Claude Turmes, Minister of Energy; François Bausch, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Mobility and Public Works; Credit: MMTP

On Wednesday 14 September 2022, Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Mobility and Public Works, François Bausch, and Minister for Energy, Claude Turmes, in the presence of representatives of TotalEnergies Marketing Luxembourg, Nicolas Leblond and Eric Bleyer, made a presentation of the development of the first public hydrogen refuelling station in Luxembourg.

As part of the European "H2Benelux" project, the hydrogen refuelling station will be created in the ZAE Wolser A in Bettembourg, at the secure road centre (CRS) of the CFL's Eurohub Sud. The station will be commissioned towards the end of 2022 / beginning of 2023 and will provide for the supply of hydrogen to light vehicles, commercial vehicles and heavy goods vehicles.

This project, launched by the European Commission, aims to create eight hydrogen refueling stations in the Benelux, including one in Luxembourg. A consortium of eight companies has been established, including TotalEnergies, which has undertaken to implement the hydrogen refueling station in Luxembourg. Beyond this commitment, TotalEnergies plans to build a new multi-energy station in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the coming years, which will offer, among other things, electrical terminals and the distribution of hydrogen. Given the innovative nature of the multi-energy site, the government welcomes the initiative and supports TotalEnergies.

The transition to sustainable mobility is an absolute necessity for us. Mobility is at the heart of the daily life of European citizens. The deployment of a reliable supply network of alternative fuels for transport is therefore crucial to face the upcoming ban on fossil fuel cars, contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the 'Green Deal' and achieve carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050. The opening of this hydrogen refueling station in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a key step in the establishment of an integrated and carbon-free European transport network,” said Richard Ferrer, head of the sector alternative fuels at CINEA, the European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency. “Hydrogen refueling stations and especially those ready to supply hydrogen fuel cell trucks will play an important role in the decarbonisation of the transport sector in the future. In the 'Fit for 55' package proposed by the European Commission in order to reduce the European Union's CO₂ emissions compared to 1990 by at least 55% until 2030, obligations regarding the equipment of the trans-European network of transport (TEN-T) and in particular multimodal poles are formulated. I am therefore delighted that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is already ensuring today that the infrastructure required for alternative fuels is deployed in order to facilitate the transition to these technologies,” said Minister Bausch.

Hydrogen is a promising alternative in certain sectors that are difficult to decarbonise by direct electrification, such as the truck sector, for example, it is only possible to store energy and release it without a carbon footprint. However, only renewable hydrogen, produced from renewable energies, does not cause greenhouse gas emissions”, explained Minister Turmes. The PNEC provides that the certification and supply of "green hydrogen" are essential conditions for the commissioning of hydrogen stations.

Reinventing energy production and consumption to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 together with society and solving the climate challenge. This is the ambition of TotalEnergies, a major player in the energy transition. It is therefore with great pride that we announce the opening of the first hydrogen station in Luxembourg for the end of 2022 / beginning of 2023", said Eric Bleyer, Director Mobility & New Energies of TotalEnergies in Luxembourg.

Hydrogen is one of the constituent elements of TotalEnergies Marketing Services' strategy to decarbonise mobility, particularly in European long-haul transport,” said Antoine Tournand, Hydrogen Director for H2 Mobility. “The realisation of the first hydrogen station in Luxembourg is an integral part of our objective to operate directly or indirectly a European network of hydrogen refuelling stations of more than 100 stations in Europe over the next decade. We are proud to contribute to the European effort and in particular that of Luxembourg to ensure the energy transition in mobility”.