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Partners launch $51M hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure project in Europe
3 April 2014
Automakers, hydrogen fuel suppliers, the Mayor of London’s Office and energy consultancies launched the £31-million (US$51-million) European HyFive project at City Hall in London. Five different manufacturers will deploy a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at several European locations (Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, London, Munich, Stuttgart) and develop new clusters of hydrogen refueling stations.
Locations are being sought for three new hydrogen refueling stations in London, one in Aarhus and in Odense (Denmark) and one in Innsbruck (Austria). They are expected to be operational by 2015, by which time some of the manufacturers in the partnership will have started to put hydrogen fueled cars on sale in some European markets.
These stations will share internationally agreed fuel and re-fueling standards. All of the partners in the project see the initial investment to build small clusters of stations as key to gaining the research knowledge that will demonstrate the viability of hydrogen fueled vehicles.
UK-based ITM Power has been awarded a contract worth approximately £2.8 million (US$4.7 million) to supply three of its electrolyzer-based refueling stations to London under Europe’s FCH JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking)-funded HyFive project.
ITM Power is delighted to be part of this exciting pan-European project, delivering three new green hydrogen refueling stations which will be deployed in London. These three new stations will form part of three European regions deploying six new 700 bar hydrogen refueling stations and incorporating 12 existing stations in the project. The fueling station networks will offer hydrogen as a genuine fueling choice for end users. Working with other partners in the project, Air Products, Linde, OMV and the Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, will stimulate the network density required for full commercial roll-out of hydrogen refueling and FCEVs.—Prof Roger Putnam CBE, Non-Executive Chairman of ITM Power
The Mayor of London’s Office is coordinating the project, which has been signed up to by BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and hydrogen fuel companies including Air Products, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, ITM Power, Linde, OMV. Other signatories include Element Energy, PE INTERNATIONAL, the Institute for Innovative Technology and the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
The automakers which are part of this project are working on developing and demonstrating hydrogen powered fuel cell cars. Supporters of the new technology point to the rapid re-fueling times for hydrogen cars and their potential to cover more than four hundred miles before needing to be re-fueled. They also believe that fuel cells will have the ability to be scaled up to run larger vehicles such as buses or trucks.
To sell this technology we need to show Londoners and the wider world that it is not science fiction. By building the vehicles and the filling stations and allowing people to kick the tires we will be able to demonstrate that hydrogen is a viable option and that London is at the forefront of efforts to make it so.—The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
With a total of 110 FCEVs and 6 new refueling stations, HyFIVE will represent the largest single project of its kind financed by the FCH JU. The high level of technology readiness of this zero emission transport technology will be showcased in 5 European Member States, thus ensuring a broad geographical outreach. In addition, the project will also contribute to the buildup of the first networks at local levels necessary to support the market introduction of the vehicles in the coming years. With the participation of leading automakers and infrastructure providers, HyFIVE illustrates the commitment from leading industrial players in the EU and the spirit of cooperation that I am convinced will enable the success of these technologies.—Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by the NEW Industry Grouping and the research community represented by Research Grouping N.ERG.
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