Spotlight on fuel cells and hydrogen technologies at the TEN-T days 2015

A Joint Workshop between the FCH JU and Ten-T, the European Programme for heavy infrastructure “Connecting Europe” (CEF) took place in Riga on the 23 June 2015.

This was the first showcase of the new “Innovation Pipeline” concept integrating the main agenda of the TEN-T days.

With the presence of Mrs Violota Bulc, Commissioner of Transport and Nils Ušakovs, Mayor of Riga, the workshop emphasized the readiness of the technology. And gathered more than 30 stakeholders representatives.

Two major declarations took place:

The first one was from the side of innovative first buyers: representatives of 5 national clusters (Germany, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, and UK) have endorsed the major commitment of about 30 cities to operate together several hundred fuel cell electric buses. This declaration is an answer to the bus industry 2014 Letter of Understanding signed by Daimler, Van Hool, Solaris, VDL, MAN announcing their willingness to put on the market large number of hydrogen electric buses.

The second declaration came from the innovative producers and highlighted the commitment of industrial players towards commercialisation of fuel cell electric vehicles, underlining the technology readiness, and also for the long distance along the TEN-T Corridors and Network. “The main challenges for the FCH transport is no longer technical, it is commercial” states the declaration letter. The declaration also demonstrates the technology potential for cities in terms of decarbonisation; reducing road noises, power production, reducing energy imports and optimisation of renewables usage.

These key symbolic announcements marked a crucial step forward:

“Culminating today with the 2 declarations, which are the two sides of the same medal: the declaration of the innovative first buyers and the declaration by the innovative producers. Both sides are key to a successful market introduction.“ (Commissioner Violeta Bulc)

Find the full press release here

Picture description, from left to right:

- Mr Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director FCH JU

- Mr Pierre Etienne Franc, Chairman of the NEW IG (Industry Grouping of the FCH JU

- Mr Nils Ušakovs, Mayor of Riga

- Mrs Els de Wit, representative of the NL Cluster

- Mrs Kristen Holling, Representative of DE Cluster

- Ms Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport

- Mr Bernard Frois, Chairman of the International Partnership of the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE)

- Ms Catherine Trautmann, European Coordinator North Sea-Baltic Corridor

- Mr Kurt Bodewig, European Coordinator Baltic-Adriatic