Last week H2point received the message that the DKTI subsidy (Demonstration Scheme for Climate Technologies and Innovations in Transport) has been awarded. Together with the previously received European BENEFIC subsidy, this paves the way for the rollout of a hydrogen station in Roosendaal.
The ‘hydrogen station’, which is being built at Aanwas 4 on the Borchwerf industrial estate, should be ready in the first quarter of 2020.
The use of hydrogen as an energy source for mobility is necessary to realize the social challenge of reducing CO2 emissions. There is therefore a great deal of enthusiasm to get started with sustainable climate-neutral projects, of which this station is one of them.
Paul Smits, owner of H2point: “Hydrogen-electric driving combines the advantages of two worlds. First of all, the radius of electric driving is enormously increased. With one tank you can drive 700 kilometers electrically. Then you don’t have to charge your vehicle, which now often takes a lot of time. No, you fill your tank full of hydrogen in just five minutes, and you can drive 700 kilometers again. “
The only residual product of driving on hydrogen is clean air and water from the exhaust. And if the hydrogen is produced from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar energy, it is even CO2 neutral throughout the entire chain. H2point wants to develop a wide range to continue the first, promising experiences with so-called ‘hydrogen-electric vehicles’.
In collaboration with the municipality of Oosterhout and De Graaf Logistics, H2point is currently investigating options for converting the power from a few wind turbines on the Weststad industrial estate to hydrogen as a clean fuel for trucks and passenger cars. The municipality of Oosterhout supports research into this innovation, based on the importance of the energy transition to achieve a climate neutral Oosterhout.