Iberdrola bags contract to supply green hydrogen for Barcelona buses

EMEC hydrogen storage cylinders (Credit Colin Keldie)

December 15 (Renewables Now) - Spanish energy group Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) announced that it has been selected by the Barcelona public transit operator to supply green hydrogen for its fleet of city buses starting in 2021.

After ordering new electrically-powered articulated vehicles in February, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is now going after hydrogen and has already bought eight fuel cell buses, with plans to eventually grow the fleet to 60 units, according to Iberdrola.

Iberdrola’s job will be to build and operate a green hydrogen station, which will supply TMB’s buses under a ten-year contract. The facility will be constructed on a 5,000-square-metre (53,819 sq ft) plot located within Barcelona’s industrial park Zona Franca, where TMB runs an operations centre.

TMB’s project is supported by the Second Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe (JIVE 2), an EU-co-funded programme to promote fuel cell buses and related refuelling infrastructure, and is managed in collaboration with Barcelona’s Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM).

The public company will have its first eight hydrogen buses delivered in November 2021. The vehicles will reach Barcelona streets in early 2022.

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