Cologne (Regionalverkehr Köln)

In the Rhine-Area around Cologne there are big resources of hydrogen as a byproduct from the chemical industry. The regional HyCologne programme aims to use this valuable resource and build up a local network of innovation. Currently there are ten strong partners organized in this cluster and two main projects have been initiated. HyCologne will establish a hydrogen bus fleet and build up a hydrogen powered fuel cell power plant on an industrial scale.

A joint venture between the Dutch government and the regional government of the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia in Germany has recently been formed in the field of technical innovation for clean public transport. The first project in this joint venture is the development of the 18-metre Phileas bus on hydrogen and fuel cells. Two Phileas buses are intended for GVB (Municipal Transport Company) in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and two for RVK Cologne. This is the first hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle with a length of 18 metres.

Vossloh Kiepe GmbH of Dusseldorf (Germany) is responsible for the hybrid drive including energy storage and energy management, Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology BV of Arnhem (the Netherlands) is the supplier of the fuel cell system and for the high-pressure hydrogen system

In the Cologne Region, hydrogen will be captured as a by-product from the chemical industry. Besides this, there exists a 100 km pipeline which can be used for the distribution of hydrogen. This will allow hydrogen to be delivered to areas, where city buses are currently operating.


Phileas Bus from APTS

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