On July 5 th the chamber of industry and commerce of Schwerin, the state capital Schwerin and the chamber of crafts organized the 7th day of electromobility. The latest generations of electric cars, charging and storage solutions, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies as well as electric scooters and e-bikes were presented to the visitors and could be tested. WIND-projekt supported the event with the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, which has been part of the company fleet since April 2015 and is therefore absolutely suitable for everyday use. Furthermore lectures about the role of electric mobility in the sector coupling were held as well as platforms and how they determine the future of the mobility. The information and action service was extensively used by the visitors and all questions about the advantages and also challenges of battery vehicles and fuel cell vehicles were answered.
At the last weekend in April the „Day of Renewable Energies“ took place in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Therefore WIND-project invited to an interesting day of action in Rostock at the property of the TOTAL gas station, where guests could inform themselves about the newest electrical vehicles, wind energy and storage technologies. The involved companies explained the need for green mobility in order to promote climate protection. “Green mobility is gradually becoming a trend and is the answer to impending driving bans in our downtowns. Certain resources are finite and people themselves need to do something for climate protection. This is slowly becoming anchored in the minds of consumers”, explained Carlo Schmidt, CEO of WIND-project. Around 300 visitors used extensively the opportunity to do test drives with the fuel cell vehicles Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell and the Toyota Mirai. Furthermore, it was possible to enjoy a cran drive at a height of 60 metres. For the little visitors a bouncy castle was built and face painting was offered. In the early afternoon the minister for energy, infrastructure and digitalization of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Mr. Pegel, visited the event and the exhibitors explained him the vehicle models. The great response of the event has shown that a rethinking of the acceptance of alternative vehicle drives has already begun and therefore the CO2 minimization in road traffic is well on its way.
Today, Carlo Schmidt, CEO of WIND-projekt Ingenieur- und Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, was very pleased to receive the keys of the first registrated Toyota Mirai in M-V. Thus, the company continues the future path of emission-free mobility. The fuel cell of the hydrogen sedan has a power of 113 kW and allows a top speed of 175 km/h. The hydrogen tanks can accommodate a total capacity of 5,00 kg of hydrogen at 700 bar, so that a range of over 500 km can be realized. A nickel-metal hydride battery provides extra power during the acceleration process. The advantage of the fuel cell drive is that no CO2 emissions arise, only water is the by-product. “We will continue to focus on low-emission drive concepts in our fleet and thus lead by example” said Schmidt.
With today’s opening of the hydrogen refueling station, it is now possible to purchase in addition to conventional fuels gaseous hydrogen for fuel cell-driven vehicles at the Tessiner Straße in Rostock. TOTAL Deutschland GmbH has now commissioned its tenth station of this kind and for the first time in cooperation with the consortium H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG. By the end of 2023 H2 MOBILITY would like to expand the hydrogen refueling station network to 400 filling stations in Germany and thus create the requirement for a problem-free use of environmentally friendly fuel cell vehicles. In the future rapid-charging stations for battery-powered vehicles will also be installed at the gas station. WIND-projekt GmbH is currently planning to supply the entire hydrogen station, including rapid-charging stations, with regenerative electricity from new pilot wind turbines. An additional battery buffer storage is intended to ensure that a continuous supply of “green” electricity is possible for the electric charging stations and hydrogen refueling station. A first refueling of the proprietary Hyundai ix 35 Fuel Cell was successfully carried out during the opening ceremony by the Chief Executive Officer of WIND-projekt GmbH, Mr. Carlo Schmidt. WIND-projekt will continue to work towards bringing the environmentally-friendly drive technology of the fuel cell closer to the population and to push ahead a necessary rethinking of mobility.
left: environment senator of the Hanseatic city of Rostock, Mr. Holger Matthäus;
right: CEO of WIND-projekt GmbH, Mr. Carlo Schmidt
From April 28 th to 30 th, the Day of Renewables took place in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for the third time. Numerous companies and initiatives of the section of renewable energies took again the opportunity to present their companies and plants for interested people. The event is a Germany’s initiative that presents the different ways of using a sustainable energy economy at the anniversary of the Chernobyl reactor disaster. WIND-project and the wind turbine manufacturer ENERCON jointly organized an event on April 29 th, where a wind turbine E-115 with a rated output of 3 MW could be inspected. Furthermore it was possible to do a crane drive at a height of 70 m, as well as to get insights into a service vehicle. For the younger guests a bouncy castle and face painting were organized. The presentation of the Hyundai ix 35 Fuel Cell showed the future emission free path of the vehicle drives. People were enthusiastic about the drive concept of the fuel cell. The connection of regenerative hydrogen production by means of wind energy with subsequent use of hydrogen for mobility is a promising and sustainable concept. The partly sector-oriented guests approved the innovative path WIND-project would like to take with the fuel cell vehicle and advocated for a further expansion of the hydrogen filling station infrastructure, so that the fuel cell vehicles could be used to realize the climate targets. WIND-project and ENERCON have been confirmed in their activities by the great numbers of visitors and they will continue to use such events to bring people closer to sections of renewable energies.
From March 20 th to 23 rd, the Federal government organized the third international energy transition conference in Berlin in cooperation with the Federal Association for Renewable Energy, the Federal Solar Energy Association, the consulting company eclaeron and the German Energy Agency (dena). Numerous international guests from politics, economy and industry attended the meeting, discussing current developments and innovations in energy policy in order to achieve the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement in a cost-effective manner. As a marginal program of this event, numerous excursions to showcase projects in Germany were organized this year too. Today WIND-project received in Grapzow the Vice-energy minister of South Africa and the Moroccan Secretary of State of the Ministry of Energy accompanied by representatives of the transmission network operator 50 Hertz. Guests were informed about the state of the art of the existing wind turbines and a rise of a wind turbine was possible. In addition, the guests were able to get an overview of the existing energy storage site and they discussed with the project engineers about future goals and necessities of energy storage as well as renewable mobility. As a suitable example for future regenerative mobility, WIND-project provided the Hyundai ix 35 Fuel Cell to drive the guests from the energy storage site to the wind farm. The visitors were enthusiastic about the technology of the fuel cell vehicle and consider it urgently necessary to push the path of alternative mobility towards conventional combustion engines.
On 12 th and 13 th of September 2016 the Solarzentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern organized the 13 th International Conference for alternative mobility in Wietow. At the conference current funding measures from the German federal for the market ramp of electric mobility were discussed, as well as a review of 30 years of electromobility. Furthermore presentations about alternative drive technologies were held, for example the use of fuel cell drive systems in connection to wind energy by specific examples. On 13.09.2016 the traditional e-mobile rally from Wietow to Schwerin to the federal state parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and to the Pfaffenteich took place. WIND-projekt participated at the rally with the hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle Hyundai ix 35 Fuel Cell. In front of the federal state parliament the technology of the vehicles, the current stage of development and the associated infrastructure were explained to the deputies of the parliament. Afterwards the vehicles moved towards Pfaffenteich, where they were presented to the population of Schwerin. During interesting conversations with numerous people it was recognized that a change in thinking in the minds of people already has begun and an interest exist in alternative drive systems, such as the purely electric drive and run on hydrogen fuel cells.
On this day, by the presence of the energy minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mr. Christian Pegel, the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the multi-energy station Rostock was performed by the involved project partners (TOTAL Deutschland GmbH, H2-Mobility Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, WIND-projekt GmbH, Nordex acciona). The project is funded by the federal government by the National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology with about 700.000 €. In the future fuel cell vehicles and fully electric battery vehicles can be refueled with hydrogen or charged with electricity. The electricity for the operation of the hydrogen fueling station and for the charging stations provide wind turbines by Nordex nearby which are planned by WIND-projekt. As a result green wind power from the region can be used for the low emission mobility and the required power consumption for the hydrogen fueling station can be provided. An additional battery buffer allows requirement-oriented use of green electricity. For WIND-projekt, who already has a Hyundai ix 35 Fuel Cell, a H2-vehicel, it is an important step to obtain refueling stations near the company headquarter and simultaneously to realize a successful example of the sector coupling of wind energy and mobility.
The regional centre for renewable energies opened ceremonially on this day the permanent exhibition “Resources chamber earth”. Around 170 guests from politics and industry, including the Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Erwin Sellering, met in this regard at the centre. The exhibition, covers an area of approximately 170 square meters, provides visitors with scientific, informative and historical knowledge about renewable energy sources. Also WIND-projekt contributes by a booth presence in the context of the permanent exhibition for better acceptance and tolerance of renewable energies. As a perfect accompaniment for the opening ceremony WIND-projekt presented the fuel cell vehicle Hyundai ix 35 Fuel Cell. In extensive conversations the technology of the vehicle was imparted and the terms to renewable energies were explained. The guests were very positive that the hydrogen mobility also is gaining in importance in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and therefore the emissions of pollutants can be reduced.
As part of this year’s energy symposium of the university of applied sciences Stralsund, that lasted for three days from 05.11.15 to 07.11.15, the hydrogen mobility was an issue amongst other things. The educational institution was able to win hydrogen vehicles from different manufacturers for the event to allow test drives for the participants. WIND-projekt supported the symposium by providing their own fuel cell vehicle Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. The participants used extensively the opportunity to come into contact with the new drive system. Technical questions about the Hyundai were answered in detail by the employee. The great interest in the technology and the development of hydrogen infrastructure has shown that a change in thinking has already taken place in terms of mobility in the minds of participants.
The recent issue of the Hyundai customer magazine features a detailed article about WIND-projekt and the first experiences with the ix 35 Fuel Cell. The article covers not only the car, but also the connections to the other business segments of the WIND-projekt GmbH. Hydrogen drives for cars and trucks allow a linking between the renewable energies and the transportation sector. In Germany, transportation accounts for app. 30% of the energy consumption. This is a yearly consumption of app. 730 terawatt hours and is adequate to the annual energy output of 63 nuclear power plants. For a real transition to a 100% supply with renewable energies, the transportation sector also has to be targeted and hydrogen from renewable energies can play a crucial role in this process.
From September 15th to 18th, 2015 the well-known fair of the wind energy industry “HUSUM Wind” took place in Husum at the North Sea coast. 651 exhibitors from 25 countries, 20.000 trade visitors and industry representatives came to the fair halls and exchanged intensively about innovations in the sector and about new projects. WIND-projekt presented itself with an outdoor booth. The fair visitors could learn information about current projects of WIND-projekt and the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell and carry out tests with the fuel cell vehicle. The journey to the fair took place with a stopover in Hamburg to refuel sufficient hydrogen for the organizing tests at the fair. First technical problems occurred with the starter battery of the fuel cell vehicle. The Hyundai could not be restarted after the engine was stopped, despite a long drive. Thanks to quick and professional action by the service team of Hyundai the defective battery was replaced on site at the exhibition center and therefore the problems were fixed. As an innovation WIND-projekt presented a converted camper by the German manufacturer MORELO Reisemobile GmbH, which enables autonomous power supply on the basis of renewable energy due to a fuel cell and photovoltaic system. The fuel cell system was implemented in cooperation with the company balticFuelCells from Schwerin.
In cooperation with the Solarinitiative MV e.V. the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development invited to a climate conference in Wismar and Wietow. The focus of the conference were the issues of energy efficiency and electromobility in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Numerous representatives of municipalities, companies, organizations and associations discussed about fundamental considerations for climate protection and energy policy. In following specific thematic blocks to energy efficiency and electromobility, they dedicated what has been achieved, the potentials and the targets in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. WIND-projekt used the opportunity to present the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell to the participants and guests of the conference. The hydrogen-powered vehicle represented a special feature among the present purely battery-powered vehicles of various manufacturers. Numerous discussions about the technology of the vehicle and the hydrogen mobility were performed. A highlight of the event was a solar rally on 08.09.2015 in which many electric vehicles, as well as the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell participated. The vehicles started from the Solarzentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Wietow. The destination was the city of Schwerin to bring the electric- and hydrogen mobility closer to the inhabitants of Schwerin. On site a number of local residents used the opportunity to get information about the vehicles. Even Mrs Ulbrich (Secretary of State for Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development) welcomed the rally participants. In personal conversations, she received an insight into the technology of the vehicles. The large interest has shown that the population is open for the electromobility and there has been a rethinking in the minds of the society.
From the left: Mr. Roland Reichel (Bundesverband Solare Mobilität), Mrs. Ina-Maria-Ulbrich (State Secretary for Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development), Mrs. Dr. Brigitte Schmidt (Solarzentrum Wietow)
Not only WIND-project, but also the motoring press gains first experiences with the Hyundai ix 35 Fuel Cell. The German magazine “FOCUS” presents this experiences today in an online article along with a video to its readers. FOCUS is convinced that hydrogen technology in cars is already available and suitable for everyday life. The video also shows a typical fuelling process, which shows the great advantage of hydrogen powered cars over battery powered cars – the much faster fuelling process. The video can be seen here.
This week, employees of WIND-projekt met with numerous customers all over Mecklenburg-Vorpommern again. To gain more experience with the Hyundai ix 35 Fuel Cell, the employees are using it frequently for everyday business trips. The customers are usually positively surprised by car and very interested in the technology. Employee Robert Vogt seized the chance to use the hydrogen car for a trip. He says: “That´s a fascinating technology. It shows, that it is already possible today, to use renewable energies for transportation.”
On this day WIND-projekt presented at two events the Hyundai ix 35 Fuel Cell. At first participants of the DKB customer event “Energy production in rural areas” could view the fuel cell vehicle and inform about technical details by the employees. During the presentation breaks the possibility of exchanging information regarding to hydrogen mobility in M-V was intensively used and also some test drives could be made possible. The DKB-board was very pleased that WIND-projekt presented their vehicle to make the event a success.
During the subsequent parliamentary evening of the BWE country Association M-V in the castle of Schwerin current topics of the wind energy industry have been discussed in presentations and individual conversations. Of course the presentation of the fuel cell vehicle may not missing at an event with the topic “Renewable Energies”. The guests were very interested and informed themselves about the state of the art of fuel cell vehicles and the expansion of hydrogen mobility in M-V and nationwide.
The conference “Wind & Maritim”, organized by the WindEnergy Network e.V., is the only conference in north-eastern Germany to combine wind energy and maritime economy and offers national and international members of the industry the possibility to get into an exchange about market and technology trends. This year, about 40 speakers from the fields wind energy (on- & offshore), maritime economy as well as marine technology delivered their talks. The conference is held under the patronage of the prime minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Erwin Sellering.
WIND-projekt used the opportunity to present the first hydrogen car registered in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to experts and political guest. The participants of the conference were interested in the technology and the possible range of the car. Especially the CO2-free motor and the silent way of driving sparked enthusiasm among the test drivers. The guest support the commitment of WIND-projekt to the production of renewable fuels for example in the form of hydrogen. After extensive talks, many participants of the conference took the opportunity for a test drive with the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.
Also on this year’s Day of the renewable energies, many companies opened their plants to show how wind and sun can be brought to use. In the logistics centre of Rostock WIND-projekt presented the recently installed prototype of the NORDEX wind turbine N117. WIND-projekt used the opportunity to present the first registered hydrogen car in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to a wider public. The CEO of WIND-projekt, Carlo Schmidt, presented proudly the fuel cell powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell to the interested guests. The mayor of Rostock, Roland Methling, took a test drive and made his own experiences with the drive system. Afterwards Mr. Methling and Mr. Schmidt discussed the current status of hydrogen mobility and hydrogen technology in general in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Germany. Mr. Methling welcomes the initiative of WIND-projekt to promote mobility based on hydrogen in Rostock and expressed his support for the implementation.
The mayor of Rostock, Roland Methling, testing the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell
“This is a special moment for our company”. With these words, the CEO of WIND-projekt, Carlo Schmidt, greeted Mr. Thomas Goldboom of Hyundai Motor Deutschland GmbH at the WIND-projekt headquarters in Börgerende. Mr. Goldbloom set out to WIND-projekt for the solemn handover of the key for one of the first hydrogen cars produced in series worldwide and to discuss the further cooperation with WIND-projekt. The date of the 25th of April was chosen on purpose, because at this day the nationwide “Day of the renewable energies” takes place. WIND-projekt aims to promote hydrogen mobility in Rostock and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and plans to contribute to the further development and improvement of fuel cell technology with practicable tests in cooperation with Hyundai.
Two employees of WIND-projekt set out to Hamburg today to carry out the first refueling of the car with hydrogen themselves at the hydrogen gas station HafenCity. The employees had been instructed already one week before by the gas station operator. The refueling passed without any complications, so that the 700bar tank was filled with about 5.6 kg hydrogen in 4 minutes. With this filling the car has enough fuel for the next 600 km. WIND-projekt is currently working on possibilities for hydrogen refueling in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
On Friday, the 17th of April the time had finally come: Carlo Schmidt, CEO of WIND-projekt was able to pick up the ix35 Fuel Cell. This handover was special to WIND-projekt as well as to the Autohaus Brandt since this ix35 Fuel Cell is the very first registered hydrogen car in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The motor system is based on a Fuel Cell, which sets free electrical energy by the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen which powers a three-phase asynchronous motor. The electric motor then converts the electrical energy into mechanical torque. The advantage of this innovative technology is, that no CO2 is emitted at all, merely water vapour is the only exhaust gas.