This is the
first edition of our new newsletter, providing you with hopefully interesting
examples of recent work we have done, complemented by relevant market
Many of you
may have been readers of our HyWeb Gazette. We will
continue to provide you with news on hydrogen and fuel cell as part of this
newsletter, while www.HyWeb.de will remain the
authoritative source for reference material on the subject.
We hope you
find this Newsletter useful and are looking forward to your comments.
Managing Director, LBST
New study compares different
electric mobility concepts
In a joint study “Comparing
Electricity and Hydrogen as Carbon-Free Final Energy Sources”, LBST and Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
ISI are comparing and evaluating economic
efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency in fuel cell and
battery electric vehicles. The study
results indicate that a situation-dependent use of vehicles with different propulsions
is more likely than a single solution which meets all the requirements.
More at http://www.isi.fraunhofer.de/isi-en/service/presseinfos/2010/pri10-10.php
Eighteen New Hydrogen
Refueling Stations in 2009, Worldwide
In 2009, 18 new hydrogen refueling
stations opened worldwide, increasing the total number to 206. This is the
result of the second annual assessment by H2stations.org, a website of the
hydrogen and fuel-cell internet portal of TÜV SÜD and Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST). Another 108 refueling stations
are currently in the planning stage throughout the world.
More at http://www.lbst.de/ressources/docs2009/pr26-03-2009/pr_26-03-2009_e.html
: Lead Market for Energy Storage & Fuel Cell Systems
Germany Trade & Invest, the
foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany
has created a comprehensive brochure providing an excellent overview of
developing and commercializing technologies for the efficient storage of
electrical energy, including LBST data and company profile.
View brochure at http://www.gtai.com/fileadmin/user_upload/Downloads/Industries/Energy_Efficiency/Fuel_Cells/1_Englisch/Brochure_Energy%20Storage_May2010_GTAI.pdf
18th World Hydrogen
Every two years the international hydrogen industry and research
community gathers for a large conference. This May 2010 it took place in
. Several LBST experts have actively participated in the event that was characterized by a common
expectation for a more widespread commercialization of
fuel cells and build-up of refueling infrastructure in the next few years.
More at http://www.whec2010.com/
Joining the debate on electromobility
LBST experts are frequently called
on when competent views are needed in the current debate on electromobility.
Senior Consultant Reiner Wurster provided his views to a recent overview article in Neue Zürcher Zeitung on the
subject, stating our expectation that electric mobility
will play an increasing role in any future scenario, and that both batteries
and fuel cells will each have their applications.
More at http://static.nzz.ch/files/5/3/7/energie_1.5755537.pdf (see page 11, German only)
Energy Infrastructure 21
In a position paper commissioned by European Hydrogen
Associations LBST examines the role of hydrogen in addressing the challenges in
the new global energy system. Aimed
at the layman, the paper explains the key role of renewable energies and the
implications on storage demand, supply infrastructures and mobility concepts.
View position paper at http://www.h2euro.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/EHA_EI21_2010_EN_final.pdf
False Hopes for Shale Gas
Natural gas trapped in
layered rock – so called shale gas or unconventional gas - which can be
found in various places worldwide is touted as a game
changer for the gas industry. Analysis of LBST Senior Scientist Dr. Werner Zittel on the detrimental environmental consequences of
shale gas exploration has received significant media coverage.
More at http://www.dradio.de/dlf/sendungen/umwelt/1185705/ und http://www.n-tv.de/politik/dossier/Ein-totaler-Humbug-article880958.html and http://www.energiekrise.de/news/gazette/2010/shale_gas_15_Mai2010final.pdf
The cost of sustainable energy
Converting our energy supply from its fossil base to renewable
may actually save money to our economies. An LBST analysis for the
international NGO Energy Watch Group shows that making worldwide energy renewable-based by 2030
as calculated by UC Stanford and UC Davis might actually be cheaper than the
cumulative current energy cost extrapolated through 2030 at constant value.
More at http://www.energywatchgroup.org/fileadmin/global/pdf/2010-03-22_EWG_Energy_Costs_World_E_01.pdf und http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/WindWaterSun1009.pdf
Jointly with Munich-based
consultancy K.Group and law firm Zirngibl Langwieser, LBST has conducted a feasibility study
for a “Solar Initiative Munich”, aiming to set up an organization
to foster deployment of photovoltaic energy generation on the city rooftops.
The initiative is supported by the Munich City Council and was initiated by
City Council member Sabine Nallinger.
More at http://www.photovoltaik-guide.de/der-solarenergie-in-muenchen-neue-dynamik-verleihen-11143 (German only)
Think Global, Act Local
LBST has supported the
in their aim towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions
county-wide. In a comprehensive climate protection concept, LBST has analyzed
current energy consumption, assessed the potential for efficiency improvement
and for local renewable energy supply, and identified concrete measures as next
More at http://www.weilheim-schongau.de/Inhalt/Stichworte_A_Z/_ST_III/Klimaschutzkonzept.asp (German only)
HyWeb News Corner: Hydrogen and Fuel
U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen market report:
compiled by the US National Hydrogen Association – Based on latest 2008
More at http://www.netinform.net/h2/Aktuelles_Detail.aspx?ID=3066
BAE Systems and Ballard to jointly develop hydrogen
fuel cell bus: Fuel cell-battery-hybrid propulsion system to be operated by
California Californian SunLine Transit
More at http://www.netinform.net/h2/Aktuelles_Detail.aspx?ID=3061
The Topical Quotation: Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of
the Board of Management in an interview with the magazine Merian extra – special issue “Formel 1“ of
11th March 2010
More at http://www.netinform.net/h2/Aktuelles_Detail.aspx?ID=3056
Honda: New residential solar hydrogen fueling station
starts operation: Los Angeles-based station to refuel Honda FCX Clarity –
Targeting residential applications – High-pressure electrolyzer and slow-fill to spare booster compressor
More at http://www.netinform.net/h2/Aktuelles_Detail.aspx?ID=3036
Consultants for Energy and Environment
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for energy and environment, supporting international clients from industry,
finance, politics, and non-governmental organizations in strategy, technology,
and sustainability. Its cutting edge competence is based on three decades of
continuous experience, and on its interdisciplinary team of leading experts,
bridging policy, economy, and technology.
supports its clients with
SYSTEM & TECHNOLOGY STUDIES:
technology assessment and due diligence; energy and infrastructure concepts;
product portfolio analysis, identifying new products and services; market
analysis, decision support, and policy support;
life cycle and carbon footprint analysis; natural resources assessment (energy,
minerals, water); sustainability due diligence;
project management, monitoring and assessment; and
studies, briefings, expert workshops, trainings.
Particular expertise exists
in energy (renewables, energy storage, hydrogen and
fuel cells) and mobility (fuels and drives, infrastructure, mobility concepts),
with our work in sustainability cutting across all sectors.
A key common denominator of all activities is the
rigorous system approach, making sure all relevant elements of a tightly
networked system are taken into account, providing our customers with a
comprehensive and complete basis for their decisions.
With its deep understanding of developments and
technologies and its truly independent advice, LBST helps its clients to secure
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