Belgium adds world’s first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station


Belgium CMB.TECH will open the first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station in Antwerp.

It is the world’s first refueling station that generates green hydrogen, which will be used to power ships, tube trailers, vehicles, trucks, and buses. In addition to the hydrogen refueling station, CMB.TECH unveils a hydrogen vehicle called Lenoir.

The hydrogen refueling station is being erected in Antwerp’s Port House. CMB.TECH purposefully chose this position on the boundary between the city and the port in order to feed hydrogen to the many industrial applications in the port while also keeping it widely accessible to the general people.

Dual fuel truck

In addition to the hydrogen refuelling station, CMB.TECH is launching the first dual fuel truck running on hydrogen. The dual fuel technology is feasible, affordable and green and allows for the conversion of different applications in the short term.

The Lenoir truck is the catalyst for reducing emissions in the logistics sector. The symbolic name ‘Lenoir’ was given to this hydrogen truck in honor of Étienne Lenoir, a French-speaking Belgian who created the first internal combustion engine fuelled by hydrogen in 1860.

The electrolyser converts electricity and water (H2O) into hydrogen. This hydrogen is pushed to extremely high pressures into various buffers through a compressor. These buffers ensure that a vehicle, such as a car, truck, or ship, can refill. In addition to the refueling station, the location has two trailer docks where the ecologically produced hydrogen may be pumped to trailers that can supply hydrogen to CMB.TECH’s port applications. Furthermore, there are a number of ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles, where automobiles may be charged in under 15 minutes.

For the hydrogen refuelling station, CMB.TECH is collaborating with specialized partners such as Ekinetix, Ballast Nedam Industriebouw, Alpha Engineering, Maximator and Cummins.