Future prospects for hydrogen: WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS shows current developments

For decades, hydrogen has represented a future technology for clean, emission-free mobility – technically elegant, ecologically sound, and economical but not ready to be implemented. However, the combined energy and mobility transition alters the promise of hydrogen to a great extent.

For decades, hydrogen has represented a future technology for clean, emission-free mobility - technically elegant, ecologically sound, and economical but not ready to be implemented. However, the combined energy and mobility transition alters the promise of hydrogen to a great extent. Especially the coupling of the electricity, heat and transport sectors opens up new perspectives for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies: namely one universal energy source for such diverse areas of the energy market as a vehicle fuel or an additive to natural gas. At the same time, many applications have been further developed for market and consumer readiness: car-sharing deals with fuel cell cars, fuel cells as emergency power generators and power-to-gas plants are already in commercial use or being tested in pilot plants. WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS demonstrates how the current products and processes of hydrogen technology allow smart, clean and flexible solutions for the energy market and end consumers, as well as the further steps needed towards attaining a medium-term, economically sustainable energy and mobility transition through hydrogen.

Filling station infrastructure for fuel cell cars
In daily use, fuel cell vehicles are advantageous due to their emission-free and silent mobility as well as their great range and faster refuelling. Drivers can therefore easily switch from conventional vehicles to hydrogen, even if only few hydrogen filling stations exist. The ambitious plans to construct the tank infrastructure for fuel cell cars, is portrayed from different perspectives by Philipp Braunsdorf, National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, Berlin and Nikolas Iwan, H2 MOBILITY Germany. The focus is the construction of up to 400 hydrogen filling stations during the next seven years in Germany alone (conference session G3, hydrogen infrastructure).

Hydrogen technologies
Hydrogen is ecologically particularly useful if it is produced from renewable energy sources. At the NRW joint booth and conference (Booth 2C20, session C4 hydrogen generation), hydrogenics presents some of the first results from the operation of one of the world's most advanced power-to-gas facilities, the Hamburg-based WindGas project. In Stuttgart, the Erlangen-based company Hydrogenious Technologies shows a new method of storing and transporting hydrogen-based liquid organic hydrogen carrier substances (LOHC), which were exported to the United States for the first time in 2017: "The United States represents the largest market for hydrogen and therefore these first overseas contracts are very important to us. We were able to convince our customers with efficiency and operational reliability, because LOHC creates cost-efficient hydrogen logistics for a close network of filling stations that is in line with the major distances in the US," says Daniel Teichmann, CEO of Hydrogenious Technologies. (Booth 2B23).

Electrification of shipping and air transport: new applications
With use in ships and aircraft, further areas are opened up for fuel cells and hydrogen. Professor Dr Josef Kallo from the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Stuttgart (German Aerospace Centre) reports about the first planned flight for a hydrogen fuel cell aircraft powered by an electric motor (HY4) at the end of September 2016. (Booth 2D20)

Ocean shipping, one of the largest emitters of pollutants worldwide, is increasingly becoming the focus of legislative measures to reduce pollution. Fuel cell systems for supporting ship propulsion or for the on-board power supply are already used in the first ships. With the latest results from SchIBZ, Keno Leites, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, Hamburg, presents the options of integrating fuel cells in the power supply of ships (Session F3 electric aircrafts, ships and rail).

With the presentation of the 16th f-cell awards on October 10, WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS 2016 is a highlight in the industry year. Overall, the combined trade fair and conference with 21 thematic conference sessions and 113 presentations held by international speakers and touching subjects such as storage technologies, e-mobility, alternative motors, smart cities and production of batteries and fuel cells offer a bridge between the mobility and energy transition.


The WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS 2016 takes place from October 10-12, 2016 in Stuttgart.

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WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS combines the potentials and networks of the leading international companies and brings them to Stuttgart. The convergence of power generation, storage systems and mobility solutions along with the technologies and services related to the segments battery, hydrogen and f-cell applications are the main focus.

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