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World’s first green hydrogen station for ships in Flanders

Antwerp-based maritime group CMB is on a world-first roll when it comes to sustainable port innovations in Flanders. Just weeks after announcing HydroTug – the first-ever tugboat that runs entirely on hydrogen – at the Port of Antwerp, the company has now announced the construction of world’s first fuel station capable of supply green hydrogen directly to ships besides cars and trucks. The station will be located at the Port of Antwerp, near the Antwerp Port House.

Pure hydrogen

“We plan to produce the purest form of hydrogen there, which does not release any CO2,” says CMB technology director Roy Campe. “Electricity and water will be converted into green hydrogen through electrolysis. Only hydrogen gas and oxygen are released. For the electricity, we have concluded a green electricity contract with an energy supplier. Both cars and trucks can come to the Antwerp Port House to fill up with hydrogen from March 2021 onwards.”

Multi-faceted

“In addition, Campe continues,” we are going to transfer the hydrogen we produce into bottles installed on trailers, so that we can transport it to railways or ships. Consequently, we are in fact building the first filling station in the world that can supply hydrogen directly to ships. Moreover, next to the hydrogen tanks will be a fast charging station, where electric cars can be recharged in about ten minutes.”

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Reported by
Newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen
10 November 2020

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