“Options for Hydrogen in transport”

16 April 2020
14.30-15.00 Q&A session

Seminar blog page

A summary report on the seminar is found here.

Background reports, presentations and other information related to the Webinar ‘Options for Hydrogen in transport’ are found below.

During this one hour seminar, six speakers shared their knowledge on the options for hydrogen in mobility.

The following issues were addressed:

  • Could it be that in 2030 the largest volume of hydrogen will enter the transport market mainly via the synthetic renewable fuels?
  • Hydrogen can also be used directly as a fuel in a combustion engine. What are the possibilities and what are the advantages?
  • Furthermore, is it possible that energy carriers other than hydrogen will be used for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). What are the considerations?

Webinar Options for Hydrogen

This webinar is a collaboration between the Dutch Hydrogen Platform, TNO Automotive, and the Dutch Platform Sustainable Biofuels.

It aims to review combustion concepts with hydrogen and other energy carriers in fuel cell systems. The program was  led by Bart Somers, assoc. prof in ‘future fuels and ultra-clean combustion engines’ at TUe and board member of Dutch Platform Sustainable Biofuels.

To view the full video registration click the play button in the video left of this column.

Clicking on the names of the guest speakers in the programme below brings you directly to their presentation in the video.

PDF’s of the presentation can be found at the ‘presentation’ section, further down on this page

Webinar Program
13:30 -15:00

13:30 General Introduction

  1. Bart Somers, TUe – Introduction
  2. Richard Smokers, VoltaChem

    Current programs to develop fuels with hydrogen from electricity

  3. Stephan Janbroers, TNO

    Synergy in synthetic biofuel production by using pure CO2 for e-fuel production

  4. Xander Seykens, TNO Automotive

    Outcomes of a feasibility study about concepts for hydrogen in non-road combustion engines

  5. Peter van der Heijden, NPS Diesel

    Important applications for hydrogen in combustion engines in the market

  6. Max Aerts, DENS

    The idea behind using Hydrozine for a FC-system and the first area of application: generators.

  7. Eelco Dekker, Methanol Institute
    The benefits of energy storage in methanol for a fuel cell system and the use of methanol in combustion concepts for transport.
  8. Conclusions

14:30-15:00 Q&A

Richard Smokers


Peter van Der Heijden

NPS Diesel

Stephan Janbroers


Max Aerts


Xander Seykens


Eelco Dekker

Methanol Institute

Session Leader

The context: Why new fuels and what are the new engine developments in the combustion engine?

Bart Somers (TUe) is associate professor at the Group of Power & Flow and is in charge of the Zero Emission Lab.

“The group uses numeric and experimental tools to develop the necessary understanding of new clean and efficient combustion concepts for Heavy-Duty engines. [It] especially targets fuels that have a low-carbon footprint in order to mitigate the climate impact”.

Read more about flex fuel zero emission combustion engine in Somers presentation April 2019: Enabling true green transport

You can read more about it here.

Guest Speakers

Richard Smokers – Voltachem:


“In the past 27 years, I have carried out and led a large number of very different but mostly policy-oriented projects in the field of alternative powertrains (electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles) and alternative fuels. Furthermore I have worked on measuring and modeling the exhaust emissions of conventional vehicles under various use conditions”

Stephan JanBroer – TNO:


“At TNO, we develop and implement thermochemical conversion technologies in combination with catalysis and separation technologies for the conversion of biomass into chemicals/materials, fuels, electricity and heat. My role as “business developer biomass” is to find parties and shape collaborations to enhance the transition towards sustainability”.

Xander Seykens

Senior Research Scientist (TNO), Assistant Professor (TUe)

Xander Seykens – TNO Automotive:


Senior Research Scientist, Powertrains, Traffic & Transport

TU/e: Assistant Professor, mechanical engineering, Power and Flow

Peter van der Heijden – NPS Diesel


“Defining a powertrain solutions is always a compromise. It is a challenge where emission regulations, machine limitations, fuel consumption and the machine/ engine load profile all come together. Finding out what’s best is our goal”

Max Aerts – DENS:


“Founder of DENS with the mission of bringing the hydrogen carrier Hydrozine from the lab to the mass market for a sustainable and healthy planet.”

Eelco Dekker – Methanol Institute


“As Chief Representative Europe I focus on the use of methanol as a clean, energy efficient energy source.”

Company Profiles


VoltaChem is a Program that “connects the electricity sector, equipment sector, and chemical industry”, to work on some of the challenges related to  “energy use, efficiency, and selectivity”

It brings together new technologies and business models focusing on the use of renewable energy in the production of heat, hydrogen, and chemicals.


“TNO is an independent research organisation that works for the joint creation of economic and social value”. It focuses on transitions or changes in nine social themes, including the Circular Economy and the Environment, Energy and Traffic and Transport.

NPS Diesel

Experts on Diesel engines


“DENS’ mission is to accelerate the world’s energy transition by developing and building easy to use machinery which efficiently provides renewable energy, regardless of time and place, for affordable prices. Inspired by nature, we artificially imitate nature’s way of capturing and using the power of the sun.”

The Methanol Institute (MI)

MI serves as the global trade association for one of the world’s most vibrant and innovative industries. Today, our membership includes the world’s leading methanol producers, technology companies, distributors, terminal operators and shippers. 

MI collaborates with each of our member companies to create solutions for the global industry, and to ensure that already vibrant markets for methanol and its numerous derivatives continue to thrive.

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