The European Commission will seek to position Europe as a global leader on hydrogen with a new industry-led alliance set to be unveiled on Wednesday (8 July). Announced in March as part of the Commission’s new industrial policy, the alliance aims to bring together EU institutions, national governments and industry representatives in order to create a full hydrogen value chain in Europe. “The European Hydrogen Alliance will pool resources to bring sufficient scale and impact to industrialisation efforts, creating momentum towards a sustainable industrial hydrogen ecosystem in the EU,” says a draft Commission document seen by EURACTIV. The Commission is due to launch the alliance on Wednesday (8 July), alongside related policy “strategies” on hydrogen and energy sector integration. The alliance will bring together all segments of the hydrogen value chain – from supply to demand and distribution – “in order to get the scale for cost reductions and competitiveness,” says the draft document, which is still subject to change before it is presented on Wednesday.
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After many false starts, hydrogen power might now bear fruit. Conventional wisdom holds that battery-powered cars are the future of motoring. But Hyundai, a big South Korean vehicle-maker, is not so sure. Over the past few months it has been running a worldwide public-relations campaign extolling the virtues of an alternative source of electrical power—fuel cells. Instead of storing and then releasing electricity gathered from the mains in the way that a battery does, a fuel cell generates current from a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. The oxygen comes from the air. The hydrogen, suitably compressed, is stored in a tank on board the vehicle, and is replenished at a filling station, like petrol. Unlike a battery, a fuel cell does create exhaust. But that exhaust is simply the reaction product of hydrogen and oxygen, namely water.
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