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UK’s zero emission bus deployment plans gain momentum

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A bulk procurement process for fuel cell buses was launched last week, with the publication of a tender by Transport for London. Working in partnership with several other UK cities (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Dundee), TfL is inviting potential suppliers of hydrogen fuel cell buses to join a framework for the supply of single and double decker vehicles to cities across the UK and potentially further afield. The zero tailpipe emission fuel cell buses will replace diesel vehicles and thus form a key element of each city’s plans to address poor air quality and other environmental issues.

Further information is available from the full press release.

This activity is part of the JIVE project, which Element Energy is coordinating having formed the consortium and led a successful application to the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking for European funding.

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

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Element Energy at World Bank’s conference on NDC implementation in San Jose, Costa Rica

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(Image courtesy of the Partnership for Market Readiness)

(Image courtesy of the Partnership for Market Readiness)

The Paris Agreement, now ratified by 132 countries, requires national governments to develop ‘nationally-determined contributions’ (NDCs) setting out ambitious carbon emissions reductions targets and the actions they will undertake to achieve the reduction.

The Technical Workshop “Paving the Way for NDC Implementation: Analyzing Policy Options and Modeling Carbon Pricing”, organized by the PMR Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, brought together policy makers and technical practitioners who are involved in the analytics underlying NDC implementation planning efforts in their respective countries, and international experts working on this topic.

Element Energy’s Built Environment team leader, Sam Foster, was invited to present the case study of energy efficiency in Morocco’s buildings sector, following Element Energy’s recent analysis carried out on this topic for the World Bank. This study found that, while carbon pricing and targeted grant supports would help to accelerate the deployment of energy-efficient appliances, low carbon heating and renewable generation, a more effective strategy would involve market reforms to reduce transaction costs and lower investor hurdle rates. As governments across the world developing their decarbonisation strategies wrestle with numerous competing domestic priorities, we believe the application of thoughtful, evidence-based analysis such as this will be critical to ensure the targeted emissions reductions can be realised.

A summary of the event is available at this link. The presentation given by Element Energy is available here. For further information, please contact Sam Foster at sam.foster@element-energy.co.uk.

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Element Energy commence two exciting new heat network feasibility studies

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Element Energy have recently been commissioned by North East Lincolnshire Council to assess the viability of heat networks in the region. Funded by the UK Government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU), the study will consider opportunities for capturing waste heat from the region’s industrial sites, for tapping into the area’s substantial geothermal resource and even extracting heat from the River Humber to provide heat to thousands of homes and businesses.

Element Energy has also recently commenced a HNDU-funded project working with Reading Borough Council to examine the feasibility of a heat network in Reading Town Centre. The study area will focus on the numerous redevelopment areas in the Town Centre.

For further information, please contact Sam Foster at sam.foster@element-energy.co.uk.

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Ireland’s DCCAE publishes RHI consultation document following Element Energy analysis

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Under the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, Ireland is committed to ensure that by 2020, 12% of its heating demand will come from renewable energy sources. As part of this, the Irish Government plans to introduce a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to promote the deployment of a range of renewable heating technologies including heat pumps, biomass heating and solar thermal.

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) has commissioned Element Energy to undertake the study An economic analysis for an RHI for Ireland. As part of this ongoing study, Element Energy and partners Frontier Economics have developed a range of design options for the RHI and quantified the likely uptake of renewable heat and the associated cost to the government under each option. The study will make recommendations on the preferred design for the scheme. Following Element Energy’s advice to date, DCCAE released in late January a “Design Options and Implementation” consultation document, inviting submissions from interested parties.

The consultation document is available at this link. For further information, please contact Sam Foster at sam.foster@element-energy.co.uk.

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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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