An increasing number of regions and cities, involved in FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) pilot projects, have gained considerable experience and insight in the requirements for further FCEV and HRS (Hydrogen Refuelling Station) infrastructure roll-out. Huge steps have been taken in the domains of regulatory and technical harmonisation and the engagement of local industries and service companies. These projects have been mainly taking place in larger urban centres ”hotspots” where the first vehicle fleets were located.
In view of the announced first roll-out of series produced FCEV, there is an emerging need to connect and reinforce the first hydrogen ”hot spots”, developed under past and current EU Framework Programs. This implies the transition from isolated hot spots to wider geographical coverage. Currently, there are high entry barriers for new hydrogen infrastructure initiatives. Wider geographical coverage of HRS implies more FCEV traffic and creates demand for new stations, allowing smaller decentralised options.
Major European hydrogen infrastructure companies are ready to benchmark and co-finance the build-up of the first HRS networks along larger TEN T corridors to allow larger numbers of vehicles to travel between cities, thus reinforcing the economic viability for further hydrogen station development.