PKN ORLEN along with the Municipality of Plock recently signed a letter of intent on cooperation for development zero-emission public transport based on hydrogen.
Under the agreement, both parties agreed to create a hydrogen refueling infrastructure in Płock, intended for public transport vehicles and public services.
The PKN ORLEN strategy provides for work on the development of alternative fuels used in transport. Currently, the ORLEN Group produces about 45 tonnes of hydrogen per hour, most of which is used for the needs of production processes.
PKN ORLEN is also developing technology for storing, transporting and distributing hydrogen fuel.
“We think about the development of PKN ORLEN in the long term. We are aware that the importance of conventional drives in transport will decrease, which is why our strategy also provides for the development of alternative fuels. Hydrogen, due to its possible range and the large mass it is able to propel, is a particularly promising fuel in the context of public transport. The agreement with the city of Płock is another step that brings us closer to the commercial implementation of this technology in Poland. Thanks to the exchange of information, we will be able to better understand the expectations of a potential customer and technological challenges that we will have to face. Last year, similar letters of intent were signed with the Upper Silesian-Zagłębie Metropolis and the company PESA Bydgoszcz” said ózef Węgrecki, Member of the PKN ORLEN Management Board for Operations.
In accordance with the introduced regulations, local governments will be obliged to consistently increase the share of zero-emission vehicles in the public service fleet. Hydrogen fuels in Poland, currently mainly in the testing phase, but after the implementation of technical and legislative solutions will be a significant complement to the energy mix in heavy transport.