European Hydrogen Refuelling Station Availability System
A real-time information system on the availability of hydrogen refueling stations in Europe
Overcoming the challenges to the uptake of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)
Over the last ten years the FCH JU has sought ways to overcome the challenges to the uptake of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). It has funded a series of flagship car and refueling infrastructure projects to demonstrate the hydrogen fuel cell technology’s reliability and financial viability, bringing down costs and building the investor confidence needed to upscale fuel cells and hydrogen use across the transport sector.
With the funding of hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) we aim to create initial networks and facilitate the uptake of FCEVs. However, until FCEVs become a mainstream technology, the density of refueling stations is likely to remain low relative to retail outlets for traditional fuels.
While various websites seek to show the extent and status of HRS by country / across Europe, there is no definitive source of reliable, up-to-date information on the real-time availability of HRS . There is therefore a need for a system to communicate information relating to HRS to drivers and potential customers of FCEVs. To maximise the value to early adopters of this technology, this information needs to include basic details such as HRS locations, and real-time data on the status of each site so that customers are alerted to any planned or unplanned outages before traveling to the station.
With a common European system on real-time availability we want to offer a service to the FCEV first users by providing a complete and reliable information source on their filling availabilities (real-time availability) and show that the European grid of HRS is progressing not only by size but also by availability.
In a first first phase (2017/18) we agreed on a common definition of “availability” and started the development and demonstration of a system for reporting real-time availability data. The following availability states will be communicated: available, not available, restricted available, outside opening hours, no information. An example of how this information can be communicated can be seen by visiting http://h2-map.eu/
The second phase (2018/19) seeks to connect all publicly accessible HRS in Europe to the system, which will provide free access to real-time availability data from a non-proprietary, open-source platform.
For further information please contact: E-HRS-AS(at)fch.europa.eu.
The conclusions of the study Development of a Metering Protocol for Hydrogen Refueling Stations are available here.