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Newsletter Issue 2 31st December 2006
– Project Performance Update
By the beginning of November 2006, the 33 being introduced during the HyFLEET:CUTE
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses Project. Bus 1 and 2 have been in
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agencies in North America, Japan and China attended.
HyFLEET:CUTE and the European Commission
This has been a joint collaborative initiative of the continue to be strong supporters of the principle of
European Commission and the United States Government. collaboration and equitable exchange of non-commercially
sensitive data between projects. Exchanging data
The issue of exchanging data between different fuel between different projects has the potential to benefit all
cell bus projects around the world was the major topic contributors and accelerate developments in fuel cell and
for discussion. The Workshop reached some tentative related technology.
agreements on which data sets might be exchanged, some
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Page 1. HyFLEET:CUTE Newsletter Issue 2
Newsletter Issue 2
FOCUS ON HYDROGEN INFRASTRUCTURE: London and Berlin
H2 Infrastructure London (Fueling
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses in HyFLEET:
CUTE)*
In 2005 BP opened the UK’s first hydrogen
demonstration refuelling station adjacent to
the BP Connect site at Hornchurch, Essex.
The station was developed in partnership
with First Group, DaimlerChrysler, London
Buses and the Energy Saving Trust. The
technology used at the site is supplied by Design of Hydrogen Refueling Station: Hornchurch
BOC. The plant is a prototype unit and is
the only underground storage facility for challenges along the way; however the work
liquid hydrogen of its kind in the world. has been worthwhile and significant for BP,
Putting the 3.2 tonne hydrogen tank and the larger community.
underground, reduces the area covered by * Article and Photo courtesy Vasso Tsatsami, BP Hydrogen.
the refuelling site.
Public perception has proved the most
BP Refueling Station, Hornchurch, UK difficult hurdle to overcome. BP had to H2 Infrastructure Berlin (Fueling
appeal after the local Council turned down Hydrogen ICE Buses in HyFLEET:CUTE)*
a planning application for the site because The two stationary fuel cells (one
local residents were manufactured by EPS, one by AXANE;
concerned about each with an electrical power output of 5
its visual impact KW) at the TOTAL Hydrogen filling station
on green belt land. Heerstrasse in Berlin have been installed.
After a review by an They are fed with the ‘boil off’ from the
independent safety Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) Storage-Tank
expert, the council and supply the filling-station’s shop with
was comfortable electricity and heat. The installation will
with the safety case; allow Vattenfall Europe and the Technical
however BP still University, Berlin to undertake vital research.
had to appeal on
planning issues. The remodelling of the TOTAL Hydrogen
Eventually the Filling Station at Berlin/Heerstrasse has also
permit was granted been completed. The new LPG reformer
Mr Schnell (TOTAL), Mr Eberwein and the site was with a max. GH2 output of 9 kg/hour
(BVG),& Mr Wypich (MAN) celebrate
arrival of H2 ICE Buses 3 & 4 constructed. The site has operated without has replaced the evaporation of LH2 as
any accidents, damage to people or the the primary way of producing gaseous
Hard on the heels of the environment. The thorough safety design Hydrogen.
announcement of the that BP used and the tight operational Ensuing projects are already being
“Innovation programme procedures paid off. This confirms the safety considered e.g. absorbing the carbon dioxide
for hydrogen and fuel-cell measures put in place for hydrogen worked resulting from reforming liquefied propane.
technology” by German Federal well and it proved to be no more dangerous
Minister of Transport Wolfgang than conventional fuels when the special
Tiefensee in Berlin on 30th
October 2006, the Berlin
requirements are complied with.
transport authority BVG has On average, the reliability of the various
added H2 ICE vehicles No.3 components has been good. However,
and No.4 to its fleet.
the specific design and fuel consumption
pattern by the buses resulted in significant
hydrogen losses. Use of this type of
technology in the future would require the
facility to be designed in a modified way
to prevent losses and improve economics. New LPG reformer ready for action at Heerstrasse, Berlin.
These are just examples of the many
lessons learned. Setting up and operating
*Article and Photo courtesy of TOTAL, Berlin.
the site has not come without many
Page 2. HyFLEET:CUTE Newsletter Issue 2
Newsletter Issue 2
HYFLEET:CUTE’S OUTPOSTS OF PROGRESS
Beijing Project Picks up Speed regional Western
Australia to offset
The 9th meeting of the estimated
the Beijing Fuel Cell emissions from the
Bus Demonstration international and
Steering Committee national transport of
was held in October delegates to and from
2006. Chaired the Conference and
Conference key note speaker, Dr Alan Lloyd in
by Professor Lun front of a prophetic exhibition stand. also the Conference
Jingguang the meeting (All photographs courtesy, Arno A Evers FairPR)
operations.
received reports on
the progress to date For further information on the Conference, please email
of the three H2 Fuel [email protected] Additional photographs
Cell Buses operating as from the Conference can be found at: www.fair-pr.com/
part of the HyFLEET: meet-aae/greentransport2006/index.php
Drivers and Bus Refuelling: Beijing CUTE demonstration
project. The meeting
was attended by all major partners* and marked the first Iceland’s FC Buses Are In Demand
meeting for Mr Bill Fitzharris in his new role as General
Manager Hydrogen for BP worldwide. The three hydrogen buses operating in Reykjavik have
been kept very busy. On weekdays, the hydrogen FC
Providing the H2 refueling infrastructure in Beijing has buses are utilized on the city’s normal public transport
been challenging. However the meeting also celebrated routes. On weekends the buses are now in regular use
the first refueling of the buses at the custom designed for special events. This is an important improvement
refueling station which is now in regular service. resulting from an increase in the number of trained
Concurrently with the HyFLEET:CUTE project, drivers. The increased demand for hydrogen from
Tsinghua University located in Beijing is trialling five FC running the buses for longer periods has had benefits
buses. in boosting the efficiency of the refueling station by
reducing necessary flushing operations during weekends.
For more information on the Beijing Demonstration
project contact Mrs Wang: [email protected] Among the special events the buses have been involved in:
* Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology; Project Management Office; UNDP; • Transporting the Scottish winners of the Shell
Beijing Public Transport Company; Daimler Chrysler, BP, Ballard. International innovation competition on a visit to
Iceland


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