Belgium-based Colruyt Group’s energy and fuel suppler, DATS 24, today (May 30), opened its new hydrogen fuel station in Wilrijk, a district of Antwerp, Belgium on the A12.
The Wilrijk station signals the start of five new hydrogen stations in the country, with hopes that more companies will begin to introduce hydrogen-powered cars in it their fleets.
In effort to make hydrogen a viable alternative to fossil fuel-powered transport, DATS 24 plans to open stations in Haasrode and Erpe-Mere, near Brussels, Ollignies, and Herve.
Raf Flebus, Business Uni Manager at DATS 24, said, “The aim of DATS 24 is to make hydrogen available as much as possible for the transport of people and goods.
“Driving on hydrogen is electric driving, with a combination of unique advantages: a quick refuelling, emission-free driving and a guaranteed electric range of 650 to 700 km. All you need is an hydrogen filling station nearby. This is now possible for many companies in this area.”
DATS 24 opened the first integrated hydrogen filling station in Europe in 2018, a its base in Halle, Belgium. The company has partnered with WasterstofNet, a collection of hydrogen industry players in Flanders and the south of the Netherlands.
Adwin Martens, Managing Director of WasterofNet, said, “Acceleration is needed to get society moving towards zero emissions. Green molecules such as hydrogen will play a crucial role in getting everyone on board.
“That is why we have ensured that this DATS 24 hydrogen station, which is indeed a hefty investment, was co-financed within the Hydrogen Region 2.0 programme of Interreg Flanders-Netherlands.”
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