May 6th marked the beginning of the latest edition of the virtual Study Tour. This tour consists of live streams with five German H2 projects from different sectors, and aims at companies’ representatives, R&D institutions, and public sector actors from the transport sector who have interest in green hydrogen.
The Study Tour objective is to showcase the technology of these pioneer projects in H2, to inspire Chilean projects and adapt it to local conditions.
The programme includes, among other things, a virtual visit to a public transport hydrogen-fuelled buses project in Wuppertal; the largest hydrogen-mobility project in Germany, by GP JOULE; a fuel cell push boat; the Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered train, and more.
This Virtual Tour is organized by AHK Chile and takes place within the framework of the Energy Partnership Chile-Germany, an alliance that seeks to increase energy efficiency, promote a greater use of renewable energy, and transform the energy systems of both countries for the future.
The virtual Study Tour began with a very detailed presentation by the WSW group, from Wuppertal, which is the municipal company for urban waste management and public transport in the city of Wuppertal. This virtual visit introduced the electromobility Project for urban buses “H2-W – Wasserstoffmobilität für Wuppertal” (Hydrogen Mobility for Wuppertal), and included a live tour of the plant.
This Project has ten fuel-cell-powered buses, and was born as an answer to the search of a green alternative that would not generate higher costs than the existent diesel fleet. The company works with its sister company AWG Abfallwirtschaftgesellschaft mbH, which produces the needed hydrogen for the bus fleet through electrolysis, obtaining electricity from the burning of the city’s waste in its conversion plant, significantly reducing pollutant emissions in Wuppertal, according to the provided data.
The plant produces approximately 400 kg of hydrogen per day, and it has a 450 kg hydrogen tank for storage, as well as a refuelling system for the fuel cell buses. During the tour, attendees had the possibility to visit the facilities, including the refuelling point and the Waste-To-Energy power plant, where electricity for the electrolysers is produced.
The event was attended by over 50 stakeholders from different sectors, who, thanks to this space for dialogue, were able to ask questions to the manager of the transport unit, Andreas Meyer.
To learn more about WSW Wuppertal, visit their website: https://www.wsw-online.de/wsw-mobil/mehr-service/aktuelles/wasserstoffbusse/ (site in German)