WHO WE ARE
SPANISH HYDROGEN ASSOCIATION
The Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2) is the voice of the hydrogen industry in Spain. It represents more than 200 partners from across the hydrogen value chain, including renewable energy promoters, equipment, and, component manufacturers, engineering and EPC, Oil & Gas, industrial gases, transport, organizations linked to the sector, etc. Among its partners are the most active companies, institutions and, researchers in Spain regarding these technologies, which are active in hydrogen and fuel cells and are convinced that these technologies have great economic potential.
The AeH2, positioned as a reference agent within the hydrogen sector, has been working since its foundation in 2002, to encourage, promote and drive the technological and industrial development of hydrogen technologies in our country, to ensure that their positive impact revert on the Spanish society and economy.
To promote and foster the development and growth of hydrogen technologies in Spain, aimed at reinforcing and adding value to the national industry, building a favorable environment for the development of hydrogen in our country and, achieving a strong national industry in the international field.
Hydrogen plays a key role in the ongoing energy transition while offering a great opportunity for economic development and high environmental benefits. It is a key energy vector in the decarbonization of the Spanish economy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Hydrogen makes it possible to reactivate, redefine and transform the national economy, through the creation of a technological and productive industry and the generation of highly qualified employment.
Spanish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform
Initiative promoted by the Spanish Hydrogen Association and supported by the Ministry of Science and Innovation. In the Platform participate a large number of national entities whose activities are related to Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technologies.
Hydrogen Industry Sectoral Policy Agenda
The Hydrogen Industry Sectoral Policy Agenda seeks to be a document agreed upon by all the agents of the sector, from public institutions, financial entities and, standardization bodies, to the organizations that operate in the different links of the hydrogen value chain, which will allow promoting the deployment and industrial development of hydrogen in Spain.
Technical Committee CTN-181
The Technical Committee for Standardization CTN-181 on Hydrogen Technologies (mirror Committee of the International Committee ISO TC 197) is the Committee responsible for the standardization of all aspects related to systems and devices for the production, storage, transport, distribution, measurement and, use of hydrogen. The European Hydrogen Energy Conference (EHEC)
European Hydrogen Energy Conference (EHEC)
The EHEC is the reference conference in the framework of hydrogen technologies at the European level. The EHEC provides an excellent framework to learn about the latest developments related to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and represents the best scenario to showcase the latest advances in research, projects and, products in the sector. Furthermore, it brings together all the agents of the hydrogen sector and related sectors, both in Europe and the rest of the world.
In recent years, the Spanish Hydrogen Association has signed collaboration agreements with different entities:
CEEES: Confederación Española de Empresarios de Estaciones de Servicio. CEEES is a national non-profit organization that brings together Spanish entrepreneurs in the retail service station sector.
CURSO_H2: organized by ARIEMA Energía y Medioambiente S.L. The objective is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become professionals in the hydrogen technology sector.
GASNAM: Iberian Association that promotes the use of natural gas and renewable gas in terrestrial and marine mobility.
REDEXIS: A company dedicated to the development and operation of natural gas transport and distribution infrastructures, distribution and sale of liquefied petroleum gas and, promotion of renewable applications for natural gas and hydrogen in Spain.
TOYOTA SPAIN: Toyota Spain distributes and markets Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Spain. Accumulates an experience of more than 20 years in research of hydrogen vehicle technology. In 2014, the company launched the Toyota Mirai, materializing one of Toyota’s objectives: to contribute to the promotion of a hydrogen-based society.
It was within the Hydrogen Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency where the creation of the European Hydrogen Association, understood as a group of national associations, was conceived and advanced. The main promoter of this initiative, was Mr. Abraham Bahbout, the former Hydrogen Executive Committee’s representative of the European Commission (very fond of traveling in Spain, and a great speaker in our language). In this line, the Spanish member of this committee, Mr. Antonio González García-Conde, participated in the initial planning, together with the “Alternate Member” Mr. Rafael Luque Berruezo.
Other countries such as France and Germany already have their Association in place, and together with others, are part of the European Association, already constituted.
Representatives of this European Association contacted several people in Spain, to promote and accelerate the constitution of our Association. Specifically with Mr. Jose María Martínez-Val de Peñalosa (UPM-ETSII), with Ms. María Teresa Martínez (CSIC-ICB), and with Mr. Antonio González García-Conde (INTA). Together, and with significant support from the IDAE, they set this whole process in motion.
A meeting was held at IDAE’s headquarters on March 14th, 2002, attended by representatives of MINECO, MCYT, IDAE, CIEMAT, CSIC-ICB, CSIC-ICP, INTA, ABENGOA, AIR LIQUIDE, ARIEMA, BP, EHN, ELCOGAS, EMPRESARIOS AGRUPADOS, ENDESA, UPM-ETSII, GAS NATURAL, IBERDROLA, IRISBUS and, REPSOL.
At this meeting, the unanimous criterion of proceeding to constitute the Spanish Hydrogen Association was expressed. To start up the project, the Board of Directors was elected and ARIEMA was entrusted with the Technical Secretariat. The next step was to determine the Statutes that would underpin the Association and the Action Plan to be followed.
Con las aportaciones de estas personas se continúa con el siguiente paso, consistente en debatir los Estatutos para mejorarlos e ir elaborando el Plan de Actuación de la Asociación.
This meeting was attended by some groups and companies with great interest in the field and, to make this an open Association, it was proposed and accepted to open to other entities the possibility of being Founding Members.
To this end, a new meeting was convened on May 9th, 2002. It is then when the Spanish Hydrogen Association is constituted, through the Assembly celebrated in the Gómez Pardo Foundation of Madrid.
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The main objective of the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2) is to promote the development of hydrogen technologies as an energy vector and its uses in industrial and commercial applications.
To be the gathering place of the sector, bringing together companies, institutions, technology and research centers and, universities with activity in hydrogen and fuel cells.
To promote research and innovation in hydrogen and fuel cells, as well as the promotion of startups and technological knowledge.
To support the development, promoting the production, storage, and distribution applications of hydrogen, and its use in fuel cells.
Offering professional education through specific courses already consolidated with various universities and training centers.
Promoting laws and rules for the regulation of hydrogen as an energy vector.
To make hydrogen acknowledged as an energy vector by our society.