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HYFIVE Report Summary

Project ID: 621219
Funded under: FP7-JTI
Country: United Kingdom

Periodic Report Summary 2 - HYFIVE (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles)

Project Context and Objectives:
Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) is an ambitious European project including 15 partners and part funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU).

It will deploy 185 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from the five global automotive companies who are leading in their commercialisation (BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota).

Refuelling stations configured in viable networks are being developed in three clusters by deploying six new stations linked with 12 existing stations supplied by Air Products, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, Danish Hydrogen Fuel, ITM Power, Linde and OMV.

The project’s scale and pan-European breadth allow it to tackle all of the final technical and social issues which could prevent the commercial roll-out of hydrogen vehicles and refuelling infrastructure across Europe. It is moving key regions in Europe from a demonstration to a market initiation phase through the deployment of advanced Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).

The research activities are focused on the early market issues - ensuring these issues are analysed and that the learning is available for the hydrogen community across Europe. Dissemination activities are focused on preparing the market for FCEV launch. The results of this demonstration are being disseminated to opinion formers, decision makers and consumers across Europe to improve public readiness for the technology, prepare the market and encourage supportive policies and investment decisions.

Project Results:
The main project objectives addressed during the two years of the project were:

• Identify and evaluate HRS sites and select practical locations to install new HRS in the Copenhagen, London and Southern clusters.
• Install stations in Innsbruck, Aarhus and Korsor.
• Deploy hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from BMW, Daimler, Hyundai and Toyota while starting activities for deployment of vehicles from Honda.
• Collect and analyse operational data from the HRS and vehicles, and develop best practices in establishing after-sales and maintenance support for the vehicles.
• Develop strategies for targeting earliest FCEV adopters and capturing qualitative data from the vehicle users in cities where vehicles are in operation.
• Spread a positive, realistic and accurate message about the status of FCEV and HRS technology via a well-targeted dissemination strategy.

Potential Impact:
• Demonstrating that the vehicles meet and exceed the technical performance and environmental expectations for FCEVs.
• Establishing best practice in systems to support FCEVs in daily operations with real customers. This will require the development of new procedures for equipping maintenance facilities, training dealers, establishing a spare parts regime, agreeing on-road support services and training first-responders.
• Using the stations in the project to understand the progress on solutions to the outstanding technical issues for refuelling stations, which include rapid “rush-hour” fuelling, accurate metering, quality assurance for hydrogen purity and design of stations for different vehicle tank types.
• Investigating the challenges of using electrolysers at fuelling stations to generate renewable hydrogen, with dynamic operation to both support the local electrical grid and allow a direct coupling to the output of remote renewable energy generators.
• Understanding the impact of running a network of filling stations operated by different suppliers, with different hydrogen supply modes, but needing to present a common appearance to the consumer.
• Understanding the buying characteristics of the potential earliest adopters of FCEVs, who will need to procure vehicles despite higher costs and limited infrastructure.
• Using the experience gained across the different Member States and diversity of vehicles and HRS in the project to provide recommendations on best practices for hydrogen regulations, codes and standards (RCS) in Europe.
• Linking with nationally funded projects in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Austria, and with existing FCH JU funded projects, to maximise the impact of the project.
• Providing evidence on the likely trajectory of the commercialisation of FCEVs in Europe, which will be valuable to policy makers and investors across Europe.

The project is using the results of this demonstration to target opinion formers and decision makers across Europe to improve public readiness for the technology and encourage supportive policies and investment decisions.

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