Just last month, NanoSUN’s first mobile Pioneer HRS successfully completed all commissioning and was certified to the necessary Type Approvals against the Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (TPED)and the Accord Dangereux Routier (ADR) treaty, declaring it ready for active service.
Following initial springtime deployments scheduled in the UK and permitting in Germany, Westfalen AG will manage and operate the Pioneer at a number of different demonstration deployments across Germany, supplying hydrogen refuelling to warehouse-based material handling vehicles through to road going municipal trucks. The planned activities will highlight the Pioneer’s fully integrated hydrogen storage, transportation and dispensing solution designed to meet a range of different end user transportation requirements.
NanoSUN CEO, Dean O’Connor commented, “We are very grateful for the support of Westfalen in leading the demonstration of the Pioneer in Germany. Plans are arranged with a number of different end user application sites. The results from the trials will show how the mobile Pioneer can be rapidly deployed and will demonstrate its versatility. Germany and the wider European market are very important for hydrogen and for Pioneer”.
The European Union highlights that ‘transport represents almost a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities, with road transport contributing 21% of total emissions.’ Hydrogen is a key element in contributing to mitigating climate change due to its ability to be produced by renewable energy sources and could have a significant impact on reducing carbon emissions within transportation, particularly tailpipe exhaust pollution emitted by road vehicles.
The European market is taking considerable measures to reduce air pollution within the transport sector, with hydrogen powered vehicles being quickly adopted and hydrogen fuel looking to become a primary solution in the transition towards a net-zero world. However, hydrogen fuel currently struggles competitively due to costly hydrogen refuelling stations, which are slow to deploy, resulting in only ~120 fixed refilling stations located across Europe at present.
Andreas Weisheit, Head of Gases Division at Westfalen Group adds, “The Pioneer mobile refuelling station is an important element in the deployment of hydrogen to mobility and transport applications. In addition to stationary hydrogen service stations, we will be able to serve our customers with a very flexible and low-cost solution. This will accelerate the development of a widely available network of refuelling points”.
In NanoSUN’s and Westfalen’s shared vision, local distribution is a fundamental factor in building an effective hydrogen fuel infrastructure for hydrogen powered vehicles. The Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Station’s mobile and self-contained functionality is recognised as an essential aspect in offering an affordable way of delivering transportation-grade hydrogen directly to the point of use, where hydrogen fuel is dispensed efficiently, safely and fast.
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