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HyGear Installs Hydrogen Generation System at DB Schenker’s facility in Linz, Austria

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Linz  2013 – HyGear has installed its Hydrogen Generation System at DB Schenker’s facility in Linz, Austria. The system will provide ten forklift trucks of hydrogen for at least one year. ‘It is very important to us that we operate in an environmentally friendly manner’, says Kurt Leidinger, chairman Schenker & Co.

The installation of the Hydrogen Generation System is part of the so-called E-log biofleet, a partnership between Fronius International, HyCentA Research, Joanneum Research, Linde Material Handling, OMV, HyGear and DB Schenker. The project aims to increase the productivity of battery-powered forklift trucks and intralogistic technology that until now has been restricted by battery charging and changing, limited battery life and high maintenance costs.

The DB Schenker facility in Linz provided a suitable trial location, where the fuel cell powered forklift trucks can be tested under normal operating conditions. Fronius and Linde Material Handling have delivered the first vehicle in June, the remaining nine will be delivered over the coming months. ‘We see the fuel cell as the technology of the future for intralogistics, with short refuelling times and no more changing of batteries’, Ewald Wahlmüller, project manager Fronius Interational. The filling installation, converted for indoor use with a maximum filling pressure of 350 bar, has been developed by OMV and is Europe’s first indoor hydrogen filling station.

HyGear’s Hydrogen Generation System generates 4 Nm3/h hydrogen from methane derived from biogas. “Using hydrogen derived from biogas is very sustainable: a wide variety of renewable, locally available and decentrally processed raw materials and biogenic waste materials can be used.” Martin Beermann, head of the hydrogen technology research, Joanneum Research. “The deployment of this new technology in logistics vehicles shows how broad the application area for hydrogen is.” Gerhard Roiss, CEO of OMV AG.

The start signal of the field trials was given by the Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology Doris Bures and will last one year, during which the technological maturity of the system and its advantages in terms of productivity and ecology will be verified.

October 3, 2013 - 12:21 PM No Comments

Global Automakers Praises Governor Brown for Securing Funding for Hydrogen Stations in California

WASHINGTON – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) praises California Governor Edmund Brown for signing AB 8 (Perea) into law. AB 8 dedicates funding for hydrogen fueling infrastructure to support the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles in the State.

“Our members have embraced the challenge to dramatically increase fuel efficiency in their fleets and to bring zero emission vehicles to market,” said Gordon Fry, Global Automakers’ director of state relations.  “The Governor’s support for securing financing to start building significant numbers of hydrogen fueling stations in California is critical to the success of fuel cell vehicles in California, providing consumers the necessary assurance that the infrastructure will be there to support these green technologies.”

AB 8 is the result of lengthy negotiations between the California Air Resources Board and various regulated industries to establish a path forward to achieve cleaner air and help meet California’s climate change goals. Global Automakers worked diligently to secure enactment of the bill.  AB 8 dedicates funding for at least 100 publicly available hydrogen stations, with a commitment of $20 million a year (or 20% of available funds) until January 1, 2024.

“Fuel cells are just one of the many technologies our members are aggressively pursuing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in order to protect the environment and lessen our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels,” said Fry. “We are happy that the Governor understands how critical the hydrogen fueling infrastructure is to the overall equation of improving air quality and addressing climate change.”

The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visit www.globalautomakers.org.

October 3, 2013 - 6:38 AM No Comments