Based on the 2021 Public-Private Electromobility Agreement, promoted by the Ministry of Energy, the Hydrogen Technologies Unit of the Pontifical Catholic University prepared a study on the application of hydrogen as a fuel in public transport. The study, called ‘Technical-economic evaluation, implementation of a hydrogen bus in the Metropolitan Transportation System,’ had the support of the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications.
The study demonstrated the technical feasibility of the implementation of urban hydrogen buses in the RED Metropolitan Public Transport System, specifically in three routes (506, 424 and 104). It also confirmed that there is currently a strong commercial offer by hydrogen bus manufacturers that meets the requirements associated with power and autonomy required to be implemented in the city of Santiago.
“This is the decade in which we will consolidate Chile as a clean energy country. With electromobility and green hydrogen we will be cleaning our cities, improving the quality of life of Chileans, contributing to the competitiveness of our industries, and at the same time we will help curb climate change. The use of green hydrogen in buses will contribute to the decarbonization of the transport sector,” said the Minister of Energy Juan Carlos Jobet.
“Chile has undergone a very positive transformation with the incorporation of clean energy in public transport. We are already experiencing the implementation of electric buses in Santiago, different regions will soon be added, and now our focus is also on gradually incorporating hydrogen vehicles through pilot programs. As a country we have a very strong commitment to modernizing the transportation system, putting care for the environment and improving the quality of life of citizens at the forefront,” commented the Minister of Transportation Gloria Hutt.
Along these lines, the study also highlights that the application of hydrogen in public transport favors the generation of interaction between society and this new technology, in order to promote the use of clean energies in citizenship and favor people’s knowledge about hydrogen.
Source: Ministry of Energy of Chile