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