Hydrogen fuel retailer Element 2 has secured a deal to supply hydrogen to its refuelling stations to serve as many as 1,600 fuel cell buses per day.
Element 2 will work with Ways2H, a global supplier of renewable hydrogen systems, on the production and distribution of renewable hydrogen fuel for public transit and other transport in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Under the partnership, Ways2H will supply facilities that convert waste into hydrogen gas to supply Element 2’s network of hydrogen refuelling stations.
The two companies envision as many as 40 sites that will each provide 500 kg to 1 ton per day of renewable hydrogen fuel. As they begin to arrive in the UK, this will be enough for a heavy-duty truck, lorry or other Heavy Goods Vehicle to cover 11,000 road kilometres (6,835 miles). The first project is planned for a location in Scotland.
“Our hydrogen supply agreement with Ways2H is an important step in Element 2’s plan to deliver 2,000 hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK, Ireland and Europe by 2030,” said Element 2 CEO Tim Harper.
“As we work to procure renewable hydrogen to supply our refuelling stations, we are pleased to be able to include Ways2H and its circular economy approach to producing hydrogen from waste as part of the Element 2 network.”
Ways2H recycles municipal solid waste, plastic, sewage sludge and other refuse in a carbon-neutral process that converts the waste into a gas and extracts pure hydrogen that can be used as fuel for fuel-cell vehicles or power generators.
Using the same technology as a recently completed waste-to-hydrogen facility in Tokyo, Ways2H is working to supply multiple waste-to-hydrogen facilities in the UK, Europe, the US and other regions around the world.
“Scotland is a world leader in transitioning to clean hydrogen and renewables from fossil fuels to address climate change, and we look forward to working with Element 2 to supply clean hydrogen fuel for cars, trucks, buses, ferries and other transport across Scotland, the UK and Europe,” said Ways2H CEO Jean-Louis Kindler