Dedicated hydrogen (H2) solutions provider McPhy is to set up its first station for H2 buses in the Hauts-de-France region.

This technology will be deployed at the future bus depot in Houdain, currently under construction. The SMT AG will equip it with a H2 refuelling station capable of recharging buses equipped with fuel cells.

The SMT AG has attributed ENGIE the refuelling of six hydrogen buses that will be deployed in the spring of 2019 on the new bus line BHNS (High Level Service Bus), connecting Bruay- La-Buissière and Auchel.

The future Bulle 6 line will be the first in France exclusively operated with H2 buses.

Pascal Mauberger, Chairman and CEO of McPhy, said, “We would like to thank ENGIE for its continued confidence, allowing us to set up, in Hauts-de-France, the first McPhy station for H2 buses.”

“Thanks to state-of-the-art research and innovation and a first-rate industrial infrastructure, McPhy provides its expertise for the production and distribution of H2. Our McLyzer electrolyser can produce clean H2 on site, intended for the supply of a large capacity McFilling with a high service rate. The transportation sector is the midst of a revolution. By opting for H2 mobility, the SMT AG conciliates user comfort for its passengers, service continuity, and the participation in reducing air pollution and improving public health.”

Laurent Duporge, President of SMT AG, added, “This territory, too often reduced to its industrial past, will be the first in France to operate a line exclusively with H2 buses, six to be exact! It’s a wonderful example of the choice for environmental development, a technological choice orientated towards the future. It’s up to us to demonstrate renewal in the mining basin.”

Philippe Van Deven, Director-General of GNVERT, commented, “The choice for renewable H2 integrates naturally into the energy transition for passenger transport. In addition to the exemplary environmental performance of this ‘zero emission’ solution, H2 is the energy carrier that will allow the wider development of renewable energies in France. All the more a real industrial field can be built with the expertise available in France The energy transition isn’t a constraint, it’s an opportunity!”

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Source: McPhy