Translink has awarded Logan Energy a £1.6 million contract for the construction of Europe’s biggest hydrogen refuelling station.
The company is a pioneer in the development of hydrogen technologies, and they will develop one of the most productive hydrogen refueling stations in Europe. It will enable one of the biggest zero-emission bus orders ever placed in Belfast, as well as a hydrogen refueling station.
Upon completion of the refuelling station, a minimum of 2,500kg of hydrogen will be dispensable each day, which will allow Translink to expand its fuel cell bus fleet at a later date without having to adapt the refuelling station.
Bill Ireland, chief executive of Logan Energy, said: “This will be one of the largest capacity hydrogen refuelling stations in Europe. It’s a significant project in the upscaling of refuelling deployment in general and, specifically, our unique refuelling system for large volume economic fueling of vehicles.
“First deployed in Germany last year, our system allows us to provide lower cost refuelling options for large scale hydrogen refuelling stations.
“With the demand to switch to low-carbon transport systems greater than ever, this project will help push the accelerator not only on decarbonising Northern Ireland’s bus services, but also the demonstration of hydrogen as an efficient, economic and global zero-emission solution to the world’s transport challenges.”
Ian Campbell, Translink Director of Service Operations said: “Translink is leading the transport transformation to net zero emissions, responding to the climate emergency and driving positive change for a healthier and more sustainable transport for future generations. We have ambitious targets to operate a zero-emission public transport fleet across Northern Ireland by 2040.
“The development of this hydrogen infrastructure is a further milestone in this exciting new era for Translink as we work towards the decarbonization and development of the green economy in Northern Ireland. This refueling station, supporting our new fleet, is a further important first step in our net zero journey.”
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