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European Hydrogen Transit Buses in Scotland

European Hydrogen Transit Buses in Scotland

Objective

Hydrogen buses have the potential to play a significant role in expanding the use of hydrogen in the transport sector. To date, however hydrogen bus demonstrations have been focussed on urban buses only, leaving other public transit applications completely unaddressed. In addition, only a limited number of European regions have had the chance to trial hydrogen bus technology, which means the technology is relatively unknown to the majority of European bus operators.
HyTransit will trial a fleet of six hybrid fuel cell buses in daily fleet services, together with one state of the art hydrogen refuelling station in Aberdeen (Scotland) for over three years. This project is designed to contribute to the commercialisation of hydrogen buses in Europe by:
• Bringing together an industrial consortium from across Europe to deliver the project, including buses from Van Hool (Belgium) and state of the art refuelling technology from BOC (UK).
• Develop six A330 hybrid fuel cell buses specifically modified for long sub-urban routes.
• Generating new Intellectual Property for Europe by developing the concept design for the world’s first hybrid fuel cell coach for long-route transit applications.
• Exposing the six buses to real world operation with exactly the same service requirements as diesel buses, with 14 hours and 270km per day operation.
• A state of the art hydrogen refuelling station will be constructed to serve the bus fleet. The station will be based on ionic compressors, configured to allow a refuelling speed of up to 120 grams per second. The station will house an electrolyser system for on-site hydrogen production.
• Taking the first step for a large-scale rollout of hydrogen buses in Scotland. The next logical step after this project is Scottish Government support for the deployment of a minimum of 50 buses. This project will be the first step to realising this vision for Scotland.
The overall project objective is to prove that a hybrid fuel cell bus is capable of meeting the operational performance of an equivalent diesel bus on demanding UK routes (including urban and inter-urban driving), whilst considerably exceeding its environmental performance.
This will be achieved by bringing together a primarily industrial consortium from five member states to develop, deploy and then monitor the buses in day to day service, with an overarching aim to demonstrate an operational availability for the buses equivalent to diesel (over 90%).
The project will also address the main commercial barrier to the technology (namely bus capital cost) by deploying state of the art components, which will reduce the unit cost of the bus to below 1.1 million euros for the first time.
Results of the project will be widely disseminated to the general public. In addition, a more targeted approach will be adopted towards the key stakeholders who will be responsible for decisions on the next steps towards commercialisation of the technology.
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Coordinator

BOC LIMITED

Address

Priestley Road 10 The Surrey Research Park
Gu2 7xy Guildford

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 720 000

Administrative Contact

Hamish Nichol (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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VAN HOOL N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 84 504

ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL*

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 5 732 657,40

STAGECOACH BUS HOLDINGS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 133 377,60

HYDROGEN, FUEL CELLS AND ELECTRO-MOBILITY IN EUROPEAN REGIONS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 55 320

PLANET PLANUNGSGRUPPE ENERGIE UND TECHNIK GBR

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 135 400

BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 42 520

ELEMENT ENERGY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 96 220

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 303467

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 17 769 854,34

  • EU contribution

    € 6 999 999

Coordinated by:

BOC LIMITED

United Kingdom