May 2021

Hydrogen reshapes energy industry


Hydrogen reshapes energy industry

The reshaping of the energy landscape is well under way. And as the energy industry begins its transformation, it’s become apparent that hydrogen has a major role to play in the new world order – albeit not straightaway, but in the near future. Hence we see every imaginable organization jostling for position to take advantage … Read

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Frosty reception for hydrogen grid legislation

Two-pronged approach causes controvers Draft legislation on the regulation of hydrogen networks, which was recently unveiled by the German government, has been met with little enthusiasm by the gas industry. In particular, criticism has focused on the distinction drawn between gas and hydrogen infrastructure. This two-pronged approach will prevent coordinated development, it has been claimed. … Read

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Fuel cell trains on the move

The evocatively named Heidekrautbahn, or heather railroad, has a long history: Since 1905 it’s enabled city dwellers to escape from the German capital into the surrounding Schorfheide countryside to the north. However, efforts to resume the passenger service between Basdorf and Berlin-Gesundbrunnen, which was discontinued in 1983, have been drawn out over many years. On … Read more

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Fuel cell industry grows despite COVID-19

E4tech Fuel Cell Industry Review In March 2021, the new Fuel Cell Industry Review 2020 was published, complete with market data and detailed analysis. Since 2014, the team led by E4tech has been contacting fuel cell companies from across the globe, aggregating their shipment figures and producing an independent report each year on the current … Read more

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Green future envisaged for steel

ArcelorMittal plans to scrap the use of coke in steelmaking Steel group ArcelorMittal has plans to build a pilot plant in Hamburg that will use hydrogen in its ore reduction process to produce pure iron as part of a construction project that is due to get underway in the third quarter of this year. In … Read more

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New direction for VDMA

The fuel cell working group of Germany’s association for the mechanical and plant engineering industry VDMA has been bolstered by the appointment of Fabian Kapp. At the general meeting held online in February 2021, the Gräbener Maschinentechnik director was elected to the board and now sits alongside four fellow board members. Kapp explained: “The working … Read more

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Franco-German hydrogen cooperation

By the time of the next presidential election in 2022, France hopes to have regained the economic growth it last experienced in 2019. In order to stimulate the economy following the COVID-19 lockdown, the French government is rolling out a EUR 100 billion recovery program named France Relance. EUR 2 billion of the funds will … Read more

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Hydrogen campus for Oberhausen

In the German city of Oberhausen, a consortium is planning the development of a new hydrogen center. The Campus for Hydrogen Technologies Oberhausen, or HydrOB for short, aims to help bring hydrogen technologies to large corporations, the trade sector as well as private households. In order to support stakeholders at a local, regional and also … Read more

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Fuel cell megawatt system for aviation

Hot on the heels of the fuel cell-powered motor glider HY4, which was awarded a test flight permit in late 2020 (see cover story in H2-international, February 2021), another venture was given the green light at the beginning of this year. As part of the follow-up BALIS project, whose approval arrived in just six weeks, … Read more

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Fuel cell future for e.GO

Thanks to new management and fresh financial backing, Günther Schuh is intending to push on with his plans for German-based e.GO Mobile – including the incorporation of fuel cells. At the end of February 2021, nd Industrial Investments B.V. reported the successful conclusion of a Series B financing round which brought in funds of EUR … Read

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Daimler Truck + Volvo = cellcentric

As previously announced (see H2-international, August 2020), Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group have embarked
upon a joint venture in which each company holds a 50 percent ownership stake. At the beginning of March 2021, the two organizations announced that the company formerly trading as Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG had been … Read more

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Think tank in Lusatia

A former coal region in Germany is attempting to transform itself: At the beginning of March 2021, in the city of Cottbus, German environment minister Svenja Schulze and Minister President of Brandenburg Dietmar Woidke started work on a new center of excellence. The PtX Lab Lausitz aims to become a think tank, discussion platform and … Read more

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ElringKlinger + Plastic Omnium = EKPO

In early March 2021, ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium declared their intention to give fresh impetus to the production of fuel cell stacks and components with their new join venture – EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies. According to company reports, the aim of EKPO, in which ElringKlinger holds a 60 percent ownership stake, is to manufacture fuel … Read more

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Order the News: H2-international Feed Feed




Articles of the new H2-international issue – May 2021

  • Controversial regulation of hydrogen
  • Coordination Office for Hydrogen opens
  • Hydrogen production in the Polish Baltic Sea
  • Bavarian university gets hydrogen experts on board
  • Equal pegging for bioLPG and renewables in newbuilds
  • Hydrogen Regions, Part IV: HyExpert project – HyAllgäu
  • “Who cares if H2 production is inefficient? Free is still free!”
  • Hydrogen in National Energy and Climate Plans
  • First underground hydrogen store takes shape
  • Interview with Gerald Linke, DVGW chairman
  • Research network launch
  • Cold chamber for hydrogen truck tanks
  • Element Eins and Hybridge stopped



Global interoperability in the hydrogen sector

We are launching the „HeavHy“ industry association to not only gather industry and user requirements for a communication protocol, but also to create holistic value-added services early on. We are now gathering committed founding members around the table – register for our kick-off event on June 16, 2021 to learn how your organization can become part of HeavHy.

Register at:




  • International Hydrogen Symposium, June 14 to 15, 2021, online & real, Hamburg, Germany,
  • World Hydrogen Technologies Convention WHTC, together with f-cell + HFC, June 20 to 24, 2021,

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German book about hydrogen and fuel cells

Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen

Die Technik von gestern, heute und morgen

von Sven Geitmann und Eva Augsten
ISBN 978-3-937863-51-1, Hydrogeit Verlag
Oberkrämer, 4. Auflage, April 2021

auch digital als pdf– und epub-Datei erhältlich

Dieses Buch skizziert den Weg – von der gestrigen über die aktuelle hin zu einer zukunftsfähigen, wirklich nachhaltigen Energieversorgung.

Preis: 17,90 Euro, Bestellung