Interview with Mathieu Wuyts, Project Manager Mobility/H2-Share

Mathieu Wuyts, Project Manager at WaterstofNet, presents the outcomes of the Interreg NWE H2share project and its positive impact on the decarbonisation of transport.


Mathieu Wuyts works at WaterstofNet as Project Manager for mobility projects. He has a wide experience in exploring the possibilities of hydrogen filling stations in the Netherlands.

Mathieu is the Lead Partner in the NWE project H2Share, which aims at unlocking the potential of hydrogen technology as a key enabler for zero-emission logistics over longer distances.

In this interview, Mathieu presents the main outcomes of H2Share and explains the positive impact that Interreg NWE projects have in the decarbonisation of transport services in North-West Europe.

What are the main challenges regarding hydrogen vehicles in NWE at the moment?

Mathieu: The main issue now is the technology readiness level (TRL) and the fact that H2 trucks are not ready for mass production. Although we see more and more hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) in the North-West Europe region, there is still a lack of hydrogen trucks on our roads. This is even the case in Germany, where infrastructure and more funding is available, because they are not yet commercially available. So, more help for the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) is needed.

How did H2-Share help to overcome these challenges?

H2-Share helped to overcome these challenges by funding the development and testing of a 27 tonne truck in operational environment and a mobile refuelling station. This process taught us a lot about the dimensioning of the components of the fuel cell, the amount of hydrogen that can be transported on board and the battery technology. The mobile refuelling station assisted with gaining more experience in real world testing. This will all be useful for the roll-out of the technology.

"The programme helped a great deal, because different end-users were able to test and demonstrate the truck during their daily operations. These insights are no doubt very useful."

To what extent has Interreg NWE helped you to address these challenges?

The programme helped a great deal, because different end-users were able to test and demonstrate the truck during their daily operations. These insights are no doubt very useful.

What is green hydrogen and how can it support reducing emissions from urban services such as garbage collection or buses?

Green hydrogen is hydrogen produced from renewable resources. When scoping out the complete ‘Well-to-wheel’ chain (and not only ‘Tank-to-Wheel’), green hydrogen ensures zero-emission transportation. It improves clean air in cities and reduces noise emissions, and thus creates a healthier environment for citizens. Waste collection vehicles - for now mostly running on diesel - operate in densely populated areas and in city centres. When running on hydrogen, the local impact for a cleaner environment and air quality is therefore very obvious.

Interreg NWE visited H2share's pilot in Breda, (NL) in December. What has been achieved there and how does this contributes to the project as a whole?

Both the truck and mobile refuelling station were deployed by DHL Express in Breda (see press release). DHL had a good experience with the truck, which ensured the continuity of their cross-border transports for their customer Apple. The truck covered a distance of 200 km per day during two months. The pilot was less affected by covid-19 and will generate a lot of data.

What's the added value of cooperating with partners from other regions in North-West Europe?

The hydrogen ecosystem in North-West Europe will expand and grow stronger because of the European cooperation and knowledge network created by projects such as H2-Share.

"The hydrogen ecosystem in North-West Europe will expand and grow stronger because of the European cooperation and knowledge network created by projects such as H2-Share."

Could you explain how you have partnered with other projects HECTOR and FCH JU REVIVE and how this benefits H2-share?

The municipal waste operator of Breda is operating 2 waste collection vehicles within the FCH-JU REVIVE project. These vehicles needed a refuelling station in anticipation of the multi-fuel HRS, built by TotalEnergies. To bridge the gap, they could refuel at our H2-Share mobile hydrogen refuelling station (the WyRefueller built by Wystrach). The City of Duisburg is also operating a hydrogen waste vehicle in the HECTOR project. They wanted to test their vehicle over long distance and Wystrach was able to showcase the mobile HRS. A demonstration and gathering was organised in Breda. The capability of the station was tested with a back-to-back refuelling of 2 waste collection vehicles ánd the H2-Share truck (piloting for DHL Express in Breda). The refuellings ran without any problems, showing the station’s easiness of use. So in essence, we shared knowledge and experience on truck technology, day-to-day operation and the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. This overarching cooperation was made possible by Interreg and the FCH-JU. (See news article).

Could you quantify some of the expected long-term results of the project? Maybe in terms of CO2 reductions?

During the 2 years of demonstrations, H2-Share aims to have brought about a 75 ton CO2 reduction. The long-term target is to reduce GHG emissions with 1 million tons of CO2 per year. By reducing these carbon emissions, air quality will be improved significantly.  
In the long run H2-Share also targets a 5% market share of heavy-duty hydrogen vehicles by 2030 and a stimulated H2 truck production in NWE.

Expected results

75 tonnes

of CO2 reduction at the end of the project


market share of heavy-duty H2 vehicles by 2030

What is the most promising outcome you expect to achieve at the end of the project?

A solution to the problem, which is among others, a better TRL and a significantly increased availability of H2 trucks. We hope a big part of the R&D for truck manufacturers has been tackled with data from real world testing and customers having had a first experience, delivering proof of readiness of H2 technology and zero-emission heavy-duty transport.

In the future, what contribution do you think H2Share will have in the decarbonisation of transport services in NWE?

The outcomes of H2-Share will be used in projects such as the European projects H2Haul (16 trucks) and HyTrucks (1,000 trucks) taking the roll-out of the technology further. They will build on the foundations that have been laid by H2-Share.

Find out more about our hydrogen projects

Share this

Tweet Share