The BERNARD Gruppe was commissioned in a consortium with Haas Engineering GmbH with process engineering design, building permits, technical site supervision, and initial operation. The 3 MW electrolysis plant is scheduled to come on stream in summer 2023.
An important contribution to energy transition was made after turning the first sod on the campus of Wiener Netze: Wien Energie is building the first hydrogen generation plant in eastern Austria and plans, among other things, to feed green hydrogen into the gas grid. There will also be refueling facilities for Wiener Linien buses and for trucks from 2023. The joint project of Wien Energie, Wiener Netze and Wiener Linien is intended to drive forward the decarbonization of road transport.
The daily produced hydrogen quantity of up to 1,300 kilograms is sufficient to refuel about 60 buses/trucks. In addition to the H2 generation plant, an H2 service station for buses and trucks is being built in Simmering. In the future, transport and logistics companies will be able to refuel there with green hydrogen at 350 or 700 bar. Not only mobility partners but also industrial partners will then be able to purchase the hydrogen. For this purpose, a separate area will be set up for pickup with trailers. The H2 service station on the site of the Wiener Linien bus garage in Leopoldau will also be supplied from Simmering in the future.
Climate-neutral hydrogen is already being used as a fuel for Wiener Linien buses. Tests have been carried out in recent months, and from November the first H2 bus will be in regular passenger service on bus line 39A. Only recently, the transportation company announced that line 39A will be completely converted to zero-emission drives by 2025. Ten hydrogen buses will travel between Heiligenstadt and Sievering.
The BERNARD Gruppe is very pleased to be part of this trend-setting project and thus to be able to contribute to sustainable energy production.
Martin Tomaselli, BERNARD Gruppe
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