The Danish network of hydrogen refueling stations has been clear for years, but the cars are not appearing. Therefore, the network is closing.
The plan was for Danish owners and users of hydrogen cars to be able to refuel their cars at up to 19 stations across the country starting from 2024. Instead, there will not be a single hydrogen station in Denmark.
Although green hydrogen is seen by many as a promising energy source, Denmark has decided to halt its plans in this area. According to statements from Everfuel, the company that owns the hydrogen stations in the country, the production of green hydrogen has not met expectations and, therefore, it has become difficult to justify the business model.
The Danish Hydrogen Landscape
Denmark had shown great interest in hydrogen as a sustainable mobility solution. In fact, it was expected that by 2024, owners of hydrogen-powered cars could refuel at up to 19 stations scattered throughout the country. However, the current outlook presents a different reality. Despite hydrogen being an eco-friendly option, it seems that vehicle manufacturers have not invested enough in this technology in Denmark.
The energy company Everfuel took over Danish hydrogen refueling stations in 2020, but is now closing the existing stations in Brabrand near Aarhus, Kolding, and HC Ørstedværket in Copenhagen. The new stations in Copenhagen and Aarhus are on hold.
Challenges in Production
Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO of Everfuel, pointed out that the production of green hydrogen in Denmark is not yet ready to face the challenge. The technological maturity of crucial aspects such as electrolysis and refueling stations has not yet reached the desired point. This situation, combined with the lack of interest from vehicle manufacturers, has complicated things for the hydrogen business.
Although the company has decided to close its existing stations in places like Brabrand, Kolding, and Copenhagen, Krogsgaard still doesn’t rule out the future of hydrogen in personal vehicles. The company, which took over the Danish hydrogen stations in 2020, has chosen to pause its expansion plans, but remains optimistic about the long-term potential of this energy source.
The situation in Denmark reflects the challenges that renewable energies face on their path to widespread adoption. Despite the setbacks, it is essential to continue researching and investing in sustainable alternatives for a greener future.
Toyota launched the hydrogen car Mirai in 2019. Today, it operates as a taxi in Aarhus and Copenhagen and as a shared car for the mobility service Drivr.
What does Toyota Denmark think about the closure of Danish hydrogen stations?
Toyota will assist Danish owners of hydrogen cars.
It’s a step back for the climate. Undoubtedly, the situation is unfortunate for everyone, but, of course, primarily for the customers who have chosen a hydrogen vehicle because other zero-emission technologies cannot meet their mobility needs. Toyota remains firmly committed to the ongoing development of hydrogen technology, and hydrogen development in several other European countries continues at a rapid pace with strong political and financial support. The recent events in Denmark and neighboring countries only highlight the crucial need for financial support to kickstart the positive development of one of the necessary zero-emission technologies for the future: hydrogen. We will be in dialogue with Mirai customers in Denmark and do everything we can to help find a solution.
Anders Tystrup, Press Director.
Everfuel is a Danish company focused on the production, distribution, and supply of hydrogen for the transportation market, especially for fuel cell vehicles. The company works across the entire hydrogen value chain, from production to distribution and retail sales at hydrogen refueling stations.
Hydrogen is considered by many as a promising solution for decarbonizing transportation, especially in applications where electric batteries are not practical or efficient, such as heavy or long-distance transport.
Everfuel has been one of the European companies working to establish a hydrogen infrastructure and promote its use in transportation.
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