The station is located at 6 Budowlanych Street, in the immediate vicinity of the public transport station. This is land leased from the city by its subsidiary PAK-PCE Stacje H2 Pulsat Plus Group AND ZE PACK.
Why this particular location for the station? Well, Rybnik decided to buy NesoBus hydrogen buses, which were also developed within the Polsat Plus Group.
The relevant agreement was signed in March, according to which PAK-PCE Polski Autobus Wodorowy delivered 20 fuel cell buses to Rybnik.
Vehicles are air-conditioned and equipped with water heating using heat from the powertrain cooling system or a heat pump. Each bus seats a minimum of 86 people, 32 of whom are seated.
The purchase of buses was financed with PLN 45.5 million from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. It was one of the five highest subsidies in Poland awarded by the Fund in the “Green Public Transport” competition.
Rybnik does not intend to stop at 20 buses. In April, the city submitted another application, this time for co-financing to purchase 14 more hydrogen buses: eleven 12-meter buses and three 18-meter buses. This purchase will be completed in 2024-2025.
Fuel cells are being installed in hydrogen buses. A chemical reaction occurs, thanks to which electricity is generated using hydrogen, a fuel, to operate the electric motor that operates the bus. The only byproduct is pure water.
Equally important, the hydrogen available at Polsat Group’s stations will be green hydrogen. It is produced in the electrolysis process. It consists in the fact that water molecules decompose into oxygen and hydrogen under the influence of current. The electricity used in this process comes from renewable sources, and only under this condition can we say that hydrogen is green.
According to technical data, Nisobus consumes about 8 kg of hydrogen per 100 km. The cost of 1 kg of hydrogen at the station is PLN 69. The Nesobus’ hydrogen tanks have a capacity of 37.5 kg, providing a range of approximately 450 kg. The cost of traveling 100 km on a hydrogen bus is about PLN 550.
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