A new Chairman for the Clean Energy Partnership
Jörg Starr takes over from Thomas Bystry
The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) has a new chairman: With Jörg Starr (Audi) a representative of the automotive industry takes over the leadership of the CEP. Given the ongoing market activation of hydrogen- and fuel cell-based mobility, this is a strong statement by the industrial partners: the election of Starr as the new Chairman of the CEP underlines the partner's clear commitment to hydrogen technology, and its great potential in the context of the energy transition.
The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) has existed in its current constellation as a pure industry initiative for a good two years. Thomas Bystry (Shell), who successfully led the CEP into its fourth phase, points out the added value of the cross-industry collaboration: “In the individual sectors and companies, there is a growing awareness that mobility with hydrogen can only be realised by joining forces. The CEP modelled this for many years. Working together as a strong team, we showed that it works: 3-minute refuellings, long ranges, no CO2 emissions, and practically no noise. Our collective expert knowledge enjoys a high regard even beyond industry borders," says Bystry.
His successor Jörg Starr has worked in the automotive industry for 25 years. Starr’s path led him to Audi in 2007 via smart and Daimler. He is already familiar with the CEP through his many years of intensive collaboration on the project’s working groups. The CEP and its new chairman have a lot on their agenda for the near future: "It is important that we clarify our position on green hydrogen, which is crucially important for hydrogen-powered mobility. Also – together with NOW, the National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology – we want to keep working on the topic of ‘regulations, codes, and standards’. In my opinion market activation is another important aspect. In future, CEP will be able to serve as a consultancy for projects and business cases here," declares Starr.
In the area of mobility, the focus is currently on truck and bus transport. “Heavy duty traffic accounts for around 60-65 percent of CO2 emissions in the transport sector and will have to make a significant contribution to the necessary CO2 reductions,” says Starr. “With the expertise it has gained in the car sector, CEP can significantly support the development of a refuelling protocol for trucks and buses. The refuelling protocol that is currently in use and which defines the factors of a successful refuelling in accordance with the globally valid SAE J2601 standard, was developed for 700-bar fuellings of up to 10 kg. Trucks are supplied with volumes of up to 80 kg; entirely technologies will need to be developed for this.”
Always keeping in mind the partners' common vision, the new CEP Chairman refers to the recently adopted new CEP contribution model, which makes it easier for small and medium-sized companies to join the CEP through reduced contributions: "The CEP as a think-tank is an important contact for politics and industry, whether in the transport or energy sector. The topic is complex and multi-faceted, which is why we want to grow. And, of course, I'm hoping for a steady flow of new input from new partners. We believe that mobility with hydrogen and fuel cells is the key to a successful transport turnaround, especially if we're talking about long ranges and the heavy duty sector," says Jörg Starr.
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