HyFLEET:CUTE Final Conference

Kremmen, (PresseBox) - 43 million Euros have been invested by industry partners and the European Union in the operation of 47 hydrogen powered buses and the development and testing of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. 31 partners in 10 cities on three continents have been involved over the past four years in testing hydrogen as an energy carrier for public transport.

When the European Union and these enterprises embarked on accelerating the development of hydrogen powered buses as one route towards clean public transport, there was no certainty of the outcomes.

Mitigating climate change, securing energy supply and assuring air quality are major global challenges. To what extent can these be met by using hydrogen as a fuel? How did the buses and the infrastructure perform? What was the public reaction? Is the technology ready for everyday use and when will it enter the market? Is the 'competition' between hydrogen and battery powered transport real and/or are they complementary pieces of the energy jigsaw puzzle?

The results of the HyFLEET:CUTE project are outstanding and follow hard on the heels of the success of the previous CUTE Project. The project partners believe the commercialization of this leading edge technology is in sight. HyFLEET:CUTE has shown unequivocally that Hydrogen can be a low or even emission free transport fuel; that the drive train technology developed is a practical propulsion system for transport that can run efficiently and very cleanly on hydrogen. Hydrogen can be produced efficiently and with virtually zero pollutant and carbon emissions when renewable primary energy sources are used. Infrastructure to produce, supply and distribute hydrogen for transport can be implemented efficiently with no fundamental obstacles. Most importantly, a hydrogen based transport system can be implemented and can operate safely, delivering substantial long term public benefits.

The time has come to capitalize on these successes, capture the learning and build a clean, efficient transport system for Europe and as an added benefit create the new employment opportunities much needed in this time of economic crises.

The results of the project and the vision for the near future will be presented and discussed at the Final HyFLEET:CUTE Conference in Hamburg, Germany on Tuesday, 17th & Wednesday 18th November 2009.

Two major Forums at the HyFLEET:CUTE Conference in Hamburg will give answers to the key questions that face the hydrogen powered transport community. In addition, this Conference will feature a number of expert speakers giving information and their thoughts on both the details of the achievements of the HyFLEET:CUTE project and the future of hydrogen fuelled transport.

Find more information on www.global-hydrogen-bus-platform.com or contact info@hyfleet-cute-final-conference.com. Registration fee includes a gala dinner.

Please note that the number of participants is limited. We recommend an early registration.

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