The European Union (EU) has launched a five-year project that aims to replace diesel generators widely used for backup and temporary power with a hydrogen (H2)-powered equivalent.

EVERYWH2ERE hopes to create a ground breaking mobile fuel cell system and has brought together twelve companies from across Europe, including PowerCell Sweden. The EU has given them €7m ($8.7m) to build eight plug and play gensets powered by proton exchange membrane (PEM) H2 fuel cells to be used for portable, temporary power in urban environments.

The prototypes will be tested in construction sites, music festivals and urban public events all around Europe, demonstrating their flexibility and their enlarged lifetime.

PowerCell said the main purpose of the project is to develop fuel cell systems that are as easy to transport as they are to use.

Per Ekdunge, Chief Technology Officer at PowerCell, added, “The systems are based on the PowerCell S2 and the PowerCell S3, and are developed for plug-and- play. It can be used at construction sites, music festivals and other events where there is a temporary need for electric power. Two advantages of fuel cells are that they are quiet and that they don’t generate any emissions other than water.”

The other 11 companies participating are VTT, Genport, Swiss Hydrogen, Mahytec, Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Hidrógeno en Aragón, Deltai GUG, Parco scientifico e tecnologico per l’ambiente - Environment Park, Acciona Costruccion, ICLEI European Secretariat, Linde Gas Italia.