New Bus ReFuelling for European Hydrogen Bus Depots

NewBusFuel
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
H2020
Call for proposals: 
2014
Project Pillar: 
Transport
Logo: 

The overall aim of NewBusFuel is to resolve a significant knowledge gap around the technologies and engineering solutions required for the refuelling of a large number of buses at a single bus depot. Bus depot scale refuelling imposes significant new challenges which have not yet been tackled by the hydrogen refuelling sector:• Scale – throughputs in excess of 2,000kg/day (compared to 100kg/day for current passenger car stations)• Ultra-high reliability – to ensure close to 100% available supply for the public transport networks which will rely on hydrogen• Short refuelling window – buses need to be refuelled in a short overnight window, leading to rapid H2 throughput• Footprint – needs to be reduced to fit within busy urban bus depots• Volume of hydrogen storage – which can exceed 10 tonnes per depot and leads to new regulatory and safety constraintsA large and pan-European consortium will develop solutions to these challenges. The consortium involves 10 of Europe’s leading hydrogen station providers. These partners will work with 12 bus operators in Europe, each of whom have demonstrated political support for the deployment of hydrogen bus fleets.In each location engineering studies will be produced, by collaborative design teams involving bus operators and industrial HRS experts, each defining the optimal design, hydrogen supply route, commercial arrangements and the practicalities for a hydrogen station capable of providing fuel to a fleet of fuel cell buses (75-260 buses).Public reports will be prepared based on an analysis across the studies, with an aim to  provide design guidelines to bus operators considering deploying hydrogen buses, as well as to demonstrate the  range of depot fuelling solutions which exist (and their economics) to a wider audience.These results will be  disseminated widely to provide confidence to the whole bus sector that this potential barrier to commercialisation of  hydrogen bus technology has been overcome.

Project details
Project reference: 
671426
Topic: 
FCH-01.6-2014 Engineering studies for large scale bus refuelling
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Monday, June 1, 2015
End date: 
Friday, March 31, 2017
Duration: 
19 months (originally), extended to 22 months
Project cost: 
€ 2,471,144.75
Project funding: 
€ 2,438,919.27
Coordinator: 

ELEMENT ENERGY LIMITED, UK

Other participating organisations: 
1 ABENGOA HIDROGENO SA Spain
2 ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL United Kingdom

3

AIR PRODUCTS PLC United Kingdom
4 AKERSHUS FYLKESKOMMUNE Norway
5 BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL United Kingdom
6 Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn Belgium
7 EMPRESA MUNICIPAL DE TRANSPORTES DE MADRID SA Spain
8 (EVOBUS GMBH) Germany
9 H2 Logic A/S Denmark
10 HAMBURGER HOCHBAHN AG Germany
11 HYDROGENICS GMBH Germany
12 HYOP AS Norway
13 INGENIEURTEAM BERGMEISTER SRL Italy
14 ISTITUTO PER INNOVAZIONI TECNOLOGICHE BOLZANO
SCARL
Italy
15 ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED United Kingdom
16 KUNNSKAPSBYEN LILLESTROM FORENING Norway
17 LINDE AG Germany
18 LONDON BUS SERVICES
LIMITED
United Kingdom
19 McPhy Energy Deutschland GmbH Germany
20 THINKSTEP AG Germany
21 RIGAS SATIKSME SIA Latvia
22 SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT Germany

 

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