HyER EWCR workshop – presentations

HyER, in collaboration with five of its members, hosted a session during the European Week of Cities and Regions on the 9th of October.

The discussion focussed on the deployment of alternative fuels vehicles and alternative fuels infrastructure accross Europe.

All the presentations given during the workshop can be found below:







HyER Workshop – European Week of Cities and Regions 2018

HyER, in cooperation with some of its members, is organising a workshop in the frame of the 2018 European Week of Cities and Regions:


Cross border cooperation to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuels


Date and time: 9th October, 16h30 – 18h00, followed by a networking reception

Venue: South Denmark House, Avenue Palmerston 3, Brussels

Name of the regional partnership: Deployment of Alternative Fuels in Europe

Register here

The deployment of alternative fuels vehicles and alternative fuels infrastructure is and will be one of Europe’s main challenges in the transport sector over the coming years. To ensure an uptake of low emission transport solutions, standardised charging infrastructure needs to be deployed efficiently across European countries. This is especially relevant for border regions. International cooperation can also help to accelerate the deployment of low carbon technologies thanks to joint procurement and the replication of successful flagship projects.

The session will discuss why cross border collaboration is needed for an effective deployment of low carbon transport systems in Europe and what policies are needed to facilitate this.

Speakers will also present strategies and projects developed in their own regions as well as best practices which can easily be replicated by other regions. Many local authorities are also facing similar challenges when deploying alternative fuels.

The session will consider three zero and low emission fuels: battery electric mobility, hydrogen mobility and LNG.

After the session, participants will be invited to continue the discussion during a networking reception.




Coffee and registration from 16:00

Moderation: Valentine Willmann, EU Policy, Projects and Partnerships Manager, HyER


16:30 – 16h40

Welcome and short introduction to HyER – Barney Crockett, HyER President and Lord Provost of Aberdeen

16:40 – 16h55

Why is cross border collaboration essential for the deployment of alternative fuels? What policies are needed at European level? – Eirik Boe, Councillor, Akershus County Council

16h55 – 17h10

Development of an electromobility hub in Berlin – Thomas Meissner, Head of Division Energy/Mobility, Berlin Partners

17h10 – 17h25

Deployment of a transnational network for alternative fuels (GREAT project) – Britt Karlsson-Green, Project Manager, Skane region

17h25 – 17h55

Strategies for the deployment of alternative fuels for transport and project examples in the Netherlands: Patrick Cnubben, Business Manager LNG & Hydrogen, New energy Coalition and Marc de Kroon, Senior Advisor Economic Development, City of Arnhem

17h55 – 18h00

Panel discussion and exchanges with participants / wrap up


Networking reception


Register here


HyER is recruiting an intern

Internship – starting October 2018

EU policy, projects & communication


HyER is looking for a candidate for an EU policy, projects & communications intern position at the HyER Secretariat in Brussels, starting at the beginning of October 2018.

HyER (Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions) is a network of 16 cities and regions active in the field of fuel cells, hydrogen and electromobility. We assist our members in the development of their hydrogen and electro-mobility activitie by providing a platform for knowedge exchange and capacity building. The Secretariat, based in Brussels, coordinates the activities of the network and represents the association towards the EU institutions and other key stakeholders.

Your profile:

  • University student or graduate in a related field (EU studies, international relations, communications, energy, transport…);
  • Knowledge of EU institutions. Interest in, and understanding of, EU policies in the fields of transport and energy is desirable;
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English. Additional languages are an advantage;
  • Computer literacy & knowledge of social media. Knowledge of WordPress is an advantage;
  • Good interpersonal and intercultural skills;
  • Proactive and well organised, with the ability to multitask.

Your tasks will include:

  • Contribute to the organisation of events and meetings;
  • Contribute to HyER’s tasks in EU-funded projects (deliverables, reporting…);
  • Monitor EU policy developments and EU funding opportunities;
  • Update HyER’s databases and help with HyER’s administrative tasks;
  • Draft content for HyER’s communications channels (social media, website, newsletter);
  • Participate in conferences, events and workshops related to HyER’s activities;
  • Engaging with HyER members and other partners;
  • Undertake other tasks as required.

We offer:  

  • Insight into the large variety of daily tasks of a European association;
  • Insight into EU policy, project development and project management;
  • A flexible work environement;
  • Good networking opportunities;
  • Remuneration of €500 per month – it is expected that the intern will be able to apply for grants to complete the remuneration;
  • An internship contract for a minimum of 6 months (preferably 9 months) – full time position (38h/week).

Please send your CV and cover letter to secretariat@hyer.eu before the 27th August 2018, mentionning ‘HyER internship’ in the subject of your email.

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’.


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


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.

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

More fuel cell electric buses coming to the roads

The first two fuel cell electric buses from the 3Emotion projects are now in operation in Rotterdam (Netherlands) since Friday.

It is now widely acknowledged that the future of public transport buses will have to be zero-emission. Fuel cell electric buses (FCEB’s – also called hydrogen buses) are one of the technologies that meet that requirement.

Friday September 28 , the first fuel cell electric buses of the 3Emotion project, funded by the FCH-JU, will run for the first time on line 70 of public transport operator RET in Rotterdam.

“The hydrogen bus emissions are pure water vapor, which means that we are 100% clean in Rotterdam for the first time. A beautiful preparation for the future, “said Maurice Unck, General Director of the RET. To celebrate the fact that the bus is on line 70, the RET today offers for every 10th traveler entering the hydrogen bus, a tree via treesforall.nl.

The two hydrogen buses are part of an RET pilot to try out new technologies for emission-free driving. A test that closely matches the RET’s plans to drive a fully clean bus fleet in the future. “The government has stated that no diesel buses will be purchased from 2025 and that all diesel buses for public transport will disappear from the street image by 2030,” said Maurice Unck.

The buses are manufactured by Van Hool and fuel at the existing refuelling station of Air Liquide in Rotterdam, of which the storage capacity is expanded for this purpose, also within the 3Emotion project.

About 3Emotion
3Emotion is the 4th large scale bus project co-financed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and aims to bridge the gap between fuel cell bus demonstration and larger scale deployment.
The project contains the deployment of 21 new and the further use of 8 existing fuel cell buses with the required refuelling infrastructure. These buses will be deployed in 6 sites and operated by different public transport operators located all over Europe: apart from Rotterdam (NL), the buses will be demonstrated in London (UK), Versailles (FR), Aalborg (DK), Pau (FR) and Rome (IT).

About FCH-JU

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a 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 fifth FCH-JU busproject ‘Jive’ seeks to deploy 139 new zero emission fuel cell buses and associated refuelling infrastructure across the UK, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Denmark in the next 6 years.

The full press release is available here.


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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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.