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OFCHC Global Spotlight         November 16, 2023

Driving Toward a Sustainable Future: Volvo Trucks, Hydrogen, and the Decarbonization Revolution 

ACT News | Nov 1

In the quest for a more sustainable future, the global transportation industry finds itself at a critical crossroads. With climate change looming large, the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to low- and zero-emission technologies has never been more pressing. Volvo Trucks, a veteran in the clean transportation industry, is at the forefront of the movement for decarbonization through a strategic three-pillar approach: battery-electric trucks, hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks, and drop-in fossil-free fuels, including fueling internal combustion engines (ICE) with hydrogen. While there are important opportunities created by harnessing the power of hydrogen, Volvo believes that a combination of these three strategies will enable the company to achieve its sustainability goal of reaching 100% net zero emissions and be fossil free by 2040.

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Toyota's fuel cell vehicles include food trucks and mobile offices

The Japan Times | Nov 13

Toyota has been developing a wide variety of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) powered by hydrogen — not only commercial vehicles like buses and trucks but also food trucks, mobile office vans and garbage trucks.

The carmaker is offering a variety of ways to utilize FCVs by taking advantage of the fact that they have no tailpipe emissions and generate electricity that can be used for purposes beyond operating the vehicles. By doing so, it is aiming to spread the use of hydrogen, which it sees as having the potential to be a key option for decarbonization.

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How to build demand for clean hydrogen

Cipher | Nov 8

The United States aims to establish itself in the global clean hydrogen race with generous new federal laws to kickstart its nascent clean hydrogen industry.

But hanging over this ambition are fundamental hurdles: Almost no clean hydrogen exists today, and barely any demand either. To fill these gaps, a debate is brewing about how exactly to use the odorless and abundant molecule in the most effective and efficient ways.

“Without robust demand, there is no market, and the viability of the entire low-emission hydrogen industry is jeopardized,” the International Energy Agency warned in its latest Global Hydrogen Review.

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Hydrogen Forward | Nov 8

Over the last two weeks, the Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) has hosted a series of webinars with the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) program selectees. Each webinar included an overview of OCED, the H2Hubs process, community engagement plans, and expected timelines – underscoring the importance DOE is placing on its commitment to ensure that projects create lasting benefits for surrounding communities.

The bulk of webinar programming focused on presentations from the selected organizations detailing their proposed projects, providing valuable insights into what to expect as this national framework is set into action. Hydrogen Forward attended all seven webinars – continue reading for our top five takeaways from the series.

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Germany to Build Expansive 9,700 km Hydrogen Fuel Network at a Cost of 20 Billion Euros by 2032

FuelCellWorks | Nov 14

Germany's core network for hydrogen fuel will extend over 9,700 km (6,000 miles) and cost around 20 billion euros ($21 billion) by 2032, the chairman of transmission system operator FNB Gas said on Tuesday, as Berlin bets on the fuel for decarbonisation.

Existing natural gas pipelines will make up 60% of the network, connecting ports, industry, storage facilities, and power plants, FNB Gas Chairman Thomas Goessmann told a news conference presenting the network's plans with Economy Minister Robert Habeck. The project will be privately financed.

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CAeS makes dash for gas as it targets near-term fuel cell opportunities

Flight Global | Nov 14

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) has subtly shifted its focus in a bid to take advantage of what it sees as the near-term opportunity offered by fuel cells running on gaseous hydrogen.

UK-based CAeS is developing a hydrogen fuel cell conversion for the nine-seat Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander under a government-backed initiative called Project Fresson. While this uses gaseous hydrogen, CAeS chief executive Paul Hutton says his assumption was that any “next step” would require more power and more range “and a move from gaseous to liquid hydrogen”.

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Oilinvest and QUANTRON accelerate deployment of fuel cell commercial vehicles and expand Hydrogen-based ecosystem

PR Newswire | Nov 13

Oilinvest and Quantron AG have signed a strategic partnership agreement to build hydrogen-based refueling infrastructure to supply Fuel Cell Electric heavy trucks (FCEV). The partnership gave way to a new joint venture named HEMTRON, which is based in Hamburg, Germany, to help accelerate the decarbonisation of road freight in Europe.

Oilinvest subsidiaries operate around 2,450 filling stations under the Tamoil brand in Europe including Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the HEM brand in filling stations in Germany. Together with third party and newly established (greenfield) locations, this extensive network provides a foundation for the proliferation of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles. Starting in Germany,

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Hydrogen Detection Device Market Thrives as Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Gain Momentum

Future Market Insights | Nov 8

The hydrogen detection market is anticipated to experience significant growth in the upcoming years. The market recorded a valuation of US$ 240.3 million in 2023, and it is estimated to reach US$ 270.3 million in 2024, with a healthy CAGR of 11.5% from 2023 to 2034. By 2034, the market valuation is expected to be worth US$ 800 million.

Investments in hydrogen infrastructure are increasing, which presents new growth opportunities for the market. The demand for hydrogen fuel cells is rising, and they are being used more in several industries, such as transportation, power generation, and industrial applications. 

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Fort Knox receives federal grant for next phase of energy resilience

The News-Enterprise | Nov 14

Every chance he was given, Fort Knox Energy manager R.J. Dyrdek told anybody who would listen what the Central Kentucky installation needed for its next big step toward total energy resilience.

In two words: fuel cells.

On Aug. 23, officials at the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program heard his story. Fort Knox made the cut among 19 federal agencies to receive a portion of a $28.1 million grant.

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