Hydrogen buses now serving passengers in Heinenoord
The new hydrogen station in Heinenoord in South Holland has been declared open as the station started supplying a fleet of 20 fuel cell buses with green hydrogen.
The new heavy duty hydrogen refuelling station built by Everfuel in Heinenoord started dispensing hydrogen for a fleet of 20 hydrogen buses from Connexxion that are co-funded by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership as part of the Jive 2 project. The station was realised through a close collaboration between the province of Zuid-Holland, the municipality of Hoeksche Waard, Connexxion who operates the buses and Everfuel who built and operates the station.
The station has the capacity to accommodate more than 50 fuel cell buses in a redundant set up. The station can be scaled up to accommodate fuelling of other fuel cell vehicles such as trucks in the future. This is a major step in the energy transition in the province of Zuid-Holland, where the aim is to provide zero emission public transport by 2030. Everfuel will be supplying the station with green hydrogen produced at sites in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark for a minimum of 12 years.
At the opening Connexxion demonstrated how a fuel cell bus is refuelled with hydrogen and Everfuel gave a tour of the station and a look behind the scenes.
‘The opening of the new hydrogen refuelling station is an essential step towards reaching our ambition: zero emission public transport by 2030,’ said Frederik Zevenbergen, regional minister at the province of Zuid-Holland.
‘We are delighted to contribute to the decarbonisation of the public transport in the province of Zuid-Holland. Adopting new technologies to fight climate change is something we take great pride in, and we look forward to operating the fleet of hydrogen buses,’ said Ben Dwars the regional director at Connexxion.
‘The station in Heinenoord is one of the largest hydrogen stations in Europe. Building such a station with the support of the visionary collaborators, has been a great pleasure. It truly demonstrates that the energy transition is happening now, and that green hydrogen is a sustainable energy carrier on the way to reaching fossil-free transportation,’ said Jacob Krogsgaard the CEO at Everfuel.