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Mobility with Hydrogen for Postal Delivery

Mobility with Hydrogen for Postal Delivery

Objective

Transport will probably experience its main revolution from the beginning of the industrial age. Developments around thermal engines meet technological limits and fossil origin fuel are more and more disparaged due to their worth impact on environment, climatic evolution and air or noise pollution in the cities.
Research is lead in different ways from years to purpose alternative energies to fossil fuel. Electricity driving and hydrogen fuel cells are promising solutions, but are not largely commercialised yet. Furthermore, hydrogen fuel cells face several challenges which need to be overcome: reliability and life time of the fuel cell, distribution networks absence.
MobyPost aims at implementing hydrogen and fuel cell technology at a middle level, based on an environmental respectful strategy, and including a significant experimentation which will enable to proof the viability of the technology and initiate its commercialisation in the field of market niches as material handling vehicles.
MobyPost proposes to develop the concept of electric vehicles powered by fuel cells for delivery application and a local hydrogen production and associated refuelling apparatus from a renewable primary energy source, using industrial buildings to produce hydrogen by electrolysis, roofs of the buildings being covered of photovoltaic solar cells able to supply electrolysis.
In contrast to most of the development strategies existing so far, MobyPost will implement low pressure solutions for hydrogen storage.
The project will lay on experimentation of two fleets of five vehicles, on two different sites for postal mail delivery of La Poste. Development of vehicles and the two refuelling stations associated will be realized considering all certifications processes required in order to implement experimentation in real operating conditions, and taking in account very closely public acceptance towards solutions that will be implemented.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE BELFORT - MONTBELIARD

Address

Rue Du Chateau 10
90400 Sevenans

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 209 626,94

Administrative Contact

Michel Romand (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 280 684,30

EIFER EUROPAISCHES INSTITUT FUR ENERGIEFORSCHUNG EDF KIT EWIV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 197 577,43

MAHYTEC SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 437 379,29

E.D.I. PROGETTI E SVILUPPO S.A.S. DI DOVERI NICOLO' & C.

Italy

LA POSTE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 254 125,89

MES SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 365 398,80

INSTITUT PIERRE VERNIER

France

EU Contribution

€ 130 978,13

H2NITIDOR SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 203 603,93

DUCATI ENERGIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 062 596

ARIEMA ENERGIA Y MEDIOAMBIENTE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 109 093,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 256834

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    30 November 2015

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 259 851,88

  • EU contribution

    € 4 251 064,21

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE BELFORT - MONTBELIARD

France