Storing renewable energy in the form of hydrogen and distributing it as a “made in South Tyrol” fuel to emission-free vehicles is one of the aims of the H2 South Tyrol project, and it is for this reason that the Hydrogen Centre in Bozen South has been established in close cooperation with the Brennerautobahn AG operating the A22 motorway and financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
Research, development and applications in the field of hydrogen are among the most innovative and promising technologies that will in the next few years provide numerous highly qualified jobs and business opportunities for innovative companies. The Hydrogen Centre thus enjoys a wide-ranging exchange of know-how with local economy, schools and universities, while numerous research and development projects have already seen the light of day here.
The production plant is one of the largest and most modern of its kind in Europe, with three modular electrolysis systems capable of producing up to 180 Nm3 (normal cubic metres = m3 at 15°C) of hydrogen per hour. This quantity of hydrogen gas, stored in compressed form, is enough to supply up to 15 buses (covering 200-250 km daily) or up to 700 cars. Refuelling stations for cylinder racks and transport trailers are already available.
The commissioning of the Hydrogen Centre also saw the simultaneous introduction of the first major application projects in South Tyrol (see also CHIC and the HyFIVE Project).