Hydrogen Drone welcomes Estonia

On the 30th of May, Estonian based SKYCORP OÜ with the Estonian Hydrogen Association presented in Tallinn Europe’s first commercially available hydrogen drone, the e-Drone Zero.

The next generation hydrogen Fuel Cell technology used on the drone allows it to have a flight endurance of 120 minutes instead of the usual 20-30 minutes as seen on batteries. It dramatically increases the value from drone missions and opens up new use-cases especially with future Smart Cities. Additional benefits include refuelling in just 1-2 minutes to increase productivity without having to carry multiple sets of LiPO batteries around.

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HyLaw seminar in Brussels

What means the HyLaw?

HyLaw stands for the Hydrogen Law and removal of legal barriers to the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen applications. HyLaw  is a flagship project aimed at boosting the market uptake of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. It has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (grant agreement No 737 977) and is supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research. HyLaw is the two-years (01.01.2017 – 31.12.2018) European-wide project including 23 partners and oriented to bring together all national FCH (Fuel Cell & Hydrogen) associations with a common ambition of consolidation this important sector. HyLaw  in fact, has a longer term perspective to set up a FCH National Associations Alliance with the aim to bring all actors in the field under a single unified umbrella.

HyLaw resuming seminar

Seminar with around 45…50 stakeholders took place in Hydrogen Europe office on the 6th of December. The Agenda was impressively tight with the Keynote from Dr Nicolas Brahy, Director of the Hydrogen Europe in cooperation with Mr Francoise De Jong followed by Mr Alexandru Floristean, the Legal & Project Manager presenting the main findings of the project. Most of the presentations are available on HyLaw Online Database. There are also available the numerous presentations from the national workshops held earlier in the Fall. Some of the partners’ companies presentations were also included to HyLaw workshop agenda. Three sessions with following panel discussions and the final conclusions by Mr Jorgo Chatzimarkakis from Hydrogen Europe made the seminar enjoyably informative and comprehensive.

One of the major target of HyLaw project has been compiling the database on legal situation and empasizing on the barriers hindering wider implementation of hydrogen in national economies. Partners worked on compiling the unified comprehensive database to have the comparable results from country to country. By today the database is completed and publicly available.

Conclusions for Estonia

The one-day seminar has been both extremely informing and teaching. The latest news in the HRS’s (Hydrogen Refueling Station) speedy spreading all over the Europe, also, the transport of hydrogen via pipelines. Administrative practices to introduce the legal framework in many economic sectors, also technical solutions in maritime, inland waterbodies, road transport, electricity generation, electrolysis, fuel cells various applications, etc. were included in 13 presentations.

For Estonia it is the ripe moment to take speedy start in HRS and creating the legal framework for hydrogen and fuel cells zero emmission applications. At present it is obviously one of the most efficient way to fight climate warming and move towards carbon-free economy.

During the seminar good contact with the director of Hydrogen Europe Dr Nicholas Brahy and the project coordinator Mr Alexandru Floristean has been established. They very friendly asked the Estonian Association of Hydrogen Technologies to join the Europe-wide network. This is encouraging offer and our association will accept the invitation with great pleasure. Hopefully Estonia starts to be more seenable, also thanks to signing by our government representative the „The Hydrogen Initiative“ in Linz, Austria this Fall.

It is the most obvious that Estonia has today perfect option to catch the momentum and turn his economic sectors to the path of hydrogen society.

Elcogen is nominated for the best European SME fuel cell success story.

Elcogen is nominated in the category of European individual fuel cell success story for the SMEs. The FCH JU marked that the productivity and competitiveness of SMEs will benefit everyone. FCH JU emphasized that nominations illustrate the approach of continuous learning, from creating low-carbon and sustainable solutions, enabling market entry for new products, developing ‘next generation’ products based on previous research, to opening new markets for European expertise in fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technology.


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International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day – 8th of October

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) initiated the celebration of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in 2014. Thus, it is the fourth year this important energy transformation topic is raised to the attention of wider public worldwide. National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day were created to help raise awareness of a clean energy technology that is here now. October 8th (10.08) was chosen in reference to the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008). The latest news report that on October 1, the United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 664 by unanimous consent, declaring October 8, 2018, National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day for the United States.

Hydrogen is no-doubt one of the most efficient energy carriers in the prospective of future energy developments. Fuel cell-based electricity generation opens up new highly perspective spheres of using hydrogen.

The Estonian Association of Hydrogen Technologies celebrated the H&FC Day with the seminar in the Chemicum of Tartu University. The most recent developments in the field were presented by professor Enn Lust. He tackled both the fuel cell production related technologies and the use of hydrogen based on Fuel Cells.

Another presentation was made by M.Sc. Eng. Ain Laidoja who opened up the present situation in Estonia and analysed the Total Cost of Ownership for various transportation means and fuels including gasoline, diesel, biomethane and hydrogen. He challenged to make more precise line kilometre calculations for the public transport sector in the context of comparison with the hydrogen fuel.

The presentations were followed by a lively discussion between the presenters and numerous audience. Seems, the event devoted to the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day succeeded to bring the messages to the wider auditorium.





HELTSTACK seminar in Tallinn

The 7th Framework Programme HELTSTACK project seminar “The Role of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology in Delivering Energy Security for Europe“ took place in the premises of the Academy of Sciences in Tallinn on May the 8th 2015. Seminar was organised in cooperation with the project partners; The Estonian National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, KBFI; Estonian company AS Elcogen and Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTT. Seminar was co-sponsored by the 7th FP PEOPLE-2013- I-APP grant no 612431.

The seminar Agenda was really comprehensive including the Fuel Cell development sucess stories and practical applications, also the Hyundai iX35 car demonstration by OY Woikoski AB out side in the inner-yard of the Academy:

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The Finnish company OY Woikoski AB published the press-release on the occasion.



Oy Woikoski Ab, a Finnish family-owned company, is heavily involved in the development of a hydrogen society. Woikoski opened on 12th of November a new hydrogen plant in Kokkola. The plant is the largest facility in Europe to produce hydrogen by water electrolysis, and will simultaneously produce ultra-pure oxygen. Woikoski sees hydrogen as the resource of the future, and has in the past year made heavy investments in hydrogen production, logistics, and applications. Woikoski is pioneering a lower-carbon society: a new hydrogen plant, hydrogen refuelling stations, and a fuel cell car are just some examples of these investments.

A century at the forefront of hydrogen production

Woikoski has produced hydrogen for 102 years; only the production methods have changed. Hydrogen is derived from water through electrolysis, from natural gas or biogas through steam reformation, or by using the by-product hydrogen, e.g. from various chemical industry processes. Woikoski saw the potential for using hydrogen as a fuel in cars as early as the 1930s, when a hydrogen-fuelled car was frequently seen on the roads near the company’s factory at Voikoski. The hydrogen fuelling station at Voikoski is the result of Woikoski’s own innovation, which aims to conquer international fuelling station markets. The station fills the car tank using either 350 or 700 bar pressure. The filling is completed in a few minutes, and a full tank lasts around 600 kilometres. Late 2015 Woikoski is opening one new hydrogen fuelling station to Finland and the first outside Finland station to Gothenburg, Sweden.

Zero emissions

Woikoski is heavily involved in the development of a hydrogen-fuelled society, and has created the conditions for introducing a zero-emission hydrogen car into the Finnish market. Use of hydrogen would significantly reduce the CO2 emissions of the automobile industry. A number of hydrogen-driven cars, buses, and forklifts are already in use in Europe. In addition, noise emission can be reduced by means of fuel cells, e.g. in snowmobiles and water vehicles.

Woikoski believes in hydrogen

Woikoski is investing seriously in hydrogen production, logistics, and user applications. A hydrogen car and fuelling stations are just some examples of the company’s hydrogen-related investments. In November 2014, a new hydrogen plant was opened at Kokkola Industrial Park. At the same time, the modern hydrogen transportation units based on composite technology was taken into use. Woikoski believes that the use of hydrogen technology in the energy sector will sooner or later take off, providing an eco-friendly alternative. The company is working in cooperation with the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), Lappeenranta University of Technology, and VTT the Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT facilitates cooperation with Fukuoka University in Japan, which is home to the world’s leading hydrogen research institute.