Carburos Metálicos Participates in A Coruña in the Test of the First Hydrogen Bus in Galicia

By March 29, 2022 5   min read  (988 words)

March 29, 2022 |

Fuel Cells Works, Carburos Metálicos Participates in a Coruña in the Test of the First Hydrogen Bus in Galicia
  • The Xunta has the future intention of incorporating this type of zero-emission vehicle into its intercity public transport network
  • With Galicia, the ‘Hydrogen Route’ of Carburos Metálicos adds its seventh autonomous community

Carburos Metálicos, a leading company in the industrial and medical gases sector in Spain that is part of the Air Products Group, has successfully concluded its participation in the circulation and refueling test of the first hydrogen (H2) bus carried out in Galicia. developed between March 7 and 23. The Xunta de Galicia has stated its future intention to integrate this zero-emission technology into its interurban public transport network in order to move towards its extensive implementation.

Carburos Metálicos has participated in the pilot test of an H2 bus in A Coruña.

Carburos Metálicos has provided a portable hydrogen generator, temporarily located at the facilities of Alsa, the company in charge of operating the bus, in Culleredo, as well as the renewable H2 used in this real-use test. The vehicle, manufactured by CaetanoBus, has traveled about 200 kilometers a day on the line that connects the A Coruña airport with the city center.

Carburos Metálicos has made clear the maturity of this technology and its ability to contribute to decarbonising urban transport, both for people and goods, within the framework of the environmental and energy transition objectives faced by large Spanish cities. Another aspect that has been revealed during this test is that refueling with H2 is just as simple and fast as with any other fuel, which facilitates its intensive use.

The renewable H2 supplied by Carburos Metálicos to carry out this pilot test comes from a production plant associated with a Guarantee of Origin (GdO) program that allows certification of the renewable origin of the electricity used to obtain said H2.

Hydrogen route

The company, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary with an eye on the energy transition, is currently leading the development of the new mobility with H2 in Spain, since it has the necessary capacities to produce it, distribute it and take it to the deposit of the vehicles by means of their own hydrogenerators. To prove it, it carries out real use tests through its ‘Hydrogen Route’, which in 2021 already visited Oviedo, Bilbao, Tarragona, Valladolid, Zaragoza and Córdoba, cities to which A Coruña is now added.

The supply of the first urban bus line that operates permanently in Spain powered by renewable H2, which was launched in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) on January 26, also has the technology developed by Carburos Metálicos. Likewise, the company announced a few days ago the opening in 2023 of the first public hydrogen plant in Tarragona.

On the other hand, Carburos Metálicos is a member of different associations that promote the H2 economy and actively participates in the ‘hydrogen tables’ of several autonomous communities created to promote projects within the framework of the ‘Hydrogen roadmap’ established by the Central government. Similarly, he is patron of the Hydrogen Studies Chair created by the Comillas Pontifical University to study the role of this energy vector in the transition to a decarbonized economy.

The company is part of the world’s largest producer of H2, the Air Products Group, which has participated in more than 250 H2 service station projects in twenty countries since 1993. It also has the world’s largest channeled H2 distribution network and a broad portfolio of patents related to its refueling, so it is present throughout its value chain. Today, Air Products refueling technologies provide more than 1.5 million H2 refills per year.

“For Carburos Metálicos, the promotion of H2 for mobility is a strategic line that connects with our sustainability strategy and the ‘Third by ’30’ goal of reducing CO2 by 2030. Throughout this year we will continue to demonstrate that it is a mature technology and ready to contribute to the decarbonisation of heavy transport in large cities”, commented Miquel Lope, General Director of Carburos Metálicos.

About Carburos Metálicos

Carburos Metálicos is a leading company in the industrial and medical gases sector that produces, distributes and sells gases for multiple sectors: metallurgy, glass, water, food, medicine, energy, petrochemicals, laboratories, freezing, refrigeration, oenology, entertainment and drinks. The company provides a wide range of products, solutions and services to its customers, as well as materials and equipment for the applications of these gases.

Founded in 1897, Carburos Metálicos has been serving the industry in our country for 125 years and has always maintained a strong bond with society. Currently, it is the leader in the industrial and medical gases sector in Spain and a benchmark in the chemical sector in matters of safety, innovation and sustainability.

Carburos Metálicos has a team of more than 700 professionals in Spain, a daily production capacity of more than 1,200 tons of liquefied gas (mtpd), 12 production plants, 14 bottling plants, 2 high-purity gas laboratories and a R&D center located in Bellaterra (Barcelona) that serve more than 100,000 customers. Since 1995, the company has belonged to the US group Air Products (NYSE:APD).

Air Products is one of the world’s leading industrial gases companies, where it has been operating for 80 years. The company supplies industrial gases and the necessary equipment to dozens of productive sectors, including the refining and petrochemical, metallurgical, electronic components or food and beverage industries. Air Products is also the world’s leading provider of liquefied natural gas equipment and technology. It also develops some of the world’s largest gasification, CO2 capture and carbon-free hydrogen projects to promote mobility and the energy transition.

The group recorded sales of $10.3 billion in 2021 from its activities in more than 50 countries and currently has a market capitalization of around $65 billion. More than 20,000 passionate, committed, and talented employees from diverse backgrounds are guided by Air Products’ ultimate goal of creating innovative solutions that benefit the environment, improve sustainability, and address the challenges facing customers, communities and the world.

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