Very positive feedback from the second cross-border meeting attended by some forty participants.

The POCTEFA COMPET’plus project held a second cross-border meeting on 22 April with the aim of identifying synergies and complementarities in the field of electro-mobility in both electric and hydrogen.

The aim of the workshop was to get to know the players of the cross-border area, as well as the different pilot projects, and to exchange impressions about the needs, obstacles to collaboration and cross-border possibilities. Each participant had the opportunity to introduce themselves, highlighting their know-how, their strategy, and their most relevant products/services. This made it possible to identify possible complementarities and avenues, to establish cross-border projects.

Firstly, it was the turn of the Navarra NAVEAC Platform – an initiative that seeks to develop the industrial capacities of Navarra around the Electric, Autonomous and Connected Vehicle, promoted by the Government of Navarra through SODENA. Its objective is to orientate the capacities of the automotive industrial sector towards the development of the electric vehicle and its components, as well as to favour the development and implementation of new mobility solutions in Navarra. The NAVEAC platform, which has more than 60 partners, explores the trends and technical challenges of electric, sustainable, autonomous, connected and shared mobility, and relates them to the industrial and scientific-technological capacities of Navarra by means of an action plan that combines actions from both the public and private sectors.

Secondly, the FEBUS project – Pau Agglomeration’s zero-emission hydrogen transport system – was presented, reflecting the Pau Agglomeration’s commitment to a sustainable world. The first line was commissioned on 8 July 2019, and a second line is planned to be launched. It is the first bus line in the world equipped with 18-metre vehicles powered by hydrogen engines. During the presentation, the work carried out in this project was presented, emphasising the reasons for the selection of hydrogen as a technology, the charging points, the characteristics of the network, infrastructure, hydrogen production, etc. The need to always select the mobility/energy option according to the requirements/characteristics of the project to be carried out was particularly emphasised.

Finally, the MUBIL Centre – Gipuzkoa’s Intelligent and Sustainable Mobility reference centre – was presented. MUBIL is a physical space for the development of activity, science and knowledge in intelligent and sustainable mobility. MUBIL was born in the context of the Etorkizuna Eraikiz programme, which works with the aim of identifying the challenges facing the territory in order to propose and carry out projects for the future. In this sense, it was highlighted that work is being carried out in four directions: a strong technological infrastructure, promoting entrepreneurship, generating and managing knowledge, and turning Gipuzkoa into a living lab through experimentation. In particular, the energy storage laboratory was presented, which will place MUBIL, in terms of its technological capacity, “on a par” with the two leading European centres in this particular field.

The speeches and presentations are available in the resources section of the website.