Nissan European R&D hosted a meeting at the Nissan Technical Center Europe (NTCE) in Bedfordshire (UK) to launch the UK Hydrogen Network (UK-HyNet) project. UK-HyNet is an initiative to creating a network of hydrogen infrastructure throughout the UK by 2015.
While the UK already has clusters of knowledge and technological innovation in hydrogen, fuel cells and low-carbon energy systems, efforts have until now remained localised—and thus dwarfed by national projects abroad. Under UK-HyNet, all these activities will become part of a coordinated national program.
In parallel with UK-HyNet, a UK Hydrogen Roadmap is being developed which will set out a strategic plan for the emerging hydrogen industry. UK-HyNet puts in place a practical mechanism for the implementation of the strategy articulated in the UK Hydrogen Roadmap.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will introduce zero-emission vehicles in the United States and Japan starting with electric vehicles from 2010. The Alliance aims to take the leadership of zero-emission mobility in the automotive industry and will start mass-marketing electric vehicles globally in 2012. To date the Alliance has signed two final agreements in Europe with Portugal and the Principality of Monaco. The two agreements formulate concrete proposals—ranging from incentives and infrastructures to education programs—creating conditions for wide availability and acceptance of electric vehicles.
Along with this near-term plan to introduce electric vehicles to the mass-market globally by 2012, the FCV work is a longer-range program designed to enhance practicality and reduce costs of the technology, and includes the plan to release newer generation, developmental FCVs in the 2010s. Nissan is now developing a third generation of its proprietary fuel cell stack, with increased longevity, greater power and further weight reductions.