The new station, part of the AutomotiveCampusNL in Helmond, is owned by WaterstofNet with support from the European Interreg IV Flanders-Netherlands program.

The hydrogen fueling station, built by Ballast Nedham, features a Hydrogenics HySTAT electrolysis system designed and built by Hydrogenics Belgium-based On-Site Generation division.

The station consists of a 20 ft containerized water electrolyzer that includes a water treatment system, gas purification, cooling system and a 350 bar dispenser to supply up to 65 kg of clean hydrogen fuel per day.

The station will be used to fuel new prototypes of hydrogen buses and a small fleet of hydrogen powered garbage trucks. Within the next few months the station will be expanded to include a 700 bar dispenser to make it suitable for passenger cars.

Hydrogenics Power Systems division designed and supplied the energy power plant which included a HyPM HD90 fuel cell power module. The unit can be deployed in standard, articulated and double-articulated buses. Hydrogenics HyPM HD product was a perfect fit in meeting VDL’s key requirements. HyPM HD products make integration into existing electric drive platforms simple and straightforward.

The fuel cell power system has numerous comparative technical advantages like industry leading power density, unlimited start and stops, complete fully integrated controls and simple integration interfaces. Freeze-start capability comes with all HyPM HD products and the fuel cell’s capability to not require humidified air and to operate at low pressure eliminates expensive and prone-to-failure components.