A new hydrogen (H2) station was launched yesterday in Groningen to help “realise 100% clean transport in Europe by 2030”.
The H2 refuelling station has been built under the High V.LO-City project and will be operated by PitPoint clean fuels with AkzoNobel supplying PitPoint the H2 by pipeline. The H2 is a by-product from AkzoNobel’s chlorine production, produced sustainably by electrolysis, using electricity produced from wind energy. Located at the Chemie Park in Delfzijl, right next to the Akzo Nobel production plant, the Delfzijl refuelling station is PitPoint’s second H2 refuelling station development in Europe.
Erik Kemink, CEO at PitPoint, said, “We are extremely pleased and proud to be part of this unique five-year pilot programme within the High V.LO-City project and to be able to contribute to the development of the H2 economy in the Northern Netherlands.”
“This pilot project directly supports our company’s vision, which is to realise 100% clean transport in Europe by 2030, and clearly demonstrates the importance of collaboration and partnership to achieve this goal. Together we can put the required infrastructure, vehicles and funding in place to make H2 a viable zero-emission fuel. We firmly believe that H2 is one of the clean fuels that will be fundamental to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) and to creating cleaner air in our cities worldwide.”
The station has been developed through an innovative public-private partnership between the OV-bureau for Groningen Drenthe, Qbuzz, AkzoNobel, Groningen Seaports, PitPoint, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure, Public Works and Water Management, and the province of Groningen.
The launch of the station is paving the way towards the deployment of more fuel cell electric buses in the north east of the Netherlands.