Hydrogen bus trials

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An exciting demonstration of green zero emission public transport is underway in the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea area of South Wales.

Bus operator South Wales Transport and private hire operator Hyppo Hydrogen solutions are providing transport services to the community using locally produced electrolytic green hydrogen using renewables.

The hydrogen fuelled H2 City Gold electric bus is being provided by Caetano Bus UK with the HyQube refueller being provided by Fuel Cell Systems. The hydrogen fuel is being produced and supplied by green hydrogen developer Protium from Pioneer 1, their recently commissioned hydrogen production facility based at the University of South Wales Hydrogen Centre in Baglan.

The Neath route was chosen to see how the bus performs on long hills, which is a challenge for battery powered buses, to demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen powered vehicles. The H2 City Gold has an equivalent range to that of a conventional diesel vehicle and takes a similar time to refuel making it very convenient for operators.

Fuel Cell Systems are building on their successful trials in Milford Haven where they supported Pembrokeshire council and the UKRI Milford Haven Energy Kingdom project

Chris Jackson, CEO and founder of Protium, said: “We’re proud to be bringing Wales’ largest green hydrogen electrolyser in operation to the fore of this project. The green hydrogen we produce at our Baglan-based electrolyser, Pioneer 1, means that we can supply these exciting new bus trials.”

Added Chris: “Pioneer 1 is the largest UK deployment of the Enapter Earthshot Prize technology, the competition created and led by the Prince of Wales. Pioneer 1 represents the first of our three green hydrogen projects under development in Wales, and we’re thrilled to be putting Wales at the forefront of sustainable energy solutions.”

The trials are operating ahead of the Western Gateway Hydrogen Conference being held at Celtic Manor on June 9th.

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