On 10 March 2020, the Region of North Denmark and the Municipality of Aalborg proudly announced the operation of the very first Fuel Cell Bus in Denmark. The bus was quickly followed by the next two fuel cell buses that started their operation the 16th of March.
The three fuel cell buses - co financed by the 3Emotion project - are from the Belgian bus manufacturer, Van Hool, their new model A330. They are all equipped with fuel cells from the company Ballard which is part of the cluster organization, Hydrogen Valley, in Denmark.
Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK) has just placed an order for 15 hydrogen-powered fuel cell hybrid buses with Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. From 2021, these vehicles will be successively integrated into RVK's fleet.
The buses will be purchased as part of the EU project JIVE 2 and will be funded by the "Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking" (FCH JU), the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) via the NIP2 programme and the Ministry of Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The first fuel cell bus has arrived in Wuppertal! This is the first of a fleet of 10 Van Hool buses, all fleet will progressively arrived by February. Ths hydrogen refuelling station is being built in parallel. Hydrogen will be produced via electrolyser with electricity produced from the waste incineration plant. This is the first "Waste-to-Energy" project producing hydrogen that will be used in public trnasport. No doubt that this example will inspire other cities across Europe.
The High V.LO-City project organised its final conference in Groningen, Netherlands, on Wednesday the 27th of November. The conference saw the project partners and interested participants coming together to discuss the project results, lessons learned and the future of zero emission buses. High V.LO-City is one of the FCH-JU funded bus deployment projects which are raising awareness and acceptance of fuel cell technology in public transport.