July 12, 2012 London’s fleet of fuel cell buses, which have been servicing the town’s central RV1 riverside route since 2011, have now passed a milestone of 1,000 hydrogen refueling events at Air Products’ station at Lea Interchange Stratford, a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park. The buses are operated by First Group for Transport for London and feature Ballard fuel cells and Wrightbus chassis integrated by ISE Corporation.
July 10, 2012 On 9 July 2012, 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.
June 3, 2012 PostBus Switzerland Ltd has launched the first Swiss hydrogen filling station in Brugg (Aargau) on May 22, 2012. It supplies fuel for the vehicles that PostBus has been using since December 2011 to test fuel cell technology for public transport. The gaseous hydrogen is produced directly at the filling station. All the electricity needed to generate the hydrogen comes from renewable energy sources.
May 31, 2012 Oslo launched the fuel cell bus project Wednesday, 30 May 2012. The launch was made by The County Mayor of Akershus County, Nils Aage Jegstad, in coorporation with the Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport in Oslo, Ola Elvestuen and The Managing Director in Ruter, Bernt Reitan Jenssen. Executive Director Bert De Colvenar represented FCH JU and Director in HyEr, Marieke Reijalt, represented The CHIC project at the launching.
March 30, 2012 The CHIC dissemination team, in collaboration with Element Energy and Infraserv, organised a short Phase 2 workshop on the occasion of launch of the latest EU Fuel Cell Hydrogen bus project, High V.LO-City, Cities speeding up the integration of hydrogen buses in public fleets, in the Province of Imperia on 23 March 2012. Transport Authority Riviera Trasporti and several bus operators in the Liguria region attended the meeting. The Phase 2 workshop series is intended as a an introduction to the ins and outs of fuel cell bus acquisition and operations to inform bus operators as well as local decision makers about the economic and technical aspects and feasibility of using fuel cell buses in public transport.
February 28, 2012 One of the industrial partners of CHIC, Vattenfall, is the supplier for Europe's largest hydrogen refuelling station that opened the 17th of February in the Phase 0 City Hamburg. A hydrogen station capable of delivering 750 kilograms of hydrogen per day opened on Friday the 17th of February in Hamburg’s HafenCity development, supplied by power company Vattenfall.
May 9, 2011 On May 06 Harry K. Voigtsberger, Minister of Economy and Traffic in North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) region of Germany,and Werner Stump, head of the Rhein-Erft district authority, jointly with Cologne Regional Traffic (RVK) manager Eugen Puderbach and Günter Rosenke from the RVK supervisory board presented the first fuel cell-driven hybrid-electric buses in Hürth near Cologne. The buses are the first of their kind in the regular public transport network of North Rhine-Westphalia and will serve the Rhein-Erft district and the inner-city traffic of Hürth and Brühl.
In May 2010, the first hydrogen filling station was inaugurated in Hürth and is now available to supply the bus fleet by means of a 350 bar pressure system. The new station is an important link in the chain of hydrogen supply facilities forming the "hydrogen pipeline" in NRW und the Benelux states.
Cologne is Phase 0 city within the CHIC project.
12 Apr - 14 Apr, 2011 During this year’s European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels, the CHIC dissemination team held the “Hop on a CHIC Bus!” Event.
Right outside the doors of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building, a Fuel Cell Hydrogen (FCH) Bus was showcased in which over 150 participants hopped on board and took part in presentations that gave an overview of European funded projects which deal with Hydrogen and Fuel Cell development and deployment. A member of the Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Enterprise, Cabinet also found the time to come on board. Valentina Superti, responsible for the automotive industry within the the cabinet met CHIC hosts and was presented the various hydrogen projects in progress in Europe, while being informed on hydrogen applications in Europe’s energy and transport system.
4 Apr - 8 Apr, 2011 The CHIC project was showcased at this year’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Fair in Hannover. The CHIC project was be part of the presentations during the Fair’s Technical Forum with the title “On the move – hydrogen in EU energy and transport systems.
4 Nov - 4 Nov, 2010 The CHIC Kick off event took place on November 4 , 2010 in Cologne, Germany.
Twenty six partners signed the CHIC Mission Statement, commiting to put twenty six fuel cell hybrid buses in regular service by 2012.