Copenhagen Opens First Hydrogen Fueling Station, Unveils Fleet of Fuel Cell Cars

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The City of Copenhagen has announced the establishment of its first hydrogen fueling station, alongside a mini-fleet of fuel cell vehicles, and hopes that the move will help it towards the ambitious goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral capital city in the world by 2025.

Following the recent news of a growing hydrogen fueling system in Germany, the new facility also opens up the intriguing proposition of a cross-border European hydrogen infrastructure.

According to grandly titled Technology and Environment Mayor Klaus Bondam, “Today we are putting Copenhagen on the map as a champion of clean transport. Together with [fuel cell vehicle integrator] H2 Logic, Copenhagen is setting in motion the development of hydrogen transport in Denmark and in northern Europe, because the hydrogen filling station in Copenhagen will help provide future hydrogen-powered vehicles from Scandinavia and Germany with hydrogen.”

The fleet of eight new hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is made up of two ‘work’ vehicles and six cars, that will refuel at the Copenhagen facility.

The innovative project has been brought together by Hydrogen Link, the Danish network for research, development and demonstration of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Speaking about the project Lars Barfoed, Danish Minister for Transport said, ‘I think it is extremely important for us to launch as many projects as possible within sustainable transport solutions, so that we ensure broad coverage of the possibilities rather than focusing solely on one technology or another,’ says.

Before Christmas, the powers-that-be in the city will also purchase 25 electric cars, bringing the total number of eco-friendly vehicles to 33.

Image Credit – Hydrogen Link

 

Andrew Williams

is a writer and freelance journalist specialising in sustainability and green issues. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.