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Energy 21-09-2018

No decarbonisation without electrification

Decarbonising Europe’s economy means replacing fossil fuels by renewables wherever possible. And that implies getting much more renewable electricity into heating and transport, writes Giles Dickson.
Future of mobility 18-09-2018

World’s first hydrogen train leaves station in Germany

The world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train service began operating in Germany on Sunday (16 September), while EU ministers debated the future potential of the clean fuel at an informal summit in Austria this week.
Energy 17-09-2018

In the green transition all industries must pull together

As Europe’s energy ministers gather in Linz this week, they have the chance to widen and deepen the European Union’s ambitions for the green transition, writes MEP Jeppe Kofod.
Transport 25-06-2018

EU charting wrong course on LNG in shipping, study warns

EXCLUSIVE / Europe has little to gain from trying to decarbonise the unwieldy shipping sector with liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to a new study that looks into how the EU could cut emissions over the next three decades.
Energy 11-05-2018

Swedish steel boss: ‘Our pilot plant will only emit water vapour’

A new pilot facility under construction in northern Sweden will produce steel using hydrogen from renewable electricity. The only emissions will be water vapour, explains the CEO of Hybrit, the company behind the process, which seeks to revolutionise steelmaking.
Energy 27-04-2018

Renewable power could make hydrogen cheaper than gas, study finds

Hydrogen prices are set to fall dramatically if enough surplus solar and wind energy can be utilised in the gas’s production, according to a new study which says hydrogen could even become cheaper than natural gas.
Energy 04-04-2018

Meet Europe’s two ‘most exciting’ CO2 capture and storage projects

A plan to pipe CO2 emissions from industries around the Port of Rotterdam and a hydrogen transport hub in the north of England have been branded as “the most exciting in Europe”, although promoters admit both will need substantial government backing to materialise.
Energy 28-03-2018

Shell opens first-of-its-kind hydrogen refuelling station

Shell has unveiled a new hydrogen refuelling station at one of the UK's busiest service stations, in the same week as the Government delivered multi-million-pound funding for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Energy 16-03-2018

Gas chief: ‘We expect at least 10% of the car market in 2030’

Just as Europe is engaging in a fierce race to electrify transport, makers of natural gas vehicles are coming out with bullish projections, saying they expect their car fleet in Europe to multiply tenfold to 13 million vehicles in 2030 – a 10% market share that could reach 20-30% for trucks and buses.
Energy 20-02-2018

The future of gas is not fossil but green

There is a vast potential for green gas in Europe, generated from sustainable resources such as biomass and organic waste, some of which can directly be injected into the grid or take the shape of hydrogen, writes Claude Turmes.
Energy 27-10-2017

Do everyday citizens care about renewable gas?

The idea of renewable gas is relatively new and the average European citizen would be forgiven for not knowing what it entails. Industry and institutional representatives are split over how much people actually need to understand.
Energy 25-10-2017

Renewable gas

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Gas is not often mentioned in the same bracket as renewable energy but that could all change, as energy providers look to address the issue of surplus renewable power and storage problems.
Energy 25-09-2017

Gas lobby chief: ‘In 2050, 76% of gas could be renewable’

The excess wind and solar electricity generated at times of oversupply could be used more systematically to produce synthetic gas, providing a convenient way of storing renewable energy that would otherwise be lost. The potential is huge, and can be used to heat homes during winter, argues Beate Raabe.
Energy 03-07-2017

Britain’s gas: Let’s focus on efficiency, not fracking

The closure of the UK’s largest gas storage facility along with disruption to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supplies this month puts UK energy at a crossroads, writes Joseph Dutton. Rather than focus on imports or fracking, Britain should pay more attention to decreasing demand and renewable energy, he argues.

Eurogas chief: Gas can be renewable energy, too

The mobility sector will be a mix of electric- and gas-fuelled vehicles, Eurogas President Klaus Schäfer told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Climate change 09-02-2016

Hydrogen provides low-carbon energy solutions

The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, a more recent development than its industrial use, has its place in the low-carbon economy of the future, in both buildings and transport. But the technology is still poorly understood in France. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Transport 28-01-2013

Brussels mandates roll-out of electric-car ‘recharging points’

The EU has pledged a huge expansion of infrastructure for electric vehicles with binding targets to multiply the number of Europe’s charging stations, part of a new strategy to kickstart Europe’s low-carbon automotive industry.
Climate change 13-03-2012

Germany blows warm on hydrogen power

Germany is investigating the potential of converting wind power to hydrogen as an energy source in the wake of the country’s decision to move away from nuclear power.
Transport 13-01-2012

Hydrogen vehicle makers still look to EU for help

Hydrogen vehicles are nimble, quiet and easy on the environment, and auto manufacturers are eyeing a commercial launch within a few years despite a lack of infrastructure for refuelling stations.
EU Priorities 2020 16-06-2010

Rifkin: European dream not dead yet

Despite the economic crisis and the struggle to save the euro, the European dream is not dead yet: what Europe needs is an "economic vision and game plan that would create a seamless, distributive energy grid" to build a third industrial revolution, said Jeremy Rifkin, author of 'The European Dream', in an interview with EURACTIV.
Energy 15-10-2008

Industry slams EU hydrogen initiative

The European Commission yesterday (14 October) launched a long-term public-private research partnership aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of eco-friendly hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. But industry leaders immediately slammed the initiative's lack of ambition.
Transport 04-09-2008

MEPs call for hydrogen filling stations across Europe

Parliament yesterday (3 September) backed Commission proposals to boost the development of hydrogen vehicles, but warned that the strategy would fail without concrete measures to support the establishment of a Europe-wide filling station network for hydrogen powered vehicles.

EU hydrogen initiative gets green light

EU research ministers have approved a regulation setting up a long-term public-private research partnership on hydrogen and fuel cells, with the aim of reducing the time to market for these technologies by 2-5 years and thus cutting CO2 emissions.
Transport 30-11-2007

The future of alternative fuels for transport

Biofuels and other alternative fuels have huge potential to help reduce energy consumption and meet sustainability objectives in the transport sector, particularly for aviation, according to a World Energy Council (WEC) study.