The hydrogen project in Ruse has entered the implementation phase

2021-06-10 14:03:00 Views: 386 Comments: 0

The project for introduction of infrastructure for production of hydrogen and a ship and buses with fuel cells in Ruse has moved to the implementation phase after the development of project specifications, financial analysis and preparation of detailed budgets, a strategy to allow the Ruse project to get enough financing and set up of a management structure. The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) provided assistance for one year for the detailed planning and development of this innovative project. The project is implemented jointly by the Municipality of Ruse, Ruse Municipal Transport J.S.Co, University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev", Bulgarian River Shipping J.S.Co, the Association of Danube Municipalities "Danube", Bulgarian Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Energy Storage Association and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The Ruse hydrogen project activities are planned in the context of the Green Hydrogen @ Blue Danube Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI), by retrofitting an existing tugboat with a zero-emission hybrid battery and fuel cell drivetrain and operating the vessel on the Danube River.  The vessel will be refueled at Port Ruse East using a novel mobile refueling solution and low carbon hydrogen produced from an electrolyser located at the Ruse new bus depot.  The electrolyser will be supplied with power from a new photovoltaic park, also located at the bus depot.  In addition to use in the tugboat, hydrogen will also be used to fuel a fleet of twenty 12m fuel cell buses, operated on public transport routes in the city as part of the Ruse Municipal fleet. 

Significant technology development and expertise created through this initial phase of the project will pave the way for hydrogen production and transport at scale, that will enable Bulgaria to achieve the goal of exporting low-cost low carbon hydrogen to northern Europe via the Danube River transport axis.  In addition to the mitigation of emissions from marine vessels and buses, the project is also expected to have significant local environmental benefits by reducing the impact of air pollution on the Danube River region ecosystem.


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