Air Products Group (Air Products) company Carburos Metálicos (Carburos) has successfully completed testing of its first hydrogen (H2) bus in Galicia, Spain, paving the way for the region to integrate zero emissions technology into its public transport network.

Having taken place between March 7th – 23rd, the circulation and refuelling test saw the H2-powered bus travel around 200km per day on the A Coruña – city centre bus line in Culleredo. 

Aiming to decarbonise the hard-to-abate urban transport sector, the test was designed to illustrate the maturity of hydrogen technology, in addition to showcasing its potential to help meet net zero energy transition objectives laid out by the Spanish Government. 

As part of the company’s ‘Hydrogen Route’ exhibition, A Coruña joins a list of cities that have contributed to hydrogen-fuel testing, including Oviedo, Bilbao, Tarragona, Valladolid, Zaragoza, and Cordoba. 

Commenting on the latest test, Miquel Lope, General Director, Carburos Metálicos, said, “The promotion of H2 for mobility is a strategic line that connects with our sustainability strategy and the ‘Third by ‘30’ goal of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2030.” 

“Throughout this year we will continue to demonstrate that it is a mature technology and ready to contribute to the decarbonisation of heavy transport in large cities.”

Launched earlier this year on January 26th, Spain’s first renewable H2-powered urban bus line – launched in Torrejón de Ardoz in Madrid – utilises technology supplied by Carburos. 

The renewable origin of the electricity used during production of the H2 for Galicia’s pilot test is able to be verified through the Guarantee of Origin (GdO) programme.

Boasting the world’s largest channelled H2 distribution network, Carburos’ parent company Air Product provides more than 1.5m H2 refills per year using its refuelling technologies.

The company aims to open the first public hydrogen plant in Tarragona next year (2023).