At the conference on the energy transition held at the theater of the French Institute of Madrid, the vector proposed by the speakers is hydrogen (H2), to combat climate change and cut the increasing CO2 emissions that the UN has denounced this Wednesday. Victorien Erussard, French captain and driver of the construction of the first hydrogen-powered ship that he himself generates thanks to the sea water, the sun and the wind, has told his experience during the beginning of a round the world aboard his ship creation, the Energy Observer.
Toyota has developed a fixed fuel cell generator that uses the same system that assembles the Toyota Mirai electric fuel cell vehicle (FCEV). The generator has been installed at the Honsha plant in Toyota City (Aichi Prefecture, Japan), and will use hydrogen to generate the energy necessary for the operation of the plant.
The Port of Antwerp ordered the construction of a tugboat powered by hydrogen. The ship, called «Hydrotug» will be the first of its kind to operate in the world. The ship will burn hydrogen in combination with diesel in engines that comply with the Euro V standard of the European Union, leading to «ultra-low» emissions. The tugboat will be built by the Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), a pioneer in the field of hydrogen energy for maritime transport.
MMC UAV launched its brand new hydrone Griflion H that features a record-breaking 15-hour flight time on September 17th, 2019 in Germany during the InterGEO 2019, the world’s largest conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. It is a hydrogen-powered vertical take-off and landing drone with an integrated design. MMC-developed hydrogen fuel battery shows great stability and tremendously extends drone flight time.
Horizon Fuel Cell Group has announced the commencement of volume production of its high-performance VLS-II series fuel cell stacks for commercial vehicles, with an initial focus on heavy-duty trucks. Leveraging mass production techniques and delivering enough power to replace large diesel engines, these new automotive stacks will play an important role in achieving decarbonization goals around the world.
In 2017, Ballard issued an industry “call to action”. We challenged the hydrogen and fuel cell industry to an ambitious but achievable goal. We called this goal “30 by 30”—meaning at least 30% of all new commercial electric vehicles in the key markets of Europe, China and California should be powered by fuel cells by 2030. We noted that achievement of “30 by 30” would require strong leadership and sustained investment from major players throughout the hydrogen and fuel cell value chain and ecosystem.
In line with the Better Regulation Guidelines, the EC wishes to consult stakeholders as widely as possible. Therefore, the consultation strategy aims at involving a broad set of stakeholders that includes national authorities, the EU research community, industry, EU institutions and bodies, foundations, and others. More specifically, targeted stakeholders include present and past beneficiaries of Framework Programme funding, EU Member States, associations and umbrella organisations, industrial, academic and other partner organisations, but inputs from other stakeholders as well as citizens are also welcome.
CNH Industrial has announced its intention to establish a strategic and exclusive partnership for heavy trucks with Nikola Corporation. The objective of this partnership is to accelerate the transformation of the industry towards the neutrality of heavy truck emissions in North America and Europe through the adoption of fuel cell technology.
European hydrogen fuel cell specialists, Pragma Industries, has successfully increased the maximum range of its pioneering hydrogen fuel cell bike by 50%, using one of our advanced, high-pressure gas cylinders. A fleet of its fuel cell Alpha bikes was used at the G7 World Summit, to provide sustainable transport for journalists covering the event.
H-TEC Systems Positions Itself for the Future of a Commercial Hydrogen Economy with its 10 megawatt PEM Electrolyser
The German hydrogen technology manufacturer, which is ranked among the top 10 worldwide, is also showing its expanded portfolio for the future: a 10 megawatt electrolyser. Visitors can find out all about this next-level concept, which makes use of proven proprietary PEM stack technology by H-TEC at stand 1C09. The innovative system will be available from 2022.
A decision on building the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant with a capacity of 100 megawatts in the Port of Hamburg will be made before the close of 2019, Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa has quoted Michael Westhagemann, Hamburg’s Senator for Economics Senator, as saying. The plant will cost a three-digit million sum and will be funded by subsidies from the German government and the EU.
The owner of the Iveco truck manufacturer, CNH Industrial, has announced an investment of 250 million dollars in Nikola Motors, and the creation of a joint venture for the development of Nikola Tre in Europe. Nikola will receive the collaboration of commercial vehicle and power train brands from CNH Industrial, Iveco and FPT Industrial, for the development, production and marketing of its fuel cell trucks and batteries.
The Australian Renewable Energy Arena (ARENA) has approved up to $9.41 million in conditional funding to Hazer Group for the construction and operation of a groundbreaking hydrogen production facility in Munster, Western Australia. The project is utilizing biogas produced at the treatment plant as feedstock to produce hydrogen and graphite.
The Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon, in order to stimulate both research at the highest level and the promotion of the study and knowledge of technologies related to the use of hydrogen as an energy vector, renewable energies and Decarbonization of transport and the energy sector, has instituted, by decision of its Board of Trustees, the annual awards for the best Doctoral Thesis, the best Master’s Thesis and the best Degree Thesis.
Recently, and after an official visit of the Chinese government to Japan, where the authorities could learn about the operation of the Toyota Mirai, the leaders of the Asian country have decided to bet on the hydrogen fuel cell, they have been surprised by the rapid refueling achieved by this type of vehicle, as well as by its good autonomy.
The objective is to decarbonize the economy, through an energy transition in which more and more actors fit; also as far as vehicles are concerned. That’s why the hydrogen car does not want to be left out. Not in vain, according to industry experts will be a leading element when decarbonizing mobility.
If you want an electric car, you’re not the only one. Either by necessity or ecology, in a future yet to be determined, we will have to move from fossil fuels as much as possible and migrate towards other alternatives. Is it electric? Will it be the fuel cell? At the moment we do not know for sure – although here we bet on hydrogen and the fuel cell.
Toyota is a promoter partner of the Spanish Hydrogen Association, AeH2, with the common objective of promoting the R & D of hydrogen fuel technologies as an energy vector. The descabornización of the transport has a referent in the Toyota Mirai, the first truck of stack of fuel manufactured in series in the world that already commercialises in Japan, and in some European countries like Germany, Belgium, Holland, Sweden or Norway, and that in Spain it will arrive in 2020.