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The fuel cell electric bus project Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) has launched its final brochure entitled “fuel cell electric buses: a proven zero emission solution. Key facts, results, recommendations” at the International Zero Emission Bus Conference in London.

Fuel cell electric buses are clean, long range and silent. They are a great alternative to move towards a sustainable public transportation and integrate existing fleets. The FCH JU is supporting 4 projects in this field, deploying 67 buses across Europe. Sharing knowledge and experience around fuel cell electric buses is essential to ensure a smooth transition and support the commercialisation process.

In this respect, the FCH JU project High V.LO-City, which aims at facilitating the deployment of fuel cell electric buses and the related hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in European cities, has launched a new virtual knowledge base for fuel cell electric buses in Europe:

On the occasion of the FCH JU Stakeholder Forum which took place in Brussels on the 23 November 2016: more than 20 representatives of European cities and regions gathered to highlight their willingness to integrate fuel cells and hydrogen into their path towards decarbonisation.  This took shape through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in the presence of the President of the European Committee of the Regions Mr Markku Markkula.

On the 21,22 and 23 November, the FCH JU will hold its annual Programme Review Days and Stakeholder Forum.

The three days conference will be broadcast live by web-streaming and will be open to online viewers starting from the 21 November at 09.00.

The different sessions can be followed via these links:

Programme Review Days

21.11.2016; GASP;  https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/2016-fch-ju-programme-review-days-21

22.11.2016; GASP;  https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/2016-fch-ju-programme-review-days-22

The FCH JU CertifHy Project has finalised its work on developing a framework of the first EU-wide guarantees of origin (GO) for Premium Hydrogen (green and low-carbon hydrogen). At the CertifHy event on 19th October 2016 in Brussels the CertifHy consortium presented the project results and next steps to a large audience, consisting of leading industry, policy- makers, industry associations and a standardisation body.

The FCH JU funded ene.field project’s national dissemination workshop for Belgium, held on the 27th of September near Brussels, was the second in a series of events aimed at informing participants about the ene.field project findings and the potential of fuel cell micro-CHP (FC micro-CHP) technologies for the energy transition at national level. As of today 21 fuel cell micro-CHP units have been installed in Belgium with financial support from ene.field.

A 2 MW fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) unit was officially inaugurated last week in China, within the FCH JU project DEMCOPEM-2MW. 

The CHP unit is located at the Ynnovate Sanzheng Fine Chemicals chlor- alkali plant in Yingkou, Liaoning province, and operates using the plant’s hydrogen by-product as fuel. The produced heat and electricity supply a good proportion of the plant's own needs.

The location was selected on the basis of its economic environment allowing for a valid business case, while the polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology comes from the European project partners.

On 11th October 2016,  ITM Power officially opened the fourth public hydrogen refuelling station in Greater London.

The hydrogen is produced on site at the Centre of Engineering Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in Rainham, East London, through water electrolysis powered by photovoltaic energy.

The station is part of demonstration project HyFIVE and is co-financed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and the UK Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

The FCH JU project Beingenergy successfully constructed and tested a prototype high temperature PEM fuel cell system fuelled with methanol. The prototype system achieved a high electrical efficiency of 38% over its testing period and Serenergy, which is one of the partners involved in the project, has declared that they will continue their research and development activities to build on these very promising results.

Within FCH JU project HAWL, 36 new hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts have recently been deployed at the FM Logistic warehouse in Neuville-aux-Bois, near Orléans in the Loiret department.

They add to another 10 units that had already been deployed 18 months ago in this same location.

Among FCH JU projects, Neuville-aux-Bois is now the warehouse with the highest number of forklifts in operation, closely followed by Prelocentre in Sain-Cyr-en-Val, near Orleans (Loiret department), within project HyLift-EUROPE with units in operation since 2015 . Carrefour has announced that up to 150 hydrogen fuel cell forklifts will be deployed during 2017 in their French premises within this same project.

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