The first meeting of the BH2C Mobility Vertical, led by REPSOL and EVE, was held on Tuesday, 21 March, at the BEC. In addition to the presence at the event of the main players involved in the deployment of H2 in mobility in the Basque Country, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT) and Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona (TMB), who shared their respective experiences regarding the deployment of hydrogen buses in Madrid and Barcelona, arousing considerable interest among those present and prompting a Q+A session and discussion on possible solutions.
The session began with an update on the latest developments in the BH2C and the new definition of verticals by EVE. Currently, the mobility vertical comprises fifteen initiatives, three of which were presented during the meeting.
REPSOL reported on the progress being made in the strategy for the deployment of hydrogen in the mobility sector in Spain, based on guarantees for the supply, quality and safety of the provision of hydrogen, in line with Repsol's industrial operations standards. Forecasts were also provided on the roll-out and possible locations for the deployment of mobility technology in the Basque Country.
IRIZAR, for its part, contextualised the company's commitment to fuel cell buses for intercity and long-distance use, and announced that in the coming months it will be in a position to start validating and testing the prototype of an i6 efficient bus with a minimum range of 500km.
Finally, TALGO provided an update on the status of the H2 intercity train project, which has been awarded PERTE funds through the "H2 Value Chain: Hydrogen Mobility" call for proposals. Whilst the overall objective of the project is to develop hydrogen technology applied to rail mobility by engaging the entire value chain, Talgo's contribution is based on the development of a dual-hybrid train from an S730 diesel model, developing a new CET with H2 cells and batteries instead of diesel generators.
The meeting included an opportunity for attendees to network and discuss the progress being made in the different stages of the deployment of H2 in mobility.
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