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Launch of European Collaborative project to deliver zero emission fuel cell buses across Europe:
Köln, Germany was today [25th January 2017] the setting for the formal launch of a €125M collaborative project set to deploy 144 hydrogen fuel cell buses (JIVE project) and seven large hydrogen refuelling stations (MEHRLINproject) across Europe. These projects represent a step change for the hydrogen bus sector, moving from a technology demonstration stage to a day to day offering for zero emission public transport. These hydrogen fuel cell buses will offer thesame operational flexibility compared to the incumbent diesel buses, without any harmful exhaust fumes. As such they represent a solution to the twin problems of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from public transport in our cities.
The scale of deployment envisaged here will allow European bus manufacturers to develop their production capabilities and achieve the economies of scale which are needed to allow fuel cell buses to compete with other zero emission modes of public transport. Likewise, the project will show how hydrogen refuelling stations with large daily demands can be commercially viable, providing valuable operational feedback to station operators and equipment manufacturers, whilst demonstrating the reliability and availability required for public transport
The FCH JU JIVE project, supported by a €32M grant, has been developed and will be coordinated by Element Energy and is based on a partnership of public transport providers who will work together to procure the buses and refuelling stations from European suppliers. Buses will be deployed in five European countries in the following cities and regions: Region Köln, Wuppertal and Rhein-Main in Germany, London, Birmingham, Dundee and Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, South Tyrol in
Italy, Riga in Latvia and Slagelse in Denmark.
Read the full press release here.