Belgium: Liège Airport Looks to Hydrogen for its Vehicles

By December 4, 2019 2   min read  (356 words)

December 4, 2019 |

Liege Airport Hydrogen Nexo Main

In a ceremony recently, Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, and Jean-Luc Maurange, CEO of John Cockerill, presented the Nexo Hyundai to Liege Airport and John Cockerill.

A new-generation electric SUV, this hydrogen vehicle combines state-of-the-art technology and futuristic design.

Liege Airport Hydrogen Nexo Main 1Nexo’s air filters make it possible to clean out 99.9% of fine dust particles. The purified air that is not routed to the fuel cell leaves the hydrogen car cleaner than it was when entering. It is not content to not pollute (it emits only pure water), it cleans the air wherever it goes!

This, of course, echoes the HaYrport project, initiated by Liege Airport and John Cockerill in 2018 and whose objective is to equip the airport with facilities for the production, distribution, and use of green hydrogen.

This project also includes the upgrading of hydrogen produced for the supply of the airport’s fleet of vehicles as well as interested local companies and institutions using a captive fleet or a shuttle system.

After the feasibility study, John Cockerill responded to a call for candidates to complete this project. The cabinet of Minister Philippe Henry, Vice-President and Minister of Climate, Energy, and Mobility finalized the evaluation of the file last week. Confirming the region’s commitment to green hydrogen, he selected the joint project Liege Airport / John Cockerill. A publication by Wallonia should be made by the end of the year.

José Happart, Vice-President of Liège Airport said, “In five years, all our vehicles will run on hydrogen. Our clients, such as TNT, are asking for it. In the USA, FedEx is already advanced on the matter.”

The project should be finalized by 2021. All in all, we’re talking about a 20 million euros investment, half of which is for the service station,” explains Jean-Luc Maurange, CEO of John Cockerill

Hydrogen can be produced by a totally clean process. Used in a vehicle to supply a fuel cell, it replaces petrol or diesel. The fuel cell powers the vehicle’s electric engine, emitting only pure water and thus producing zero noxious emissions.


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