Aberdeen Hydrogen Transport Summit 2017

 

 

The Aberdeen Hydrogen Transport Summit was organised from the 15th to the 17th of March 2017 in Aberdeen. The event was co-organised by the High V.LO-City, HyTransit and NewBusFuel projects, which are all co-funded by the FCH-JU.

The Summit was a success with more than 150 delegates from all over Europe attending the event. Local authorities, bus manufacturers, bus operators and other key stakeholders discussed the important question of bridging the gap from demonstration to large scale deployments of fuel cell electric buses in European cities and regions.

Delegates had the opportunity to learn about the NewBusFuel, HyTRansit and High V.LO-City projects and to visit Aberdeen’s two hydrogen production and refuelling stations.

The participants list is available here.

The presentations from the 15th and 16th of March are available below:

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The NewBusFuel project reports are available on the project website and below:

High level techno-economic report

Guidance document on large scale hydrogen refuelling

 

We would be grateful if you could please also take a few minutes to answer our survey about the event.

 

 

 

Credit pictures: Aberdeen City Council & HyER

Aragón and Scotland towards a closer collaboration on renewable energies and hydrogen

 

A trade mission made up of 22 companies, R & D centres and institutions from both regions has visited Aragon in February with the aim of examining several practical research examples and business applications of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.

Leading international actors in the fuel cell and hydrogen fields are to meet in Aragón n the 17th and 18th of Februart in the framework of a trade mission promoted by the Regional Government of Aragón through the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragón and the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA).

The aim of this event, whose participants were received by Fernando Fernández, Director General of Industry, Trade, Small and medium-sized Enterprises and Handcrafts at the seat of the Government of Aragón, was to strengthen the relationship that Aragón and Scotland have had over the two past years and which crystallised in the memorandum of understanding signed in 2016. This agreement shows a commitment to collaborating in projects leading towards the implementation of hydrogen as an energy carrier, beneficial to companies from both countries. The recent World Hydrogen Energy Conference WHEC 2016 held in Zaragoza last year and the international contacts made during that event have been decisive for the organization of this relevant trade mission in which 23 companies, R & D centres and institutional representatives from the Governments of Aragón and Scotland are involved.

Fernando Fernández, Director General of Industry, Trade, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Handcrafts of the Regional Government of Aragón, highlighted “the strong ties and commercial and technological collaboration on hydrogen technologies between Aragón and Scotland”. Fernandez affirmed that “we are anticipating the future” since hydrogen “is the key to storing energy in the near future and therefore, the key that will make it possible for renewable energies to develop their full potential”.

For his part, Chris Stark, Director of Energy of the Government of Scotland stated that “Aragón and Scotland show so many similarities. We are both pursuing a renewables future with huge success. This is a great opportunity to show our knowledge and how hydrogen can play its part in this energy transition -and to establish new industrial collaborations between Scotland and Aragón”.

This trade mission, made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Aragonese companies Calvera (trustee at the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragón) and Inycom took place over 2 days. The first day has been devoted to exchanging experiences on how hydrogen may contribute to achieving a balance between energy security, sustainability and social balance while boosting initiatives leading to economic growth and a transition towards an economy low in carbon emissions. The strategies dealing with carbon reduction that both Scotland (which has just published its new Energy Strategy and a Plan to tackle Climate Change with a 66 % reduction in CO2 emission by 2032) and Aragón have developed have also been discussed during the session.

On the second day of this trade mission, of a more practical nature, participants have visited specific examples of the applications of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies, such as those of the Caldera group, based in Épila; the Laboratory of Research into Fluid Dynamics and Combustion Technologies of Zaragoza LIFTEC (a mixed centre participated by the Spanish National Research Council CSIC and the University of Zaragoza); the Technological Institute of Aragón (ITAINNOVA) and the Viñas del Vero winery in Basbastro (European Project Life + REWIND).

Aragón and Scotland are already collaborating in hydrogen and renewable energy projects. The best example of this is the Project BIG HIT (Building Innovative Green Hydrogen Systems in an Isolated Territory: a pilot for Europe) in which, under the coordination of the Foundation for the Development of Hydrogen Technologies in Aragón, 12 participants from 6 European countries are involved. With a budget of 10.9 million euros – 5 million of them coming from the European Commission within the Fuel Cells Hydrogen Joint Undertaking FCH 2 JU)- the project is developing an infrastructure, on the Orkney Islands, of production, storage and distribution of hydrogen with a view to supplying energy, locally, from renewable sources, such as tidal or wind power. This initiative makes use of the experience gained from the former Surf ‘n’ Turf Project.

The Aragonese participants in this trade mission, in addition to the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragón, were the companies Calvera, Idom Brial, Going Investment, Lapexa, Airtex, Inycom and Lecitrailer; as well as Walqa´s Technology Park, the CSIC, the Technological Institute of Aragón; and Huesca´s Chamber of Commerce.

On the Scottish side, under the Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association, participants include the Government of Scotland, Scottish Development International, Systeng Consulting, ULEMCO, Logan Energy, Pure Energy Centre, EMEC (an important marine research centre) and the manufacturer of electrolysers and fuel cells ITM Power.

Two HyER members open new hydrogen refuelling station

Two HyER members opened new hydrogen refuelling stations in February:

Arnhem:

Arnhem has opened its first hydrogen refuelling station in the city. This station will now enable Arnhem to deploy more fuel cell electric vehicles in the region.

Aberdeen:

Aberdeen has opened its second hydrogen refuelling station in the city. The station (350 & 700 bar) will, among other, fuel the 10 new Toyota Mirais deployed in Aberdeen since the end of February. The 10 cars will be used by the regional health services, a Scottish environmental agency, the city’s Car Club and Aberdeen City Council.

Read the press release here.

Discover a video of the station here.

Congratulations to our two members!

PRESS RELEASE: High V.LO-City project launches new demonstration site for fuel cell electric buses in Groningen

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, launches a new demonstration site for fuel cell electric buses in Groningen (Netherlands). The Groningen site is the fourth deployment site in High V.LO-City after Aberdeen, Antwerp and San Remo.

The Dutch bus operator QBuzz joined the High V.LO-City project on 1 January 2017 to implement activities in the Groningen area. The regional bus operator will deploy two Van Hool fuel cell electric buses which will substitute standard diesel buses. At the same time, the role of existing partner PitPoint Clean Fuels will be extended in the project. PitPoint will build and operate the associated hydrogen refuelling station. 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.

Astrid Veldhuizen, Regional Director at QBuzz, shared her excitement to join the High V.LO-City partnership. She said: ‘Fuel cells electric buses are less noisy and quieter than diesel buses, so I think our customers will enjoy them very much. We believe we will gain a huge expertise from this project which will enable to introduce more zero emission buses to our fleet over the next few years, and therefore continue to offer a high-quality travel experience to our customers’.

Jan Theo Hoefakker, Public Transport Director at PitPoint: ‘We are pleased to intensify our role in the High V.LO-City project. Our aim is to realise clean transportation in Europe by 2030. Fuel cell electric vehicles improve air quality and are important to reach this goal. Our long experience with providing clean fuels to our customers gives us at PitPoint the perfect position to develop and build the refuelling station for the Groningen site in the most efficient manner.’

The Groningen demonstration site will contribute to the ambitious objectives of the Dutch government to reduce emissions from public transport. Fleur Gräper, Chairwoman of OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe said: ‘The High V.LO-City project fits into Groningen’s strategy for sustainable mobility and sustainable economic development. Groningen will be a pioneer in the operation of fuel cell electric buses in the Netherland. Based on the good results of the project on this bus line, we then aim to scale up the deployment of fuel cell electric buses in our region.’ The project will also strengthen existing industrial activity in the Groningen region.

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

The High V.LO-City project is co-organising the Aberdeen Hydrogen Transport Summit (15-17 March 2017). More information and registration here.

Full press release available here.

 

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

For more information about the High V.LO-City project, please visit the project website.

For more information about fuel cell electric buses, please visit www.fuelcellbuses.eu

 

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Invitation – Ene.field UK national workshop

ene.field national workshop
Fuel Cell mCHP: Pathways in the UK to a low carbon future
Part of UK Hydrogen Week 2017
Monday, 13 March

Time: 14.00 – 17.00
Venue: Gallery Suite, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Registrations: Please complete this form by 8th March
ene.field project partners are pleased to invite you to learn more about Fuel Cell micro-combined heat and power (FC mCHP), first-hand from manufacturers. The aim of this workshop is to inform participants of the ene.field project findings and of the potential of FC mCHP technologies for enabling energy transition in the United Kingdom. This is the fourth of a series of national workshops that will present project findings in different markets across Europe. The ene.field workshop will be held as part of the UK Hydrogen Week and will take place the day before the main ‘Hydrogen & Fuel Cells into the Mainstream’ Conference. Ideas and inputs will be collected from the audience (local policy-makers, academics, industries, DSO, ESCOs, utilities, operators and end-users), with a view to address the challenges for a deployment of fuel cell micro-CHP technologies in the UK.
FC mCHP solutions are ready to enter people’s homes, enabling consumers to efficiently produce their own heat and power, and thus reducing their energy bills and environmental footprint. In order to realise the potential of FC mCHP, there is a need for a clear vision on policy and market development at both EU and national levels. This will ensure that innovative European manufacturers can bring product costs down, and reach mass commercialisation by scaling up production.
A number of European manufacturers has now reached the point where the technical challenges of residential FC mCHP are resolved in small field trials and there is already some progress on scaling up towards mass manufacture with large deployment projects, such as Callux (Germany), ene.field and more recently PACE (EU). The last two, co-funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), have embarked on an ambitious programme to install and monitor thousands of FC mCHP units under different climate conditions throughout Europe. The industry is committed to deliver the FC mCHP products to consumers, while cutting down costs and aiming for even higher electrical and total efficiency for their technologies. For the successful FC mCHP market entry, however, industry efforts need to be complemented by high level political commitment. Addressing administrative and other non-economic barriers is key to encourage the adoption of such innovative technologies.
Participation & Registrations
Attendance to the workshop is free. To register for the workshop, please complete this form by 8th March COB. For any questions you may contact Jon Jordan (jon@hyer.eu) and Valentine Willmann (valentine@hyer.eu). Participating in the ene.field workshop entitles you to a special rate of £195 for the Hydrogen & Fuel Cells into the Mainstream Conference. To register for the Hydrogen & Fuel Cells into the Mainstream Conference at the reduced rate or to find out more details, please go to the Conference website and pick the partners option on the payment page or contact Jacqui.staunton@climate-change-solutions.co.uk (+447866552833)

 

Draft programme

14:00 – 14:30 Welcome coffee and registration
14:30 – 14:45 Fuel Cell micro-CHP within Europe’s Strategy for energy and climate
                          Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
14:45 – 15:00 ene.field and PACE projects: findings and overview
                          Lisa Ruf, Senior Consultant, Element Energy
15:00 – 15:20 Impact of widespread deployment of micro-CHP in European electricity systems
                          Predrag Djapic, Imperial College London
15:20 – 15:40 Fuel Cell micro-CHP deployment in the UK: barriers and opportunities
                          Alem Tesfai, Renewable Energy Consultant, CIBSE
15:40 – 16:00 The role of Fuel Cell micro-CHP in delivering UK’s energy transition
                          Mike Small, BDR Thermea
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:20 Setting up a comprehensive framework for the deployment of fuel cell micro-CHP in UK – panel discussion
Moderated by Jon Jordan, HyER
– Bart Biebuyck, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
– Sylvia Broadley, Birmingham City Council
– Phil Caldwell, CEO, CERES Power
– Lisa Ruf, Element Energy
– Mike Small, BDR Thermea

17:20 – 17:30 Conclusions, Jon Jordan, HyER

The draft agenda is also 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 ene.field partners are:

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Welcoming the Province of Groningen

The HyER President is pleased to announce that the province of Groningen (Netherlands) has joined HyER on the 1st of January.

The province of Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands, has developed strong policies to decarbonise the energy and transport sectors in the next years. The region has committed to only operate 100% green public transport buses ultimately by 2030. The province was also the first region in the Netherlands to commit to a CO2-neutral train system ultimately by 2050.

Electro-mobility and hydrogen are therefore a focus for the province for the transport and energy sectors. The province has launched a series of project pilots – By the end of 2017 two hydrogen buses will start operating in the province for instance. The province is also working on a pilot to test a hydrogen train. Please find more information about the province of Groningen here.

The province of Groningen indicated that they are looking forward to share the knowledge and experience of the region with the other HyER members. They would also like to gain knowledge on the different projects the other HyER members have undertaken. They are also looking forward to develop potential projects with HyER members.

The HyER President Councillor Crockett would like to warmly welcome the province of Groningen and hopes the collaboration between HyER and the province will be fruitful.

Zero Emission Bus Conference & International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop

The Zero Emission Bus Conference and International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop took place on the 30th of November and 1st of December 2016 at the City Hall in London.

Organised by the CHIC project, CTE and Element Energy, the event gathered more than 250 stakeholders with representatives from the bus manufacturing industry, local authorities, bus operators, European institutions and funding bodies.

The Zero Emission Bus Conference discussed the future of both battery electric and fuel cell electric buses, with major European cities, including HyER members Akershus and Hamburg, committing to gradually phase out diesel buses in their fleets over the next few years. London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced in his keynote address that no more diesel double-deckers will be procured in London after 2018 and that all new single-deckers will be zero emission. Bus manufacturer Wrightbus also unveiled the first double decker fuel cell bus, which is to be trialled in London in 2017.

The FCH-JU’s Executive Director Bart Biebuyck encouraged participants to consult the new knowledge base dedicated to fuel cell buses and developed by the High V.LO-City project, in collaboration with the other projects deploying fuel cell buses in Europe: www.fuelcellbuses.eu

Amy Perry of Aberdeen City Council presented Aberdeen’s H2 Aberdeen Bus Project during the International Fuel Cell Buses Workshop on the 1st of December.

Summary reports for both days are available below:

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All the presentations from both days are available to download here.

 

Photo credits: CHIC project, CTE & Element Energy

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Aberdeen: Largest fuel cell installation in the UK for new exhibition centre

HyER member Aberdeen announced that the new £333million Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is to have the largest fuel cell installation in the UK and on a par with the largest in Europe.

UK energy engineering specialist Doosan Babcock is to supply the low emission fuel cells after a ground-breaking deal that will see the creation of a dedicated on-site Energy Centre to provide power, heat, and cooling to the new exhibition centre.

Providing a total electrical output of 1.4MW, the AECC Energy Centre will also reinforce Aberdeen’s status as Europe’s Energy Capital.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “I am delighted that Doosan Babcock are to provide such an innovative part of the new AECC. The new AECC will be a modern and fit-for-purpose facility, attracting bigger names in entertainment and more major international events and conferences to the north-east, so it is fitting that it will be leading in fuel cell technology.”

Due to open in 2019, the new venue situated beside Aberdeen International Airport will provide four times the exhibition space available at the current AECC, and increase the maximum capacity to 12,500 in the arena.

Working with lead project contractor, FES and overall main contractor Robertson Group, Doosan Babcock will supply three 460kW Doosan Purecell® units to provide an independent source of reliable, affordable, low-emission heat and power for the 150-acre site.

The landmark AECC contract reinforces the credentials of fuel cells as a leading technology in the low-emission, high-efficiency combined heat and power market.

Originally pioneered by organisations such as NASA over 50 years ago, fuel cell technology now delivers a well-proven commercial heat and power solution, delivering significant air quality improvements over conventional power generation methods. There are now more than 140 Doosan Purecell® systems providing reliable, decentralised heat and power to industrial, commercial and municipal facilities worldwide.

Doosan Babcock Chief Executive Officer Andrew Hunt said: “We are thrilled to be involved in such an exciting and transformative project. The AECC and Energy Centre will contribute in multiple ways to Scotland’s economy and environment, as well as providing a pioneering example of how cities and businesses can effectively meet environmental targets. We look forward to working with FES and the Robertson Group in delivering an innovative and practical energy solution for the AECC.”

Fuel cells transform chemical energy from fuel into final electrical and thermal energy through cogeneration. The fuel cell cogeneration process delivers heat and electricity output more efficiently than the separate production of electricity and heat.

Fuel cells are flexible in terms of fuel input and can operate on natural gas from the national grid, locally produced renewable biogas or hydrogen fuel with zero emissions. Fuel cell installations can comprise single units to power commercial buildings, or multiple units for serving larger complexes, such as data centres, industrial facilities and microgrids.

 

Learn more about Aberdeen’s hydrogen activities here and here.

Full press release available here.

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

www.highvlocity.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 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.