H2 buses: Van Hool takes further BZ modules from Ballard

H2 buses: Van Hool takes further BZ modules from Ballard

Ballard Power Systems has received a follow-up order from Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool to supply additional fuel cell modules for ten H2 buses to be deployed in Emmen, the Netherlands, from 2022 as part of the JIVE 2 funding program.

Ballard plans to deliver the ten FC modules to Van Hool in 2021. The manufacturer will install them in A330 hydrogen buses, which will be used by Qbuzz, the responsible transport company in Emmen, from 2022. In the meantime, Shell is building a hydrogen filling station and a 10 MW electrolysis plant on site for the on-site production of green hydrogen.

The A330 is manufactured at Van Hool's production facility in Koningshooikt (Belgium). According to the manufacturer, the twelve-meter-long model can travel between 350 and 400 kilometers and carry up to 74 passengers. Apart from the fuel cell modules from Ballard Power Systems, the two-axle vehicle operates with a 210-kW electric motor from Siemens. The hydrogen tanks of the buses can hold up to 38.2 kg of hydrogen.

The cooperation between Van Hool and Ballard now includes the supply or order of FC modules for more than 100 buses that are already in service or will be in service in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Norway, Belgium and Denmark. Only at the end of July, Ballard received an order from the Belgians for 20 FC modules for the buses ordered last year by the public transport operator Qbuzz for the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe.

"We are very keen to see more fuel cell electric buses powered by Ballard in European cities," expressed Filip Van Hool, CEO of the eponymous company, adding that the successful integration of Ballard products into its own buses, including the A330, has enabled progress in the commercialisation of fuel cells in public transport. "We expect further market penetration and growth of zero-emission fuel cell buses across the EU," Van Hool said. As of last July, the Belgians have built 131 hydrogen buses, including 40 examples for the German cities of Cologne and Wuppertal, and 21 for export to North America.ballard.com