HYOP closes hydrogen stations - critical to reaching zero emission targets in the transport sector
HYOP closes hydrogen stations - critical to reaching zero emission targets in the transport sector
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, August 30, 2018

Norsk Hydrogen forum announces that it strongly regrets that HYOP appears to have to shut down its hydrogen stations. In a time when interest in hydrogen technology is high and increasing, it is particularly unfortunate that access to hydrogen for premature users is reduced.

"It's very regrettable that an important player like HYOP must get it right now when hydrogen interest is up at full speed. There are modest political steps that will allow hydrogen to get a firm footing as an alternative fuel in the transport sector. The Norwegian Hydrogen Forum will therefore challenge and invite politicians and instruments to dialogue and actively contribute to finding a solution, says Steffen Møller-Holst, chairman of the board.

"Today we were told that HYOP must shut down its hydrogen stations in Eastern Norway after several years of demanding search for financing of operations in a pre-commercial phase. With very high political ambitions for zero emissions in the transport sector, it is a paradox that the instrumentation mechanism does not have arrangements that enable HYOP to maintain its operations, says Norwegian Hydrogen Forum Secretary General Kristian Vik.

In addition to passenger cars, hydrogen technology is now being used in lorries, by train and eventually also in ships. Increased access to components and reduced cost levels for hydrogen technology make it possible to realize emissions-free vehicles and long-range vessels. Hydrogen technology becomes decisive and will together with batteries help to achieve zero emissions in road and sea transport.

HYOP was established in 2012 and their efforts have since been crucial for the Norwegian hydrogen infrastructure being taken care of and further developed. UnoX operates two hydrogen stations today and has three new ones under construction, but has also met financing challenges. The HYOP shutdown of hydrogen stations is a clear signal of the time has come to properly address and implement the Storting's decision on environmental objectives for the transport sector in NTP.

HYOP Press Release Announcement:

Introduction of hydrogen fuels is a challenging task where Hyop is one of the pioneers. In its seventh year of operation, Hyop experiences that access to working capital is so scarce that it appears that it has to stop operating the hydrogen stations.

Over the last seven years there has been a gradual development from demonstration of hydrogen as fuel with prototypes of hydrogen cars, into a pre-commercial market with a smaller number of cars sold to the general public. Hydrogen is now checked out as alternative fuel and a wide market introduction can start.

Hyop operates most of Norway's hydrogen stations, and has started the changeover at the opening of a new station at Høvik in Bærum last year. The company also has a construction application for a new robust station with good capacity at Ryen in Oslo. This work will stop due to lack of willingness to invest.

"We have sumfartmarkets for capital, but there is little willingness in business to engage in new environmentally friendly technology that has great potential to be profitable," says Ulf Hafseld, Managing Director of Hyop. "We have brought with us some enthusiasts who have helped keep the company floating in the last couple of years. This has, together with public contributions, kept the activity going, but from September 1 it is a stop "

There are clear signs that hydrogen cars will come in greater numbers from several automakers in the years to come. And we need that, we will reach the national goal of only selling emissions-free cars in 2025. In addition to the cars there is a need for hydrogen stations. These will have good capacity by tanking in less than five minutes, and a few stations can thus serve a large fleet of cars. However, the hydrogen cars depend entirely on the stations - just as gasoline and diesel cars are. The electric cars got a "flying start" because they could be plugged into any power outlet, but now they also need their own drives for further dissemination.

"The shutdown of the stations is in violation of what we have been working for all the years," says Ulf Hafseld, "but as earnings are so low, we need access to capital to keep going. And when it's missing, we have no choice, "he concludes.

Source: Nork Hydrogen Forum/HYOP