FuelCell Energy Solutions has announced the appointment of Andreas Froemmel, Vice President of Business and Commercial Development at FCES, to the Executive Board of New Energy World - Industry Group (NEW-IG).

NEW-IG is the industry association educating and promoting fuel cell implementation in Europe and is the sole industry partner of the European Commission and the Research community (N.ERGHY) within the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

Froemmel brings with him over 15 years of experience in the energy industry and will play an integral role in the NEW-IG’s mission to advance the market development of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe.

Commenting on the outcome of the elections, Pierre-Etienne Franc, Chairman of NEW-IG said, “The NEW-IG Board brings together a balanced representation of the various industry fields involved in developing fuel cells and hydrogen. This diversity reflects our broad membership. It is one of our strongest points as a European association.”

“We will keep working hand in hand with the European Commission and the Research Grouping to unleash the full potential of the FCH 2 JU under Horizon 2020. For this new period we will look to deliver a new generation of materials and continue improving existing prototypes as well as to demonstrate on a large scale the readiness of the technology to enter the market in the fields of transport (cars, buses and refueling infrastructure) and energy (clean and green hydrogen production and distribution, energy storage and stationary power generation). Members of NEW-IG will take full advantage of their role as priority-setters of the programme’s actions and developments,” continued Franc. “Today, the association brings together 85 member companies from 18 countries and we expect the constituency to expand further, reflecting the unique value we bring to Europe to invest in a clean and secure future.”

“Europe’s transition to clean on-site power that enhances the resiliency of power supply is reliant on the implementation of integrated solutions incorporating fuel cell and hydrogen technologies for power, heat and transport fuel,” said newly appointed Board member Andreas Froemmel.

“My key objective as a board member is to assimilate these different needs in a manner that is complimentary to the NEW-IG policy and that is supportive of the market development and continued progress of FCH JU.”

“To accomplish our mission, we have to ensure that the markets are ready for our solutions and educate the policy makers about the attributes and benefits of these technologies, for both industry and society, so that the appropriate regulatory framework is present to support greater adoption,” continued Froemmel.

The NEW-IG mission is to enhance environmental and economic sustainability while positioning Europe at the forefront of global energy-related technological developments. Its unique public-private partnership with N.ERGHY within the FCH JU supports Europe’s development and commercial introduction of clean technologies in the transport and energy sectors.

Learn more about the NEW-IG’s objectives at www.new-ig.eu/about-us/mission-objectives