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CMB.Tech opens world’s first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station

Hydrogen Refuelling Station. © CMB.Tech
Hydrogen Refuelling Station. ©_CMB.TECH

[CMB] CMB.Tech opened the first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station in Antwerp. It is the first refuelling station in the world that produces green hydrogen, which will be used to power ships, tube trailers, cars, trucks and buses. In addition to the hydrogen refuelling station, the company launched a hydrogen truck with the symbolic name: Lenoir, a reference to the French-speaking Belgian who in 1860 built the first internal combustion engine powered by hydrogen.

CMB.Tech is strongly committed to hydrogen solutions for industrial and maritime applications. The launch of the Hydroville in 2017, the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger ship, gave impetus to this commitment. Until now, the Hydroville has been supplied with hydrogen by a tube trailer (mobile hydrogen refuelling station). From now on the Hydroville, in addition to the other hydrogen applications of CMB.Tech, will be able to refuel in Antwerp.

“In the future ports will become hydrogen hotspots, because they have a large concentration of applications that are difficult to electrify. In addition, many ports will have access to hydrogen, either through large electrolysis plants or through imports. We are therefore very pleased that, after two and a half years of development, we are now able to put the station into operation,” says Roy Campe, CTO CMB.Tech.

H2 genset and mobile refueller. ©_CMB.TECH

H2 genset and mobile refueller. ©_CMB.TECH

The hydrogen refuelling station will be built at the Port House in Antwerp. CMB.Tech deliberately chose this location on the border between the city and the port to be able to supply hydrogen to the many industrial applications in the port on the one hand and on the other to keep it easily accessible to the general public.

Lenoir truck
In addition to the hydrogen refuelling station, CMB.Tech lauched the first dual fuel truck running on hydrogen. The dual fuel technology is feasible, affordable and green and allows for the conversion of different applications in the short term, the company says.

Lenoir truck

Lenoir dual fuel truck. ©_CMB.TECH

The Lenoir truck is the kickstart of emission reduction within the logistics sector. This hydrogen truck has been given the symbolic name ‘Lenoir’ with the reference to Étienne Lenoir, a French-speaking Belgian who in 1860 built the first internal combustion engine powered by hydrogen.

About the operation of the hydrogen refuelling station
Electricity and water (H2O) are converted into hydrogen via the electrolyser. Via a compressor, this hydrogen is pumped to a very high pressure into different buffers. These buffers ensure that a car, truck or ship can refuel. In addition to the refuelling station, the site also contains two trailer docks through which the ecologically produced hydrogen can be pumped to trailers which can supply the port applications developed by CMB.Tech with hydrogen. In addition, there are a number of ultra fast charging stations for electric cars where cars can be charged in less than 15 minutes.

CMB (Compagnie Maritime Belge) is a diversified shipping and logistics group based in Antwerp, Belgium. CMB owns and operates 139 seagoing vessels in dry bulk (Bocimar), container transport (Delphis), chemical tankers (Bochem) & crew transfer vessels (Windcat). CMB is also active in cleantech (CMB.Tech) and real estate (Reslea, Maritime Campus Antwerp). CMB has offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany (Hamburg) , UK (Lowesoft and Brentwood) and The Netherlands (Amsterdam).
CMB.Tech is CMB’s cleantech division. The company is an active developer and integrator of hydrogen solutions with a focus on engineering, hydrogen production, industrial and maritime applications. For the hydrogen refuelling station, CMB.Tech is collaborating with specialized partners such as Ekinetix, Ballast Nedam Industriebouw, Alpha Engineering, Maximator and Cummins.