Formula one is opening up to new technologies and although the GreenGT H2 competition car (foto: courtesy FuelCell Today) in the end did not yet compete in LeMans this year, this month saw various clean transport technology events on Formula One racing tracks introducing fuel cell cars as a viable alternative. On September 5, Hyvolution saw its first edition as a French H2 Mobility event next to racetracks of Albi in Midi Pyrenées. The European Hydrogen Association joined a panel on the first day to give an overview of recent results of transport projects. Midi Pyrenees, one of the founding regions of HyER , is one of the many examples tin the HyER membership of local governments ,who on the basis of a solid investigation of local energy sources and conditions is engaging its local expertise in developing FC and H2 solutions. This has led to a valorisation of local waste management with regards to H2 production capacity and linked ot local expertise in bus development. A local bus buildier is currently working on 3 prototyepFC buses for the Toulouse bus services.
Also joining the panel was Pierre Yves Le Berre of the French Symbio Fuel Cells who supplied the 18.200 kW stacks of 340 kW fuel cell system of the GreenGT race car comprising18 20 kW stacks developed by SymbioFCell of , and equivalent to 460 horsepower,is fed into a twin-engine powertrain rated at 400 kW, equivalent to 540 horsepowerthe unused stack is presumably for redundancy. Hydrogen is stored in two 350 bar composite tanks on the sides of the chassis; the car will last for 40 minutes per fuelling and has a top speed of approximately 300 km/186 miles per hour.
The next day, on September 6 the City of Monza in Italy, host of the Grand Premio Annual Formula 1 , organized the first eV Now event ,presenting the many EV activities in the region of Lombardia on sustainable mobility. Since a few weeks the public transport authority of of Milan (ATM) has put the first fuel cell bus in daily service. ATM is testing two more EVOBUS FC buses that will be put in service later this year. The region of Lombardia presented their sustainability activities that focuses on immediate emission reduction of conventional cars and on car sharing support, creating 43 car sharing points of which some also include electric vehicles. The director of the World Expo 2105 Francesco Sala pointed to the great expertise in Italy in sustainable technology development that should be showcased during the event. He also announced the presence of a large EU stand at the Expo where possibly several EU project results will be presented. The EHA and HyER are exploring with the Region of Lombardy which FC and H2 applications could be demonstrated during the event.