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.

Contact:

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.

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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

HyER member Arnhem choses PitPoint to build new hydrogen refuelling station

Together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the province of Gelderland and the municipality of Arnhem, clean fuel provider PitPoint will build and operate a public hydrogen refuelling station in Arnhem – the third one in the Netherlands. The new station is set to open in June 2019. Alongside building this station, the project partners are also jointly investigating options for stimulating the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

In addition to its hydrogen stations for buses in Antwerp and Delfzijl, this will be PitPoint’s third hydrogen refuelling station. The new hydrogen station will be built in the same location where PitPoint currently operates a CNG station. The station on the Westervoortsedijk will be suitable for filling passenger vehicles (700 bar) as well as buses and refuse collection vehicles (350 bar). The hydrogen will be produced on site using technology provided by HyGear, an Arnhem-based company. Oskar Voorsmit, Business Development Manager Hydrogen at PitPoint, comments: “We strongly believe in hydrogen as a clean fuel, and are very pleased to be able to invest in a refuelling station in this region to help get more hydrogen-powered vehicles on the road.”

Arnhem city aldermen Cathelijne Bouwkamp (Climate & Energy) and Jan van Dellen (Economy) are also enthusiastic about the new hydrogen station. According to Bouwkamp: “When it comes to sustainability, Arnhem has major ambitions. With the knowledge and expertise we’ve gained in Arnhem regarding hydrogen, this station is a logical step and shows that we’re actively contributing to the energy transition that’s already underway.” Van Dellen also sees economic opportunities, saying: “With this station, Arnhem is demonstrating its innovative strength. I’m convinced it will make Arnhem increasingly attractive to forward-thinking companies.”

NATIONAL COVERAGE H2 STATIONS
This new station is being realised under the banner of the H2Nodes project, financed at 50% by the Connecting European Facility (CEF). In addition, this project receives funding from the DKTI scheme, a Dutch government programme that supports sustainable transport. The Dutch government has set a target of having 20 hydrogen refuelling stations operational in the Netherlands by 2020. The construction of the new station in Arnhem is thus an important step in creating a sufficient network of publicly accessible hydrogen stations in the Netherlands.

HYDROGEN BUSES
The hydrogen fuel cell buses from the province of Gelderland will be among the first to use the new fuelling station. Voorsmit comments: “We’re very pleased, because it’s essential to have vehicles using this station. After all, a fuelling station alone won’t create cleaner air. Together, we can overcome this crucial predicament: no vehicles without fuelling stations, and no fuelling stations without vehicles.”

 

Link to the full press release

Dutch press release 

Launch of new hydrogen refuelling station in Delfzijl – Province of Groningen, Netherlands

Under the High V.LO-City project, PitPoint clean fuels and QBuzz will officially launch the new hydrogen refuelling station for the Groningen site today (22nd February 2018).

Erik Kemink, CEO at PitPoint, said: ‘We are extremely pleased and proud to be part of this unique five-year pilot programme within the High V.LO-City project and to be able to contribute to the development of the hydrogen economy in the Northern Netherlands. This pilot project directly supports our company’s vision, which is to realise 100% clean transport in Europe by 2030, and clearly demonstrates the importance of collaboration and partnership to achieve this goal. Together we can put the required infrastructure, vehicles and funding in place to make hydrogen a viable zero-emission fuel. We firmly believe that hydrogen is one of the clean fuels that will be fundamental to reducing CO2 and to creating cleaner air in our cities worldwide.’

The hydrogen refuelling station has been built and will be operated by PitPoint clean fuels. AkzoNobel will supply PitPoint with hydrogen by pipeline. The hydrogen is a by-product from AkzoNobel’s chlorine production, produced sustainably by electrolysis, using electricity produced from wind energy. The hydrogen is therefore renewable and green, which is unique for the Netherlands. The refuelling station is located at the Chemie Park in Delfzijl, right next to the Akzo Nobel production plant. The Delfzijl refuelling station is PitPoint’s second hydrogen refuelling station development in Europe.

The Delfzijl refuelling station has been developed through an innovative public-private partnership between the OV-bureau for Groningen Drenthe, Qbuzz, AkzoNobel, Groningen Seaports, PitPoint, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure, Public Works and Water Management, and the province of Groningen.

The launch of the station is paving the way towards the deployment of more fuel cell electric buses in the north east of the Netherlands. Fleur Gräper-Van Koolwijk, Regional Minister for the Province of Groningen, said: ‘The launch of this new hydrogen refuelling station is a great start for the further development of green hydrogen in the field of mobility and as such also for greening the economy as a whole in the Northern Netherlands.’

The refuelling station will service the two fuel cell electric buses currently operated between Delfzijl and Assen by Dutch bus operator QBuzz. The two Van Hool fuel cell electric buses are operated as substitutes to standard diesel buses. The refuelling station is located close to the QBuzz bus depot, ensuring a smooth and efficient operation of the buses on a daily basis.

Qbuzz CEO Gerrit Spijksma said: ‘Qbuzz is proud to be part of the transition to zero emission public transport in the provinces Groningen and Drenthe with our two hydrogen buses. The daily operation of these buses is a huge opportunity to show what hydrogen can mean as an energy carrier for public transport. Partnership with the project partners is the other benefit of this project. Participating in High V.L.O-City brings our knowledge to an even higher level’.

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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  |@HighVLOCity  –  www.fuelcellbuses.eu | @Fuelcellbus

 

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 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 800.000km 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.

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. For more information, please visit www.fch.europa.eu.

About PitPoint

PitPoint is an international provider of clean fuels, which aims to avoid emissions and make 100% clean transport possible by 2030. It designs, builds, finances, operates and maintains public and private filling stations for CNG, LNG, biomethane, hydrogen and electric charging points, for companies and governments. With more than a decade of experience as a clean fuels systems integrator, PitPoint has the data, know-how and resources required to make clean fuels available and affordable. For more information visit www.pitpoint.nl/en or contact Belinda Simmelink (belinda.simmelink@pitpoint.nl or +31 6 5744 3586).

About QBuzz

Qbuzz, the third operator of local public transport in the Netherlands, had a turnover of approximately 210 million euros in 2016 and EBIT of 9 million. Around 40% of its fleet is less than five years old; it has a total of 614 buses and 26 trams. In 2016 it transported approximately 160,000 passengers per day and it employs 1,670 people. Electronic ticketing, travel documents and client information are all integrated with other modes of public transport. For more information please visit www.qbuzz.nl

The fuel press release is available here.

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/GREAT event on freight – presentations

On the 31st of January, HyER and the GREAT project organised a joint seminar on the decarbonisation of heavy duty freight vehicles. The event took place at Norway House in Brussels.

The event was a success with more than 90 participants attending the seminar.

The participants heard presentations from different technology solution providers, user groups and the European Commission. From the political side, MEP Gesine Meissner and HyER President Cllr Barney Crockett reaffirmed the strong political drive to decarbonise road transport accross Europe.

A few key concepts mentionned during the day included affordability. the availability of vehicles on the market, adequate infrastructure and business cases. Available financial solutions were also discussed.

The presentations from the day are now available: click on the link to download each individual presentation or download a Zip archive with all presentations.

Opening speeches

Technology

Users

Policy

Finance

 

GREAT contact: jonas.brantefors@skane.se

HyER contact: valentine@hyer.eu

 

Press release: Commercialisation Of Fuel Cell Buses One Step Closer Launch Of JIVE 2 Project

Brussels, 25th January 2018

The fuel cell bus sector in Europe has this week received a tremendous boost with the launch of the JIVE 2 project (Second Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe).

Coordinated by Element Energy, and supported by a €25m grant from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the JIVE 2 project will deploy 152 fuel cell electric buses across 14
European cities throughout France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. This will expand the network of cities trialling fuel cell buses in Europe, demonstrating a growing appetite for the technology.

For most of these cities, this will be the first venture into fuel cell bus operation and they will be supported in their endeavour by a number of seasoned industry experts as well as industry grouping Hydrogen Europe.

The collaborative project is an expansion of the JIVE initiative which is now entering its second year of activity. Combined, the JIVE projects will deploy nearly 300 fuel cell buses in 22 cities across Europe by the early 2020s – the largest deployment in Europe to date.

Stricter air quality regulations being introduced by some cities and municipalities will see current diesel buses banned from many city centres over the next few years. Fuel cell electric buses represent a viable alternative for public transport authorities, offering the same operational flexibility as diesel buses but without the harmful tailpipe emissions. By the end of the project, JIVE 2 aims to prove the operational capacity of fuel cell buses and to lay the foundations for uptake on a large scale.

This will involve addressing a number of barriers currently preventing widespread uptake, including reducing vehicle ownership costs, increasing the variety of models available and establishing
continent-wide low-cost, reliable sources of renewable hydrogen fuel.

The increased scale of deployment through the JIVE initiatives creates the conditions for accelerated development of European bus manufacturers’ production capabilities by the early 2020s. This will enable them to achieve the economies of scale needed for mass roll out of fuel cell buses, positioning this technology to become a key zero emission public transport alternative in the coming years.

Ben Madden, Director of Element Energy – “We are delighted to be able to expand the JIVE initiative through the launch of the JIVE 2 project. This project represents another step towards fuel cell buses becoming mainstream technology across Europe and being able to achieve the economies of scale needed for commercialisation. We are now starting to see manufacturers using the momentum created by the JIVE initiative to develop new designs and then offer these buses at a commercially viable price. This is a significant turning point both for the future success of the technology and the decarbonisation of Europe’s public transport networks.”

Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director – “The FCH JU is proud to launch its new project JIVE 2. With this collaborative approach, JIVE 2 will not only address cities’ pressing environmental challenges, air quality and noise pollution; it will also allow European industry to test and further improve their products, generate high qualified employment and foster further research in this technology. Thanks to FCH JU projects such as JIVE and JIVE 2, we are proud to keep Europe in the leadership of this innovative technology.”

Background Information:
About the JIVE 2 project:
The JIVE 2 project (Second Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) is a Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) grant funded (€25M) project deploying 152 zero emission fuel cell buses across seven member states. The project will run for six years from January 2018. The project is co-financed by the FCH 2 JU under the European Union – Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation under the project number 779563.

About the FCH JU:
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system. The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by Hydrogen Europe and the research community represented by the research grouping Hydrogen Europe Research. Website: http://www.fch.europa.eu/

About Element Energy:
Element Energy Limited is a leading low carbon energy consultancy, with expertise in the initiation & coordination of large scale demonstration projects. Element Energy Ltd is coordinating the JIVE and JIVE 2 projects. Website: http://www.element-energy.co.uk

Follow the latest fuel cell bus projects developments on @fuelcellbus

You can find the original press release here.

HyER event: Decarbonising Heavy Duty Road Transport

HyER, the GREAT project and the Skane European Office have the pleasure of inviting you to a day of discussions on how we can work together to speed up the shift to alternative fuels in heavy duty road transport.

The long-haul road transport sector causes around 25% of emissions from transport in Europe. It is essential to find ways to decarbonise the heavy duty freight sector and therefore to support the uptake of alternatives to fossil fuels, along with modal shift solutions.

This seminar will gather EU, industry and regional stakeholders for a debate on how to increase the amount of LNG/LBG, Hydrogen and Battery Electric heavy duty lorries on European roads. We will also discuss how the EU can maintain technical leadership in this sector, especially in light of the recent Tesla and Nikola announcements for instance.

Confirmed speakers include MEP Gesine Meißner.

 

When: 31st of January 2018, 10am-4pm

Where: Brussels, Norway House, rue Archimede 17

Register here! 

 

Programme

10:00 Opening speeches

10:30 Technology
OEMs and charging/filling infrastructure operators on which technology is suitable for which needs. What are the possibilities and limitations?

11:30 Users
Transport buyer and lorry driver attitudes need to change. How does does the shift to low emission vehicles work in practice?

12:15 Networking Lunch

13:00 Policy
A discussion between EU Commission representatives and NGOs starting from new econometric modelling on alternative fuels

14:00 Finance
How can the EU become the global forerunner in alternative fuels for heavy duty freight vehicles? CEF and Horizon 2020 funding.

14:45 Wrap up

15:00 Networking possibilities and coffee

 

GREAT contacts: jonas.brantefors@skane.se

HyER contact: valentine@hyer.eu

Designing the first EU-wide Green Hydrogen Guarantee of Origin for a new hydrogen market

The CertifHy Project successfully launched its Stakeholder Platform with over 100 members from industry, policy makers, standardization and issuing bodies, associations, SMEs, research and academia on Monday 20th November in Brussels. This Stakeholder Platform will contribute to design the 1st EU-wide Green Hydrogen Guarantee of Origin (GO) system that will contribute to creating a new and transparent hydrogen market allowing EU-wide transferability and consumption of Green Hydrogen with a business case.

Global demand for hydrogen is foreseen to reach 50 Million tons by 2025 mainly used in industry and transport. It is predicted to grow by 3,5% per year with a potential of 50-60% of all hydrogen for the growing market of transportation will originate from renewable or low-carbon sources by 2030. For creating market pull for Green Hydrogen a Guarantee of Origin scheme is essential to label the origin of a product and provides information to customers on the source of their products. ‘The aim is to have a self-sustaining scheme at the end of the project’, as Bart Biebuyck, Excutive Director of the FCH 2 JU, stated during his opening speech at the 1st plenary session.

From concept to implementation

CertifHy’s aim is to define the scheme’s governance, as well as its processes and procedures over the entire GO life cycle: from auditing hydrogen production plants, certification of green or low carbon hydrogen production batches, through issuing, trading to “usage” of GOs. It is undertaken by a consortium led by HINICIO, composed of ECN, GREXEL, Ludwig Bölkow System Technik (LBST), and TÜV SÜD and financed by the FCH 2 JU. “Whereas the first phase of CertifHy built a solid foundation with 14 industries and already more than 500 followers; I am greatly satisfied we can take up the discussions for the roll out with more than 650 stakeholders therefore creating a de facto European harmonised system.”, states CertifHy’s project coordinator Wouter Vanhoudt.

The four pilot projects showcase different hydrogen production pathways and are testing the first GO scheme for Green Hydrogen at four hydrogen production plants located throughout Europe. The industrial gas company Air Liquide demonstrates a hydrogen production plant using steam methane reforming with CCS/CCU unit in France. The chemical company Akzo Nobel presents hydrogen production using a chlor alkali process in the Netherlands. As a retailer Colruyt demonstrates on-site hydrogen production for its fleet in Belgium and the German energy storage company Uniper shows hydrogen production from water electrolysis.

In order to develop the first EU-wide Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen scheme, the CertifHy stakeholder platform brings together all European stakeholders interested in green and low carbon hydrogen GOs. It is a forum of discussion on the issue of green hydrogen GOs and the channel to shape the ongoing CertifHy project.

For the next 18 months CertifHy is creating the path forward for a concrete and actionable GO scheme together with leading international companies and organizations and moving one step ahead to a new energy market.

All the presentations of the event are available here.

For more information please visit www.certifhy.eu and contact Joel Neave via certifhy@hinicio.com.

The CertifHy project is co-funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking 

ene.field project demonstrates that fuel cell micro-cogeneration is ready to contribute towards Europe’s energy and climate objectives

Major European field trial, ene.field project, concludes that Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration deserves a place in the line-up of key energy solutions for the future energy system. The Final Dissemination Event on 11 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, showcased ene.field findings and outlined next steps for the sector reaching mass commercialisation, based on the successful installation, operation and support of more than 1,000 fuel cells across 10 European countries.

Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration is a home appliance simultaneously producing power and heat for your house or small business. The ene.field Final Dissemination Event, organised in partnership with the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), presented the key findings of ene.field project, and introduced the PACE project which builds on ene.field’s success. The wider energy industry and the research community and the EU, will have invested together more than €140 million in these projects by 2020. Both projects bring together major manufacturers from across Europe in a market development activity.

“Fuel cell micro-Cogeneration is reliable, it works and is now available in key European markets.” said Hans Korteweg, Managing Director of COGEN Europe, the Co-ordinator of ene.field project. “The ene.field project in particular has successfully installed and monitored more than 1,000 fuel cell micro-Cogeneration units, having registered more than 5.5 million hours of reliable operation. By learning the practicalities of installing and supporting a fleet of fuel cells with real customers, ene.field partners have taken a decisive step before manufacturers can begin commercial roll-out.”

“Major European manufacturers, supported by the FCH JU at the EU level and key European national governments, are now committed to bringing the technology closer to mass market by increasing scale and achieving further product cost reductions. PACE will enable manufacturers establish Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration as a standard technology by installing more than 2,500 units across Europe.”

Over the past five years, the EU co-funded ene.field project has deployed and monitored over 1,000 new installations of residential Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration across 10 key European countries. It represents a step change in the volume of fuel cell deployment for this sector in each country. By learning the practical implications of installing, operating and supporting a fleet of fuel cells with real world customers, ene.field has demonstrated the environmental and economic imperative of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration, and laid the foundations for market exploitation.

The final dissemination event also highlighted the need to develop the right policy framework to encourage wide deployment of this technology in Europe. Achieving the EU climate and energy transition will depend on enabling a mix of technologies to work together and complement each other. Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration provides a unique combination of heat and power and the existing policies tend to treat these two elements separately and differently, and cannot adequately deal with a combined device. Therefore, a policy framework should be developed which creates a level playing field where renewables, decarbonisation and efficiency can be delivered across different technologies and energy vectors (e.g. electricity, heat, gas). Key policy recommendations are available in the ene.field Policy Report.

Watch our video message about ene.field for policymakers HERE (http://bit.ly/2ygbJml)
Watch our video message for customers HERE (http://bit.ly/2wOZjyR)
Original press release available here
About ene.field 
The ene.field project is the largest European demonstration project 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.
The ene.field project is co-funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and brings together 27 partners, including 10 European manufacturers who will make the products available across 11 European countries.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for the Fuel Cells  and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under grant agreement n. 303462.

For more information please visit: www.enefield.eu