Holthausen Energy Points (HEP) will build the first hydrogen station at the Port of Amsterdam. Truck drivers and motorists will be able to refuel at the station 24/7. Work on the construction of the new facility will start in spring 2020. To promote sustainable production of hydrogen at the station, the municipality of Amsterdam has issued a one-off grant of € 0.5 million. The municipality is also planning to install hydrogen fuel cell engines in its refuse trucks. The first six of these refuse vehicles will be on the streets in 2020.
“Hydrogen-powered vehicles do not emit air pollutants such as nitrogen and particulate matter and contribute to clean air. And what’s more, hydrogen produced with green power is also climate neutral. So the hydrogen station will help the city and the port achieve their sustainability targets. We want the municipal fleet to be emission free by 2030. Hydrogen is the perfect solution for our heavy-duty vehicles,” said Marieke van Doorninck, Amsterdam Alderwoman for Air Quality and Sustainability.
“There are clear advantages to using hydrogen as a fuel source. Heavy-duty vehicles are emission free and have a greater radius of action. They also weigh less and can refuel at filling stations,” commented Stefan Holthausen of Holthausen Energy Points.
Port of Amsterdam sees hydrogen as having an important role to play as an energy carrier that will support the achievement of climate targets. The availability of hydrogen will enable companies in the port area of Amsterdam to improve the sustainability of their logistics and transport systems. Together with specialty chemicals company Nouryon and Tata Steel, the Port of Amsterdam is participating in H2ermes, a project that will enable large-scale production of green hydrogen with North Sea wind power. The port is also building a new vessel that will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
The municipality of Amsterdam is a partner in REVIVE (REfuse Vehicle Innovation and Validation in Europe). One of the objectives of this European project is to demonstrate that trucks with a fuel cell range extender are an effective emission-free alternative to conventional heavy-duty vehicles. The project has received funding from the EU’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).
Holthausen Energy Points received a grant for the construction of the hydrogen station under the DKTI-Transport scheme, which invites companies to demonstrate innovation in climate technologies and transport. The scheme supports the development of low or zero-emission mobility solutions.
Source: Port of Amsterdam