Hydrogen drives Europe towards emissions-free transport

A clean revolution is quietly taking place on Europe’s roads. Hydrogen fuel cells are powering fleets of public buses and refuelling stations are being deployed. Building on the results of several pilot projects, uptake of the technology is accelerating rapidly, putting hydrogen fuel cells in a position to underpin zero-emissions transport Europe-wide.

"There has been an enormous leap forward recently in terms of the technology, cost and infrastructure, and it is a trend that will undoubtedly accelerate over the coming years,” says Carlos Navas, a project manager in the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a European public-private partnership supporting research and demonstration activities in the sector.

Five years ago there were about 30 buses in European cities running on hydrogen, today there are 90, and that number is set to at least double in the next year thanks to projects supported by the FCH JU. Likewise, the number of refuelling stations is set to rise, and is expected to increase from about 20 today to more than 50 in the next couple of years. Meanwhile, several car manufacturers have gone from testing hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to producing them commercially.

The trend is being driven by growing demand among citizens and decision-makers for efficient, clean transport solutions that reduce urban air pollution, lower dependence on fossil fuels and minimise carbon dioxide emissions. And it is being powered by a technology that can provide improved performance and equivalent convenience, range and refuelling time to petrol and diesel-powered vehicles at a fraction of the environmental cost.

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September 13th, 2016 - 15:25h