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Catch your Tesla cab at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport!

On October 16, 2014 a line of 50 Tesla taxis at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport marked the launch of 167 electric taxis that will be serving the Dutch airport operated by BBF Schipholtaxi or BIOS-groep. The two companies will jointly offer passenger transport services with a fleet of 167 Tesla Model S taxis, almost half of Schiphols’ taxi fleet

‘The new fleet of 100 per cent electrically-powered Teslas allows passengers to continue their journey from Schiphol in total comfort. At Schiphol, high-quality transport and an environmental conscience go hand in hand. This represents a crucial step in our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and become one of the world’s three most sustainable airports’, explained Jos Nijhuis, Schiphol Group’s President and CEO. The zero-emission taxis will be serving Schiphol for a period of at least four years, with an optional extension of up to eight years. Bios Groups is also responsible for the recharging infrastructure for the taxis. (Photo: © Tesla Schiphol) ..read more
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6th International Conference on ”Fundamentals & Development of Fuel Cells”, Toulouse, 3-5 Feb, 2015

The  Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (University of Toulouse) is organising the 6th International Conference on ”Fundamentals & Development of Fuel Cells”, in Toulouse, France, from February 3rd to February 5th, 2015. Four laboratories are in fact involved in this organisation: LAPLACE (Laboratory on Plasma and Conversion of Energy), LGC (Chemical Engineering Laboratory), CIRIMAT (Inter-university Material Research and Engineering Centre) and IMFT (Institute of Fluid Mechanics of Toulouse).The main topics at FDFC2015 will address fuel cells and electrolysers, ranging from fundamentals of electrochemistry to systems operation. Recent advances in materials, single cells, stacks and system development, as well as fuel cell diagnosis, power processing and control, characterisation of MEA, will be also presented during the conference.

Website: http://fdfc2015-toulouse.org/ ..read more
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UK government unveils major investment in hydrogen infrastructure

The UK Government on October 9, 2014 unveiled its plans to provide up to £11million support to facilitate the roll-out of hydrogen fuelled vehicles and associated hydrogen refeulling station (HRS) infrastructure across the UK.  Business Minister Matthew Hancock’s announcement of funding for 15 new refuelling stations by the end of 2015 and for public sector hydrogen vehicles is part of the UK Government’s drive to become a global leader in ultra-low emission vehicles. It follows news earlier this month that Toyota has chosen the UK as one of the first markets for its FCEV when it goes on sale next year. Of the £11 million announced, £7.5 million will come from Government and £3.5 million from industry:

£2 million of top-up funding to upgrade 6 to 8 existing hydrogen refuelling stations (already operational or under development in the UK) and take them from demonstrator projects to publically accessible sites;
£3.5 million of funding to be matched by industry for 4 to 7 new hydrogen refuelling stations. This will include mobile stations as well as those on stand-alone sites and integrated into conventional petrol forecourts; and
£2 million of funding for public sector fleets to encourage deployment of around 40 hydrogen FCEVs in focused geographical clusters. ..read more
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HIT project paper publishes HRS and FREVUE overview and first recommenndations

The Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport, HIT, project’s expert team, that is distilling a Synchronized Implementation Plan for the roll out of hydrogen refueling infrastructure along TEN T corridors, based on the National Implementation Plan in the four HIT pilot countries NL, DK, F and SE, came out with a comprehensive overview of HRS and FCEV status in Europe and the rest of the world plus preliminary recommendations for policy makers . The seeks to provide background and input to the national action plans that are foreseen in the Directive  on alternative fuels infrastructure development that saw its final approval by the EU Council on September 29, 2014. The Directive indicates in art 5. that “those Member States which decide to include hydrogen refuelling points accessible to the public in their national policy framework shall ensure that an appropriate number of such points are available to ensure the circulation of hydrogen powered motor vehicles, including fuel cell vehicles, within networks determined by those Member States, including cross-border links where appropriate, by 31 December 2025 at the latest. The HIT project is the first hydrogen project in the EU Trans European Network for Transport, TEN T, program as part of the EU Connecting Europe Facility and is co-funded by the EU Commission.  (photo: one of the HIT stations recently opened in Rotterdam , Netherlands). You can download the paper here  HIT_SIP_Art 1_081014_final

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Eco-Mobility 2014, Vienna, 20th and 21st October

Focus on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (1st day) and all other

Eco-Mobility Technology Options (2nd day) ..read more
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2014 Stakeholder Forum – Programme Review Days of the FCH JU, 10-12 November 2014

The Stakeholder Forum of the Joint undertaking for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen on November 10-12 is once again the occasion for industry and policy-makers to show the contribution of this partnership to the European energy and transport targets.

For this Forum, the agenda is including contributions from a series of high ranking representatives from across the hydrogen and fuel cell industrial sector, as well as from potential customers for the technology. ..read more

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EU Clean Power for Transport moves action to Member States and Regions?

The final EU Directive on Deployment of alternative fuels Infrastructure (COM 2013/18) has been adopted by the EU Council on 29 September 2014. EU  Member States have two years to submit their national policy frameworks. The Commission will then assess and report on those national policy frameworks in order to ensure coherence at Union level. For more information click here.

The role of regional and local governments to accelerate a smooth roll out of recharging and refueling infrastructure will be crucial to ensure the link with clean energy supply to these infrastructures as well as engagement of local industrial expertise and local SME’s. ..read more

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New Urban Electric Mobility Initiative launched at UN Climate Summit

On 23 September world leaders met in New York at a UN Climate Summit. Among others action areas identified, there was also transport, which contributes about one quarter of energy-related global GHG emissions and about one fifth of energy use. Under a ‘Business as Usual’ scenario, energy use and GHG emissions are expected to rise by nearly 50 percent by 2030 and by more than 80 percent by 2050 (from 2009). Different global transport alliances advanced initiatives to sustain low carbon transport technologies.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that a shift to sustainable, low-carbon transport by the middle of the century could save governments, companies and individuals up to US$70 trillion. According to the agency, greater uptake of electric vehicles will form an important part of a low-carbon technology pathway for transport. The IEA suggests that technologies such as plug-in hybrid (PHEV), battery electric vehicle (BEV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCEV) will have to increase their market shares substantially over the coming years. These three technologies combined would have to reach a market share in annual sales of about 30% of global light-duty vehicles by 2030.
A new Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) was launched in New York to increase the number of electric vehicles in cities. It is an initiative that will bring together these various actors from the “supply” (supply side) and the “demand” side(Cities and Multilateral Development) Banks.
A global Compact of Mayors – which brought together well over two thousands cities, including over 200 cities with specific targets and strategies for greenhouse gas reductions, was launched at today’s Climate Summit. Those cities with voluntary commitments are well on their way to reduce emissions by 454 Megatons by 2020. The Compact, as well as other announcements including a City Climate Finance Leadership Alliance and a City Creditworthiness Partnership will help cities expand their commitments to curb greenhouse gases. This is significant given the potential for the world’s cities to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 8 gigatons annually in 2050, according to research recently unveiled by UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg {unenvoy.mikebloomberg.com}. This reduction is the equivalent of 50 per cent of global coal use. This research is the first to quantify cities’ potential collective impact on global greenhouse gas emissions, suggests that national governments can be more ambitious in their emissions reduction commitments.
The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Declaration on Climate Leadership resulted in over 350 commitments and actions from 110 public transport entities being undertaken in the lead up to the Summit. These actions contribute to UITP’s objective of doubling the market share of public transport around the world by 2025, announced at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012.

See the full UN announcement on Transport. ..read more

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Update Japan H2 developments at H2 Expo in Hamburg

At the H2Expo in Hamburg, responsible director for hydrogen at NEDO and IPHE chairman, Michio Hashimoto, the Japanese National Energy Basic plan 2014 indicates  hydrogen as one of the necessary energy sources for Japan. In response METI adopted a new strategic roadmap for H2 in June 2014, together with an announcement  of prime minister Abe to reduce regulatory barriers. The roadmap includes  3 phases:

1. Expand the FC networks and FCEV: 100 stations by 2015 co financed with 50% by national government ..read more

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Recharge your policy measures at next EEO Workshop

On October 9 ,2014  Polis, in cooperation with the European Electro-mobility Observatory (EEO) and AVERE organises two Electromobility Workshops on the occasion of the  2014 edition of Ecomobiel in Rotterdam and in conjunction with the CLEAN FLEETS project event on “The procurement of electric vehicles” (07/10) and the TIDE national seminar (08/10, in Dutch only). André Kuipers, astronaut and driver of an electric car will be  CLEANFLEET keynote speaker.

The Workshop on Electromobility is divided in two sessions: ..read more

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