About Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 25 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the car of the future.

Ford stops fuel cell cooperation with Daimler

According to Reuters, Ford Motor and Daimler AG are winding down a joint venture formed to develop automotive fuel cell technology, The Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp venture (AFCC), based in Burnaby, British Columbia, will close this summer. For years, both companies have been working together. By summer, Ford “will take fuel cell stack development in-house, as [...]

By | 2018-06-15T10:49:04+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Automotive|Comments Off on Ford stops fuel cell cooperation with Daimler

Toyota expects a huge increase of FCEV sales

In a press release, Toyota sees global sales of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) increasing significantly after 2020, to at least 30,000 per year from today’s 3,000. To prepare for this growth, the company prepared plans for two major new facilities : a brand-new building near its original automobile factory for expanding fuel cell stack [...]

By | 2018-05-27T15:47:18+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Automotive|Comments Off on Toyota expects a huge increase of FCEV sales

Toyota backs Low-carbon Hydrogen plan in Aichi (Japan)

Have you ever heard about Aichi Low-carbon Hydrogen Supply Chain 2030 Vision ? This project involves in Japan the Aichi prefectural government, companies operating within the prefecture, municipal authorities, and experts. The three pillars of the 2030 Vision are "sustained development of a regional low-carbon hydrogen supply chain," "carbon reduction in the various fields of [...]

By | 2018-04-28T11:57:20+00:00 April 28th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Toyota backs Low-carbon Hydrogen plan in Aichi (Japan)

An automotive fuel cell expert joins Nikola Motor as VP

Nikola Motors has hired Jesse Schneider as vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. This automotive industry veteran spent most of his career working for BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Schneider has spent nearly 20 years in vehicle electrification, fuel cells, electric and hydrogen infrastructure and tanks at automakers in Germany, the United States and China. He [...]

By | 2018-04-15T17:09:21+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on An automotive fuel cell expert joins Nikola Motor as VP

Toyota supports innovative hydrogen energy solutions

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) has selected ten researchers to receive grants from the research program to support innovative hydrogen energy solutions launched last year. The Hydrogen Research Initiative started in July 2017 to support innovative research to reduce the output of carbon dioxide and/or the cost of hydrogen and hydrogen systems. Research proposals were [...]

By | 2018-04-08T15:32:17+00:00 April 8th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Toyota supports innovative hydrogen energy solutions

Siemens and Ballard team up for the hydrogen train

Siemens and Ballard Power Systems, a Canadian manufacturer of fuel cells, plan the joint development of a fuel cell drive for the Mireo train platform. Working together, the two companies intend to develop a new generation of fuel cells with an especially long lifecycle and high power density as well as improved efficiency. The long-term [...]

By | 2018-03-18T16:33:21+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on Siemens and Ballard team up for the hydrogen train

New members for the Hydrogen Council

Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in early 2017, the Hydrogen Council welcomes 11 new members from Asia, North America and Europe. These are leading international oil & gas, energy, science & technology and automotive companies. 3M, Bosch, China Energy, Great Wall Motor, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation and Weichai, join as [...]

By | 2018-03-14T20:10:24+00:00 March 14th, 2018|General|Comments Off on New members for the Hydrogen Council

Filling station of the future will deliver electricity, hydrogen or methane

Scientists at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW) want to develop a suitable filling station for cars equipped with electric engines or alternative drives. Launched in mid-February 2018, this project aims to create a multienergy dispenser. The idea is to use the grid to charge electric cars batteries with renewable electricity [...]

By | 2018-03-04T17:17:51+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Hydrogen Distribution|Comments Off on Filling station of the future will deliver electricity, hydrogen or methane

310 hydrogen refuelling stations in korea by 2022

In early february, executives from leading international oil & gas, energy, science & technology and automotive companies gathered in Seoul for a first-of-its-kind strategic dialogue with the Korean government on how to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen technologies in the Region.  The “International Hydrogen Energy Forum” invited top representatives from the Korean National Assembly, as [...]

By | 2018-02-15T11:24:20+00:00 February 15th, 2018|General|Comments Off on 310 hydrogen refuelling stations in korea by 2022

Germany had the highest increase of hydrogen refuelling stations worldwide in 2017

At the end of 2017, there were 56 hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany, of which 45 are publicly accessible. The German network of public refuelling stations has doubled in the past year, according to H2stations.org. By 2019, this number is expected to grow to 100 refuelling stations. Exact planning has already started for 31 dedicated [...]

By | 2018-02-14T16:49:52+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Hydrogen Distribution|Comments Off on Germany had the highest increase of hydrogen refuelling stations worldwide in 2017

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