Feasibility study on the operation of a hydrogen refuelling station for heavy goods vehicles, focusing on the production, transport, storage and refuelling of green hydrogen and its use in heavy goods vehicles and the assessment of its sustainability.
In July 2020, EurA, based in Erfurt, was commissioned by the Thuringian Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation to carry out a "Feasibility study on the construction and operation of a hydrogen filling station for trucks at the Erfurt freight centre".
The study looked at the value chain from the production of green hydrogen to the hydrogen truck by EurA and developed an operator concept for the production of green hydrogen and a hydrogen filling station for commercial vehicles. The analysis of commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen as an energy source for fuel cells and engines revealed the biggest deficits in the introduction of hydrogen technology in freight transport. There is a very good technological basis for filling stations, which is well documented with German companies.
The study also includes an environmental assessment of hydrogen powered trucks compared to diesel vehicles. The "Sustainability" department of EurA Thuringia has chosen a holistic assessment approach which, in addition to the vehicle production itself, considers both indirect environmental impacts from the provision of the fuel including distribution (WtT, well-to-tank) and direct environmental impacts during the use phase (TtW, tank-to-wheel). From an ecological point of view, the investment in fuel cell vehicles pays for itself after only a short distance driven, despite a higher ecological footprint in the manufacturing phase compared to diesel vehicles, and can lead to considerable reductions in greenhouse gas and particulate emissions over the entire life cycle. This shows that hydrogen mobility, especially in freight transport, will be an essential element in meeting the EU's climate policy objectives, significantly reducing emissions of climate-relevant gases such as CO2 and defusing the transport sector.
The State of Thuringia intends to promote hydrogen as an essential component of the decarbonisation of transport through various projects. The Thuringian projects will be presented in an online conference.
All information on how to participate in the conference on 11 December and how to access the conference can be found here.
At the same time, the feasibility and economic viability study by EurA has been incorporated into a draft of the State Strategy Hydrogen for Thuringia. The draft for the Thuringian state strategy can be found here.