LR-classed Hydroville Prepares Way for H2-Powered Vessels

| United Kingdom, London

Hydroville - H2-poweredAntwerp maritime group Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) has launched its new hydrogen-powered passenger vessel, Hydroville, classed by LR. The catamaran crew boat is the first LR-classed vessel to use hydrogen to power a diesel engine. The advantage of hydrogen is that no CO2, particulate matter or sulphur oxides are released during combustion. Read more »

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 »

UK-Funded Projects to Advance HDV Gas Technologies

| United Kingdom, London
CNG Fuels Truck

CNG Fuels will trial 43 dedicated gas HGVs

Funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK (agencies of the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) has been awarded to several natural gas for transportation projects, announced this week by Transport Minister John Hayes. The funding is provided to successful applicants who entered the government sponsored competition to stimulate the development of ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) technologies. 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 »

Kenworth to Develop Proof-of-Concept CNG Hybrid

| USA, Kirkland WA
Kenworth T680 CNG Day-cab

Kenworth T680 CNG Day-cab

Kenworth, a medium and heavy duty truck manufacturer based in Kirkland, Washington, is the recipient of U.S. government grants for low emissions projects that will include a proof-of-concept CNG hybrid Kenworth T680 Day Cab, targeted for use as a drayage tractor in Southern California ports.  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 »

Hexagon Composites Proposes Mitsui Investment for H2 Future

| Norway, Aalesund

Hexagon Composites ASA (Hexagon, the “Company”), manufacturer of composite Type 4 pressure vessels, and major Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) have on 27 February 2016 entered into an investment agreement whereby Mitsui undertakes to subscribe for more than 33 million new ordinary shares of the Company. 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 »