Carburos Metálicos, Solaris showcase hydrogen bus technology in Tarragona, Spain
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Carburos Metálicos, Solaris showcase hydrogen bus technology in Tarragona, Spain

Carburos Metálicos and Solaris have showcased a hydrogen powered bus in Tarragona, Spain, as the companies look to test and develop a hydrogen refuelling network to support its introduction, the companies revealed today (Nov 11).

Carburos Metálicos is continuing to promote the use of hydrogen technologies as a means of decarbonising the urban mobility sector with hydrogen holding significant potential in this sector.

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The solution, the Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen bus, was first introduced back in 2019 and is capable of travelling 350 kilometres on a single hydrogen refuelling which normally takes around eight minutes.

The bus incorporates an axle with two electric motors and is equipped with a climate control system utilising heat generated by the fuel cell module.

The demonstration consisted of an interurban tour with a stop at the EMT facilities to refuel a portable hydrogen generator that supplied renewable hydrogen produced in Tarragona.

Miquel Lope, General Director of Carburos Metálicos, said, “As part of Air Products, a world leader in hydrogen production, we are experts in the entire hydrogen value chain and today we have been able to demonstrate that this technology is ready for use also in the field of mobility.

“Renewable hydrogen will contribute to decarbonise the economy and in this way, Tarragona will play a very relevant role for our country as a production and research centre.”

Kepa Mendikute, General Director of Solaris Bus Ibérica, said, “From Solaris, with the Urbino 12 hydrogen model, we offer a transport solution with zero emissions, silent, comfortable for passengers, quality, technologically advanced, with a daily procedure, loading times and autonomies similar to the conventional bus.

“A solution for the future, but now. In 2022 we will have more than 170 units circulating in cities in Europe.”

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