Northern Ireland’s first hydrogen-powered double-deckers launched

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Three new hydrogen fuel-cell buses have entered service in Northern Ireland.

Public transport operator Translink and energy company Energia Group received £4m funding from the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles and the UK Department for Infrastructure for the pilot project.

The buses, which emit only water and are powered by renewable wind energy, are being developed in response to the global climate emergency in an effort to reduce air pollution and protect public health in Northern Ireland.

Chris Conway, group chief executive, Translink said: “This is great news for our customers and the wider public as we make real progress to tackle the climate emergency, enhance air quality for health and wellbeing and reduce traffic congestion.

“We’re committed to leading a transport transformation in Northern Ireland, driving change to zero emissions and engaging across all industry sectors to learn from best practice in low carbon innovation and bus manufacturing.

The buses will operate a Translink Metro service across Belfast and have been built by Wrightbus, located in Ballymena. As previously reported by CiTTi, the buses will feature slim, high-energy batteries developed by French electric mobility company Forsee Power. 

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