HyFIVE - Hydrogen for Innovatives Vehicles


The Danish Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells became a part of the FCH JU-funded HyFIVE project in January 2015. The Danish Partnership’s role in the project is the cluster coordination of the Copenhagen Cluster. The role implies managing the day to day project coordination and securing progress within the cluster. Furthermore the Partnership has the dissemination role and has to inform opinion formers and decision makers of the progress of the project.

The Vehicles

HyFIVE is a European project seeking to deploy 110 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from the five global automotive companies leading the commercialisation of FCEVs (BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota). These new vehicles are designed for (or just starting) series manufacture, with performance characteristics and cost reduction targets which will lead to a plausible offer for early adopting customers.

The HRSs

To serve these vehicles, the project will create clusters of refueling station networks in three parts of Europe, where there will be sufficient density of hydrogen stations to provide refueling choice and convenience to early users of FCEVs. The project will deploy six new stations (deployed by: Danish Hydrogen Fuel in Copenhagen; ITM Power in London; OMV in Innsbruck), linked with 12 existing stations supplied by project partners (Air Products, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network Linde, Danish Hydrogen Fuel, ITM Power and OMV). This will lead to new networks in the most promising early adopter regions for FCEVs across Europe – London, the Copenhagen area and a southern region incorporating Bolzano, Innsbruck, Munich and Stuttgart.


The project’s scale and pan-European breadth will allow it to tackle all of the final technical and social issues which could prevent the commercial roll-out of hydrogen vehicles and refuelling infrastructure across Europe. Research tasks will ensure these issues are analysed and debated within the project and that the lessons are available for the whole hydrogen community across Europe; activities include:

  • Demonstrating that the vehicles meet and exceed the technical performance and environmental expectations for FCEVs.
  • Establishing best practice in systems to support FCEVs in daily operations with real customers. This will require the development of new procedures for equipping maintenance facilities, training dealers, establishing a spare parts regime, agreeing on-road support services and training first-responders.
  • Using the stations in the project to understand the progress on solutions to the outstanding technical issues for refuelling stations, which include rapid “rush-hour” fuelling, accurate metering, quality assurance for hydrogen purity and design of stations for different vehicle tank types.
  • Investigating the challenges of using electrolysers at fuelling stations to generate renewable hydrogen, with dynamic operation to both support the local electrical grid and allow a direct coupling to the output of remote renewable energy generators.
  • Understanding the impact of running a network of filling stations operated by different suppliers, with different hydrogen supply modes, but needing to present a common appearance to the consumer.
  • Understanding the buying characteristics of the potential earliest adopters of FCEVs, who will need to procure vehicles despite high costs and limited infrastructure.
  • Using the experience gained across the different Member States and diversity of vehicles and HRS in the project to provide recommendations on best practices for hydrogen regulations, codes and standards (RCS) in Europe.
  • Linking with nationally funded projects in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Austria, and with existing FCH JU funded projects, to maximise the impact of the project.
  • Providing evidence on the likely trajectory of the commercialisation of FCEVs in Europe, which will be valuable to policy makers and investors across Europe.




Project Participants

  • Greater London Authority
  • BMW
  • Daimler
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Toyota
  • Air Products
  • ITM Power
  • Linde AG
  • IIT Bolzano
  • Element Energy
  • Thinkstep
  • OMV
  • Danish Hydrogen Fuel
  • Danish Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells




The Project Website



Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking



Last updated: 03-18-2016