Hydrogen fuel cells could help energy security in Europe

Hydrogen Fuel Cells - Europe Energy Security

Conference highlights the energy security potential of fuel cell systems Europe’s energy security may be boosted through the use of hydrogen fuel cells, according to suggested made at a recent conference held in Estonia. The conference was organized by Estonia’s National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics and VTT, a technical research organization in Finland. Elcogen, a developer of solid oxide fuel cell systems, was also heavily involved in the organization of the event. During the conference, speakers suggested that existing hydrogen fuel cells could help solve Europe’s energy security…

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Europe leads the way in establishing a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure

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Hydrogen infrastructure in Europe is growing quickly Europe is leading the way in the development of new hydrogen fuel stations, but it is lagging behind the United States in the sale of fuel cell vehicles. The European Alternative Fuels Observatory notes that Europe’s hydrogen market is growing at a healthy rate. Currently, 75 hydrogen stations are in operation throughout the region, more than double what can be found in the U.S. The United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Germany, and the Netherlands currently have the most hydrogen stations open to the public.…

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New European project aims to expand hydrogen fuel infrastructure

H2ME 2 project seeks to bring 1,230  fuel cell vehicles to Europe A new pan-European initiative has been launched to expand the region’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The initiative is called H2ME 2 and will take place over six years, bringing together 37 partners from throughout Europe. H2ME 2 aims to bring 1,230 fuel cell vehicles to Europe, with some 20 new hydrogen stations being built to support the adoption of these vehicles. The infrastructure initiative will also work to test the capabilities of new electrolizer technology that can be used…

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Hyundai delivers 50 more of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to Europe

Automaker brings more of its ix35 fuel cell vehicles to European countries South Korean automaker Hyundai has delivered more of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the ix35, to Europe, where the vehicles will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of fuel cells in the transportation space. Hyundai has delivered the largest shipment of these vehicles to date, bringing 50 to Europe in October. These vehicles are being delivered to several European countries, where some will be used by government agencies to determine the potential of fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai has…

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Shell to help expand Europe’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure

Existing gas stations in Europe may soon be able to offer hydrogen fuel Many gas stations in Europe will begin offering access to hydrogen fuel in the near future. Last month, a small pilot project was launched in the United Kingdom, designed to make hydrogen more accessible through existing fuel stations. Shell has now announced that it will be a part of a larger effort to expand the European hydrogen infrastructure, beginning in Germany. The company is also working to develop new hydrogen fuel stations in the United States, France,…

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Hydrogenics to deliver hydrogen fuel cells to Alstom Transport

Hydrogenics and Alstom Transport sign 10 year agreement Hydrogenics, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen production technologies, has announced that it has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Alstom Transport, a leading transportation organization based in Europe. Per the agreement, Hydrogenics will provide Alstom with hydrogen fuel cells, which will be used to power new transportation solutions that are to go into service in France and elsewhere. These fuel cells will be delivered in near future and Hydrogenics will provide 10 years worth of maintenance and services for…

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Hydrogen fuel buses are gaining momentum in Europe

Five bus manufacturers join together to launch fuel cell buses in European cities Five European bus manufacturers have signed a joint Letter of Understanding during a recent event hosted by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. The Letter of Understanding involves the use of hydrogen fuel cells in new buses that will be launched by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking in the future. The manufacturers intend to launch as many as 1,000 fuel cell buses in major European cities by 2020. Fuel cells are becoming prominent in…

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New European venture will help support hydrogen fuel buses

Ballard Power Systems teams with Van Hool to launch new joint venture in Europe Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has partnered with Van Hool, a manufacturer of buses, in order to launch a new joint venture called European Service and Parts Center. The venture will be focused on providing services to buses equipped with fuel cells, with these services being made available in November of this year. The venture will primarily support buses that have been developed by Van Hool. Fuel cell buses are growing…

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Ballard to deliver hydrogen fuel cells to M-Field

Ballard signs a licensing and engineering services agreement with M-Field Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has signed a licensing and engineering services with M-Field, a renewable energy company operating in Europe. Per the agreement, Ballard will be supplying and deploying its fuel cells designed to power materials handling vehicles. Ballard will also provide its engineering services to M-Field beginning in 2015. The agreement between the two companies has an approximate value of $1 million. Fuel cells continue to gain popularity within the materials handling space…

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New funding aims to support hydrogen fuel cell projects in Europe

Organization offers more funding for fuel cell projects The European Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership, has announced the availability of some $30 million in public funding for new projects. The projects that will have access to this funding will involve fuel cell technology in some way. A portion of the funding is being devoted specifically to hydrogen-based transportation projects. The funding will also be used to support projects that make use of stationary fuel cells. Funding may help public transportation initiatives Some $15 million has been allotted for…

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Hydrogen fuel gains more momentum in Europe

New consortium forms around hydrogen fuel cells Hydrogen fuel may begin gaining significant momentum in Europe thanks to a new consortium called the H2TRUST. The consortium is comprised of nine European organizations, including Air Products, McPhy Energy, SOL SpA, and the European Hydrogen Association, as well as others. The consortium was co-founded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, which exists to promote the use of hydrogen fuel and fuel cell technology throughout Europe. The commercialization of fuel cell technology will be one of the top priorities of H2TRUST.…

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Political leadership needed for hydrogen fuel to be successful

Europe needs political leadership in order to support hydrogen fuel adoption Political leadership may be the key to the successful adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles in Europe. The European Union has been working to establish a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure throughout the continent and many research organizations have made strides in reducing the cost of fuel cell technology. Despite this progress, however, a lack of political leadership could derail efforts to promote the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The European Commissioner for Transport, Siim Kallas, is now calling for a coherent political…

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ITM Power wins grant to participate in hydrogen fuel project

Hydrogen fuel project to take place in Europe ITM Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has won a grant to participate in the CommONEnergy project, a European initiative meant to promote the use of hydrogen fuel and energy storage technologies for non-residential purposes. Europe has become a hub of activity when it comes to renewable energy and many European countries have been showing significant interest in hydrogen fuel. Much of this interest has to do with how these energy systems can be used in transportation, but fuel cells…

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European hydrogen fuel cell market to see strong growth

Hydrogen fuel continues to generate hype in Europe Markets and Markets, a leading market research and consultancy firm, has released a new report concerning the fuel cell market in Europe. Hydrogen fuel cells have become very popular in Europe, especially in regards to transportation. Germany is currently one of the strongest supporters of hydrogen fuel in the region, believing that this form of renewable energy could help reduce the emissions associated with transportation. The report from Markets and Markets suggests that the European fuel cell market is set to see…

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EU moves ahead with hydrogen fuel initiative

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Second phase of ambitious hydrogen fuel partnership comes to fruition The European Union is preparing to enter into the second phase of an ambitious public-private partnership concerning clean transportation and the use of hydrogen fuel therein. The partnership is widely known as the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative. The goal of this partnership is to bring together both public and private entities and task them with tackling the various issues associated with clean transportation. As the name suggests, the partnership has a primary focus on hydrogen fuel and…

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New EU proposal could be a boon for hydrogen fuel

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Hydrogen fuel may have a bright future in the EU The future of hydrogen fuel in Europe has become more promising thanks to a new proposal from the European Commission, the legislative branch of the European Union. Hydrogen fuel has managed to establish a relatively strong foothold in many European countries because of how this fuel can be used for transportation. The auto industry has ambitious plans concerning hydrogen-powered vehicles, and many countries have been working to align themselves with these ambitious to ensure they remain favorable markets for the…

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