CHIC and NewBusFuel are two European project which received funding from the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) which came to an end respectiviely in December 2016 and March 2017. Both projects published reports which will be of great interest for local authorities or bus operators who are thinking about deploying fuel cell buses in the near future.

CHIC project – final report

The Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) Project was the crucial next step for the full commercialisation of hydrogen powered fuel cell buses. The project commenced in 2010 with an initial 25, subsequently 23 partners from Cities, Regions, Industry and Research Organisations. The CHIC project was the predecessor of the High V.LO-City project.

The project was completed in December 2016. CHIC operated 54 hydrogen fuel cell (H2FC) buses and 4 hydrogen powered internal combustion engine buses in 9 cities in Europe and Canada. The buses were delivered by 5 different bus manufacturers and had fuel cells from two different suppliers.

The final report for the project has now been published. This report gives an overview of the CHIC project and describes the key results and achievements. The full report is available here.

NewBusFuel – Summary document and guidance document 

NewBusFuel was a study which aimed to resolve the knowledge gap for establishment of large scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for fuel cell buses. The study started in summer 2015 and finished in March 2017, and has assessed the central technology- and engineering solutions required for the refuelling of a large number of hydrogen fuel cell buses at a single bus depot, which is under way to evolve into fleet development in the coming years. Large scale bus depot refuelling imposes significant new challenges.

Two reports are already available here, with more to be published in the coming weeks.

 

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