The first piece of the new infrastructure for filling hydrogen fuel in Eastern Norway is now in place and it is located at Oslo Airport. Prime Minister Erna Solberg attended todays opening together with representatives from Oslo Airport, Akershus County Authority and HYOP.
After several years of testing hydrogen as a fuel, HYOP has now taken on the task of establishing a robust hydrogen infrastructure that will make it possible to start the introduction of hydrogen cars in Eastern Norway. The opening of the station at Oslo Airport is a collaboration between Akershus County Council, Avinor and Lillestrøm Centre of Expertise. A preliminary study has considered further possibilities for the use of hydrogen as fuel at the airport.
“The opening of the hydrogen station at Oslo Airport is the first piece of the infrastructure that will make it possible to launch the introduction of hydrogen cars in Norway,” says Ulf Hafseld, general manager of HYOP.
“We are now working under a schedule which calls for four robust stations to open in the greater Oslo region over the next two to three years. Together with the station we have in Porsgrunn, this infrastructure will accommodate the first 2-3,000 hydrogen cars.
Hydrogen vehicles in place at Oslo Airport
Oslo Airport bought its first hydrogen vehicle in 2014, and it is used daily by Airport Patrol officers.
“This is a very happy day for the entire region. We want to facilitate zero-emission vehicles locally, in ground transport and for external users,” says Ole Jørgen H. Hanssen, head of the safety and environment staff at Oslo Airport, adding:
“We want to phase out the use of fossil fuels in our own vehicles, and that means we need to test various technological solutions such as biofuels, electricity and hydrogen.”
The first module to be established at Oslo Airport will later be expanded to serve the expected increase in traffic.
“It will be important to offer future users sufficient capacity and a station that is always open. Particularly now as we introduce hydrogen to taxi companies, it is essential that the cars can run around the clock like today’s diesel-powered taxis,” says Hafseld.
Norway leads the way
Akershus County Authority has provided financial support for the project at the airport, and is an active participant in efforts to establish the early network of hydrogen stations, which will ensure that Norway will continue to be a world leader in the introduction of hydrogen fuel.
Source: Oslo Airport / Norway Today
Above: Ole Jørgen H. Hanssen from Oslo Airport opened the station together with Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg