Members of the hydrogen and fuel cell community are gathering this week in Stuttgart, Germany for the annual f-cell event, which discusses what the future of hydrogen and fuel cell technology will look like.
To mark the two-day event, which starts tomorrow, H2 View is bringing you an exclusive interview each day this week with f-cell speakers and exhibitors, as well as other members of the hydrogen and fuel cell community.
The first interview of the week is with f-cell exhibitor John Cockerill. Committed to the energy transition, John Cockerill invests and innovates in the production, storage and distribution of green hydrogen.
The Belgium company is participating in a large refuelling station which will include a 7.5MW electrolyser in Beijing, and will produce green hydrogen for the fleet of up to 85 buses that will circle the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics village.
Rolant Hequet, President of John Cockerill Hydrogen, tells H2 View more about this below, as well as why the company is exhibiting at f-cell and what he thinks the biggest misconception around hydrogen is.
Q. Why is John Cockerill exhibiting at the upcoming f-cell event in Germany?
John Cockerill is a major player in the energy transition with activities in thermo-solar, wind turbine maintenance, waste to energy, battery storage and hydrogen.
The f-cell event is an excellent opportunity for John Cockerill to present the hydrogen solutions it has developed to address the challenges of the industry, mobility and energy sectors.
Q. John Cockerill is involved in a new hydrogen station which will feed a fleet of zero emission buses circulating the Olympic Village at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Can you tell us about this?
We are very proud that our group is involved in this new station which will shelter the largest single stack electrolyser in the world.
Our team in Suzhou in China has been leading this project which confirms the leadership of our company in the supply of large-scale electrolysers.
This order follows the commissioning of two 5MW units last year and another two 5MW units contracted this year for a methanation plant.
“Our customers and new players are now fully convinced that hydrogen is a safe and efficient way to help us live in a clean environment”
Q. What other specific activities related to hydrogen is your company currently pursuing?
Our involvement is in the production, storage and distribution of green hydrogen with the supply of electrolysers, purification units, dedicated refuelling stations, or energy management systems for example.
This also includes full integrated projects from the main or local grid high voltage to the final delivery of hydrogen at the required flowrate, pressure and purity.
Q. What is your company most looking forward to at the f-cell?
Hydrogen is a key energy carrier to reach a decarbonised world economy. As a result, the hydrogen community expands rapidly, and we look forward to meeting visitors from all over the world.
Q. What do you think the biggest misconception is around hydrogen right now?
Our customers and new players are now fully convinced that hydrogen is a safe and efficient way to help us live in a clean environment. However, there is still a lot of efforts to be made so that hydrogen solutions can also be very efficient from an economical point of view.
At John Cockerill, we are dedicated to promoting solutions which prove that there is no contradiction between decarbonisation and viable projects.