As part of the H2ME project, Braley (a French waste management company) is deploying an Hydrogen Refuelling Station for a local fleet of Kangoo ZE-H2 light duty vehicles. The project also includes the deployment of a large electrolyser from Areva H2Gen that will use renewable electricity provided by hydro power from the local French Department of Aveyron, which produces about 12% of the national hydro-power electricity.
The vehicle is a regular electric Kangoo ZE from Renault which is further equipped with a ‘range extender kit’ i.e. a complete kit hydrogen tank and fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electricity to recharge the battery which is used to power the vehicle; the battery will have a longer life because it will be recharged regularly. A range of 300 km on a full 350 bars tank can be achieved. There are zero tail pipe emissions i.e. pollution is nil and vehicles can be re-fuelled in 5 minutes.
The hydrogen filling station Sébazac (near Rodez) will open around the end of 2016 with hydrogen production on site planned from June 2017.