Industrial and medical gases company Carburos Metálicos, part of the Air Products Group, has doubled down on its efforts to decarbonise the transport sector following a two-day test with a hydrogen fuel cell-equipped bus.

Taking place in Córdoba, Spain, the test was undertaken in collaboration with urban bus company and member of the CAF Group, Solaris. 

The vehicle was driven along usual bus routes through the town to both demonstrate the technology’s maturity and to showcase the potential for the decarbonisation of transport. 

A portable hydrogenator was installed on the bus, allowing for on-the-go refuelling. 

The Solaris bus has a capacity of 90 passengers and is able to travel an emission-free 400km on a single 8-minute charge. 

Lacking an internal combustion engine, the noise produced by the vehicle is also greatly reduced. 

Source: Carburos Metálicos.

The promotion of renewable hydrogen as a replacement of fossil fuels in the transport sector is part of Carburos Metálicos’ ‘Third by 30’ commitment, an effort to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by one-third by 2030. 

Viewing renewable hydrogen as a key part of decarbonising transport and mobility, Miquel Lope, General Director, Carburos Metálicos, said, “At Carburos Metálicos we are experts in the entire hydrogen value chain and we are part of air Products, a world leader in the production of hydrogen, so we will continue to support the development of this energy vector within the energy transition process. 

The focus on transport is part of the company ‘Hydrogen Route’ that has seen hydrogen-powered vehicles pass through several Spanish cities including Oviedo, Bilbao, Tarragona, Zaragoza and Valladolid. 

Solaris has been conducting fuel cell-powered bus tests since 2014, according to its CEO, Kepa Mendikute. 

“This has allowed us to be reliable enough to mass-produce hydrogen technology buses for almost three years.” 

This year alone the company has produced 70 hydrogen business across Europe, with 100 more scheduled for 2022.