During the month of December, Paris was hosting the biggest international climate conference, COP21, dedicated to the problems of climate and energy transition. Coincidentally with this event, Paris inaugurated two first hydrogen refueling stations!
This interview with the president of French Association of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (AFHYPAC) Pascal Mauberger was prepared by Viacheslav Zgonnik (UAHE) for the European Hydrogen Association.
First hydrogen refueling station in Paris - a big leap for the French's hydrogen sector. This isn't the first station in France?
Yes, there are already six other stations in France. First station was installed near Albi, South of France. There are also private stations that have been in operation for some time by Air Liquide. Then, there are those which were installed in Saint-Lô (La Manche) - the precursor territory for the hydrogen industry. One has been installed for several months and it is the first one from the deployment plan of hydrogen stations. In addition, there are two stations in Grenoble and Lyon, which were installed by McPhy. One of two Paris’ hydrogen stations was installed at the Technical center at Ivry-sur-Seine to fill delivery cars of the French post, and the second was installed by Air Liquide to fill Paris’ hydrogen taxies Hype.
In December 2015, Paris held a climate conference COP21. Almost the entire world - 150 Heads of States and Governments took part in it. One of the main questions of this meeting was reducing of fossil fuels consumption to decrease their negative impact on the environment. Hydrogen technology is ideally suited for this mission. That is why the visitors of the conference was focused, among others, on hydrogen projects launched during the event.
Hydrogen technologies were presented to all visitors of the COP21 conference at the Exhibition Center Grand Palais on the Champs Elysees in center of Paris.
Hydrogen taxi in front of exhibition center Grand Palais
Poland will have its first hydrogen refueling stations. Several of them will be built on the main communication routes in Poland says the report of the Motor Transport Institute (ITS) and the Polish Press Agency (PAP).
“First two stations will be constructed in Poznań and Warsaw. The Tri-city, Białystok, Kraków, Katowice, Wrocłąw and Łódź wii be the next locations,” Marcin Ślęzak, the director of the Motor Transport Institute (ITS) said. ITS has signed a letter of intent with Poland’s largest utility PGE, which will be the contractor of the stations in Warsaw and Poznań, as mentioned in the company's press release.
The project will be carried out within the framework of the EU program of Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport and is financed from the EU budget. Hydrogen refueling stations in Poland will extend mobility corridors for hydrogen vehicles and will stimulate development of hydrogen technologies in neighboring countries which don't have hydrogen stations yet.
Will take place in Zaragoza (Spain) from the 13th to the 16th of June 2016
It is organized by the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2) with the collaboration of the Foundation for the Development of Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon (FHa) and under the auspices of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE).
WHEC is the world’s most well-known conference in the field of hydrogen energy and has become the hub of the hydrogen and fuel cells community. This congress combines high quality conferences with a trade fair, networking areas and multiple side events for the purpose of promoting the widespread deployment of hydrogen technologies.
WHEC 2016 will bring together professionals, companies, research centres, public and private institutes and decision makers from throughout the entire hydrogen and fuel cell sector and it will provide a unique forum for sharing scientific and technological information. Thus, WHEC is a must-attend event for the hydrogen and fuel cells community as well as for everyone interested in hydrogen energy.
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A recent scientific study indicates that hydrogen gas is seeping from within the Earth in places where historically no one had expected it before.
Scientists have now identified thousands of sites in the European part of Russia where natural hydrogen gas may be found seeping out of shallow depressions. In research paper, published in Natural Resources Research
, scientists have examined many of these subcircular, shallow surface depressions seeping hydrogen gas, ranging in size from a hundred meters to several kilometers in diameter. These have been identified throughout a region extending from the Moscow region to Kazakhstan.
Using portable gas detectors, researchers found the concentration of molecular hydrogen gas in the soil of these structures was very high, up to 1.25% at 1.2 m deep. The results obtained by the authors were confirmed by gas chromatography analysis of the samples.
Photo: Satellite picture of one of the shallow depressions investigate for the presence of natural hydrogen gas. The structure is situated near the city of Borisoglebsk, Russia.