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A Roadmap for Financing Hydrogen Refueling Networks – Creating Prerequisites for H2-based Mobility


Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are zero tailpipe emission vehicles. Their large-scale deployment is expected to play a major role in the de-carbonization of transportation in the European Union (EU), and is therefore an important policy element at EU and Member State level.
For FCEVs to be introduced to the market, a network of hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) first has to exist. From a technological point of view, FCEVs are ready for serial production already: Hyundaiand Toyota plan to introduce FCEVs into key markets from 2015, and Daimler, Ford and Nissan plan to launch mass-market FCEVs in 2017.
At the moment, raising funds for building the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure appears to be challenging.
This study explores options for financing the HRS rollout which facilitate the involvement of private lenders and investors. It  presents a number of different financing options, involving public-sector bank loans, funding from private-sector strategic equity investors, commercial bank loans, private equity, and funding from infrastructure investors. The options outline the various requirements forn accessing these sources of funding with regard to project structure, incentives and risk mitigation. The financing options were developed on the basis of discussions with stakeholders in the HRS rollout from industry and with financiers.
This study was prepared by Roland Berger in close contact with European Investment banks and a series of private banks.
This study explores in details the business cases for HRS in Germany and UK. The conclusion can be easily extrapolate to other countries.

Funding source: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
Related subjects: Applications & Pathways
Countries: Belgium

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