Energy group TotalEnergies and chemical company Air Liquide will build a network of more than a hundred hydrogen stations for trucks in Europe.
In the coming years, the filling stations must be placed along major roads in Benelux, Germany and France.
The companies say they are pooling their knowledge to make hydrogen more accessible and to contribute to making European road transport more sustainable. Europe still has few hydrogen stations, and the two companies hope to become essential player with their collaboration.
The network is being developed through a joint venture that TotalEnergies and Air Liquide will set up this year. The investments are for the account of this joint venture and the construction and operation of the hydrogen stations. The joint venture will also be responsible for purchasing and distributing hydrogen.
TotalEnergies has hundreds of filling stations in Europe, and it is the intention that the new hydrogen stations will operate under the same brand name. More and more hydrogen stations are opening in the Netherlands and other European countries. Filling up with hydrogen takes about the same time as filling up with petrol or diesel, in contrast to charging electric cars and trucks.