EC Approves Alternative-fuel Funding for Czech Republic

| Belgium, Brussels
Bonett CNG station at the Shell petrol station in Hodonin, Czech Rep.

Bonett CNG station at the Shell petrol station in Hodonin, Czech Rep.

The European Commission (EC) approved a measure this week that will see increased deployment of alternative-fuel vehicles in the Czech Republic. The EC has determined that Czech plans to support the creation of a network of refuelling for low emission vehicles to be in line with EU state aid rules.  Read more »

Quiet M-B Buses for IAA Duties in Hannover

| Germany, Stuttgart / Hannover

Mercedes-Benz Citaro CNgVisitor shuttle service at the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover this year will be provided by two quiet, low-emission Mercedes-Benz buses. A Citaro NGT and a Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid will be in operation to transfer visitors around the exhibition site. Read more »

Korean Researchers Push HCNG Engine to Euro VII

| Korea, Seoul | Source: Business Korea

Cooperation between KOGAS, KGS (Korean Gas Safety), KIMM (Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials) and Daewoo Bus has enabled scientists to develop an HCNG engine which is compliant with Euro-6 European emission regulations. This engine, as reported by Business Korea, is compatible with existing natural gas engines, making it possible to change natural gas buses into HCNG buses with the new engine. Read more »

Disfrimur and University of Cartagena Research Alternative Fuels

| Spain, Cartagena

Disfrimur-UPCT gas engine studySpain’s privately owned transportation company Disfrimur, dedicated to road haulage and logistics, is working with the Technical University of Cartagena on a project to reduce transportation’s carbon footprint through the use of alternative fuels such as natural gas and hydrogen in diesel engines. Read more »

Daimler Selects OMB Saleri to Design H2 Componentry for FCVs

| Italy, Brescia
OMB head pic OTV

OMB H2 on-tank valve

OMB Saleri SpA has been chosen by Daimler AG as a development partner for dedicated Hydrogen components for their next generation Fuel-cell vehicles. The company was contracted specifically to develop a Hydrogen On-tank valve, a Filling Receptacle, a Check-Valve and a TPRD End Plug device. Read more »

Japanese Auto Trio Facilitate Hydrogen Fuel Infrastructure

| Japan, Tokyo
H2 Station in Nerima Ward, Tokyo

H2 Station in Nerima Ward, Tokyo

From July 1, Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will receive applications requesting support to development hydrogen refueling stations in Japan. Earlier this year, the automotive trio have agreed on key details regarding a new joint support project for the development of hydrogen station infrastructure. The joint project (conducted alongside the Japanese government’s support for hydrogen stations) will partially cover hydrogen station operating expenses incurred by infrastructure companies. Read more »

EC Creates ‘Sustainable Transport Forum’

| Europe

EC LogoCall for Applications closes May 18

Following the adoption of Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure the European Commission has created the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF) – to be made up of experts on alternative transport fuels. The STF should help the Commission to advance the application of the Clean Power for Transport strategy and facilitate the implementation of the Directive. Read more »

California H2 Fuel Expansion with Quantum Dispensers

| USA, Lake Forest CA

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has received multiple orders from Linde North America, a member of The Linde Group, to develop and manufacture additional retail hydrogen fueling dispensers for the further development of hydrogen fueling infrastructure in California. The hydrogen dispensers are targeted to be delivered to and commissioned by Linde North America around the fourth quarter of 2015.

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UK OLEV Funds H2 Stations and Upgrades

| United Kingdom, London

ITM Power H2 Refuelling Station Mar2015ITM Power, a Sheffield-based UK energy storage and clean fuel company, has been awarded a total of £2.89m (USD 4.3m) by the Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) Infrastructure Grants Scheme, run by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The award is to build two new HRS in London and upgrade four existing ITM Power refuelling stations. Read more »

NG and H2 Have Synergies Worth Exploring, US DOE Report States

| USA, Washington DC

Sandia H2NG ReportLast September, Sandia National Laboratories, American Gas Association, and Toyota, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies and Vehicle Technologies Offices, convened stakeholders across the hydrogen and natural gas communities in the U.S. to consider opportunities and challenges at the intersection of their development as alternative transportation fuels. Although natural gas and hydrogen have an obvious intersection – natural gas is the feedstock for 95% of the hydrogen produced in the U.S. – little attention has been given to how these fuels can evolve in the context of each other. The Department of Energy recently released a report generated from this workshop. Read more »