We all want to move towards a more sustainable future, which means it’s time to get serious about transitioning to renewable, clean energy and ‘zero’ CO2 emission. Hydrogen holds tremendous promise as an alternative fuel source, as vehicles that run on hydrogen gas are sustainable and clean. Fountain Fuel is taking the lead with its zero-emission energy stations for hydrogen fuelling and electric charging, offering all kinds of conveniences for modern commuters.
Over time, Fountain Fuel stations will be expanded into full-service ‘energy hubs’ for users and vehicles alike, with plenty of room for fuelling and charging, as well as flex-working areas where drivers can work while their car is charging. Additional facilities could include meeting areas, a healthy kiosk, a dry-cleaning service and other conveniences.
Water is the basis for the production of hydrogen fuel, a process which involves extracting hydrogen from water through electrolysis. An awning and mound are required to protect both customers and the hydrogen tank from rainwater; at the same time, however, that water is needed for people and cars. This contrast was the starting point for the design. The station’s elegant round awning, including its supporting structure, is made entirely of wood. Wood is not only durable but also relatively light, which means that it can be transported efficiently in prefabricated parts. In the middle of the roof, which is fitted with solar panels, is an opening that allows light to enter and air to circulate.
The first zero-emission energy station will be built in Amersfoort in the De Wyken industrial park. Then it’s on to Rotterdam, where a second station will be constructed at the airport. Step three is a station on the Waal, near Nijmegen, where clean-energy barges will one day be able to fill up on hydrogen or recharge their batteries. By creating a clear, stylish identity for the project, Wiegerinck has helped Fountain Fuel present itself in an innovative and distinctive way.