E4tech has just launched the 2015 edition of its Fuel Cell Industry Review, following on from the well-received 2014 report. The Fuel Cell Industry Review 2015 offers data and analysis by region, application and fuel cell type and includes objective commentary on key events in the industry over the past year from an E4tech-led team including Bob Rose and Jonathan Lewis. It can be downloaded for free from www.FuelCellIndustryReview.com.
E4tech has joined Hydrogen London, the public-private partnership working towards a hydrogen economy for London and the UK. It was set up in 2002 as the London Hydrogen Partnership to develop a network of hydrogen fuel cell stakeholders in the capital and help develop fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in London. Hydrogen London works on delivering the London Hydrogen Action Plan, which makes the case for hydrogen investment and sets out the strategic framework and timeline for vehicles and infrastructure, production and storage, stationary and early market applications.
E4tech’s growing body of work on refrigeration and the "Cold Economy" has been in the news recently. Today’s launch of an important report by the Commission on Cold features work by E4tech, also cited in the Guardian newspaper. The energy use and impacts of cooling are often ignored, yet they are set to grow significantly – for example, global growth in cooling in the next 15 years will equal Canada’s current electricity generation. Our work identifies opportunities to improve cooling through better management and through innovation.
We are pleased to announce that on 7 September the UK's Department for Transport awarded funding for the construction of three advanced biofuels plants in the UK as part of the Advanced Biofuel Demonstration Competition launched in December 2014. E4tech has acted as delivery partner for the Competition alongside Ricardo-AEA, with E4tech director Dr Ausilio Bauen acting as chair of a distinguished twelve-strong expert selection panel. The three demonstration plants will produce butanol, ethanol, and biomethane from whiskey residues, forest residues, and biogenic municipal solid waste respectively.
El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, is now satisfying 100 % of its energy needs with renewable energy, becoming the first isolated region on the planet to achieve this according to Energy Live News. E4tech made its own contribution to this amazing result between 2004 and 2007 when we, as part of the European Commission’s FP5-funded 100%RES-EL HIERRO project, identified relevant biomass conversion chains and local biomass resources. E4tech is very pleased to see El Hierro has reached its objective of becoming 100% RES (Renewable Energy Supported)!