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Although the mass roll-out of fuel cell electric vehicles is still years away, efforts to make hydrogen-powered cars mainstream have intensified in recent years. With Europe's ambitions to become a leader in zero-emission mobility in the transition to a clean, low-carbon energy system, several countries are setting up hydrogen refuelling stations (HRSs).
In its endeavour to create the world's largest network of HRSs, the EU-funded H2ME project continues to test solutions that offer viable and competitive alternatives to fossil fuels at regional, national and pan-European levels. A filling station in France's Sarreguemines district has entered the spotlight recently, thanks to its progress in demonstrating on-site hydrogen generation using electrolysis.
Hector - Head - Service - Cofluences - Initiator
Christian Hector head of the technical service of Cofluences and initiator of the FaHyence project that's part of H2ME summarises the aim of the installation in the UK edition of 'The Conversation'. "The purpose was to test electric mobility in a cross-border context as well as to validate the technical reliability of a hydrogen gas station in combination with an electrolyser on-site."
Launched in April 2017 FaHyence is the first refuelling station in France that can produce hydrogen on-site and on demand from renewable energies according to a press release by project partner McPhy. With a daily capacity of 40 kg covering about 25 vehicles at 350-420 bar charging pressures the station aims to contribute to cross-border hydrogen mobility with Germany and Benelux. Refuelling is completed in just a few minutes as...
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