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Vattenfall Charges Hamburg Buses With Hydrogen From Renewables

By Stefan Nicola-Bloomberg

Vattenfall AB (VATT), the Nordic region’s biggest utility, said it opened Europe’s largest hydrogen filling station fed by renewable energy in Hamburg.

The utility funded 43 percent of the 10 million-euro ($13 million) investment, and the German Transport Ministry paid the rest, Alexander Hauk, a spokesman for Vattenfall Europe AG, said by phone today. About 20 buses and several cars a day can be charged with hydrogen from at least 50 percent renewable energy, according to an e-mailed company statement.

Storing wind power by converting it to hydrogen “is an important approach that could play a key role in the future German energy landscape,” Oliver Weimann, head of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH, said in the statement.

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, seeks to install 25,000 megawatts of offshore wind turbines by 2030 as it phases out atomic energy by 2022. The expansion of renewables has been accompanied by concerns that their fluctuating production may strain power networks and leave consumers without energy when wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine.

Vattenfall is part of a group including car maker Daimler AG (DAI) and Total SA (FP) promoting and testing hydrogen-powered transport in Germany. The Clean Energy Partnership receives financing from the Transport Ministry.

The filling station produces its renewable fuel through electrolysis, a chemical process that uses electricity to break down water into oxygen and hydrogen.

February 17, 2012 - 11:40 AM No Comments

ClearEdge Power Appoints Energy Industry Veteran to Executive Management Team

Neal Starling Joins as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing to Help Company Capitalize on Growing Global Demand for Continuous Onsite Power Systems

ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of scalable, continuous onsite power systems, today announced that Neal Starling has joined its executive management team as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In his role, Starling will drive ClearEdge Power’s global sales and marketing strategy, spearheading business development initiatives across key market segments and geographies.

“Neal is an excellent addition to our executive management team as he has a strong history of consistently delivering high-impact sales and marketing initiatives,” said ClearEdge Power President and CEO, Russell Ford. “His experience working for leading manufacturers across the energy and electronics industries will be very valuable as we build on our strong growth and continue to expand into different geographies and markets.”

Starling joins ClearEdge Power with more than 25 years of leadership experience in the power and electronics business. Prior to joining ClearEdge Power, Starling managed the Electrical Distribution Channel for TE Connectivity, a $12 billion global company in the energy, consumer electronics, healthcare, automotive, aerospace and communications industries. Starling has also held senior sales, marketing and general management roles for Emerson, Edison International and Entergy Corp.

“With innovative technology, strong customer adoption and a rapidly growing international presence, ClearEdge Power has the potential to fundamentally change the way businesses across the world get their energy,” said Starling. “This is an exciting time to be joining the company and with the increasing demand for predictable, clean and cost-effective alternative power production across markets and geographies, I am confident that we will be able to realize that potential and become a leading industry provider.”

Starling’s appointment builds on ClearEdge Power’s forward momentum seen in the past year. Recent highlights include a record-setting agreement with Güssing Renewable Energy and the expansion of ClearEdge Power’s portfolio of continuous onsite power systems, including industry-first innovations in areas such as reliability, scalability and flexibility. In addition, ClearEdge Power has continued to see strong customer adoption in a variety of industries, including multi-tenant housing, hospitality, education, utility, public sector and residential.

February 17, 2012 - 5:45 AM No Comments