The European Union will support with almost €3.5 million from the TEN-T Programme a project, taking place in The Netherlands and Denmark with the support of French and Swedish stakeholders, which will analyse the current situation of hydrogen refuelling stations and propose new strategies to expand their usage.
The HIT (Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport) project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will define the best strategies to move from the current patchwork of hydrogen “hotspots” to commercially viable for Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) and from there to long distance transport and mobility along the TEN-T road network.
The project will first draft four National Implementation Plans (NIP) for each of the participating countries to address how local hydrogen “hotspots” can be turned into local markets with a sufficient critical mass of users and vehicles and integrated into the TEN-T road network. Three pilots will then be conducted to examine the feasibility of long-distance travel between major HRS stations (Rotterdam, Aalborg and Frederica) using hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. The results of the pilots will generate valuable information which will be used for drafting the NIP.
Finally, a proposal for the deployment of hydrogen as a long distance alternative fuel along the TEN-T road network will be produced by integrating the results of the NIP and the three pilots. It will put forward recommendations to allow policymakers and infrastructure managers to develop and use effective support schemes for a viable hydrogen infrastructure roll-out in the European Union.
The project is set to be completed by the end of 2014.
For more information, please consult the project’s page!
Source: European Commission