Letter of cooperation between European fuel cell garbage truck projects

On Friday the 6th of December 2019, three European projects, developing and deploying refuse trucks powered by fuel cells and hydrogen, signed a letter of cooperation. The signing took place during a workshop of the Revive project at the E-Trucks Europe factory in Lommel, Belgium. The workshop discussed the potential and first experiences with fuel cell garbage trucks, and the future outlook for business cases and large-scale deployment. The three projects are advancing with the deployment of the technologies needed to cut emissions from road transport caused by the combustion engines inside of waste collection vehicles. All three projects aim to showcase that fuel cell refuse trucks offer a non-polluting and quieter alternative to conventional diesel trucks.

The Revive project is funded by the fuel cell and hydrogen joint undertaking (FCH JU)[1] and is developing and validating the technology necessary for the operating conditions of refuse trucks. The technology is tested by deploying 15 fuel cell refuse trucks across 8 sites in 3 European countries.

The LIFE ‘N Grab HY! project is funded under the EU-LIFE programme[2]. It addresses the critical issues of fuel cell garbage trucks and tests the vehicles under various operating conditions in 10 different sites across Europe. The project thereby contributes to the decarbonisation of road transport and spreads public awareness of hydrogen as a sustainable energy carrier.

The HECTOR project, funded by the Interreg North West Europe programme[3], will deploy and test 7 fuel cell garbage trucks, in 7 pilot sites across the north west Europe area. The aim of the project is to demonstrate that fuel cell garbage trucks provide an effective solution to reduce emissions from road transport. The project will lay the grounds for upscaling and further deployment of fuel cell garbage trucks in these fleets in the near future.

The projects will cooperate on the creation of awareness for fuel cell vehicles in waste collection through the co organisation of events and the dissemination of projects materials and outputs. They will share and collect lessons learned and experiences, thereby accumulating necessary information for fleet operators, OEMs and policy makers. Their efforts and strengths will support and facilitate the future uptake of fuel cell garbage trucks into waste collection fleets across Europe.

The three projects, all in different phases of deployment, are working hard to complete their objectives and looking forward to their future cooperation

[1] These activities received funding from the Fuel cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under the grant agreement no. 779589. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe Research and Hydrogen Europe.

[2] LIFE ‘N Grab HY! funded by the EU-LIFE programme with project code no. LIFE14 ENV/BE/000415

[3] Interreg NWE is funding the HECTOR project as part of their “low carbon” priority.

HIGH V.LO City Final Conference – Event Summary

The High V.LO-City project organised its final conference in Groningen, Netherlands, on Wednesday the 27th of November. The conference saw the project partners and interested participants coming together to discuss the project results, lessons learned and the future of zero emission buses. High V.LO-City is one of the FCH-JU funded bus deployment projects which are raising awareness and acceptance of fuel cell technology in public transport. The experience gained by the operators in the project through the deployment of buses and their refuelling infrastructure, enabled them to prepare the integration of further fuel cell busses into their fleets. The conference served as a platform for policy makers, public transport operators and fuel cell and bus manufacturers, to discuss the future deployment and commercialisation of fuel cell buses in Europe.


Site Visit: Prior to the conference, the participants had the opportunity to visit the Qbuzz bus depot in Groningen. Qbuzz has committed to sustainability and is transitioning towards zero emission vehicles for its entire fleet in the coming decade. Today, they already have a large zero emission bus fleet including 70 battery electric and 2 fuel cell buses. They are currently preparing for the integration of up to 30 additional fuel cell buses within the next year. The bus depot is therefore being modernised and extended with hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

Session I: The first session of the conference discussed the specific policy landscape of Groningen and the role of the FCH JU in promoting the development and deployment of fuel cell buses in Europe. Emission reduction targets at local levels set clear requirements for public transport operators to decarbonise their fleets. Fuel cell buses are a solution to decrease carbon emissions from public transport and raise awareness for hydrogen technologies overall. When public transport operators are faced with required emission reduction, they can create business cases and investment plans based on calculated foresights to phase out conventional fuels. FCH JU funding has enabled manufacturers to decrease the prices of fuel cell buses continuously, thus making them a viable alternative to other zero emission buses. Attention should be given to the drivers of the buses, as they are the main interactors with the technology and are key to successful deployments.


Session II: The second session presented and discussed the project, its lessons learned and experiences gained. The manufacturer in the High V.LO-City project was able to standardise aspects of the production and service procedures around their fuel cell bus model. Problems that the project encountered were discussed – including delays in supply chain, difficulty to access refuelling infrastructure and technical issues non related to hydrogen or fuel cells. The provision of spare parts has been scaled up during the course of the project in an attempt to improve the technical availability of the buses. Most of the project partners will continue to operate their fuel cell buses after the end of the High V.LO-City project, and some have plans to further transition to hydrogen in public transport – Aberdeen and Groningen for instance.


Session III: The third session saw the discussion broaden its scope to the availability of the technology and the next steps for fuel cell buses in Europe. The FCH JU projects Jive I+II are continuing what has been started by previous fuel cell bus deployment projects. A further reduction of prices will be achieved by deploying larger fleets and using the full capacities of hydrogen refuelling stations. Many bus operators in Germany and other EU countries have voiced their interest and are investigating the procurement of fuel cell buses. Manufacturers of buses, fuel cells and the corresponding infrastructure presented their plans to scale up and diversify the production of fuel cell buses to meet all demands, in the near future.

The final session wanted to conclude with a video from the New Energy Coalition, you can finally watch it via this link https://newenergycoalition.org/en/hydrogen-valley/


HIGH V.LO City Final Conference

Towards zero emission public transport with fuel cell buses

Join us for free at the Final Conference of the High V.LO-City project, in Groningen, Netherlands, on the 27th of November from 10:00 to 17:30. This event will be a chance for participants to hear the results and lessons learned directly from the project partners. Participants will also have opportunities to network and engage in discussions throughout the day and during the networking cocktail. The event will take place at the Van der Valk Hotel located at Borchsingel 53, 9766PP Eelderwolde, in Hoogkerk, Groningen. For further information about the route to the hotel, go to: https://www.vandervalkhotelgroningenhoogkerk.com/en/contact#route

To register for the event, click here.

Background Information

The High V.LO-City project, coordinated by the bus manufacturer Van Hool, started in 2012 and will run until the end of December 2019. During the course of the project, 14 buses have been operated in 4 locations: Aberdeen, Scotland (4 buses), Antwerp, Belgium (5 buses), San Remo, Italy (3 buses) and Groningen, Netherlands (2 buses). The 14 fuel cell hydrogen buses have been used as like-to-like replacement of conventional diesel buses and trolley buses. The key project objectives were 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 was to contribute to the commercialisation of fuel cell electric buses in Europe.

Since the start of the project, more than 900.000km have already been travelled by the buses, saving more than 907t of CO2. The daily operation 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 and the overall availability of the buses is expected to continue to increase as experience is accumulated by the project partners.

The final conference will discuss the results and lessons learned from the projects, as well as provide an outlook to future developments in the fuel cell buses sector in Europe.

For more information about Fuel Cell buses and the High V.LO-City Project: https://www.fuelcellbuses.eu/


08H30 – 10H30   Site visit – hydrogen refuelling station (optional)

10H30                    Registration and coffee

11:00               SESSION 1: policy landscape

  • Introduction, Moderator
  • Welcome and local background, Fleur Gräper-van Koolwijk, Province of Groningen
  • Opening address, Lionel Boillot, Project Officer, FCH-JU
  • Vision for a clean public transport system by QBuzz, Gerrit Spijksma, CEO

12:00               SESSION 2: High V.LO-City: project and results  

  • High V.LO-City: project and results, Geert Van Hecke, Head of Sales Public Transport, Van Hool
  • Panel discussion: results of the project and lessons learned,
    • Erik Spitaels, Expert Rolling Stock, De Lijn
    • Sandro Corrado, Director, Riviera Transporti
    • Davide Pederzoli, DITEN, University of Genova
    • Michel van der Mark, Director of Market Development, QBuzz
  • Q&A with audience – operation of the buses

13h20                    Lunch break

14:30               SESSION 3: business case and next steps   

  • Business case for fuel cell buses and joint procurement opportunities, Sophie Enyon, Consultant and Project Manager, Element Energy
  • Panel discussion: next steps and scaling up of fleets, PTAs and PTOs, also from outside the project
    • Frank Koch, Manager Fuel cells & Electromobility, Energieagentur NRW
    • Erwin Stoker, Team Leader Public Transport Development, OV Bureau Groningen Drenthe

15h20                    Coffee break

  • Scaling up: what is available on the market? Short pitches from manufacturers
  • Kristina Fløche Juelsgaard, Business Development, Ballard
  • Kohei Umeno, Chief Liaison Officer, Caetano Bus
  • Mark Kammerer, Business Development Manager, Hydrogenics
  • Oskar Voorsmit, Business Development Manager Hydrogen, PitPoint
  • The bigger picture: hydrogen buses as part of a hydrogen economy. Example of the Northern Netherlands, Patrick Cnubben, New Energy Coalition

17:15                     Conclusion remarks

17:30                     Networking cocktail

Moderation / introduction / conclusion remarks: HyER

Session I: The first session of the day will discuss the policy background of the project at local and European level. A particular focus will be the city and province of Groningen, which have passed ambitious legislation aiming to reduce emissions from transport.

Session II: This session will present the project results and lessons learned from the High V.LO-City project. Participants will be able to directly exchange with project partners (public transport authorities and bus operators). A panel will discuss the daily operation and maintenance of fuel cell buses and their associated hydrogen production and refuelling infrastructure.

Session III: In the afternoon, a second panel will discuss the scaling up of existing fleets and the deployment of large fleets of fuel cell buses in Europe over the next few years. Opportunities for future joint procurement and the business cases related to fuel cell buses will be discussed and a number of manufacturers (buses, fuel cells and refuelling stations) will present their plans for the future. The integration of fuel cell buses into larger hydrogen economies will also be discussed through the example of the Northern Netherlands.

The conference will be followed by a networking cocktail.

To regsiter for the event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/high-vlo-city-final-conference-registrati…

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 Agreements n°278192.

EU support for the green hydrogen region of Europe: Northern Netherlands

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The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) of the European Commission has selected the Northern Netherlands to start negotiations for an EU grant agreement valued at 20 million euros. The grant is meant to develop a fully-fledged green hydrogen value chain in the Northern Netherlands. The ‘HEAVENN-project (H2 Energy Applications (in) Valley Environments (for) Northern Netherlands) consortium’, led by Energy Valley part of New Energy Coalition, participated in the call for applications in April, which included 31 public and private projects from six European countries. The consortium’s call application was supported by over 65 national and international parties from all over the world, including California, Japan and New Zealand. The HEAVENN-project is unique because it comprises an entire hydrogen value chain within one geographical region. The consortium aims to sign the grant agreement before the beginning of next year which will allow the region to start the six-year project and become Europe’s leading region in hydrogen.


Green Hydrogen Value Chain: from production to filling stations

Projects that will be supported by the grant involve the large-scale production of green hydrogen as a feedstock for industry, storage, transportation and distribution of hydrogen and hydrogen applications in industry, the built environment and the mobility sector. Existing natural gas pipelines will be retrofitted to enable the transportation of hydrogen and new pipelines will be built at Chemical Park Delfzijl and between GZI-Next and the Emmtec Industry Business Park in Emmen. An underground hydrogen storage facility is foreseen at HyStock in Veendam. Hydrogen as a feedstock for heating in the built environment in Hoogeveen and Groningen and for industry in Delfzijl and Emmen will be developed. In the mobility sector, hydrogen will be used for buses, light and heavy-duty vehicles and cars. Hydrogen filling stations will be built in Groningen and Emmen in addition to the previously planned stations in Pesse and Groningen and the already operational station in Delfzijl. Furthermore, hydrogen will be used for an inland waterway vessel and for the production of e-kerosine for aviation. Heavy-duty vehicles are also particularly suitable for hydrogen application and decarbonising this sector will greatly contribute to CO2-reduction and climate-neutrality.


Hydrogen HEAVENN

The Hydrogen Valley grant is one of the largest grants that the public-private partnership FCH JU, part of the HORIZON 2020 Framework Programme, has ever made available for one project. This grant and the regional co-financing that accompanies it enables the winning region to go beyond individual hydrogen projects and develop a truely integrated and connected value chain for green hydrogen. This allows the region to take leadership in the field of hydrogen and be a source of inspiration for the development of other hydrogen regions in Europe and beyond. The application process for the HEAVENN-project was led by The New Energy Coalition and the Northern Netherlands Alliance. It managed to win over competing projects from other regions in Europe, including projects from Germany, Austria and Portugal.

Several HyER members, including the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe, will directly benefit from the HEAVENN project.



Press release: Launch of the HECTOR Project


Launch of project


Brussels, 29th April 2019: HECTOR project launches to demonstrate the benefits of fuel cell technology to decarbonise garbage truck fleets


The HECTOR project Hydrogen Waste Collection Vehicles in North West Europe – will deploy and test 7 fuel cell garbage trucks, with the aim to demonstrate that fuel cell garbage trucks provide an effective solution to reduce emissions from road transport in the north west Europe area.


Coordinated by the European association HyER (Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Electro-Mobility in European Regions) and supported by a €5,5m grant from the INTERREG North West Europe programme, the HECTOR project was approved in January 2019 and will run for 4 years. The project will deploy 7 garbage trucks in 7 pilot sites across the north west Europe area: Aberdeen (Scotland), Groningen (Netherlands), Arnhem (Netherlands), Duisburg (Germany), Herten (Germany), Touraine Vallée de l’Indre (France) and Brussels (Belgium).


The effects of high levels of emissions from the transport sector on health and quality of life are now widely recognised. Decarbonisation of road transport is therefore a major topic of attention for all the pilot sites involved in the project. Heavy duty vehicles such are garbage trucks are responsible for an important share of local air pollution. Fuel cell electric vehicles, using hydrogen as a fuel, are one of the solutions enabling a complete decarbonisation of garbage trucks fleets in Europe.


The project is aiming to test the vehicles in normal operating conditions. The trucks will use existing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. When possible, the pilot sites will use green hydrogen to fuel the trucks, thus maximising the emission reductions.


The 7 pilot sites will cover a wide range of operational contexts. While some of the trucks will be operated in city centres, others will be tested in rural areas. Some of the trucks will collect municipal waste on a fixed schedule, other will collect industrial waste on a flexible schedule. The trucks deployed in the project will range from container trucks to front arm loading trucks, both left- and right-hand drive. Indeed, the HECTOR project aims at collecting operational experience from a number of different contexts.


Replication will be an important part of the project, paving the way for the deployment of more of these zero emission vehicles in the north west Europe area as well as in other parts of Europe.


Barney Crockett, President of HyER and Lord Provost of Aberdeen, said: “The HECTOR project is a great opportunity for the pilot sites in the partnership to reduce the emissions coming from their fleet of waste collection vehicles. With these real-life demonstrations, the HECTOR project will hopefully lay the ground for larger scale deployment of fuel cell refuge collection trucks in Europe. We also hope that other cities will be able to directly benefit from the learnings of our project.” 


The first tenders for the garbage trucks in the project have already been published and the first orders will be placed in the coming weeks. The first trucks are expected to be in full operation by summer 2020.

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

Note to editors

About the partnership: the consortium gathers 9 partners from 5 European countries: HyER, Gemeente Groningen, Communauté des communes Touraine Vallée de l’Indre, Metropole AGR Gruppe, Aberdeen City Council, Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg, SUEZ Netherlands, Bruxelles propreté and Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen. Project website


About the lead partner: HyER is the European association for cities and regions developing electromobility and hydrogen and fuel cell activities. The association currently represents 15 cities and regions across 9 countries in Europe. www.hyer.eu


About INTERREG North West Europe: The Interreg North-West Europe Programme fosters transnational cooperation to make Northwestern Europe a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion. www.nweurope.eu





Link to the PDF version

PitPoint Case study: Hydrogen Refuelling Station Delfzjil


29 March 2019


In 2014, HyER members the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe received a grant from the Dutch government to start operating two hydrogen-powered buses. The initiative was meant to serve as a pilot project to better understand everything related to using buses that run on hydrogen. At a later stage, the project was connected to the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) co-funded European High V.LO-City programme, which aims to accelerate the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell buses.

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon (formerly part of AkzoNobel) has a factory in this region that produces hydrogen as a by-product of its chlorine production. The hydrogen is produced sustainably by electrolysis, using electricity produced from wind energy. The hydrogen is therefore renewable and green, which is unique for the Netherlands. It made perfect sense to use this local hydrogen resource for the regional bus transport project.

To make hydrogen-powered transport a reality in the region, a consortium was founded with parties from the public and private domains, including: The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Province of Groningen, the Public Transport Agency Groningen-Drenthe, Qbuzz, AkzoNobel, and Groningen Seaports.

When we were forming the consortium in the early stages of this project, we were looking for a flexible, solution-oriented partner. This project has become an international showpiece for Qbuzz and the Northern Netherlands as a whole. Collaboration and trust are the foundation of this project’s success. PitPoint has proven to be a reliable partner in the project phase, as well as the day-to-day operations.Michel van der Mark, Qbuzz


The consortium asked PitPoint to design, build, maintain and operate a cost-effective hydrogen refuelling station for this project.


This project required the team to overcome a variety of challenges – from guaranteeing the quality of the hydrogen and coordinating the delivery of the buses with the completion of the refuelling station, to executing the station as cost-effectively as possible. In addition, the operational phase required close cooperation between PitPoint and Qbuzz to optimally facilitate bus refuelling and ensure good communication if either the buses or the station were unavailable.


According to Oskar Voorsmit, Business Development Manager for Hydrogen at PitPoint: “In order to realise a successful, cost-effective hydrogen station with a wide range of requirements and stakeholders, we took on the role of systems integrator. That means we designed a tailor-made station where we continuously looked at finding the right the balance between the needs of the users and the integral cost of the station itself.”

“As a first step, we worked with the consortium to examine the different possibilities and requirements. Based on that, we created a custom design and corresponding cost estimate that served as input for the entire proposal. When it became clear that our estimate didn’t fit within the overall project budget, we collaboratively searched for different solutions. We then began iteratively adjusting our design until we came up with one that matched the available budget. The final fuelling station was based on this design.”


The hydrogen station in Delfzijl has been operational since early 2018, and Qbuzz’s two hydrogen fuel cell buses are being used for their regular bus services. The station has a high level of availability and the cooperation between Qbuzz and PitPoint is going very well.

PitPoint has been a professional and trustworthy partner in the rollout and operations of the hydrogen fuelling station. In addition, they are very nice people to work with.Erwin Stoker, Public Transport Agency Groningen-Drenthe 

Full case study 

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on board a High V.LO City Bus

On March the 27th, the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte visited the Avantium Chemical Park in Delfzijl and EEW Energy from waste GmbH, which operates a thermal waste recycling plant for preparing commercial and household wastes as well as alternative fuels.

To drive him to his visits, the Prime Minister took one of the 2 hydrogen buses deployed in Groningen by the High V.LO City project. While he was in the bus, Qbuzz and OV Groningen Drenthe, the public transport authority for the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe, presented him the project and the region’s ambitious transports emissions reduction policy.

This visit and his enthusiasm are very encouraging for the future of fuel cells buses, especially in Groningen, where more FC buses will be deployed by the JIVE Project in the coming years.

HyER Members Provinces of Groningen and Drenthe are leading the way towards transport decarbonization.

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Read more about the Prime Minister’s visit: 




For more information on Drenthe and Groningen initiatives


Photo Credits: Qbuzz

Press release: Aberdeen’s pioneering hydrogen bus project arrives at major milestone

Aberdeen City Council, 30th January 2019 – Aberdeen’s fleet of hydrogen buses has exceeded the million mile mark as the city’s reputation as a global energy innovator continues to build.

The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project comprises two European funded initiatives and has grown to encompass a fleet of 10 vehicles operated by First Group and Stagecoach.

The public and private sector partnership has also created a network of infrastructure for the city, including Scotland’s first commercial scale production and refuelling stations at Kittybrewster and Cove as well as a dedicated maintenance facility.

The buses emit only water vapour, reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, as well as being quieter and smoother to run.

Councillor Philip Bell, Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, said: “The million mile figure is one to celebrate and demonstrates the positive impact the hydrogen bus fleet has had in Aberdeen.

“Our city has a proud reputation as a global energy hub stretching back decades and this project shows Aberdeen is committed to continuing to push boundaries and developing technology that paves the way for a real shift in traditional thinking.

“The Council’s own teams have worked hand in hand with the private sector to roll out the fleet and create the supporting infrastructure and this fantastic milestone is a great credit to all involved.”




For further information

Link to the press release


The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project is part of the High V.LO-City and HyTransit projects, which have received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme under grant agreements nr 278192 and nr 303467 respectively.

Press release: Towards a new ydrogen market – CERTIFHY Green Hydrogen Guarantees of Origin are launched


Brussels, 17 January 2019 – Europe is moving one step forward towards a new and transparent hydrogen market. The CertifHy project “Designing the 1st EU-wide Guarantee of Origin (GO) scheme for Green Hydrogen” issued 75 000+ CertifHy Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen GOs that are available on the market now.

Hydrogen consumers from industry and transport can use renewable energy in their processes and reduce the greenhouse gas footprint by purchasing CertifHy Green or Low Carbon Hydrogen Guarantee of Origins now. CertifHy GOs allow end-users to consume Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen across the EU, regardless of their location. The CertifHy Guarantee of Origin scheme is essential for labelling the origin of the product providing transparency to consumers and creating market pull for Green and Low-carbon hydrogen.

The CertifHy pilot dispatched 75 000+ Green and Low Carbon Guarantees of Origin that are issued into the registry. The four hydrogen producers including the industrial gas companies Air Liquide and Air Products, specialty chemicals company Nouryon, the retailer Colruyt Group and the energy utility Uniper are participating in the pilot and issuing GOs.

The objective of the CertifHy pilot is to test the design of the CertifHy scheme, its procedures and operation, the associated costs for the various users, the ICT system as well as other elements. The results will be fed-back and incorporated into the final design of the scheme, expected by March 2019.

CertifHy invites existing hydrogen consumers to participate in the pilot and acquire CertifHy GOs. A CertifHy GO allows end-users to proof that the hydrogen originates from renewable and low carbon energy sources. It covers either hydrogen produced from renewable energy (bio, hydro, wind and solar) (defined as ‘Green Hydrogen’) or from non-renewable low carbon energy sources (defined as Non-Renewable Low Carbon Hydrogen).

Learn more about CertifHy Guarantee of Origins here and join the CertifHy Stakeholder Forum and final conference on 25 March, Brussels! Register now

About CertifHy

The CertifHy project ‘Designing the 1st EU-wide Guarantee of Origin for Green Hydrogen’ is undertaken by a consortium led by HINICIO, composed of  GREXEL, Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik (LBST), TNO and TÜV SÜD and financed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.

The first phase of the project (2014-2016) brought together stakeholders to develop a common European-wide definition of Green Hydrogen and Low-Carbon Hydrogen, to design a hydrogen Guarantee of Origin (GO) scheme that is deployable across Europe and to provide a roadmap for its implementation.

In the current and second phase of CertifHy that runs from October 2017 to March 2019, CertifHy brings Green Hydrogen Guarantees of Origins closer to the market. The project is well underway with defining the scheme’s governance, as well as its processes and procedures for the entire GO life cycle: from auditing hydrogen production plants, certification of Green or Low Carbon Hydrogen production batches, through issuing, trading and “usage” of GOs.


For further information contact certifhy@hinicio.com .


Press release: High V.LO-City project launches demonstration site for fuel cell electric buses in Sanremo, Italy

Brussels, 30th November 2018


Today (30th November 2018) marks the official launch of the Sanremo site of the High V.LO-City project by the Mayor of Sanremo, Alberto Biancheri. Three fuel cell electric buses and their hydrogen refuelling infrastructure have been deployed in the city.

The deployment and testing of the buses is part of the High V.LO-City project, which aims at facilitating the deployment of fuel cell electric buses and their related hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in European cities. The project is co-funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director at the FCH-JU, said: ‘Supporting the development of fuel cell buses, from making a business case to proving commercial viability, is an ongoing journey for the FCH JU. High V.LO-City is important as it successfully trials small bus fleets in various cities in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and today in Italy. The project is proving that fuel cell buses can operate with the same flexibility as diesel buses preserving the productivity of public transport without noise, emissions or particle pollution. Altogether, hydrogen buses represent a strategic choice for cities such as Sanremo, which are striving to improve the quality of life for their citizens.’

The three Van Hool buses are operated by the local bus operator Riviera Transporti and are replacing conventional diesel fuel buses, in an effort to cut emissions from public transport in the city. The three buses will enter in full operation at the beginning of December. Bus drivers have been trained to operate the buses as well as to refuel them. They have also been trained by Ballard, the fuel cell provider.

The buses will be operated on the Sanremo – Taggia suburban line, which is about 14km long. Sandro Corrado, Director at Riviera Transporti, said: ‘The line was served by trolley buses until the first years of this century. Several roundabouts where then built along the road and the trolley line was abandoned, replaced by diesel buses. I am sure the passengers and inhabitants of Arma and Taggia will welcome the return of silent, electric buses with the fuel cell buses’.

The buses are refuelled at the hydrogen refuelling station funded by the project, located in the east suburbs of Sanremo. The station has been built by Air Liquide and the hydrogen currently used to refuel the buses is delivered by truck trailers. The station has been designed to be upscaled in the future: the long-term objective is to produce 100% green hydrogen on site via electrolysis.

Filip Van Hool, CEO at Van Hool, bus manufacturer and High V.LO-City coordinator, said: ‘Van Hool has been building hydrogen buses for the American market since 2005 and for the European market since 2007. We have gained a lot of expertise through the 11 buses already in operation in the three other sites in the project. Sanremo will directly benefit from the experience accumulated by all partners and we are expecting the operation of the buses to be a success.

Giovanni Berrino, Transport Councilor of the Liguria Region, said: ‘The Liguria Region closely monitors innovations that can improve the environmental impact of public transport. This project can be called “historical” for our whole territory, and in particular for the Riviera di Ponente. With Riviera Transport and the University of Genoa, we took the opportunity to test these buses through of the High V.LO-City project: it is our duty to improve the quality of life in urban centers and to reduce emissions. I am convinced that a tourist destination like Sanremo, well known and loved in Europe and in the world, can make a significant contribution to the development of solutions which in the near future will be very important to reduce pollution in our cities.

The demonstration site in Sanremo will pave the way towards the deployment of more fuel cell electric buses in Italy and in other cities and regions in Europe.


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

www.highvlocity.eu  | www.fuelcellbuses.eu  | @HighVLOCity


Note to editors

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 4 locations: Aberdeen, Scotland (4 buses), Antwerp, Belgium (5 buses), San Remo, Italy (3 buses) and Groningen, Netherlands (2 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 close to diesel. 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 900.000km have already been travelled by the buses and their daily operation 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 and the overall availability of the buses is expected to continue to increase as experience is accumulated by the project partners.

About fuel cell electric buses

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. Other FCH-JU funded projects demonstrating fuel cell electric buses are CHIC, HyTransit, 3Emotion and JIVE /  JIVE 2


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 (Hydrogen Europe Research), 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, such as High V.LO-City. For more information, please visit www.fch.europa.eu.


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