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Air Products to supply first Rotterdam green H2 filling station for trucks

Air Products, Schenk Tanktransport and TNO are collaborating on the Clean H2 and Road Transport Project (CH2aRT), an endeavor which will develop H2 trucks and a public H2 refueling station. The project focuses on H2 in heavy-duty road transport and is subsidized by the DKTI transport scheme of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

This project is in cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam to create the largest H2 refueling station in The Netherlands, initially supplying three zero-emission trucks from Air Products, Schenk Tanktransport and other early H2 adopters in the Rotterdam port area. Air Products will supply and operate the refueling station in the Botlek area and supply green H2 in an efficient and safe manner, while Schenk Tanktransport will use the trucks for its daily logistics operations. TNO will monitor the entire project and use the insights obtained for the further development and application of H2 in heavy-duty road transport.

The allocated DKTI transport subsidy is meant to support projects for sustainable transport. The grant was created to accelerate these sustainable innovations in the transport sector. The project also contributes to the ambitions of HyTrucks, an international consortium of various parties, which aims to deploy H2 in heavy road transport on a large scale by 2025 with 1,000 H2-powered trucks in the triangle of Rotterdam, North Rhine-Westphalia and Antwerp. The parties, working under a memorandum of understanding, include not only Air Products but also port companies, transport companies, fuel station operators and truck manufacturers, among others.

Kurt Lefevere, Vice-President Benelux, Germany and France at Air Products said, “This partnership is very positive for Air Products as it offers the possibility, as the world's largest producer of H2, to contribute even more to the necessary deployment of H2 in heavy-duty road transport. It is expected that H2 will help meet society's need to make transport more sustainable, based on zero or low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The choice of H2 for heavy duty vehicles, compared with other technologies, allows for faster refueling, a greater vehicle range and the transport of heavier loads. The subsidy is evidence of the commitment locally and provides even further momentum to move forward. Our technology has been used in over 250 projects around the world. In addition, Air Products has decades of expertise and experience in H2 production, equipment, logistics and services.''

Boudewijn Siemons, COO Port of Rotterdam said, "All modes of transport, from shipping to road transport, must be CO2 neutral by 2050. H2 is a clean, viable alternative to diesel for freight transport. But then, of course, there must be refueling stations. I am delighted that Air Products is taking the lead in this respect by commissioning the first H2 filling station for trucks in Rotterdam within two years."

Harry Schenk, Co-CEO Schenk Tanktransport said, "For Schenk Tanktransport, this collaboration is fully in line with the partnership with Air Products and gives substance to our aim to be a frontrunner as a sustainable and innovative logistics service provider. Schenk Tanktransport has been focusing on reducing CO2 emissions for years and its fleet now consists of an increasing number of trucks running on (BIO) LNG. For us, H2 as a fuel is the next logical step in making our company and our environment more sustainable and future-proof."

Martijn Stamm, Director Market TNO Traffic & Transport said, "TNO's mission is to contribute to the achievement of the zero emission targets by accelerating solutions for sustainable powertrains. Trucks based on H2 fuel cells are one of the ways to achieve 100% reduction. TNO has many years of experience in monitoring and analyzing the reliability, maintenance and consumption of trucks under various conditions. In addition to this technical analysis, TNO also looks at driver acceptance and satisfaction, and analyses the opportunities, barriers and scenarios for scaling up in practice.”

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