CIDAUT participates in the DESEiD’18 congress

One more year CIDAUT participates in the National Congress of R & D in Defense and Security, this year celebrated in Valladolid from November 20 to 22, 2018.

In this congress, CIDAUT exhibited its technological capabilities and presented a poster about the use of H2 in the military camp of the future, demonstrating that hydrogen is the ideal energy vector for silent applications, with a higher energy stored ratio by weight than electric batteries.

The poster presented the work carried out in the development of H2 generation in situ from diesel by reforming processes, in the scope of the REFORDI project developed with the INTA (National Institute of Aerospace Technology), reaching the construction of a 25 kW prototype.

CIDAUT and Valladolid City Council attend the second local workshop of the FCH regions and cities initiative in Santander

The Regions & Cities initiative (http://www.fch.europa.eu/page/about-initiative) is conducting a second round of workshops across Europe. The workshops are aimed to promote knowledge exchange on best practices in FCH project development and to discuss the way followed by European cities and regions to implement FCH projects.

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After the successful first round of workshops with many interesting discussions and learnings, a second round has been conducted in various European cities in April 2018. This time, in Spain, it was held in Santander on April 24 at the Science and Technology Park of Cantabria. CIDAUT and Valladolid City Council attended the workshop as stakeholders of the initiative.

The meeting started with the welcome from Jorge Muyo, Director of Innovation, Technological Development and Industrial Entrepreneurship of the Goverment of Cantabria. It continued with the presentation of the main objectives by Roland Berger team, highlighting the exchange of experiences and lessons learnt on key topics in FCH projects under development. As experts in this type of projects, a review of best practices in implementing FCH projects was carried out. It was remark the importance of creating conducive framework conditions with soft measures and policies, scoping local FCH project concepts (key elements and success factors) and engaging local stakeholders with a proper management.

The workshop was attended by Carlos Navas as representative of the FCHJU who conducted a presentation on Hydrogen in Spain. He stressed that in order to achieve the CO2 emission reductions established in the 2040-2050 scenarios, decarbonisation measures necessarily pass through hydrogen technologies, especially in the transport and industry sectors. Taking into account the hydrogen economy: hydrogen allows more renewables in the energy system and enables sector-coupling. He highlighted the 7 roles for hydrogen in the energy transition.

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Then, the University of Cantabria made an exhibition of the most relevant European projects on hydrogen technologies that are ongoing, among which stand out HYLANTIC Project and PEMFC-Sudoe Network Project. The project bound4blue, in collaboration with the Government of Cantabria, was also presented.

The meeting continued with the review by Roland Berger team of the different approaches for funding of FCH projects. Several potential funding sources for FCH projects were checked such as R&I funding (Horizon 2020 through the FCH JU),  Structural funds (European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and  Cohesion Fund (CF)), Thematic Platforms (CEF), Technical support instruments (ELENA), National/Regional funds and Soft Loans (European Investment Bank (EIB)).

To close the meeting, a discussion on the future needs of the Regions and Cities was established in order to overview the way ahead of the FCH Regions Initiative. Establishing contacts between regions with common interests, organizing meetings and visits to visualize and evaluate success implementation cases, as well as improving the knowledge of technologies by the public administration and general public were the most relevant issues that were put on the table.

Finally, to close the event, the participation of the attendants was appreciated and we were all invited to the last General Assembly of the Initiative that will be held in Brussels on May 18.

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Cidaut and Valladolid City Council attend the first local workshop of the FCH regions and cities initiative

FCH Regions and cities initiative (http://www.fch.europa.eu/page/about-initiative) has set a series of workshops of the in different cities throughout in February- March 2018. The first one took place the 14th of February in Puertollano (Spain) in the National Centre of Hydrogen facilities. CIDAUT and Valladolid City Council had the opportunity to assist as part of the consortium of the initiative.

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The workshop was attended by the mayor of Puertollano, Mayte Fernández, who together with the Minister of Economy of Castilla La Mancha, Patricia Franco, welcomed the opening of the Congress. Both stressed that the workshop was a good opportunity to expose the great potential of hydrogen in terms of energy. Emilio Nieto as Director of the National Centre of Hydrogen made an introduction to give way to the beginning of the workshop.

The workshop also had the presence of Enrique Girón as a representative of the FCHJU who kindly attended to all the doubts of the attendees regarding the initiative, as well as other issues related to projects financing. During the whole workshop the debate was moderated by the Roland Berger consultancy as coordinators of the initiative.

The different speakers were exposing the opportunities of hydrogen as an alternative energy source. Thus, Guillermo Figueruelo of the Hidrogeno Aragón Foundation presented the different projects they are involved such as HyER and BIGH2IT.

Carlos Funez presented the projects on hydrogen generation, hydrogen refuelling stations and the promotion of hydrogen vehicles from the point of view of CNH2 and INDHO. Jose Antonio Gago from ENAGAS presented a flagship proposal on Hydrogen corridors to cover Spain and Portugal, proposal that is supported by numerous entities that gathers a great consortium.

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Regarding Valladolid, Henar Olmedo from CIDAUT stated that the City Council of Valladolid is working in a FCH roadmap, and, as signatory of the Covenant of Mayors, it has a Sustainable Energy and Savings Plan (SEAP). Any improvement of energy efficiency goes through the study and use of alternative energy to fossils such as renewable energy and can be hydrogen. The project to be implemented by the city council comes first in the awareness of citizens towards an unknown source of energy and reputed to be dangerous. Within the FCH technologies, the municipality has in mind the use of hydrogen in garbage trucks or buses.

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Finally, as the closing of the event, the attendance of all the participants was appreciated and the next workshop was located in April, possibly in Santander.

CIDAUT participates in the National Climate Change Congress CNAC’18 organized by the UTAD

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The National Congress on Climate Change CNAC’18 (https://www.cnac2018.com/)  took place on 19, 20 and 21 February in the Aula Magna of the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) in Vila Real (Portugal).

This event arises from the need to discuss a current and pertinent problem, targeting students of higher and secondary education, researchers, teachers, technicians, auxiliaries and the public in general. There are many myths and taboos surrounding the dialogue on climate change and in this event it is intended to diagnose, elucidate and discuss the essential aspects of a problem that affects all of us.

The congress was divided into two parts: oral presentations and workshops. The oral presentations were extended throughout the first two days and they were focused on different aspects related to the impacts and challenges associated with climate change.

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CIDAUT, invited by Residuos do Nordeste and UTAD, had the opportunity to make a presentation on sustainable transport and hydrogen applications in transport. An analysis of the current context of greenhouse emissions and other types of emissions (such as NOx and particles) associated with transport and the need to search for sustainable alternatives was carried out. Likewise, it was carried out a review of the main fuel cell and hydrogen technologies available and the applications of these technologies in land, maritime and air transport. An extensive review was made not only of the development projects but of the applications that are already on the market.

It was concluded that fuel cell and hydrogen technology is a mature technology with multiple demonstration projects of different vehicle typologies worldwide that are already a reality. There are vehicle typologies where mobility based on H2 is already competitive with batteries and a significant reduction in battery and battery costs is expected. Nevertheless, it is necessary to continue with performance improvements and reductions in weight and volume. Besides,the development of H2-based mobility requires a deployment infrastructure set.

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Great participation in the HYACINTH Workshops in Spain

The Hyacinth project comes to an end with two workshops in Spain where CIDAUT participated very actively.

More than 50 people participated in the first of the workshops held on 9th May at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (Madrid): “What does Europe think about hydrogen technologies and fuel cells?” The event, organized by Hydrogen National Centre (CNH2-Hyacinth coordinator), the Spanish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform (PTE HPC) and Hydrogen Association (AeH2) presented to the audience the main results of the HYACINTH project whose objective is to gain a better knowledge of the social acceptance of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and of two applications (stationary and transport) at European level.

The workshop began with a welcome to the audience from CNH2 and a short explanation by the PTE HPC representative who explained to the audience the objectives, organization and activities that the PTE HPC develops.

Mr. Daniel Sopeña (CIDAUT) presented to the audience the comparative cross-country analysis of the policies and projects developed in recent years. Mr. Christian Oltra (CIEMAT CISOT) explained the methodology followed in the project, as well as the results of the report on the public acceptance of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and Mrs. María Jaen (CNH2) the results of the report on the stakeholders acceptance.

One of the most expected moments of workshop came when Mr. Adrian Morris (from the University of Sunderland-UK) showed case studies of the toolbox developed within the project with the aim of providing practical information to manufacturers and developers of hydrogen technologies and fuel cells. This toolbox provides them information regarding the opinion of 7,000 respondents among the general public of 7 European countries and 250 respondents among business interest groups, the scientific community and public administrations In 5 European countries.

The tool shows results organized according to key issues within the framework of technology acceptance (such as Knowledge and Experience, Confidence, Costs, Risks and Benefits, Consequences of its implementation, Attitude or Initial Acceptance.

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The second workshop of the Hyacinth project in Spain took place on 31st May at CIDAUT’s facilities (Boecillo). On this occasion, CIDAUT hosted the conference organized jointly with the CNH2 and titled: “Acceptance of Hydrogen Technologies and Fuel Cells in Europe. Impact in Castilla y León”.

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On this workshop, in addition to presenting the results regarding the acceptance studies carried out in the Hyacinth project by CIDAUT and CNH2, there was a remote online presence of Mr. Adrian Morris who showed the developed toolbox to all the assistants. Besides, the most interesting part of the day was the fact of bringing together those authorities and local entities of Castilla y León related to Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technologies. The event was attended by personnel from the Development Agency of Castilla y León (ADE), the Regional Energy Agency (EREN), the Municipal Energy Agency of Valladolid (AEMVA), the University of Valladolid (UVA), as well as several companies related to the automotive industry.

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In conclusion, this workshop achieved the main objectives of the day: disseminate Hyacinth results and communicate and discuss with the most important entities interested in boosting the development of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technologies in the region of Castilla y León.

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Hyacinth Project information is available in www.hyacinthproject.eu and the toolbox can be accessed through https://hyacinth.sunderland.ac.uk.