Danish parliament welcomes hydrogen technology
Danish parliament welcomes hydrogen technology
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, September 19, 2016

HyFive--On the 14th of September key stakeholders of the hydrogen transport industry will take on the national Danish parliament at the Annual Hydrogen Transport Day 2016 organised by the Danish Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.

The conference

On September 14th the most important event focussed on hydrogen transport in Denmark will be launched. The leading opposition party’s climate spokesperson, Social Democrat Jens Joel, is welcoming the conference into the parliamentary buildings and will participate in the debate at the end of the day.

The conference programme is filled with motivating speakers who are enthusiastic about promoting a strong hydrogen transport sector, as they recognise that hydrogen is a flexible, useful and reliable fuel. At the conference guests will discover three blocks of discussion:

  • Private transport
  • Public transport
  • Creative business models for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)

Representatives from NEL Hydrogen Solutions, Hyundai Motor Europe,Solaris, the city of Aberdeen and the car sharing scheme ‘BeeZero’ amongst others will be in attendance on the day.

The day will end with a debate on green transportation and hydrogen with representatives from the industry and climate / energy MPs from some of the largest political parties in parliament. Download the programme and register for the event.

Denmark – an ambitious hydrogen country
Denmark is historically an ambitious country when it comes to renewable energy. Public funding to support R&D within energy technologies, such as hydrogen, has been of a high level. The country’s capital, the city of Copenhagen, received the very first shipment of FCEVs in the world from Hyundai. This large shipment of 15 vehicles has sparked the country’s attraction to varied car manufacturers due to the proven possibility of being able to drive through the country and refuel at one of the ten hydrogen refuelling stations comprising Denmark’s national network.

Denmark also has inspiring demonstration projects championing the viability of hydrogen technology. Such projects include hydrogen production via electrolysis according to the prices of electricity on the spot market.

Another example of a project under the country’s remit is looking at hydrogen’s reaction with CO2 occurring in biogas to create methane. This is being demonstrated on a larger scale with the purpose of storing hydrogen gas in the national natural gas grid.

One thing that is not yet present within the landscapes of Denmark are hydrogen buses and trains. Therefore, the DPHFC is excited to welcome four key stakeholders to present within the public transport sector block at the conference. The stakeholders are a fleet operator, fuel cell manufacturer, bus manufacturer and a real life user of hydrogen buses for over 18 months.

EU supports water emitting cars
The only emission produced from hydrogen vehicles is water. This is considered a hugely positive step for the conscientious municipality, the cyclists in the bigger cities and the considerate driver. The technologies need financial support to get rolling and the DPHFC have the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to thank.

The FCH JU is a public-private partnership supporting the €39 million HyFIVE project, which aims at deploying 185 hydrogen cars from five global cars manufacturers while installing six new hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) and receiving data to create crucial analysis for learning. From the Danish-side, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, HRS-manufacturer Danish Hydrogen Fuel and the DPHFC are a part of the project. The project runs from April 2014 – September 2017.