On 3rd June, the H2Bus Consortium confirmed plans to deploy at least 600 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and supporting refuelling infrastructure across three countries (Denmark, Latvia and the UK). This initiative is made possible through concerted efforts to drive down the cost of equipment through economies of scale and €40m of funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Building on the fuel cell bus deployments under the FCH JU funded JIVE and JIVE 2 projects, H2Bus aims to bring cost-competitive zero emission buses to Europe and is a crucial step in the commercialisation of the hydrogen bus sector.
Element Energy has supported the H2Bus project from its conception, including:
Securing €40m towards the initiative by leading the application for CEF funding
Developing the commercial bus and fuel offering
Assembling and managing the consortium of partners with the expertise and capacity to deliver the programme
Developing financial strategies to benefit the consortium and customer
We will continue to work with the H2Bus Consortium to deliver this ground-breaking project.
Three recent studies by Element Energy provided supporting evidence for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to underpin their recent Net-Zero report, informing the UK Government on the UK’s first net-zero target and the reassessment of the UK’s long-term emissions targets.
Data and evidence resulting from the analyses from these studies were utilised by the CCC to update its assessment of the scope to reduce emissions from sources so far considered particularly difficult or expensive to abate. The analysis of feasibility and cost of abatement of these sources was crucial to assess the amount of emissions that would require offsetting through greenhouse gas removal options for the UK to reach net-zero emissions.
The Extension to Fuel Switching Engagement Study was conducted by Element Energy to assess decarbonisation options for industrial processes and activities. A previous study by Element Energy and Jacobs for BEIS investigated the potential of fuel switching for a portion of industrial heating applications. This new study for the CCC extends the scope of this analysis to the entirety of emissions from fuel combustion in industry.
The Analysis on abating direct emissions from ‘hard-to-decarbonise’ homes study was led by Element Energy, with support from UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. This work analysed the most cost-effective and appropriate decarbonisation options for the various segments of the existing domestic building stock, with a particular focus on identifying solutions for buildings that are traditionally considered hard-to-decarbonise, such as heritage homes, those off the gas grid and homes with space constraints.
Element Energy have presented about their work in the feasibility study V2GB – Vehicle 2 Grid Britain at All Energy in Glasgow. The study is conducted by a consortium of industry and consultancy partners including car manufacturer Nissan, electricity system operator National Grid and distribution network operator Western Power Distribution.
Within the V2GB project, Element Energy investigated the challenges and opportunities of a scale up of V2G from a niche technology to a significant market in 2030. In particular, Element Energy’s work focused on the evolvement of revenue streams, the potential for cost reductions of the technology, the system value of V2G and the overall value proposition to the customer.
Element Energy have begun the third phase of their BEIS-funded initiative to develop and trial a web tool to provide customers with context and comparative feedback on energy use across the retail, hospitality and schools sectors. This follows their successful completion of the initial stage in which, working with project partners Octopus Energy, 19 schools and businesses trialled the early version. Insights from this four-month trial have informed the further development of the tool, and a new, updated version is now live, and being tested by a larger cohort of participants.
The tool – called Energy Comparison and Advice Tool (E-CAT) – presents smart meter data in intuitive and informative ways, and uses it to provide comparative feedback to SMEs and schools on how their electricity usage compares to similar organisations. It also includes a library of tailored energy saving measures, and a wide range of additional analysis and advice.
Recruitment is on-going, but limited to 200 participants. If your business or school would like to take part in the trial please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants are paid £30 for taking part, and a further £20 for providing feedback on the tool and their experience of using it. Users across the retail (including shops, showrooms, hairdressers, etc.) and hospitality (pubs, cafés, restaurants, hotels) sectors are eligible, as are all schools. You do not need a smart meter to participate as we can provide energy monitoring equipment.
Element Energy, along with partners Jacobs and Cardiff University, are completing analysis on the potential use of full hydrogen for heat in industry, as part of the Hy4Heat Programme.
On 10th April, Element Energy led an industry workshop at BEIS to share findings on potential conversion of industrial heating equipment to ~100% hydrogen. The workshop was attended by over 40 participants from industrial sites, equipment manufacturers (OEMs), gas networks, BEIS and Hy4Heat. The aim of the workshop was to share and test the key findings of the study so far, as well as get input from industry on the challenges and enablers around industrial hydrogen conversion. Many valuable discussions were captured, with considerations around the technical, economic and strategic challenges, as well as the support and collaboration required from government, OEMs and industry for demonstration and potential roll-out.
The study is now nearing completion, with the results expected to be published in the summer.
Element Energy’s Shane Slater was invited to be the keynote speaker at the recent Innovation in Energy panel at the G3 Energy Summit. The G3 Energy Summit is an annual student-led energy conference, co-organised by the Energy Societies of Imperial College London, the London School of Economics and Political Science and University College London. It brings together leaders from across industry, politics and academia to discuss trends and issues within the energy sector.
Shane identified some rapid changes occurring in the energy sector across generation, demand and infrastructure. His presentation went on to identify some reasons why innovation does not progress further and some threats to progress in the future. To see his presentation please click here.
Element Energy has joined the Home Response project investigating domestic demand-side response (DSR), which is being led by the Mayor of London and includes project partners Moixa, Repowering London and UK Power Networks. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today launched Phase 2 of their domestic DSR competition which allocated £8,570,000 funding for projects that will trial innovative approaches to DSR in domestic applications, including nearly £930,000 for Home Response.
The Home Response project will look at how smart energy technology, data and energy services can be used in Londoners’ homes to cut energy bills and reduce energy use. It will also aim to reward energy flexibility and contribute to a smarter, cleaner energy system for London. At Element Energy we’re excited to join the Home Response team for Phase 2, the other partners having successfully completed the Phase 1 feasibility study last year. Element Energy will lead the Business Models and Exploitation work package of the trial, bringing our understanding of energy markets and the challenges of delivering value to domestic flexibility providers. We will work alongside the project partners to develop the innovative community energy-based business model to be tested in the project. Furthermore, we will produce the business model review and exploitation plan, upon project completion, to allow the learnings of the project to be exploited to ensure maximum benefit for the entire UK energy system.
We will also leverage our extensive experience in working on innovative trials of this nature to carry out the project monitoring and evaluation work package. In doing so, we will help to ensure successful delivery of this project which aims to help develop a smart and innovative energy system that is accessible to all participants.
For more information please contact Ian Walker or Jake Howe or visit the Mayor of London’s Home Response page here.
Element Energy have worked in collaboration with Clevercherry, a Birmingham-based creative agency, to develop Business Breathes – a website dedicated to helping businesses get to grips with the Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which will be launched in Birmingham city centre next year.
Business Breathes is the one-stop, go-to site for fleet managers and self-employed drivers that need to prepare for the introduction of CAZ in January 2020.
Element Energy produced the website content which provides visitors with information on low-emission vehicles that will comply with the CAZ requirements, grants and incentives that will be available if their business needs to upgrade their vehicles to avoid the charges, as well as recharging and refuelling points.
Business Breathes also has a host of handy features, such as a postcode checker to see if a business or location is within the CAZ zone and a ready reckoner to demonstrate how much money a low-emission option – such as an electric, gas or hydrogen vehicle – could save companies compared to a petrol or diesel model that does not comply with CAZ requirements.
This website has been launched as part of Brum Breathes, Birmingham City Council’s air quality campaign to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) and particulate matter that cause poor air quality and associated health problems and it aims to encourage businesses to move over to cleaner vehicles.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “The Clean Air Zone will represent a significant change in terms of the way people travel around the city, so it is important that those who rely on the use of vehicles for their business are able to make the necessary preparations and access the relevant support ahead of its implementation in January 2020.
“The Business Breathes website provides a valuable one-stop shop for fleet managers and self-employed drivers to access the information they need to make the switch to greener, cleaner transport options, ensuring Birmingham stays open for business while also helping the city achieve cleaner air for those who live and work here.”
Two of Element Energy’s recent studies, on Industrial Carbon Capture Business Models and CO2 shipping, have now been published by BEIS and the evidence provided has supported the UK CCUS Action Plan.
The Industrial carbon capture (ICC) business models study assessed potential business models to cost-effectively incentivise ICC deployment in the short and medium term; the analysis considered the acceptability of potential policies and business models to both industry and the public sector.
The CO2 shipping study estimated the costs and potential for CO2 shipping between terminals in the UK and abroad, as well as to storage sites. It also identified the opportunities CO2 shipping brings to the UK, as well as the current barriers which must be overcome.
Zero Emission Bus Conference 2018 brings together battery and hydrogen buses to find solutions for zero emission society
On November 27th and 28th the second Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Conference took place in Cologne. In light of the zero emission regulations on local, national and European level for public transport, the German city was the perfect setting as it is one of the European leaders in decarbonising bus fleets. The ZEB conference aims to accelerate the adoption of zero emission vehicles by sharing information and experiences and offering guidance in procurement and financing of new fleets.
The Zero Emission Bus Conference brought together 370+ policy makers, bus operators and industry experts to drive forward the realisation of zero emission public transport for Europe. During the two days, European bus manufacturers showcased the readiness level of their zero emission bus options and attendees were able to deep dive into the world of battery and hydrogen electric buses. Big announcements in the public transport sector took place during the two-day event, e.g. Nel Hydrogen announced the deployment of 600 buses in Europe in the in the framework of the H2Bus Europe project; Transdev and the Transport Region of Amsterdam (VRA) also announced plans to upscale their zero emission fleets in the upcoming years.
During the conference Mayor Reker of Cologne took the opportunity to sign the Declaration of Intent on promoting large-scale deployment of clean, alternatively fuelled buses in Europe and ceremoniously handed the signed declaration over to Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director General of Mobility & Transport for the European Commission. Ms Bakran commented on the signing: “We warmly welcome the City of Cologne signing the Clean Buses Declaration. We need to move fast if we want to have cleaner and healthier cities for the European citizens. Cities and local authorities have a key role to play to achieve a decarbonised Europe”.
Christoph Dammermann, State Secretary of Economy, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia, also emphasised the importance of clean public transport in his speech: “Zeroemission buses help us achieve our long-term goals and commitment to the Paris Agreement. Zeroemission public transport is not just a matter of drive, but also active change management. It is also a question of the operating concept; the regional energy supply, and the occupancy rate of the vehicle.”
The ZEB conference showed that zero emission buses are ready for mass market deployment. The ZEB conference calls on Europe, European manufacturers, cities and operators to take action and lead the global zero emission bus market.
For more information about the Zero Emission Bus Conference and to keep up to date about the next edition please visit: www.zebconference.com/eu.
Acknowledgements: The conference is organised by Element Energy and Hydrogen Europe in the framework of the JIVE 2 project. The JIVE 2 project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 779563. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.
About the JIVE and JIVE 2 projects: The JIVE and JIVE2 projects, which started in January 2017 and January 2018, will deploy nearly 300 zero emission fuel cell buses and associated infrastructure (under the MEHRLIN project) in 20 cities across Europe by early 2020s – the largest deployment in Europe to date.
The buses will be deployed in cities in Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.