International roundtable promotes hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Zero emission mobility: EU flagship project Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) demonstrates the need to be more ambitious about hydrogen mobility

An international roundtable event involving public authorities and industry representatives from across Europe was convened in Brussels last month to look at ways of supporting the roll-out of hyrdrogen as a response to the need for zero emission transport solutions.

Hosted by Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) in partnership with the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and Hydrogen Europe, the event came the day after the European Parliament voted to set tougher carbon dioxide emissions limits for cars and vans, in line with the policy aim of driving the adoption of low and zero emission vehicles. As part of the legislation, the EC will treat both hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles as zero emission vehicles.

The H2ME project is already playing a role in creating a network of hydrogen refuelling stations with 49 funded under the project, of which 15 are already in operation.

“In September H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and its partners Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total celebrated the opening of the 50th public hydrogen filling station in Germany,” says Ben Becker, funding manager, H2 Mobility Deutschland. “The hydrogen refuelling network is growing at speed. Every two weeks we put another station into operation – the number of green dots on our map at will multiply rapidly over the coming months. We are achieving this thanks to the EU, which is providing funding to us, as is the case in Potsdam.”

Mathilde Cadic, policy officer for energy, environment, transport for the French Auvergne Rhône Alpes Region, adds: “Through our ambitious Zero Emission Valley programme, the region aims to deploy 20 hydrogen refuelling stations and 1,000 vehicles. This project sets the scene for the industrialisation phase of hydrogen technologies, which can then be duplicated in France and abroad.”