The transport company will test two or three buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells from 2024. Local supply will be provided by Groupe E, which will produce fuel with the Schiffenen plant.
Published on 13.04.2022
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“We live in a crucial moment in the decarbonisation of public transport,” said Serge Collaud, managing director of Transports publics friborg (TPF), on Wednesday afternoon. Will the buses of tomorrow run on electricity or hydrogen? This energy will in any case be tested in the combined settlement of Friborg from 2024.
Two or three buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells will run on lines 5, 7, 8 and 9 of the capital’s urban network. Described as “green”, hydrogen will be produced not far away by the power plant Group E plans to build at the foot of the Schiffenen dam. Construction work is scheduled to begin next May.
The facility can supply 50 heavy vehicles, including ten TPF, in the long run. “We will start a domestic production cycle. Decabonization, I believe in it, we will go there, ”says Jacques Mauron, director of Groupe E.
TPF should invest between 3.5 and 4.1 million francs in this pilot project, including the creation of a gas station at Givisiez’s main site. Funding for the project will be undertaken together with the sponsors and research for grants is ongoing.
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