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HyER Members tour EV highlights of the Capitol Region of Copenhagen

On the eve of the HyER AGM June 24 and under the expert guidance of the Capital Region of Copenhagen Electric director Kåre Albrechtsen and communications manager Mette Hoé,  HyER members toured Copenhagen on interconnected electric bicycles that offered online and on-time information on time tables of the nearest train station, GPS and nearby historical sites. These bike programs are substituting more expense public transport material providing savings in the Region public transport budget.  Peddling leisurely on white bikes provided by the City’s bike share program, the tour included a visit to the City’s  50kg per day hydrogen refueling facility for the City ‘s fleet of 15 fuel cell cars as well as Eon’s recharging operations that took over the Better Place recharging facilities. The Capital Region of Copenhagen who joined the HyER’s 40 + membership is demonstrating how ultra low transport solutions like battery-powered bikes and cars and fuel cell vehicles provide attractive and seamless transport solutions. Infrastructure is being put in place at a rapid pace with recharging facilities and hydrogen stations becoming part of the city’s landscape. The HyER tour proofed the point made at HyER’s session on EV infrastructure at the High Level Policy Conference the same day, moderated by HyNOR chairman Bjorn Simonsson, that regions and cities are increasingly taking the lead in integrating electric transport solutions on a larger scale. Confronting challenges in a proactive way HyER regions have been at the forefront in trying out new approaches and tapping into new funding schemes to clean up local transport and energy systems.
The HyER AGM took stock of the progress and challenges with regards to the many  HyER activities in data collection (EEO), EU framework development (HIT project) and support for members first deployment channels. more
Posted under HyER Highlights

Launch of first calls and activities of FCH2 JU

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) first call for proposals under the EU’s new research funding programme Horizon 2020 was officially launched on the 09 July 2014, together with six other public-private partnerships.

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport and Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro (pro term), Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, attended this specific launch marking the starting point of a new phase. more
Posted under EU Policy updates

Next shipment of hydrogen buses rolls into Aberdeen

Two more zero-emission buses have arrived in the North-east as part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project.

The vehicles, built by Belgian firm Van Hool, have been delivered to Stagecoach’s Tullos depot in the south of the city. They bring the total delivered so far to six, with the remaining four of Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleet due to arrive in the coming months. Four of the vehicles will be operated by First Aberdeen and six by Stagecoach on city routes. more
Posted under Aberdeen News

Aiming higher in deploying ultra low carbon solutions – HyER member booklet now available!

The HyER member booklet, featuring the most advanced and ambitious European regions in the field of hydrogen fuel cell and electromobility, is now available! Find out who’s who and what’s what with the HyER member booklet! more
Posted under HyER Monthly Update 07/2014

HRS Rotterdam – 1st official refuelling

The Hydrogen Refuelling Station at Rotterdam, built as part of the HIT project, was officially used for the first time by Els de Witt, Fuel Cluster Coordinator, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The HRS was built by Air Liquide, and can fill fuel tanks with hydrogen in less than five minutes with a pressure of 700 bar. The Rotterdam HRS is directly connected to Air Liquide’s hydrogen pipeline network and has a capacity to fill 40 full tanks per day. morePosted under Projects

EU presidency: HyER speaks Italian!

At the start of Italy’s presidency of the EU starting July 1 we feature this month the HyER Italian members many of whom have been founding members of HyER in 2008. The Italian government has not yet published its workprogramm on its presidency website,  but outlined in the Transport Council workprogramme that  “in the field of road transport the Presidency will focus on reinforcing intermodal transport with the  aim of reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions ….”.

HyER is currently actively supporting the first hydrogen infrastructure project in the TEN T program , the HIT project, that is currently harmonizing the 4 national implemetation plans (NIP), of F, SE, DK and NL for H2 infrastructure into a Synchronized Implementation Plan. On June 17, 2014 HyER organized the first the External Stakeholder Panel workshop in Brussels of  experts who reviewed the first SIP draft. more

Posted under HyER Highlights

ene.field identifies 3 main challenges facing fuel cell micro-CHP supply chain in the EU

A new report published on 25 June 2014 as part of the ene.field project analyses the European supply chain for fuel cell micro-CHP and identifies three main challenges facing the fuel cell micro-CHP supply chain in Europe. The most seriously limiting factor for the successful development of the supply chain is production volume, which is the key driver towards reducing system costs. The second challenge identified is the need to reduce system complexity, reduce the cost of individual components and develop collaborative strategies between key players, which is of paramount importance to reduce the price of the final end product. Finally, there is a need to plan large scale public deployment projects in order to support wide distribution of the systems.

The ene.field project is co-funded by the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), and brings together 25 partners, including 8 European manufacturers who will make the products available across 12 EU Member States. Europe continues to invest in fuel cell technology and the report reveals that strong political support and additional funding, as seen in Japan, will be required in the coming years if the barriers identified are to be overcome. more

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Toyota embarks on FCEV promotion

Toyota unveiled its 2015 hydrogen fuel-cell sedan on Wednesday, its closest competitor yet to Tesla’s fully-electric Model S.

The car will launch in Japan and cost seven million Yen (almost $70,000), but will not reach U.S. and European markets until the summer of 2015. The company known for the fuel-efficient Prius is one of the first to challenge Tesla after Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk announced that he would not initiate any patent lawsuits against competitors using his revolutionary technology. morePosted under Smart Move Projects

Bon voyage: hitting the clean roads of Europe

The road to decarbonised road transport is paved with good intentions, ambitious targets and – following developments in the European Commission’s Clean Power for Transport (CPT) proposal (COM 2013/18) – few mandatory targets or concrete requirements. Hydrogen and electricity are the main alternative fuel options for decarbonising Europe’s transport system, with the potential to be truly zero emission. Both fuel cell and battery electric vehicles need to have a required infrastructure in place in order to allow an accelerated market uptake, as detailed in the CPT.What is the current status and prospects for this infrastructure? Who builds it, pays for it, runs it? Who are the key actors in accelerating roll-out, and where is progress being made – and hindered?

This was the context of the high level policy session organised by HyER as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week, entitled “Bon voyage: hitting the clean roads of Europe”. more

Posted under HyER Monthly Update 07/2014