Expanding European hydrogen network celebrated with new heatmap and roadtrip

Expanding European hydrogen network celebrated with new heatmap and roadtrip

The location and live status of 137 hydrogen stations across Europe are now available on a new real-time information system.

The recently launched European HRS Availability System identifies the locations of each hydrogen station and real-time data on the status of each site so car users are alerted to any planned or unplanned outages before travelling to the station.

To celebrate the expanding network of hydrogen stations, hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles will travel nearly 6,000km across Europe using the new system to converge in Hamburg.

Thirteen vehicles starting in five countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway) will travel a combined 5,836km to reach Hamburg ahead of the Hydrogen for Clean Transport – H2ME Mid-Term Conference tomorrow.

Bart Biebuyck, Director of FCH JU, said, “I am very excited to see this road trip happen, which will surely profit from the European HRS Availability System, our new tool that will help all car users identify existing refuelling stations and whether they are operational or not.”

“This information, which is openly available to any user, will eliminate any anxiety over a lack of infrastructure and enable drivers to opt for fuel cell vehicles.”

H2ME (Hydrogen Mobility Europe) has funded the installation of 32 hydrogen stations across Europe to date, with a target of up to 49 by 2022.

The pan-European project has also deployed more than 550 hydrogen vehicles for private and business use across the UK, Germany, France, Scandinavia and other European countries.

Findings from the H2ME project will be announced at the conference tomorrow. The event will showcase the advances made by hydrogen technology in the transport sector and discuss the remaining challenges of widespread commercialisation.

Valerie Bouillon-Delporte, President of Hydrogen Europe, said, “Hosting the Hydrogen for Clean Transport Conference in Germany is a natural step given the successful infrastructure rollout.”

“Today, there are 76 hydrogen refuelling stations across the country, and new stations opening every week!”

“Hydrogen mobility, and its related infrastructure, is also being adopted in Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, to name a few.”

“The market is getting ready and the technology is proving its reliability; just consider the 6,000kms driven across Europe to convey in Hamburg.”

“More than anything else, the H2ME project, as an initiative co-funded by the FCH JU, demonstrates the true value of a European public-private partnership in building the sustainable mobility we are all striving for.”

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