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FC Bus Service and Parts Centre opened in Lier, BE

Ballard Power Systems and partner Van Hool N.V.,  launched on October 16, 2014 a  joint European Service and Parts Centre for fuel cell buses (to be called ESPACE) that will be operational in November 2014. The key objective of ESPACE is to support Van Hool fuel cell buses in Europe that are powered by Ballard fuel cell modules.

“We always strive to offer the best, not only in our products, but also in post-sales support, by anticipating and addressing potential issues and communicating clearly with customers,” said Paul Cass, Ballard’s Chief Operations Officer. “ESPACE demonstrates our commitment to customers and partners by offering premium support services.” more
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November 18, 2016: EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Day

The EU Directive on the deployment of Alternative fuels infrastructure COM(2013/18) has been published in the European Journal. In Recital 53 of the Directive the EEO is specifically mentioned: ” Each Member State shall adopt a national policy framework for the development of the market as regards alternative fuels in transport and the deployment of the relevant infrastructure by November 18, 2016. As it will be important to monitor progress HyER the European Electromobility Observatory is specifically mentioned in the Directive under Recital 53: “It is of particular importance for fact-based policy-making at all levels to collect best practice and coordinated data through monitoring activities such as the Clean Vehicle Portal and the European Electro-mobility Observatory.” HyER also worked with the rapporteur of the EU Parliament to ensure that reference is made to the role of regions in the build up of infrastructure. more
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International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop, 25-26 Feb 2015

Next year, SunLine Transit is hosting the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop which will take place in California on 25 and 26 February 2015.

Global leaders will meet to discuss different topics in plenary and working groups. more
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EU Council urges action in electric transportation

The EU Council on October 23 invited the Commission ” to further examine instruments and measures for a comprehensive and
technology neutral approach for the promotion of emissions reduction and energy efficiency in transport, for electric transportation and for renewable energy sources in transport also after 2020.” The European Council called for a rapid adoption of the Directive laying down calculation methods and reporting requirements pursuant to  Directive 98/70/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels. The Council further agreed on the 2030 climate and energy policy
framework for the European Union to submit its contribution in line with the timeline agreed by the UNFCCC in Warsaw
for the conclusion of a global climate agreement and called on all countries to come forward with ambitious targets and policies well in advance of the Conference of the Parties 21 in Paris. The Council endorsed a binding EU target of at least 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. The target will be delivered collectively by the EU in the most cost-effective manner possible, with the reductions in the ETS and non-ETS sectors amounting to 43% and 30% by 2030 compared to 2005, respectively. The Council indicated that all Member States will participate in this effort, balancing considerations of fairness and solidarity. A binding target for renewable energy of 27% and a less ambitious 27% for energy efficiency were also tabled. As a concession to concerns of Poland ad the use all targets are flexible until there is more clarity on the ambition in the rest of the world at the UNFCCC COP 20 meeting in Paris end of 2015. To read the Council conclusions click here. more
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Hyundai delivers first hydrogen fuel cell cars to UK customers

Hyundai’s first ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles arrived in the UK, being successful with the attempt to spread the world’s first series-production hydrogen fuel car.

Last but not least, it comes just days after the government announced an £11 million fund to support the building of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. more
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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) 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.

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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. 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 morePosted under HyER Highlights

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) more

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