Public bus transport using hydrogen

Governmental authorities, the industrial world, and private citizens are all in favour of quiet and clean public bus transport. Buses that run on hydrogen meet these criteria. They ride cleanly and quietly. Their fuel range and speed are similar to those of buses riding on traditional fuels. In 2014, five European bus manufacturers – Van Hool, VDL Bus & Coach, Daimler Buses (Evo Bus), MAN and Solaris – all signed a letter of understanding. It expresses the ambition to have between five hundred and thousand fuel cell buses running on hydrogen in operation in European public transport by 2020. WaterstofNet has also initiated projects in line with the ambition to have public bus transport creating zero emissions in the near future. WaterstofNet is also active in realizing that ambition.

BUS WITH FUEL CELL AS RANGE-EXTENDER

The Interreg project “Waterstofregio” (“Hydrogen Region”) for Flanders and the southern Netherlands includes a twelve-metre-long bus equipped with a fuel cell running on hydrogen as a range-extender. The bus refuels at WaterstofNet’s hydrogen station on the Automotive Campus in Helmond and is part of a test programme.

Bus 
Range
Powertrain
Hydrogen storage 

VDL, Citea E, 12 metres 
up to 300 km
fuel cell, batteries
25 kg      

FIVE HYDROGEN-POWERED BUSES IN ANTWERP

The European project HighVLOcity includes the demonstration of fourteen fuel cell buses in three hydrogen regions – Antwerp, San Remo and Aberdeen. In Antwerp, five buses – made by Van Hool and operated by De Lijn – have been in operation since the autumn of 2014. The buses use residual hydrogen from Solvay in Antwerp Harbour.

Bus 
Range
Powertrain
Hydrogen storage 

 Van Hool / 13 metres
up to 400 km
fuel cell
40 kg