Flanders and Germany turn to Norway for ‘blue’ hydrogen

March 18, 2022

Flanders and Germany are betting on faster adoption of hydrogen to cut gas reliance from Russia. Flanders wants to convert natural gas from Norway to hydrogen in the port of Ghent, while Germany is starting a feasibility study for transporting H2 from Norway through a pipeline. The Flemish minister-president said that hydrogen is the only […]

Renault’s Hyvia starts serial fuel cell production in Flins

March 16, 2022

Hyvia, the joint venture of Renault with American fuel cell manufacturer Plug Power, has started serial production of fuel cells in its factory in Flins, Yvelines in France. The Flins factory near Paris will produce some 1 000 fuel cell systems annually. With the 50/50 joint venture, Renault and Plug Power want to capture a […]

Russia’s invasion makes green hydrogen cheaper than grey

March 11, 2022

What was deemed impossible until recently, has suddenly become a reality because of Putin’s war in Ukraine. According to an analysis by BloombergNEF grey – or polluting – hydrogen has become more expensive than its green alternative due to the critical rise in prices for fossil natural gas it is made from. In Europe, it […]

BMW iX5 Hydrogen proofs rock-solid in winter conditions

March 10, 2022

Generally, BMW is very cautious about admitting hydrogen could become a viable alternative for the electric passenger car. But meanwhile, it proves at its test center in Arjeplog, Sweden, on the Arctic Circle, that its iX5 Hydrogen is better suited for extreme winter conditions than any BEV. No range loss and refueled in 3-4 minutes […]

Hyundai and Iveco team up for electric and fuel cells

March 08, 2022

The Italian manufacturer of LCVs and trucks Iveco is joining forces with Hyundai to cope with the development of green drivelines and the transition towards electrification and digitalization. Both manufacturers have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) or a preliminary agreement for cooperation. According to both companies, areas of mutual interest are electric powertrains, architectures […]

Pratt & Whitney to develop hydrogen-fueled jet engines

March 07, 2022

After Airbus in Europe took the lead on developing airplanes burning hydrogen instead of kerosene, American aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is also looking into hydrogen-fueled propulsion technology for commercial aviation. End of February, it got a $3,8 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to develop these engines. The HySIITE project will […]

Toyota puts Mirai’s fuel cell in new generation bus

March 01, 2022

Together with its commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino and partner Isuzu, Toyota plans the development of a hydrogen bus model using the fuel cell stack from the Mirai. The three companies have agreed to begin studying and planning this zero-emission route bus, which, according to Toyota, has its part to play in the conversion of Japan […]

Belgium’s first green hydrogen plant gains momentum

February 24, 2022

The Hyoffwind consortium with Colruyt’s Virya Energy and grid manager Fluxys expects its green hydrogen project in Zeebrugge, Belgium’s first 25 MW hydrogen electrolyzer plant, to get its building permit by the middle of 2022. It should be operational by the end of 2023. The consortium has granted the building contract of the factory to […]

Lohscheller leaves Vietnamese VinFast for Nikola

February 23, 2022

Former Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller is changing seats again. A few months after being appointed CEO of Vietnamese VinFast, he joins American electric truck builder Nikola Motors as President. After four months in Vietnam, he stepped down in December to return to Europe for personal reasons. According to the Nikola press release, he will be […]

City center Oxford is world’s first zero-emission zone

February 17, 2022

As of the 28th of February, the city of Oxford is putting the brakes on all non-zero emission vehicles in its city center. As part of a pilot project, only electric cars or vehicles running on hydrogen will be allowed free entrance.  Oxford will not block the innermost ring for vehicles with other drivelines, but […]

AB InBev showcases ‘zero-emission zero-carbs beer delivery’

February 15, 2022

Ahead of the Superbowl, AB InBev’s daughter Anheuser-Busch has set up a showcase of delivering its first-ever zero-carb Bud beer to pubs and restaurants in Los Angeles with a zero-emission Nikola Tre fuel cell semi and BYD electric trucks. The Nikola truck powered by hydrogen picked up a load of beer from the Van Nuys’ […]

France to subsidize electric truck up to €150.000

February 15, 2022

France is willing to subsidize the purchase of an electric or hydrogen truck, bus, or coach up to 65% of the difference with its diesel sibling. For trucks, up to 26 tons, and buses, this can be as high as 100 000 euros, heavy-weight e-trucks even 150.000. It also applies to converting ICE vehicles to […]

Group Bruno working on three truck hydrogen stations in Limburg

February 14, 2022

According to Angelo Bruno (60), former Alderman of Genk and the CEO of Group Bruno, the plan to open three hydrogen stations for trucks in Limburg is beginning to take shape. A first station at the current Esso station at the Hermeslaan in Genk, parallel to the E313 highway, could be operational at the end […]

Belgian hydrogen panel one step closer to conquer world

February 11, 2022

At the TRANSfarm, a site near Leuven meant for up-scaling technologies developed at the Louvain University, the Belgian SolHyd research project is readying a 350 m2 production space for its hydrogen panel. The panel, now cast into an attractive industrial design by Comate Engineering & Design, can generate up to 250 liters of hydrogen from […]

BMW leads German development of flat hydrogen storage tank

February 08, 2022

A consortium of German heavyweights led by BMW is working on developing a flat tank for storing hydrogen at 700 bar that can be mounted in a car’s underbody like batteries for a BEV as an alternative for today’s bulky H2 tanks. A solution should be ready by the end of 2022. Today, these cylinders […]

Energy Observer 2: a 120 m cargo ship propelled by fuel cells

February 07, 2022

The Energy Observer, the experimental zero-emission catamaran of French entrepreneur Victorien Erussard that circumnavigated the globe twice, gets a commercial successor in what has to become one of the world’s first fully-electric cargo ships, powered with hydrogen and fuel cells and Aerowings. The Energy Observer 2 will be 120 meters long, 22 meters wide, and […]

Six months delay for first hydrogen MIVB/STIB bus

January 31, 2022

The big test of the hydrogen bus of the Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB has been delayed. The first test runs were scheduled for September last year, but the test with passengers onboard has now been postponed for six months. “It will arrive on the network on 7 February,” says MIVB/STIB spokesperson Françoise Ledune. “The […]

How Airbus sees challenge of flying on liquid hydrogen

January 28, 2022

Airplanes with 200 passengers flying up to 2 000 nautical miles or 3 700 km on hydrogen without any emissions at all? Yes, by 2035, European aircraft manufacturer Airbus says, it will be possible by burning hydrogen like spacecraft. But the challenge is: how to store enough of it onboard? Hydrogen provides three times more […]

Camper industry is discovering electrification

January 24, 2022

More and more manufacturers of recreational vehicles (RVs) are interested in electrification and deploying plans in that direction. Lately, two American names have joined the queue. Winnebago has presented an electric motorhome concept, and Thor industries did the same but also added an ‘e-assisted caravan’. All over the world, camper specialists are working overtime to […]

Hyundai winds down development of new fuel cell

December 30, 2021

Just days after Hyundai announced that it is shutting down its internal combustion engine development team, the company is also pushing the pause button on its hydrogen car project. The company was developing its third-generation fuel cell at luxury brand Genesis. But the South Korean economic newspaper Cosun unveiled that the project has now been […]

World’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier embarks for Australia

December 29, 2021

The world’s first purpose-built liquefied hydrogen carrier is on its way from Japan to Australia to pick up its first load. Built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan, the 110-meter long Suiso Frontier can transport 75 tonnes of liquified hydrogen at a temperature of minus 256°C. That way, the volume of the gas in 1 […]

300 waste collection trucks on hydrogen for Geesinknorba

December 23, 2021

American hydrogen truck builder Hyzon has signed a supply agreement with the Dutch Geesinknorba group for 300 refuge collection trucks. In the three-year contract, Geesinknorba is assigned to be Hyzon’s exclusive vendor for zero-emission refuse trucks. Geesinknorba operates in more than 30 countries and is already a pioneer in zero-emission waste collection with options for […]

Peugeot’s first FCEV is ready: the e-Expert Hydrogen van

December 21, 2021

Last week the first hydrogen-powered Peugeot has rolled off the production lines: the e-Expert Hydrogen van. The latter is the peer of the Opel Vivaro-e and the Citroën Jumpy on hydrogen light vans that get fuel cells from Symbio, the joint venture between Faurecia and Michelin. The vehicles combine a fuel cell and a battery […]

Hype to expand Paris hydrogen taxi fleet to 10 000

December 16, 2021

Paris zero-emission taxi provider Hype, currently running a fleet of more than a hundred H2-powered cabs, has raised another €20 million with French hydrogen pioneers HRS and McPhy to expand that fleet to 10 000 by 2024. Ready for the Olympics in the French capital, the latter includes 20 hydrogen filling stations in the Ile-de […]

EU plan: faster trains, EV chargers, and H2-stations along TEN-T network

December 15, 2021

The EU Commission has presented a four-pillar Action Plan for a cleaner, greener, and smarter mobility on the cross-border transport network through Europe and its nine major corridors. That means shifting more passengers and freight to rail and inland waterways, the roll-out of charging points every 60 km along highways, hydrogen filling stations at 150 […]

Has Toyota yielded in favor of EVs?

December 15, 2021

On a podium floor flooded with EVs, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda addressed the media on Tuesday to outline the new EV plans of his company. The Japanese car manufacturer is accelerating its efforts. A boosted total investment of 8 trillion yen (€31 billion) is foreseen to get 30 EV models in the overall line-up by […]

Container barge FPS Maas to start sailing on hydrogen

December 08, 2021

The inland container barge FPS Maas is the first of the fleet to start sailing between Rotterdam and Antwerp on hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Dutch shipping company Future Proof Sailing just signed a long-term agreement with AirLiquide to supply green hydrogen in specially designed multi-modal hydrogen storage containers on deck. As a zero-emission vessel owner, FPS […]

Toyota’s product show is not an all battery-electric future

December 03, 2021

Toyota’s idea of our electric future is not just about battery-electric cars. That was the bottom line of the Kenshiki (translated as ‘Insight’) forum held in Brussels on Thursday. The brand showcased the new production model Corolla Cross Hybrid, some European premieres, and further outlined its path toward carbon-neutrality in Europe by 2035. Alongside the […]

Toyota and DRIVR launch 100 H2 cabs in Copenhagen

November 19, 2021

On Friday, 5 November, Toyota and app-based taxi service DRIVR have launched more than 100 hydrogen cabs on the road in Copenhagen. The Danish government no longer admits Co2-emitting taxis from 2025, and by 2030, all new cabs must be zero-emission vehicles. The taxi industry in Denmark is seen as a key driver of the […]

France: President Macron raises hydrogen budget to €9 billion

November 17, 2021

While visiting the industrial start-up Genvia on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the government’s investment in hydrogen will benefit from an additional €1,9 billion, as part of the investment plan ‘France 2030‘. The President wants to fight for the country’s industrial reconquest and the climate battle at the same time. “There’s no fatality. […]

Hyvia shows its 15-passenger city bus on hydrogen

November 16, 2021

At the Salon des Maires et des Collectivités Locales, the ‘Mayor’s salon’ in Paris, Hyvia, the joint venture between Renault and Plug Power is showing these days its new 15-passenger city bus on hydrogen. The mini-bus based on the Renault Master has a 30 kW fuel cell, a 33 kW battery, and a 4,5 kg […]

Toyota defends and embraces hybrid strategy

November 16, 2021

Toyota Vice-President Shigeru Hayakawa takes up the cudgels for hybrid cars. According to Toyota, hybrid cars – HEV and PHEV – will still play a crucial role in reducing emissions in worldwide transport. Hayakawa is, therefore, pointing at South-East Asia and Africa, where he sees a vital role for hybrids. He states that countries with […]

Daimler Truck and TotalEnergies to kick start hydrogen rollout

November 10, 2021

Daimler Truck and French oil giant TotalEnergies have signed an agreement to jointly kick start the rollout of hydrogen infrastructure and heavy-duty trucks in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, and France. Daimler wants its hydrogen trucks deployed fully on the road at customers by 2025, and TotalEnergies has the ambition by 2030 to operate directly […]

Training facility for hydrogen garages opens in Belgium

November 10, 2021

EDUCAM, a sectorial organization for the training of the workforce in the automotive branch, had yesterday opened its first training facility for future garages repairing hydrogen cars. The center, located in Lokeren, wants to prepare professionals for this new challenge that it believes will arrive alongside the massive switch to battery-electric cars. Highly explosive The […]

Belgium gets green hydrogen from Chile, Namibia, and Oman (update)

November 08, 2021

Antwerp Port and Zeebrugge Port will set up a hydrogen import logistic chain with Chile. Belgium’s major ports who decided earlier this year to merge into Port Antwerp-Bruges signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this in Glasgow. Belgium will also import green hydrogen from Oman and Namibia. At the COP26 in Glasgow, Belgian Federal […]

ZeroAvia to fly London-Rotterdam on hydrogen by 2024

October 28, 2021

British-American start-up in hydrogen-powered aviation, ZeroAvia, has signed an agreement with Dutch aviation partners to realize a zero-emission one-hour flight route with a 19-seat airplane on hydrogen between London and The Hague Airport (RTHA) in Rotterdam. ZeroAvia and Royal Schiphol Group say they’re in advanced talks with airlines to exploit the new route. Targeted for […]

Ineos Grenadier gets hydrogen fuel cell variant

October 27, 2021

British global chemical company, Ineos, a specialist in producing ‘low-carbon’ hydrogen, is working on a hydrogen demonstration version of its Landrover Defender-clone, the Grenadier, for road testing by the end of 2022. The latter will most likely get a Hyundai Nexo fuel cell and will be co-engineered by automotive specialist AVL. First, the basic ICE-powered […]

Macron’s France 2030 plan: €1,5 billion for nuclear and hydrogen

October 13, 2021

Months away from the French elections, President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled his ‘France 2030’ plan. Grounds are laid to invest 30 billion euros in hydrogen, nuclear, electric cars, green airplanes, renewable energies, and even aerospace. The president wants France to “become a great innovation nation again.” To the energy sector, Macron has allocated a total […]

Shell to build large production unit for biofuels in Rotterdam

September 17, 2021

The British-Dutch oil and gas company, Shell, plans to construct a large production unit for biofuels at the Shell Energy and Park Rotterdam (the Netherlands), formerly known as the Pernis refinery. The Rotterdam plant will produce 820 000 tons of biofuels a year. “A facility of this size could produce enough renewable diesel to avoid […]

Hyundai presents its ‘Hydrogen Vision 2040’

September 08, 2021

The Hyundai Motor Group has presented its ‘Hydrogen Vision 2040’. The strategic plan of the Korean company envisages offering a fuel cell version for all commercial vehicle models of the group by 2028. However, it will still take a few years before the costs drop to BEV level. Hyundai plans to introduce a next-generation fuel […]

First test of Alstom’s hydrogen train in France

September 07, 2021

After successful trials in Germany and Italy, French train company Alstom hopes to bring its hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint on its home rails. On Monday and for the first time in France, one of Alstom’s train cars has driven on a test site in Valenciennes. With its 800 to 1 000 km range, the hydrogen train […]

Hydrolog project shows feasibility of H2-powered harbor logistics

September 01, 2021

After a pilot of six weeks in the Antwerp harbor at two container terminals, the Hydrolog project shows the feasibility to operate forklifts and terminal tractors on hydrogen, WaterstofNet, and the Flanders Innovation cluster for Logistics (VIL) conclude. Getting the official licenses proved to be time-consuming and costly as legislation still has to follow. The […]

CMB Tech converts 37-ton excavator to hydrogen-diesel duofuel

August 30, 2021

CMB Tech, the clean technology division of Belgian shipping company Company Maritime Belge (CMB), has converted a 37-ton Hitachi excavator to run on a mixture of hydrogen and diesel, avoiding up to 8 tons of CO2 emissions or 50% less in daily operations. For the client, the advantage is that the limited additional cost lets […]

Deutz’s first hydrogen engine ready for the market

August 25, 2021

German ‘historic’ combustion engine manufacturer Deutz AG has its first hydrogen combustion engine ready for the market, the company announced. The zero-emission six-cylinder TCG 7.8 H2 engine produces 200 kW (268 hp), runs very quietly, and “is likely to be used first in stationary equipment, generators, and rail transport,” the company says. The heritage of […]

Brussels MIVB/STIB commissions its first hydrogen bus

August 24, 2021

The Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB has its first hydrogen bus. The bus, presented on Monday, will be tested for two years to familiarise with the new technology and evaluate its performance. The vehicle will be leased from the manufacturer Van Hool, which will then, at the same time, benefit from the data that MIVB/STIB […]

Volvo gets delivery of world’s first carbon-free steel

August 19, 2021

On Wednesday, the Volvo Group was handed over its first carbon-free steel. The supplier is Swedish steel company SSAB Öxelund who uses Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology (HYBRIT) to replace coal and coke during production. SSAB’s goal is to decarbonize the steel industry and to commercialize green steel. They plan to have all their traditional furnaces […]

BMW to demo iX5 Hydrogen at the IAA Mobility in Munich

August 17, 2021

BMW announced it will be demoing the iX5 Hydrogen two years after introducing the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT concept car, ‘live’ at the IAA Mobility motor show in Munich, from September 7th to 12. Visitors will have the opportunity to “be driven along the Blue Lane connecting the main exhibition grounds with other exhibition venues […]

Japan’s first hydrogen-fueled ferry uses Belgian tech

August 11, 2021

In Japan, the first passenger ferry for commercial use with two hydrogen diesel combustion engines has been officially launched on Tuesday. The ‘HydroBingo’ was developed by Belgian shipping company CMB’s tech daughter, CMB Tech, together with Japanese shipbuilding and shipping firm Tsuneishi in a 50/50 joint venture. It is a 19-tons ferry accommodating 80 passengers […]

‘California to envision 70 000 heavy-duty fuel cell trucks by 2035’

August 06, 2021

The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) envisions in a new report the possibility to roll out in the state a fleet of “70 000 heavy-duty class 8 fuel cell electric trucks (FCETs) supported by 200 heavy-duty truck stations by 2035”. The ultimate goal for California is 100% zero-emission trucks by 2045. With this zero-emission fleet […]

MSC to study oceangoing cruise ship on hydrogen

July 27, 2021

Italian-Swiss shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will study the next twelve months the feasibility of an oceangoing cruise ship on hydrogen as a zero-emission alternative. The study will be carried out together with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and Italian gas group Snam. The three companies formulated their intention to build the world’s first hydrogen-powered cruise […]

Hyundai plans more fuel cell vehicles

July 26, 2021

Hyundai will further expand its range of alternative propulsion systems in time. In addition to electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models, the Korean manufacturer also believes in fuel cell propulsion, and that range is also going to grow with three extra models. Hyundai today offers the Nexo (SUV model) on Belgian soil, but with a […]

ICCT study: BEVs already emit 70% less CO2

July 22, 2021

A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) experts finds battery-electric cars already have a better greenhouse gas emissions record than conventionally powered vehicles. This is not only true in Europe but also in China, India, or the USA. Moreover, by 2030, this emissions advantage will further increase. The study was a […]

Hyzon to deliver 20 hydrogen refuse trucks for Australia

July 20, 2021

American fuel cell specialist Hyzon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australian Superior Pak for the delivery in 2022 of twenty refuse collection trucks. Superior Pack is designing and engineering mobile waste collection and compaction equipment and has already delivered over 3 000 compaction units for more than 50 municipalities in Australia and New […]

WaterstofNet gets Hyundai Nexo keys

July 20, 2021

WaterstofNet (HydrogenNet), the driving force behind the Hydrogen Industry Cluster (Waterstof Industrie Cluster, WIC), of which the Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is a member, wants to be a forerunner using hydrogen for zero-emission mobility. Therefore, Hyundai Belux puts one of its hydrogen cars at WaterstofNet’s disposal for one year in the context of their cooperation. […]

Hyzon 50-ton milk truck on hydrogen on Dutch roads

July 14, 2021

Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina has commissioned its first hydrogen-driven 50-ton milk truck on the roads in the Groningen region. Today, only there is enough hydrogen filling infrastructure to roll out H2-trucks, says FrieslandCampina. But it is looking to expand to the rest of the Netherlands too. FrieslandCampina is running a durability program called ‘Nourishing a […]

Shell switches on Europe’s largest green H2 electrolyzer

July 07, 2021

Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell, has put its new 10 MW renewable hydrogen production plant into service. The biggest of its kind in Europe. The electrolyzer is located at Shell’s Rheinland refinery, near Cologne in Germany. Benefiting from European Commission funding, it will produce up to 1 300 tons of green hydrogen per year, but plans […]

Renault releases three vans on hydrogen by end of the year

July 07, 2021

Renault has released more details about its hydrogen collaboration with Plug Power, baptized HYVIA. Already by the end of this year, the joint venture, which serves as an appendix to Renault’s electric branch, will be offering three vans in different sizes, equipped with a zero-emission fuel cell. The biggest van Renault offers is the Master […]

Eberspächer enters fuel cell business with ViCTORi takeover

July 06, 2021

German automotive supplier Eberspächer is taking over for 100% Boulder-based (Colorado) ViCTORi LLC and its VAIREX branded air systems. Being a US supplier of fuel cell compressor systems to the global fuel cell industry, the latter buys the German family-owned specialist in exhaust technology, automotive controls, and thermal management a foothold in the fuel cell […]

ZeroAvia sets bar higher with hydrogen-powered 19-seater aircraft

July 02, 2021

British-American start-up in hydrogen-powered aviation, ZeroAvia, is setting the bar higher again with the development of a 19-seater twin-engined airplane for short-haul flights, capable of covering a range of 800 km. ZeroAvia was the first to feature a six-seater H2-powered electric airplane passenger flight in September 2020. ZeroAvia acquired two twin-engine 19-seat Dornier 228 aircraft […]