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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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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

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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 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