HyTrucks: 300 fuel cell trucks and six H2-stations for Antwerp Port
French Air Liquide, Colruyt’s DATS 24, and Port of Antwerp announced their intention to deploy up to 300 hydrogen-driven fuel cell trucks by 2025 and establish six high-capacity hydrogen fueling stations.
The initiative is part of the HyTrucks project, a consortium of more than 40 companies aiming at putting a fleet of 1 000 hydrogen trucks on the roads between the ports of Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands), and Duisburg in Germany’s Rhineland. Between the three cities, some 200 km apart from each other, the project foresees 25 H2-filling stations.
WaterstofNet (HydrogenNet) takes care of the project management of HyTrucks at both the European and Belgian levels. The latter is a non-profit organization that brings together companies, knowledge centers, and government authorities in specific hydrogen projects.
Avoiding 30 000 tons CO2 per year
“The HyTrucks initiative is one of the largest European projects to deploy zero–emission heavy–duty fleets in Europe’s most intense traffic areas. It aims at reducing CO2 emissions significantly by an estimated amount of more than 100 000 tonnes per year, equivalent to 110 million kilometers driven,” the press release states. In Belgium, the project aims at reducing CO2 emissions by more than 30 000 tonnes per year, equivalent to 33 million kilometers driven.
It was selected for EU notification as an “Important Project of Common European Interest” (IPCEI). That means it is eligible for enhanced state funding by the EU, the Belgian federal government, and the Flemish regional government.