First hydrogen refueling station for buses opens in France


First hydrogen refueling station for buses opens in France

The first refueling station for hydrogen buses in France is located in Houdain and will service buses operated by Artois-Gohelle transport authority (SMT-AG). The SMT-AG has attributed to ENGIE, via its subsidiary GNVERT, the design, supply, installation and maintenance of the filling station. Moreover, McPhy, a specialist in hydrogen production and distribution equipment, is equipping the station with its McLyzer and McFilling technologies.

The new facility will enable the refueling of six hydrogen buses that will be deployed on the new BHNS (High Level Service Bus) bus line connecting Bruay-La-Buissière and Auchel. Clean hydrogen will be produced on site by electrolysis, from renewable electricity of certified French origin, before being distributed by the station. Fifteen minutes of refueling will give the buses a range of more than 300 km.

“We are proud to contribute, with our technologies and products, in this innovation in France that has enabled us to set up, in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France, the first McPhy station for hydrogen buses. With its state-of-the-art research and innovation and first-rate industrial infrastructure, McPhy provides its expertise in producing and distributing hydrogen. Our McLyzer electrolyzer will produce on site and from renewable electricity of certified French origin supplied by ENGIE, the clean hydrogen for a high-capacity McFilling hydrogen refueling station with a high service rate. The public transport sector is in the midst of a revolution. By opting for hydrogen mobility, the SMT-AG is combining passenger comfort and service continuity while helping reduce atmospheric pollution and improve public health,” said Pascal Mauberger, Chairman and CEO of McPhy.

In its current configuration, the McPhy station can produce and deliver more than 200 kg of clean hydrogen a day. Its capacity can be increased by 30% without changing the facility’s total surface area, if required by the SMT-AG’s future needs.

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