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NEWS - EUROPE Germany named the world leader in hydrogen retailing A new report has shown Germany to be the world leader in hydrogen retailing. The report by Research & Markets, says the deployment of hydrogen stations in major markets is in full swing, solidifying prospects for large-scale consumer adoption fuel cell vehicles. The deployment activity is particularly brisk in Asia, where Japan and Korea are strong proponents of the hydrogen economy. In Europe, Denmark was the first country to deploy a nationwide hydrogen fueling infrastructure, the report said, but the real charge is being led by Germany, which is establishing 400 hydrogen fueling stations in the next six years. In the United States., the state of California is aggressively deploying hydrogen stations as part of its efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions. While the costs of hydrogen stations are declining, their capacities are increasing. By 2032, hydrogen stations will have aggregate capacity of 3 million kg/day, according to the report. The competition for dominance in the fuel cell vehicle market will be vigorous, triggering significant technological innovations and cost declines. UK petrol station closure rate decelerates in 2016 The UK fuel retail sector has “turned a corner”, with the long-term trend of forecourt closures stabilising, a new report suggests. There were 8,489 sites operating at the close of 2016, according to the latest survey by the Energy Institute. That compares to 8,472 sites a year earlier and 8,609 in 2014. BP led the forecourt branding field, topping the listing with 1,278 outlets – equal to 2015. Esso secured second place with 1,081 branded sites, up from 1,030 the year before, while Shell was in third position, with 1,029 outlets, against 1,023 in 2015. The supermarket sector held a collective 44 per cent market share, accounting for nearly 45 per cent of total UK fuel sales. Cepsa acquires two fuel retailing groups Fuel retailer Cepsa has signed a deal with the groups Villanueva and Paz to acquire a large part of their fuel retail station networks, mainly in the central region of Madrid, Spain. Although no official figures have been published by Cepsa, the acquired sites will raise its sales by 250,000 litres in 2017. The acquisition has also produced an inflation effect on the market, while gas stations were being bought at a price of 0.8 euros per litre of fuel sold, Cepsa will be paying close to 1 euro per litre for the sites – if figures from elEconomista are correct the deal will amount to 250 million euros. The number of acquired sites ranges from 30 to 40, boosting Cepsa´s market position in the Madrid region, where Repsol enjoyed a strong market leadership. Cepsa is Spain´s second biggest fuel retailer with over 1,500 gas stations, double the number of thirdplaced BP (629) but still far off from Repsol, which has around 3,550 sites and continues to dominate the Spanish market. TESLA OPENS FIRST SHOWROOM IN IRELAND Tesla opened its first showroom in Ireland this month, nearly five months after the company began taking orders for the Model S and Model X in the country. The first location in the country is a Service Plus Center, which is a service centre with a showroom. It’s located at 92 Bracken Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate in Dublin. It includes a showroom for 3 display models, two delivery bays, several repair stations, a battery repair bay, a detailing room, a customer lounge and offices for employees. Tesla invited local owners to an “official opening event” for the location and official launch of Tesla in Ireland. Tesla also announced the first Supercharger in Ireland at the Topaz Service Station on the M8 in Ballacolla, which they say that it will connect Dublin and Cork. The Supercharger will add to the 16 Destination chargers already in Ireland and they are also preparing another Supercharger station in Birdhill to connect Dublin with Limerick. The electric vehicle market in Ireland is still fairly small, but the Irish government offer some significant EV incentives that could help it grow, especially now that Tesla is making its vehicles available. These include €5000 SEAI plug-in grant for personal purchase (€3800 for business),14% VRT tax band and €5000 relief for BEV and low annual road tax of €120. Bulgaria’s cPC ends fuel cartel investigation without fines For the second time in less than five years, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) in Bulgaria ended an investigation into allegations of a price-fixing cartel on the fuel distribution market without imposing any fines, only accepting the proposals put forth by fuel retailers meant to fix competition issues. In a statement the CPC said they carried out a series of on-site inspections, requested a large amount of data and carried out an analysis of the behaviour of fuel retailers. The CPC did not say whether the watchdog found enough evidence to support accusations of a price-fixing cartel. France gets its first hydrogen refueling station The first hydrogen refuelling station in France able to produce H2 on-site and on-demand from renewable energies for sustainable mobility has now been installed. The hydrogen refuelling station of the FaHyence project was officially commissioned in the presence of Roland Roth, President of the Communauté d’agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences (CASC) and Didier Vaucois, the EDF Grand Est Regional Director, as well as partners of the project and H2 vehicle users. This achievement is the product of two years of close collaboration between CASC, EDF, McPhy and EIFER who have combined their expertise to design, scale and build an installation in France. As part of its energy transition strategy, the CASC developed a climate plan that includes four strategic priorities focusing on low carbon mobility. The ‘FaHyence project’ consists of creating a multi-energy service station that allows users to refuel their electric vehicles with electricity or hydrogen produced on-site. The CASC owns and operates the station. EDF and EIFER Institute, co-developed the demonstration and provided their technical expertise. Mc- Phy designed, manufactured and integrated the first H2 system in France, combining an innovative high energy-efficient electrolyser with a hydrogen station with a capacity of 40kg per day. Adapted to different vehicle models and with a capacity for 25 recharges per day at 350 bar, this station contributes to cross-border H2 mobility with Germany and Benelux. The station’s electrolyser system is configured to trigger the control for the production of H2 automatically and ensures the continuous availability of the equipment. erpecnews is published by McLean Events, Conferences and Media Ltd. 7


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