ENGIE Solutions x Tadao - France
Green mobility: hydrogen buses in Hauts-de-France
In 2019, a new milestone was reached with the commissioning of a renewable hydrogen distribution station supplying six buses.
A station producing fuel with zero carbon emissions
ENGIE Solutions designs, supplies, installs and ensures the maintenance and supply of renewable hydrogen distribution stations. In June 2019, ENGIE Solutions set up a station to refuel six hydrogen buses for the Artois-Gohelle joint public transport authority (SMTAG). The station produces green hydrogen on site by electrolysis, using renewable electricity (produced by hydraulic dams, wind turbines or solar panels), guaranteed to be of French origin.
This innovative distribution system allows buses to be filled up quickly at the end of their route: only 15 minutes’ filling time for a range of 300 km. This green energy powers the bus’s fuel cell, which converts the hydrogen back into electricity to supply the battery. The bus therefore emits only water vapour. A 100% French project managed by Safra and Symbio for the rolling stock, and ENGIE Solutions and McPhy for the construction and maintenance of the hydrogen station.
This project demonstrates once again the decisive and pioneering role of local and regional authorities in zero-carbon mobility. ENGIE Solutions is convinced that green hydrogen contributes to the creation of tomorrow’s regions, more respectful of the environment, improving living spaces and thus enhancing the attractiveness of cities.