HyTEC celebrates success and outcomes at London’s City Hall

The Hydrogen Transport in European Cities (HyTEC) consortium today presented results from its four year initiative to develop demonstration projects for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. HyTEC aims to explore how the technology can be rolled out across Europe.

Key outputs from the HyTEC initiative include:

  • Creation of a ‘Best Practice Guide’ for cities and regions across Europe that have an interest in becoming early adopter areas for hydrogen transport.
  • Putting hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, particularly passenger cars and taxis, on the road to demonstrate the role they can play in improving air quality.
  • Recommendations on safety and certification for hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.
  • Protocol created for collection and analysis of data from vehicles.
  • Environmental assessment on vehicles and fuelling stations.

The outputs from HyTEC will inform Governments and cities across Europe on what the key considerations are when looking to implement a hydrogen transport infrastructure. This will ensure a greater understanding of what this technology can achieve and will play an important role in the future adoption of the burgeoning hydrogen energy market.

The work of HyTEC will provide improved confidence in the use of fuel cell technology solutions to improve air quality.

HyTEC is co-funded by leading transport and infrastructure companies and the European Commission’s Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking to trial and develop energy efficient transport solutions. It was set up to create new European hydrogen passenger vehicle deployment centres in London and Copenhagen and also to link the new and existing fuel cell vehicle demonstration projects across Europe, including a small fleet of passenger cars deployed in Oslo.

A key objective was to understand how best to develop infrastructure networks, including the rollout of hydrogen fuelling infrastructure around key cities. There was a particular focus on strategic clustering to encourage the sustained growth of the hydrogen transport sector. This is especially important as it expands and enters an early commercialisation phase across Europe.

“It’s a tremendously exciting time for hydrogen powered transport. The outcomes of HyTEC’s work really will set the future pathway for successful adoption and implementation. The learning from the HyTEC initiative will provide incredible confidence to Governments, investors, developers and energy providers to see that the future for hydrogen powered transport will become a reality”, said Dr. Emma Guthrie, HyTEC project Coordinator and UK Business Development Manager, Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products.

Matthew Pencharz, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, said: “This is a huge step forward for a newly developing industry that will have a massive impact on reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality through switching to a cleaner alternative for transport. HyTEC has now given us tangible results on how infrastructure needs to be developed in tandem with the promotion of hydrogen cars.”

Across Europe, HyTEC acted as a catalyst and a link for key demonstration projects:

In London

  • Deployment of a fleet of five fuel cell hybrid taxis into London in July 2012.
  • Completion of a programme of operation of the taxis, initially to support Mayoral activity during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and then subsequently to achieve performance targets.
  • Deployment of the UK’s first standalone hydrogen fuelling station at Heathrow Airport in July 2012; the first truly publically accessible hydrogen fuelling facility in the UK, available to end users 24 hours/day.
  • Deployment of two Hyundai ix35 FCEVs fuel cell passenger cars to Transport for London for staff of London Bus Services Ltd (LBSL) for field based activities – part of the first commercial fleet of fuel cell cars deployed into the UK on a commercial lease basis

In Copenhagen

  • The deployment of a fleet of Hyundai ix35 FCEVs fuel cell passenger cars.
  • The first of three new hydrogen fuelling stations for the Copenhagen area.
  • Hydrogen infrastructure expansion analysis for Denmark which contributed towards a new energy plan for Denmark.

In Oslo

  • Hyundai ix35 FCEVs fuel cell passenger cars were supplied to Oslo to help increase utilisation of an existing hydrogen fuelling network.

The event, held at London’s City Hall, included the signing of a statement of collaboration by the  key city partners of HyTEC. Assistant Director for Environment at the Greater London Authority, Patrick Feehily, commented that it was “a good time to be talking about hydrogen vehicles given the Volkswagen scandal”. Hopefully it [the VW situation] will lead to positive outcome in terms of acceleration in the uptake of hydrogen vehicles”, and called for support of innovation and collaborative working to bring down the costs of hydrogen infrastructure. He continued to say that hydrogen vehicles offered “an important way” of dealing with air quality issues in the capital, where 63% of nitrogen oxide emissions come from transport while the population is set to surpass 11 million by 2050.

Speakers at the event included Dennis Hayter (Vice President, Government & External Programmes at Intelligent Energy), Mike Dolman (Principal Consultant, Element Energy), and Ulrik Torp Svendsen (H2Logic). Representatives from Hyundai Motor Europe, Hyundai UK, City of Copenhagen and the Greater London Authority will participated in panel discussions.

The event was feautured in the Sunday Times and in Fleet News