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.



Hydrogen For Clean Transport Hamburg

The Hydrogen for Clean Transport conference will showcase the advances made by hydrogen technology in the transport sector and discuss the remaining challenges working towards widespread commercialisation.

Hydrogen Mobility Europe, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and Hydrogen Europe are organising on 24 – 25 October 2019, in Hamburg, a series of events to discuss the opportunities around hydrogen in the transition to a sustainable energy future. Transport emissions are one of the largest sources of air pollution, but with hydrogen technology they could soon see a reduction.

The programme will start on 24 October at 12:00 h with the arrival of a fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles, following their road-trip journey through Europe.

On 25 October, sector experts will meet for the Hydrogen for Clean Transport conference to share emerging conclusions from the H2ME projects, demonstrating the benefits of hydrogen technology both for transport and for improving the air quality and green agendas throughout Europe.


H2ME Mid-term Conference – Speakers announcements

Bart Biebuyck, Director, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director, H2 Mobility Deutschland

Ferry Franz, Director, Toyota Motor Europe

Valerie Bouillon Delporte, President, Hydrogen Europe

Ahmed Guenaoui, Advisor to CEO, ENGIE Cofely

Ben Madden, Director, Element Energy

Robert Evans, CEO, Cenex


H2ME Mid-term Conference Agenda – 25th October 2019 – see below

08:30- 09:30 Arrival and registration
Welcome addresses
09:30 – 10:15 EC: achieving European climate and energy goals
FCH JU: making an impact by accelerating innovation and securing competitiveness
H2 Mobility Deutschland:  Market activation and network development in Germany
The Hydrogen Mobility Europe Project – update and emerging conclusions from the flagship H2 initiative in Europe
10:15 – 10:45 Emerging conclusions from the Hydrogen Mobility Europe Project
Hydrogen Mobility Europe Project deployment and technology readiness
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
Panel session 1 – Commercialisation and market preparation
11:15 – 12:30 Market activation and strategies for commercialisation – Fuel Cell Passenger cars deployment
Market activation and strategies for commercialisation – Fuel Cell Vans deployment
Emerging business cases  – Fuel Cell Taxis deployment
Market activation and strategies for commercialisation – Trucks deployment
Fuel cell bus deployment with the example of the H2Bus Europe deployment
Panel discussion
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch break
Panel session 2 – Green and affordable hydrogen for Zero Emission Transportation
13:45 – 15:00 Overview of Zero Emission (ZE) driving options – Comparison of electric and fuel cell vehicles
Regional scale deployment of Electrolyzers
Case study : Certifhy poject for EU wide Guarantee of Origin Certificates
Case study: Economics for green hydrogen with captive fleets in Gronningen
Renewable power integration and opportunities for Electrolyzer
Panel discussion
15:00 Closing remarks – Hydrogen Europe
15:15 Networking
16:30 End of event


Please register your interest to take part via this link.



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A world first for Aberdeen as hydrogen ambitions grow

Aberdeen is set to become the first city in the world to introduce hydrogen-powered double decker buses.

The new additions to the hydrogen fleet will underline the city’s role as a pioneer in green energy.

The contract which was signed this month will deliver 15 city buses. The project has been funded by Aberdeen City Council, European Union (FCH JU) and Scottish Government with an investment of about £500k per vehicle, building on the initial research funding contributed by the Scottish Cities Alliance.

The vehicles will be operated by First on the 19 (Culter to Tillydrone) route and is part funded by the European Union’s JIVE project, which aims to aid commercialisation of hydrogen buses through joint procurement between cities. Cities that will follow Aberdeen’s footsteps include London and Birmingham, with Dundee and Brighton and Hove being lead partners in JIVE2.

Launching later this year, the buses are more efficient than electric equivalents, with refuelling taking less than 10 minutes and offering a greater range. Water is the only emission from the vehicles, reducing carbon emissions and continues to contribute to the city’s commitment to tackling air pollution.

The buses have been produced by a UK-based company – Wrightbus based in Northern Ireland – and will complement the existing fleet that the city already boasts 10 buses as well as a range of vans and cars.

Councillor Philip Bell, Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, said: “Aberdeen appears to be pushing boundaries with an innovative approach when it comes to hydrogen, the entrepreneurial and technological leadership puts Aberdeen on the global map.

“Striving to tackle air pollution, these additional buses highlight Aberdeen City Council’s commitment and ambition as a ‘Centre for Excellence’ for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.”

David Phillips, Operations Director for First Aberdeen, said: “First Aberdeen is delighted to be the first bus company to operate these unique new Wrightbus hydrogen-powered double decker buses for the city of Aberdeen. It is a pleasure to continue our partnership with Aberdeen City Council on this innovative project and we applaud the council in its continued support of the hydrogen bus technology. We very much look forward to operating these new vehicles for the people of Aberdeen.”

FCH JU’s Executive Director Bart Biebuyck said: “Aberdeen is at the forefront of hydrogen mobility for public transport: it has been operating the first fleet of 10 fuel cell buses in Europe. With the addition of 15 new double decker buses, it also demonstrates the ease to scale up for zero emission mobility with hydrogen and is something for other European cities to follow.”

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “The Scottish Government has supported a number of major projects which demonstrate the use of hydrogen. The First Minister has announced our commitment to undertake a detailed assessment on hydrogen and its potential to contribute to achieving our net-zero 2045 target. Our track record of early actions to fund hydrogen initiatives has created a favourable opinion of Scotland in the UK and abroad as an innovation leader in this area. We were delighted to contribute to the funding which has made this exciting next phase of Aberdeen’s hydrogen journey possible. This important investment will help the city achieve its decarbonisation ambitions and further cement its reputation for innovation and technology.”

David Barnett, Business Development Director for Wrightbus, said: “Wrightbus is delighted to have worked with Aberdeen City Council and First Aberdeen on this exciting project. The fuel cell electric bus range demonstrates yet again Wrightbus’ technical excellence and leadership. The vehicle offers pioneering cities, like Aberdeen, the opportunity to replace diesel buses with zero emission buses on a one-to-one basis.”


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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 or Valentine Willmann at / + 32 2 285 4094

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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.


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.





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Press Release: Aberdeen hydrogen roll-out continues with two new car club vehicles

27 March 2019, Aberdeen City Council’s ambitious hydrogen programme is set to reach an even wider audience with the addition of the first two cars available for public use.


The Toyota Mirai models will join the Co-wheels Car Club fleet in the city and will be available for club members to hire through the online booking system.

The Mirai, winner of the World Car Awards’ green car of the year award, uses hydrogen fuel cell technology to enable long-distance emission free motoring – with a range of about 300 miles.

The cars, which are all right-hand drive, have received EU Interreg North Sea Region funding through the Hydrogen Transport Economy (HyTrEc)2 Project in which Aberdeen City Council is a partner. This is part of the Aberdeen City Region Hydrogen Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2025 to develop a hydrogen economy in the region.

The distinctive cars are already becoming a familiar sight on the Aberdeen roads, with the council already using the Mirai as part of its fleet.

The two new additions to the public Co-wheels hire will be stationed at Gallowgate Car Park and East Craibstone Street from 1 April.

Aberdeen has two hydrogen refuelling stations, at Kittybrewster and Cove, to support the growing fleet of cars, buses, and commercial vehicles operating in the city as part of the innovative programme.

Councillor Philip Bell, Aberdeen City Council’s operational delivery vice convener, said: “The latest additions to the fleet is another positive step forward for hydrogen in the city and demonstrates the commitment to embrace a clean, green and sustainable technology.

“Toyota has been at the forefront of research and development of hydrogen as a fuel of the future and it is fantastic to see vehicles being pressed into everyday use.

“Having embraced the opportunities from an early stage, Aberdeen is already leading the way and we’ll continue to look for opportunities to maximise the potential of the investment that has been made in infrastructure and vehicles and encourage the local supply chain to seize opportunities in the energy transition.”

Co-wheels Car Club Scotland Manager Tony Archer said: “Co-wheels is delighted to be building on the work we have been doing in Aberdeen in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, to roll out access to hydrogen cars.

“This deployment represents the first public hire Toyota Mirai in the UK and is a milestone that has been long awaited by many of our Aberdeen members eager to try out hydrogen cars.”

Co-wheels will also be adding a third new Toyota Mirai to its growing fleet of hydrogen vehicles in Aberdeen with a car entering service at Robert Gordons University where it will join existing staff pool car fleet operated by Co-wheels.

Vicki Nairn, Vice Principal for Corporate Operations at RGU, said: “We are delighted to unveil the Toyota Mirai hydrogen vehicle as part of the Co-Wheels fleet at Robert Gordon University.

“The university is fully committed to reducing its carbon footprint and this development represents our ongoing work to implement appropriate environmental programmes to deliver a truly sustainable campus – as well as driving down the cost of business travel within the city.”

The H2 Aberdeen initiative has established the city as a leader in the adoption of the technology, with one of Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleet operating in the city. The world’s first dual fuel hydrogen street sweeper is also in use in Aberdeen.


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Press Release: CertifHy – An Emerging Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen Market in Europe

Brussels, 26 March 2019 – The Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen market is becoming a reality in Europe, enabling a deep decarbonisation of its energy system. The CertifHy project “Designing the 1st EU-wide Green and Low Carbon Certification System” has developed a Green and Low Carbon Certification pilot that has led to the issuance of 76 000+ Guarantees of Origin, of which 3600+ have already been used so far.

For the transformation of the energy system, transparency of energy products, including hydrogen and flexibility are crucial. The CertifHy Certification System intends to inform consumers about the origin of the product and its environmental attributes, and facilitate the needs of market actors to meet regulatory requirements. They facilitate the consumption of Green and Low Carbon hydrogen across the EU – regardless of the location of end-users. Green and Low Carbon hydrogen is a key enabler of the energy transition and reaching climate targets. “CertifHy ‘Green hydrogen’ can play an important role in transport and is also key in the transition to a sustainable chemical industry, where it is widely used as a raw material. This EU certification is an important first step to further develop the market for green hydrogen and provide the basis for the industry to take a leadership role in the transition”, says Marcel Galjee, Energy Director of Nouryon.


The CertifHy Certification System is developed by a consortium led by Hinicio with Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik  (LBST), Grexel, TNO and TÜV SÜD and financed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. CertifHy is following extensive consultations with 900+ members of the CertifHy Stakeholder Platform and its topical Working Groups that bring together European stakeholders with an interest in Green and Low Carbon hydrogen. Between 2014 and 2016, the CertifHy project (phase 1) developed an EU-wide Green and Low Carbon Guarantee of Origin (GO) Scheme including a definition for Green and Low Carbon hydrogen and a roadmap with concrete steps for the implementation of an EU-wide GO scheme. The follow-up (CertifHy project phase 2) that ran between October 2017 and March 2019 built on the momentum and served as a catalyst for implementing an EU-wide GO scheme for Green and Low Carbon hydrogen.


In order to identify and address the practical issues raised by the implementation of the newly designed GO Scheme for hydrogen, CertifHy has initiated a pilot. Four hydrogen producers including the industrial gas companies Air Liquide, specialty chemicals company Nouryon together with Air Products, the retailer Colruyt Group and the energy utility Uniper are participating in the pilot and are issuing GOs. “We’re always looking for opportunities to achieve operational efficiency and help meet the carbon dioxide emission reduction targets of European Union countries in a cost-effective way.  Having a European-wide Guarantees of Origin system for renewable hydrogen will support these goals, and our project with Nouryon is an innovative example of what can be achieved where circumstances permit”, says Kurt Lefevere, Vice President Northern Continent at Air Products.


The first GOs were issued in December 2018. By early March 2019, 10 organisations are registered as account holders in the registry service with 76 000+ GOs being issued and first commercial transactions have been publicly announced with customers such as H2Mobility Germany.  Nikolas Iwan, Managing director of H2Mobility Germany states: “The CertifHy ‘Green hydrogen’ certificates from Air Products significantly increase the proportion of green hydrogen at our stations. We strongly believe that CertifHy will help to establish an innovative, transparent European market for renewable hydrogen. “


Towards a well-established green and low carbon hydrogen market

For further market roll-out, the overarching ambition of CertifHy’s next phase is to implement an EU-wide Certification System that covers both GOs – to disclose the origin of Green and Low Carbon hydrogen to end-users – and Supply Certificates capable of addressing (transport) policy target compliance needs. CertifHy will initiate a European issuing body and registry that is capable of interfacing with national registries as well as with other energy carriers. The pilot will be continued and extended, until the scheme is formally implemented. Essential for successful implementation is continuous alignment with the regulatory and standardisation environment and fostering greater uptake through concrete actions such as information campaigns to raise awareness about the benefits of hydrogen certificates and GOs. The implementation of the CertifHy Certification System will allow Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen to become an important cornerstone of the EU’s energy system.




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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.”




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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.


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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 or Valentine Willmann at / + 32 2 285 4094  |  | @HighVLOCity


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

The High V.LO-City project, coordinated by the bus manufacturer Van Hool, started in 2012 and will run until the end of 2019. During the course of the project, 14 buses will be operated in 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


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.”

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.

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.”


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