Hydrogen

Driving on the power of water

At PitPoint we strongly belief in the potential of hydrogen as a sustainable fuel. Hydrogen is nearly inexhaustible and its combustion does not release any hazardous substances.

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Forze H2 sponsorship PitPoint acquires hydrogen refueling station in Antwerp

HyDROGEN: STILL IN ITS INFANCY, BUT A FUTURE GIANT

Driving on hydrogen is still in its infancy. However, PitPoint is already investing in hydrogen fuel stations. We believe that hydrogen is an important addition to the future sustainable fuel portfolio. Not only is hydrogen nearly inexhaustible, but its combustion does not release any hazardous substances.

A bright future

Hydrogen is a powerful fuel option with limitless potential. Hydrogen is made of water that is subsequently returned to nature making the raw material inexhaustible.  A big advantage of driving on hydrogen is that it does not release any hazardous substances. Hydrogen can be produced locally using electrolysis or steam reforming, supplied through tube trailers or as a byproduct from a nearby factory. The production options on site make it even more sustainable.

Hydrogen can be produced using electrolysis which, when sustainable resources are being is used, can lead to zero emission mobility. The strong growth in sustainable energy such as sun and wind energy will eventually lead to an excess of electricity. This excess electricity can be used to produce hydrogen that can be stored in high quantities. The production of hydrogen from water is inexhaustible as long as the electricity used to produce hydrogen is collected in a sustainable manner.

Hydrogen is a good storage medium

The strong growth in sustainable energy such as sun and wind energy will eventually lead to an excess of electricity. The excess electricity can be used to produce hydrogen that can be stored in high quantities. Hydrogen is made of water that is subsequently returned to nature making the raw material inexhaustible. The production of hydrogen from water is inexhaustible as long as the electricity used to produce hydrogen is collected in a sustainable manner.

This is not currently possible. Hydrogen fuel stations should be built now, however, in order to develop the technology further. A national infrastructure is the first step to ensure hydrogen vehicles can refuel.

Hydrogen can be produced locally using electrolysis or steam reforming, supplied through tube trailers or as a byproduct from a nearby factory. Even though PitPoint believes in the production of hydrogen fuel using electrolysis in the future, PitPoint does not currently differentiate between the method used to produce the hydrogen fuel in order to kick-start the use of this fuel. The first priority is building the required infrastructure.

PITPOINT SHAPES THE FUTURE

It is not possible yet to store hydrogen from sustainable electricy. Nevertheless, we believe that hydrogen fuel stations should be built now in order to develop the technology further. National infrastructures are a first step to ensure hydrogen vehicles can refuel. Therefore our first priority is building the required infrastructure throughout Europe.

For this reason, PitPoint is involved in various projects that develop hydrogen fuel stations.
Recently, PitPoint acquired a hydrogen refuelling station in Antwerp. In the Netherlands, PitPoint plays an active rol various hydrogen pojects. Furthermore, PitPoint seeks to connect with the HIT 2-corridor project. The HIT 2-corridor project has the ambition to realise a network of hydrogen refuelling stations from Belgium to Finland by 2020. PitPoint aims to realise five to ten of these tank stations as part of the hydrogen corridor.

Promising, but not yet competitive

Hydrogen fuel is currently not competitive compared to driving on CNG or LNG or the traditional fuels such as diesel and petrol. Current hydrogen fuel development is financed through subsidies. A good example of this is the HIGH V.LO City project.

On the right track

The road to 100% clean and renewable fuel is a long one. But we are on the right track. We are building the required national infrastructure for the already available cleaner fuels and we are contributing to the development of fuel stations and vehicles. Our journey does not end here. Driven by Nature – Fuel-independent and innovative.

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PitPoint acquires hydrogen refuelling station in Antwerp