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Germany:The fuel cell hybrid bus fleet grows

Dr. Albrecht Möllmann (Chairman HyCologne), Walther Boecker (mayor of the town of Hürth), Dr. Dirk H. Ahrens-salter (Board SWH), Eugen powder Bach (Director of the RVK), Hans Meeth (Chairman STWB) Dieter Freytag (mayor of the town of Brühl) and Erwin Gardemann (Managing STWB) after the unveiling of the Van Hool fuel cell buses.

Brühl– Several members of the initiative HyCologne were present as two additional fuel cell hybrid buses were unveiled.

Present for the unveiling of the vehicles were the mayor Walther Boecker (Hürth) and Dieter Freytag (Brühl). Dr. Dirk H. Ahrens-salter, CEO of Stadtwerke Hürth ipc (SWH), Erwin Gardemann, Managing Director of Stadtwerke Brühl GmbH (STWB), and Eugen powder Bach, CEO of Regional Köln GmbH (RVK), introduced the innovative concept of representatives from politics and economic front.

The Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool delivered the new fuel cell hybrid buses of the “A330 FC”. Together with Stadtwerke Brühl and Hürth sets the RVK for three years fuel cell hybrid buses of the “Phileas” the Dutch manufacturer APTS in the cities of Hürth and Brühl as well as in the Rhine-Erft in regular traffic a. “With these new buses we run our course in the sense of a clean, emission-free as possible transport in Brühl and Hürth consistently continue,” said Eugen powder Bach, CEO of RVK. “In concrete terms, it means a lower particulate pollution for human health and environment.”

The HyCologne initiative was started in 2010 and laid the foundation for the operation of the fuel cell hybrid buses that are fueled with hydrogen. “This year, we opened the hydrogen filling station at the Industrial Park Knapsack and made thereby the hydrogen produced as a byproduct in the chemical industry publicly available,” explains Dr. Albrecht Möllmann, Chairman HyCologne. “Any further expansion of operating in our region, car and bus fleets that use hydrogen-powered fuel cells, strengthens our faith in this pioneering zero-emission technology.”

The network initiates projects around the research and business hydrogen energy, fuel cells and electric vehicles. The relevant stakeholders from business, government and the municipalities of Cologne / Rhineland region meet here on components and technology providers, as in this case on the Buslieferanten Van Hool and fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems with a branch in Hürth.

The acquisition of the buses was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. These funds support research and the use of innovative technologies. The mobility of the future is already used in regular traffic. The two fuel cell hybrid buses A330 FC are pre-production vehicles that were manufactured in the third generation of the Belgian manufacturer Van Hool. With a length of 13.16 meters, the size of the A330 FC with a conventional bus are comparable. The vehicle has a fuel cell with an output of 150 kW. The energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery. Two 85 kW electric motors drive the Van Hool A330 FC. 67 floor and 33 seats offer 100 passengers.

May 13, 2014 - 12:04 PM