Green mobility:
the first hydrogen bus line in France

Paris, 20 september 2017 

In Pau, France, by 2019 hydrogen buses will circulate.
ENGIE and its subsidiary, GNVERT, have been associated with a project that will see the circulation of eight hydrogen buses by 2019 as well as the construction of a hydrogen refueling station.

No more CO2? Actually It is possible since several years thanks to the numerous researches carried out on fuel cells. Buses or cars, electric transport now works thanks to hydrogen and air.
As the most common chemical element on Earth, hydrogen combined with oxygen in a fuel cell produces electricity and heat by releasing only water. Electricity produced by the electrochemical reaction is used to drive a bus or a car.
To produce "green" hydrogen without generating greenhouse gases, the most efficient method is water electrolysis. It consists of decomposed water (H2O) in dioxide (O2) and dihydrogen (H2) by means of an electric current from a renewable source. Separate hydrogen can be stored perpetually until it is used, for example for rolling a bus. In this, hydrogen is today a formidable storage vector of renewable energies.

Hydrogen: only benefits to sustainable mobility

The energy of buses is stored in the form of hydrogen: electricity is produced in real time on board the vehicle via a fuel cell.
Hydrogen has a double advantage: it allows a significant increase in autonomy compared to traditional electric vehicles (about three hundred kilometers) and the recharging time is similar to the one of the petrol cars (about 10 minutes).
These are not the only advantages: hydrogen vehicles are also "zero emissions" in operation: they emit only water vapor, no greenhouse gases, no local pollutants (fine particles, NOx, ...) and are particularly silent.

Green energy serving the optimization of transport networks

Moved by the desire to revolutionize energy-transiting optics, ENGIE and its subsidiary GNVERT, specialized in alternative fuels, have joined forces to implement the first hydrogen bus line. The group will be responsible for the construction and operation of the hydrogen refueling station for these buses, alongside Van Hool (Vehicle Manager) and ITM Power (responsible for the hydrogen hydrogen production unit).
"This project demonstrates the technical-economic feasibility of green mobility that combines the improvement of the quality of life in urban areas and the high level of service provided for public transport", Philippe Van Deven, GNVERT General Manager said.

At this speed of development, will the project arrive in Italy soon?