This report summarises the efforts in setting up a joint procurement strategy for the purchase of fuel cell buses in clusters in Europe (Benelux, France, Germany, Northern Europe and UK). Most of the CHIC participated in the clusters. In addition to leading the project, Element Energy was the UK cluster coordinator and worked with a number of partners coordinating activities in the Benelux region (Rebel Group, Twynstra Gudde), France (Hydrogène de France), Germany (ee energy engineers, hySOLUTIONS), and Northern Europe (Latvian Academy of Sciences) on this €300k project for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
Building on the findings of the 2015 FCH JU commercialisation study, the report outlines the efforts undertaken to build up the demand. The results indicate that a European effort can be very effective in increasing the demand to where significant price reductions can be achieved, increasing interest from additional bus manufacturers and fostering competition in this field, and initiating a first-of-a-kind effort at standardising bus specifications for the purpose of implementing joint procurements. The report includes details of the approaches to joint procurement of fuel cell buses being adopted in the UK and Germany.
The study’s report is a useful resource for cities planning to introduce zero emission buses and for suppliers of buses and refuelling infrastructure.
As a result of this work a number of deployment projects are now being planned, which are expected to lead to a significant increase in the number of zero emission fuel cell buses on Europe’s roads by 2020.