The Hydrogen review

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Fuel Cell Europe’s response to the EU Strategic European Energy Review ;

The European Commission released a Strategic European Energy Review (SEER) on January 10th. Top priority is given to security of supply, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, with the aim to cut by 2020 CO2 emission by 20% compared to 1990. The Review also seeks to encourage cross-border inter-connections and to stimulate competition between national energy companies operating in the internal market.

While The Strategic Energy Review’s aim is to have a market penetration of hydrogen fuel cells in the 2030 time horizon, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform foresees the start of a mass-market roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles representing up to 1.8 million vehicles in sales as soon as 2020. Before that, it is anticipated that stationary and portable fuel cell applications will have been deployed massively across Europe.

Fuel Cell Europe brings together a wide variety of European fuel cell companies, innovative SMEs, energy companies, automobile manufacturers and researchers. As the industry’s voice, Fuel Cell Europe’s mission is to accelerate the research and deployment of world-class European fuel cell technologies for applications in transport, stationary and portable power. Fuel Cell Europe is established as an activity of the World Fuel Cell Council e.V. Brussels’ office: 44 rue des Palais, B-1030, Brussels.

For information on hydrogen technology’s business front line.

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7 Responses to The Hydrogen review

  1. Pete Smith says:

    Am I the only one who thinks hydrogen-fueled cars are just pie in the sky? It will require a huge investment in refuelling infrastructure, which because of hydrogen’s volatility will have to be loaded with safety features, as will the cars themselves. No doubt there’ll still be plenty of idiots who’ll manage to blow up themselves and the neighbourhood. The roll-out target of 1.8m vehicles by 2020 means there’ll still be millions of conventionally-fueled cars on the road, which will still need a fill-up. If you think I’m going to stand there filling up with petrol right next to some bozo who’s taking on hydrogen …..

    On the other hand, fuel cells have got potential. A lot of work is going into installing stationary fuel cells, especially in domestic micro-CHP appplications. The Australian company Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFU.L) is a world leader in developing solid oxide fuel cell technology to generate electricity from natural gas and renewable fuels. They have signed an exclusive agreement with Gaz de France and De Dietrich Thermique, the largest provider of gas heating systems in France, to develop a fully integrated m-CHP for the French residential market. They have also signed a Letter of Intent with EWE on a project to commercialise fuel cell based m-CHP systems for the German residential market.
    And finally, a completely different fuel cell application. Samsung have developed a fuel cell that will power a laptop PC for 15 hours on 100 ml of methanol. Products incorporating this technology could be available by the end of 2007.
    And no hydrogen in sight. Just as well really, as nobody seems to have thought where the stuff is going to come from. A pipe-dream.

  2. matt says:

    CFC.L sound like serious players. The others may well be smoking something sweet in their pipes. We’ll have to wait & see. Certainly a lot of start-ups will go by the way-side as we progress forward … as they always do on a new technology frontier.

  3. Pete Smith says:

    CFC shares up 2.25% on the day, and 65% in the last 2 months.

  4. matt says:

    Niiice. I trust you have some. How many pence a share?

  5. Pete Smith says:

    I bought at around 30p in April last year. They’re selling at 49p, actually fallen back a bit.

  6. keithsc says:

    Woking had the first fuel cell CHP system in the UK – part paid by the Pentagon! See http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/sources/sustainable/fuelcells/index.html
    It heats the water in the swimming pool and the surplus goes into the Woking direct energy system. The water has been useful for the swimming pool.

  7. matt says:

    Great link Keith. Very informative. You guys down there in Woking are just so hip 🙂

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