And then there's the network infrastructure. At present, there are only two hydrogen stations in Belgium – one in Zaventem and one in Halle. Another station is planned for Wilrijk in 2021. Above all, however, there seems to be a lack of political will when it comes to infrastructure, as this is something that could be developed quickly if action were taken by the government. Belgium has an important factor in its favour: it lies only 613 kilometres from hydrogen pipelines, with hubs around the ports of Ghent and Antwerp. As a result, the further roll-out of hydrogen stations must surely be possible.
Faced with a lack of initiatives from the government, a number of manufacturers and suppliers have taken matters into their own hands. Toyota, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and the BMW Group have joined forces with other companies such as Shell and Total as part of the Hydrogen Council. This partnership wants to invest heavily in technology and infrastructure in the coming years, with expanding the number of refuelling stations being one of its priorities. Another priority is to look at the way in which hydrogen is produced, as this can be done in both an environmentally friendly (wind and solar power) and a less environmentally friendly (e.g. natural gas) manner.