Europe Launches €135 Million Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure And Cars Deployment Project

JUL 4 2016 BY MARK KANE 40

Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME)

Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME)

Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) announced the second pan-European deployment of hydrogen refueling infrastructure in June – H2ME 2.

The project that brings together 37 partners (interestingly Toyota seems to be absent this time).

The project cost totals €100 million  ($112 million USD) further funded by a €35 million ($39 million USD) grant from the The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

The plan for the H2ME 2 is to install additional 20 new hydrogen-refueling stations (HRS) and deploy 1,230 fuel cell vehicles over six-years.  Apparently €135 million ($152M USD) doesn’t get you a lot in the fuel cell game (or very quickly).

Previous H2ME project from 2015 started with a goal of 29 refueling stations and 300 fuel cell vehicles.

“Today sees the launch of a second pan-European deployment of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, and passenger and commercial fuel cell electric vehicles. The six-year H2ME 2 project brings together 37 partners from across Europe.

It will include the deployment and operation of 1,230 fuel cell vehicles, the addition of 20 extra hydrogen-refuelling stations (HRS) to the European network and will test the ability of electrolyser-HRS to help balance the electrical grid.

The project has been developed under the auspices of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) initiative and supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) with funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 programme.   The H2ME 2 project takes its name from Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME), a collaboration between national H2 Mobility initiatives from across Europe which aims to coordinate European activities and helps support the early roll-out of hydrogen vehicles across Europe.

The H2ME 2 project will complement and build on a first FCH JU-funded project developed by H2ME partners, H2ME 1 (, which was announced in September 2015, with plans for 300 fuel cell vehicles and 29 HRS. Together, the H2ME projects will form the largest EU funded project for hydrogen mobility and FCEV deployment.

The €100 million H2ME 2 project, funded with a further €35 million grant from the FCH JU, will significantly expand the European hydrogen vehicles fleet and in so doing, aims to confirm the technical and commercial readiness of vehicles, fuelling stations and hydrogen production techniques. H2ME 2 will produce recommendations and identify any gaps that may prevent full commercialisation, as well as collating results to support future investments.  Together the H2ME 1 and H2ME 2 projects demonstrate the breadth and depth of the commitment to hydrogen-fuelled road transport as a pan-European solution to the need to have viable, competitive, alternatives to fossil fuels.”

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such a slow and expensive scheme

Yet another reason why the UK should leave the UE.

Europe stupid.

You’re right!

Conservatives have ADD, if a liberal hates it, they’re for it. No matter how stupid or brain-dead. The stupidest of them literally make policy that’s the opposite of the liberal agenda. Because, they don’t do any actual analysis or “science”. Liberals do science. It’s the laziest thing that requires absolutely no thinking.

ADD isn’t the clinical definition of what they’ve got. But, I’m not a doctor.

Choosing to live in a bubble world, an echo chamber where you deny reality and listen only to those who share your own narrow beliefs, isn’t at all what ADD is. It’s just a shared delusion, like living in a cult.

I refer, of course, not to true conservatives, but to the current brand of extremist fake conservatives. True conservatives believe in investing wisely in the future. The fake conservatives we hear from so much today, don’t.

I wonder if we are ever going to see a foolcell car being a selfdriving foolishness as well. That would be kind of superfool. 🙂

I think such a project would be superfooluous.

“The project that brings together 37 partners (interestingly Toyota seems to be absent this time).”

Its really interesting that Toyota is absent.
Are they betting their hopes on Prius Prime now. We can be happy if they did.

This Hydrogen and Fuel Cells seems more as distraction. Let’s see.

For record Mirai sold 40 units in June and 218 units in 2016-YTD.

Why Europe? With $135 million you can build a complete infratructure of chargers troughout Europe!
And why Hydrogen? It’s like 3 times less efficient! That means, 3 times more windmills or 3 times more solarpanels!

Outrageous. The OIl Industry Runs the EU too.
Outrageous waste of money on a dead end project.

Just one more reason to #exit

The real reason behind Brexit.

UK is/will be major supplier of gas from fracking… So they would benefit from fraco-2-H2 process required for large scale production of H2.

Too many partners spoils the hydrogen soup.

“I think I’m gonna’ barf.”

~ Francis MacDormand in Fargo

Very sorry to see the EU joining Japan and California in throwing good money down this rathole.

It’s not clear to me whether or not any of the money to be wasted will come from taxpayers. If not, then this will at least in that respect be better than the California hydrogen fueling station program.

“If only the world weren’t governed by the unfair and cruel laws of thermodynamics and economics, the hydrogen economy could rule the world.” –- HVACman, comment at, July 8, 2015

using H2 as a battery-storage medium- costs a whole lot less than batteries. All the utilities have to buy is the electrolyser and the pressurizing equipment. The storage media for the hydrogen is the public utility gas storage system.

This also helps then get off imported Russian gas.

So if a utility can start storing renewable electricity with H2 then that is better than doing nothing.

Germany has lots of peak shaving to deal with from the wind farms. If they can’t afford the outlay for batteries then electrolysers are the second best alternative…..better than doing nothing.


The project’s about use of electrolysis for grid balancing. Right now grid balancing is done by NG peakers or in some instances it’d be curtailment of wind power. Either way there’s a bunch of inefficiency that could be substituted through storage systems.

Unless people think that BEV has an answer for every transportation need (which it doesn’t right now), then without massive breakthroughs in biofuel production sustainable transportation will need some kind of fuel synthesis. With the research on HFCV, it’s an obvious way to test the principle.

Russian gas is less worse than US fracking gas that destroys the underground water supply.

Russian gas funds Russian imperialistic ambitions of Putin, and directly fund deaths in Ukraine (one of many examples).

georges said:

“using H2 as a battery-storage medium- costs a whole lot less than batteries. All the utilities have to buy is the electrolyser and the pressurizing equipment.”

That’s being penny-wise and pound-foolish. Sure, the equipment costs more per kWh when buying battery backup. But even closed-loop stationary hydrogen storage is at best only slightly better than 50% efficient round-trip, whereas battery storage using li-ion batteries is about 80% efficient round-trip.

With such a huge difference in cycling efficiency, it wouldn’t take long for the batteries to pay for themselves.

Not so fast PP.
There is a lot of good that seems to happen in the hydrogen production.
Ever heard about solid state storage of hydrogen.
I just look at their site this morning and it look better than most think.

Such a blanket statement cannot be made. Total cost depends on a number of factors, the biggest being how much evergy needs to be stored and the rate of storage and retrieval.

Absolutely agree.
But, saying that hydrogen has no future in energy storage or load balancing is a big statement to make, and if there is a place where it can have an edge, it’s most probably there.
In light duty vehicle, not so much.

WOW !!!

We can make fossil fuels from water with electrolysis. (at significant expense)

This is petro-chemical heaven.

There really isn’t need for the sarcasm.

The important part is:
“__and will test the ability of electrolyser-HRS to help balance the electrical grid.”

Hydrogen production and methane production could well end up as an important part of a renewable economy. Forget the fuel cell vehicles for the moment. Renewable electricity continues to fall in cost per kWh, but has integration issues that add costs to the electricity grid, as well as variations with season and weather that need to be handled. Seems to me that balancing by synthesizing fuel and then using that fuel as efficiently as possible would be a useful thing to research.

ItsNotAboutTheMoney said:

“There really isn’t need for the sarcasm.”

Oh, I completely disagree.

When we see the same monumental stupidity, the same ignoring of basic physics and the Laws of Thermodynamics, repeated on a large scale in yet another region, then the only appropriate responses are either mockery, or breaking down and crying at the extreme level of group stupidity displayed by our species.

Perhaps they could add a few extra steps:

1) Use the hydrogen in a fool cell to generate electricity
2) Use the electricity to electrolyze water to hydrogen and oxygen

Steps one and two can be repeated as many times as necessary to get to the desired level of inefficiency.
–John Hollenberg, comment at, September 24, 2015

Another reason why the EU is finished.

Excellent that Britain left these clowns as they have never done a decent days work in their lives and only a fool would start H2.

It must be to satisfy inefficient corrupt European petrol companies. Bravo Fools !

Will there be any Europe?

Well, I for one am glad we left the EU, these unelected beuracrats can’t find enough ways squander money, E135m is peanuts between 28 (correction 27 !) countries as they probably spend more than that on lunches but it’s still a massive waste.

Uberfools !

Less practical than a steam engine.

$123k per planned car
37 partners
205 cars per year… that is 2.5 ppm of all cars

And that is a step towards the Paris agreement?

What a waste of money and talent. If you want to make a real difference put 1M cars on the road next year.

Chill everyone and let the market do its work: foolcells will disappear quickly along with the companies forcing them.

No, Big Oil companies are not going to disappear quickly. That’s wishful thinking.

Even when most passenger cars are plug-in EVs, there will still be great demand for diesel (for long-range trucking, and ships, generators, and other things), as well as aviation fuel, motor oil, and other products, such as petroleum used to make plastics.

Demand for petroleum will disappear only slowly, and as it does, Big Oil companies will diversify into new energy sources.

This ‘hydrogenitis’ is getting serious. It may eventually require a complete ‘cashectomy’. The total removal of all alternative energy funds available, to cure it.
Oh well, a windfall for the fossil fuel industry anyway.

Yawn. I thought this was about EVs, not every crackpot “new energy” tech out there…

It is really irritating that the h2 bs still hasn’t gone away. You’d think by now they would realize that they have lost and redirect their resources.

Oh well. I think this will only go on for a few more years. Big Oil can of course continue to pour these relatively small amounts of money into generating publicity – and InsideEVs and the rest will probably continue to take the bait as well – but the doubt that a LOT of folks used to have and some significant portion of average Joe’s probably still have will gradually disappear with each passing year. With EVs becoming a significant slice of the market in just a few years the car manufacturers will have little choice but to speak warmly about the technology, and with cars becoming much better and offering Porsche performance at VW price points the public will be sold also.

In other news the United States has installed over 200 million electric car charging stations. They are sometimes referred to as electrical receptacles,

Wasted money – instead should invest in revisiting Nikola Tesla papeework. May they keep fool cells & hydro-gen to themselves, not to the general public.