Ad Astra strengthens H2 infrastructure in Costa Rica


Ad Astra Rocket Company, Costa Rica, has initiated two major projects valued at approximately $765,000 to strengthen Central America’s first green hydrogen ecosystem.

Partners of the project are Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), a foundation to support the development of a more mobile society and IDBLab, a laboratory of the Interamerican Development Bank Group that supports early stage ventures that can improve the lives of vulnerable populations due to economic, social or environmental factors.

The first hydrogen ecosystem project, supported by the TMF, involves upgrading Ad Astra’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Liberia. Presently, the facility only supports 350 bar refuelling, as required by urban buses and other heavy-duty transport.

“Hydrogen vehicles are electric, but instead of storing energy in a battery, they make electricity on board, in a fuel cell, by combining hydrogen stored in a tank with oxygen from the air. The only bioproduct is pure water and the carbon footprint is zero,” said Juan Ignacio Del Valle, Ad Astra Operations Director in Costa Rica.

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