A Summary of the HyTrEc2 Project Partners
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen City Council is lead beneficiary and will lead Work Package 1: Project Management and Work Package 2: Communication Activities The City Council is a unitary local authority in Scotland that provides a wide range of functions and services including economic development, transport, refuse collection, education etc. Aberdeen City Council works in partnership with a wide range of public and private sector partner on hydrogen projects - with one of the largest and varied hydrogen fleets in Europe. Involvement in HyTrEc2 will increase demand for its hydrogen fueling station through increasing the number of hydrogen vehicles in the City and move the Council forward in the creation of a supply chain and in the production of Green Hydrogen.
Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Technologies
The Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Technologies (CENEX) is the Work Package leader for Work Package 3: Vehicle Trials - Improving Operational Efficiency. CENEX is the UK's Centre of Excellence for low carbon automotive technology and is an independent not for profit organisation. CENEX has ten years of experience in managing and reporting on low carbon vehicle demonstrations and trails, and runs the largest Low Carbon Business to Business event in Europe on behalf of the UK Government and UK Automotive industry. CENEX's core mission is to decarbonise road transport and increase the uptake of low carbon vehicles in the UK and across the North Sea Region. As part of the HyTrEc2 project CENEX will test FCEVs in a range of conditions across the NSR and demonstrate and build the business case for low carbon vehicles in the North Sea Region.
Research Institutes of Sweden
Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) is the Work Package leader for Work Package 4: Low Carbon Hydrogen Production, Storage and Distribution. RISE's vision is to provide value in sustainable development for business and society and provides expertise in all fields associated with the development of hydrogen including hydrogen safety experts and experts developing hydrogen fuel cell materials. The organisation's competences include targeted education packages and it has project management skills in the development of hybrid and electric cars. The HyTrEc2 project will offer the opportunity to model the economic business case for green hydrogen production and problems associated with the development of hydrogen transport.
University of Tromoso - The Arctic University of Norway
The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) is the Work Package leader for Work Package 5: Supply Chain Development and Training. UiT has expertise in Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and the integration of various RES including fuel cell and hydrogen technology. The University also has technical expertise in hydrogen technology and fuel cell applications in transport and logistics, and is the only University College in Northern Norway providing technical and engineering education in this subject area. For HyTrEc2 UiT will contribute to technical/scientific tasks with other partners and work closely with local community and industry/business partners to implement effective solutions.
Europaisches Institut fur Innovation / European Institute for Innovation
The European Institute for Innovation (the EifI) is an applied science organisation supporting the adaptation of regions to respond to the fast pace of development and make them more competitive. The EifI, through its regional, national and transnational work stimulates economic activity and creates new economic activity by creating new employment and business opportunities that meet the demands of communities and people. The thematic areas of expertise include Education, ICT, Energy, Sustainable Communities, and Resource Efficiency. Through involvement in the HyTrEc2 project the EIfI will learn from the partnership in creating capacity in the H2 economy. Additionally, raising awareness in H2 technology will create a corridor of infrastructure in the region allowing for H2 diversification.
The Province of Drenthe has responsibilities for a wide range of competences including spatial planning, transport, the environment and economic development. The Province works closely with the two other Northern Netherlands provinces - Groningen and Fryslan - in a range of economic development and transport issues. Through the HyTrEc2 project Drenthe will deliver a Living Lab; bringing together stakeholders to develop innovative solutions in sustainable transport.
Groningen is known as the City of Energy in the Netherlands. The City is internationally well known for its energy business sector, energy orientated Knowledge Institutes and local sustainability policies. The Energy Valley Region focuses on energy transition which is a route towards a more sustainable energy system and a low to zero carbon society. This is a driver for innovation and economic development. The City of Groningen has for more than ten years invested in sustainability measures such as the energy refurbishment of public buildings, energy efficient street lighting and alternative fuels for the city fleet. The City has signed a Green Deal with the Ministry of Transport on Zero Emission City Distribution Logistics. Through the HyTrEc2 project the City of Groningen will gain experience with hydrogen vehicles and learn from other partners about opportunities, business drivers and barriers to the development of hydrogen transport.
Aberdeenshire Council is a unitary Scottish local authority with a wide variety of functions including economic development, education, and refuse collection etc. Aberdeenshire Council manages a large fleet of public vehicles but has experienced problems with electric vehicles in the past as the area is a rural one. It tried to integrate electric vehicles into its large public fleet on a trial basis and has experiences very relevant to the project. The Council's experience of fuel trials in the past has not been a success due to problems around range, reliability and fleet integration. The HyTrEc2 project will consider hydrogen range extenders offering opportunities to resolve these issues, as well as introducing clean vehicles into the Council's own fleet as demonstrators and to make them available to the wider stakeholder community in the rural area, opening the way to the wider adoption of the technology across Aberdeenshire.