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Element Energy-led fuel cell bus project gets underway

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A new initiative that will deploy over 140 zero emission fuel cell buses and associated hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across Europe was launched this week. The project partners met over two days in Cologne (Germany) to kick off the implementation phase of projects that will more than double the number of fuel cell buses operating in Europe and thus support the technology’s transition from a demonstration to an early commercial phase.

JIVE MEHRLIN Project Launch Press Release - 25012017

Element Energy played a central role in establishing this initiative, having assembled the consortia and led the successful funding applications that will support the projects. Element Energy will continue to facilitate the deployment of fuel cell buses in Europe by coordinating this initiative, which includes the JIVE project (co-funded by the FCH JU) and the MEHRLIN project (co-funded by the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (Transport) programme).

Further information is available from the official press release.

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International Zero Emission Bus Conference and International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop take place in London

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The first edition of the International Zero Emission Bus Conference (ZEBC) took place on 30 November 2016 in City Hall, London, followed by the 10th edition of the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop (FCBW) on 1st December 2016. The events were organised by Element Energy in collaboration with the USA-based Centre for Transportation and the Environment.

Over 250 high level stakeholders from 22 countries attended the events. Representatives from local authorities, transit operators, industry, and national and financial regulatory and funding agencies held lively discussions around zero emission bus (ZEB) technologies’ readiness levels and commercialisation paths. It was agreed unanimously that ZEB technologies are ready to be deployed globally today.

All presentations and the full programme are available here.

ZEBC – Key Takeaways:

  • Industry, public sector players, and operators increasingly appreciate the value of both air quality and economics as drivers for deployments of ZEBs.
  • Major cities are committed to phasing out conventional buses and deploying ZEBs before 2025.
  • Today bus manufacturers have commercially available ZEBs using battery or/and fuel cell technology with 12 m, 18 m articulated and double decker vehicle offer,
  • Over 80,000 ZEBs are in commercial operation worldwide.
  • Battery electric buses (BEBs) and fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) are both electric drive vehicles with many parts in common. They complement each other offering bus operator flexibility based on their operational requirements.
  • Charging (depot or en-route) and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure solutions exist today to meet operational requirements.
  • Combining multiple advanced transportation technologies such as autonomous vehicles, emissions reductions, and mobility on demand cohesively and strategically is the way of the future.
  • FCEB offer a direct diesel drop in – able to perform 18 hour non-stop service and refuel in less than five minutes.
  • BEB offer energy savings of 80% (4 MPG diesel = 10 kWh/mi vs. 2 kWh/mile for BEB).
  • Globally, fleets will evolve from an average of less than 1.5% electric drive today to an average of 41.5% electric drive in 2025.

FCBW – Key Takeaways:

  • Over 100 fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) are currently in commercial operation worldwide with over 11 million km of service.
  • 200 additional FCEBs will be deployed in Europe and US in next 2 to 3 years.
  • FCEBs have demonstrated availability ranging from 75% to 95% in the US and EU.
  • FCB costs have decreased by 75% since 1990s.
  • Transit agencies/bus operators currently operating FCEBs today are looking at expanding their fleet in the near future.
  • FCEBs are used today by operators like direct replacement of conventional buses offering the same flexibility.
  • Hydrogen infrastructure solutions are scalable – up to 100 buses exist today. Stakeholders agreed that there is a need to continue global cooperation in order to drive down costs and share experience and best practices.
  • Regulations and incentives are needed to promote the uptake of FCEBs.
  • Areas for improvement – bus and infrastructure cost, aftersales support (spare part cost and availability, troubleshooting), servicing by bus operators (training programs), support funding and regulations.
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Hydrogen and fuel cells can deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy and boost UK economic growth

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The UK is already among world leaders in developing hydrogen energy systems, according to a new study. The report, “Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: Opportunities for Growth: A Roadmap for the UK”, provides an overarching industrial strategy for hydrogen and fuel cells to play a greater role in the UK’s energy mix.

Hydrogen could bring significant benefits to energy systems, to heat homes and businesses, to power vehicles, to balance intermittent renewables, and widespread adoption of efficient fuel cells could deliver a range of policy objectives. The principle benefits outlined in the report are:

  • Environmental benefits: Adoption of hydrogen and fuel cells in the various applications described in the report will improve air quality today, and following the actions described in the roadmap could reduce UK CO2 emissions by tens of millions of tonnes per year before 2050.
  • Economic benefits: For the level of activity anticipated in this report by 2025, tens of millions of pounds and 1,000s of jobs would be created directly in the supply chain. These would then underpin future growth in key UK manufacturing sectors such as automotive and energy-intensive industries as the world adopts tighter environmental targets.

Accompanying the UK national roadmap, is an appendix describing the strategies for success in 11 key market segments where the UK has the potential to show leadership.

This is an independent report commissioned by Innovate UK, The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government, The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UKHFCA), the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

The full report is available here, and the appendix containing mini roadmaps is available here.

For further information please contact ben.madden@element-energy.co.uk or edward.boyd@element-energy.co.uk.

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The West Midlands plan for low emission buses winner of Air Quality award

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The West Midlands Combined Authority was awarded the Passenger Transport Air Quality Award last week at the National Air Quality Awards 2016. The authority was recognised for its West Midlands Low Emission Bus Delivery Plan.

The Delivery Plan, launched in July 2016, was developed by Element Energy for Transport for West Midlands (TfWM). The plan articulates ambitions for delivering low emission buses to help address the region’s significant air quality problems. It highlights areas where deployment of low emission buses should be prioritised and sets out a timeline for achieving a reduction in NOx emissions by over 90% by 2035.

The plan has already formed the basis of three successful funding bids. By demonstrating TfWM’s commitment to improving air quality in the region, the plan will support many more bids and also give bus operators confidence to invest.

Click here to download the full report: West Midlands Low Emission Bus Delivery Plan


(l-r): Steve Eminton, Vic Duddy from National Express West Midlands, Steven Hayes from Transport for West Midlands, Celine Cluzel from Element Energy and Andrew Chen from Heathrow.

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Hydrogen transport project results published

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The results of a multi-partner hydrogen transport demonstration programme were published this week, marking the conclusion of the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project. The initiative ran from 2013 to 2016 and led to the installation and operation of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and refuelling infrastructure in the London area.

Element Energy was deeply involved in the project from its inception, leading the consortium formation and funding application in 2012, then acting as day-to-day project managers for the duration of the project. LHNE helped to seed London’s publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling station network, which is now being expanded by follow-on projects initiated and managed by Element Energy (e.g. HyFIVE, H2ME, H2ME 2).

For further information please contact michael.dolman@element-energy.co.uk.

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Element Energy awarded ‘Outstanding Publication of the Year’ for Transport Infrastructure Roadmaps

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The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) announced the ‘2016 Low Carbon Champions’ last night at an industry networking dinner to celebrate achievements and innovation in low carbon road transport. We are pleased to announce that Element Energy was awarded the ‘Outstanding Publication of the Year’ accolade for the Transport Infrastructure Roadmaps commissioned by the LowCVP. Historically, Element Energy has performed well at the awards, winning in 2011 and receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ recognition in 2015. This year, the judging panel was comprised of 22 senior executives from across the range of organisations with a stake in the low carbon road transport agenda.

The Transport Infrastructure Roadmaps quantify future requirements to support the decarbonisation of road transport to 2050 based on today’s knowledge of refuelling and recharging technologies. Roadmaps were developed for electricity, hydrogen, methane and liquid fuels, each describing the specification, quantity and locations of infrastructure required. Understanding the problem from first principles, validating work through extensive stakeholder input and establishing clear messages for dissemination underpin Element Energy’s approach in preparing the Roadmaps.

For more information about the awards and the full list of ‘2016 Low Carbon Champions’ click here, and to download the Transport Infrastructure Roadmaps click here.

For further information please contact celine.cluzel@element-energy.co.uk.



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Plan to expand low emission buses in the West Midlands launched

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The West Midlands Low Emission Bus Delivery Plan, launched in July 2016, sets out a route to increasing numbers of clean buses and improving air quality across the region. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), previously Centro, commissioned Element Energy to develop a delivery plan for low emission buses to 2035, which includes uptake of new hybrid, gas ICE, fuel cell electric and battery electric buses and associated refuelling infrastructure, to reduce total NOx emissions by an order of magnitude.

Element Energy worked closely with ten local bus operators to understand their existing fleet composition, procurement strategies and specifications for existing depots. In addition, seven West Midlands local authorities provided data describing areas of poorest air quality in their districts allowing the most suitable bus routes for LEB deployment to be identified.

Information gathered was used to build a model of the West Midlands bus fleet and develop scenarios for LEB uptake, consistent with TfWM’s ambitions to improve air quality, which enabled future potential emission savings to be quantified.

Opportunities for Local Authorities and the TfWM to support operators in the transition to a low emission bus fleet were described with targeted actions for relevant parties. Key topics include funding, incentives, data sharing, infrastructure, and low carbon sources.

The full report is available here.

For further information please contact celine.cluzel@element-energy.co.uk.

WE Low Emission Bus Delivery Plan launch

Project team representatives at the report launch event. From left to right: Laura Shoaf (TfWM), Steve Hayes (TfWM), Councillor Bob Sleigh, Celine Cluzel (Element Energy)

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Europe’s fuel cell bus market gaining momentum

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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.

For further information please contact michael.dolman@element-energy.co.uk.

Potential demand for fuel cell buses across Europe

Potential demand for fuel cell buses across Europe

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Major pan-European hydrogen transport project launched

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Following on from the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project, the H2ME 2 programme was launched this week. Together, these initiatives will lead to the deployment and operation of over 1,500 fuel cell vehicles and 49 hydrogen refuelling stations across Europe.

Having led the application for €35m of European funding for this €100m project, Element Energy is now coordinating the six year delivery phase, alongside the H2ME project (€68m budget and €32m of European funding). This is the latest in a series of related activities that seek to demonstrate the ability of hydrogen fuel cell technologies to solve transport challenges and to transition the sector to a fully commercial phase from the 2020s.

Additional detail is provided in the project press release. For further information please contact lisa.ruf@element-energy.co.uk.

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New hydrogen refuelling station opens in London

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Element Energy is pleased to note the opening of London’s latest hydrogen refuelling station this week (10th May 2016) at the National Physical Laboratory site in Teddington. The facility was installed by ITM Power and is London’s first publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling station with on-site production equipment. It will serve London’s growing fleet of hydrogen-fuelled passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, and expands the coverage of hydrogen refuelling points across the capital. The station was delivered through the HyFIVE project, a pan-European initiative supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, with additional funding provided by the UK Government.

Element Energy led the formation of the HyFIVE consortium and wrote the successful bid for 18m euros of European funding for this ambitious, high-impact initiative. Element Energy has an on-going role as coordinator of the UK deployment activities within the project and worked closely with ITM Power on site identification for the three new stations that will be installed in London as part of this programme, the other two of which are due to be opened during summer 2016. HyFIVE is also supporting the deployment of zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles from five automotive companies (BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota) across five European countries.

For further information please contact michael.dolman@element-energy.co.uk.


London’s latest hydrogen refuelling station at the National Physical Laboratory site in Teddington, SW London

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