By 2020, Flanders will have at least three more public hydrogen filling stations. The roll-out of hydrogen filling stations must go hand in hand with the roll-out of hydrogen vehicles. These vehicles can also benefit from tax exemption and a purchase premium in Flanders.
“The new hydrogen stations are being prepared within the European projects H2 Benelux and Hydrogen Region 2.0,” said Lydia Peeters, Flemish Minister for Energy (Open Vld).
At present, there are only two hydrogen filling stations. One in Zaventem (Air Liquide) and one in Halle (Colruyt). Flemish public transport company De Lijn also has one in Antwerp for its five hydrogen buses.
23 hydrogen vehicles
In 2018 there were only 23 hydrogen vehicles in Belgium. In 2018, about 43,000 ‘green vehicles’ were registered in Flanders, of which 25,376 hybrids, 9,644 CNG cars and 7,911 were battery-powered electric cars.
Flanders supports the roll-out of hydrogen filling stations. “Companies can get support, a so-called Ecology Premium+.” In addition, co-financing of 20% of the investment costs is possible within the European project BENEFIC.
However, no Flemish hydrogen projects were submitted in the two calls for projects.