HyER members kicked off a new era in HyER history with the Annual General Assembly being held in Copenhagen, marking a changing of the guard with 7 new Board candidates, and with three new members (Catalonia-Barcelona, Copenhagen and Arnhem-Nigmegen) joining the association. The AGM joined forces with the Green Capital Award Ceremony, before heading off on a e-bike tour of Copenhagen’s hydrogen and electromobility sights.
HyER was also pleased to see the launch of the HyER membership booklet at the AGM,which not only showcases HyER’s impressive array of members but more importantly highlights what Europe’s most advanced and adventurous regions are doing for hydrogen fuel cell and electromobility… and for each other! ..read more
Posted under HyER Newsletter 07/2014
On the eve of the HyER AGM June 24 and under the expert guidance of the Capital Region of Copenhagen Electric director Kåre Albrechtsen and communications manager Mette Hoé, HyER members toured Copenhagen on interconnected electric bicycles that offered online and on-time information on time tables of the nearest train station, GPS and nearby historical sites. These bike programs are substituting more expense public transport material providing savings in the Region public transport budget. Peddling leisurely on white bikes provided by the City’s bike share program, the tour included a visit to the City’s 50kg per day hydrogen refueling facility for the City ‘s fleet of 15 fuel cell cars as well as Eon’s recharging operations that took over the Better Place recharging facilities. The Capital Region of Copenhagen who joined the HyER’s 40 + membership is demonstrating how ultra low transport solutions like battery-powered bikes and cars and fuel cell vehicles provide attractive and seamless transport solutions. Infrastructure is being put in place at a rapid pace with recharging facilities and hydrogen stations becoming part of the city’s landscape. The HyER tour proofed the point made at HyER’s session on EV infrastructure at the High Level Policy Conference the same day, moderated by HyNOR chairman Bjorn Simonsson, that regions and cities are increasingly taking the lead in integrating electric transport solutions on a larger scale. Confronting challenges in a proactive way HyER regions have been at the forefront in trying out new approaches and tapping into new funding schemes to clean up local transport and energy systems.
The HyER AGM took stock of the progress and challenges with regards to the many HyER activities in data collection (EEO), EU framework development (HIT project) and support for members first deployment channels.
Tesla release EV patents
Telsa Motors CEO Elon Musk, in his blog entry, announced that Tesla would open up all Tesla’s patents. “They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology. Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”
Launch of first calls and activities of FCH2 JU
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) first call for proposals under the EU’s new research funding programme Horizon 2020 was officially launched on the 09 July 2014, together with six other public-private partnerships.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport and Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro (pro term), Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, attended this specific launch marking the starting point of a new phase. ..read more
Posted under HyER Newsletter 07/2014
The HyER member booklet, featuring the most advanced and ambitious European regions in the field of hydrogen fuel cell and electromobility, is now available! Find out who’s who and what’s what with the HyER member booklet!..read more
At the start of Italy’s presidency of the EU starting July 1 we feature this month the HyER Italian members many of whom have been founding members of HyER in 2008. The Italian government has not yet published its workprogramm on its presidency website, but outlined in the Transport Council workprogramme that “in the field of road transport the Presidency will focus on reinforcing intermodal transport with the aim of reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions ….”.
HyER is currently actively supporting the first hydrogen infrastructure project in the TEN T program , the HIT project, that is currently harmonizing the 4 national implemetation plans (NIP), of F, SE, DK and NL for H2 infrastructure into a Synchronized Implementation Plan. On June 17, 2014 HyER organized the first the External Stakeholder Panel workshop in Brussels of experts who reviewed the first SIP draft. ..read moreHyER Highlights
The road to decarbonised road transport is paved with good intentions, ambitious targets and – following developments in the European Commission’s Clean Power for Transport (CPT) proposal (COM 2013/18) – few mandatory targets or concrete requirements. Hydrogen and electricity are the main alternative fuel options for decarbonising Europe’s transport system, with the potential to be truly zero emission. Both fuel cell and battery electric vehicles need to have a required infrastructure in place in order to allow an accelerated market uptake, as detailed in the CPT.What is the current status and prospects for this infrastructure? Who builds it, pays for it, runs it? Who are the key actors in accelerating roll-out, and where is progress being made – and hindered?
This was the context of the high level policy session organised by HyER as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week, entitled “Bon voyage: hitting the clean roads of Europe”. ..read moreHyER Newsletter 07/2014
The Green Week, Europe’s biggest yearly conference on environment policy, took place from 3 to 5 June in Brussels. At this year’s edition, civil society, national and EU representatives discussed about the shortcomings of the linearity of today’s economy. Indeed, industrial processes deplete finite reserves to create products that end up in landfills or in incinerators. This system has worked well for a hundred year due to low commodities prices. In 2002 the price trend reversed due to scarcity of natural resources. The conclusion drawn by international experts is that we now have to move to a “circular economy”, where almost nothing is wasted. During the Green Week, one session was fully dedicated to transport, which shows the importance of the topic and the interlinkage between the environment, energy, waste and transport sectors. Only a global approach can provide relevant solutions in term of sustainability and growth.
During the session “Transport in a circular economy” civil and industrial representatives shared their experience with the use of alternative fuels coming from waste, offering both a solution to the fossil fuel scarcity and a clean solution to transport needs.
Lars Holquimist from Sweden presented the contribution of his company, Göteborg Energi, to the development of a sustainable Göteborg. He describes biogas as the largest potential of all biofuels, outlining that biogas can use conventional gas channels; there is hence no need to build additional infrastructure. He stated that biogas represents a good mid-term solution, while other technologies will require more time to be implemented.
Reinhert Otten from AUDI AG presented the first industrial Power-to gas plant. According to Mr Otten, biofuels might not be a viable solution for the future, whereas battery electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles represent a great opportunity, as far as the electricity comes from renewable energy sources (RES). The current challenge is the integration of a fluctuated amount of electricity coming from RES into the grid. As for fuel cell cars, they are expected to be a good alternative in the future. Replying to a question from HyER on fuel cell cars, Mr Otten explained that two main challenges remain to make a successful business model for fuel cell cars: the set-up and the maintenance of the infrastructure, and the life cycle analysis of fuel cell cars. While some OEMs have announced the commercialization of fuel cell cars in 2015, Audi sees a development of this type of vehicles by 2020-2025.
Prof Peter Van den Bossche from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels provided the audience with his scientific insight on the life cycle of batteries used in transport, underlining that each one has its strengths and weaknesses. He also referred to the European framework set by the battery directive and the end-of life vehicles directive. Research activities are currently looking at reducing primary energy consumption, improving batteries efficiency and extending their life cycle.
Egbert Lox from UMICORE traced the transformation in the car industry. During the 80s car industry focused on catalytic converters, while in the 2000s greater attention was devoted to low carbons. He specified that 15 years are required to close the loop of circular energy in cars. Today’s vehicles have catalysts, electronic components and Li-ion batteries that contain rare metals that should being recycled. ..read more
The challenges, obstacles and opportunities to delivering an effective electromobility system in Europe were addressed and discussed over two days at the 2nd European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum Meeting, which took place under the auspices of Europe’s three flagship electromobility projects, Green eMotion, FREVUE and ZeEUS. More than 150 European electromobility experts and representatives from industry, regional, national and European public authorities, transport agencies, utilities, research institutes and academia examined the status and roadmaps of European electromobility, covering topics such as electric vehicles roaming, standardisation and interoperability, grid impact, business models, electric urban freight and the benefits of electric vehicles to public health, society and the environment and technical evaluation of electric vehicles.
Moving from petrol and diesel to electromobility will solve or ameliorate a host of challenges, from global warming to air quality in urban areas, from security of energy supply to the balance of payments. While electric vehicles have existed for decades, the key message from the Forum is that political, commercial and environmental factors are combining with concrete business models to enable the first markets to be created.
For key first markets, electromobility is now a viable proposition.
Magda Kopczynska, Director, Innovative & Sustainable Mobility, of the European Commission’s DG MOVE, opened the Forum by first welcoming the alliance between the three projects leading to the Electromobility Forum, before underlining the Alternative Fuel Package’s role on the European level in setting up the necessary policy framework for electromobility, “We do believe that with this directive the market take-up of alternative fuelled vehicles will be sped up and the infamous chicken and egg issue is being addressed”. ..read more
The HyER Annual General Meeting (AGM) is finally in sight, held in cooperation with the city and region of Copenhagen, the Green Capital of Europe 2014! Months in planning, longer in anticipation, we warmly invite your to register here. Not yet a HyER member but a European region or city active in hydrogen, fuel cells and electrombillity, and interested in participating as an observer? Contact HyER secretariat, or call +32 2223 2811
The festivities will kick off with the Green Capital Award ceremony on Tuesday 24 June, in the presence of high-level local and regional politicians from all over Europe. In the afternoon a green tour of Copenhagen shall take place by electric bike, before the HyER Memebers gather together with Copenhagen VIPs for a exclusive dinner! The HyER AGM itself will follow in the morning of Wednesday 25 June, and will feature new HyER members and of course the election of a new HyER board! To round off the event, the AGM will be followed by an exclusive symposium on the integration of fuel cell vehicles in specific fleets, taking the examples of London and Copenhagen from the HyTEC project. ..read moreHyER Newsletter 05/2014