First hydrogen station in Europe opens
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
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]