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H2 Logic opens 70MPa fast-fill hydrogen station in Oslo; H2MOVES Scandinavia

A new 70MPa hydrogen refueling station from H2 Logic was inaugurated at a public event in Oslo, Norway. The station—the Oslo area’s third—will supply 3 min. fast-fill of hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles from Daimler and Hyundai as part of the €20-million (US$27-million) “H2MOVES Scandinavia demonstration” project.

The new station in Gaustad, Oslo is the first one in Norway for which the hydrogen is produced exclusively by electrolysis, using renewable electricity.

The new station and the large number of FCEVs (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles) result from the largest EU-financed demonstration program for hydrogen and fuel cell cars. The aim of the H2moves Scandinavia project is to accelerate the market introduction of hydrogen powered FCEVs by gaining customer acceptance for the technology.

The event in Oslo marked Hyundai’s first showing of its hydrogen powered SUV ix35 FCEV to the Norwegian hydrogen project. The Nordic countries signed a letter of intent together with Hyundai earlier this year, aiming for advancing hydrogen as a fuel and preparing a market for fuel cell electric vehicles.

The cars in the project will be leased to private and industrial customers and used on an everyday basis. This will allow for a better understanding of regular customers’ satisfaction regarding the technology. The Nordic climate will be an additional check on how the fuel cells perform in real life.

Electric vehicles with fuel cells are ready for the market and we will start with the serial production in 2014 already. But since alternative drives require alternative infrastructures, we work closely together with partners from governments, energy providers and several automobile manufacturers.

—Prof. Herbert Kohler, Vice President eDrive & Future Mobility of Daimler AG

Comments

Reel$$

"The aim of the H2moves Scandinavia project is to accelerate the market introduction of hydrogen powered FCEVs by gaining customer acceptance for the technology. "

A very positive result of the introduction of Lattice Assisted heat products is big oil's pushing their next product out the door sooner. If they fail to do so and gain consumer acceptance, they will lose the market to BEVs.

They have very stiff competition. Home charging a vehicle is far preferable to finding an H2 pump and paying $6-10/Ge. Then there is the cost of the vehicle. Averaging over $100k - puts ownership out of reach. Nations such as Norway, with the second largest petroleum trust on Earth, hope to continue their good fortune with pumped H2 fuels.

But FCVs will have to compete with the astonishing introduction of LENR heat, able to deliver electrical energy for as little as $0.02/MWh. Not an error: MWh.

Roger Pham

@Reel$$,
H2-FCV can also benefit from the low-cost energy of LENR as well, if and when LENR can ever make it to the market place at all. The lower the cost of electricity, the lower the cost of H2. FCV is like a brother to BEV or PHEV. What ever benefits one brother will benefit the others. Why all the sibling rivalry?

HarveyD

Producing compressed hydrogen with electrolysis is about 40% efficient. Producing electricity is 10% to 80% efficient depending on the generating source, the average is also about 40% efficient. A PEM FC is also 40% to 50% efficient.

So, the triple process...electricity to hydrogen to electricity has a total efficiency of .40 x .40 x .40 = 6.4%

You can do much better with high energy density batteries recharged at 90% efficiency. The total efficiency for the double process would be: .40 x .90 = 36% instead of 6.4% for H2/FC

H2/Pem-FCs do not make economic sense except for longer range vehicles where batteries are not adequate (yet).

Reel$$

Roger, not meant as rivalry. We have an unfortunate history of ridicule of R&D into alternatives that challenge mainstream. That's not real science or brotherly behavior.

With respect to H2 FCVs, I like the zero pollution element, but even if H2 is $50/kg - how does it improve on a BEV?? Not for me to choose - the market will.

Reel$$

Sorry decimal missing... if H2 is $0.50/kg -

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