Iberdrola (a Spanish multinational electric utility company) and TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) today (23rd February) signed a contract to supply green hydrogen to Barcelona’s urban bus fleet.
The construction works on the hydrogen plant will be soon started on a 5,000 square meters leased plot. Once ready in November, it will be used by the TMB hydrogen buses and potentially other fleets and fuel-cell powered vehicles.
The plant will supply green hydrogen origin, produced by electrolysis, to the bus fleet and any other local demand. It would be the start of developing a green hydrogen hub in one of the leading industrial areas of Catalonia, Spain.
The first vehicles to be using the service at the new plant will be the eight hydrogen-powered fuel cell buses that TMB ordered last year. These buses are expected to be delivered in November 2021 and expected to get in service in early 2022.
It is estimated that the buses would consume 160 kg/day hydrogen. The demand is expected to rise in the future as the fleet size is planned to reach 60.
The adoption of hydrogen by TMB is supported by the Second Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe (JIVE 2) to promote fuel cell and zero-emission vehicles and co-financed by the European Union. The project is promoted with the collaboration of the Metropolitan Transport Authority of Barcelona (ATM).