Hydrogen fuel cell: what are the latest developments for the automotive industry?
A press conference will be organised at the end of the European seminar on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, on Thursday 2 March 2017 – 12 noon at the International University Center for Research – Hôtel Dupanloup in Orléans.
Following this press conference, our Kangoo ZE-H2 will be on demo along with other electric hydrogen vehicles at Dupanloup Hotel.
The purpose of this seminar is to discuss on the latest progress made in Europe towards achieving the COP21 objectives in terms of sustainable mobility solutions using hydrogen. This event will bring together scientists and manucfacturers, SMEs and major French and European groups. It is organised by the CNRS and the SMARTCat project, which aims to develop innovative catalysts for hydrogen used in the automotive industry. This project is co-funded by the European Union’s H2020 framework program for research and innovation, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2-JU)..
European groups (Toyota, Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, …) and SMEs (Anleg, Borit, NelHydrogen, Symbio, STEP, …) will be attending.
The European Commission / FCH2-JU, the Center-Loire Valley region, the Loiret department, Orléans and its agglomeration give their full support for this workshop.
Feb 2017 – Symbio was invited at the Metropolitan Pact of Innovation and the convention for a breathable city (a agreement in partnership with Ademe). Indeed, the Metropole of Grenoble, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Minister of the Environment Segolene Royal signed on February 9, an agreement to support its energy transition projects.
The event ended with a visit of the research laboratories of CEA Tech – partner of Symbio.
Jan 2017 – The reasons which hold up most of traders and craftsperson from opting for a light commercial electric vehicle are the lack of infrastructure within their enterprise for charging the vehicle, of investment to acquire a new vehicle and low-density of use.
In this approach, and as part of its plan to beat air pollution, La Ville de Paris introduced an alternative mobility service for merchants and craftsmen. The VULepartagés project is a first in Europe and a major step forward in response to the application of the new traffic rules in Paris about polluting vehicles. 10 zero-emission light commercial vehicles, including the Kangoo H2-ZE, are available on 5 stations in the district of Montorgueil.
With a capacity of 2 seats, a space of 545kg or 4.5 m3 and a range of 300 km, without impacting the heating, the craftsmen and shopkeepers of Paris will have at their disposal our Kangoo H2-ZE, delivering and transporting material without polluting.
This project is introduced by La Ville de Paris, financed by the ADEME, and carried out in collaboration with the CCI Paris, the City Council of the 2nd arrondissement, and several players including Symbio.
All Parisian professionals are invited to register on the site and try our Kangoo H2-ZE: www.vulepartages.fr
Jan 2017 – The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. For over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme.
This year, Symbio’s CEO, Mr Fabio Ferrari, was joined by Pierre-Etienne Franc from Air Liquide and Raphaël Shoentgen from ENGIE, to speak about the implementation plan of the hydrogen infrastructure in EU.
Jan 2017 – This January, Symbio participated to the CES for the first time with its partner ENGIE to showcase how its green mobility innovation can improve air quality in urban areas.
It was a very successful experience that gave Symbio the opportunity to increase its visibility as an expert in fuel cell integration and to meet new potential clients.
From 5th January, visitors were able to take a spin with Symbio’s slot machine to discover through a very interactive tutorial how to beat air pollution with a 100% electric and 100% zero-emission vehicle.
Goodbye 2016, Goodbye diesel
2016 has been a pivotal year for the automobile industry. After the mediatic Dieselgate scandal, pressure with European regulations, new market trends and needs for an eco-friendly solution to improve air quality, we’ve seen a clear shift from a diesel to electric mobility investment.
EU CO2 objectives from 2009 were defined to ease investments for manufacturers in the plug-in hybrid intermediate technology. However, car manufacturers such as Nissan, Renault, and Tesla opted for a 100% battery solutions, and Toyota, Hyundai and Honda for a 100% hydrogen solutions. Both 100% electric vehicles are the only solution for a 100% zero-emissions tailpipe. But they are slowly taking-off compare to plug-in hybrids due to the lack of infrastructure.
Deployment of infrastructure for electric vehicles underway…
Charging infrastructure has long been identified as key to widespread adoption of electric vehicles. In theory, more hydrogen refuelling stations and electric charging points developed, more possibility for manufacturers to sell zero-emission vehicles. The right infrastructure generates a level of vehicle production, which would dramatically decrease the price of fuel cell as we can see now on battery for electric vehicles.
In reality, well, we are on good tracks: 1/ The business model works at a small scale with some subsidies like clusters of fleet of commercial vehicles and taxis 2/ As Engie is now demonstrating, it is cheaper to refill cars with hydrogen and electricity made with renewables, locally produced with clean energies like wind, solar and hydro.
Need for a clear European regulation
Today, we need to expand this business model to a large scale and create a self-sustainable market. For this, we need clearer European regulations to enhance green mobility within a sustainable economy. The California ZEV Regulation can be taken as a good example.
Our solution: 100% electric, battery + hydrogen
At Symbio, we believe that the solution will simply be in 100% electric. A clever mix between battery and hydrogen will bring the flexibility of use for electric vehicles. The battery will bring energy at a lowest price, when it will be abundantly available and possible to refill in more than 30mins. Hydrogen will give autonomy and ultrafast charge enabling all kind of vehicle usage, as demonstrated with our Kangoo ZE H2.
Our mission: to smoother this transition for you
Symbio provides 100% electric and therefore 100% zero-emission mobility solutions, which meet current needs of urban areas seeking to improve air quality without affecting their economy.
Thanks to the efforts of our engineers, we have enhanced the quality of our support team to bring you a better service at all time and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for trusting in Symbio. Our objective number 1 has always been to fulfil your needs and we work every day to improve in this task while respecting our values.
We have been standing together to ensure the creation of a new era by innovating, and transforming dreams of a green mobility into reality. As a dedication for the coming year, I would like to wish you a happy New Year 2017 and all success in achieving our common goals.
Leader of Hydrogen Green Mobility Solutions Celebrating 220 000 Miles Travelled with Top 20 Hydrogen Vans Kangoo ZE H2 Zero-Emission at CES 2017
Dec 2016 – What better way of introducing its solution to CES 2017 than by celebrating the 350 000 kilometers/220 000 miles reached with zero-emissions? Symbio, fuel-cell systems integrator experts, have delivered their 150th hydrogen electric vehicle this year. Symbio will be introducing its green mobility solutions and how it can make a difference to improve air quality in urban areas at Sands Expo, Level 1 Hall G, Eureka Park, Booths 51720 – 51531, from January 5th to 8th
Indeed, Symbio has deployed the biggest hydrogen fleet of commercial H2 vehicles thanks to the support of its partners Michelin and ENGIE. Symbio’s core mission is to engineer complete fuel cell systems for electric vehicles, from prototyping to product.
Symbio offers an end-to-end hydrogen fuel cell system compatible to different usage-cycles and types of vehicle (commercial vehicles, van, bus, trucks and boats) and from 5 kW to 300 kW.
“We are very pleased to be leading this hydrogen momentum in Europe, and to introduce our 100% zero-emission and 100% electric mobility solution to Vegas. This solution is today a real pollutant free alternative, improving air quality.” Said
Pierre-Yves Le Berre, VP at Symbio.
The company innovates, transforming dreams of a green mobility into reality. To highlight its ambition to spread its green mobility solution worldwide, Symbio will unveil a new H2 vehicle with 500 km of autonomy in March 2017 in Tokyo. Watch this space!
Symbio is the French leader in hydrogen fuel cell systems designed for the transportation markets. Symbio offers innovative green mobility solutions that extend electric vehicle autonomy and contributes to a low-carbon economy. We design, manufacture and sell hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and systems.
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On December 7, the agglomeration of Valence Romans inaugurated the new refuelling station for hydrogen vehicles in Rovaltain. It is the first station of this type to open in Drôme and the third one at a regional level, after Lyon and Grenoble. Located next to the P2 parking lot of Valence TGV station, the new station was provided by McPhy Energy. The station is accessible to any vehicles equipped with a fuel cell and booking. The price of hydrogen is 10 € HT / kg (1 kg allowing to travel about 100 km).
Dec 2016 – As energy transition becomes a reality, new technologies are in the ascendant phase. Convinced of the benefits it offers, the Region Normandie wishes to develop the hydrogen industry.
Oct 2016 – The Fire and Emergency Services department are now using 2 Renault Kangoo Z.E H2, equipped with a fuel cell running on hydrogen providing a reliable zero emission platform that guarantees operational continuity and 100% availability.
Oct 2016 – Braley, based near Rodez in France, has just got it’s first Kangoo ZE-H2. Time to turn it on!
Braley’s project for deploying an Hydrogen Refuelling Station for a local fleet of Kangoo ZE-H2 light duty vehicles is part of the H2ME european project and as such has received funding from the FCH-JU. The project is also including the deployment of a big electrolyser from Areva H2Gen that will be using renewable electricity provided by hydro power. Indeed, the local French Department of Aveyron produces about 12% of the national hydro-power electricity.
ENGIE joins Michelin in investing in Symbioto accelerate the development of hydrogen mobility solutions
Paris, September 19th, 2016
Symbio, a pioneering company in fuel cell technology and inventors of the first range extender for hybrid (combined electricity and hydrogen) vehicles, has conducted a new round of fundraising and brought ENGIE into the ranks of its investors.
The funds raised give Symbio the means to develop faster, particularly in the field of hydrogen mobility. “ENGIE’s arrival alongside Michelin sends a strong signal to businesses and governments that have chosen to become players in the energy transition and want to get access to solutions that can be rapidly operationalized” says Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio FCell.
ENGIE, as a player in the green mobility market, has taken steps to speed up the development of alternative energies, including in electric transportation. Having installed more than 5,000 charging stations in Europe, the Group is now helping to encourage the use of hydrogen in electric mobility. By joining Michelin in investing in Symbio, ENGIE will take an active part in the evolution of hydrogen uses and already experiments the installation of H2 infrastructures.
“This project perfectly illustrates the Group’s commitment to developing hydrogen-powered transportation by teaming up with industry partners. ENGIE wants to develop green mobility and especially alternative green energies, deploying NGV as an alternative fuel, or electric mobility, with EV charging stations being installed in Europe, or innovative solutions dealing with hydrogen” says Thierry Lepercq, Executive Vice-President at ENGIE.
For its part, Michelin reaffirmed its confidence in Symbio by participating in the second round of funding, thereby becoming the company’s main shareholder. This investment shows that Michelin expects to reap the benefits of diving directly into an external ecosystem as a way of supporting innovation. And the way is has chosen to do is revelatory: working with successful entrepreneurs and getting its internal incubation program (IPO) involved in the field of sustainable mobility for people and goods.
“Michelin is a player in the field of sustainable mobility and considers hydrogen to be one key component of this domain. Symbio’s approach kick-starts profitable hydrogen mobility services that meet urban needs, prior to the massive arrival of mainstream H2 vehicles” notes Laurent Noual, member of the Executive Committee of the Michelin Group.
Transportation is responsible for 23% of CO2 emissions in the world, and the sector is still 95% reliant on oil-based fuels. The transition to cleaner and more sustainable forms of mobility is therefore essential, especially in cities, where three of four people in the world will live by 2050. Hydrogen is an alternative energy that will help to greatly reduce CO2 emissions in the sector while also improving air quality, especially in urban centers.
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Oct 2016 – Joined by its partners ENGIE & Michelin, Symbio was speaking about the high technology behind Fuel Cell cars and its ambition for zero emission mobility on the TV set Auto Techno at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2016
May 2016 – The station is the first of three UK stations to be deployed as part of the pan European HyFive project, which was funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and the UK Government Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The station was opened to the public by Andrew Jones MP, Transport Minister at Department for Transport, and was supported by the automotive OEMs Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Symbio FCell, who also presented and participated in a Q&A session.
“The new refuelling station at Teddington is just one of 12 stations opening up this year, backed by £5 million of government funding, that will make it easier for more people to switch to this exciting new technology.” Said Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP.
Located at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, the hydrogen refuelling station is close to the A316 and A308 trunk roads and is available for commercial and private fleets operating fuel cell electric vehicles.
Fabio Ferrari, CEO, Symbio FCell, said: “I am excited to launch the new Kangoo ZE H2 700 bar van at the opening of ITM Power’s first refuelling station in London. The higher pressure 700 bar storage capability enables the vehicle to refill at any European refuelling station and improve the vehicle range, and with ITM Power’s program to extend the network of stations in and around London, clean emission journeys by public and private logistics organisations are now possible. This solution is today a real pollutant free alternative to the incumbent diesel powered vehicles, improving London air quality.”
Dec 2015 – The French fire brigades know everything about the danger of all types of vehicles on the road now choose hydrogen fuel cell utility van for their daily operations. Indeed, today, The SDIS 50 (emergency services for the department of La Manche, France) have taken possession of their first two Kangoo ZE-H2 provided by Symbio FCell. These vehicles will operate every day. Fire brigades chose this solution because it provides a reliable zero emission platform that guarantees operational continuity and 100% availability. Unlike a pure battery-based electric vehicle which can be stopped for hours of recharging, its hydrogen range-extended version is always available.
Next time you hear someone saying hydrogen vehicles are rolling bombs, tell them the story!
Dec 2015 – Ville de Paris organises a public exposition on the canal bank at Bassin de La Villette, as part of the COP21 official events. Symbio is proud to stand there and to demonstrate, with its partners Renault Trucks, CNR, McPhy and La Poste, the benefits of the hydrogen virtuous circle with our booth named “From water to water”.
It is now all set, since yesterday, and ready to host the public from November 23rd up to December 14th. You will discover the Renault Trucks Maxity Electric Hydrogen, Symbio’s Kangoo ZE-H2 light duty van, the McPhy H2 refuelling station, and a didactic demo of the complete value chain, from renewable electricity by CNR up to the Fuel Cell based mobility.
The exhibition is completely open to the public, but you can arrange meetings with Symbio and its partners following this link: Meeting Request Form
Nov 2015 – Credits: www.actu-environnement.fr
Oct 2015 – Colas, a worldwide leader in road construction, got it’s first Symbio Kangoo ZE-H2 this week on wednesday 2015. The vehicle was delivered before Pavillon Gabriel on the Champs-Elysées, few meters away from the Presidential Palais de l’Elysée, where Colas gathered it’s worldwide managers for an annual company event.
Symbio launches the first 5 hydrogen-powered utility vehicles out of a 40 fleet in La Manche (France)
Oct 2015 – In a major step towards the commercial deployment of zero-emission hydrogen-powered electric vehicles, Symbio has put on the road the first five Renault Kangoo ZE Light commercial vehicles (LCVs) powered by its hydrogen fuel cell Range-Extender, as part of a full fleet project led by the Conseil Général de la Manche which will rapidly deploy 40 vehicles. This project demonstrates the effectiveness of hydrogen power but also the reliability of Symbio’s as the world-leading provider hydrogen fuel cell Range-Extender.
Today, Symbio announces the launch of five first new hydrogen powered Light Commercial Vehicles equipped with the Symbio Range-Extender, as part of a venture directed by the Conseil Général de la Manche, whose ambition is to pioneer the green hydrogen production and distribution in France. La Manche indeed counts amongst the first departments in France to own a hydrogen filling station (active in Saint Lo) and five plug-in hybrid battery fuel cell light vehicles. Furthermore, it has an important potential for low-carbon electricity production, based on marine renewable energies (hydrokinetic and offshore wind) and nuclear.
The Conseil Général de la Manche aims to put on the road a total of forty hydrogen-powered Renault Kangoo ZE utility vehicles equipped with the Symbio Range-Extender. This technology recharges the battery when it drops below a certain level and permits the vehicle to be refueled with 1.8kg of hydrogen, 1kg of which powers a distance of over 100km; the range-extender therefore almost doubles the daily range of battery powered vehicles, a significant improvement that makes hydrogen-powered electric vehicles more competitive in the automotive markets.
Symbio provides mobility solutions based on the conversion of hydrogen to electricity thanks to PEM Fuel Cell systems, powering from 5 kW to 300 kW still remaining zero emissions. These solutions can be integrated in a large panel of applications and are well adapted to road vehicles, fluvial boats and other types of platforms with intensive usage cycle in urban area.
Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio, comments: ‘The ‘Range-Extender’ increases both driving range and availability of Electric vehicles for commercial usage, while reducing the investment in battery recharging infrastructure for large fleet. Closer to a traditional ICE vehicle, this ensures seamless operations for professional intensive urban usages as demonstrated in previous experimentations such as La Poste’.
Sep 2015 – Symbio and its UK sales and deployment support partner, Arcola Energy UK, an engineering services business, exhibit the Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 electric van with Fuel Cell Range Extender at Cenex LCV2015, the Low Carbon Vehicle event which takes place on 9th and 10th September at Millbrook technology centre.
This fuel cell electric light duty vehicle is part of Aberdeen City Council’s Hydrogen Transport Economy (HyTrEc) project that aims to improve access and advance the adoption of hydrogen as an alternative energy across the North Sea Region.
Fuel Cell Range Extenders have been developed to address the range limitation issues of battery powered electric vehicles, more than doubling the driving range of an electric only van. These hybrid light duty vehicles provide the low emission advantages of an electric vehicle without the range limitations or lengthy recharging time of battery only EVs.
Symbio, who has announced that it will ship more than 1000 Kangoo ZE-H2 in 2016, continues to grow its leadership in Europe with its flagship solution based on the mass-produced van made by Renault. This makes a unique value proposition, emission-free and long range vehicle available for real daily delivering operations.
Sep 2015 – The deployment of the HyWay Program continues with this new major step, the opening of the public station on the site of GEG (Gaz Electricité de Grenoble). The station will fuel the Kangoo ZE-H2 fleet made by Symbio FCell for the HyWay.
This station follows the existing stations already deployed in Grenoble on the site of the CEA, in Fontaines on the site of SymbioFCell, and in Sassenage at the headquarter of Air Liquide. This new station will be followed soon by the one of CNR (Compagnie Nationale du Rhône) in Lyon early February, and then by the one of Valence.
This project, supported by the national agency for Environment and Energy control, ADEME, the French Region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, and Europe (FEDER funding) aims at deploying fleets of light utility vehicles equipped with the Fuel Cell range extender developed by Symbio FCell, which more than doubles the range of the battery-based electric vehicle.
The project gathers together 18 customers, which are real daily operating users, such as: Air liquide, Auto-Losange Renault, DHL, La Poste, Crédit Agricole Sud Rhône-Alpes, Schneider Electric, et local authorities and institutions, such as CEA, the Department Council of Isère, Dreal Rhône-Alpes (Government administration for Environment and Energy), or Intercommunal Water Syndicate of the Grenoble region (SIERG).
Aug 2015 – Following the recent vote of the Energy Transition law, which defines important milestones for the deployment of hydrogen energy and fuel cells, the French President François Hollande and his Minister of Environment and Energy, Ségolène Royal, were in Grenoble this morning to discuss the benefits of the law with key industry and research executives.
They met with Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio
Aug 2015 – The Elexc project is a Proof Of Concept (POC) aiming at demonstrating the real possibilities of an electric excavator capable of delivering full duty service while dramatically reducing noise pollution and energy consumption.
In this respect, the objectives have been fully achieved: total energy consumption divided by 12 compared to legacy ICE engine equivalent, and dramatic decrease of noise: -10 dB outside, -20 dB inside the cabine. These benefits are obtained with equivalent working cycle in terms of speed, manoeuvrability, workability.
Furthermore, the system components developed for this small excavator are scalable for bigger and more powerful excavators. This electric excavator combines battery and fuel cell system used as a range extender. Other partners of this Volvo project includes Elbi, EFS, Prollion, Bonfiglioli, Ampère, ViaMéca and Tenerrdis. Partners will consider how to achieve price competitive products through industrialisation.
Aug 2015 – This is a Fuel Cell hydrogen electric car, yes it is…340 kW net power made with Symbio FCell stacks. The history is being written these days.
Aug 2015 – [In French]
Jul 2015 – Symbio participated at the 6th RIVE, an international event for electric mobility that took place in Alès, France, at the Pôle Mécanique (July 7 and 8). An opportunity for the visitors to look at the Toyota Mirai, though in static position at the stand, and discover the two flagship realizations based upon Symbio hydrogen fuel cell technology: the Kangoo ZE-H2, and GreenGT H2, Le Mans prototype. Both vehicles were up to drive, on the circuit, again and again all day long for two days, while several battery-based electric vehicles got stuck at the charging station at some point.
That was also the occasion for Prince Albert de Monaco to measure how real is the advent of fuel cell vehicles…
Jul 2015 – The French Minister of Environnement chose the HyWay program to illustrate the best innovations on climate at the City Hall of Paris.
This is where, on this famous place of Hôtel de Ville, five Kangoo ZE-H2 equipped with Symbio range extender are exhibited between July 3rd and 8th for the Innov’Climat exposition.
The exhibition is fully open to the public, and thousands of citizens and tourists visit the place daily.
Jul 2015 – French President, Minister of Environnement and top industry leaders visited today the Lyon port terminal for an event on green hydrogen. CNR (Compagnie Nationale du Rhône) hosted the main players of this emerging value chain, comprising renewable energy production, energy storage using hydrogen vector, hydrogen distribution, and mobility applications: Engie, Suez Environment, GNVert, CNR, McPhy and Symbio FCell are building together the future of green energy and mobility.
The President François Hollande and Minister of Environment and Energy Ségolène Royal met with Fabio Ferrari (CEO) and Pierre-Yves Le Berre (VP Sales) and discussed the deployment of hydrogen-based mobility in France. Fabio Ferrari announced that Symbio is on track to deliver more than 1000 of its Kangoo ZE-H2 in 2016, which is the leading light duty electric vehicle on the market place today.
With this forecast, Symbio confirms its European leadership, and takes second place in world behind Toyota for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.
Jun 2015 – Zero-emissions hydrogen-powered transportation is now a reality in France’s Rhône-Alpes region, home to 80% of the country’s hydrogen-energy industry. Under the HyWay program, initiated in October 2014, an initial test fleet of 21 Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 hybrid electric-hydrogen utility vehicles and three hydrogen filling stations have been rolled out in the cities of Grenoble and Lyon.
The HyWay program, coordinated by the Tenerrdis energy cluster, reached yet another milestone with the delivery of an initial fleet of 21 hybrid electric-hydrogen vehicles—the largest currently on the road in Europe—to Grenoble. Test users will be able to fill up on hydrogen at the Air Liquide filling station in Sassenage (near Grenoble) and at the Symbio and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) campuses in Grenoble. Another, larger-capacity hydrogen filling station is slated to open, also in Grenoble, at the GEG (the local gas and electric utility) campus. Ultimately, the station will be supplied by a green hydrogen production unit operated by Cofely Services and equipped with McPhy Energy electrolyzers.
The Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 hybrid electric-hydrogen utility vehicles are equipped with Symbio hydrogen fuel-cell range extenders that leverage a technology developed by the CEA. The vehicles offer a range of up to 300 km per day in intensive city driving conditions. The vehicles, adorned with the logos and graphics of their test users, were unveiled at Grenoble-area Renault dealership AutoLosange of Fontaine on June 10, 2015.
Hydrogen, the key to sustainable mobility
The HyWay program is banking on a uniquely innovative concept—a captive-fleet test rollout—to promote France’s expertise in hydrogen-powered mobility at a time when many countries are multiplying hydrogen-energy-related technology projects. France stands out as home to global industry leaders in this emerging field. France is also home to the Mobilité Hydrogène France consortium, the industry association that published on October 3, 2014 the results of its market research on the potential for hydrogen and fuel-cells in France’s transportation sector. HyWay represents one of the first building blocks of a nationwide hydrogen-powered-mobility network, an objective encouraged by the consortium’s report.
Test users get fully-operational sustainable transportation
The businesses, government agencies, and other organizations participating in this innovative program are pioneers in the future large-scale adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The program also represents a response to real-world problems shared by all of the test users—electric-vehicle range, uptime, and predictability in highly-demanding city driving environments.
The Isère-based test users are: Air Liquide, CETUP, Cofely Services, Colas, Crédit Agricole Sud Rhône-Alpes, Eolya, CEA, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, Groupe Vicat, Le département de Isère, La Poste, Qualit’Express, Schneider Electric, SERFIM Eau FILEPPI, SIERG, Tronic
Jun 2015 – Under the HyWay program, initiated in October 2014, an initial test fleet of 21 Renault Kangoo ZE- H2 hybrid electric-hydrogen utility vehicles and three hydrogen filling stations have been rolled out in the cities of Grenoble and Lyon.
The Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 hybrid electric-hydrogen utility vehicles are equipped with Symbio’s hydrogen fuel-cell range extenders that leverage a technology developed by the CEA. The vehicles offer a range of up to 300 km per day in intensive city driving conditions. The vehicles, adorned with the logos and graphics of their test users, were unveiled at Grenoble-area Renault dealership Auto- Losange of Fontaine on June 10, 2015.
1- The French Bank Crédit Agricole has its Kangoo too!
2- The Council of Isère receives the keys of its 2 first Kangoo ZE-H2.
3- Refueling at the CEA station.
4- 21 Kangoo ZE-H2 hit the roads of Grenoble…
5- The caravan goes…
6- Real customers display their hydrogen endorsement!
Mar 2015 – Symbio is showing it’s Kangoo ZE-H2 at Klimamobility show, 26-28th March, bolzano, Italy.
Along with the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, the Kangoo ZE-H2 represents on this exhibition the select club of pioneering automotive players who demonstrate real commercial Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.
Symbio has the largest fleet of FCEV vehicles currently deployed in Europe, with real customers notably in St-Lô, Lyon, Grenoble, and upcoming shipments in Scotland, Netherlands, Germany. The Kangoo ZE-H2 equips professional customers using it for daily operations: La Poste (Frenc mail), DHL, CG La Manche, Serfim, Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, Crédit Agricole du Sud-Est, Linde France, Schneider, Cetup, CEA… These are few names among two dozens of customers pioneering the Fuel Cell mobility.
In Bolzano, Italy, Symbio showcases the vehicle of one of its early customers, CETUP, a transport company based in Grenoble, France, who specializes in emergency delivery services, notably for hospitals. They need zero emission solutions, reliable, and capable of at least 300 km a day operation without being stuck at a battery recharging station.
Mar 2015 – This Tuesday, Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio, has had again the opportunity to meet with the French President to discuss the interest of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
Feb 2015 – Renault Trucks is for the first time ever demonstrating in partnership with La Poste a Maxity Electric model in Europe designed with a hydrogen-powered fuel cell, developed by Symbio, that serves to double the vehicle’s autonomy. This field test, scheduled to last a year, will enable Renault Trucks to explore all potential avenues of hydrogen technology under actual operating conditions. “This vehicle generates no noise impacts and only releases water vapor; 200 kilometers of autonomy make it the ideal choice for a daily schedule of urban and suburban routes”, shares Karine Forien, Director of Energy Efficiency Strategy with Renault Trucks. She continues “Our purpose behind this project is to support European metropolitan areas in their goal of limiting air and noise pollution emissions, through testing innovative vehicles that produce zero emissions and that in the near term should become economically viable for our customers.”
For La Poste, which at present owns the world’s largest fleet of electric vehicles, this experiment is part of a continuous effort underway to extend the autonomy of its fleet. For nearly a year, in the Franche-Comté Region, the Post Office has been testing, during carriers’ collection and distribution of mail and packages, clean vehicles running on hydrogen. “Hydrogen stands out today as an efficient solution for extending the possibilities of the electric vehicle product line and its autonomy. More broadly, the development of a hydrogen-based energy storage system is a linchpin to our energy transition”, explains Frédéric Delaval, Technical Director of the Mail and Package Delivery Services Office at La Poste.
Renault Trucks has configured its 4.5-ton Maxity Electric vehicle to accommodate a fuel cell, with the development and vehicle integration steps being carried out in partnership with the firm Symbio. As a result, Maxity Electric’s average autonomy of approx. 100 kilometers has been bumped up another 100 kilometers thanks to energy supplied by the fuel cell. “When the vehicle is running, the electric motor is fed by two complementary energy sources; the fuel cell is capable of delivering a maximum power of 20 kW and, once that threshold has been reached, the batteries kick in to supply whatever power is still required. When idle, the fuel cell is available to recharge the battery as needed”, points out Christophe Vacquier, supervising the project. The heat released by the cell is then reused to warm the passenger compartment, which avoids having to consume any energy stored in the batteries, thus helping ensure longer autonomy. Mr. Vacquier further highlights the cell’s mode of operation: “The formation of water from oxygen in the air and hydrogen stored in the tanks triggers the production of electricity and heat, in accordance with the reverse principle of water electrolysis.”
Certified and registered by Renault Trucks, Maxity Electric with a hydrogen-powered range extender will be operated in the city of Dole (France’s Jura Department). Due to this region’s especially harsh winter weather conditions, Dole will serve as the backdrop for the Post Office’s entire experimental fleet.
By signing this contract, La Poste and Renault Trucks are combining their efforts in pursuit of launching in France a viable hydrogen-powered transport alternative. Like for conventional electric vehicles, the true emergence of this sector will require rallying industry, users and public policy behind these efforts.
Dec 2014 – 2015, the hydrogen year. Toyota kicks off the Mirai, 3000 vehicles, proposing its fuel cell patents royalty-free… The worldwide leader claims clear and loud that hydrogen is THE way to go.
A way that Symbio is exploring as a European pioneer with its first light duty vehicle in the market place, a full purchase order book, and several deployments on going: HyWay 2014 in Lyon and Grenoble, 50 vehicles ordered, first units delivered, the Conseil Général de la Manche, first vehicles in service since January 26th, and 40 vehicles to deploy there… And many other European deployments to come in the schedule of a great year 2015.
Infrastructure? This is no longer the issue: we know how to viably deploy a profitable setup thanks to H2 Mobility France study. We follow the strategy that we have built together with the other stakeholders of the French Hydrogen partnership. Toyota is exploring another fleet strategy based upon its high profile fuel cell sedan, the already famous Mirai. This strategy is more inspired by Tesla.
The machine has started. It will not stop because hydrogen is a global energy vector, the missing link to massively deploy renewable energy sources. Indeed, it is clear now: Power to Gas makes a relevant energy storage solution, notably for the renewable.
With this innovation dynamic and the transformation of energy paradigms, the institutional initiatives bring themselves up to date and come with the movement: European directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure is voted, European infrastructure deployment plans (TEN-T SIP), USA accelerating, under the leadership of California and the DoE…
Therefore, in 2015, Symbio increases its production capabilities with the active support of Michelin. Symbio is going to launch new hydrogen vehicles. Symbio is going to intensify the deployment of new hydrogen clusters.
Come with us on this enthusiastic road, we wish you lots of hydrogenated good things to come!
Symbio FCell showcased the Kangoo ZE-H2 and the evolution of the chemical industry. The former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux, came to the booth and expressed his full support to this efficient zero emission solution. The President of the MEDEF, Pierre Gattaz concluded the university coming to spend a moment on the booth with Symbio and the representatives of major industrials.
Dec 2016 – The HyVolution Hydrogen Energy Days closed its doors on Friday 5th, on an undeniable success.
This high quality conference and exhibition gathered more than 650 high level participants in Paris, at the Parc Floral de Vincennes. Startups, medium size enterprises, large groups, local territories and cities, research institutions and many journalists connected together at what was the first event of this magnitude ever organized in France regarding hydrogen and fuel cells.
Amongst them, more than 80 representatives from a dozen of countries, from China to South Africa, Japan, Canada, and the major European countries. About 50 high level speakers debated in round tables, and many workshops presented various in depth topics, solutions, cases and technologies.
Five Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell taxis from Paris-based taxi company “Hype” drove the participants from Metro station Chateau de Vincennes to the Parc Floral, back and forth. Participants could drive the Toyota Mirai as well as, of course, the Symbio FCell Kangoo ZE-H2.
The French governmental agency for Environment, ADEME, took advantage of the event to disclose to the public their first official strategic statement about Hydrogen, making it a promising solution contributing to the energy transition to achieve the COP21 objectives. European officials from DG Energy and FCH-JU emphasized the positive role of hydrogen for the energy transition and calling the French authorities for action.
Toyota announced for the first time that France would also be part of their deployment strategy for the Mirai, with first vehicles to be shipped this year in the country. EDF, the incumbent French Electricity company, by the voice of its member of the executive committee and Director for Research and Development, commented on their recent announcements of their solar electricity site coupled to hydrogen storage thanks to electrolysis, in the Island of La Reunion. Engie, the giant energy company, by voice of several speakers presenting a variety of on going deployments, and by voice of its Executive Committee member and Research & Technology Director, asserted the great potential of hydrogen energy and fuel cells applications. Air Liquide, with its Senior Vice President and other top executives, underscored the necessity to make concrete and pragmatic progress and start infrastructure deployments.
Fabio Ferrari, as the CEO of Symbio and the H2 Mobility France project leader, also spoke several times in the round tables to pinpoint the key drivers and actions to be taken in order to start the real deployment of hydrogen-based sustainable mobility. He also announced officially that Symbio FCell will deliver a new version of its flagship product, the Kangoo ZE-H2, with a 700 bars capacity to complement the lower range version equipped with a 350 bars tank.
HyVolution 2016 really sounded like a real kick off for the French Hydrogen advent, connecting with the other countries involved in this Hy-Revolution, and Symbio, one of the Gold Sponsors of the event, played its leading role as the largest European Fuel Cells maker for the transport application.
Dec 2014 – Pascal Mauberger, CEO of McPhy and President of AFHYPAC, and Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio (first and second on the left), were invited at the Palais de l’Élysée for a COP21 preparation meeting. The COP21 Environmental conference will gather world leaders in Paris in December 21. Hydrogen will be a key thematic.
French President François Hollande declared to F. Ferrari and P. Mauberger: “You know Hydrogen is always welcome in this place”.
The Franche-Comté region and La Poste (French postal service) are testing hydrogen based range extender kits from Symbio in Renault Kangoo Z.E. electric mail delivery vehicles.
Nov – 2014 As part of a performance validation test in real working conditions, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. electric vehicles used by La Poste will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cell range extender kits by Symbio. They will be deployed in the first quarter of 2014 on mail delivery platforms. These vehicles, with a combination of a hydrogen fuel cell and batteries, offer an extended range that performs even under the most demanding conditions: mail routes of 100 km or more through the cold, hilly and mountainous terrain. This system is expected to double the range of the electric cars used for postal delivery. This series of tests aims to demonstrate the advantages of the hydrogen fuel cell solution and verify that the extended range electric vehicles are practically the same as a diesel in terms of availability, flexibility and autonomy.
“The fuel cell solution improves winter working conditions for postal workers by providing better heating and defogging without impacting battery performance, “says Mr Jean-François Courtoy, Industrial Director at La Poste in Franche Comté. “In addition, it makes replacing the diesel vehicles that are used today for longer routes possible. This will significantly improve our level of global CO2 emissions”.
The project is certified by the competitiveness cluster Pôle Vehicle of the Future and co-financed by the European regional development Fund (ERDF), the Franche-Comté Regional Council, the Belfort Territory General Council, the Belfort Urban Community and the Greater Dole Urban Community.
“Our role is to assess and facilitate development, but also to encourage the useful application of this breakthrough technology by citizens, entrepreneurs and policy makers,” says Florent Petit, in charge of project management and Director at the UTBM (Belfort-Montbéliard University of Technology, a part of the FCellSYS platform, in collaboration with the LITEN Institute at the CEA – the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission).
“Symbio is proud to participate in the improvement of urban area environments by facilitating the deployment of electric vehicles,”says Fabio Ferrari, CEO at Symbio, a hydrogen fuel cell and electric hybrid technology provider. “As of today, we can demonstrate that with long range electrical solutions, a viable business model exists for zero emission city center delivery.”
Oct 2014 – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nicolas Hulot visited the bi-annual Paris Motor Show event and discovered Symbio’s ALP 5 Range Extender on the booth of Michelin.
On this picture, Fabio Ferrari, CEO, explains the benefits of Symbio’s Range Extender. A. Schwarzenegger knew very well about the benefits of Fuel Cells, since he was the Governor of California. He replied to Fabio Ferrari: I want this for trucks.
Be patient, it’s on the way, more about this very soon this upcoming spring!
Oct 2014 – Symbio today announces groundbreaking project, which will result in the rollout of a fleet of 50 hybrid electric/hydrogen-powered utility vehicles, and the construction of two hydrogen filling stations in Lyon and Grenoble, France. Targetting a list of customers in the search of productivity and conformity of their vehicle fleets with forthcoming evolution of the gas emission regulation, Symbio has conducted commercial efforts to demonstrate reliability of its fuel cell range-extender, dedicated to battery-based electric vehicles like Kangoo H2-ZE.
The fleet of 50 hybrid electric/hydrogen-powered Renault Kangoo ZEs utility vehicle deployed in the Hyway program has been equipped with Symbio’s range extender. The rollout will take place in the Rhône-Alpes region, where two hydrogen filling stations will be built— in Grenoble and in Lyon, at the early 2015 horizon.
The HyWay project received financial backing of the Rhône-Alpes regional government and the French national energy management (ADEME), as well as of the environment, development, and housing (DREAL) government agencies, and aligns with European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) objectives.
Past experimentations of such hybrid electric/hydrogen-powered vehicles, notably with French mail La Poste, has proven impressive productivity rise, together with a number of other side benefits like drastic improvement of workforce satisfaction, due to comfort of driving and vehicle affinity from drivers. For the enterprise, resource planning, brand responsibility and financials gains account amongst the largest set of benefits.
“This set of clients is pioneering a completely new era of fleet management, hence taking a clear competitive advantage on competition with early application of forthcoming regulation of gas emission in Europe” said Fabio Ferrari, CEO, Symbio. “While we were confident hydrogen powered vehicles are now ready for large-scale deployment, based on three years of operation of our range-extender, we are delighted that our research efforts are now recognised in industry-scale, real life implementation” he adds.
Oct 2014 – Symbio has decided to increase its capital in order to finance product industrialisation and business development; Michelin has taken a significant minority stake in Symbio. In doing so, Michelin joins the historical shareholders in this capital increase, including the founders, managers and several investment funds: IPSA and CEA Investments (through the CEA strategic fund and its ATI seed-stage fund).
Sep 2014 – Do you know what this little ticket is about? Well, actually, the very first ticket ever delivered by the new Hydrogen Refueling Station installed by Air Liquide in Rotterdam, on September 3. What was the vehicle launching this milestone premier? Symbio’s Kangoo ZE-H2!
Paris, which currently hosts the COP21, is getting up to speed on hydrogen mobility. Today, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, visited Symbio FCell’s exhibition on the bank of Canal de La Villette. This booth hosts a Renault Trucks Maxity Electric using Symbio FCell’s hydrogen range extender, a Kangoo ZE-H2 by Symbio FCell, and a McPhy’s refueling station. It also demonstrates, with the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (largest French renewable electricity producer), how hydrogen fits into a virtuous circle of sustainable development, from water to water.
Important to notice, McPhy and Idex have installed a first refueling station at Ivry-sur-Seine, East of Paris, that will service the Kangoo ZE-H2 being deployed by the Town of Paris for its own needs.
Furthermore, Air Liquide is installing a first refueling station intra muros Paris, in partnership with STEP, a Taxi electric-only startup that will be using a fleet of Hyundai ix35. This station will be located at the heart of Paris, Cours Albert Ier near Pont de l’Alma.
Clearly, the City of Lights is considering hydrogen mobility as a great option for zero emission urban mobility.
Here we are. Everything is in place now in Le Grand Palais for everyone to come and visit us at Solutions COP21. This is a great opportunity for the public to discover the best of breed of hydrogen technologies on the Mobility booth, where hydrogen solutions take the largest bunch of the available space. Atawey, Air Liquide, AFHYPAC and Symbio FCell have their own exhibition space, and we are very proud of our own booth. A superb design and great educational tools to explain the great value chain of Hydrogen and how it contributes to build a better future.
Come to see us, starting Friday 4th, and visit our COP21 page to learn more and to make appointments with our team.
Wishing you a great COP21!
Symbio FCell, the fuel cell leader for transportation in Europe, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with ITM Power (AIM: ITM) and Arcola Energy to provide an integrated package of zero emission commercial vehicles, on-site fuel and after-sales support for UK commercial fleet operators. The agreement is to work together to provide fleet customers with the assurance of a one-stop complete solution including preparation, insurance, site approvals, vehicle registration and staff training.
Symbio FCell, the leading designer and manufacturer of Fuel Cell Systems and Range Extenders, has deployed the largest number of fuel cell Range Extender Electric Vehicles (REEV) in Europe with customers such as La Poste, Air Liquide and Schneider Electric. The Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 electric van with fuel cell range extender from Symbio FCell is now in series production and offers a range of over 200 miles, more than double the range of the electric-only van. With a hydrogen refuelling time of less than three minutes, but the ability to plug-in whenever possible, the vehicle provides the best of both worlds for fleet managers and drivers. A similar vehicle, adapted to the Renault Trucks Maxity 4.5 T electric light duty truck is being tested at La Poste and will be commercially available in 2016.
ITM Power has recently launched a wind to hydrogen refueller near the M1 in Rotherham and announced a strategic partnership with Shell to place three refuellers on forecourts in the UK. Currently, ITM Power is building a total of five refuelling stations in London. The HFuel product is well suited to fleets of fuel cell vehicles and has demonstrated the principle of refuelling return-to-base fleets in the past. This experience has shown that support from an OEM and the quality of after-sales support for the vehicles is key to fleet customers.
Arcola Energy is an engineering services business offering hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle and fleet services. In partnership with Symbio FCell, Arcola Energy offers full technical support and maintenance for the vans and assurance to fleet managers of high reliability and availability. To help fleets realise the benefits and to ensure that drivers are confident working with these cutting-edge technologies, Arcola Energy also provides engaging, hands-on training and education services, as well as supporting wider public communications for local authorities and companies wishing to highlight the benefits of hydrogen powered fleets.
About the Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 by Symbio FCell
• The fuel cell range extender is integrated in the Renault-TECH factory without any structural modification to the vehicle and with full OEM end-of-line quality control.
• In the UK the vans are fully VCA approved and have National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA).
• As a modified version of the standard Kangoo ZE, the vans are fully supported by Renault dealerships. An EU-wide support hotline is provided to customers.
• The fuel cell produces electricity, heat and water. Electricity produced by the fuel cell is used to charge the battery / drive the motor; the heat produced is captured and used to warm the vehicle cabin in winter.
• With the range extender kit, battery lifetime is also extended because the increased driving range reduces the frequency of deep battery discharge that degrades the battery.
• The range extender kit can be dismounted and re-mounted in a new vehicle if required.
• The 74-litre hydrogen tank has a 15-year service lifetime and a driving range of approximately 360km per full tank, equivalent to 0.5 kg H2 per 100 km. NOTE that this is real driving range. Figures from a key customer are 344.9 km per tank in urban/peri-urban usage with 300 kg payload.
The refuelling time is less than three minutes.
Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power commented; “We are delighted to be working again on the return-to-base fleet refuelling model with commercial vehicles that are backed by an OEM and have a full after-sales support package. We look forward to selling refuelling stations into this important emerging market with Symbio FCell and Arcola Energy as our partners”.
Ben Todd, Managing Director at Arcola Energy commented; “The Symbio FCell zero emission vans combined with ITM Power’s clean hydrogen production means truly low carbon and non-polluting fleets are now possible for UK cities. With rapid changes in environmental regulation in urban centres and emerging uncertainties in the claims made for conventional vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles are becoming increasing popular, especially with organisations with large urban fleets and central refuelling and maintenance depots.”
Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio FCell, commented; “In order to develop our core business in the design and production of Fuel Cell Systems, we are continuously expanding our team of collaborators, who represent the best-in-class in each area of the fuel cell system. Working with ITM Power and Arcola Energy will allow us to expand deployment of our fleet-ready Renault Kangoo hydrogen fuel cell hybrid vans in the UK.”
Tuesday, 24th, 2015
Symbio FCell, the European Fuel Cell leader, is pleased to relay the press release issued today by the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project (“H2ME”), for which Symbio FCell is the coordinator for France.
Hydrogen Mobility Europe Press Release:
The most ambitious hydrogen mobility initiatives in Europe have joined forces to support the introduction of hydrogen-fuelled transport.
A large coalition of European partners has launched the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project (H2ME). H2ME is co-funded with €32 million from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The project will support the deployment of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) across Europe.
H2ME is the largest European project of this nature and is based around an alliance of the four most ambitious hydrogen mobility initiatives in Europe: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, Mobilité Hydrogène France, Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership and UK H2 Mobility. These initiatives originally brought together the key stakeholders in the hydrogen sector (vehicle manufacturers, hydrogen refuelling station providers and Government representatives), to study and develop strategies to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in the respective regions.
These initiatives will now be working together to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in Europe. Under H2ME they will deploy 200 FCEVs, 125 fuel cell range-extended electric (FC RE-EVs) commercial vans and 29 new HRSs in 10 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK) by 2019. This plan ties in with existing national level initiatives for the roll-out of a large scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, aimed at enabling Europe wide emission-free driving.
The consortium, led by Element Energy, includes global leaders in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector, from fuel cells and car manufacturers (Daimler, SymbioFCell, Hyundai, Honda, Intelligent Energy, Nissan) and infrastructure providers (Air Liquide, BOC, H2Logic, ITM Power, Linde, McPhy, OMV, AREVA, EIFER, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, HYOP, Icelandic New Energy, Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences) to data monitoring and dissemination organisations (Cenex, WaterstofNet).
The original agreements for the project were signed in July this year and the project has already delivered the first vehicles to customers in France and Germany (Daimler, SymbioFCell).
Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking stated:” to bring Fuel Cell and Hydrogen technology to the point of market readiness does require Europe wide coordination and financial support for the first movers. The Joint Undertaking is therefore keen and happy to support the implementation of this important project as part of the early Europe wide deployment of Fuel Cell Hydrogen vehicles, thereby showcasing the full potential of this European Public Private Partnership.”
Ben Madden, Director at Element Energy and Overall Coordinator said: “We are very pleased to be leading this project which will lead to a significant change in the rate and scale of hydrogen vehicle and refuelling station deployment in Europe. A huge international effort over the past two decades has developed hydrogen vehicle technology to the point where it is technically ready for market introduction. H2ME will allow a widespread demonstration of the readiness of the technology, as well as developing valuable insights about the early customer experience and practical challenges of a widespread roll-out of the technology”.
Frank Sreball, Managing Director of the Joint Venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and coordinator for the German activities under H2ME said: “The start of this project is a decisive step towards the construction of a dense network of hydrogen stations in Germany. A reliable hydrogen infrastructure is a fundamental requirement for the roll-out of fuel cell electrical vehicles from series production in the next years. With our partners we want to prove that hydrogen energy is an innovative solution for the challenges of sustainable mobility. The large number of hydrogen stations and cars in the project will allow a meaningful analysis and evaluation of operational data. We expect that the findings of this project will help us to overcome the remaining obstacles on the way to market introduction”.
Fabio Ferrari, CEO, Symbio FCell and coordinator for the French activities under H2ME commented: “Mobilité Hydrogène France has developed a roll-out strategy with a first phase based on the deployment of fleets of vehicles sharing public and semi-public hydrogen refuelling stations. This simultaneous deployment of fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure will create the basis for a nationwide infrastructure, ready for passenger cars. This strategy is gathering real interest from many customers in a number of French cities, and the first deployments of vehicles and fuelling stations have already begun. In order to scale up and make fuel cell vehicles attractive to all consumers and to passenger car manufacturers, it is essential to invest in refuelling infrastructure coverage across France and across Europe. This is why we believe that a pan-European coordinated plan is absolutely key to the long term success of this promising technology for clean mobility”.
Jon Bjorn Skulason, General Manager, Icelandic New Energy Ltd and coordinator for the Scandinavian activities under H2ME said: “Today fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations are in daily use across the Scandinavian countries. The H2ME project will help to continue the Scandinavian efforts on market introduction – specifically contributing to securing a continuous growth in vehicles and stations.”
Dr Rachel Smith, Executive Director, ITM Power plc and coordinator for the UK activities under H2ME commented: “The H2ME project is a fantastic opportunity to develop the refuelling infrastructure in the UK. The project is perfectly timed to coincide with the introduction of fuel cell cars in Europe, enabling evaluation of end-user experiences of hydrogen stations and FCEVs. The UK Consortia, led by ITM Power is delighted to participate in this project and to demystify the role of hydrogen, show the readiness of the stations and vehicles, and to enable the widespread and rapid adoption of clean emission transport.”
For further information, visit www.h2me.eu or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean urban delivery is one of the best applications for long range electric vehicle, and certainly a very demanding one. Eighty percent of daily delivery usage cycles are above 200 km, and this is not safely achievable with pure battery solutions. But this is not only a matter of range, it is, for the professional users, clearly a matter of operational continuity. Whatever the weather conditions, type of terrain, and hour of the day, the vehicle must be available, predictable in its usage, and reliable.
The Fuel Cell solution is the only way to guarantee that operational continuity with more than 200 km of range. And there’s only one product on the market today that customers can buy and deploy, it is the Kangoo ZE-H2 by Symbio FCell.
Today, in Paris, the Kangoo ZE-H2 was the attraction again, with the presence of two vehicles being used on daily basis by Cetup, a zero emission delivery company which guarantees 24/24 and 7/7 same-day deliveries for its customers.
Hydrogen London was setup in 2002 to develop a network of hydrogen fuel cell stakeholders and help to develop HFC technologies in London.
Hydrogen London consists of an Executive Committee, two Project Groups (the Infrastructure Vehicle Group and the Stationary Group) and a Secretariat based at City Hall, which coordinates the partnership’s day to day activities. The Chair of Hydrogen London is Matthew Pencharz, Senior Advisor on Environment & Energy to the Mayor of London.
The group gathers a large number of key organisations such as Heathrow airport, Transport of London, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, as well as major automotive and hydrogen fuel cell players, including notably ITM Power, Toyota and Hyundai. Symbio FCell is happy to join in the group its partner Arcola Energy, an expert company that is very active in deploying the Kangoo ZE-H2 in the UK.
Hydrogen London is involved in the initiation and support of various exciting projects across London and the UK, as well as pan-European initiatives and projects such as HyFIVE and HYTEC.
Symbio FCell is very proud to join this dynamic group, while its flagship product, the Kangoo ZE-H2 van, is being shipped to its first customers across the channel.
Pierre-Yves Le Berre, VP Sales Symbio FCell, and Rémi Simon, from La Poste, receive together the special award “Energy Efficiency” for the Kangoo ZE-H2.
Speech in French, given at TEDx Paris on November 5th, 2014.
The oil era has to disappear. 140 years after the Jules Verne’s intuition, the most common molecule in the universe, hydrogen, is back for our need of energy transition.
The mayor of the town of Tsukuba, Japan, and his team visited Symbio FCell in Grenoble. An opportunity for them to discover Fuel Cell range-extended light duty vehicles made by Symbio FCell for La Poste. Yes, Fuel Cell automotive applications are happening now, with real customers, and seemed to be quite a surprise for the delegation!
The acclaimed Kangoo ZE-H2 by Symbio FCell ran a great round of demonstration across Germany from September 15th to September 20th.
Our partner in Germany, Anleg, organized a Symbio FCell Kangoo demo tour that was clearly a real success. Starting in Frankfurt, it wen then to Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Munster, and finally Hanau for the Solvicore open day. Solvicore produces the proton exchange membranes that Symbio FCell uses in its Fuel Cell stacks.
Following the event at the French Presidency Palace of l’Élysée, The Minister of Economy, Emmanuel Macron, asked Symbio FCell to showcase it’s pioneering technology in the Cour d’Honneur of Bercy, during the national “Journées du Patrimoine”.
Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio FCell, attended the conference and exhibition “Sustainable Mobility Day” in Grenoble on September 18th. Fabio spoke at the conference to summarize the progress of the French H2 Mobilité initiative, of which he is the Project Leader for the consortium. Following the working sessions of the conference, this great audience gathered for an after and the official award ceremony. Fabio Ferrari, in the name of Symbio FCell, received the special Innovation Award “Coup de Coeur Vision”.
H2 range-extended Renault Kangoo ZE, by Symbio FCell, an innovation and world first acclaimed by French President F. Hollande, with the Minister of Ecology & Energy, the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Research, and 400 VIPs and journalists.
The Michelin Group has acquired a stake in Symbio.
Symbio has decided to increase its capital in order to finance product industrialization and business development; Michelin has taken a significant minority stake in Symbio FCell. In doing so, Michelin joins the historical shareholders in this capital increase, including the founders, managers and several investment funds: IPSA and CEA Investments (through the CEA strategic fund and its ATI seed-stage fund).
Symbio is a recognized pioneer in the fuel cell space. Its successes include the integration of a fuel cell range extender into the Renault Kangoo ZE, the sales leader among commercial electrical utility vehicles. Approved for use in Europe, the fuel cell range extender equipped Kangoo is currently being tested by major commercial fleets’ operators such as La Poste (French postal office).
This increase in share capital is an important step in the development of the Company’s strategy to advance this innovation on the path to industrialization. Michelin, by virtue of its considerable research and development in hydrogen fuel cells and sustainable mobility, brings value to this partnership.
In taking a stake in Symbio, the Michelin Group, and, in particular the Incubator Program Office (IPO) underlines the overall innovation strategy of the Group. The mission of the IPO is to accelerate the time to market for new innovations that are outside the traditional core business of the Michelin Group. With this investment Symbio FCell facilitates the market deployment of technologies that have been in development at Michelin since 2003.
“This second round of funding gives us the financial resources we need to proceed with the industrialization of our solutions. With the arrival of the Michelin Group as a shareholder, we strengthen our technology leadership, our potential for innovation, as well as our credibility and our market presence, “said Fabio Ferrari, President of Symbio who adds: “We couldn’t have imagined a better partner for our industrial project”.
“By becoming a shareholder in Symbio FCell, Michelin will be in a position to have SymbioFCell benefit from technological experience in the field of fuel cell in favor of sustainable mobility,” said Prashant Prabhu, Director of the Michelin Incubator Program Office. “Symbio FCell will acquire the means to furnish the products its customers expect while meeting the high quality standards of the automotive industry.”
Nov 2014 – Symbio presented its hydrogen fuel cell solutions at the 12th edition of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China, 11-15 November 2014.
The company presented the most advanced solution that will foster the deployment of sustainable mobility electric mobility thanks to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Symbio solutions address the requirements of professional users looking for duty vehicles that guarantee driving range and availability similar to internal combustion engines while remaining zero emission.
On booth A3 at the Innovation Center, Symbio showcased its 5 to 20 kW Fuel Cell Range Extender for electric vehicles, as well as its product roadmap for high power solutions from 80 kW to 300 kW.
The H2 Fuel Cell Range Extender solution designed and produced by Symbio benefits from key technologies developed by one of its reference stakeholders, Michelin, as well as technologies from research center CEA, and polymer membrane provider Solvicore.
Visitors of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum were also invited in the Ride & Drive session to discover and enjoy driving a Symbio-equipped vehicle that is daily operated by the French Mail Postal services.
Past experimentations of such hybrid electric / hydrogen-powered vehicles, notably with French mail La Poste, has proven impressive productivity rise, together with a number of other side benefits like drastic improvement of workforce satisfaction, due to comfort of driving and vehicle affinity from drivers. For the enterprise, resource planning, brand responsibility and financials gains account amongst the largest set of benefits.
A universal solution for zero emission delivery
Only vehicles that can truly address the problems of low-carbon, non-polluting transport, are 100% electric. This is a major issue, particularly in the distribution and delivery of mail and parcels in urban areas.
Thanks to the considerable efforts of car manufacturers, like Renault, in making electric vehicles affordable, including commercial vehicles, it is now possible to consider applying these solutions to all kinds of vehicles by hybridizing battery powered electric vehicles with hydrogen fuel cell range extender kits. This simple, effective and innovative solution achieves TCO objectives (as compared to diesel), with the necessary range for all types of commercial use.
Symbio, is the first company to have equipped a production electric vehicle with such a system, namely the Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E., a market leading electric duty vehicle. Technically, this world premiere was made possible by developing a parallel electric hybrid based on efficient low power and high volume fuel storage, with a fuel cell producing electricity on-board the vehicle from hydrogen and air.
Fabio Ferrari, CEO at Symbio FCell:
“Symbio is proud to participate in the improvement of urban area environments by facilitating the deployment of electric vehicles. Only 100% electric vehicles are able to ensure that no pollution is produced during use. Our ambition is to equip all urban center delivery vehicles… wherever health problems caused by transport are a major issue and in response to current societal trends, such as the development of e-commerce, which are increasing the pressure on urban transport. Our range extender solutions give electric vehicles the same flexibility of use as a diesel vehicle, at diesel prices. Symbio FCell solutions also guarantee the absence of harmful emissions and sound pollution, making new delivery hours a possibility and reducing traffic in congested cities. ”
Sep – 2014 [In French] – Hydrogen and electric mobility talks start at 7:50