Monday, February 11 2019
IBERCONAPPICE 2019, the Ibero-American Congress of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, will be held at the CIEMAT-Moncloa Campus, Complutense Avenue, 40 28040-Madrid, between October 23 and 25, 2019.
The official website of the Congress is https://iberconappice.appice.es/
In the coming days will be informed about the theme of the Congress, the registration period and the detailed schedule for the Submission of Communications.
For many years, many automakers insisted that the future of transport went through the hydrogen fuel cell, investing huge amounts of cash in the development of this technology, which was meant to replace internal combustion engines. However, time was passing, and while the fuel cell barely evolved, the batteries began to do so very quickly.
To this day, the vast majority of brands are betting on the battery-powered electric car as a workhorse for the future. There are still some Asian companies (Toyota, Honda and Hyundai) that continue betting on this technology, which is seen by the governments of Japan and South Korea as a way to stop relying as much on oil as on the raw materials of batteries. foreign origin.
All in all, the sales of the Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and Hyundai Nexo continue to be anecdotal, mainly due to the high cost of their production (they use materials such as platinum, very scarce), to the low efficiency in the processes of obtaining hydrogen, the lack of infrastructure and the cost of developing it, etc. Meanwhile, models such as the Nissan LEAF, the Tesla Model 3 or the Renault ZOE break monthly sales records.
Air Liquide announces the acquisition of an 18.6% stake in the capital of the Canadian company Hydrogenics Corporation, leader in hydrogen production equipment by electrolysis and fuel cells. This strategic operation, which represents an investment of 20.5 million American dollars (18 million euros), allows the Group to reaffirm its long-term commitment to the hydrogen energy markets and its ambition to be one of the main players in the market. supply of carbon-free hydrogen, in particular for the industrial and mobility markets.
Convinced that hydrogen will play a key role in the energy transition, Air Liquide has been a pioneer in the development of the hydrogen sector for years. Air Liquide and Hydrogenics have also signed a technological and commercial agreement to jointly develop PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane: Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolysis technologies for the hydrogen energy markets, which are rapidly growing worldwide.
This family company has already signed two leases, one with an international industrial gas and hydrogen company and the other with a major Spanish gas supplier. Now the next step is to extend the service to all of Europe.
With this formula, which is «authentic industry first in the sector», Calvera offers the possibility of renting its full range of gas transport options, including trailers and mobile refueling units to customers such as biomethane suppliers, energy service companies and energy facilities.
The General Director of the Calvera Industrial Group, Rafael Calvera, has indicated about this new service that «bringing the gas to the end user in the most profitable way can be a challenge for the producers of hydrogen, biomethane and CNG. leasing makes the supply and distribution of ‘green’ gas more efficient from an economic point of view, simplifying the business model in general, in any new strategy it will reduce the initial capital expenditures and help the overall financing of the project. «
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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.