France’s first hydrogen refuelling station for buses opened on Friday.

The Artois-Gohelle transport authority (SMT-AG) inaugurated the station on Friday in the presence of the project’s partners, including McPhy. McPhy has equipped the station with its McLyzer and McFilling technologies.

Clean hydrogen will be produced on site by electrolysis, from renewable electricity of certified French origin, before being distributed by the station. 15 minutes of refuelling will give the buses over 300km of autonomy.

In its current configuration, the McPhy station can produce and deliver more than 200kg of clean hydrogen a day. Its capacity can be increased by 30% without changing the facility’s total surface area, if required by the SMT-AG’s future needs.

Pascal Mauberger, Chairman and CEO of McPhy, said, “We are proud to contribute, with our technologies and products, in this innovation in France that has enabled us to set up, in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France, the first McPhy station for hydrogen buses.”

“With its state-of-the-art research and innovation and first-rate industrial infrastructure, McPhy provides its expertise in producing and distributing hydrogen.”

“Our McLyzer electrolyser will produce on site and from renewable electricity of certified French origin supplied by ENGIE, the clean hydrogen for a high-capacity McFilling hydrogen refueling station with a high service rate.”

“The public transport sector is in the midst of a revolution. By opting for hydrogen mobility, the SMT-AG is combining passenger comfort and service continuity while helping reduce atmospheric pollution and improve public health.”

“We would like to thank the SMT-AG and our client, ENGIE, via its subsidiary GNVERT, for their trust.”

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Source: McPhy