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Iberoamerican Congress on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – October 2014, Barcelona

The Spanish Fuel Cells Association opens its doors to Ibero-America and organizes the Ibero-American Conference on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2014. IBERCONAPPICE 2014 will be held from October 15 -17, in Barcelona (Spain). This year, conscious of its dynamic role, APPICE is rolling out a new initiative aimed at opening its doors to the entire Ibero-American community.
IBERCONAPPICE 2014 aims to be the premier forum of encounter and synergy for researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs and governments, by seizing the opportunity to become a benchmark in this new field that is destined to revolutionize the supply of energy, and transportation as we know it today. more
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Toyota reveals the price of its first commercial hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle

The price of Toyota’s first commercial hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle which will be 7 million yen, which converts to roughly $70,000, £40,000. AU$73,000, €50,000. That does, however, make the pricing competitive with the all-electric Tesla Model S. The Tesla retails for close to $70,000 in the US, £40,000 in the UK and AU$97,000 in Australia.
The car will be commercialized in Japan before April 2015 and in the US and Europe by the summer of 2015. Australian availability was not announced.
Japan is now considering subsidies and tax breaks so fuel-cell vehicles can be purchased by consumers for about 2 million yen ($20,000, £11,500, AU$21,000) — the same price as gas-electric hybrids — by 2025.
Toyota sees fuel-cell technology — not pure battery-electric cars like the Tesla — as the future.
Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota’s North American region, recently told that battery-electric vehicles are viable only in “a select way, in short-range vehicles that take you that extra mile… But for long-range travel primary vehicles, we feel there are better alternatives, such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids, and tomorrow with fuel cells.” more
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EU CIVITAS Call of September 19 2014 invites creative movers

CIVITAS CAPITAL is supporting the take-up of sustainable urban mobility measures in Europe through an Activity Fund. This co-financing mechanism will encourage the transfer of successful measures from ‘pioneer’ cities to ‘take-up’ cities. Co-funding (50%) will be made available via four competitive calls between 2014 and 2015.

A second call is being prepared and will launch on 19 September 2014, offering a total of 80.000 EUR in funding for take-up activities on four CIVITAS thematic areas. The application deadline for the second call will be 31 October 2014. more
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France cuts taxes on recharging installations

The French government  adopted new legislation on July 23 that provides tax cuts for companies to build electric vehicle charging stations to accelerate the installation of infrastructure needed for a wider roll-out of electric cars in the country.  To take advantage of the tax cuts, companies must be operational in at least two regions in the country and ensure a balanced development of charging points in the areas concerned. The new measure forms part of a bigger plan that will see ministers voting on an Energy Transition law in October. If ratified, France aims to set up 7 million charging stations by 2030.According to France’s National Association for Electric Mobility, there are around 10 000 electric vehicle charging stations and 36 000 electric cars (out of a total of 38 million vehicles) in the country.In Paris, the city council approved the deployment of a network of 180 electric vehicle charging points to be installed by 2015 in all the city’s boroughs in squares specifically dedicated to electric passenger cars, commercial and delivery vehicles and bicycles. more
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London Heathrow Station features latest H2 distribution solution

On August 4, 2014  Air Products presented the second addition to its SmartFuel® hydrogen high pressure tube trailer fleet at the London Heathrow Airport hydrogen station. The developments are part of the FCH JU Hydrogen Transport in European Cities (HyTEC) initiative led by Air Products. The trailer of composite cylinders will enable to deliver hydrogen to hydrogen fuelling stations at a pressure of 500 bar,  minimising the need for onsite compression, a significant reduction in capital and operating costs. Diana Raine, European Business Manager, Hydrogen Energy Systems, Air Products, and HyTEC coordinator said: “The 350 and 700-bar Heathrow fuelling station and the expansion of the SmartFuel® trailer fleet represent significant milestones in the journey to establish a long term, viable hydrogen fuelling infrastructure across the UK and Europe. Air Products is proud to be leading the HyTEC project which has played an important role in bringing together these necessary components as we prepare for the arrival of commercially available hydrogen vehicles.” You can read the full press release here. more
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The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency for Transport, Environment and Energy

Italy helds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union since July 2014. The country will be responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the member states of the EU every six months. During this period, a number of important environmental and energy issues will be at the heart of European politics. Green growth and jobs will be high on the agenda too as Italy tries to get environmental policies working towards European competitiveness.

The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency were outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers, on 22 and 23 July. Security of supply remains at the top of EU decision makers’ agenda as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues. The Commission will launch security stress test starting with the most exposed part of Europe, namely Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Bulgaria, to work out how vulnerable they would be in the event the crisis over Ukraine leads to a major disruption of natural gas supplies. more

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The Commission waters down the 2030 target for energy efficiency to 30%

The Commission’s Communication on Energy efficiency issued on 23 July for the ’2030 Framework for climate and energy policy’ proposes a new energy saving target of 30% by 2030. In October the EU Council is expected to go for the suggested target while Member States could also leave the target not binding. Energy efficiency policies have gained momentum in the context of the Ukraine crisis as EU member states seek to do all they can to reduce the need for imported Russian energy.

Following the announcement, civil society organisations, business representatives MEPs from all mainstream factions in the Europe, critisized the decision of the Commission especially because the European Parliament backed a 40% target earlier this year. The is seen as a missed opportunity while the Commission itself ignored its own modelling which apparently showed that a 40% target could grow the economy at a rate of 4% a year, create an annual 3.15% boost in employment and massively cut fossil fuel imports by up to €500 billion annually. more

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European Regional Policy 2014-2020

The Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund are financial tools set up to implement the regional policy of the European Union. They aim to reduce regional disparities in terms of income, wealth and opportunities. Europe’s poorer regions receive most of the support, but all European regions are eligible for funding under the policy’s various funds and programmes. The current Regional Policy framework is set for a period of seven years, from 2014 to 2020.

The Structural Funds are made up of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The ERDF supports programs addressing regional development, economic change, enhanced competitiveness and territorial co-operation throughout the EU. The new proposals are designed to ensure that EU investment is targeted on Europe’s long-term goals for growth and jobs (“Europe 2020″). Partnership agreements between the European Commission and individual EU countries set out the national authorities’ strategic goals and investment priorities. Ten countries already signed their agreements: namely: Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia. more

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ERA NET Electromobility+ projects info

Since 2010 within the frame of Electromobility+ ministries and funding agencies of 11 European countries and regions have joined for funding transnational EV research projects. The countries/regions involved are: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Flanders (Belgium), Piedmont (Italy).
The Electromobility+ call was launched in December 2010 and pools some 20 million EUR from the participating countries and regions as well as from the EC within the ERA-NET Plus scheme of the 7th Framework Programme.

Electromobility+,  co-funded by the European Commission as part of the ERA-NET Plus scheme of the 7th EU Framework Programme aims at the creation of long-lasting conditions for the roll-out of electric mobility in Europe on the horizon of 2025 and covers the following thematic scope: more

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ICHS2015- International conference on Hydrogen Safety

The next International Conference on Hydrogen Safety will be held in Tokyo, Japan from 19 to 21st October 2015. You can participate and submit your abstract concerning any topic both on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell.

Please visit the following link to the website: more

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