A factory of Polish hydrogen buses will be built in Świdnik


A special modular and ergonomic structure of the frame, very low fuel consumption and an efficient air distribution system with air conditioning will characterize the innovative buses of PAK-PCE Polski Autobus Wodorowy. The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management will support the project of building their factory with a PLN 50 million preferential loan.

The construction of the production plant for innovative buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells, together with the accompanying infrastructure, will be completed by July 2024 at the latest. It will be located in the Świdnica Economic Activity Zone and will be able to produce 100 buses a year.

The funds from the co-financing granted by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management will be used for the construction of a production hall and the introduction and assembly of the accompanying infrastructure - devices, instrumentation, tools and equipment for the production of parts, welding, body preparation, bus assembly, quality control, preparation for sale, warehouses, service stand, as well as a hydrogen refueling station - which will make it possible to organize the entire production.

The innovativeness of the vehicles will be based on the use of a modular structure enabling the improvement of range parameters, fuel consumption and the efficiency of the air conditioning system. The number of seats for passengers will also be subject to original optimization. The PAK PCE buses have 93 seats, including 37 seats, which will increase the passenger transport capacity of a typical 12-metre city bus.

The modular and ergonomic design of the frame will allow, among others, for the installation of effective hydrogen tanks. Low consumption of this fuel, as an ecological result, will also be achieved through the innovative use of lightweight construction materials, the development of drive system parameters, the use of modern power electronic devices with low energy losses and the development of advanced methods of energy distribution control. Combustion of hydrogen by "NesoBus" (Neso - an acronym for the first letters of the phrase "Does not emit exhaust fumes and purifies") will be competitive against other manufacturers. At the same time, the air-conditioning and heating system with very efficient air distribution throughout the vehicle will significantly reduce the system's demand for electricity, and thus the overall energy consumption of the bus. The introduction of buses into service will also allow for another ecological effect - reduction of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.

The agreement on co-financing the investment from the national funds collected in the "New Energy" program was signed in Warsaw on December 22 this year. by the vice-president of the board of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, Artur Michalski, and the president of the board of PAK-PCE Polski Autobus Wodorowy Sp. z o. o. Maciej Nietopiel.

Source: NFOŚiGW