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Netherlands gets first hydrogen refuelling station

Installed for the WatserstofNet project by Ballast Nedam, the station will be built to the standard refuelling rates used by hydrogen fuel cell cars, allowing a three-minute fuelling time which is claimed to be enough for a 310-mile range.

This, and a 350-bar unit for buses, goods vehicles and forklift trucks, will be installed on the Automotive CampusNL business centre in Helmond, using hydrogen generated by green energy. Ballast Nedam is to maintain the station for two years.

It forms part of a 25-site hydrogen refuelling network across Europe, mainly located in Germany and Scandinavia.

Rien van Alphen, managing director of Ballast Nedam IPM said: ‘With its operations on the niche market of alternative fuels, Ballast Nedam is contributing to the complete decarbonization of urban transport in 2050, which is a central priority in the European Commission's long-term strategy.’

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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