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

Periodic Report Summary 3 - SWARM (Demonstration of Small 4-Wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport)

Project Context and Objectives:
Significant progress on development activities and preparation for demonstration activities were achieved during the third period of the project.

Key progresses in the last period include:
• Continued for the fleet of MicroCab Hydrogen Electric Vehicles (H2EVs) in Coventry (UK) alongside a recommissioned Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) at Coventry University and Birmingham University.
• Successful public launch of the Riversimple Mark2 Alpha pre-production prototype, the Rasa, with innovative powertrain in February 2016 with national and international media coverage.
• Commisssioning and successulf opening of the Air Liquide HRS in Belgium on the Toyota premises in Zaventem has been confirmed with national and international media coverage and participation.This station is the first public HRS in Belgium and will connect the country to the European hydrogen network.
• Development of a new vehicle type, the HyLITE, by MicroCab for further demonstration activities (due to start in late 2016).
• Confirmed collaboration of the host city for the 2016 trial of 20 Rasa cars in the UK with Monmouthshire council working in collaboration with Riversimple for the next phase, including the planning for the HRS.
• Continued development of the protoype for the first H20 e-mobile vehicle, the elano.
• Initiation of the reaserach and optimisation activities conducted in collaboration by MicroCab, Coventry Univeristy, H20 e-mobile, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Liège, Jade-Hochschule Wilhelmshaven-Oldenburg / Elsfleth and Next Energy.

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Project Results:
The period 3 of the project was marked by a full restart of the activities gearing towards the demonstration activities planned for the final period of the project as per the revised project’s objectives agrerd as part of the changes to the project’s plan implemented during Period 1. For the avoidance of the doubt, this report uses the latest version of the DOW 07.12.2015 with references to objectives and timeplans for activities as planned after the renegotiation took place.

Key objectives for the period 3 included:
• WP1: First generation vehicles development completed and beginning of work for 2nd generation vehicles
• WP2: Commissioning of refuelling infrastructure in the three regions.
• WP3: support infrastructure in place in the three regions.
• WP4/5/6: Beginning of vehicles operation in the three regions.
• WP7: Beginning of improvement and optimisation work.
• WP8: Beginning of reach out activities and Public kick-off for the project.

These objectives were only partially achieved with significant progresses realised in some cases and and timeplans shifting to to later than anticipated for others. However, the overall objectives were achieved and the project is broadly on track compared to the revised plan for the project. Progresses are described in their dedicated WPs’ sections.
Potential Impact:
The overarching objectives of the project are:
1. Fleets of critical mass – by deploying hydrogen technologies in small vehicle classes, large vehicle fleets (up to 20 in each region).
2. Low cost small vehicles – the vehicles produced in this project will all have low volume production costs below 80,000 euros (in one case, the costs are below 50,000 euros).
3. New regional hydrogen fuelling networks – the project will enable the deployment of clusters of hydrogen filling stations in cities in all three European regions.
4. Increased density of fuelling in Europe – the three regions are well situated to extend Europe’s fuelling network, connecting Hamburg and the Scandinavian regions to Benelux and France and extending the hydrogen network in the UK out from London towards Scotland.
5. Demonstrate a complementary approach to hydrogen vehicle drive trains – these vehicles are all built in battery dominant hybrid mode. This is a novel approach, which optimises the cost, performance and energy efficiency of both battery and fuel cell/hydrogen storage technologies.
6. European SME’s – the project involves a range of European SME’s facilitating the introduction of dynamic new European companies into Europe’s hydrogen economy.
7. Strong involvement of European research institutions.
8. Maximum exposure.
9. Seed regions for future commercial rollout – the project supplies 3 new refuelling station sites in 3 new cluster regions.
10. As far as hydrogen supply is concerned, the employment of hydrogen derived from renewable energy sources or as by-product of chemical processes will be preferred.

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