continuous work cycles of the aforementioned equipment and that in the initial phase of the project will work in the Grimaldi (Valencia Terminal Europa) and MSC terminals in the Port of Valencia.

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