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:

See the presentations here.

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

PRESS RELEASE / FREE FOR PUBLICATION ON 8th OF MAY 2015

OY WOIKOSKI AB COMMITTING STRONGLY TO HYDROGEN SOCIETY

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.