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French J7 regional hydrogen days increassing success

The second edition of the  Journées H2 dans les territoires at Belfort on September 22- 23 saw an increasing interest of French regions to engage in hydrogen projects. Several regions presented their activities and level of funding

Le Conseil Régional Aquitaine,
Le Conseil Régional Centre: 13 mln for hydrogen projects and specific projects on energy storage: 10 mln for the program”ARD 2020 Lavoisier” on the storage of energy through hydrogen that will start in 2016 with REnault and universities of Tours and Orleans as partners (contact: Frank Pingault, Conseil Regional and Frederic Pinna (ARITT Centre). There is also a group that promotes hydrogen from wind energy and solar (30ha in the South of the region). The region produces five times more energy (4 nuclear power plants) than it consumes.
Le Conseil Régional Lorraine, contact: Pascal Deparis, Michel Junker Alphea
Le Conseil Régional Midi Pyrénées,
Le Conseil Régional Nord Pas de Calais, there is regional need to change the production of energy including hydorgen (regional decision in 2012). Dunquerque is active in hydrogen mobility: project Grhyd is developing a fleet of 50 bus that will run on a H2/CNG mixture (6-20% H2) including the local bus company McPhy Gdf Suez. A second project HYDRAD is being developed to add hydrogen as an additive (developed by Sunhy  to fuel 3,5T trucks
La Collectivité Territoriale de Corse
Les partenaires du dispositif Innov’r en Rhône-Alpes : le Conseil Régional Rhône-Alpes: BPI France, la Caisse des Dépôts, Grand Lyon, Grenoble Alpes Métropole, Saint Etienne Métropole, le Conseil Général de l’Isère, l’Afnor, l’Inpi: this partnership works on energy storage and power to gas. since 2005 a total of € 197 mln has been invested in hydrogen projects. The HYWAY project that would put 50 LaPoste vehicles on the road is still pending. In the Valence Romans department a hydropower (Rhône) /energy storage project is underway connected to a multimodal logistics centre, final decisions will be made October 17. ..read more
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Leading economists confirm Growth and Climate go together

On September 16 the year-long economic study Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report was presented at the UN headquarters in New York City. The study demonstrates that we do not have to choose between fighting climate change and growing the world’s economy and the results were reviewed by leading economists from developed and developing countries. Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action, welcomed the conclusion. Different measures are proposed to tackle climate change at the same time as improving economic performance:

• Cities: Building better connected, more compact cities based on mass public transport can save over US $3 trillion in investment costs over the next 15 years. These measures will improve economic performance and quality of life with lower emissions.
• Land use: Restoring just 12% of the world’s degraded lands can feed another 200 million people and raise farmers’ incomes by $40 billion a year – and also cut emissions from deforestation.
• Energy: As the price of solar and wind power falls dramatically, over half of new electricity generation over the next 15 years is likely to be from renewable energy, reducing dependence on highly polluting coal.
• Resource efficiency: Phasing out the $600 billion currently spent on subsidies for fossil fuels (compared to $100 billion on renewable energy) will help to improve energy efficiency.
• Infrastructure investment: New financial instruments can cut capital costs for clean energy by up to 20%.
• Innovation: Tripling research and development in low-carbon technologies to at least 0.1% of GDP can drive a new wave of innovation for growth. ..read more
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Journées H2 – Belfort

AFHYPAC and the Agglomeration Community of Belfort are organizing the 2nd “”Journées H2 dans les territoires” (H2 Days in the territories) including conferences, exhibitions and visits of sites.

The first “Journée” will point out the aims and the financing of hydrogen extend. ..read more
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Eurelectric exhibition in Brussels: “The future is electric”

EURELECTRIC organised a two-day exhibition to present the sector to MEPs and their staff as well as to other EU officials and stakeholders on September 10-11 in Place Luxembourg in Brussels, outside the European Parliament.
EURELECTRIC President Johannes Teyssen, CEO of E.ON  underlined the importance of energy– and electricity – for a healthy economy and better living standards.The event also featured a speech by MEP Herbert Reul, Head of the German EPP delegation and former Chair of ITRE. The exhibition highlighted future innovative technologies, focusing in particular on consumer and decarbonisation applications. It featured smart meters, electric cars, carbon capture and storage demonstration projects (UK) , and other innovative applications to illustrate how the European electricity industry is changing in the context of the EU’s energy and climate policy. Exhibitors include EURELECTRIC and some of its members and associate companies CEZ, EDF, Edison, ENEL, E.ON, Ormazabal, Landis+Gyr, RWE, and SSE.

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Juncker Commission presented on September 10

On September 10 the Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker presented his team of 27 commissioners. Under the new European Commission Dutch Foreign Minister Timmermans will officially be First Vice-President in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. In the new structure the six vice-presidents will supervise clusters of related portfolios. Each Vice-Presidents will lead a project team, steering and coordinating the work of a number of Commissioners.

In particular the Project Team “A Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy” will be lead by Alenka Bratušek (Slovenia), Vice-President for Energy Union. Bratušek will steer and coordinate in particular the work of the Commissioners for Climate Action and Energy (under Miguel Arias Cañete, Spain); Transport and Space (under Maroš Šefčovič, Slovakia); Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Poland); Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (Karmenu Vella, Malta); Regional Policy (led by Romania’s Corina Creţu); Agriculture and Rural Development (Phil Hogan, Ireland); and Research, Science and Innovation (Carlos Moedas, Portugal). A number of portfolios have been reshaped. Significantly, the Environment and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries portfolios have been combined and the same logic has been applied in deciding to establish one Commissioner in charge of both Climate Action and Energy policy. ..read more
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TEN T Calls published as part of Connecting Europe Facility

On September 11, 2014 the EC published the first Call for Transport under the new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).  CEF Transport is the successor of the TEN-T Programme. The main objective of CEF Transport, as set out in the TEN-T Guidelines, is to help complete the TEN-T Core Network and its Corridors by 2030. A total budget of €26.2 billion has been allocated to co-fund TEN-T projects in the EU Member States for the period 2014-2020: more than three times the amount allocated to the predecessor TEN-T Programme (2007–2013). From this budget, €11.3 billion is reserved for projects in Member States eligible for the Cohesion Fund. €11.93 billion has been allocated for the 2014 CEF Transport Call, based on the Multi-Annual and Annual Work Programmes which were adopted on 26 March 2014. Deadline is February 26, 2015.
Key objectives of the annual work programme with a total budget of €1 bln are:
1: Removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, enhancing rail interoperability, and, in particular, improving cross-border sections
2: Ensuring sustainable and efficient transport systems in the long run, with a view to preparing for expected future transport flows, as well as enabling all modes of transport to be decarbonised through transition to innovative low-carbon and energy-efficient transport technologies, while optimising safety
3: Optimising the integration and interconnection of transport modes and enhancing the interoperability of transport services, while ensuring the accessibility of transport infrastructures

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Coming to a polder near you: 1st Dutch public H2 station opens!

Dutch State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrstrucutre and Environment indicated that her Ministry will be the first  to filling up at the first Dutch public hydrogen near Rotterdam. The station built and operated  by Air Liquide, part of the first hydrogen project (HIT)in the EU TEN T program is close to the A15 a major TEN T corridor. The opening on September 3 saw many residents of Rhoon, the nearest town mingling, with national and local government officials as well as with hydrogen experts. They all were informed about the planning of the station and welcomed the opportunity to experience the first hydrogen refuellings up close.

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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.

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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.”

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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. ..read more

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