On 9 July, the European Commission announced the final set of calls for proposals for research and innovation under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In total, 8.1 billion euro will fund projects and ideas that will boost Europe’s competitiveness.  4.8 billion euro is dedicated to thematic research priorities, such as promoting efficient energy and developing smart cities. Furthermore, industrial innovation will be supported through close-to-market activities such as piloting, demonstration, standardisation and technology transfer. Around 365 million euro will be allocated to technologies that will transform urban areas into sustainable “Smart Cities and Communities”.

On this occasion, hydrogen fuel cell bus Van Hool – project coordinator in the FP7 funded High VLO City project  – was invited to present the technology sustainability at the esplanade of the Commission’s Berlaymont building on 9 July.  Research and Innovation Commissioner  Máire Geoghegan-Quinn met Van Hool Manager Paul Jenné who presented to her  the innovative technology of the  EU co-funded project and its contribution in the creation of growth and jobs in Europe. The project demonstration was also attended by the Italian Minister for Research and Education Francesco Profumo, Polish Secretary of State at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Maria Orlowska and Director for future technologies at Volkswagen and Head of our Green Cars Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Wolfgang Steiger. It is noteworthy that the project demonstration received the attention of several international media.

“This fuel cell hydrogen (FCH) bus is the solution to reach the zero CO2 emission target in European cities. With this project we aim to show that the technology is there and ensure that these efforts and investment in these technologies will have an added value in the future,” highlighted Paul Jenné.

Supported by European Regions and co- financed by the EU Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH JU), the High VLO City project worth 31.5 million euro aims to accelerate the integration of highly-efficient fuel cell hydrogen buses in the public fleets of European cities, by addressing key environmental challenges.

Watch the video footage of the project demonstration on the Commissioner’s website.

More information and coverage on the event will follow shortly.

To consult the announced FP7 calls, click here.

More information is available here.



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