IEA AFC Annex 34: Fuel Cells for Transportation (Working period 2019 - 2021)

The overall objective of the project is the advancement of fuel cells in transportation applications. To ensure a comprehensive penetration of the automotive market, the focus will be laid on the cost-reduction potential of fuel cell components and systems including hydrogen storage, the hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles in public transportation as well as fuel cell powered utility vehicles.

Short Description

To follow a holistic approach, different aspects in the area of advanced fuel cell technologies are investigated. Already available cost-reduction potentials for fuel cell systems and different hydrogen storage system will be reviewed as the costs of fuel cell vehicles are one of the main barriers to achieve market acceptance. In addition to that the hydrogen and refuelling infrastructure has to be part of the consideration, especially the advantages of the different modes of central and decentral hydrogen production.

Different already established scenarios will be analysed and evaluated considering furthermore different application possibilities in public transportation and utility vehicles. Especially in public transport there have been fuel cell busses in use for several years now, but in the area of goods transportation there is still work to be done on an international level to facilitate the market introduction. Moreover, the existing results of profitability analyses will be reviewed considering different aspects of the hydrogen economy as well as fuel cell system components.

The possibility to exchange certain aspects on an international level within the Technical Committee Programme of Advanced Fuel Cells and the presentation of already existing results will help to facilitate the market introduction of new fuel cell vehicles as well as the establishment of well-suited solutions for different applications.

The bundling of interested parties in the WIVA P&G association was a first step to strengthen a network across Austria. All areas of the hydrogen economy have been investigated in different projects and therefore knowledge from hydrogen production via storage to exploitation has been built up and can be used for further studies. Finally, also the dissemination and communication concepts are part of the project plan, as a close cooperation with stakeholders in industry as well as in the Austrian government and a strait forward communication to the public is important. These activities can help to facilitate a holistic transfer to a zero-emission and fuel cell-based transport sector and are an important addition to the energy transition.


Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Korea, Sweden, USA

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