Almost 500 hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and 30 hydrogen refuelling stations have been deployed across Germany, France, Scandinavia, the UK and other European countries thanks to an EU flagship project.
The Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) initiative aims to support the commercialisation of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in Europe.
As well as creating the world’s largest network of hydrogen stations, it is sharing best practice and standards between the 43 partners and helping develop attractive ownership models in use cases such as taxis, captive fleets, and in cities with strict environmental targets.
In total, the project will deploy 49 hydrogen stations and 1,400 hydrogen fuel cell cars and vans by 2022.
Findings and conclusions from H2ME will be shared at the Hydrogen for Clean Transport mid-term conference, taking place in Hamburg, Germany on 25th October (2019).
The conference will showcase the advances made by hydrogen technology in the transport sector and discuss the remaining challenges working towards widespread commercialisation.
To celebrate the expanding network of stations in Europe, hydrogen-powered vehicles will be driving to the event from across Europe, arriving in Hamburg the day before the conference begins.
Ben Madden, Director at Element Energy – Project Lead and Coordinator, said, “Governments at a national and local level are putting in place concrete targets to reduce emissions and accelerate the switch to zero-emission mobility.”
“The H2ME project demonstrates that hydrogen can play a central role in this shift, ensuring that all road users have the option to participate in the transition, thanks to its ability to provide fast refuelling and long range.”
“Today, we can already see an acceleration of the use of hydrogen as a fuel in heavy-duty and high demand applications, such as taxis, delivery vehicles and trucks.”
Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 Mobility Deutschland – German Coalition Lead, added, “We are delighted the Hydrogen for Clean Transport Conference will be hosted in Germany, where 70 stations have already opened.”
“H2 Mobility continues working on the expansion of its network in Germany with one hydrogen station opening every two weeks on average in 2019.”
Many countries are now legislating to ban the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles – for example, Norway by 2025, the Netherlands from 2030, and the UK and France by 2040.
“The Dutch government and Dutch companies are increasingly looking at hydrogen for its potential in supporting the energy transition while creating economic opportunities,” explained Dirk Schapp, Coordinator for Hydrogen at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement, The Netherlands – Dutch Coalition Lead.
“Hydrogen is increasingly considered a crucial energy carrier and sector integrator in Dutch climate policies.”
“The private sector is planning for investments, for example, earlier this year, plans for a €2.8bn investment in the large-scale application of sustainably generated hydrogen in the Northern Netherlands were announced.”
“The H2ME project allows us to exchange ideas with other European stakeholders and understand the practicalities of preparing for hydrogen deployments.”
Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio – French Coalition Lead, highlighted, “France will have nearly 2,000 trucks and more than 20,000 light commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen by 2028, with hydrogen technology recognised as a Strategic Value Chain within Europe.”
“The H2ME initiative is definitely a first step towards mass market adoption, as only a huge growth in volumes and capacity will allow reduction in the price of the hydrogen stack and components to meet worldwide market expectations.”