FCCP - Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelecs

Project Summary

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 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.


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 with this project. The objective isto demonstrate the potential of FCCPs to substitute 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 refueled within seconds and suffers no performance loss at low ambient temperature. This allows to use FCCPs all year round and in comparison to conventional vehicles the cargo pedelec avoids 5,5 tones of CO² emission per year.

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, 50 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 kW. 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.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
German Aerospace Centre 1 Linder Höhe
bjoern.offermann@dlr.de http://www.dlr.de/
Name Contact Name Email Country
csi entwicklungstechnik Ltd. Daniel Duschek Daniel.duschek@csi-online.de Germany
City of Stuttgart Wolfgang.Forderer wolfgang.forderer@stuttgart.de Germany
Energy Expo foundation Mario Sabel Mario@energyexpo.nl Netherlands
Unicorn Engineering GmbH Jörg Dieter Weigl joerg.weigl@unicorn.engineering Germany
French institute of science and technology for transport, development and networks Emmanuel Vinot emmanuel.vinot@ifsttar.fr France
ROC Noorderpoort Roeland Hogt rmm.hogt@noorderpoort.nl Netherlands
Aberdeen City Council Laura Paterson lapaterson@aberdeeencity.gov.uk United Kingdom
DPD group International Service GmbH & Co.KG Peter Störring peter.stoerring@dpdgroup.com Germany
Université Libre de Bruxelles Milena Janjevic milena.janjevic@ulb.ac.be Belgium
Gemeente Den Haag Elisabeth Schoeman elisabeth.schoeman@denhaag.nl Netherlands
veloCARRIER GmbH Hartwig Bippus cb@velocarrier.de Germany
Issy Media Matteo Satta Matteo.satta@ville-issy.fr France
Conseil Régional île de France Nathalie Granes nathalie.granes@iledefrance.fr France
City of Issy-les-Moulineaux Matteo Satta Matteo.satta@ville-issy.fr France


Newsletter 2020

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Announcement 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. In every issue we want to highlight at least one related country event, thank you here to Mario Sabel from ENERGYEXPO for the report from the Netherlands. Thank you also to all other contributors. Enjoy & Best wishes for good news! Links form the Newsletter: Read More

Corona Crises influence FCCP – However, it is not too bad!

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The corona crisis also influences the fuel cell cargo pedelec projects by canceling some displaying events, such as the Hannover Fair 2020. And also by postponing other events like the International Cargo Bike Festival 2020 (ICBF). However, meanwhile the time is effectively used on working on the cargo bike hardware and its development. On the other hand, the corona crisis causes a higher demand in the delivery sector, with good impact on cargo bike usage. Moreover, the need for long-distance extra energy fuel cell cargo bikes is increasing. Read More

H2range won the startup award at the e4TESTIVAL - a good start to multiply FCCPs after the project

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In line with the specific objective of the FCCP project "Low Carbon" the emission free fuel cell technology shall be introduced into the market subsequent to the project. Thus, H2range, a spin-off from the German Aerospace Center (lead partner) was founded. Within the startup activities H2range won the start-up Award at the e4TESTIVAL under the patronage of the transport minister of Baden-Württemberg Mr. Winfried Hermann. Read More


11th international Conference on Hydrogen Technologies "Hydrogen on the move" - upcoming event

, Prague

In 2020, the Hydrogen Days Conference will celebrate its 11th anniversary. The "Hydrogen Days" conference continuously attracts key players and stakeholders in the field of hydrogen technology and supports the international networking of specialists in this sector. The conference will also help coordinate activities in Central and Eastern Europe. More recently, the hydrogen sector has shown rapid development of already established and newly introduced hydrogen technologies. This development is coined with increasing enthusiasm from industry and public sector experts. 2020 will be a special year due to the Tokyo Summer Olympics, where the highest concentration of hydrogen technologies is expected to ensure the mobility of all participants. This will be a very important and useful test of the ability of hydrogen technologies to solve the complex task of large-scale transport under real-world conditions. The experience gained will certainly provide a very important impetus for the further development of the sector. All current activities and objectives can be summarized under the motto of this year's Hydrogen Days 2020: "Hydrogen on the move".
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f-cell 2020 - upcoming event

, Stuttgart

The annual event for hydrogen and fuel cells. Numerous experts provide a comprehensive overview of relevant international markets and industries as well as technological advances. The interactive format provides experts and newcomers with an ideal platform to forge, discuss and build sustainable business relationships. The f-cell consists of a conference, interactive workshops and thematic tables as well as an international trade fair. The F-Cell Award, which will be presented as part of the F-Cell Evening Event, recognizes international innovations in the fields of hydrogen and fuel cells. The two categories "Research & Development" and "Products & Markets" invite submissions from universities, research institutes and industry.
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First German Bicycle Logistics Conference at Berlin


The conference connected relevant players in bicycle logistics from Germany. About 200 representatives from companies, associations, research, politics and administration discussed the status quo and debated the potential of cycling logistics in Germany. The day began with talks from Berlins Verkehrs-Senator Regine Günther and Staatssekretär Steffen Bilger from the Bundesverkehrsministerium. More than 100 participants took place at the excursion.
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