Ballast Nedam will build its first 700-bar hydrogen refueling station in the Netherlands for the Flemish-Dutch WaterstofNet. This refueling station type, which will be built as part of the cross-border “Hydrogen Region Flanders-Netherlands” Interreg IVA program, will be suitable for hydrogen-fueled passenger cars that are to be introduced onto the market.
The company will be responsible for the maintenance of the station for two years. The number of refueling stations of this type in Europe is heading towards 25, mainly in Germany and Scandinavia.
Like the 700-bar stations abroad, this Dutch hydrogen refueling station meets with the latest hydrogen-fueled passenger vehicle communication standards and cooling requirements for complete and safe refueling. It takes less than 3 minutes to fill the tank of a passenger car with approximately 5 kg of hydrogen, on which it can run for more than 500 km (311 miles).
In future scenarios, hydrogen will be produced using solar and wind-generated green electricity, where hydrogen production can also help correct demand and supply imbalances in the electricity grid. Currently Ballast Nedam is also building a refueling station for WaterstofNet on the AutomotiveCampusNL in Helmond. The hydrogen for this refueling station is produced using green electricity and will be able to serve the first 350-bar vehicles in the second half of 2013. The AutomotiveCampusNL in Helmond is also being investigated as a possible site for the 700-bar hydrogen refueling station.
This 700-bar hydrogen refueling station completes our product range. We now have the capability to deliver refueling stations for any alternative transport fuel, including CNG/green gas, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) LBM (Liquefied BioMethane), electricity and hydrogen.—Rien van Alphen, Managing Director of Ballast Nedam IPM
WaterstofNet is an interregional organization that was set up to develop the Flanders-Southern Netherlands region into a leading hydrogen region within Europe. WaterstofNet is responsible for coordinating a €14 million (US$18 million) demonstration program within the Flanders-Netherlands Interreg program that will focus on sustainable hydrogen and early markets (maritime, logistics and public transport).