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German Ministry of Transport Releases Millions in Funding for Purchase of Hydrogen Buses with Fuel Cell Technology

By April 7, 2020 3   min read  (425 words)

April 7, 2020 |

  • WSW mobil GmbH receives around 2.3 million euros in funding from the state for the purchase of 10 buses
  • The Oberbergische Verkehrsgesellschaft (OVAG) receives 1.23 million euros for the procurement of a bus powered by a fuel cell, plus a hydrogen storage unit

The German Ministry of Transport continues to release funds to various transport companies in German, this time it is WSW Mobil and OVAG.

WSW mobil GmbH

Stadtwerke Wuppertal (WSW mobil GmbH) receives around 1.23 million euros in funding from the state for the purchase of 10 buses with fuel cell technology, including the fueling infrastructure. In addition WSW mobil GmbH will receive another 1.08 million euros for the purchase of a storage unit to supply hydrogen to the fuel cell buses.

Stadtwerke generates the required hydrogen in its own waste-to-energy plant. Ulrich Jaeger, Managing Director of WSW mobil GmbH, said: “For Wuppertal and WSW mobil, fuel cell technology is ideal for realizing zero-emission local public transport. Such projects are currently not economically viable without public funding from the state. But politics and transport companies in NRW can be pioneers for green public transport in this way. ”

Minister of Transport Hendrik Wüst explains the funding notices from the state: “Low-emission coaches and especially public transport buses that travel practically all day can make an important contribution to clean mobility. In addition to funding gas, battery-electric and fuel cell-powered buses, we have created the opportunity in North Rhine-Westphalia to increase the federal funding for retrofitting diesel buses with modern filter technology to 95 percent. We are pleased that many transport companies are using this support. “

“We are pleased to receive funding to purchase the first fuel cell bus from OVAG. This enables us to gain valuable experience as the basis for the further expansion and operation of an emission-free bus fleet, ”said Corinna Güllner, designated managing director of the

Oberbergische Verkehrsgesellschaft.

Stadtwerke Wuppertal (WSW mobil GmbH) will receive around 1.23 million euros in funding from the state for the purchase of 10 buses with fuel cell technology, including the refueling infrastructure. WSW mobil GmbH will receive around 1.08 million euros for the purchase of a storage unit for hydrogen to supply the fuel cell buses. The public utilities generate the required hydrogen in their own waste-to-energy plant.

Ulrich Jaeger, Managing Director of WSW mobil GmbH, said: “For Wuppertal and WSW mobil, fuel cell technology is ideal for realizing zero-emission local public transport. Such projects are currently not economically viable without public funding from the state. But politics and transport companies in NRW can be pioneers for green public transport in this way. ”

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