Supply infrastructure: Europe backs 42 projects totalling €424 million

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Europe: €424 M worth of projects for alternative fuels supply infrastructure

As part of an AFIF call for proposals for alternative fuels infrastructure, Brussels has chosen to finance projects that will enable the deployment of 48 hydrogen stations (cars, buses and trucks).

The call for applications closed in November. It will enable the deployment of 4,200 electric chargers along the European corridors and the electrification of 21 airports for ground operations. According to Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean, “This last call was the most successful regarding the projects’ number and quality so far, showing the growing interest in hydrogen and electric charging infrastructure.” She also added: “Since 2021, the EU has granted over €1.3 billion through AFIF to several projects, deploying 26,396 electric recharging points, 202 hydrogen refuelling stations, and electrifying ground operations in 63 airports.”

21 stations for Poland and 8 for France

The comprehensive list of projects can be read here. Hydrogen supply infrastructure will be deployed in Greece (near Athens in a bus warehouse), in Poland (21 stations on motorways and urban hubs), in Croatia (for buses in Ljubljana), in Spain (5 stations and a hydrogen production plant in Madrid), in Belgium and Germany (Air Products will be deploying several stations in these two countries as well as in Spain), and in Northern Europe (4 stations in Finland and 3 in Denmark with Vireon Hydrogen Oy).

In France, several projects have been selected. Under the leadership of Thévenin-Ducrot, there will be 3 stations in Bussy St Georges, Montmarault and Brignoles. The will be one station in Metz as part of H2 Metz for heavy vehicles. There will also be 3 stations of 1 tonne/day in Reyrieux, Modane and Saint-Etienne with HYmpulsion, following on from the ZEV project. In Limoges, a 400 kg/day station will be installed by the metropolis with Engie (LHYMO project).

AFIF finances the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure along the EU’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). This fund operates through a permanent call for projects. The next call for proposals, for the period 2024/2025, will have a budget of €1 billion.

Read the press release.

Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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