By 2014, Air Liquide will design and install three new high-capacity (40 fillings per day) hydrogen filling stations in the cities of Bremen (Germany), Birmingham (Great Britain) and Brussels (Belgium).

By 2014, Air Liquide will design and install three new high-capacity (40 fillings per day) hydrogen filling stations in the cities of Bremen (Germany), Birmingham (Great Britain) and Brussels (Belgium).

These stations are part of the European project SWARM – the acronym stands for Demonstration of Small 4-Wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport. The aim of this project is to roll out 90 hydrogen-fueled passenger cars across Europe, the largest number of such vehicles ever made available for a demo project.

This fleet will be supported by an infrastructure of hydrogen filling stations, some existing and others to come. Regions located within three European countries are taking part in the project: the Midlands in Great Britain, the Greater Brussels Area and Wallonia in Belgium, and Wer-Ems in northwestern Germany.

To prepare for the large-scale development of hydrogen-fueled vehicles in 2015, these 90 hydrogen-fueled passenger cars will be made available across these three regions. The cars will be designed by three of the partners working on the project: Riversimple, H2O Emobile GmbH and Coventry University Enterprises limited.

For a three-year period, the vehicles will be made available to individual drivers in order to gather detailed data on how they are used in a real setting. This phase of the project will help experts produce a set of recommendations aimed at optimising the deployment of the hydrogen-fueled passenger car market.

This project is part of a broader effort to create – also using existing stations – a hydrogen highway that spans Northern Europe, from Scotland to the Scandinavian countries and including England, Belgium and Germany.

The project has attracted 17 partners in all, representing businesses, universities and local governments, and is supported by Fuel Cells Hydrogen & Joint Undertaking (FCHJU).

The FCHJU is a European public/private partnership created to support research, technological development and demonstrations in the field of hydrogen and fuel cells.