Logan Energy, a pioneer in hydrogen technologies, will develop and provide one of Europe’s largest capacity hydrogen refueling stations, enabling the roll-out of one of the UK’s largest zero-emission bus orders in Belfast.
Commissioned by Northern Ireland’s primary public transport operator, Translink, the £1.6 million Belfast fueling station, which is scheduled to be placed in Newtownabbey Bus Depot (pending planning approval), would supply a fleet of twenty purpose-built hydrogen fuel cell buses.
These buses will be delivered alongside a fleet of new Battery Electric vehicles, establishing Translink as the UK’s fourth largest zero-emission bus operator.
Logan Energy of Scotland was awarded the contract based on its strong track record and competence in delivering integrated hydrogen solutions at a reasonable price. It will sustain the refueling station for up to 15 years and will contribute to the site’s goal of increasing vehicle traffic by 25% in the future years.
The refueling station will have a total capacity of 2,500 kg of green hydrogen per day, allowing Translink to expand its Fuel Cell bus fleet in the future without modifying the refueling station.
Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, said: ”We’re very proud to supply what is set to be one of the largest capacity hydrogen refueling stations in Europe. It’s a significant project in the upscaling of refueling deployment in general and, specifically, Logan Energy’s unique refueling system for large volume economic fueling of vehicles. First deployed in Germany last year, our system allows us to provide lower cost refueling options for large scale hydrogen refueling stations.
“With the demand to switch to low-carbon transport systems greater than ever, this project will help push the accelerator not only on decarbonizing Northern Ireland’s bus services, but also the demonstration of hydrogen as an efficient, economic and global zero-emission solution to the world’s transport challenges.”
Ian Campbell, Translink Director of Service Operations said: “Translink is leading the transport transformation to net zero emissions, responding to the climate emergency and driving positive change for a healthier and more sustainable transport for future generations. We have ambitious targets to operate a zero-emission public transport fleet across Northern Ireland by 2040.
“The development of this hydrogen infrastructure is a further milestone in this exciting new era for Translink as we work towards the decarbonization and development of the green economy in Northern Ireland. This refueling station, supporting our new fleet, is a further important first step in our net zero journey.”