The President of the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with major stakeholder companies regarding the development of hydrogen-based solutions for freight transport and hydrogen filling infrastructure in Hungary.
In line with the EU’s long-term climate goals, Hungary has also set the goal of becoming climate neutral by the middle of the century. By this, greenhouse gas emissions in the transport and logistics sector should be reduced by 90 per cent. The decarbonisation of road transport is a huge challenge as it represents 75 per cent of the transport sector’s total CO2 emissions.
Hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty vehicles are considered to be a promising zero-emission alternative that can meet the expected technical conditions. Fuel cell trucks have a long range, they can be fueled much faster and have less risk of lost cargo capacity while also contributing to achieving climate goals.
The efficient operation of hydrogen mobility and the development of the related charging infrastructure is a complex challenge given the highly interdependent nature of the industry. Therefore, coordination between industry stakeholders is paramount to decrease the risks of innovative early movers and remove technological, regulatory and infrastructural barriers.
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by various stakeholders such as MOL, Linde Gas Hungary, Messer Hungary and Waberer’s among many others, aims to support cooperation along the entire hydrogen value chain. An important element of the cooperation is to make hydrogen filling stations available where and when hydrogen-powered vehicles are present and to ensure a sufficient supply of hydrogen by this time, preferably from green and carbon-free hydrogen.
Apart from freight transport, the cooperation will also include hydrogen solutions for buses, railways and shipping. The MoU aims to accelerate the coordinated development of hydrogen filling infrastructure and so-called hydrogen corridors with neighbouring countries to maximise this way the interoperability of hydrogen mobility in Central Europe, especially along the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) in the vicinity of major urban junctions and freight terminals.