H2Benelux: moving towards a hydrogen infrastructure
The H2Benelux project aims to create a hydrogen infrastructure and launch 8 hydrogen refuelling stations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Part of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - Transport Sector
H2Benelux was approved as part of the European programme ‘Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - Transport Sector’. In this project, various partners work with government agencies to launch the development of hydrogen refuelling stations for passenger cars. This would bring the Benelux in line with developments in Germany and France. The project provides knowledge and experience through the establishment of a hydrogen infrastructure and creates valuable trinational networks in the hydrogen sector.
The pilot: building 8 hydrogen refuelling stations
Under the H2Benelux project, 8 hydrogen refuelling stations are being built: 4 in the Netherlands, 3 in Belgium (2 in Flanders and 1 in the Walloon Region) and 1 in Luxembourg. Subsequently, 10 hydrogen cars will be mobilized at each station to create pilot projects in each place. The results from these 8 pilot projects will be used to draw up a road map for developing a hydrogen infrastructure in the Benelux by 2020, 2025 and 2030.
Vision for sustainable energy
Rijkswaterstaat provides policy advice in support of implementation of the government's sustainable energy vision. This vision outlines a path for transitioning from a mobility based on fossil fuels to one with zero emissions. Hydrogen fuel cell transport represents a vital solution for this, in addition to electric transport. The H2Benelux project, together with the H2Nodes project in which Rijkswaterstaat also participates, provides an impetus to the construction of a Benelux hydrogen infrastructure.