Eight new hydrogen filling stations are expected to be in place in Sweden over the next three years. The government has given the green light for the project Nordic Hydrogen Corridor in line with the European Commission's goal of emission-free transport and is now expected decision on co-financing from the EU fund to the Connecting Europe Facility . The project also includes electrolyzers that produce hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles will be purchased. The project has a budget of 94 million.
There is already a nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations in Denmark and in Norway expands online quickly. Sweden has lagged in terms of development - until now.
- With Nordic Hydrogen Corridor, we're connecting the hydrogen infrastructure for Sweden and our capital city of Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen, which increases the mobility of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles for 18 million people, says Ragnar Sjödahl, AGA.
Today there are four stations where they can refuel hydrogen in Sweden: Arlanda, Gothenburg, Mariestad and Sandviken. During the year the planned opening of two additional stations that will be in Stockholm and Malmö. With the eight new stations will Sweden have at least 14 hydrogen filling stations in 2020.
In order to reach a nationwide vätgasnät need the equivalent of 5% of the existing filling stations in Sweden providing hydrogen as a fuel, meaning a basic need of 130 hydrogen fueling stations around the country.
- Sweden has lagged behind several countries, if you want to fill up their fuel cell vehicle, but with Nordic Hydrogen Corridor, we want to change that. The major car manufacturers such as Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, already have hydrogen cars in the series and Mercedes, BMW, VW, Nissan, GM and Ford will with cars shortly, as the biggest obstacle to a wider introduction of fuel cell vehicles is precisely the lack of places where you can refuel, says Björn Aronsson, Hydrogen Sweden.
An increased use of fuel cell vehicles, the European Commission pointed out as an important step to get a emission transport sector. By using hydrogen in conjunction with fuel cell technology will be emission-free cars and buses with clean water as the only emission. Hydrogen provides no greenhouse emissions in the preparation because fossil electricity used for all hydrogen fueled in Scandinavia.
The project Nordic Hydrogen Corridor is in line with the Hydrogen Council launched in Davos in January. Leaders from Hyundai, Toyota and eleven other international companies in the energy, transport and industry presented where a global initiative with long-term ambition to promote hydrogen role in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Nordic Hydrogen Corridor planned to commence in 2017 and continue until 2020. Sweco is behind the application coordination and partners in the project are Hydrogen Sweden, AGA, Hyundai and Toyota.
For more information contact:
Sweco: Geert Schaap, Project Manager, Tel: 0734-12 63 24, email: [email protected]
Hydrogen Sweden: Björn Aronsson, Executive Director, Tel: 0704-71 99 50, email: [email protected]
AGA Ragnar Sjödahl, Hydrogen Business Development, Tel: 0733-82 46 33, email: [email protected]
Hyundai: Bertil Rydqvist, Fleet Manager, Tel: 0706-98 00 13, email: [email protected]
Toyota: Bengt Dalström, General Manager External Affairs / Public Relations, Tel: 0768-30 71 77, email: [email protected]