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Launch of a Virtual Knowledge Base for Fuel Cell Electric Buses

The High V.LO-City project, which aims at facilitating the deployment of fuel cell electric buses and the related hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in European cities, has launched a virtual knowledge base for fuel cell electric buses in Europe.

The aim of this knowledge centre is to give an overview of data, knowledge and experiences about fuel cell electric buses and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Europe. The information on the website mainly targets bus operators and public authorities willing to deploy fuel cell electric buses in their bus fleet.www-fuelcellbuses-eu

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The knowledge base has been developed in close collaboration will all the other FCH-JU funded projects currently deploying fuel cell electric buses in Europe: CHIC, HyTransit and 3Emotion. The website is launched at the occasion of the International Zero Emission Bus Conference which will take place in London this week (30th of November and 1st of December).

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Europe is rapidly expanding the demonstration of fuel cell hydrogen buses in regular public transport services in several cities across the continent. Fuel cell electric buses are a type of electric buses. Hydrogen is used to fuel the buses; a fuel cell then transforms the hydrogen into electricity, which is then used to power the bus.

The website is managed by WaterstofNet and will be regularly updated with the latest information on fuel cell electric buses and data from the different buses currently in operation in Europe.

Flip Bamelis, coordinator of the High V.LO-City project and R&D Project Coordinator at Van Hool, said: ‘An increasing number of public authorities and bus operators are interested in deploying fuel cell buses. However, until now there was no one-stop shop where precise and complete information about fuel cell electric buses could be found. The virtual knowledge base is bridging this gap by gathering existing knowledge and we hope that anyone who has an interest in fuel cell electric buses will find the information they need on the website.

The FCH JU Executive Director Bart Biebuyck said: ‘We are extremely pleased to see the launch of this new virtual knowledge base on fuel cell electric buses in Europe. The European Public Private Partnership FCH JU is deploying significant resources in order to accelerate the commercialisation of this technology and the projects like CHIC, HighVLO-City, HyTransit and 3Emotion, are increasingly contributing to this major objective. To date, 67 buses are being deployed thanks to the FCH JU support, allowing European citizens to enjoy a clean and silent zero-emission public transportation. It is crucial to keep raising awareness on the market-readiness and benefits of fuel cell electric buses. Having this new platform is definitely a big step in that respect.’

 

 Please find the PDF version of the press release here. 

For any inquiry, please contact the project team at secretariat@highvlocity.eu or Valentine Willmann at valentine@hyer.eu / + 32 2 285 4094

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 About the High V.LO-City project: cities speeding up the integration of hydrogen buses

The High V.LO-City project, coordinated by the bus manufacturer Van Hool, started in 2012 and will run until the end of 2019. During the course of the project, 14 buses will be operated in 3 locations: Aberdeen, Scotland (4 buses), Antwerp, Belgium (5 buses), San Remo, Italy (5 buses). The 14 fuel cell hydrogen buses will be used as like-to-like replacement of conventional diesel buses and trolley buses. The key project objectives are to increase the energy efficiency of the buses and reduce the cost of ownership, as well as to demonstrate an operational availability of the buses equivalent to diesel (over 90%). Another objective of the project is to contribute to the commercialisation of fuel cell electric buses in Europe.

Since the start of the project, more than 370.000km have already been travelled by the buses since March 2015 and the daily operation of the buses is proving that fuel cell electric buses can be put in operation with the same level of efficiency and flexibility as diesel buses. Different methods of hydrogen production are tested (industrial by product, production from green electricity) and the overall availability of the buses is expected to continue to increase as experience is accumulated by the project partners.

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 About the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a public-private partnership between the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation), Europe’s FCH industry (Hydrogen Europe) and research organisations (N.ERGHY), aiming at accelerating the market introduction of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. It is also a funding agency, supporting R&D and Demonstration projects in transport and energy. So far more than 200 projects have been selected for funding, including High V.LO-City. For more information, please visit www.fch.europa.eu

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The High V.LO-City project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme under grant agreement n°278192

HyER response to COM (2016) 501

The European Commission has published a Communication on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility on the 20th of July 2016.

HyER welcomes this Communication and places great importance on the implementation of this Low Emission Strategy. We especially welcome the section on ‘action by cities’ of the Communication. We however believe that HyER members and local and regional authorities in general have a much more influential role to play than portrayed in this section. HyER has therefore done a response to the strategy, presented today at our Going Zero seminar. The document has been sent to relevant stakeholders at the European level and it is available on the HyER website as well as from the HyER Secretariat.

 

HyER believes that with electro-mobility, hydrogen fuel cells will play a key role in the low emission transport system of the future, especially for heavy vehicles which need a longer range. We therefore believe that the role of hydrogen and fuel cell transport should be emphasised more fully in the Communication. Hydrogen can also be a viable option for decarbonising train lines, and for maritime applications such as ferries.

We would also like to put the emphasis on last mile deliveries and light electric vehicles, which are not mentioned in the Communication but will become of a greater importance in cities. We would also like to mention the issue of supply. There is almost no offer on some classes of vehicles from European manufacturers. This is an issue which needs to be tackled rapidly. It is also essential that manufacturers continuously improve the performance of their vehicles, as public authorities need to be able to rely on low emission vehicles.

Moreover, as stated in the Communication there is an important link between the energy and transport sectors. We therefore feel that more attention should be given to the production of electricity from renewable sources and the possibility of storing the surplus renewable energy production in the form of hydrogen or in batteries. HyER would like to see greater investment in smart grids, which will be very important for balancing grid demand when a larger number of electric vehicles will be on the roads.

Regarding the role of cities and regions in low emission transport, HyER would like to remind the Commission that HyER members and local and regional authorities are major procurers of cars and vans. They will also have an important role to play in the post 2020 strategy for lorries, buses and coaches. As first users, cities and regions can play a significant role in developing markets. Public Procurement is mentioned in the document but should be emphasised much stronger by giving clear targets.

For all the above-mentionned reasons, and the additional ones mentionned in our response, we believe that regions should be at the heart of the transition to low emission transport. While HyER welcomes the great financial support the EU has given to regions over the past years, we would also like to remind the Commission of the significant financial contribution made by cities and regions, and that more financial support will be needed over the next few years to implement the Commission’s Strategy.

HyER would like to underline the fact that a lot of projects have already been implemented in regions and these positive stories should be more widely publicised. A number of examples of interesting projects developed by HyER members can be found here.

 

Finally, HyER wishes to once again stress that high levels of cooperation between EU, national and local levels of government are required to implement the Commission’s strategy. HyER is committed to continue to work closely with different stakeholders. We are hoping that the Commission will take our comments into account, and will consider them for future strategy papers as well.

 

HyER’s response to COM (2016) 501 is available here.

Press release: Ene.field dissemination workshop in Belgium

The ene.field national dissemination workshop for Belgium, held on the 27th of September near Brussels, was the second in a series of events aimed at informing participants about the ene.field project findings and the potential of fuel cell micro-CHP (FC micro-CHP) technologies for the energy transition at national level.

As of today 21 fuel cell micro-CHP units have been installed in Belgium with financial support from ene.field. The recently launched PACE project (1), which is expected to provide a step-up in ambition for the large scale uptake of fuel cell micro-CHP products in Europe, will allow for the further deployment of more than 2,500 units across Europe, including Belgium.

During the workshop prominent speakers (2) representing the European Commission, the fuel cells micro-CHP industry and industry associations delivered valuable insights into the potential for fuel cell micro-CHP, providing recommendations on how to develop the market for these products in Belgium.

During the discussion, moderated by Mr. Jon Jordan (Hyer), the panellists highlighted the multiple benefits of fuel cells micro-CHP energy solutions, empowering householders to play an active role in the energy transition, supporting the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources and contributing to stimulate growth and jobs in Europe.

They further concluded that for a successful mass commercialisation of fuel cell micro-CHP, industry efforts need to be complemented by high level political commitment and active involvement in promoting these products as key technologies in the energy system of the future. Recommendations addressed at policymakers in Belgium covered the need for adequate support for micro-CHP technologies, which reflect the energy savings and emission reductions delivered by these products, while addressing administrative and non-economic barriers. Moreover, public authorities can play an exemplary role by adopting some of these new technologies in their own buildings, as promoted in the Energy Efficiency Directive.

 

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Video of the workshop with interviews

 

(1) Co-funded by the FCH JU and industry the PACE project was launched in June 2016 and aims to deploy over 2500 fuel cell micro-CHPs in several European countries in the next five years. Building up on ene.field project experience, PACE will help develop the market for the large scale uptake of fuel cell micro-CHP.

(2) The event featured the following speakers: Mr. Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Ms. Alexandra Tudoroiu-Lakavice, coordinator of the Micro-CHP and of the Fuel Cell Working Groups, COGEN Europe, Mr. Jan-Willem Tolkamp, Sales and Business Development Manager Benelux-UK, SOLIDpower, Ms. Joni Rossi, Technical & Scientific Officer, COGEN Vlaanderen, Mr. Christophe Van den Eynde, Viessmann, and Mr. Bjorn Van Haver, CEO, Spirit Group.

 

About ene.field

The ene.field project is the largest European demonstration of the latest smart energy solution for private homes, micro-CHP. It will see up to 1,000 households across Europe able to experience the benefits of this new energy solution. The five-year project uses modern fuel cell technology to produce heat and electricity in households and empowers them in their electricity and heat choices and brings together 27 partners, including 10 European manufacturers who will make the products available across 11 European countries.The ene.field project has received funding from the European  Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (FCH-JU) under grant agreement n° [303462].

For more information, visit www.enefield.eu or contact Mr Janos Vajda via info@enefield.eu

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Towards the 1st EU-wide Guarantee of Origin for Green Hydrogen

The CertifHy Project has nearly finalized its work on developing a framework on the first EU-wide guarantees of origin (GO) for Premium Hydrogen (green and low-carbon hydrogen). At the CertifHy event on 19th October 2016 in Brussels the CertifHy consortium presented the project results and next steps to a large audience, consisting of leading industry, policy makers, industry associations and a standardization body. Additionally, speakers from a wide-range of international leading organizations such as European Commission, FCH JU (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking), Hydrogen Europe, Air Liquide, BMW, Hydrogenics, Ekoenergy, Association of Issuing Bodies, Linde and Uniper looked at the topic from different point of views.
‘A promising EU-project’
From November 2014 until October 2016 the CertifHy project identified a framework for the first EU-wide GO for Premium Hydrogen including a definition for green and low-carbon hydrogen, a detailed proposal for a GO system and a roadmap for implementation. The project is funded by FCU JU, the public-private partnership that manages H2020 funds in regards to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Bart Biebuyck, the executive director of FCH JU, stated during the CertifHy event: “CertifHy is a promising project with good support from the industry”. The project is coordinated by Hinicio, with the Dutch Energy Research Center ECN, TÜV SÜD and Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik as consortium partners. A large variety of global players support it as affiliated partners such as Air Liquide, Air Products, AkzoNobel, Areva H2Gen, BMW, Colruyt Group, EDF, Group Machiels, Hydrogenics, Linde, OMV, Shell, Total and Uniper that were part of the on-going step-by-step consulting process throughout the last two years. In addition, a wide range of global leading organizations such as Toyota, BMW, Air Liquide or Linde officially endorse CertifHy.
A new market for Premium Hydrogen
Global demand for hydrogen is foreseen to reach 50 Million tons by 2025 mainly used in industry and transport. It is predicted to grow 3,5 percent per year. Today 95 percent of all hydrogen is produced from fossil resources. For hydrogen to become a climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuels, it is necessary to ensure minimal impact on natural resources in the whole life cycle. It is expected that 50 – 60 percent of all hydrogen for the growing market of transportation will originate from renewable or low-carbon sources by 2030. In order to allow Premium hydrogen to be traded, a tracking system ensuring the quality of hydrogen is necessary. The proposed GO for Premium Hydrogen decouples the green attribute from the physical flow of the product and makes Premium Hydrogen available EU-wide, independently from its production sites.
Potential impact of Green Hydrogen
Green Hydrogen can help Europe become the number one in renewables and reach EU targets of cutting 80 – 95 % of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Premium Hydrogen GOs can boost demand and supply of Premium Hydrogen, create market pull, lead to transparency and consumer empowerment and enhance the business case for Premium Hydrogen. It can help decarbonizing transport and industry and increasing consumption of Premium Hydrogen as highlighted by Guy De Reals from Air Liquide and Bernardo Mota from BMW during their presentations at the CertifHy event. Furthermore, a GO for Premium Hydrogen can enhance renewable energy use and can contribute to the development of energy storage and energy security.
The Future of Premium Hydrogen GOs
After having developed the framework for Premium Hydrogen and a roadmap for implementation, the
next steps are to strengthening the momentum by building a supervisory board, assuring legal
safeguard and creating buy-in for the scheme. At the same time, it is necessary to build the GO
infrastructure and test it by pilot projects. That way green hydrogen can become an important
cornerstone of tomorrow’s energy system.
For further information, please visit www.certifhy.eu or contact Vanessa Wabitsch at vanessa.wabitsch@hinicio.com

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Press release: New Bus Refuelling for European Hydrogen Bus Depots

NewBusFuel is an ongoing study funded by Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking with the goal of resolving the knowledge gap for establishment of large-scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for fuel cell buses – silent electric buses with long driving range and with zero local emissions.

The study that commenced in summer 2015 has assessed the central technology- and engineering solutions required for the refuelling of a large number of hydrogen fuel cell buses at a single bus depot, which is under way to evolve into fleet development in the coming years. Large scale bus depot refuelling imposes significant new challenges which have not yet been tackled by the hydrogen refuelling sector:

  • Scale – throughputs in excess of 2,000kg/day (compared to 100kg/day for current passenger car stations)
  • Close to 100% available supply for the public transport networks which will rely on hydrogen
  • Short refuelling window – buses will be refuelled in a short overnight window, leading to rapid H2 throughput
  • Footprint – the refuelling units needs to be reduced to fit within busy urban bus depots
  • Volume of hydrogen storage – which can exceed 10 tonnes per depot and leads to new regulatory and safety constraints or alternative supply and backup concepts to minimize storage effort on site
  • New business concepts leading to competitive fuel prices

A large and pan-European consortium have developed solutions to these challenges. The consortium involves 10 of Europe’s leading technology providers involved in hydrogen production and refuelling. These partners have worked with 12 bus operators in Europe, each of whom have demonstrated political support for the deployment of hydrogen bus fleets. In each location engineering studies have been produced, by collaborative design teams involving bus operators and industrial HRS experts, each defining the optimal design in terms of regulatory boundary conditions, available space and economics, hydrogen supply route, commercial arrangements and the practicalities for a hydrogen station capable of providing fuel to a fleet of fuel cell buses (40-260 buses).
Public reports are in preparation based on an analysis across the studies, with an aim to provide design guidelines to bus operators considering deploying hydrogen buses, as well as to  demonstrate the range of depot fuelling solutions which exist (and their economics) to a wider audience. “NewBusFuel is a very important project and a necessary link for the commercialisation of fuel cell buses in Europe,” said Ben Madden, Director, Element Energy the project coordinator for NewBusFuel. “Our aim is to ensure that the bus operator sector in Europe possesses the knowledge required to plan and then build the ultra-reliable and high capacity hydrogen bus refuelling facilities which will be required for large fuel cell bus fleets of the future.”

Madden continued; “NewBusFuel brings together experts from hydrogen fuelling station providers, their equipment suppliers and hydrogen bus operators to develop workable designs of high capacity hydrogen fuelling stations which are needed for busy bus depots. The insights from analysing the designs will demonstrate that a range of reliable and affordable hydrogen fuelling solutions can be made available to fuel depot-scale hydrogen bus fleets.”

Commenting on the project, Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the FCH JU said; “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen production technologies are a very important piece in the puzzle for low and zero emission public transport in Europe. We have seen the last years, significant development and news on the commercialisation of heavy-duty hydrogen-powered vehicles (buses, trucks, trains recently). It is crucial that we now bridge the gap from small-scale, small-fleet demonstration projects to robust large scale infrastructure, which is a key factor if hydrogen powered public transport is going to be deployed in significant numbers in the transportation sector. NewBusFuel will bring crucial knowledge available to those not yet familiarized with FC bus and infrastructure technology.”
The results of this project will be published in early 2017. These results will be disseminated widely to provide confidence to the whole bus sector that this potential barrier to commercialisation of hydrogen bus technology has been overcome.
Read more on the project webpage at: www.newbusfuel.eu 
FCH JU project info: www.fch.europa.eu/project/new-bus-refuelling-european-hydrogen-bus-depots

Partnership overview:

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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/