As part of the HYWHEELS project, 1000 fuel cell commercial vehicles are to hit the roads in Eastern Hesse, one of Germany’s most important logistics hubs, within a few years. More than 90 stakeholders have already expressed interest in the project within the framework of HyLand – Hydrogen Regions in Germany.
On 18 February 2021, the possibilities of green hydrogen production in Eastern Hesse will be defined in concrete terms and the regional vehicle stock will be presented with regard to the use of fuel cell vehicles. Active project partners include logistics companies, filling station operators, energy suppliers and the end customers, such as supermarket chains, wishing to use green logistics services. Other interested stakeholders are also welcome and can participate in the upcoming workshop.
HYWHEELS – Digital Workshop
The development of East Hesse becoming a hydrogen region is being supported with a total of 300,000 euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP2). The funding guideline is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by the project administrator Projektträger Jülich (PtJ). This makes East Hesse one of 13 funded hydrogen regions in Germany in the HyExpert category.
The city of Fulda has commissioned two work packages to develop the detailed concept: Firstly, for the precise elaboration of the required infrastructure, and secondly, on the topic of FC vehicles. The consortia commissioned to undertake this work are now proceeding with the preparation of the detailed concept for the use of hydrogen in logistics. The concept should be ready for implementation by mid-2021. The City Planning Office of the city of Fulda was responsible for submitting the application, which was supported by the district of Fulda, the H2BZ Initiative Hessen e.V. and the LEA LandesEnergieAgentur Hessen GmbH.