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Nel awarded Icelandic contract for hydrogen production and refuelling stations

Nel Hydrogen Solutions has announced that it been awarded a contract by Icelandic Hydrogen for three H2Station hydrogen refuelling stations and a NEL C-series electrolyser.

A Nel A – Atmospheric Electrolyser (photo courtesy Nel Hydrogen Solutions).
Nel A – Atmospheric Electrolyser (photo courtesy Nel Hydrogen Solutions). A Nel A – Atmospheric Electrolyser (photo courtesy Nel Hydrogen Solutions).

Nel Hydrogen Solutions, a division of Norway-headed global supplier of hydrogen technology for industrial and energy purposes Nel ASA has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Icelandic Hydrogen for three H2Station hydrogen refuelling stations and a NEL C-series electrolyser. The contract is worth over EUR 4 million.

–We are delighted to open up this new market for hydrogen powered vehicles together with a leading player like Skeljungur. With this collaboration we continue our successful and proven joint venture approach already applied in markets like Denmark and Norway, said Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel ASA.

JV to kickstart renewable hydrogen rollout

Icelandic Hydrogen is a newly established joint venture (JV) between the major Icelandic oil retail company Skeljungur HF (90 percent) and Nel ASA (10 percent), the purpose of the JV is to establish a network of hydrogen refuelling stations and renewable hydrogen production in Iceland.

Skeljungur is a stock exchange listed, major oil retail company operating in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, with more than 75 service stations throughout the countries and more than 200 employees. Skeljungur will provide the JV with locations for hydrogen refuelling and retail operational expertise. Nel will provide both hydrogen production and fueling equipment as well as operational experience from more 30 hydrogen refuelling station installations across Europe.

– We choose Nel as a partner for this project based on their vast experience in supporting hydrogen refuelling networks as well as their leading cutting-edge technology solutions. With 100 percent renewable and domestic based electricity supply, we aim to make hydrogen a lower cost option for the end consumer compared to gasoline – this will also help to reduce national fuel imports. This contract is a part of a plan to introduce multi-fuel ecofriendly stations in Iceland, said Valgeir M. Baldursson, CEO of Skeljungur HF.

Initially Icelandic Hydrogen will establish three hydrogen refuelling stations connected to central renewable hydrogen electrolysis production, and aiming at a continuous long-term expansion of the network along with Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) deployments to meet a growing hydrogen fuel demand.

The target is to start shipping equipment towards the end of 2017 and install during 2018. Almost 80 percent of the population in Iceland will be within reach of one of the three hydrogen refuelling stations, making it the highest share for any country in the world.

Skeljungur, Nel, Icelandic New Energy and leading automotive manufactures will call for a press conference and a workshop at the end of first quarter 2017 regarding the commercial introduction of hydrogen in Iceland, station roll-out and fuel cell vehicles.

This effort is supported by the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project, a European Union (EU) part funded project through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking in the Horizon 2020 Programme. The H2ME-2 demonstration project has with participation of leading automotive manufacturers as they are preparing market introduction of FCEVs to Iceland in the coming years.

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