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Hydrogen is seen as one of the most important energy media of the next century. Providing a closed-loop energy cycle, hydrogen as a renewable energy source gives the potential for a sustainable development particularly in the transportation sector. Hydrogen-driven vehicles offer the possibility of reducing both local as well as global emissions (greenhouse gases) thus consolidating their potential as part of future transport systems which inevitably have to be based on renewable energy sources. Any changes in the structure of the energy sector are invariably protracted thus rendering it necessary to lay down the foundations for such changes already today. Demonstration projects pave the way for technological improvement while providing the base for general acceptance. The many hydrogen demonstration projects in Europe require more effective coordination in order to be successful. The EIHP is chiefly focused on legislation governing hydrogen is the first step into this direction. EIHP identifies deficiencies impending the harmonization of regulations, guidelines etc, coordinates harmonization in the approaches to standardizations on a global scale prepares a well-defined basis for discussion with the relevant authorities and develops concepts for standardized infrastructure and vehicle components.

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Authors: DUFFIELD S J, JRC Ispra (IT);DEVILLERS J S, Air Liquide, Sassenage (FR);PEHR K, BMW, Munich (DE);WEINMANN O, HEW, Hamburg (DE);VANDENBORRE H, Hydrogen Systems, Turnhout (BE);GONZALES A, INTA, Madrid (ES);WURTSTER R, Ludwig-Boelkow-Systemtechnik, Ottobrunn (DE);KESTEN M, Messer Griesheim, Cologne (DE);HEURTAUX F, Renault, Rueil Malmaison (FR);EKDUNGE P, Volvo, Göteburg (SE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: The 12th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Buenos Aires (AR), June 21-26, 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41667 ORA
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