First hydrogen station in Europe opens

4th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

The hydrogen fuelling station is located on the Paris-bound carriageway of the E19 motorway near Brussels in Ruisbroek.

4 June 2008

BELGIUM - The first hydrogen fuelling station along a highway in Europe opened on Tuesday in Belgium.

The hydrogen fuelling station, located on the Paris-bound carriageway of the E19 motorway in Ruisbroek, is a pilot project by Total Petroleum and BMW.

There is only one fuel pump and only BMW 7 H2s can fuel at the station for now. There are only four cars of this series in Belgium: all of them belonging to the European Commission.

The fuelling station tank holds 17,000 litres of compressed liquid hydrogen, stored at -253 degrees centigrade.

The pilot project costs EUR 1.8 million. The companies stress that they think it is important to invest in the future.

Hydrogen fuel still presents a few major problems. It takes up a lot of room for storage and you can only drive 200 kilometres on a full tank.

Flemish Minister of Innovation, Patricia Ceysens, was present at the opening

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