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Demonstration of Small 4-Wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport

Objective

This project will establish a demonstration fleet of small passenger vehicles that builds on and expands existing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Three European regions will be participating in this effort: the UK (the Midlands and Plymouth), the Brussels area and Wallonia, and the Weser-Ems region in NorthWest Germany. Each of these regions will deploy a new hydrogen refuelling site to close the gaps in a continuous ‘hydrogen highways’ that leads from Scotland via the Midlands to London, connecting to Brussels and on to Cologne and Hamburg/Scandinavia/Berlin via Bremen.
The vehicles employed are low-cost, high fuel-efficiency, hybridised, light-weight passenger cars specifically designed for city and regional transport. These vehicles provide a complementary pathway to commercialisation to the large Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of hydrogen fuel cell options, by allowing near-term rollout on a commercial basis to a wide range of users – in parallel with the planned rollouts for large OEM vehicles from 2015. Their deployment regions will gain the infrastructure, public exposure and technological understanding to act as seed locations for future large scale OEM vehicle rollout.
In view of the lower vehicle costs, this project will deploy an unprecedented number of road vehicles for a demonstration project, with three OEM’s contributing 20, 10 and 20 vehicles respectively to the project. These will be put in the hands of users in a variety of real-life operating environments. An extensive data monitoring exercise will run throughout the demonstration phase, allowing the reliability of the vehicles tested by different users to be evaluated and leading to recommendations for the improvement of future, fully commercial vehicle designs.
The three European regions will deploy several hydrogen refuelling stations, adding a total of 3 new stations to existing supply sites, contributing to some of the first regional hydrogen refuelling clusters in Europe. Each region will as a consequence either own a high-standard filling station with = high capacity (200 kg/day) and high performance (70 MPa) refuelling technology (Wallonia, Weser-Ems), or build on existing smaller stations of lower capacity and pressure (UK, Midlands and Plymouth).
The project will be a near-commercial stepping stone and will include a reach-out activity timed to coincide with OEM’s commercialisation plans in the post-2015 period, to attract further vehicles to the newly developed infrastructures - by offering cost effective and readily available focal points for additional hydrogen fleets developing around these regions. Therefore supplementing the SWARM fleet and infrastructure by more vehicles and hydrogen filling stations supplied through other projects and separate funding.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

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
€ 221 352
Administrative Contact
Ben Madden (Mr.)

Participants (19)

RIVERSIMPLE LLP

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Mill On The Green Linney
SY8 1EG Ludlow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hugo Spowers (Mr.)
H2O E-MOBILE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 106 000
Address
Moorhausener Weg 33
26316 Varel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Steinberger-Wilckens (Prof.)
GESPA GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 6 196
Address
Admiral Rosendahl Strasse 12
63263 Neu Isenburg Zeppelinheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jörg Ewald (Mr.)
AIR LIQUIDE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 1 437 333
Address
Quai D'orsay 75
75007 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catherine Candela (Mrs.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 119 900
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aman Dhir (Dr.)
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY ENTERPRISES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 765 600
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernard Porter (Mr.)
BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 6 864
Address
Council House, Victoria Square
B1 1BB Birmingham
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacqueline Homan (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 139 200
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Courillon (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 248 434
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Halleux (Dr.)
JADE HOCHSCHULE WILHELMSHAVEN/OLDENBURG/ELSFLETH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 106 667
Address
Friedrich Paffrath Strasse 101
26389 Wilhelmshaven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Folker Renken (Prof.)
DLR-INSTITUT FUR VERNETZTE ENERGIESYSTEME EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 95 992
Address
Carl Von Ossietzky Strasse 15
26129 Oldenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Erika Rathkamp (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 112 147
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bettina Pfaff (Ms.)
TUV SUD PRODUCT SERVICE GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 24 880
Address
Ridlerstrasse 65
80339 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Volker Blandow (Mr.)
SERVICE PUBLIC DE WALLONIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 19 800
Address
Place Josephine Charlotte 2
5100 Jambes
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pascal Lehance (Mr.)
PLANET PLANUNGSGRUPPE ENERGIE UND TECHNIK GBR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 188 996
Address
Donnerschweer Strasse 89/91
26123 Oldenburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katharina Glatthor (Ms.)
DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 174 321
Address
Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Vögele (Dr.)
TUV SUD AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 44 520
Address
Westendstrasse 199
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Verena Wiget (Ms.)
RIVERSIMPLE ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 749 502
Address
Knoll House, Knoll Road
GU15 3SY Camberley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hugo Spowers (Mr.)
RIVERSIMPLE MOVEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 255 104
Address
32 Ddole Road Industrial Estate
LD1 6DF Llandrindod Wells
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hugo Spowers (Mr.)