Cities speeding up the integration of hydrogen buses in public fleets

Framework 7 Programme (FP7)

Partners / countries involved

Aberdeen City Council ( United Kingdom ); Van Hool (Belgium); Solvay (Belgium); Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions (HyER) (Belgium); De Lijn (Belgium); WaterstofNet (Belgium); Dantherm/Ballard Power Systems (Denmark); Riviera Trasporti (Italy); Liguria Region (Italy); University of Genoa (Italy); FIT Consulting (Italy); Ballast Nedam (Netherlands); CNG Net (Netherlands);

Europe is rapidly expanding the demonstration of fuel cell hydrogen buses in regular public transport services in several cities across the continent. Supported by the region of Flanders (Belgium), Liguria (Italy) and the City of Aberdeen (Scotland) and co- financed by the EU Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH JU), the project is kicking off the use of highly efficient  fuel cell hydrogen buses, linking them with existing locations throughout Europe. The project is known under the acronym “High VLO-City”, referring to its objective to accelerate the integration of hydrogen buses in public fleets, from North to South.

Building on the commitments of the public transport operators of the project demonstration sites, San Remo (5 buses), Antwerp (5 buses) and Aberdeen (4 buses), and of previous EU fuel cell bus demo sites, the High V.LO-City project will demonstrate the economic and technical viability of these buses and of intelligent infrastructure solutions, to speed up a broader market introduction in the next few years.

The project locations offer key stakeholders an important perspective for European-wide fuel cell and hydrogen business development and investment decisions. Located in different climate zones, the “High V.LO – Cities” will facilitate the building of a network of Centres of Excellence on fuel cell bus integration in different public transport fleets, offering up-close insight in all the aspects of introducing these clean and energy efficient vehicles into their services.



Lessons Learned

Aberdeen City Council continues to play a leading role in the development of hydrogen technologies and infrastructure and demonstrating the benefits of green transport.

“This follow-on project to HyTransit will bring hydrogen bus deployment one step closer to commercial use in Scotland and further the research needed for refuelling stations and auxiliary services. The combination of the quality partnership and chosen cities across Europe will ensure other cities will be able to replicate our project bringing hydrogen fuel deployment one step closer to mainstream use”. Yasa Ratnayeke, Senior Executive Partnerships & Funding at Aberdeen City Council

  • Status
  • Completed
  • Project Launch
  • 01 January 2012
  • Project completed
  • 31 December 2016

Project owner contact

Aberdeen City Council
Yasa Ratnayeke

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