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Coaches with hydrogen fuel cell powertrains for regional and long-distance passenger transport with energy optimized powertrains and cost optimized design – “CoacHyfied”

Objective

In the past, fuel cell (FC) systems have been successfully developed for city buses. No activities towards the development of coaches are known in Europe so far. The target of this project is both to carry the experience from the development of FC city bus systems one step further into the more challenging constraints of typical coaches as well as to strengthen the European vehicle manufacturing base and supply chain of hydrogen components. The project presents two coach solutions to solve the challenges of longer driving distances of regional and long-distance coaches (400-800 km), the more stringent packaging constraints, less favourable driving patterns (lower recuperation) and higher auxiliary powers (air conditioning & heating) and demonstrates the coaches at two regions in 2 to 3-year demo phases.
The project is based on a coherent structure and balanced partnership, addresses all call specific requirements and aims for the highest benefits from a technological and market perspective:
-both coach types being equally addressed by applying a common hybrid system concept and preparing for the development of FC drive system synergies,
-comparing different and modular FC packaging concepts by the use of multiple and single FC units being tested in fulfilment of the 100 kW power requirement,
-one set of coaches to develop an OEM-based new-built FC coach and another one an existing coach retrofit to also provide answers for the second life use of environmentally outdated coach chassis,
-partnering with established FC manufacturers promising to reach the required 25,000 operating hours minimum, and validated in the project possibly with used stacks.
-an experienced composite tank manufacturer to discuss the design option of potentially applying 350 bar and 700 bar technology for the coaches in fulfilment of targeting the required driving ranges at lowest costs and
-experienced automotive system developers to search for operational minimum energy consumption patterns.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

FEV EUROPE GMBH
Address
Neuenhofstrasse 181
52078 Aachen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 624 718

Participants (13)

BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 489 487
Address
Majsmarken 1
9500 Hobro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 133 038,75
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ELRINGKLINGER FUELCELL SYSTEMS AUSTRIA GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 377 937
Address
Maria-theresia-strasse 46/2
4600 Wels
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
I SEE MOBILITY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 803 780
Address
Reichswaldstr 52
90571 Schwaig Bei Nurnberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORD OTOMOTIV SANAYI ANONIM SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 181 272
Address
Akpinar Mah Hasan Basri Cad No 2 Sancaktepe
34885 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OTOKAR OTOMOTIV VE SAVUNMA SANAYI AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 599 878
Address
Aydinevler Mah Saygi Cad No 58
Maltepe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 128 230
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ENGIE ENERGIE SERVICES
France
EU contribution
€ 111 377
Address
1 Place Samuel De Champlain - Faubourg De L'arche
92930 Paris La Defense Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYPORT
France
EU contribution
€ 450 428
Address
1 Place Samuel De Champlain
92930 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KIWA NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 146 461
Address
Wilmersdorf 50
7327AC Apeldoorn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIA DOBELES AUTOBUSU PARKS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 419 565
Address
Uzvaras 12 A
3701 Dobele
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NPROXX BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 465 688
Address
Vogt 21
6422 RK Heerlen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TREZORS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 67 582
Address
Austras Iela 7
5070 Lielvarde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)