Air Liquide inaugurated the first publicly-available hydrogen (H2) refuelling station in Zaventem, Belgium, today, introducing the possibility of using H2 as a clean energy throughout the country.

The industrial gas corporation produces the H2 used at the station via electrolysis, on account of its zero-emission properties. The site is capable of refilling between 30-40 vehicles a day, with each refill taking less than five minutes to complete and providing fuel cell users approximately 500km of driving distance.

We provide a concrete answer to the challenges of clean transportation; an alternative to oil, reducing greenhouse gases and decreasing pollution in the city

The Tier One player has already commissioned several other public H2 refuelling stations throughout Europe, namely in the Netherlands, Germany and France, with other stations being deployed in US and Japan – but this is a the first one in Belgium.

Boissy Karine Rousseau, CEO of Air Liquide Industries Benelux, commented, “Air Liquide intends to facilitate access of more clean energy. With the technological expertise of our employees, and the common vision of automakers such as Toyota, we provide a concrete answer to the challenges of clean transportation; an alternative to oil, reducing greenhouse gases and decreasing pollution in the city.” 

The new station, which has been designed, installed and will be operated by the French corporation, received financial support from a European organisation, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen – a public private partnership which aims to support the development of applications related to H2 energy.