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EHA session at EU Sustainable Energy Week on Regional and Urban Renewable Hydrogen Integration

(PresseBox) (Brussels, ) Last year the EU Commission and 60 European Industries launched an ambitious EU Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH JU) that will facilitate the commercial market for many hydrogen applications. Regions and large municpalities will be instrumental for its success as the location for large demonstration projects foreseen in the FCH JU programme. Over the years many regions and large municipalities have already started to integrate first hydrogen and fuel cell applications into their energy and transport strategies and they have recently joined forces to create the European Regions and Municipalities Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, HyRaMP hosted by the EHA in Brussels. Many local activities are linking local renewable energy with hydrogen as an energy carrier, storing electricity of intermittent sources and paving the way for efficient electric transport systems.

The European Hydrogen Association, EHA, is organizing a session "Hydrogen and fuel cells as strong partners of local renewable energy systems", at the European Sustainble Energy Week on February 9, 2009 from 1400 till 1730, Hall 51 in the Committee of the Regions, Bâtiment Jacques Delors, Rue Belliard 99-101, Brussels.
The session seeks to inspire local authorities to start integrating the use of hydrogen in their policies. Presentations of regions and municipalities that are effectively integrating hydrogen applications in their energy and transport system and a Round Table of industry experts will give insight in the opportunities and challenges.

As commercial applications are coming to market the standardisation of authorisation procedures for hydrogen refuelling installations and stationary power applications, as well as the homologation of hydrogen vehicles and the facilitation of clean hydrogen production technologies are crucial to guarantee the role of market leader of European industries in this field, especially with regards to small and medium size enterprises. Last but not least the EHA is urging the EU and national governments to include support for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies into their financial support packages, including future infrastructure investments, to capitilise on the impressive improvements in performance and costs of hydrogen and fuel cell systems over the last years.

The EHA is representing fourteen national associations (BE, CH, DE, ES, F, H, IT, LV, N, NL, PT, PL, SE, UK) and the main hydrogen infrastructure development companies (Air Liquide, Air Products, ENI, StatoilHydro, the Linde Group, Shell Hydrogen).

For more information on the programme and to register for the EHA session at the European Sustainable Energy Week please visit www.eusew.eu.