Getting the money for any innovative initiative can frequently be complex and difficult. Especially when the initiative is being developed and implemented within a commercial, public transport bus operating environment.
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This section on fuel cell bus (FCB) implementation, documents the learning that has occurred from the most recent FCB projects, including the procurement of the FCBs and hydrogen refuelling stations (HRSs). Deployment and Operations will be updated as more information becomes available.
Developing the overall concept of a fuel cell bus project sets the scope and, in many ways, the basis for the overall success of the project.
The Project Conceptualisation Stage provides the context within which the buses will operate and be perceived by the key stakeholders. It can also facilitate a broader framework within which other applications of hydrogen and fuel cell technology can be developed and utilised. These can provide a means to address energy system-wide and environmental issues as well.
Setting up an FCB project today still requires the strong support of many stakeholders to provide personnel capacity and relevant expertise or funding. Acquiring this support can also bring the risk of ‘overselling’ the technology and raising very high expectations. On the other hand, high initial expectations may be necessary to get such a project approved at all. These expectations must be well managed during the course of the project.
There is a wide range of stakeholders who can provide important and powerful support to your FCB project, or just as powerful opposition.
On the support side, as an example, an influential and involved Steering Group can provide significant ‘political’ support. It might consist of senior representatives from the local administration and the PTA/PTO, as well as respected political leaders (political ‘champions’), to maintain support and obtain advice.
On the opposition side, this may be very local, such as neighbours to the proposed refuelling site, or quite distant, such as national or international environmental organisations
The operational stage is the most essential aspect of an FCB project. It is the reason for embarking on the project. It will provide critical information to determine the future of the application of H2 and FCB technology at that site. It will also be the most public activity of the project and therefore, most open to scrutiny. Suc-cess is critical, and only careful and thorough planning can achieve this. The saying "Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail" certainly holds when applied to an FCB Project.