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Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles descended on Hamburg for the 2019 Hydrogen for Clean Transport – H2ME Mid-Term Conference summary

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Thirteen vehicles, starting in five countries across Europe (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway), travelled nearly 6,000km to demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen mobility and the expanding network of refuelling stations.

The conference was attended by ~150 delegates with presentations from the FCH JU, H2 Mobility Deutschland, Element Energy, Cenex, Toyota Motor Europe, Symbio, Daimler, Nel H2, Fraunhofer ISE, Hynamics, Air Liquide, New Energy Coalition, EIFER and Hydrogen Europe.

The road trip marks the efforts in part due to funded installations from the pan-European Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME). The project, coordinated by Element Energy and made possible by funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), assesses the technical and commercial readiness of vehicles, fuelling stations and hydrogen production techniques. To date, the €170 million demonstration project has funded the installation of 32 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRSs) across Europe, with a target of up to 49 by 2022.

The road trip utilised 15 HRSs, only a fraction of the 137 HRSs in Europe, which are now available to view on the recently launched European HRS Availability System.  More findings from the H2ME project were shared at this year’s Conference. The Hydrogen for Clean Transport Conference, which showcases the advances made by hydrogen technology in the transport sector, brought together sector experts to share emerging conclusions from the H2ME FCH JU-funded projects. All presentations from the conference can be viewed here.

To find out more about the H2ME European Road Trip, watch the video here.

For more information about the conference, H2ME, and Element Energy’s work in hydrogen technology, contact Lisa Ruf (lisa.ruf@element-energy.co.uk).

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