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WaterstofNet Hydrogen Fueling Station built by Hydrogenics officially opened at Colruyt’s headquarters in Brussels

Pictured left to right is; Adwin Mertens, Executive Director of WaterstofNet,which is the organization established by the overnments of Flanders and southern Netherlands within the context of the European Interreg Program which coordinates the implementation of hydrogen throughout the region. Jef Colruyt, Head of the Colruyt Group, a leading chain of retail stores in Belgium and France.  Kris Peters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Economy, Foreign Policy, Agriculture and Rural Policy. Filip Smeets, General Manager of Hydrogenics Europe

Pictured left to right is; Adwin Mertens, Executive Director of WaterstofNet,which is the organization established by the overnments of Flanders and southern Netherlands within the context of the European Interreg Program which coordinates the implementation of hydrogen throughout the region. Jef Colruyt, Head of the Colruyt Group, a leading chain of retail stores in Belgium and France. Kris Peters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Economy, Foreign Policy, Agriculture and Rural Policy. Filip Smeets, General Manager of Hydrogenics Europe

The WaterstofNet Hydrogen Fueling Station was officially opened on Thursday February 9th at Colruyt’s headquarters and central warehouse in Brussels. The inauguration was led by Mr. Colruyt and was attended by Mr. Kris Peeters, Flemish Minister-President.

This station features Hydrogenics’ fifth generation HYSTAT 30 water electrolyzer, a compressor, a high pressure cascade storage and a 350 bar dispenser to supply up to 65kg of clean hydrogen fuel per day. The station will be used for refueling forklifts, buses and other vehicles.

WaterstofNet

This latest project demonstrates a new design for Hydrogenics, the electroyzer and associated equipment is more compact, efficient, and cost-effective. We are clearly seen by our customers as providing the best hydrogen solutions for fueling stations and energy storage across the globe.

February 20, 2012 - 5:00 PM No Comments

New Chief Executive Officer Appointed at Topsoe Fuel Cell

Lars Martiny

Kgs. Lyngby–Lars Martiny has been appointed new Chief Executive Officer of Topsoe Fuel Cell and succeeds the previous CEO, Claus Olsen. Lars Martiny has been employed in the parent company Haldor Topsøe as Vice President of the Technology Division and has been responsible for development of new technologies.

The Board is pleased that Lars Martiny has accepted this position and has emphasised that Lars Martiny, holding a Ph.D. in chemistry and an MBA in management as well as experience at Haldor Topsøe and Risø, has the right qualifications to ensure the continued development of solid oxide fuel cells at Topsoe Fuel Cell.

”Topsoe Fuel Cell is an interesting company, which has come a long way in the development of solid oxide fuel cells. I look forward to creating new, groundbreaking results together with the company’s dedicated employees in the development of products and production of fuel cells towards a commercial breakthrough in this new and environmentally friendly energy technology”, says Lars Martiny about his new challenges.

February 20, 2012 - 8:42 AM No Comments

Jülich Helps Transform the Energy Sector-Funding for Fuel-Cell Research

In the Federal Government’s Energy Concept, modern power plants play an important part in the future energy supply.

In order to resolve the apparent contradiction between fossil fuels and climate protection, Jülich researchers are developing new types of gas separation membranes to capture the climate-damaging CO2 before it is emitted into the atmosphere.

High-termperataure fuel cells, especially solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), are very efficient at producing electricity and emit low levels of pollutants. This means they can make a considerable contribution to climate and environmental protection.

Their efficiency for electricity production is currently more than 60 %.

As part of an international project “Research for Sustainable Development”, scientists from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Principles of Electrochemistry at Forschungszentrum Jülich are working together with German and Russian partners from research and industry on developing new materials for high-performance SOFC fuel cells with improved lifetime.

Groundbreaking for the new membrane center

Modern power plants take in the energy concept of the federal government play an important role in the issue of energy supply for the future. To resolve the apparent conflict between fossil fuels and climate change, Jülich researchers are developing novel gas separation membranes that allow the harmful CO2 will be separated before it can escape into the atmosphere.

To the research is vital in this technology forward, is currently being built on the site of the Research Center Jülich, the so-called membrane center of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research – Materials Synthesis and Processing (IEK-1), in which researchers can develop new components.

Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Education and Research, now at a groundbreaking ceremony in conjunction with the Institute Director (acting) Hans Peter Buchkremer and Jülich, Prof. Harald Bolt, a board member of the research center, the launch of this pioneering construction project, the initial should be made 2013.

The investment for the building and is used equipment amount to approximately EUR 16 million of which comes the bulk of funds from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the research center will have the special investment program of the Helmholtz Association to the best.

“With the membrane center and the new Jülich Institute creates best conditions for excellent research opportunities in two key areas of future energy research. The research is thus fully in line with the energy concept of the federal government, “said State Secretary Thomas Rachel research.

High-temperature membranes have the advantage over conventional separation methods, that much lower efficiency losses must be accepted as such in a chemical scrubbing. This makes them particularly interesting for applications in power plants.

With the building, the approximately 1550 square meters of floor space will provide, and the newly established Institute for Climate Research draws – Fundamentals of Electrochemistry (IEK-9). Here are the most technologically oriented research and development work at the Institute for Energy and Climate Research will be supported to focus on fundamental and protected. These mainly include the battery and fuel cell research, electrolysis and membrane separation technologies.

Membranzentrum State Secretary Thomas Rachel (2nd from right) are, together with Prof. Harald Bolt (2nd from left), board member of the research center, Dr. Hans Peter Buch Kremer (left) and Dr. William A. Meulenberg (right) the start signal for the construction of the membrane center.
Source: Research Centre Jülich

February 20, 2012 - 7:01 AM No Comments