Danish company Everfuel wins tender on hydrogen fueling solution in Hoeksche Waard and Goeree Overflakkee
At the Connexxion bus depot in Heinenoord, Everfuel will establish a hydrogen fueling solution, which will be operational by the end of 2021. The Danish company has won the European tender issued by the province of Zuid-Holland.
Since June, the public transport operator Connexxion has been operating 4 hydrogen buses in Hoeksche Waard and Goeree Overflakkee. From the end of next year, this number will be expanded by 20 buses, as part of the EU funded project JIVE2, which the Everfuel refueling station will supply with hydrogen. The use of a hydrogen refueling station with so many buses is a big step forward in terms of upscaling and makes this fueling station one of the largest in Europe.
The station will be supplied with green hydrogen (required by the province), produced at sites in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany. The hydrogen will during startup be delivered by trucks running on fossil-free HVO bio-diesel, and later on only by true zero-emission trucks.
Expansion towards hydrogen trucks
The refueling station is designed for buses but can also be used in the future by other heavy transport vehicles such as trucks due to its scalable design. Though specifically designed for heavy duty refueling, technical differences in the design of passenger cars makes them unable to refuel at the current site.
The province of Zuid-Holland has entered into a contractual agreement with Everfuel for the supply of hydrogen for 12 years. Public transport operator Connexxion will be using the hydrogen station for fueling its buses.
Floor Vermeulen, the Regional Minister of traffic and transport, is very satisfied with the progress of the tender. “With the supply of green hydrogen from the start, the province is taking a significant step towards hydrogen as a sustainable energy carrier for mobility. It also gives a major boost to the green hydrogen economy in Zuid-Holland.”
Jacob Krogsgaard – Everfuel CEO, states: “We are very excited to be awarded this contact from the Province of Zuid-Holland. In Everfuel we have the clear ambition to make green hydrogen a competitive alternative, and this project is the first of hopefully many. Everfuel is committed to contribute to the Green transition in the Netherlands and provide green hydrogen for fleets of buses, trucks and taxies”
The JIVE and JIVE2 projects have received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 735582 and 779563. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.