The first hydrogen refuelling station has been opened in Mestre, Venice in Italy. Hydrogen Industry Leaders looks at how the station will be an important milestone in the steps toward a hydrogen refuelling network in the country.
Equipped with two dispensing points, which are said to refuel vehicles in approximately five minutes, including buses, the San Giuliano Enistaton has a capacity of over 100kg of hydrogen per day.
Built by Eni, an Italian multinational oil and gas company, the station also supplies traditional fuels and facilitates electric vehicle charging services.
In 2019, the Municipality and Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni, and Toyota Motor Italia, signed an agreement which would see a minimum of 10 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell-powered cars on the roads. Since this, three of them have been delivered.
CEO of Toyota Motor Italia, Luigi Ksawery Luca, said: “Today marks a fundamental step in the development of hydrogen mobility in Italy.
“We are excited and proud to support Eni and the City of Venice in the success of this project by making our Mirai cars available. The path to zero-emission mobility must leverage the widespread use of both hydrogen and battery-powered vehicles, two technologies which we view as fully complementary to each other.
“The hope is that this will be the first of many hydrogen refuelling stations which will soon align Italy to other European countries.”