London’s fleet of hydrogen fuel cell taxis is remaining operational during the Olympic Games despite problems encountered by the fleet of fuel cell buses
Because of safety concerns, hydrogen is not allowed within the Games area for the course of the competition. It means the capital’s fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses have been taken out of action, though they will return in September on the RV1 route with three new additions. This will bring the fleet up to eight, making the RV1 route the first of its kind in Europe fully serviced by fuel cell buses.
Taxis, however, can get around the restrictions and were transported to the BOC hydrogen station in Swindon to refuel. A refuelling station will open at Heathrow soon, allowing the taxis to continue to transport dignitaries and VIPs during the Games.
Built by Air Products, the airport’s hydrogen station will be accessible to the public, dispensing hydrogen at 350 bar, with plans in place for a 700 bar capability in the future.
This summer, the first two hydrogen refuelling stations in Slovenia will be put in operation. The project is financed and coordinated by the Center of Excellence for Low-Carbon Technologies (CONOT), and project partners include INEA, expert in the field of industrial automation, process computer control and manufacturing informatics, and Petrol, Slovenia’s leading energy company and principal supplier of fuel, which will operate the hydrogen stations
A hydrogen fueled bus at a Petrol Slovenia stations
The stations will be delivered by Air Liquide by the end of July. One of the hydrogen stations will be installed in the city of Velenje and the other will be located in the Municipality of Bled, in the Julian Alps and one of Slovenia’s most picturesque and popular tourist destinations with more than 200,000 visitors annually. Bled has already seen the promotion of hydrogen for transportation, with the demonstration of a Rampini fuel cell bus and a Fiat Multipla vehicle during the 2011 World Rowing Championships at Lake Bled.
The project partners emphasise their intention to ensure the hydrogen stations stay in operation and welcome proposals for the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in these Slovenian regions.
The German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development has signed a joint Letter of Intent with several industry partners to expand the network of fuelling stations from current 15 stations across the country. The letter forms part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), in which Germany’s federal government will work with its partners; Air Liquide, Air Products, Daimler, Linde and Total Germany to expand the public network.
The German government’s own NOW GmbH (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology) will coordinate the construction of the filling stations. The network of hydrogen filling stations accompanies the introduction of fuel cell vehicles that the automobile industry has announced for 2014/15.
Partner, Daimler plans to be the first carmaker to start full commercial production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, with plans to launch the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell by 2014.
Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, said: “Electric vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells generate no harmful emissions. They also have a high range and can be refueled within minutes. To facilitate their introduction to the market, we need a network of filling stations that covers the major metropolitan areas and connects them to each other. We are therefore partnering with the private industry to setup a total of 50 hydrogen filling stations in Germany by the year 2015. By doing so, we create the basis for a demand-driven infrastructure for refueling hydrogen vehicles.”
Prof. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: “Electric vehicles equipped with a battery and fuel cell will make a considerable contribution to sustainable mobility in the future. However, the success of fuel cell technology depends crucially on certain conditions being in place, such as the availability of a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure.”