With a goal to have ten hydrogen (H2) stations by 2025, Bulgaria has revealed its interest to test H2 buses in public transport.

The country is “talking about it” announced the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, at the opening of the Hydrogen Summit in Sofia at the end of May.

The Hydrogen Summit was organised by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and marked the 10th anniversary of the FCH JU.

It was attended by a number of Bulgarian politicians, including MEP Peter Kouroumbashev, Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev, and Deputy Transport Minister Anguel Popov, who said that H2-fuelled vehicles represented the future of cars. Currently there are no charging stations for hydrogen cars in Bulgaria, but the goal is to build ten charging stations by 2025, said Popov.

Popov said they are examining possible locations for such stations and it is “highly probable” the first one will be built in Bourgas.

He also said the ongoing works on the modification of the first Bulgarian passenger ship to be powered by H2 are in progress.

“The technology is clean, as the only waste product from this engine is water. It’s a good environmental choice, especially in light of the fact that every year in Europe, there are over 500,000 premature deaths due to air pollution,” said Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director at the FCH JU.

“I strongly encourage more Bulgarian scientists to consider project funding from organisations such as the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, and to be much more active in applying for funding for research and projects,” said MEP Peter Kouroumbashev.

“There are already 50 hydrogen buses in Europe now. Fuel cells can be powered by hydrogen, which is produced from 100% renewable sources, such as wind or solar power,” added Kouroumbashev.