In 2016, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced its intention to establish a sustainable exploration of the Moon. Ultimately the Moon could even provide a launch pad for missions to Mars! In preparation for future trips, the ESA has already started building a replica of this base, called Luna, which it will install at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany. Its director, Frank De Winne, also an astronaut with the European Space Agency, shares his insight on the challenges underlying this extraordinary project. In addition, he spoke with us about the latest research and the solutions in development to…


A pilot with a passion for aviation, Josef Kallo is determined to apply his expertise as an electrical engineer to the challenge of developing hydrogen-powered aircraft. After cutting his teeth by working on fuel cell electric vehicles with General Motors, Josef Kallo returned to his native Germany to join the German Aerospace Center in 2006, where he currently oversees Electrochemical Systems Integration, including fuel cells, batteries and propulsion for aircraft. In 2014, he was also appointed Institute Director for Energy Conversion and Storage at the University of Ulm. …


Germany is pursuing one of the world’s most aggressive programs of transition to clean energies: it launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains last year, and renewables recently surpassed coal as the country’s main energy source. As the CEO of H2 MOBILITY Germany, Nikolas Iwan is thrilled to take part in the tremendous wave of clean energy initiatives sweeping through Germany. In fact, as the country has set some of the world’s most ambitious climate targets, H2 MOBILITY has developed a roadmap to match these lofty but urgent goals: the organization plans to establish the world’s first nationwide network of hydrogen…


An eco-conscious engineer with a knack for innovative green technology, Joe Pratt has charted a professional course that combines two of his biggest passions: clean air and the open sea. With two decades of experience in hydrogen fuel cells under his belt, Joe Pratt began exploring clean mobility solutions for maritime transportation by designing electric tour boats for Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. In that time, he has seen hydrogen fuel cells come a long way since their initial development, as light-duty fuel cell electric vehicles stand poised to reduce costs by expanding the volume of fuel cells on…


Hydrogen has opened the door to a whole new way of thinking about energy, according to Bill Elrick, Executive Director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. After spending more than a decade leading the development of the Golden State’s hydrogen network — now one of the most advanced in the world — Bill Elrick has seen hydrogen grow from its early days to blossom into a nascent retail market with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles already replacing traditional cars, buses and trucks, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and spelling good news for environmental and climate goals. …


2018 was yet another eventful year for hydrogen technologies, delivering a fresh crop of major advances and disruptive innovations. From new hydrogen fuel cell cars hitting the road, to new hydrogen production facilities breaking ground, 2018 has brought us one step closer to a clean future powered by hydrogen. With the grim forecast depicted by several climate reports published this year, it is clearer than ever that our society — and our planet — are in dire need of drastic change in order to avert climate catastrophe. As the following projects demonstrate, hydrogen can play an integral role in our…


A staunch proponent of a hydrogen society, Craig Scott has spent eighteen years working in the hydrogen field at Toyota Motor North America. Over the last four years, he has helped to create and develop the company’s hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy-duty trucks, known as Project Portal, through his product planning and corporate strategy role as Director of Advanced Technologies. After developing a successful proof-of-concept called Alpha, Project Portal this year began testing Beta, the second iteration of its hydrogen truck. …


The August sun sets over the Bay of Naples. Moored in the Port of Salerno, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, Energy Observer illuminates the twilight with its fascinating beam of midnight blue light. As at every stop, the silhouette of the 30-meter catamaran mesmerizes countless passersby in the marina. And for good reason: the ship, with its hull covered in solar panels and two wind turbines rising from its bridge, seems like something out of a sci-fi movie. This is stop 27 of 100 on a round-the-world trip that will take the boat to every continent, all with zero…


From storing renewables like solar and wind to powering vehicles, factories, and entire cities, hydrogen packs the potential to unleash an energy revolution. For Shelley Tabor and John Michael Parkan, the team of filmmakers behind the documentary At War With The Dinosaurs, promoting the hydrogen economy is not just about leaving the planet in better shape for future generations, it is also a question of humanity’s survival in the face of the existential threat posed by climate change. Slated for release end of 2018, the documentary takes an ambitious look at air pollution, energy independence, and fossil fuel dependency, while…


At the latest Consumer Electronics Show in January 2018, Hyundai unveiled Nexo, its next-generation fuel cell SUV decked out with a full range of futuristic capabilities, including an autonomous driving function. Dr. Sae Hoon Kim, head of hydrogen fuel cell research for Hyundai Motor Group, met with cH2ange once again to talk about Nexo, recent developments in the hydrogen fuel cell industry, and the integral role hydrogen fuel cells can play in the roll-out of autonomous vehicles. He is currently working to improve the efficiency of fuel cell vehicles for short-range driving.

We first spoke about the state of the hydrogen industry in early 2017. What major changes have you witnessed in the Fuel Cell Vehicle industry since then?

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We need to change the way we use energy, now. We believe hydrogen is the missing element in a sustainable energy mix. Supported by Air Liquide.

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