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New joint project to deploy hydrogen buses and stations across Europe
The €125M collaborative project plans to deploy 144 hydrogen fuel cell buses (JIVE project) and seven large hydrogen refueling 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 green buses will offer the same 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.The scale of deployment 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 refueling 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 operations.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 refueling 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.The MEHRLIN project, supported by a €5.5M grant from the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (Transport) program managed by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, aims to demonstrate a new demand-led commercial model for the deployment of hydrogen refueling stations. The project, coordinated by Element Energy, involves a study of the real-life operation of large-scale hydrogen stations in seven different locations; with stations in Germany (Hürth, Wermelskirchen [Cologne Region] and Wuppertal), Italy (Bruneck/Brunico), the Netherlands (Oude Tongue – South Rotterdam), and the UK (London and Birmingham). All of the stations are situated on Europe’s TEN-T core network corridors. The studies will be focusing on the financing of stations (bankability) and on technical, environmental, economic and regulatory performances of hydrogen stations.