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Netherlands: Ministry of Defense and the Province of Utrecht Join Forces for Hydrogen

By October 22, 2021 2   min read  (273 words)

October 22, 2021 |

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The Ministry of Defence joins the Hydrogen and Mobility Covenant of the Province of Utrecht. In this way, the Ministry of Defence hopes to contribute even more to the national and regional sustainability goals of the Netherlands and the province.

The province aims to have made mobility more sustainable by the end of 2025, for example by running vehicles and vessels on green hydrogen. This goal fits in with the Defence’s zero-emission vehicles project.

Hydrogen can make a major contribution to this, says Rear Admiral Peter Knipping. He signed on behalf of Defense. “Each liter of diesel in a generator in a remote mission area has taken multiples of liters to get it there. That can be done differently and hydrogen is a solution.”

“We hope to convey with this that Defense wants to strengthen the region not only in word, but also in deed based on the principle of ‘stronger together’. We do this by linking defense initiatives already deployed, such as zero-emission vehicles and sustainable area development, to the ambitions of municipalities and the province of Utrecht. ”

Hydrogen vehicles

As part of the plan, Defense will eventually deploy at least 3 hydrogen-powered vehicles in the province. In addition, the Ministry of Defense is investigating whether it is possible to store hydrogen on its own sites and whether there is room for a semi-public hydrogen filling station. Finally, the Ministry of Defense is looking at the possibilities for the use of hydrogen in military equipment without obligation.

The vehicles that run on hydrogen are still under development. It will become clear at the end of this year when Defense can deploy the vehicles.

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