In the Netherlands, the industrial gas company Air Products is aiming to build a truck hydrogen filling station in the port of Rotterdam in 2023. The facility will be realised in cooperation with Schenk Tanktransport and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).
The three partners have joined forces to form the Clean Hydrogen and Road Transport Project (CH2aRT). The project focuses on the use of hydrogen in heavy-duty transport and is subsidised by the DKTI Transport Programme (Demonstration Scheme for Climate Technologies and Innovations in Transport) of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
Initially, three H2 trucks from Air Products, Schenk and “other early hydrogen users in the Rotterdam port area” will refuel at the hydrogen filling station. Air Products is building and operating the filling station and is also responsible for the supply of green hydrogen. Schenk, the logistics company, will use the unspecified truck models. TNO will supervise the entire project and use the knowledge gained for the further development and application of hydrogen in heavy-duty transport.
The project is being carried out in cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam. “All modes of transport, from shipping to road transport, need to be CO2 neutral by 2050,” says Boudewijn Siemons, COO of the Port of Rotterdam. “Hydrogen is a clean, viable alternative to diesel in freight transport. But then, of course, there have to be refuelling stations.”
Potential other users of the H2 filling station abound: the Port of Rotterdam is also a member of the HyTrucks consortium, which is pushing for the deployment of 1,000 H2 trucks and 25 H2 filling stations along a truck corridor between the Netherlands, Belgium and western Germany. Another partner in the consortium is the truck manufacturer Hyzon Motors.
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