NEWS & EVENTS
New project set-up
In November 2023, an amendment request to the LIFE IP ZERO project was submitted to the European Commission. The proposed amendment concerns several key aspects of the project, such as the realisation of new hydrogen production at the Eco Centre in Bolzano and the function of the green hydrogen production plant at the IIT, together with the implementation of hydrogen filling stations. Between the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023, a significant turning point has emerged with the possibility of including new hydrogen production in the investments co-funded by the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), with the Province of Bolzano aiming to establish a 'Hydrogen Valley' on its territory. The project also includes the development of a demonstration and experimental fleet of hydrogen vehicles, the introduction of new complementary actions, some changes in partnerships and the extension of the overall project duration until 2029.
Open day at the LBS Bolzano
The highlight of the open day at the Provincial Technical College for Crafts and Industry in Bolzano was the opportunity to see a fuel cell vehicle up close. IIT and SASA provided to the school a car from the Korean car manufacturer Hyunday, a Nexo, to give the public an even better understanding of hydrogen technology.
The vehicle and the associated hydrogen economy attracted a great interest. The audience consisted mainly of students who would like to become car mechatronics technicians and their parents. It was possible to convey an overall picture of what the current and future requirements in this profession are or will be.
IIT to the Azores
From October 24 to 27, 2023, the Azores hosted the international conference on climate change “Encontro internacional sobre as alterações climáticas”, bringing together experts from various countries, including political representatives and authorities. IIT, represented by Edmund Gasteiger, participated as a speaker, invited by LIFE IP CLIMAZ due to previous collaborations. The conference aimed to exchange ideas on climate change projects. Edmund Gasteiger presented the LIFEalps project to an audience of around 300 people, generating significant interest and prompting further discussions. The conference included excursions to showcase regional Azorean projects, focusing on energy supply, waste management, sustainable construction, and the protection of endemic flora and fauna. Networking events aimed at fostering connections among conference participants, emphasizing mutual learning and international collaboration. The organization was led by "Governo dos Açores" in collaboration with the "Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e Alterações Climáticas," within the framework of the project LIFE IP CLIMAZ.
The future with H2!
During IIT Hydrogen’s partecipation to the fair HESE in Bologna from 11th to 13th October 2023, the project LIFEalps has been presented as a concrete development of the zero-emission strategy in our territory South Tyrol. IIT hydrogen was present with a stand at the fair and visitors and industry H2 specialists have had the chance to get to know our plant and our project of decarbonization of mobility through hydrogen services.
Bolzano major drives a hydrogen car
SASA Director Ruggero Rossi De Mio and IIT Hydrogen Bolzano CEO Claudio Vitalini handed over the keys of the Toyota hydrogen car Mirai to the Mayor of Bolzano, Renzo Caramaschi, in a ceremony in front of Bolzano Town Hall. The car was made available by SASA for three months within the EU LIFEalps project so that the mayor can use it as part of his representative activities. This emphasises the joint commitment to promoting sustainable mobility.
Partners’ General Assembly
On 28th July 2023 IIT Hydrogen has hosted the annual General Assembly. In a sunny day, LIFE IP Zero / Lifealps partners have joined in the IIT meeting room to discuss all points regarding the developments of the project. All year long, direct talks define the everyday life of the project and in this occasion all partners have the chance to discuss in person.
Mercedes Hydrogen Prototype GenH2 comes back to South Tyrol
The Bolzano Hydrogen Centre once again had the honour to host the prototype of the Daimler Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck on its way from Germany to Italy via the Brenner Pass. Already in autumn of 2022 the GenH2 had come to the centre to refuell, and now in spring, with different weather conditions, Daimler tests its hydrogen truck on the mountain roads of South Tyrol.
Meet us in Piacenza!
Huge turnout at the Hydrogen Expo 2023 trade fair in Piacenza! Hundreds of people came to our beautiful stand from 17 to 19 May 2023. A public eager to learn more about hydrogen technology and experts interested in our ten-year experience also thanks to the LIFEalps Project!
Claudio Vitalini moderated a congress on hydrogen sustainable mobility together with SASA, A22, Alperia, Iveco, Gruber Logistics and Toyota. CTO Marco Belloni was a speaker in a conference on safety of a hydrogen plant.
Merano City Major tests H2 Car
The mayor of Merano, Dario Dal Medico, tested a hydrogen car for four weeks for his official duties. The vehicle, a Toyota Mirai, was made available to him by SASA within the LIFEalps project. The Mirai, which is powered by fuel cells, offers a range of 380-450 kilometres and is characterised by its quick refuelling in just five minutes. Refuelling currently takes place at the station in Bolzano, where the hydrogen is produced sustainably by electrolysis of water using energy from hydroelectric power plants in the region.
Two days General Assembly
On 11th and 12th October 2022, a two days General Assembly took place in Bolzano. Monitors and project partners attended the annual meeting to show and discuss LIFEalps project’s developments.
In Bologna for HESE fair
IIT Bolzano was present with a stand together with the Danish Electrolysers producer NEL at the fair HESE in Bologna from 12th to 14th October 2022. Visitors and experts had the chance to get to know our projects and the LIFEalps developments.
Transiting the Brenner pass via fuel cell: hydrogen powered truck on altitude test in South Tyrol
Daimler Truck conducted a series of tests with their Mercedes Benz GenH2 Truck prototype in South Tyrol, utilizing the Hydrogen Centre in Bolzano as a base. The Brenner pass, a critical corridor for heavy-duty vehicles (HDV) in Europe, witnessed an increasing trend of testing emission-free HDVs, particularly hydrogen-powered ones. The challenging route, with around 4.5 million HDVs crossing the Alps annually, signifies a commitment to decarbonizing heavy-duty transport. The Hydrogen Centre in Bolzano, known for its technical expertise, facilitated these tests. Daimler's development team tested the GenH2 Truck extensively, expressing enthusiasm for South Tyrol's diverse driving conditions and the experienced support team.
Minister for Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility visits Bolzano’s Hydrogen Center
Minister Enrico Giovannini, responsible for Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, visited Bolzano's Hydrogen Center together with the Councillor for Infrastructure and Mobility Daniel Alfreider to explore South Tyrol's hydrogen-related projects. During the visit, he traveled to the Center on a hydrogen fuel cell bus, experiencing firsthand the technology's environmental benefits. The meeting at the hydrogen station included discussions with the Institute for Technological Innovations (IIT) Bolzano, Alperia, and Autostrada del Brennero, focusing on the region's hydrogen expertise and future developments, supported by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). Emphasizing hydrogen's safety and integration into existing fuel infrastructure, the visit concluded with the minister personally refueling a hydrogen-powered car from the EU LIFEalps project, highlighting the process's simplicity, speed, and safety.
A zero emission future is possible...
At the invitation of the "inatura - Erlebnis Naturschau" museum in Dornbirn (Vorarlberg - Austria), IIT has held - as representatives of the LIFEalps project - a presentation about e-mobility in general as well as about the two technologies it comprises, i.e. battery and fuel cell/hydrogen.
At the heart of the (well attended) lecture was however the practical side of this, i.e., South Tyrol's experiences in this sector and the LIFEalps project, which is central to the development of zero emission mobility on the Brenner corridor.
E-Drive Day 2022: discover e-mobility first-hand!
In 2022 the annual E-Drive Day has been held at the Safety Park: about 200 people faced not-actual-spring-weather and took different types of zero emission vehicles for a turn on the road.
LIFEalps, too, was present with two fuel cell vehicles, i.e., one of its Hyundai Nexos, as well as one 2nd generation Toyota Mirai which has beein kindly made available by Toyota Italy.
Thank you to all the people who came meet us for being so interested in e-mobility!
Klimamobility: let's talk about sustainable mobility!
After a two-year-long pause this year Klimamobility was finally held as an in-person meeting: therefore, all people interested met at the Bozen/Bolzano trade fair and the MEC Meeting &
Event Center Südtirol Alto Adige.
Of course, the LIFEalps didn't skip this opportunity and held a presentation about LIFEalps and its contribution to a more sustainable or "more zero emission" future.
eTest Days: South Tyrol's economy drives zero emission (vehicles)!
At the beginning of May was kickstarted the annual test cycle of zero emission vehicles for South Tyrol's economy: the eTest Days give all participants the possibility to drive a "green" vehicle testing it in everyday life in hopes of approaching them to a sustainable mobility.
LIFEalps partecipated (as it did before) and provided two fuel cell electric vehicles, a Hyundai Nexo and a Toyota Mirai, thanks to a collaboration with Toyota Italy.
Hydrogen bus tested in extra-urban areas!
In the second half of January, test drives of an electric hydrogen bus from Hyundai took place in South Tyrol.
Although the ELEC CITY Fuel Cell from Hyundai is actually designed for urban applications, its performance and refuelling capacity mean that it would also be suitable for longer, more demanding routes.
The results are already very promising.
LIFEalps goes social:
The "Zero Emission Services for a Decarbonised Alpine Economy" project (short: LIFEalps) has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union.
LIFE17 IPC IT 000005 – Zero Emission LIFE IP