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High V.LO City Final Conference

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Van Der Valk Hotel Groningen - Hoogkerk

53 Borchsingel

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The project results and lessons learned from the FCH-JU funded High V.LO-City project will be presented by the partners and stakeholders.

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The High V.LO-City project deployed 14 buses and their associated refuelling infrastructure in 4 European cities. After several years of operating the buses, the project partners have gained major experience in the operation and maintenance of fuel cell buses and hydrogen refuelling stations. Improving the availability and life cycle costs of fuel cell buses were two of the main objectives of the High V.LO-City project.

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The decarbonisation of the road transport sector poses an important challenge in achieving the greenhouse gas reduction targets defined at EU, national and local level in Europe. Public transport authorities and public transport operators play an important role in reducing emissions from road transport in cities.

The High V.LO-City project partners are delighted to invite you to the final conference of the project. The event will be the opportunity to present and discuss the results and lessons learned from the project. The experiences of operating fuel cell buses on a daily basis will be shared by the project partners. The final conference will take place under the title:

Towards zero emission public transport with fuel cell buses

Prior to the conference, participants will have the possibility to visit a hydrogen refuelling station located in Delfzijl. The Delfzijl hydrogen refuelling station was built by PitPoint and used by the two fuel cell buses deployed in Groningen by the project.

The final conference will then be divided in three sessions:

Session I: The first session of the day will discuss the policy background of the project at local and European level. A particular focus will be the city and province of Groningen, which have passed ambitious legislation aiming to reduce emissions from transport.

Session II: This session will present the project results and lessons learned from the High V.LO-City project. Participants will be able to directly exchange with project partners (public transport authorities and bus operators). A panel will discuss the daily operation and maintenance of fuel cell buses and their associated hydrogen production and refuelling infrastructure.

Session III: In the afternoon, a second panel will discuss the scaling up of existing fleets and the deployment of large fleets of fuel cell buses in Europe over the next few years. Opportunities for future joint procurement and the business cases related to fuel cell buses will be discussed and a number of manufacturers (buses, fuel cells and refuelling stations) will present their plans for the future. The integration of fuel cell buses into larger hydrogen economies will also be discussed through the example of the Northern Netherlands.

The conference will be followed by a networking cocktail.

Background information about the project: Cities speeding up the integration of hydrogen buses

The High V.LO-City project, coordinated by the bus manufacturer Van Hool, started in 2012 and will run until the end of December 2019. During the course of the project, 14 buses have been operated in 4 locations: Aberdeen, Scotland (4 buses), Antwerp, Belgium (5 buses), San Remo, Italy (3 buses) and Groningen, Netherlands (2 buses). The 14 fuel cell hydrogen buses have been used as like-to-like replacement of conventional diesel buses and trolley buses. The key project objectives were to increase the energy efficiency of the buses and reduce the cost of ownership, as well as to demonstrate an operational availability of the buses equivalent to diesel (over 90%). Another objective of the project was to contribute to the commercialisation of fuel cell electric buses in Europe. For more information about the project, visit the Fuel Cell Bus webiste - Project site

Since the start of the project, more than 900.000km have already been travelled by the buses, saving more than 907t of CO2. The daily operation is proving that fuel cell electric buses can be put in operation with the same level of efficiency and flexibility as diesel buses. Different methods of hydrogen production are tested and the overall availability of the buses is expected to continue to increase as experience is accumulated by the project partners.

The High V.LO-City project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme under Grant Agreements n°278192.

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