Developing a transnational network of hydrogen refuelling stations for trucks

Developing Hydrogen Refueling Stations in Greater Poland Voivodeship

02 May 2024
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Polish New Mobility Association (PSNM) is proud to announce the commencement of a pilot project aimed at developing hydrogen refueling infrastructure in Wielkopolskie Voivodeship. As the premier industry organization in Poland and the CEE region, PSNM is shaping the electromobility and hydrogen technology market. With a robust membership of over 250 industry stakeholders, PSNM advocates for fostering and enabling economic and legal environment conducive to the dynamic growth of zero- and low-emission transport technologies.

Wielkopolskie Voivodeship is located at the cross-roads of two European Corridors: the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor and the North Sea – Baltic Corridor.

Wielkopolskie Voivodeship, with a population of 3.5 million across an area of approximately 30,000 km2, holds significant importance within Poland. Characterized by a substantial volume of heavy road transport, boasting about 350,000 registered heavy duty vehicles, and traversed by the A2 highway, a crucial part of the national TEN-T network linking Western and Eastern Europe, the region presents a prime opportunity for hydrogen infrastructure development.

Despite the fact that the development of hydrogen-powered infrastructure in the Wielkopolska region is in its infancy, it’s progressing and the first stationary hydrogen refueling station in the capital Poznan has opened. The ORLEN SA hydrogen refueling station, serving 25 city buses per day (with a target 34 set) is approaching commercial availability for all hydrogen-powered vehicle drivers.

PSNM, as a partner of the HyTruck Project, undertook a pilot initiative in the Wielkopolska region. This strategic move is designed to address the need for hydrogen infrastructure development in the region, taking advantage of its promising potential.

In addition, PSNM emphasizes the importance of international cooperation in this endeavor. Poland is currently a white spot in terms of hydrogen-powered infrastructure, with only 3 public stations compared to 93 in Germany and over 180 in Europe. Therefore, international cooperation is crucial due to the transfer of knowledge in the field of station construction, and ultimately, it gives the chance to ensure seamless connectivity and continuity of FCEV truck travel along the TEN-T network and to comply with the AFIR regulation.  Regardless the geographical challenges and regulatory constraints, PSNM is eager to drive forward the hydrogen technology development in Wielkopolskie Voivodeship and beyond. Through collaborative efforts with international partners, PSNM aims to establish a hydrogen infrastructure network that will accelerate the transition to a sustainable, zero-emission transport ecosystem.

Szymon Płoński, Industrial Development Agency, Lower Silesia Hydrogen Valley says:

„The HyTruck project,at which we are looking with interest, is an important step in solving the “chicken and egg” problem in heavy zero-emission transport in the Baltic Sea Region. As the Industrial Development Agency, which has been supporting the development of the hydrogen economy for years by initiating and supporting the creation of further hydrogen valleys, we see HyTruck’s potential to accelerate the green hydrogen-based green mobility transformation. We keep our fingers crossed for project partners from seven Baltic Sea Region countries, including the Polish Alternative Fuels Association, in creating a transnational concept for the development of green hydrogen refueling stations for FCEV trucks along the Baltic Sea Corridor TEN-T network, in accordance with the provisions of AFIR.”