Fuel cell buses gaining momentum

WSW mobil GmbH in Wuppertal has placed a tender for the procurement of 63 fuel cell buses to be deployed in local public transport operations. WSW will coordinate the joint procurement for the partners that will deploy the buses in the coming years: Verkehrs‐Verbund Mainz‐Wiesbaden GmbH, traffiQ Frankfurt, Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH as well as Bozen-based SASA SpA‐AG.

The joint procurement of the vehicles is taking place as part of the European JIVE project (Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe), which is funded by the European Union’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). A total of 139 fuel cell buses in nine European cities and regions will be procured. As such, JIVE is the largest project for fuel cell buses in Europe. The German-based partners also apply for funding from the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II) of the federal government, which has the goal of introducing fuel cell applications to the market in Germany. Further tenders are also being conducted simultaneously in other European clusters. Moreover, an application is currently in progress at FCU JU involving a follow-on project of a similar scale.

About JIVE
JIVE (Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) is a project supported by the EU with a timeframe of six year commencing from January 2017. The goal of JIVE is the commercialisation of fuel cell buses through the joint procurement of buses and the establishment of hydrogen refuelling stations, so that at the completion of the project transport companies will be able to integrate the vehicles in their fleets without the necessity for funding support. Furthermore, municipalities and governments are to be motivated to support the deployment of zero emission vehicles in local public transport through regulatory measures. With JIVE, large numbers of fuel cell buses are integrated in local public transport services through many cities and regions jointly working together in the procurement and thereby enabling larger orders to be placed at the bus manufacturers. The project is supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking, under Grant Agreement No. 735582. The Joint Undertaking is supported by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Union as well as by Hydrogen Europe and N.ERGHY.

About FCH JU
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a public-private partnership organisation supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system. Fuel cells, as an efficient conversion technology, and hydrogen, as a clean energy carrier, have a great potential to help fight carbon dioxide emissions, to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons and to contribute to economic growth. The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, Hydrogen Europe and N.ERGHY.
More information can be found at: www.fch.europa.eu