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 »

Automanufacturers to Jointly Support H2 Refueling Infrastructure in Japan

| Japan, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. have agreed to work together to help accelerate the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in Japan. Specific measures, aimed at addressing the chicken and egg conundrum, will be determined by the three manufacturers at a later date. Read more »

Air Liquide Completes Two H2 Stations in Japan

| Japan, Busan

Japan Air Liquide opens H2 stations Jan2015Air Liquide has completed construction of two hydrogen filling stations, in the cities of Nagoya and Toyota, located in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan. The new stations were developed in a collaborative joint venture between Air Liquide Japan and Toyota Tsusho Corp., Toyotsu Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy. They are the first public-use hydrogen filling stations for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in the central Nagoya area and in Toyota City. Read more »

H2+Solar for Low Carbon Refuelling in Swindon UK

| United Kingdom, Swindon

Honda-BOC Hydrogen refuelling station, Swindon UKThe UK’s first commercial scale solar-powered hydrogen production and refuelling facility has been launched. The opening was marked by a demonstration of ‘green’ hydrogen production and low carbon hydrogen transport in action. Designed and commissioned by the consortium that includes BOC and Honda, the new state-of-the-art facility is located at Honda UK’s manufacturing site on the outskirts of Swindon. Read more »

DSM Thermoplastics Suitable for Lighter Natural Gas Cylinder

| Singapore

DSM productRoyal DSM, a global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, says a combination of two of its most innovative thermoplastics technologies has resulted in high performance pressure vessels that are ideally suited for use as lightweight fuel tanks for automobiles running on compressed natural gas (CNG) or hydrogen. With a solution for both the inner liner and the outer tape reinforcement, DSM is able to reduce the weight of the tank by up to 70%. Read more »

EC Calls for Policy Action to Push Alt-Fuel Solutions for Transport

LOGO CE_Vertical_EN_quadriThe European Commission has reiterated its position that alternative fuels are urgently needed to break the over-dependence of European transport on oil. Transport in Europe is 94 % dependent on oil, 84 % of it being imported, with a bill up to EUR 1 billion per day, and increasing costs to the environment.

Research and technological development have led to successful demonstrations of alternative fuel solutions for all transport modes. Market take-up, however, requires additional policy action. Read more »

Daimler, Linde and Partners to Build H2 Fuelling Stations in Germany

| Germany, Munich/Stuttgart

Linde-TOTAL-Daimler H2 station strategy Oct 2014Automobile manufacturer Daimler and gases and engineering company The Linde Group will team up with oil and gas companies TOTAL, OMV, Avia and Hoyer this year to significantly increase the number of hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany. To this end, the two companies are investing around EUR 10 million (USD 12.6 m) in ten fuelling stations each. On 29 September, the first of the Daimler- and Linde-initiated public fuelling stations for fuel-cell vehicles was officially opened at a TOTAL multi-energy fuelling station on Jafféstrasse in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Read more »