SOFIA , Bulgaria--By 2025 ten hydrogen vehicle fueling stations will be set up, announced the Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Anguel Popov, at the presentation of hydrogen automobile technologies at the National Palace of Culture. In his words, there is no a single charging station in the country while hydrogen technology gets ever more popular. “For that matter, the government approved of a national program for alternative fuels market development”, noted Deputy Minister Popov. He also announced that they are examining the possible locations for such stations, as it is highly probable that the first one will be built in Bourgas.
The Deputy Minister announced that there are ongoing works on the modification of the first Bulgarian passenger transport vessel to run on hydrogen. Anguel Popov added that the purpose of today’s demonstration of two hydrogen-powered vehicles is to show the efficiency of the eco-friendly technology, which is undoubtedly the future of transport worldwide.
Today’s presentation is part of the Hydrogen Summit that will take place on 28 May 2018 at the NPC, which Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is organizing. FCH JU is a European public-private partnership working on accelerating the market entry of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. The presentations are jointly organized with the aid of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Ministry of Education and Science, Sofia Municipality, Hydrogen Europe Association, and the MEP Mr. Peter Kouroumbashev.
Fuel cells are reliable and flexible and can be used in different applications ranging from cars, motorcycles, ships, buses, homes to steel production. They can be powered by hydrogen, which, in turn, is produced from 100% renewable sources, such as wind or solar energy. Excess energy produced by these sources can be stored in the form of hydrogen for periods with no sun or wind.