Hydrogen car drives on the island of Bornholm for the first time
Hydrogen car drives on the island of Bornholm for the first time
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, June 15, 2016

On June 17 the the small Danish island of Bornholm will see a hydrogen car, the Toyota Mirai, drive on its roads in the midst of Baltic. The drive is in affiliation with the People’s Political Festival running from June 16-19, 2016.

A green island
The island of Bornholm has a rich history and many great sights, such as round churches, rocks and beaches, a culture that thrives on its locally-grown produce and a Michelin star restaurant for the island’s food connoisseurs. Additionally, the island is involved in several projects committed to making Bornholm a sustainable place to live for its residents.

On June 17 the first hydrogen-powered car to break new ground on the roads of Bornholm will thereby write a new page for green transportation on the island. Toyota is the manufacturer behind this innovative car and its representatives will participate in a debate with other stakeholders from the hydrogen industry arranged by the Danish Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (DPHFC) at the People’s Political Festival.


Ask your most silly question
The FCEV – Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle – zero emission car – hydrogen car – or whatever description you choose to define the car, will make its way from Copenhagen to the city of Allinge, Bornholm. The journey includes a ride over the Øresund Bridge and a ferry ride.But it is really possible? YES, it is! And as there are so many unanswered questions on FCEVs, the DPHFC will host an event giving you the chance to ask all of those mind-bending questions directly to the people who know it all. The event will be held Friday June 17 at 12.50-14.00 and everybody is welcome.

25,000 people participate every day
The People’s Political Festival is an event where people and politicians meet to debate a wide variety of topics. In 2015 an average of 25,000 people participated every day over the four-day period. All major Danish political parties have the opportunity to give a speech on the main stage. This year will see a huge number of events on hydrogen, green transport, renewable energy sources in the program and the DPHFC is ready to rock the boat and create even more awareness on hydrogen in transport at the festival. Better yet, all events are free and within walking distance.

EU supports water emitting cars
The only emission produced from hydrogen cars is water and therefore is a dream come true for the conscientious municipality, the cyclists in the bigger cities and the considerate driver. The technologies need financial support to get rolling and we have the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to thank. The FCH JU is a public-private partnership supporting the €39 million HyFIVE project, which aims at deploying 185 hydrogen cars from five global cars manufacturers while installing six new hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) and receiving data to create crucial analysis for learning.

The FCH JU’s Executive Director, Bart Biebuyck, stated: “Going to the People’s Political Festival is a great occasion to showcase the benefits of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles to the general public: they are zero emission and fully flexible. As the technology is ready, it is now essential to bridge the gap towards market penetration and, in that respect, raising awareness on the technology readiness and availability remains a key milestone for market deployment. The FCH JU is very happy to see its ambitious project HyFIVE contributing to this awareness duty which will add its stone towards the decarbonisation of transportation in Europe.”

From Denmark, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, HRS-manufacturer H2 Logic and the DPHFC are a part of the project. The project runs from April 2014 – September 2017.