Element Energy-- A Europe-wide Element Energy-led project concluded this month with the publication of a report on strategies for joint procurement of fuel cell buses. This marks the conclusion of a programme of work in which a number of cluster coordinators assembled partnerships of cities interested in deploying fuel cell buses, and supported the development of plans and funding strategies. In addition to leading the project, Element Energy was the UK cluster coordinator and worked with a number of partners coordinating activities in the Benelux region (Rebel Group, Twynstra Gudde), France (Hydrogène de France), Germany (ee energy engineers, hySOLUTIONS), and Northern Europe (Latvian Academy of Sciences) on this €300k project for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
The study’s report is a useful resource for cities planning to introduce zero emission buses and for suppliers of buses and refuelling equipment as it covers:
An overview of the economics of hydrogen fuel cell bus projects and information on the current status of the sector.
The latest outlook of potential demand for fuel cell buses across Europe.
Descriptions of the processes followed to develop joint projects in a number of geographic clusters, including details of the approaches to joint procurement of fuel cell buses being adopted in the UK and Germany.
As a result of this work a number of deployment projects are now being planned, which are expected to lead to a significant increase in the number of zero emission fuel cell buses on Europe’s roads by 2020. Element Energy continues to support the development of these plans at a local, national, and international level.