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"Rīgas satiksme" hydrogen station produced over 11 000 kg of hydrogen during the first year of operation

During the first year of operation, over 11 000 kilograms of hydrogen were produced at the hydrogen station of “Rīgas satiksme”. Further, 10  trolleybuses of “Rīgas satiksme” powered by hydrogen have covered approximately 370 000 kilometres using both hydrogen cells and a catenary system. Passenger transportation with these trolleybuses is performed on trolleybus routes No. 4 and No. 9. The station is also available for public use.

Jānis Golubevs, “Rīgas satiksme” Board member, “We can assess the first year of operation of the hydrogen filling station as a successful year of getting to know and mastering new technologies. Daily filling of all company trolleybuses is secured. We were able to fill up the Solaris hydrogen bus tested at the beginning of the year in Jelgava and Riga. The hydrogen station is currently underloaded and has a much larger capacity, therefore as soon as it is possible to apply for hydrogen-powered vehicles within a European Union fund, we will apply. We have also completed the necessary work and provided an opportunity for anyone interested to fill up in the public section of the station. Last year, such fillings were performed for demonstration cars and now this opportunity is used to fill up the latest-generation Toyota Mirai.”

As “Rīgas satiksme” previously reported, at the beginning of last year, the first hydrogen station in the Baltics was put into operation, furthermore, hydrogen-powered trolleybuses started transporting passengers on trolleybus route No. 4. Within the framework of the international project “H2Nodes”, “Rīgas satiksme” received 10 hydrogen-powered trolleybuses. Hydrogen electric vehicles in 7-10 minutes can cover 300-400 km with one filling, while trolleybuses without catenary can do up to 200 km.


The European Union co-finances 50% of the total costs of “Rīgas satiksme” project, which totals EUR 16.1 million. Funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which invests in EU infrastructure priorities in the field of transport, energy and telecommunications.


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