Other Projects



Building Innovative Green Hydrogen systems in an Isolated Territory (BIG HIT) aims at demonstrating the benefits of using hydrogen as a flexible local energy store and vector in isolated or constrained territories. See https://www.bighit.eu/


In this project, which was officially launched in May 2018, two PEM electrolysers are to produce about 50 tonnes of hydrogen each year from constrained renewables in the Orkney Islands (Scotland). This ‘zero carbon’ hydrogen can the


    • Be used to heat local buildings


  • Be transported by sea ferry to the mainland where a 75 kW hydrogen fuel cell is to supply heat and power for several harbour buildings, a marina and 3 ferries. A hydrogen refuelling station is also to fuel 10 Renault Kangoo ZE RE H2 equipped by Symbio (lien vers H2Motiv S)



Twelve partners are involved in this € 10,9 million project, which has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No. 700092. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research. See https://www.fch.europa.eu/news/discover-new-fch-ju-project-big-hit-orkney-islands-model-hydrogen-territory


Eas-Hymob (« Easy AccesS to Hydrogen Mobility ») is one of the most important projects dedicated to hydrogen mobility in Europe : launched in 2016, it aims at deploying a first grid of 15 hydrogen refuelling stations together with 250 vehicles (captive fleets) – See https://eashymob.normandie.fr/

WIth a €4.8 million budget, Eas-Hymob is supported by a European funding through the  Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), in the frame of the Connecting Europe Facility – Transports program (CEF-T)) and under the grand agreement n°INEA/CEF/TRAN/A2014/1027357.  See https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/welcome-to-innovation-networks-executive-agency and https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/connecting-europe-facility/cef-transport ).

Symbio, in partnership with the Région Normandie and the Serfim Group, is a key actor of Eas-Hymob : the Renault Kangoo ZE REH2 is the light commercial vehicle that is to be deployed in the region.


Zero-Emission Valley

Zero-Emission Valley is one of the main hydrogen mobility deployment projects in France: launched in 2017, and supported by dozens of local authorities and companies, it foresees the installation of 20 hydrogen stations and 1,000 vehicles (commercial & private vehicles, refuse collection lorries, etc) in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region by 2020


(see https://www.auvergnerhonealpes.fr/278-pour-une-filiere-hydrogene-d-excellence.htm).


Captive fleets are preferred, in order to guarantee the regular use of vehicles.


Zero-Emission Valley, which is in line with the HyWay project (See https://www.tenerrdis.fr/fr/projets/hyway/ ), is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility Instrument (Grant Agreement No. INEA / CEF / TRAN / M2017 / 1476095), the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and private organisations.


As a new-generation equipment manufacturer specialising in hydrogen modules for various types of vehicles, Symbio is one of the companies behind the Zero Emission Valley project, alongside Michelin and ENGIE.


Bipolar plates are one of the most significant components of a fuel cell stack (by weight, volume and cost).


Thanks to the complementarity of 6 multidisciplinary members*, European industrials and scientists, the COBRA project (https://www.fch.europa.eu/project/coatings-bipolar-plates) developed improved bipolar plates for automotive stacks with superior corrosion resistance, higher conductivity and durability.


Symbio was involved in the testing field with its 5 kW Fuel Cell system, in order to identify, validate and qualify the potential of the bipolar plate technology developed in the project.


Launched in April 2014, COBRA was closed in December 2017. Representing a € 3,8 M budget, it was financed by the FCH JU under the Grant agreement number 621193.


*CEA, BORIT, Impact Coatings, Symbio, CIDETEC, INSA Lyon – MATEIS laboratory


ID-FAST: Investigations on degradation mechanisms and Definition of protocols for PEM Fuel cells Accelerated Stress Testing


Based on a partnership between 8 members*, the ID-FAST project aims at supporting and promoting the deployment of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) technologies for automotive applications through the development of Accelerated Stress Tests (AST). It focuses on two main points: degradation mechanisms understanding and durability prediction improvement – to accelerate the introduction of innovative materials in next generation designs.



With more than 8 years of experience in hydrogen fuel cell module and more than 250 hydrogen vehicles on the road, Symbio contributes mainly in the elaboration of the ageing data base used for the development and the validation of AST protocols.


Launched in January 2018, the ID-FAST project, whose budget is € 2.7 million, in totally financed by the FCH-JU, under the Grant agreement n°779565 (See https://www.fch.europa.eu/project/investigations-degradation-mechanisms-and-definition-protocols-pem-fuel-cells-accelerated)


*CEA – Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, BMW – Bayerische Motorenwerke Aktiengesellschaft, DLR – Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Fraunhofer – Institut für Solare Energietechnologien, Freudenberg Performance Materials, POLIMI – Politecnico di Milano, Symbio, ZSW – Zentrum für Sonnenenergie-und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg


With over 1400 vehicles and 49 state of the art refuelling stations being deployed, the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project (H2ME & H2ME2) is one of the most ambitious coordinated hydrogen deployment projects attempted in Europe to date (See www.h2me.eu).


It is to stretch until respectively 2020 (H2ME) and 2022 (H2ME2).


Started in 2015, it seeks to place large numbers of fuel cell electric cars and range-extended vans with drivers who will use them for regular day-to-day activities and help develop early networks of refuelling stations to prepare the market for the commercial introduction of these innovative zero emission vehicles over the coming years


H2ME-H2ME2, which is a €170 million demonstration project, is co-funded with €67 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme (grant agreement No 671438 and 700350) through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public private partnership supporting fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe (See www.fch.europa.eu)


The Renault Kangoo ZE REH2, equipped by Symbio, is the zero-emission van that is being deployed in this project.


The Refuse Vehicle Innovation and Validation in Europe project (REVIVE) was launched in January 2018 with the aim of impowering a crucial switch towards sustainable and clean waste collection in cities: based on a partnership of 15 members*, it is to integrate fuel cell powertrains into 15 vehicles and deploy them in 8 sites across Europe, which makes it the largest demonstration of fuel cell-range extender trucks to date.


REVIVE, whose budget is €8,7 million, has received funding from the FCH-JU under grant agreement No 779589. See http://www.fch.europa.eu/project/refuse-vehicle-innovation-and-validation-europe


As a new generation of parts manufacturer specialized in hydrogen fuel cell systems, Symbio is involved in the development of these high-performance fuel cell refuse trucks. H2Motiv L is the perfect module for refuse trucks (lien vers H2Motiv L)


*CEA, City of Antwerp, City of Amsterdam, City of Breda, City of Groningen, Element Energy, E-Trucks Europa, Saver, SEAB SPA, ASM Merano-Stadtwerke Meran, SUEZ Netherlands, Swiss Hydrogen, Symbio, Tractebel, WaterstofNet