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Hydrogen Valley in Modena: 2 new refuelling stations, 2 electrolyzers and a Center of Excellence for research and training

The planned Hydrogen Valley project in Modena – presented in February – becomes a reality. 

The initiative foresees the construction of: two hydrogen refuelling stations, one of which is specific for local public transport; two electrolysis plants for Hydrogen production, one at the waste-to-energy plant, the other in the landfill area; the development of a Center of Excellence for research and training.

All parties involved – i.e. the Municipality of Modena, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the Hera group, Snam, ENEA, Seta S.p.a., Cap, Democenter Sipe Foundation and the Agency for energy and  sustainable development (AESS) – have in fact signed a memorandum of understanding that formally starts the project.

Just as H2GO project, another step to make Hydrogen Cities happen!

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H2GO’s technical partners visiting the ARCO FC headquarters

AESS, ALKE’ and BOSCH VHIT guests of ARCO FC in Quarto Inferiore in Bologna, last Friday. The aim of the visit is to share the state of play of H2GO hydrogen-electric vehicle prototype, specifically with respect to mechanical integration and ALKE box, in terms of VCU-BMS-FCH communication and dashboard. The technical partners by the end of the day will also define the integration timing as well as the vehicle test and safety plan.

News from INNOVEIT BRNO: H2GO Project and the future of mobility

AESS – the Energy and Sustainable Development Agency – together with Bosch VHIT attended the panel “Creating hydrogen cities” where the results of the H2GO project were presented.

The meeting was also a chance for forging new alliances by presenting the challenges and opportunities for the green transition and the adoption of hydrogen systems in our cities.

The meeting was also a chance for forging new alliances by presenting the challenges and opportunities for the green transition and the adoption of hydrogen systems in our cities.

H2GO at the INNOVEIT BRNO: The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility!

Partners from H2GO project will be attending INNOVEIT BRNO, a side event of the Urban Mobility Days, a biennial conference held on 20-22 September in Brno (Czech Republic), jointly organized in 2022 by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport (DG MOVE), and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU. Representatives either from AESS or from BOSCH VHIT will present the project and network with other relevant stakeholders for future initiatives.

For further information on the event:

Hydrogen mobility triggering a number of joint ventures all over the world

BMW partners with Toyota on fuel cell vehicles, Toyota with Chinese companies and many other joint ventures are born in the last months around hydrogen vehicles.

BMW is looking at partnerships to further its fuel cell vehicle efforts and will be working with Toyota to produce and sell fuel cell vehicles as soon as 2025. BMW’s already developed a hydrogen-powered X5 concept and plans to begin producing it on a small scale later this year.

The automaker believes that spreading its efforts and investments across various propulsion and fuel technologies will help it be more competitive going forward, especially as the unpredictability of supply chains and technical components continues to cause problems with the manufacturing and delivery of all vehicles.

Six companies that share a common vision for the widespread use of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in China signed a joint venture agreement for the establishment of United Fuel Cell System R&D (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (FCRD).

In accordance with the Technology Roadmap for Energy-Saving and New Energy Vehicles announced by China in 2016, the FCEV market, primarily for commercial vehicles, is growing at a pace not seen anywhere else in the world. Based on the belief that industry-wide efforts to build the foundations for the widespread adoption of FCEVs under an unprecedented open structure rather than measures by individual companies will be essential for the spread and firm establishment of FCEVs in the Chinese market, which is undergoing these extreme changes, these six companies, which share a common vision for FCEVs, decided to establish an R&D joint venture.

Specifically, the six companies will engage in discussions to formulate product plans and create a single streamlined structure to develop a series of technologies from components including FC stacks that satisfy performance needs in China and FC system controls that support those components, to vehicle installation.   
According to Toyota, “FCRD will support the proliferation of FCEVs for the creation of a hydrogen-based society in China, and by promoting and developing FCEVs, will contribute to solving environmental issues including reducing CO2 emissions and curtailing air pollution and work to facilitate the formation of an even better mobility society in China.”

In a clear smaller scale, also H2GO project is moving this direction, by exploring and implementing a joint venture among companies manufacturing electric vehicles (Alkè), fuel cell stacks (ARCO FC) and innovative blowers/system integrators (BOSCH VHIT).

For more details: Autoblog and JEC

Hydrogen trucks in Volvo Trucks’ 2030 fleet

Volvo Trucks is ready to put hydrogen to the test. The company announced in the past weeks that it has begun testing fuel cells on next-generation articulated trucks, with the aim of bringing them to market by the end of this decade.

“The combination of electric battery and fuel cell will allow our customers to completely eliminate CO2 emissions, no matter which route they take”, says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks. Pilot projects for customers will begin in a few years, and then reach commercialization in the latter part of this decade. “Hydrogen trucks will be particularly suitable for long distances and heavy transport”, the president stressed. “They could also be an option in countries where battery charging possibilities are limited.”.

For more details, click here.

Photo credits: Volvo Trucks

7th July: H2GO at the EIT UM KIC partner event in Istanbul!

From 5th to 7th July the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality will host the annual partner event of EIT Urban Mobility KIC, focused on sharing insights and best practices on urban mobility. H2GO project has been invited to attend and present its main objectives and outcomes. Alessandro Fauda from BOSCH VHIT will be representing the project’s Consortium and will also take part to the Energy and Mobility panel discussion. Exploring synergies and networking with further EIT UM projects and partners is the main goal of H2GO attendance to the 2022 EIT UM partner event!

Opening in Mestre of the first urban hydrogen service station open to the public in Italy!

The inauguration of ENI’s hydrogen refuelling station in Mestre – the very first urban service station open to the public in Italy – on last 10th June and the goals H2GO project (aiming at building by the end of 2022 an electric vehicle prototype integrated with hydrogen cell to be used for different urban services (street cleaning, waste collection, cycle lane maintenance, etc.)) are fully complementary to each other. Only the widespread use of both hydrogen-powered vehicles and battery-powered electric vehicles or new prototypes integrating the 2 technologies (just as planned in H2GO project) can ensure a real carbon neutral strategy for smart mobility. A further step towards zero-emission mobility has been taken.

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more: eiturbanmobility.eu