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HyER member Aberdeen City Council wins two major awards for hydrogen activities

HyER member Aberdeen City Council has won two LowCVP (Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) Awards in Milton Keynes (United Kingdom) last Wednesday 13th of September.

The Aberdeen Bus Project, which deployed the biggest fuel cell bus fleet in Europe and delivered the UK’s largest hydrogen production and bus refuelling station, won the Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year award. The EU funded projects High V.LO-City and HyTransit are part of the Aberdeen Bus Project.

Aberdeen City Council also won the ‘Grand Prix Award’: Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport (Winner of winners) awards for its H2 Aberdeen initiative. The H2 Aberdeen initiative incorporates all the hydrogen activities developed in Aberdeen.

HyER would like to warmly congratulate the HyER President Councillor Barney Crockett, the Aberdeen City Council staff and all their collaborators for all the hard work undertaken in the hydrogen sector in the last few years, making the Aberdeen Bus Project a success story and making Aberdeen a pioneer city in Europe. These awards are a due recognition of the Council’s work and HyER is hoping that more successful projects will be launched in the coming years in the city.

The press release from Aberdeen City Council can be found here.

More information about Aberdeen’s H2 strategy and projects here

More information about High V.LO-City on the project website.

More about the LowCVP Awards here.

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Emobility Works! Municipalities pave the way

The Emobility Works project, which aimed at fully developing e-mobility potentials in European municipalities and businesses, reached its final month in August 2016, with one main conclusion: Emobility Works!  

The Emobility Works project developed e-mobility action plans for municipalities and consulted local businesses regarding the integration of e-mobility in their corporate strategies. The action plans included a close cooperation between the municipality, businesses and stakeholders and interest groups in their delivery and construction. The project was coordinated by the Grazer Energie Agentur and involved 12 partners in 10 European countries.

During the course of the project, 34 municipalities and 152 companies have been consulted, 28 tailor-made action plans have been developed, 408 e-vehicles have been deployed, and 121 charging stations have been installed. More than 50% of the planned actions have already been implemented and the action plans will be controlled, updated and followed up after the end of the project. The project therefore leaves a strong legacy on which project partners will build on their future e-mobility activities. In the long term, the project will contribute to the deployment of a lot more e-vehicles on European roads.

Eva Stadtschreiber (Grazer EnergieAgentur), the coordinator of the project, said: ‘Our project objectives have all been reached and the experience has really been enriching for all the partners. By working together we have achieved tangible results which demonstrate that Emobility Works! As well as reducing emissions, e-mobility is also triggering economic growth as there is a business case for a low carbon economy. Our work will hopefully inspire a great number of other cities in Europe to develop e-mobility action plans.’

A lot of enthusiasm was noted from the different stakeholders and especially from e-vehicle users. Clear political support has also been gained in the municipalities. The project results therefore pave the way for more investments in e-mobility and the deployment of more vehicles on the European roads. The project also underlined the crucial role of small and medium-sized municipalities play in cutting harmful emissions from the transport sector in Europe.

Further efforts now have to be done to encourage the deployment of e-vehicles in Europe, and more investments, from the private sector in particular, will be necessary to speed up the deployment of e-vehicles. all actors need to work together in order to reach emission reduction targets. The project partners certainly will continue to demonstrate that Emobility Works!

 A project video, which outlines the results of the project, can be fund here here and on the Emobility Works website. A detailed report on the results of the project and recommendations can be found here.

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E-vehicles in Schladming – photo credit Schladming 2030

About the Emobility Works project:

The Emobility Works project ran from March 2014 to August 2016 and involves 12 partners from 10 different countries across the European Union. The project’s aim was to enforce e-mobility in municipalities and businesses in the participating countries, by setting-up e-mobility action plans for municipalities and by consulting local businesses. The project was co-funded by the Intelligent Europe Programme and coordinated by the Grazer Energy Agency.

For more information, please visit the project website: http://emobilityworks.com/

 

 

The Emobility Works project has received funding from the European Union through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme

 

For any further query please contact the project dissemination team at: info@emobilityworks.com / + 32 228 540 94

 

 

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Edinburgh to Monte Carlo and back in an electric vehicle

Plug In Adventures and BMM Energy recently completed the journey from Edinburgh to London and back, via Monte Carlo in a BMWi 3 in just 60 hours.

Plug in Adventures was created by Chris Ramsey, an electric vehicles enthusiast, a few years ago. Chris Ramsey’s aim is to test UK’s and Europe’s EV charging infrastructure and to engage with the public to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles. Terry Mohammed, from BMM Energy Solutions, joined Chris Ramsey in his adventure. BMM Energy Solutions is installing private and commercial charging points in the UK. The objective of the trip was to raise awareness about the readiness of Europe’s EV charging infrastructure for long distance routes.

Chris Ramsey said “There’s still scepticism about the capabilities of EVs on long journeys, and “Range Anxiety” is the main barrier stopping people from looking at electric vehicles.  That’s why I delight in pushing all-electric travel to the limits and taking on the really big drives to show these cars can easily provide the day-to-day range of almost any driver. If we can drive 2551miles in 60hrs, people can easily drive outside the town or visit friends or family in another city.”

The charging infrastructure indeed proved to be extremely reliable along the way: On the route, only one charger was out of order – it was hit by a lorry the previous day. Other than that, no difficulties were encountered at charging points by the team.

Mapping the route required some planning and the trip took 36 charges. The BMW i3 has a range of between 130-170km depending on the way it is driven, driving conditions and the weather. The charges in the UK were free while the Sodetrel Corri-Door ones in France costing 1.5 euros for a 20min charge. All in all, the total trip cost 55 euros – 45 euros for charging and 10 euros to register with the EDF run Sodetrel Corri-dorr network.

The main purpose of the trip was to raise awareness of electric vehicles and prove that you can drive an electric car anywhere if you plan the route and register with the relevant EV charging networks.

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HyER 2016 AGM and visit to Hydrogen Aragon

The HyER 2016 AGM took place in Huesca, in the region of Aragon in Spain on the 16th of June.

Ahead of the AGM, HyER members attended the World Hydrogen Energy Conference. HyER member Aragon co-organised the 2016 WHEC which took place in Zaragoza from the 13th to the 16th of June. HyER Board member Pontus Lindberg from Skane presented the HyER activities during the closing plenary session on the 16th of June. The event was a success and helped to bring attention to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in Spain. It was also a good opportunity to highlight the work undertaken in the region of Aragon in particular.

HyER members then headed to the city of Huesca, where the Hydrogen Aragon facilities are located. HyER was welcomed by Marta Gaston, the regional Minister for Economy, Industry and Employment; as well as Luis Felipe, mayor of Huesca, at the City Hall. After a short visit of Huesca kindly arranged by the hosts, the AGM took place in the afternoon. Marta Gaston once again addressed the HyER members and underlined that Hydrogen Aragon will make sure that Aragon and HyER continue to develop their activities together. She also highlighted the strategic importance of hydrogen for Aragon and the commitment of the regional government to develop the technology. One very important step for the region will be the recently approved H2 Corridor project Hy2Piyr which connect Spain to Andorra and Southern France.

Cllr Barney Crockett, HyER Chair warmly thanked Marta Gaston and Luis Felipe for their presence. HyER could not have asked for more dedication and is impressed by the enormous support and backing from the government of Aragon. This fortifies what HyER is doing.

After the AGM, Hydrogen Aragon kindly arranged a visit of their facilities for the HyER members. The visit was very instructive. Hydrogen Aragon is working on a number of European projects and is testing different hydrogen technologies at their facilities. More information on all the interesting work Hydrogen Aragon is doing can be found here.

HyER would like to once again thank Aragon, and in particular Fernando Palacin and Javier Navarro, for a very enjoyable day. It was also great to see that Aragon enjoys a very strong political support for the development of hydrogen technologies on the regional level. More pictures of the day can be found here.

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Emobility Works Final Conference, 14th of June 2016

The Emobility Works project, in which HyER is a dissemination partner, hold its Final Conference in Brussels on the 14th of June 2016. The event was an Energy Day in the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

The Emobility Works project aimed at fully developing e-mobility potentials in European municipalities and businesses. The main activity in the project comprised the set-up of so-called “e-mobility action plans”, in which (based on a status quo analyses and along a participation process), individual measures for the enforcement of e-mobility in the respective municipality are defined.

The Final Conference highlighted the outcomes of the project and discussed the future of electro-mobility in the European Union and in European cities in the future. The project coordinator, Eva Stadtschreiber (Grazer Energie Agentur), explained that the Emobility Works project developed e-mobility action plans for municipalities and consulted local businesses regarding the integration of e-mobility in their corporate strategies. The action plans included a close cooperation between the municipality, businesses and stakeholders and interest groups in their delivery and construction.

Jose Fernandez Garcia (DG MOVE) stressed the urgency to speed up the electrification of transport and underlined the key role of local authorities in that process. He also described electro-mobility as an opportunity not only for emission reductions, but also for growth as there is a business case for a low carbon economy. As a sound regulatory framework has been put in place, private funding now needs to be unlocked to trigger more investments. The importance of local authorities in the deployment of electric vehicles was again stressed by Olav Luyckx (EASME) and by Walter Mauritsch (INEA). Increased user acceptance and respective awareness raising were also mentioned as being key to the development of electro-mobility.

The legacy of the Emobility Works project was presented by Thekla Heinel (B.&S.U.): 118 charging stations as well as 398 e-vehicles have been acquired in the course of the project. Hundreds of stakeholders have been consulted and involved and as a result, clear political support has been gained. Tailor made action plans have been developed for 29 municipalities. More than 50% of the planned actions have already been implemented and the action plans will be controlled, updated and followed up after the end of the project.

Ermo Konston from Elektritakso, an Estonian taxi company owning a fleet of 50 electric vehicles, presented the positive business case for electric taxis. He underlined the technological developments in the battery electric vehicles sector which will make the business case even stronger in the next few months and years. Lukas Seyfried (Schladming 2030 GmbH) presented a concrete set of actions municipalities can take to develop electro-mobility through the example of the region of Schladming in Austria. Focus here were the opportunities for e-mobility that exist in the tourism sector.

A final round table discussed the future policy development in the EU in the field of electro-mobility. The fact that a long term strategy is needed to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles in Europe was underlined. The speakers and participants al so agreed that the involvement of small and medium-sized cities was vital for the deployment of electric vehicles and that further efforts had to be done by all actors involved for the COP 21 targets to be reached.

Eva Stadtschreiber, the coordinator of the project, said: ‘The project consortium can now happily say that project goals have been reached. The Final Conference was a great opportunity to exchange on the results of the project and to share views with the participants on how to build on project results in the future. Great enthusiasm has been noted from the participants and I am optimistic that we will see more and more interest from the public as well as the private sector for electro-mobility in the future, also due to the work carried out within the EMOBILITY WORKS project’. The Emobility Works project until the end of August 2016.

On the occasion of the Final Conference, the project partners have also released a video produced by the project which is providing a few examples of what can be done to develop e-mobility in municipalities. Watch the video here.

The presentations from speakers at the Final Conference are available here. For more information about the project, please also visit the project website: http://emobilityworks.com/

 

HyER’s new website is online!

HyER is very excited to announce the launch of its new website.
We hope that the HyER website is now more user-friendly and that information is easier to find.

In the About HyER section, you will find all relevant HyER documents such as the statutes of the association, its strategy and information about the current Board members.
The news and events page will be regularly updated to keep you informed about HyER news and different meetings and seminars. We will of course also publish other news and events from the hydrogen and electro-mobility sectors.
A section of the HyER website is also dedicated to our members and the hydrogen, fuel cells and electro-mobility activities they are developing in their regions and cities.
The EU projects section will keep you informed about the work HyER is completing in different European projects, while also giving you the chance to learn more about the projects.
The Members section contains various resources which will be useful to the members: newsletters, resources from previous events but also a section dedicated to project ideas and partner search.

Although some sections of the website are not completed yet, information will gradually be added over the coming weeks.
This website is your tool, so if you would like to add any information or news on it, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat!
If you have any question or suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We wish you a very nice visit!

The HyER Secretariat