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.

Hydrogen deployment in the transport sector

A clean revolution is quietly taking place on Europe’s roads and hydrogen fuel cells can be part of this change. There has recently been a significant leap in terms of technology, cost and infrastructure and it seems this trend will continue over the coming years. In this context, infrastructure development plays a crucial role in the deployment of clean mobility solutions. Last March, there have been several opportunities to discuss about hydrogen and the transport sector and CIDAUT participated actively on them.

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Technical Workshop: “Hydrogen in the transport sector: infrastructure and vehicles”

In the context of the Energy and Environment International Trade Fair, Genera 2017, CIDAUT Foundation participated with an oral presentation in the Technical Workshop “Hydrogen in the transport sector: infrastructure and vehicles”. The event was jointly organized by the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2) and the Spanish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform (PTE HPC). In the presentation, it was reviewed the most significant applications of hydrogen in the transport sector such as buses, ships, railway, handling vehicles o even lightweight planes.

Double Infoday: JTI-FCH2 2017 Call and the Hydrogen Sector in Spain

The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), together with the Spanish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform (PTE HPC) organized on March 10, 2017, an event with a two-fold objective: to review the active Call for proposals of the JTI-FCH2 under H2020 Program and also the Hydrogen sector in Spain, from R&D and innovation, to production, storage and infrastructures. CIDAUT participated with the presentation “Hydrogen supply infrastructures in the transport sector”, where the different types of infrastructure were presented and analysed, together with key aspects in the infrastructure deployment.

HYACINTH-project findings and next steps

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HYACINTH Project (Hydrogen acceptance in the transition phase), funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking will help technology providers, governments and promoters to answer these questions:

What’s the current state of public awareness and acceptance of Hydrogen Energy and Technologies in Europe?

What kind of fears is associated with Fuel Cell and Hydrogen technologies to date?

How can a successful transition towards the use of hydrogen in the mobility sector be achieved?

HYACINTH Project’s Progress in 2016

In 2016, the main focus was on data collection via questionnaires and interviews in the targeted countries (Belgium, Norway, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Slovenia and Spain) and the analysis in terms of awareness, familiarity, perception of benefits and costs, global attitude and acceptance of HFC technologies.

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Some of the findings of the different studies were summarised and presented in the last JU Program Review days. The full presentation is available here. Key messages and main recommendations coming out from these results will soon be provided.

Additionally, in order to engage stakeholders and gain visibility for the dissemination of results, the project has been presented in several national and international events.

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HYACINTH Project’s next steps

Together with the main findings out of the surveys and interviews, a Social Acceptance Information Tool Box (SAMT) that supports acceptance on future FCH systems and projects will be presented in a series of Experimental Toolbox sessions and webinars organized by HYACINTH in 2017. One of these sessions will be organised by CIDAUT. These workshops are designed to be a multidisciplinary event where feedback will be gathered to improve the usefulness and usability of the tool.

If you want to know more about our Project, visit our webpage or join us to know about the date of future events.

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The HYACINTH project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) under Grant Agreement Nº621228.