The tube trailers – trucks that carry compressed hydrogen – will be used to transport green hydrogen produced from an electrolyser at a wind farm in County Antrim, owned and operated by Northern Ireland energy supplier Energia Group.
The hydrogen will be transported to Belfast’s main public transport depot, where it will power a fleet of Translink double decker fuel-cell buses, using a refuelling station to be supplied and maintained by Logan Energy.
The firm was selected for the five-year contract by Irish gas and electricity supplier Energia, which is a key player in the €9 million (£8m) EU-funded GenCOMM project. The latter aims to address sustainability challenges through the implementation of smart hydrogen-based energy and commercial models.
Logan Energy plans to expand its network of maintenance staff to provide ongoing support throughout the project.
Chief executive Bill Ireland said the project “will technically and financially validate the renewable hydrogen value chain”.
He added: “We believe we were selected to be the supplier of choice due to our strong track record in supplying and maintaining hydrogen technology for other key hydrogen projects across Europe and the UK, such as the Levenmouth Community Energy Project, Seafuel and in Orkney for EMEC.”
He also said the contract “demonstrates a viable renewable hydrogen supply and demand scenario that we can replicate in towns and cities throughout the UK, Europe and further afield”.
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