As Europe Prepares for Ambitious Revisions to His Regulatory Framework to Support the Green Deal’s Targets, Key Findings From the Largest European Hydrogen Mobility Initiative Highlight the Role Hydrogen Can Play
A flagship project for hydrogen mobility involving nearly 50 organisations at the forefront of the sector has today published its final report detailing the key findings and learnings. The findings are released at a crucial time as the European Green Deal seeks a 90% reduction in transport related emissions by 2050.
This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210114005025/en/
Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) has completed its first phase and compiled a rich dataset since initiating in 2016: 630 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have been deployed in 10 countries and 37 new hydrogen refuelling stations installed in 8 countries, achieving 14.5 million km driven and 147 tonnes of hydrogen dispensed across 68,000 refuelling events. It is the largest European deployment for hydrogen mobility to date and demonstrates the commercial potential to rollout fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) for large and small fleets.
Following the conclusion of its initial phase, H2ME recommends national and international incentives that ensure the dispensed cost of low carbon hydrogen is competitive for vehicle operators to create a level playing field with other zero emission vehicles. National, regional, and local policies that ensure continued development of the industry are also recommended. The expansion of hydrogen infrastructure as a result of H2ME, co-funded by the FCH-JU, means more FCEVs now have access to refuelling stations however the limited infrastructure prevents full operational advantages of FCEVs being realised.
Incentives such as purchase grants and tax exemptions will unlock demand from vehicle operators and bring market confidence to vehicle suppliers. Similarly, financial support applied per unit (kg) of hydrogen sold, similar to the feed in tariffs which were applied to stimulate early renewable energy uptake, will lower the price of green hydrogen at the pump. This will enable high utilisation of refuelling stations, which strengthens its business case, demonstrated by clusters of captive fleets with high mileage and heavy-duty cycles as they have significantly lower costs per kilogram of hydrogen.
The second phase of deployment will focus on developing state of the art refuelling stations, increased options for producing green hydrogen, and targeting a wider range of vehicles (from light duty to heavy duty vehicles). The lessons from phase one show that future hydrogen mobility strategies should focus more on high mileage and heavy-duty applications to provide the anchor demand for new installations. This will provide a stronger business case to the HRS operators.
Hydrogen could play a key role in enabling high mileage applications can transition to zero emission as these applications have specific operational needs such as long range and short refuelling time, that can be met by FCEVs. The overall cost of operating FCEVs in these fleets is expected to decrease rapidly in the coming years. For example, an analysis from the ZEFER project found that for high mileages applications such as taxis, and with hydrogen at €7,5/kg, FCEVs can reach parity on a total cost of ownership basis with petrol/diesel hybrids in the next 5 years.
In Denmark three Hyundai ix35 FCEVs are used by the Municipality of Copenhagen for a variety of duties as part of H2ME. They average 120 km travelled per day, with recorded distances up to 500 km in a single day, and have access to three refuelling stations within driving range. Well-to-wheel (WTW) emissions from FCEVs in Denmark are calculated at 20 gCO2e/km, compared to 34 gCO2e/km for a battery electric vehicle, 47 gCO2e/km for a battery electric SUV and 217 gCO2e/km for a diesel comparator. The use of 100% green certified electrolytic hydrogen is key to the low emissions, however FCEVs still achieve significantly lower WTW emissions than diesel or gasoline vehicles even if using hydrogen derived from fossil fuels. Similar analysis conducted in Germany and France found that FCEVs achieve significant emission savings compared to diesel or gasoline vehicles, even if using fossil-derived hydrogen, and can be even more significantly when using low carbon or green hydrogen.
The fuel cell electric vehicles deployed have completed up to 600 km of driving range on a single tank, and prove reliable with over 99% availability over their operational usage since 2016. The confirmation of technology readiness, emerging business cases and customer proposition in the project shows a path towards commercialisation.
With increasing needs for zero emissions mobility solutions to achieve environmental targets, and economics expecting to improve rapidly at scale, there is a strong case to support the commercial rollout for hydrogen mobility.
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director at Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), said: “The first phase of H2ME has demonstrated that light duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are performant and nearing market competition with other zero emissions vehicles for high mileage applications, like taxi fleets. In addition, our flagship project was successful in supporting the onset of a European H2 infrastructure for road transport. Today, Europe has a card to play: By integrating these learnings into the heavy duty truck sector, it can capitalise on best practices of vehicles fleets and infrastructure management, making an essential contribution to a green post-Covid recovery of our economy”.
Ben Madden, Director at Element Energy, said: “We are pleased to share the results and findings of the H2ME 1 project. This project would not have been possible without the support from the FCH JU and commitment of all partners involved. Grants to support early stage commercial deployments are a critical step in the path towards commercialisation and will remain one of the key financial tools at the European level in the coming year to develop solutions for zero-emission mobility. Element Energy is very proud to have coordinated this project and to continue supporting the largest hydrogen mobility initiative in Europe.”
Dr Duncan Yellen, Managing Director at ITM Motive, said: “Participation in the H2ME project has been invaluable in providing insights into both the engineering and customer requirements for our future build programme. Thanks to the learning provided here and through other funded projects we are confident in our ability to provide the best possible designs for building the next generation of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations across the UK to match the needs of heavy duty vehicles, high use car fleets and rail.”
Nikolas Iwan, CEO of H2 Mobility, said: “20 of the more than 90 stations in Germany have been built in the H2ME project. We are proud to be partner in the largest European hydrogen mobility initiative. Collaboration is the key to a successful mobility transition, especially in the next phase were rules and regulations have to be set for the light and heavy duty transport sector.”
Anna Margrét Kornelíusdóttir, Project Manager at Icelandic New Energy Ltd, said: "The Nordic countries have long had a faith in clean hydrogen produced from their abundant renewable energy resources. Our governments have made this clear by implementing generous economic incentives and ambitious strategies.
“H2ME has demonstrated the use and reliability of hydrogen and fuel cell technology for passenger vehicles across Europe and proven the feasibility of hydrogen as a transport fuel.
“Amid rising pressure to reach decarbonisation goals, hydrogen technology represents a low carbon and low emission energy solution that can play a vital role in the next steps addressing a transition to clean energy, not only for passenger vehicles, but also heavy-duty trucks, marine vessels and even aviation”.
- Ends -
Notes to Editor
Download the full report here: https://h2me.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/H2ME_Emerging-Conclusions2020.pdf
Caption: 37 new hydrogen refuelling stations have been installed in 8 countries as part of the H2ME project
This €170 million demonstration project is co-funded with €67 million from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership supporting fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe.
Partners include project lead Element Energy, alongside AGA, Air Liquide, AREVA H2GEN, Audi, BOC, BMW, Cenex, City of Copenhagen (Kobenhavns Kommune), Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluence, CNR, Daimler AG, Danish Hydrogen Fuel, EIFER, GNVERT, H2 Mobility Deutschland, Honda, Hydrogen Denmark (Brintbranchen), Hydrogene de France, hySOLUTIONS, Hyundai, Icelandic New Energy Ltd, Intelligent Energy, Islenska Vetnisfelagid (H2 Iceland), Kerkhof, ITM Power, Linde AG, McPhy Energy, Michelin, Nel Hydrogen, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Ministerie Van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat), Nissan, OMV, OPEN ENERGI, Renault, Renault Trucks, SEMITAN, Stedin, STEP, Symbio, Toyota, The University of Manchester, WaterstofNet.
This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 671438 & No 700350. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.
About Business Wire
Subscribe to releases from Business Wire
Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from Business Wire
Velodyne Showcases Advanced Lidar Solutions at Auto Shanghai 202115.4.2021 01:00:00 CEST | Press release
Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) will demonstrate its groundbreaking sensor technology at Auto Shanghai 2021 – The 19th International Automobile Industry Exhibition (booth # 2.2H 6BC071) from April 21 to 28. Velodyne will highlight its technology leadership in lidar sensors and software which power autonomous solutions that advance safe, sustainable and accessible transportation and smart communities. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210414005619/en/ Velodyne Lidar will demonstrate its groundbreaking sensor technology at Auto Shanghai 2021 – The 19th International Automobile Industry Exhibition. Velodyne will highlight its technology leadership in lidar sensors and software which power autonomous solutions that advance safe, sustainable and accessible transportation and smart communities. (Photo: Velodyne Lidar) Velodyne’s sensor and software solutions are uniquely suited to deliver flexibility, quali
Bentley Systems Announces Acquisition of Mobility Simulation Leader INRO15.4.2021 00:04:00 CEST | Press release
Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced the acquisition of INRO Software, a global leader in multimodal transportation planning, traffic simulation, and mobility visualization software. The acquisition expands Bentley’s capabilities in the important growth area of mobility digital twins, just as countries including the U.S. are poised to make a generational investment in infrastructure, and as transportation systems must evolve faster to accommodate both urbanization and carbon reduction goals, and the transition to electric and autonomous vehicles. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210414005928/en/ Image produced with Emme (www.inrosoftware.com/emme) using data from Metro (https://www.oregonmetro.gov/) (Image courtesy of INRO) INRO, based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has for more than 40 years contributed to the advancement of mobility simula
Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship Tournament Is Back – More Than $2 Million in Prizes Up For Grabs!14.4.2021 18:30:00 CEST | Press release
Activision today announced the return of the Call of Duty®: MobileWorld Championship. Presented by Sony, and starting June 3, 2021, eligible players in Call of Duty: Mobile Ranked Mode can compete for in-game rewards and a share of the more than $2 million (USD) total prize pool. “The momentum worldwide for Call of Duty: Mobile is incredible as our players continue to have a great time playing,” said Matt Lewis, vice president, mobile at Activision. “Picking up from last year’s competition, we’ve increased the prize money up for grabs and number of teams that can qualify, so there are even more reasons for fans to prove they’ve got what it takes to be the best.” The Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship 2021 Presented by Sony is open to eligible entrants across the world and will be conducted regionally in multiple stages. Sony’s newest flagship smartphone, Xperia 1 III, will be the official mobile device of the World Championship and will provide an 120FPS gaming experience*. Eligib
Verimatrix Chief Revenue Officer To Speak at StreamTV Sports Summit14.4.2021 17:45:00 CEST | Press release
Regulatory News: Verimatrix, (Euronext Paris: VMX), the leader in powering the modern connected world with people-centered security, today announced that Lu Bolden, Chief Revenue Officer, will participate in a virtual panel discussion from 1-1:45 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 19 during the StreamTV Sports Summit. Titled, “Playing Defense – The Fight Against Piracy,” the five-person panel will share their experiences surrounding the need for media organizations and rights holders to protect expensive sports rights agreements. They’ll also discuss to what extent it’s possible to prevent footage from being shared and distributed on social platforms. Additionally, the panel will provide the latest insights regarding the actual anti-piracy tools and techniques organizations turn to for help. Alongside Bolden, the panel participants include: Tony Maroulis, Principal Analyst, Ampere Analysis (panel moderator) Mark Barron, Principal Solutions Engineer, Akamai William Mao, Vice President,
Valbiotis Launches a Capital Increase Through a Private Placement14.4.2021 17:40:00 CEST | Press release
Regulatory News: Valbiotis (Paris:ALVAL) (FR0013254851 – ALVAL, PEA-PME eligible), a Research & Development company committed to scientific innovation for preventing and combating metabolic diseases, today announces the launch of a capital increase within the context of a private placement through an accelerated bookbuilding process for an amount of approximately 12 million euros. This capital increase, with the removal of shareholders’ preferential subscription rights in favor of a category of persons, will be reserved exclusively for qualified investors as referred to in article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of June 14, 2017. Reasons for the offer The net proceeds of the capital increase are intended primarily to finance the acceleration of the development of TOTUM•854 (prevention of arterial hypertension) with the launch of three clinical trials at the end of this year including a Phase II/III clinical trial, prior to a health claim application. In partnership with a major healt
Lenovo Outlines Company Transformation Strategy - From Devices To Solutions Company14.4.2021 17:00:00 CEST | Press release
Today, during its annual global employee kickoff event broadcast to 63,000 employees, Lenovo unveiled its plans to drive transformation from a global devices company to a technology leader in global devices + solutions, services, and software. Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing and other executive leaders outlined the company’s strategy, structure, and goals that will fuel Lenovo’s next decade of growth and position it as one of the world’s most trusted and iconic technology leaders, delivering smarter technology for all. “Last year at this time, none of us knew how things would turn out for Lenovo,” said Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang. “But we did know this: we would support each other in an unpredictable journey ahead; we would fight for the best possible outcome in an uncertain world; and we would use our technology to connect and heal a wounded society.” During the past year the COVID pandemic drove many businesses and consumers around the world to adopt and use technology innovations in new ways,
Coded Agency Celebrates Continued Growth with Rebrand, Internal Promotions and Client Wins14.4.2021 16:00:00 CEST | Press release
Global modern communications company Coded Agency today announces a highly-anticipated, strategic overhaul of its branding and website following steady growth and innovation into new markets and industries. Coded Agency, formerly known as codedpr, was founded in 2015 and quickly grew to become a leading agency of record for a range of lifestyle, fashion, beauty, fitness and wellness brands. In 2020, the agency generated a net income increase of 35%, despite an unprecedented global pandemic. Its upward trajectory continues in 2021 with not only a 65% increase in revenue in Q1 and a 50% increase in clients between Q1 and Q2, but a bold, fresh new look, instrumental employee promotions and expansion into Europe with the agency founder’s relocation to France. The minority-owned, female-founded company renews its namesake as Coded Agency in tandem with a new website and branding designed by Designsake Studio, a San Francisco-based, award-winning and female founded design firm. “Coded Agency
In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.Visit our pressroom