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Cities speeding up the integration of hydrogen buses in public fleets

Cities speeding up the integration of hydrogen buses in public fleets

Objective

Several European bus manufacturers consider the hybrid fuel cell (FCH) bus as the most promising technology to facilitate the decarbonisation of public transport. By leveraging the experiences of past fuel cell bus projects, implementing technical improvements that increase efficiency and reduce costs of FCH buses, as well as introducing a modular approach to hydrogen refuelling infrastructure build-up, the High V(Flanders).L(Liguria) O(ScOtland)-City project aims at significantly increasing the “velocity” of integrating these buses on a larger scale in European bus operations.
• The project will address the following key issues: Increase energy efficiency of the buses and reduce cost of ownership:
o hydrogen consumption down to 7–9 kg H2/100km
o integrating latest drive train and battery technologies
o availability of 90% without the need of permanent support
o >12.000 hours warranty and decreased additional warranty cost
o increase lifetime of key components as fuel cells and batteries.
o investment cost <1,3 million euro
• Reduce the cost of hydrogen supply:
o Liguria: linking with renewable hydrogen sources
o Antwerp: using by-product hydrogen from industry
o Aberdeen: making use of an existing hydrogen production and distribution mechanisms and eventually Scotland’s extensive wind energy resources
o Groningen: by using H2 taken by a pipeline as a by-product from chlorine production
• Consolidate past, current and future fuel cell bus demonstration activities by creating an active dissemination network of Hydrogen Bus Centres of Excellence in collaboration with the Hydrogen Bus Alliance, Global Hydrogen Bus Platform, CHIC Dissemination task force and JTI hydrogen bus demonstration projects. More specifically High V.LO City will:
o Building on the experience of Van Hool the USA (21 buses 2005-2010)
o Link Liguria, Antwerp, Aberdeen and Groningen, with already existing activities in United Kingdom (London), the Netherlands (Amsterdam and Arnhem), Germany (Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona) and Italy (Bolzano and Milano).
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Coordinator

VAN HOOL N.V.

Address

Bernard Van Hool Straat 58
2500 Lier Koningshooikt

Belgium

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 186 188

Administrative Contact

Flip Bamelis (Dr.)

Participants (15)

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RIVIERA TRASPORTI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 3 400 721

BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 68 079

SOLVAY SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 346 579

Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 3 826 455

WATERSTOFNET VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 96 702

HYDROGEN, FUEL CELLS AND ELECTRO-MOBILITY IN EUROPEAN REGIONS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 116 097

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 140 968

REGIONE LIGURIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 45 774

FIT CONSULTING SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 145 220

ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL*

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 3 290 152

BALLAST NEDAM INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT MANAGEMENT B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 37 715

CNG NET BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 91 931

PITPOINT.BE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 112 649

PITPOINT.PRO BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 104 494

QBUZZ B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 482 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 278192

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 30 494 110,49

  • EU contribution

    € 13 491 724

Coordinated by:

VAN HOOL N.V.

Belgium