From December 2011 HyNor Oslo Buss will operate 5 fuel cell buses, with hydrogen as the fuel. The supplier is Belgium bus manufacturer Van Hool. The project also includes the building of a hydrogen station.
The operation will be based at Rosenholm bus garage, where the hydrogen station also will be established. Ruter, the public transport authority for Oslo and Akershus, is responsible for the operation, but the actual driving of the buses will be done by an operator chosen by competitive tender in February 2011.
The hydrogen station will be procured in October 2010 after a competitive tender. HyNor Oslo Buss is a common project between the regional transport executive company Ruter (authority), the environmental organisation Zero, Oslo City and Akershus County. The two latter have contributed substantially to the financial aspects of the project. In addition the project has recieved external financial support from Transnova, Norwegian Research Council and the EU Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. The project will reduce noise and create better air quality in the Oslo area in addition to reduce global emissions from public transport.
HyNor Oslo Buss project is a part of a common European demonstration project Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) from 2010 to 2016. This project also includes fuel cell buses in 4 other cities in Europe. HyER, Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Electromobility in European Regions, is taking part within this effort as a dissemination partner.
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