The hydrogen (H2) ecosystem in Costa Rica has made major progress after Ad Astra Rocket Company, an American rocket propulsion business, finalised two major milestones towards the completion of the country’s H2-based transportation infrastructure.

In the development, Ad Astra has integrated H2 production, storage and dispensing subsystems at its facility in Liberia city.

It has also completed the final steps in the procurement, transport and operation of the country’s first H2-fuelled electric passenger bus, which is expected to start operations next month around Guanacaste.

The bus, manufactured by Belgium’s Van Hool for US Hybrid Corporation, can travel approximately 338km on 38kg of compressed H2.

“We are excited to tackle our generation’s biggest challenge; freeing ourselves from our dependence on fossil fuel”

Dr. Jose Castro Nieto, Ad Astra, Costa Rica’s Chief Scientist

The development is the result of the Hydrogen Ecosystem Project’s mission, a public-private partnership between Costa Rica’s public financial institution Sistema de Banca para el Desarrollo and four other partners under the leadership of Ad Astra.

These include industrial gas giant Air Liquide, US Hybrid Corporation and Cummins Inc., a US specialist in alternative fuel engines.

The partnership was founded to combine key logistics, expertise and technology to build out the South American country’s carbon-free sustainable ecosystem based on a H2 society.

Dr. Jose Castro Nieto, Ad Astra, Costa Rica’s Chief Scientist, enthused, “We are excited to tackle our generation’s biggest challenge; freeing ourselves from our dependence on fossil fuel and focus on sustainable solutions.”