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H2ME Report Summary

Project ID: 671438
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - H2ME (Hydrogen Mobility Europe)

Reporting period: 2015-06-01 to 2016-05-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) brings together Europe’s 4 most ambitious national initiatives on hydrogen mobility (Germany, Scandinavia, France and the UK). The project will expand their developing networks of HRS and the fleets of fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) operating on Europe’s roads, to significantly expand the activities in each country and start the creation of a pan-European hydrogen fuelling station network. In creating a project of this scale, the FCH JU will create not only a physical but also a strategic link between the regions that are leading in the deployment of hydrogen. The project will also include ‘observer countries’ (Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands), who will use the learnings from this project to develop their own hydrogen mobility strategies. The project is the most ambitious coordinated hydrogen deployment project attempted in Europe. The scale of this deployment will allow the consortium to:

• Trial a large fleet of FCEVs in diverse applications across Europe - 200 OEM FCEVs (Daimler and Hyundai) and 125 fuel cell range-extended vans (Symbio FCell collaborating with Renault) will be deployed
• Deploy 29 state of the art refuelling stations, using technology from the full breadth of Europe’s hydrogen refuelling station providers. The scale will ensure that stations will be lower cost than in previous projects and the breadth will ensure that Europe’s hydrogen station developers advance together
• Conduct a real world test of 4 national hydrogen mobility strategies and share learnings to support other countries’ strategy development
• Analyse the customer attitude to the FCEV proposition, with a focus on attitudes to the fuelling station networks as they evolve in each country
• Assess the performance of the refuelling stations and vehicles in order to provide data of a sufficient resolution to allow policy-makers, early adopters and the hydrogen mobility industry to validate the readiness of the technology for full commercial roll-out.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Key progresses during 1st year of the project include:
• Fruitful 1st year with 1st HRS commissioned (in Kolding, DK) and vehicles in operation (40 B-CLASS F-CELL Daimlers and 40 SymbioFCell as of Jun 16)
• 1st technical data set delivered and analysed
• Successful proposal evaluation and launch of follow-up project, H2ME-2, with an extra 1,230 vehicles and 20 HRS planned for the next 6 years

Key findings during the 1st year of the project:
• FCEVs and fuel cell range-extended vans are operated with very similar patterns to petrol/diesel vehicles (trip distance, refuelling etc.)
• Financial incentives work best in combination with other benefits types for users to develop and support national markets e.g priority lanes access
• Additional work is required on vehicle needs with regards to HRS deployment and understanding business cases from a customer point of view
• Lead time for building permits and planning authorisations need to be reduced

Key next steps are:
• Continue deployment activities for H2ME and H2ME 2 projects with an additional 48 HRS and another ~ 1,500 vehicles to be trialled by 2020
• Commercialisation discussion forum to start with first analysis conducted and disseminated in 2016
• Increase reachout activities to key audiences

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

No. Project objectives/targets Corresponding programme objective/quantitative target Current project status Probability of reaching initial target State of the art 2016- value and reference

1 TRL of HRS and onsite H2 production (if any) min. 6 TRL of HRs and onsite H2 production (if any) min. 6 1 HRS deployed with TRL 6 100% TLR 6

2 Hydrogen purity min. 99.999% refueling process:SAE J2601; Hydrogen purity min. 99.999% refueling process:SAE J2601; 1 HRS deployed meeting standards 100% Vary depending on HRS
IR communication; SAE J2799; exceptions allowed if justified IR communication; SAE J2799; exceptions allowed if justified

3 HRS availability min. 97% (measured in usable operation) HRS availability min. 97% (measured in usable operation) 1 HRS deployed with 99% availability reached 100% 95%

4 All vehicles are designed to be operated for min. 6,000h Vehicle operation lifetime >5,000h initially and min 6000 as program target Vans are operating for around 500 h/year (start of day to end of day) 100% 100% 6,000h

5 All vehicles will be operated for min. 1 year or 10,000km Minimum vehicle operation during the project 12 months or 10,000km 9 months operation for 40 B Class F-Cell.
Operation period ranging from 9 to 1 month for 27 Symbio 100% N/A
6 Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) >1,000km (MTBF) >1,000km Observed MTBF >1000km as no failures reported 100% MTBF >1000km

7 Availability >95% Availability >95% (to be measured in available operation time) Availability 99% 100% Availability 95%

8 Tank-to-wheel (TTW) efficiency >40% TTW efficiency >40% Measured TTW efficiency of passenger cars = 46% 100% TTW efficiency 40%
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