To get to know the project and the participating cities better and to understand their respective roles in the project, our partner cities introduce themselves one by one on social media and our websites. Today: Aberdeen in the UK! Read More
FCCP - Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelecs
Today, 75% of Europeans live in cities and suffer from air and noise pollution and traffic jams. The transport sector in European cities currently causes up to 50% of emissions and 30% of vehicle kilometres*, thus is one of the major contributors to this issue. Due to expanding e-commerce, the last mile delivery has fundamentally changed. Goods are increasingly ordered online and delivered to the customer’s private address. More frequent but smaller parcels to decentral destinations are increasingly replacing the typical A2B transport from factories to shopping centres. Cargo pedelecs provide a veritable answer to the evolved requirements of last mile delivery. However, modern batteries cannot supply sufficient energy and fail in low temperatures which limit the potential of this promising concept. In contrast, the emission-free fuel cell technology of DLR provides significantly more energy until at least -20°C, is refilled within seconds and is twice as durable than batteries at comparable costs. With these characteristics, one fuel cell cargo pedelec (FCCP) can save 5,5 t CO2 p.a. by replacing combustion engine vehicles.** For efficient exploitation of this potential, this project builds on an innovative logistic concept, tailored for the performance characteristic of FCCPs and the requirements of today’s urban freight transport (WP T1), latest fuel cell technology (WP T2), as well as intense involvement of cities to foster and implementing FCCPs (WP T3). In line with this, one crucial output of this project is a transnational strategic concept concerned with the best integration of emission free FCCPs in logistic delivery chains, including innovative technology and sustainable urban development. This project will facilitate the multiplication of emission free FCCPs, as it provides relevant and replicable information to cities and the transport sector (WP C) to stay abreast of the fundamental changes in the transport sector, reducing CO2 emissions in European cities.
*Cf: Letitia Dablanc, Goods transport in large European cities: Difficult to organize, diffficult to modernize, 2006
** Assumed one FCCP replaces a half combustion engine van that emits 11 tones CO2 p.a.
Modern fuel cell instead of battery
As alternatives to batteries a fuel cell system tailor made for the mobile application in cargo pedelecs is tested within this project. The objective is to demonstrate the potential of FCCPs to replace combustion engine vehicles and constantly reduce CO² emissions, traffic jams and delays in deliveries. In comparison to batteries the fuel cell technology provides more energy and has less weight although having the same dimensions. Furthermore, the hydrogen tank can be refilled within seconds and suffers no performance losses at subzero operation in winter. As a result, with the fuel cell technology tailored by the German Aerospace Center, cargo bikes can be operate all seasons with constant performance.
Since air pollution, traffic jams and delays in delivery are challenges for all European metropoles, FCCPs will be validated under the different conditions of the European partner cities.
Development and test of fuel cell technology
For the development of the used fuel cell technology, 36 FCCPs will be tested for one year through all seasons within the partner cities. These cities represent different environmental conditions and influencing factors standing for most European cities. During the test operation the data of the fuel cell systems and cargo bikes will be collected and analyzed in order to improve the FCCPs for the intended rollout subsequent to this project by the projected DLR spin-off H2range.
Because of the modular layout up to three hydrogen tanks each containing 300g of the substance can be integrated in the cargo pedelec. Enough for approximately 10 hours of continuous operation at 250 W. The estimated range of one tank is about 150 kilometers depending on territory, mode of operation as well as the fitness level of the driver.
Innovative logistics concept with European cities
Due to the constantly and rapidly increasing e-commerce, more and more goods are delivered in small quantities to individual postboxes instead of the consolidated transport of huge volumes to large shopping centers. Therefore, the project partners from logistic services, online retailers, research institutes and currently four partner cities (Aberdeen, Groningen, The Hague and Stuttgart) develop together a logistic concept, which is tailor made for the requirements of today´s “Last Mile”- deliveries and the performance specifications of the fuel cell technology.
To get to know the project and the participating cities better and to understand their respective roles in the project, our partner cities introduce themselves one by one on social media and our websites. Today: Issy-les-Moulineaux in France! Read More
To get to know the project and the participating cities better and to understand their respective roles in the project, our partner cities introduce themselves one by one on social media and our websites. Today: Stuttgart in Germany! Read More
On the sixth of October 2021 in Stuttgart, there was a press release about the project in the German "Treffpunkt Kommune", a service portal of "der gemeinderat", the renowned trade journal for decision-makers in local politics, local governments and municipal companies. The BBSR (Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development) supports the DLR in the european project FCCP. Read More
The fuel cell stacks from lead partner (DLR) of the FCCP project are currently being further developed into systems, that will be integrated into cargo bikes. Read More
Project partner Unicorn has conducted the first tests with a fuel cell cargo Pedelec (FCCP) under sub-zero conditions. Read More
To ensure the cargo bikes can be on Aberdeen's streets in time for the one-year validation, Aberdeen City Council put the underlying contracts out to tender. Read More
For the multiplication of emission free fuel cell cargo pedelecs (FCCPs) the H2range GmbH was founded as spin off from the German Aerospace Center and Helmholtz startup in the Business Park Avantis in Aachen, Germany. Read More
WELCOME FCCP PARTNERS AND FRIENDS Here is the first issue of our FCCP Newsletter for all partners and friends of the Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelec Project, green city logistics and hydrogen fuel cell. Read More
The corona crisis also influences the fuel cell cargo pedelec projects by canceling some displaying events, such as the Hannover Fair 2020. Read More
At this event for commercial e-load bike use as part of the "flottes Gewerbe" program, the city of Stuttgart offered interested companies, businesses and tradespeople the opportunity to compare different e-load bikes and receive extensive expert advice. FCCP was also part of it.
The 2nd Stuttgart Science Festival took place from June 23 to July 2, 2022. With the festival, the state capital wants to better position Stuttgart as a university and science city both externally and internally. The aim is to create a closer connection between science, business and urban society.
Digitization and sustainability - these were the key themes of Hannover fair 2022. The world's most important industrial trade fair thus set clear impulses for the transformation of business and industry - towards digitized, climate-neutral and sustainable value creation.
Finally there was a real project meeting again where all project partners met and could successfully visit the first FCCP in Issy-les-Moulineaux.
The Hydrogen Conference shared best practices and reflecting on hydrogen in the city. The conference was held with representatives of the European project FCCP (Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelecs), co-funded by Interreg North West Europe, and a delegation from the City of Aberdeen. Simultaneous French-English translation was provided.
The webinar presents fuel cell cargo pedelecs project in Aberdeen: exploring the technology, and how it removes emissions from logistics.
On November 12, the virtual hydrogen day took place at DLR Lampoldshausen.
National Bicycle Logistics Conference - the leading specialist conference and exhibition on emission-free and city-friendly logistics with cargo bikes and trailers in Germany.
The Stuttgart Fuel Cell Cargo Bike "BringS" was presented on 21 September by DLR at the Breuninger parking garage.
As part of the f-cell 2021 conference and exhibition f-cell (f-cell.de) the DLR Institute for Engineering Thermodynamics (dlr.de/tt) and Institute for Vehicle Concepts (dlr.de/fk) presented their latest research in the field of fuel cells.