Last reviewed 17 June 2021

A consortium of 14 partners from across Europe are working on a joint research project, CoacHyfied, with the EU investing €7 million in plans to drive the development of fuel cell systems for coaches forward.

The main goal of CoacHyfied is to offer solutions in the medium range regional and long-distance public and commercial transport sector by developing and operating six fuel cell coaches at two regions in Latvia and France in two to three-year demonstration phases.

The Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS) at Coventry University is one of the CoacHyfied partners. It has highlighted that the project could help to eliminate up to 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) generated by diesel-fuelled coaches in the UK alone.

There are currently around 13,000 diesel-fuelled coaches operating in the UK, each generating as much as 1000g/km of CO2.

C-ALPS, which is currently investing £2 million into developing a world class hydrogen fuel cell development facility in Coventry, is responsible for the advanced thermal management system that will look to increase fuel efficiency in novel ways, including harnessing waste heat from the hydrogen fuel cell to power air conditioning in cabins.

Dr Oliver Curnick, Associate Professor in Electrochemical Power Sources at C-ALPS, said: “It is anticipated that the findings of the project will be of benefit to coach manufacturers as well as future transport operators, who will need to find innovative solutions to support clean mass transport in the future.”

Further details of the project can be found at - www.coachyfied.eu.