DATA 24, Colruyt Group’s energy and fuel supplier, is opening its third H2 filling station at the Researchpark in Haasrode. With this opening DATS 24 emphasises its belief in hydrogen as a fuel for electric vehicles.
After all, hydrogen fuel cell station was made possible thanks to support from the EU’s H2Benelux programme. Besides industrial and logistics applications, hydrogen also has a role to play in the decarbonisation of transport and mobility.
The importance and potential of hydrogen as a sustainable energy carrier is growing rapidly. Both for industry and for transport and logistics applications. But also for passenger transport and mobility, as a complement to battery-electric driving. Raf Flebus, Business Unit Manager of DATS 24, emphasises that it is a positive story: “Hydrogen will play an essential role in industry, logistics processes and in transport activities. We also sincerely believe that electric driving will become the norm. For a majority of Belgians, this will eventually be feasible. But it is important to get as many people as possible on board for the transition to emission-free driving. And hydrogen will certainly have its place in this, alongside battery-electric driving. In a number of circumstances, hydrogen-electric can play off its complementary role with battery-electric. For example, when the electricity grid is congested or when charging is taking place in a higher-density urban context where apartment buildings are the main form of housing. This often prevents the installation of own charging infrastructure, today an important condition for the switch to battery-electric driving. And finally, hydrogen-electric driving is less dependent on certain rare materials. “