Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 211

Carlos Navas
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L
S O C I E T A L C H A L L E N G E S : T R A N S P O R T
Do you feel that Europe can retain its strong position in
this market space, or does the region need to do more
to ensure that the industry stays at the same level and
that ground isn’t lost to competitors in Asia or the US?
Absolutely, Europe is at the forefront of this technology and particularly
so in fuel cell buses. We are deploying more buses than anywhere else
in the world. That leadership decision is there, and recognised, but we
can’t just stop and not take any further steps. In fact, today’s declaration
is a realisation that we need to do a lot more, because the numbers we
are discussing represent something of the order of ten or 20 times the
number of buses that we have in our projects today.
It’s a very tall and ambitious order; yet if we work together the way we
are with our industrial partners, who are willing to provide the technology
solutions, and with the demand side with the cities and bus operators,
who are willing to buy this technology, progress can be made on
deployment in larger numbers. We will be able to maintain that leadership
position and perhaps even enhance it.
here as something they might be able to do.
Although perhaps not to the same degree,
smaller cities can certainly become involved
because the technology may actually provide a
solution for their transport needs. Within that
coalition I mentioned earlier, we have a fair
number of not-so-large metropolitan cities and
more mid-sized cities all over Europe.
That number’s increasing, but clearly we need
more to become involved. The more cities and
locations that make that statement and come
up to say they want to be a part of this, the
bigger and more visible the market demand for
the bus industry will be, driving more
commitment and pumping more money into the
sector to work together. Ultimately, we are a
community working together through numerous
means, as we all see the benefit in doing this.
How will you make sure that this
initiative generates returns and that
concrete results and progress are
measured throughout the work?
One thing we are doing as part of the coalition
work is to start monitoring progress. We are
working very closely together with these
locations and cities to find out how many buses
they see themselves potentially buying over the
coming few years. We are already starting to
receive the preliminary results at this stage, and
we have some numbers in terms of how many
buses they can introduce.
That’s already providing us with a forecast, with
projections on how many buses we can
anticipate overall. Feedback on a yearly basis
will support this estimate. That’s something we
can monitor. At the same time, because of the
makeup of the joint undertaking as a public
private partnership, our funding can be tailored
responsively to meet those needs.
We know that there is a big enough appetite for
a large scale demonstration where there are
200 or 300 buses deployed in one area, and
we will follow this.
Because we have a coalition where we can
keep up with the trends and are working closely
together with our partners in the bus industry,
we are in a very good position in that dialogue
to monitor current progress.
European cities could
soon see more fuel cell
buses in use
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