Skip to main content

New Bus ReFuelling for European Hydrogen Bus Depots

Objective

The overall aim of NewBusFuel is to resolve a significant knowledge gap around the technologies and engineering solutions required for the refuelling of a large number of buses at a single bus depot. Bus depot scale refuelling imposes significant new challenges which have not yet been tackled by the hydrogen refuelling sector:
• Scale – throughputs in excess of 2,000kg/day (compared to 100kg/day for current passenger car stations)
• Ultra-high reliability – to ensure close to 100% available supply for the public transport networks which will rely on hydrogen
• Short refuelling window – buses need to be refuelled in a short overnight window, leading to rapid H2 throughput
• Footprint – needs to be reduced to fit within busy urban bus depots
• Volume of hydrogen storage – which can exceed 10 tonnes per depot and leads to new regulatory and safety constraints
A large and pan-European consortium will develop solutions to these challenges. The consortium involves 10 of Europe’s leading hydrogen station providers. These partners will work with 12 bus operators in Europe, each of whom have demonstrated political support for the deployment of hydrogen bus fleets.
In each location engineering studies will be produced, by collaborative design teams involving bus operators and industrial HRS experts, each defining the optimal design, hydrogen supply route, commercial arrangements and the practicalities for a hydrogen station capable of providing fuel to a fleet of fuel cell buses (75-260 buses).
Public reports will be prepared based on an analysis across the studies, with an aim to provide design guidelines to bus operators considering deploying hydrogen buses, as well as to demonstrate the range of depot fuelling solutions which exist (and their economics) to a wider audience.
These results will be disseminated widely to provide confidence to the whole bus sector that this potential barrier to commercialisation of hydrogen bus technology has been overcome.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/public transport

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2014-1
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

FCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ELEMENT ENERGY LIMITED
Address
Suite 1, Bishop Bateman Court Thompson's Lane
CB5 8AQ Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 236 875

Participants (26)

ABENGOA INNOVACION SOCIEDAD ANONIMA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 121 727,50
Address
C Energia Solar 1 Campus Palmas Altas
41014 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL*
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 28 208,75
Address
Broad Street Town House
AB10 1FY Aberdeen
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
AIR PRODUCTS PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 197 816,25
Address
Hersham Place - Molesey Road
KT12 4RZ Walton-on-thames
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AKERSHUS FYLKESKOMMUNE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Schweigaardsgate 4
0107 Oslo
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 49 816,25
Address
Council House, Victoria Square
B1 1BB Birmingham
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 75 266,25
Address
Motstraat 20
2800 Mechelen
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EMPRESA MUNICIPAL DE TRANSPORTES DE MADRID SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 20 000
Address
Calle Cerro De La Plata 4
28007 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EVOBUS GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Mercedesstrasse 127/6
70327 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEL HYDROGEN AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 74 818,75
Address
Industriparken 34 B Lind
7400 Herning
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HAMBURGER HOCHBAHN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 92 812,50
Address
Steinstrasse 20
20095 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYDROGENICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 142 972,50
Address
Am Wiesenbusch 2
45966 Gladbeck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYOP AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Gunnar Randers Vei 24
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INGENIEURTEAM BERGMEISTER SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 34 850
Address
Via Isarco 1
39040 Varna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ISTITUTO PER INNOVAZIONI TECNOLOGICHE BOLZANO SCARL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 29 462,50
Address
Via Enrico Mattei 1
39100 Bolzano
Activity type
Research Organisations
ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 101 125
Address
Atlas Way 22
S4 7QQ Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KUNNSKAPSBYEN LILLESTROM FORENING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 43 502,50
Address
Gunnar Randers Vei 24 4 De Etage
2007 Kjeller
Activity type
Other
LINDE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 185 978,02
Address
Dr.-carl-von-linde-str. 6-14
82049 Pullach I.isartal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LONDON BUS SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 26 750
Address
Victoria Street 42 50 Windsor House
SW1H 0TL London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
McPhy Energy Deutschland GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 80 600
Address
Schmiedestr. 2
15745 Wildau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPHERA SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 287 951,25
Address
Hauptstrasse 111-113
70771 Leinfelden-echterdingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RIGAS SATIKSME SIA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 131 311,25
Address
Kleistu Iela 28
1067 Riga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 179 993,75
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STUTTGARTER STRASSENBAHNEN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 32 855
Address
Schockenriedstrasse 50
70565 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 58 500
Address
Uberseering 12
22297 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VIP VERKEHRSBETRIEB POTSDAM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 39 226,25
Address
Fritz Zubeil Strasse 96
14482 Potsdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WSW MOBIL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 36 500
Address
Bromberger Str. 39-41
42281 Wuppertal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)