Toyota is accelerating the decarbonization of DENSO’s Fukushima plant with a hydrogen fuel cell system

Toyota is speeding up the decarbonization efforts of the Fukushima plant by using hydrogen: an electrolyzing equipment using hydrogen fuel cell electric Toyota Mirai technology, which is already available in Hungary and emits clean water as a byproduct, is being put into operation.

Toyota has been working with Fukushima Prefecture since June 2021 to develop new future cities that will use both hydrogen produced in Fukushima and hydrogen-related technologies developed there. As part of these efforts, Toyota is working with the DENSO Group to use hydrogen and renewable energy to decarbonize its plants. Toyota recently developed a new electrolyzer that uses hydrogen fuel cell cells and Mirai’s other technologies to produce hydrogen by electrolyzing water. The equipment will be commissioned in March this year at DENSO’s Fukushima plant, which will serve as a technology launch site to facilitate future widespread use. Toyota is accelerating its efforts to develop a local consumption model for locally produced hydrogen: pure hydrogen is produced using electrolysis equipment and then burned in one of the plant’s gas furnaces. In addition, Toyota is disclosing details of its efforts to develop such a hydrogen utilization model in hopes of expanding the implementation of the model to companies from different industries and regions. The hydrogen utilization of DENSO’s Fukushima plant is implemented as a project supported by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.

The potential inherent in hydrogen as a zero-emission energy carrier

Toyota has identified hydrogen as a critical fuel in driving carbon emission reduction initiatives that advance the achievement of carbon neutrality. In doing so, it aims to promote the use of hydrogen not only through hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) – such as cars, commercial vehicles and buses, trains and ships – but also through the widespread use of fuel cell (FC) products, such as the development of stationary FC generators and test run. To this end, Toyota works with various industry partners in the production, transportation, storage and use of hydrogen. To this day, Toyota uses hydrogen for its FCEV models, FC stationary generators, plant manufacturing, etc. It has supported transport activities such as the development and production of FC trucks for the transport of hydrogen. In the future, Toyota hopes to develop electrolysis equipment and supply using biogas produced from animal manure in Thailand to expand its hydrogen production capabilities.

Toyota is speeding up the decarbonization efforts of the Fukushima plant by using hydrogen: an electrolyzing equipment using hydrogen fuel cell electric Toyota Mirai technology, which is already available in Hungary and emits clean water as a byproduct, is being put into operation.

Enough rare earth minerals to fuel green energy shift

“Decarbonization is going to be big and messy, but at the same time we can do it,”

The world has enough rare earth minerals and other critical raw materials to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy to produce electricity and limit global warming, according to a new study that counters concerns about the supply of such minerals. With a push to get more electricity from solar panels, wind turbines, hydroelectric and nuclear power plants, some people have worried that there won’t be enough key minerals to make the decarbonization switch

Rare earth minerals, also called rare earth elements, actually aren’t that rare. The U.S. Geological Survey describes them as a “relatively abundant.” They’re essential for the strong magnets necessary for wind turbines; they also show up in smartphones, computer displays and LED light bulbs. This new study looks at not only those elements but 17 different raw materials required to make electricity that include some downright common resources such as steel, cement and glass.

A team of scientists looked at the materials — many not often mined heavily in the past — and 20 different power sources. They calculated supplies and pollution from mining if green power surged to meet global goals to cut heat-trapping carbon emissions from fossil fuel.

Much more mining is needed, but there are enough minerals to go around and drilling for them will not significantly worsen warming, the study in Friday’s scientific journal Joule concluded.

“Decarbonization is going to be big and messy, but at the same time we can do it,” said study co-author Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist at the tech company Stripe and Berkeley Earth. “I’m not worried we’re going to run out of these materials.”

Much of the global concern about raw materials for decarbonization has to do with batteries and transportation, especially electric cars that rely on lithium for batteries. This study doesn’t look at that.

Looking at mineral demands for batteries is much more complicated than for electric power and that’s what the team will do next, Hausfather said. The power sector is still about one-third to half of the resource issue, he said. A lot depends on how fast the world switches to green energy.

There will be short supplies. For example, dysprosium is a mineral used for magnets in wind turbines and a big push for cleaner electricity would require three times as much dysprosium as currently produced, the paper said. But there’s more than 12 times as much dysprosium in reserves than would be needed in that clean energy push.

Researchers use sea water to produce green hydrogen at almost 100% efficiency.

The Adelaide University team found a way to cleanly make H2 without requiring fresh water.

Among the challenges to large scale production of green hydrogen has to do with the use of fresh water in electrolyzers. The reason is that many parts of the world are already facing fresh water supply challenges due to worsening droughts caused by climate change.

Sea water hasn’t been a viable option because the salt in the water is highly corrosive.

The corrosion causes expensive materials such as catalysts made from precious metals to degrade. This not only drives up the expense but also the environmental impact of the process. That said, the researchers claim that they have been able to produce green hydrogen using sea water and have achieved an efficiency rate of almost 100 percent.

The researchers made a breakthrough in the use of sea water for producing renewable H2 when they added a layer of Lewis acid, which is a specific acid type, such as chromium(III) oxide, Cr2O3) on a catalyst made of a transition metal oxide. Not only did this make it possible to use less expensive and more available materials, but the process also proved to be highly effective, according to the researchers.

“The performance of a commercial electrolyser with our catalysts running in seawater is close to the performance of platinum/iridium catalysts running in a feedstock of highly purified deionised water,” said Associate professor Yao Zheng of the University of Adelaide.

“We used seawater as a feedstock without the need for any pre-treatment processes like reverse osmosis desolation, purification, or alkalisation,” added Zheng in an explanation of how the sea water was not required treated so that it was usable to make green hydrogen, as would be the case using existing methods.

“Current electrolysers are operated with highly purified water electrolyte. Increased demand for hydrogen to partially or totally replace energy generated by fossil fuels will significantly increase scarcity of increasingly limited freshwater resources,” said Zheng.

The research was published in the Nature Energy journal.

US regulator completes first SMR design certification rulemaking

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued the final rule certifying NuScale Power’s small modular reactor (SMR), making it the seventh reactor design – and the first SMR – to be cleared by the regulator for use in the USA.

The final rulemaking is the last stage in the design certification process, which allows a utility to reference the design when applying for a combined licence to build and operate a nuclear power plant anywhere in the USA. Site-specific licensing procedures must still be completed and a combined construction and operating licence obtained before construction can begin.

The NRC accepted NuScale’s design certification application for a plant comprising up to twelve 50 MWe power modules in March 2018. The regulator issued its final technical review in August 2020, and the NRC Commission voted to certify the design in July 2022. The company has subsequently uprated the capacity of the power unit to 77MWe and earlier this month submitted an application for NRC approval of a 6-unit configuration based on the uprated design. NuScale’s SMR plant has been known as VOYGR since December 2021.

NuScale Power President and CEO John Hopkins described the rulemaking as “historic” and acknowledged the role of the US Department Energy (DOE), which has provided more than USD600 million since 2014 to support the design, licensing, and siting of VOYGR and other domestic SMR concepts.

Az amerikai szabályozó hatóság befejezi az első SMR tervezési tanúsítási szabályalkotást: Szabályozás és biztonság – World Nuclear News (

Porsche hydrogen engine prototype outperforms 8-cylinder gasoline engine

The luxury automaker has announced that its design matches performance with lower fuel consumption.

Porsche has developed a hydrogen engine prototype for luxury sports cars that will not only match a V8, 4.4-liter internal combustion engine while also reducing fuel consumption and maintaining emissions equivalent to ambient air.

Porsche created a digital version of the hydrogen engine using sophisticated virtual engine simulations. The jumping off point for the H2 drivetrain was the digital data set for its gasoline-powered counterpart. This was used as a benchmark that must be matched as a minimum by the H2 version.

Modifications to the conventional internal combustion engine included a higher compression ratio and combustion alternations to make it appropriate for H2 gas. It also includes a newly designed turbocharging system.

To be able to achieve clean H2 combustion, the turbochargers are required to offer about twice the air mass as is needed in a comparable gasoline-powered model. That said, the design was also required to compensate for lower gas temperatures with the alternative fuel, as this could cause a lack of propulsion energy.

Traditional turbochargers don’t have the capacity to resolve that issue, therefore Porsche Engineering was required to develop alternatives. In fact, they came up with four new turbocharging concepts.

Each of the alternative systems consisted of a number of electrically supported turbochargers. Additional control valves were added some within their electrically powered compressors and their air systems. Each of the alternative configurations had its own advantages and disadvantages according to the automaker. The best option has a heavy dependence on the hydrogen engine’s use. Back-to-back compressors were an important part of the design that rivalled the gasoline-powered model.

“The special feature of this design is the coaxial arrangement of two compressor stages, which are driven by the turbine or the supporting electric motor using a common shaft,” said a statement issued by Porsche. “The process air flows through the first compressor, is cooled in the intercooler, and then recompressed in the second stage.”

This allowed the hydrogen engine to achieve a 440kW maximum output as well as a top speed of 261km/h, aligning well with gasoline powered V8 engines.

COP27: EIF supports €2.5 billion of climate action investment with five venture capital, private equity and infrastructure fund partners

    • The EIF is committing €250 million with five equity funds to mobilise €2.5 billion of climate action and environmental sustainability investment across Europe: Growth Blue Fund I, PureTerra Ventures, Zintinus Fund I, SUMA Capital Climate Impact Fund III and Eiffel Transition Infrastructure Fund.
    • The funds will invest in food innovation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, the circular economy, blue economy and water.
    • Four of the five agreements (Growth Blue Fund I, PureTerra Ventures, SUMA Capital Climate Impact Fund III and Eiffel Transition Infrastructure Fund) are supported by the InvestEU programme. InvestEU brings together EU financial tools to support investment by making project financing simpler, more efficient and more flexible.

    At the COP27 climate conference, the European Investment Fund (EIF), Europe’s largest venture capital and private equity financier, signed investments totalling €247 million to enable five equity funds to back €2.5 billion of climate action investment that helps to deliver the European Union’s climate and energy targets.

COP27: Az EBA 2,5 milliárd EUR összegű éghajlat-politikai beruházást támogat öt kockázatitőke-, magántőke- és infrastrukturális alappal rendelkező partnerrel (

COP27: EIF supports €2.5 billion of climate action investment with five venture capital, private equity and infrastructure fund partners

  • Az EBA öt tőkealappal együtt 250 millió eurót különít el arra, hogy Európa-szerte 2,5 milliárd euró összegű éghajlat-politikai és környezeti fenntarthatósági beruházást mozgósítson: Growth Blue Fund I, PureTerra Ventures, Zintinus Fund I, SUMA Capital Climate Impact Fund III és Eiffel Transition Infrastructure Fund.
  • Az alapok az élelmiszer-innovációba, a megújuló energiába, az energiahatékonyságba, a körforgásos gazdaságba, a kék gazdaságba és a vízbe fognak beruházni.
  • Az öt megállapodás közül négyet (Growth Blue Fund I, PureTerra Ventures, SUMA Capital Climate Impact Fund III és Eiffel Transition Infrastructure Fund) támogat az InvestEU program. Az InvestEU uniós pénzügyi eszközöket egyesít a beruházások támogatására azáltal, hogy egyszerűbbé, hatékonyabbá és rugalmasabbá teszi a projektfinanszírozást.

A COP27 éghajlat-változási konferenciáján az Európai Beruházási Alap (EBA), Európa legnagyobb kockázatitőke- és magántőke-finanszírozója összesen 247 millió euró összegű beruházást írt alá, hogy öt tőkealap 2,5 milliárd EUR összegű éghajlat-politikai beruházást támogathasson, amelyek hozzájárulnak az Európai Unió éghajlat- és energiapolitikai céljainak eléréséhez.

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The New Hydrogen Car that Travels 2,000 Kilometers with a Single Tank

Volkswagen is working on a new fuel cell that is much cheaper than the current ones and promises hydrogen cars that can travel 2,000 kilometers on a single tank. Volkswagen has just applied for the registration of a patent for a new hydrogen fuel cell that, in addition to being cheaper than the current ones , will be able, according to its creators, to give cars a range of up to 2,000 kilometers without refueling

This news represents a turn in the position that Volkswagen usually shows regarding hydrogen. Like Elon Musk does every time he has the opportunity, the German manufacturer’s CEO, Herbert Diess, denied the potential of hydrogen as a power source for electric cars in a tweet published in May 2022.

Herbert Diess, CEO, said: It has been shown that the Hydrogen car is not the solution to climate problem. “In transport, electrification has taken over. Fake debates are a waste of time. Please listen to the science.” The patent application for this new fuel cell, carried out together with the German company Kraftwerk Tubes, shows that Volkswagen does not want to lose the hydrogen train and works outside the public eye in the development of this technology.

Sascha Kühn, Kraftwerk CEO explains in an interview with Business Insider Germany: The main difference with Hyundai and Toyota hydrogen cells is that we use a ceramic membrane instead of the usual plastic one. That’s a big difference. “The big advantage of our solution is that it can be produced much cheaper than polymer fuel cells and it does not require any type of platinum”, a precious metal that makes the final cost of the product more expensive.

This technology, Kühn says, resembles solid-state batteries. According to the executive, both have almost the same electrolytes and a similar material structure. The difference is that, while solid-state batteries use a compact material to store energy, in fuel cells that role is assumed by hydrogen in gas form.

Lower energy cost, more autonomy; In addition, the new ceramic membrane, says Kühn, does not need to be moistened, so it does not freeze in winter, dry out in summer, or attract mold. The manager also points to another advantage that will save costs in the manufacture of vehicles: the fuel cell generates heat that can be used both to replace the car’s heating and air conditioning, which would also mean greater energy savings.

Although this patent has been requested together with Volkswagen, Kraftwerk assures that it does not work exclusively for a brand:

“Regardless of the manufacturer, our goal is for our technology to be launched in a series vehicle by 2026. We are talking about series of about 10,000 vehicles, spread over several car manufacturers,” says the CEO of Kraftwerk.

” Lithium is definitely not a way forward. Solid-state battery would be an option, but it’s not there yet,” explains Kühn, who sees his technology as an alternative for drivers who don’t have a suitable charging option on the go. home or do not want to waste their time at charging stations. According to the executive, with his system “we can travel up to 2,000 kilometers with a single tank of fuel.”


“Towards energy efficient, sustainable transport”

All transport modes strive to be sustainable. Efforts for clean transport are lately accompanied by the new reality of high energy prices and the EU energy deficit.
As there is still much to be achieved in terms of energy saving in all modes of transport, it is necessary to examine possible ways and developments of energy efficiency in transport. What incentives are available for the transport sector to reduce energy consumption? This conference aims to directly or indirectly address at least some of them.

Monday and Tuesday, 28th & 29th November 2022

Ljubljana / Slovenia

Hydrogen Technology in the transportation of the future cities

“Hydrogen Technology in the transportation of the future cities” is a conference and matchmaking event that took place on 10 November 2022 in Budapest. The event  organized by Green Brother, the Hungarian member of EIT Urban Mobility RIS HUB network and co-hosted by the Hungarian Hydrogen Association was taking place with the participation of representatives of stakeholders from the industry, city, and innovators in order to discuss the latest advancements in this sector.

On today’s agenda is efficient and sustainable solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, and key questions arise: what is the role and future of hydrogen technologies in the transportation sector? Hydrogen is the key to zero emissions mobility.

Lepsényi István, a Magyar Hidrogén Szövetség elnöke

Among the opening speakers were  Ákos Dervalics, CEO of Green Brother, manager of EIT Urban Mobility RIS HUB Hungary,  István Lepsényi, President of the Hungarian Hydrogen Association, Michal Mackowiak board advisor at Hynfra (Poland),  Dr. Markus Hirth, business development director Kontakt Elektro.

 The experts all emphasized the importance of innovations in the mobility industry. In his opening speech, Garreth Macnaughton director of innovation at EIT Urban Mobility drew attention to How can hydrogen contribute to making cities more sustainable, why hydrogen is important and how EIT Urban Mobility is boosting this as an alternative to fossil.

In his presentation, István Lepsényi, the president of the Hungarian Hydrogen Association, spoke, among other things, about the opportunities that have opened up and can open up for domestic manufacturers and suppliers in relation to hydrogen technology as a result of the agreements initiated by the association last month, and what aspirations and trends can be seen in the near future. develop at an international level

Things are changing we should use this change because we are talking since long time and hydrogen economy but it was not making the last step in the implementation, now we are having a chance to make steps and we are discussing some of the pilot possibilities and it should make sense and I hope we can support it”  Bence Huba, RIS manager at EIT Urban Mobility.

Vér Csaba, a Pécsi Tudományegyetem tudományos asszisztense, Hegedűs Ákos, a Linde Gas Hungary vezérigazgatója, Czikora Tamás, a MOL-CSOPORT mobilitási vezetője

“That kind of initiatives are very needed to gathering in the room different parties that are involved in hydrogen economy and it is very important to have a common understanding, of what challenges are ahead of us and try to work together because this is a challenge that nobody can single-handed way follow” Michal Mackowiak board advisor at Hynfra (Poland).

During the panel discussion Csaba Vér, Research Assistant at University of Pécs, Ákos Hegedűs, CEO of Linde Gas Hungary, Tamás Czikora, Head of mobility at MOL GROUP  dedicated to discussing existing hydrogen technologies, with an emphasis on utilizing hydrogen for mobility in cities.

Marian Nic, Innovation Lifecycle Officer at EIT Urban Mobility highlighted ”for the last discussion, it is really important to think about the human aspect and human capacity because we know in this professional area to talk about, but when we go to the city level there would be needs to be done more education and assimilation of the topic and how to get through all processions need to be done. It is really important”.

Green Brother, the Hungarian member of EIT Urban Mobility RIS HUB network. The mission is to build an industry-focused business network community that works for decarbonizing Europe by connecting and inspiring innovators of green industries, circular economy and mobility.

Cooperation to develop a new national industry

Among other things, OMBKE (National Hungarian Mining and Metallurgy Associatio) and MHTSZ (Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association) have agreed to participate in tenders for the underground knowledge storage of hydrogen and hydrogen pipeline transport projects, as well as the regular and detailed exchange of energy and mining expertise and know-how.

The goal of the industrial, economic, scientific and mining cooperation necessary to build the Hungarian hydrogen economy is to establish a new national industry and to successfully exploit the economic and environmental potential inherent in the technology. The Cooperation Agreement was signed by Dr. Pál Hatala, President of OMBKE, and István Lepsényi, President of MHTSz, at the opening of the joint national annual conference of the National Hungarian Mining and Metallurgical Association and the Hungarian Mining Association, held from October 9-11.

According to the cooperation agreement, the parties jointly strive for a regular and detailed exchange of energy and mining professional knowledge and know-how, the organization of joint hydrogen energy and mining scientific, technical, economic, conferences, events, courses, training and further training, as well as specific Re in projects and tenders, with particular regard to the underground storage and pipeline transport of hydrogen. In addition to mutual expert support, the agreement signed now also covers the production of scientific, educational and promotional publications and programs (printed and electronic) related to hydrogen technology and mining.


The meeting on October 26, 2022 in Brussels, which was attended by the leaders of the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association and the president of the Korean and World Hydrogen Associations, also discussed the creation of a Korean-Hungarian hydrogen company forum, the supply of parts and units related to hydrogen technology, as well as hydrogen-powered cargo and commercial vehicles to Hungary. part.

During the European Hydrogen Week in Belgium between October 24 and 28, 2022, István Lepsényi, the president of the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association, and Jae-do Moon, the president of the GHIAA (Global Hydrogen Industrial Association Alliance), signed the document by which Hungary officially became a member of the world association. . With the signing, Hungary and, with it, large domestic companies, enterprises, universities and research workshops have also been put on the world’s hydrogen map. After the General Assembly of the World Hydrogen Association, GHIAA, held on October 25, 2022, the Hungarian association received the polished glass plaque on which the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association was already included as the 20th member of the world association.

Jae-do Moon, the president of the GHIAA and the Korean Association, the negotiations continued on October 26, 2022 at Hyundai’s headquarters in Brussels, where, among other things, the implementation of vehicle and technology transfer in connection with the Green Truck Program coordinated by the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association, as well as a Hungarian-Korean investor workshop the leaders of the associations agreed on its creation. Hyundai is ready to participate in Eastern European, and therefore Hungarian, vehicle production as a supplier of trucks, hydrogen fuel cells for these or buses, or even just as a parts supplier. At the same time, the Hyundai group also manufactures commercial products and power plant equipment in the field of hydrogen energy, which are also available to the Hungarian energy industry.

The negotiations started a cooperation program that not only supports the objectives of the National Hydrogen Strategy, but also the Green Truck Program and the transition to the hydrogen economy.

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis CEO Hydrogen Europe and Lepsényi István Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association CEO
Lepsényi István CEO HHTA és Jae-do Moon CEO GHIAA

Cooperation in the decarbonization of the processes of the chemical industry and the development of the Hungarian hydrogen economy.

Zoltán Butsi, chief advisor of the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association, gave a presentation on the objectives of the National Hydrogen Strategy and the most urgent tasks at the annual conference of the Hungarian Chemical Industry Association. (Eger, October 19-20, 2022) The representatives of the two associations agreed to start strategic cooperation in order to generate hydrogen technology projects aimed at the modernization of the chemical industry.


The conference was about the situation and transformation of the chemical industry in the European Union and Hungary, the energy and environmental protection strategy of the Hungarian government, as well as the review of current regulations (REACH, CLP), chemical risk assessment, current issues of explosion protection and the circular economy, and the National Hydrogen Strategy on its objectives, in particular on the decarbonization of chemical industry processes, and on the possibilities offered by the chemical industry in the development of the hydrogen economy.

Within the framework of the conference, the representatives of the two associations agreed to start strategic cooperation in order to generate hydrogen technology projects aimed at the modernization of the chemical industry, as well as in the planning and implementation of sectoral innovation programs where Hungarian chemical industry professional knowledge can be involved in the development of international hydrogen technology value chains and new solutions, with a particular focus on the hydrogen economy. to exploit European dedicated resources aimed at its development.


European Hydrogen Week

Saw the conclusion of the European Hydrogen Week, organised by Hydrogen Europe, in cooperation with the European Commission and the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, on 24-28.10.2022 and held in the Brussels Expo centre.

Over 3200 stakeholders of the hydrogen community were brought together to witness more than 120 exhibitors and 150 speakers covering all elements of the sector’s value chain. Across the exhibition room, attendees could get a first-hand view of the latest in electrolyser and fuel cell technologies as well as touch with hand and test hydrogen trucks, buses and cars.

As a member of the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association, HYDROGEN EUROPE, he was invited and participated in the event, where István Lepsényi, the president of the association, held a meeting with the leaders of the European and World associations.

On the second day of the event, the GHIAA, which was established in Seoul in 2022 with the participation of the hydrogen industry associations of 18 countries, officially admitted Hungary to its membership. According to their formulation, the international cooperation of key economic actors and the private sector is essential for the transition to the hydrogen economy, to combat global climate change and to achieve carbon dioxide neutrality.

The high-level policy conferences featured panels consisting of some of the most prominent stakeholders in the hydrogen industry and covered the most pressing topics facing this new industry: the need for both urgency and pragmatism in creating the regulatory framework, the unique challenges different sectors face to decarbonise and how hydrogen can help, and how to remain a leader in an industry that has caught the attention of the rest of the world.

Day two of the event was highlighted by a visit and speech from Mr. Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission, wherein he announced the release of €3 billion in new funds as part of the upcoming Innovation Fund call in November. These are on top of the €3 billion for the Hydrogen Bank already announced by President von der Leyen. EVP Timmermans said that green hydrogen is now “at the top of our agenda for the European Green Deal, but also for the recovery from the pandemic” and, that following the war in Ukraine, it would “play a key role in the energy transition and creating European energy sovereignty”.

About the success of the event, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe, said: “We accomplished something that is a landmark for our sector and a new reference point when it comes to energy related developments in Europe and globally. Thank you to all our exhibitors, speaker and attendees and we look forward to seeing again at next year’s edition on 20-24 November 2023.”

Another big day for European hydrogen

Members of the European Parliament have decided to support a hydrogen-based green transition in the transport sector, because they can see the bigger, long-term picture: that hydrogen is a necessary and opportune tool to achieve carbon neutrality and energy security in Europe. With this vote, the EP has sent a strong signal that clean hydrogen mobility is a viable and realistic solution to move away from fossil fuels in the transport sector.

In 19 oktober 2022 plenary vote, parliamentarians opted to keep the targets proposed by the Rapporteur Ismael Ertug and their committee colleagues in a vote earlier in October. A maximum distance of 100km between each hydrogen refuelling station, along both the core and comprehensive TEN-T networks, will mean that by the time the infrastructure is in place by end of 2027, up to 1,780 HRS could be available across Europe, suppling up to 1million ton of hydrogen per year, sufficient to power up to 59,000 trucks (assuming 60kg/truck per day). Under the council position in its General Approach, no more than 8,000 trucks could be supplied, and the lack of HRS coverage would make it unattractive for drivers and fleet operators.

With this vote, the EP has sent a strong signal that clean hydrogen mobility is a viable and realistic solution to move away from fossil fuels in the transport sector. We believe that a strong rollout of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Europe will act as a catalyst for similar policies around the globe. The AFIR vote also solves the “chicken and egg” problem – so often faced by new technologies. The roll-out of these stations will encourage vehicle manufacturers to bring more and better fuel-cell vehicles to the market, improving their performance and reducing their cost, which in turn will lead to uptake in fuel cell vehicle adoptions by both commercial and private users.

Bavarian – Hungarian hydrogen route

By hydrogen car from Budapest to Nuremberg and back.

On the initiative of the Consulate General in Munich, the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association participated in the Hydrogen Dialogue exhibition and conference in Nuremberg between September 21 and 22, 2022. The development of the Bavarian-Hungarian supplier program and the creation of a joint workshop were, among other things, the result of the discussion that the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association had with the Bavarian Hydrogen Association. Members of the Hungarian delegation arrived in Nuremberg with a hydrogen-powered car in order to gather experience and popularize hydrogen cars.

The Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association is working to develop the hydrogen economy in Hungary as soon as possible, in order to be able to provide an alternative solution for energy independence, the diversification of energy supply, promote climate protection and energy supply security, therefore the Association’s leadership held a professional meeting with the heads of several large German companies and German research institutes with Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid and co-director of the Bavarian Hydrogen Association. The cooperation between the two hydrogen associations will intensify in the coming period, as a preliminary agreement was reached at the meeting on the launch of a professional workshop, the development of the Hungarian-Bavarian supplier program and the next year’s conference – where Eastern Europe would be the focus.

According to the vision of the Bavarian association, it would be important to initiate a blue Danube hydrogen project, the essence of which is to connect production along the Danube, transport and seasonal storage in the countries along the river.

The Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association, with the support of the MVM group member, Magyar Földgáztáróló Zrt, and the Bavarian Hydrogen Association, set off from Budapest to Nuremberg with a hydrogen-cell TOYOTA MIRAI. The aim of the initiative was to prove that hydrogen cars and even long-distance car tours are an everyday part of this technology, and to help the development of the technology with personal experience, and to gather valuable experience for the development of the domestic well network.

Companies are already preparing for the Hydrogen Dialogue

Budapest – Nuremberg with hydrogen cell MIRAI

Europe’s largest companies dealing with hydrogen technology, political and scientific decision-makers, but also interactive networking opportunities and a digital event platform await those interested at the Hydrogen Dialogue exhibition and conference in Nuremberg between September 21 and 22, 2022. The Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association, in addition to ensuring the participation of its members who applied for the exhibition, promotes hydrogen cars in a joint initiative with Magyar Földgáztáróló Zrt and the Bavarian Hydrogen Association.

The Hydrogen Dialogue not only aims to bring together business, political and scientific decision-makers along the entire value chain of hydrogen for the successful market launch of the hydrogen economy, but also provides space for the presentation of new technologies at the accompanying exhibition. The colorful professional event is also colored by an initiative launched by the Hungarian Hydrogen Association. The Association is promoting hydrogen cars in a joint initiative with Magyar Földgáztórő Zrt and the Bavarian Hydrogen Association. A TOYOTA MIRAI with a hydrogen cell is going from Budapest to Nuremberg and back to prove, on the one hand, that hydrogen cars are already present and, on the other hand, that it can help the development of the technology with personal experience.

Organized by the Bavarian Hydrogen Association, visitors to the outstanding event in Europe can expect comprehensive company and project presentations by well-known companies and research institutes, top-quality lectures on the latest developments in hydrogen technology, and current topics in the energy economy. The Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association will present itself at the exhibition at stand number 2 -06.

The nightmare that there won’t be enough energy, it will be expensive and it will come from dirty sources: it has now been realized on all three fronts

The energy market is in the spotlight, but there are still many open questions. What will happen to the grid development required for renewable energy, such as solar energy? When and how will the issue of energy storage or the great progress expected from green hydrogen be resolved? Among other things, these questions were analyzed by the experts of the third session of the Portfolio Sustainable World 2022 conference. During the truly eloquent panel discussion, the state secretary of TIM stated that today gas consumption has become a luxury, and the executive director of MHTSz spoke about the fact that the ETS should be suspended in order to avoid the question of “heat or eat”.

In addition to power plant production, the role of hydrogen will also increase. The future of seasonal energy storage is hydrogen, where large amounts can be stored that can really be of great use in crisis situations. The nightmare that there won’t be enough energy, it will be expensive and it will come from dirty sources: this has now been realized in all three respects.
To change this in all areas, hydrogen is the best solution. As far as transport is concerned, hydrogen may spread first in public transport, freight transport, then in rail freight and passenger transport, and finally, due to the high price, at the latest in passenger cars, but the same can have many advantages in agriculture. ETS should really be suspended to avoid the heat or eat question. highlighted dr. Attila Nyikos, managing director, director of the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association
According to Attila Steiner, State Secretary responsible for energy, Ministry of Technology and Industry, the main challenge is not which side of the triangle we are on, but how we can fulfill all three requirements and what the optimal balance will be. What are the structural changes that point in the direction of sustainability, what regulatory amendments, what subsidies are we introducing. Now all sectors of the energy market are moving, we should move in everything at the same time. Gas consumption has become a luxury, we must reduce consumption and move in the direction of renewables. – He told
The current negotiation in Brussels will be interesting, as there is little time for preparation, but from the government’s point of view, it is important not to accept a proposal that endangers the Hungarian gas supply, as we have a very high import exposure,” said Attila Steiner, State Secretary responsible for energy, adding , that due to the introduction of a possible price cap, the seller’s side may not be willing to deliver and this must be prevented. “We will examine all alternative solutions, but this cannot be at the expense of supply. In any case, it is encouraging that Germany also has a large exposure, and as Europe’s largest economy, gas supply is also extremely important for them. The high gas prices also pushed the electricity prices sky high, so there is also the question of how to intervene in the electricity prices, this will not be resolved in a day or two, I expect a protracted debate.” –
“Electrification is what we can use to reduce our exposure, if we have producers that produce clean energy locally. The goal is to ensure that the country’s import supply is as uninterrupted as possible, while charging as much as possible, and a window and door replacement program combined with heating modernization, which 100 percent non-refundable support can be provided to those with below-average incomes,” he added


Thirty international and domestic large companies, enterprises and research workshops working in Hungary in hydrogen technology and related developments have also exhibited at the V4 PLUS international conference, hydrogen technology presentation and career guidance professional day entitled “Hydrogen – present and future in mobility”.
The two-day event at the ZalaZone Automotive Center focused on ongoing developments in hydrogen technology, V4 strategies, major national projects, H2 mobility processes, and the training of technology professionals.
On the day of the event conference (June 9), the leaders of the Hydrogen Associations of the Visegrád countries presented the novelties of the sector, after which the participants could listen to presentations on the European hydrogen-based mobility, hydrogen technology sector and its growth.
István Lepsényi emphasized in the greeting of the President of the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association; “Our world has changed drastically in recent years, but especially this year, because of the war. transition to energy. One of the most spectacularly evolving areas of this competition is hydrogen technology and related mobility.

In her opening remarks, Daniella Deli, Undersecretary of State for Energy and Climate Policy at the Ministry of Technology and Industry, emphasized the importance of developing new legal environments, certification schemes and guarantees of origin related to hydrogen technologies, education and domestic developments. He said “the government is currently working on both the necessary changes within the legislative process and the incentive schemes.” The first package of legislative proposals is expected in the second half of this year, and the first calls for proposals will be published in the autumn


The representative of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Jozef Síkela, emphasized the importance of international co-operation and the importance of common thinking. Said; “We can really learn a lot from the automotive industry in the development of hydrogen technology because of the amazing development and international cooperation in the sector.” He emphasized that the ZalaZone track, which will host the conference, is a good illustration not only of the growth of the Hungarian automotive industry, but also of the developments and innovations in the sector.


Jan Weiterschütz, a special adviser to the Slovak Ministry of Economy and Minister Richard Sulík, explained that Slovakia, like Hungary, has limited opportunities for hydrogen production, but sees a very good chance of creating a hydrogen network connecting the V4 countries. He said “there are still many steps to be taken to reach the 2030 climate targets, but that can be done in partnership. He added that the current conference is also an important starting point for this work.


Tomoho Umeda, President of Hydrogen Poland and the Chamber of Commerce, highlighted that we are facing the biggest historical crisis, the global energy crisis, in which no one can predict the future of their own business or economy. In this situation, it is very important to be able to pinpoint the role of hydrogen.
He said that hydrogen is not the end product, the solution, but something that helps us store and transmit energy from renewable sources to end users.
He added that hydrogen-related developments and technologies are already available and we need to apply them, as we are already at a disadvantage.
Jae-do Moon, President of the World Hydrogen Association, and Maja Bakran Mrcich, Director-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission, welcomed the conference in a video message.


Recent events, rising energy prices, are accelerating the transition to green and renewable energy. The basis of the sovereignty of every country is to produce as much energy as possible domestically and to obtain imports from as many sources as possible. And this will mobilize a lot of resources in the coming years, so there will be countless ideas, innovations and developments competing for the money. One of the most spectacular areas of this competition is mobility, as technical progress in this area, various vehicle technologies and their availability on the market appear very quickly from week to week.

There are no ready-made business models in the field of hydrogen mobility yet, so learning about common thinking, each other’s plans and existing good practices is extremely important for Hungary. As the study of the Green Truck Project prepared by the Association points out, hydrogen-based mobility cannot be solved as a country’s own “internal affair”: expensive charging infrastructure and the utilization of expensive vehicles should be maximized as early as possible, and this should only be it is possible to create well-functioning hydrogen corridors and then networks, at least in the neighboring EU Member States, but even more so throughout the EU. For this reason, it is advisable to get to know at least the development plans of the hydrogen filling infrastructure in the neighboring countries and to coordinate them as far as possible. This is required not only by the relevant EU regulations (eg the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive) but also by common sense.

The Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association with the Ministry of Technology and Industry will organize the V4 PLUS international conference and hydrogen demonstration “Hydrogen – present and future in mobility” on the ZalaZone test track and event center on June 8 and 9, 2022. professional day.

The aim of the event is for the participants to get acquainted with the current developments in the Hydrogen sector, the most significant V4 national projects and strategies in progress. The conference will focus on the processes taking place in the field of H2 mobility, the fastest growing areas of the hydrogen technology sectors. The exhibiting large companies and research workshops present their pioneering ideas and innovations that provide a competitive advantage.

It is extremely important that the training of professionals dedicated to technology is continuously strengthened, therefore on the first day of the event (June 8) the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association organizes professional lectures for universities and students participating in their training, Zala Zone test track and related exhibition crawl.

On the day of the conference (June 9), following the opening speech of the Minister of Technology and Industry, the Hydrogen Associations of the Visegrad countries will present the sector, followed by presentations on the European hydrogen-based mobility, hydrogen technology sector and possible growth. other cross-border cooperation programs.

Invitees can be active participants in the panel discussions, view our outdoor and indoor industrial exhibition and try out a wide variety of hydrogen-powered vehicles at the Zalazone test track.