The H2POWER proposal is a natural prosecution of an already pro-active partnership in the field of urban mobility. Indeed, the Municipality of Perugia and APM are working together respectively as the project promoter and coordinator and as a project partner in the project “RENAISSANCE – Testing Innovative Strategies for Clean Urban Transport, co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme (Grant Agreement n. TREN/FP7TR/219120/”RENAISSANCE” Integrating Project), whose consortium is made up of 30 international partners. The project, which will be over at the end of 2012, designs and demonstrates large-scale measures supporting urban quality, mobility, accessibility and heritage of historic city centers. In particular, the participating cities have to physically implement/install specific equipments and thus run the demonstrations in specific corridors/areas/limited zones of the city in order to make such historic/tourist sites more attractive, preserving cultural heritage and enhancing quality of like for citizens/residents by using clean fuels/vehicles.
The project has the objective of verifying and demonstrating a sustainable technical alternative to urban mobility, using alternative fuels to the traditional ones: hydrogen from renewable sources.
The proposed methodology foresees the preparation and development of a hydrogenmethae – fuelled city bus using a methane-fuelled bus. This demonstrator is an indicator for the urban public transport agencies, for enterprises with an internal fleet, for public utilities vehicles, for city mobility characterized by urban and extra urban burdensome routes, such the ones of the Perugia Municipality. The technologies developed during the project may be easily transferred to other European realities with similar orographic features of the territory. This is often the case of historic city centers.
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