Hydrogen production facility for the Nordic Hydrogen Corridor is planned to be built in Port of Gothenburg
With the support of the EU-funded project Nordic Hydrogen Corridor (NHC), which is part of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) initiative, a production unit for hydrogen will be built in the Port of Gothenburg. One of the partners in the NHC project, the Norwegian energy company Statkraft, will be responsible for the hydrogen production facility at the port, with operations due to commence in 2023.
NHC aims at increasing hydrogen mobility in Sweden. Outcomes of the pilot and business models will be studied so as to allow wider roll-out of FCEVs and HRS along the main roads of Sweden, the Nordic countries and the whole Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor. The project co-funds one production unit, eight hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) and various fuel cell vehicles.
Initially the plant will have an estimated installed power of four MW, producing up to two tonnes of hydrogen per day. The capacity can be expanded if demand increases, and new areas of use emerge. The hydrogen plant is planned to be operational in mid-2023 and will deliver hydrogen to the eight refueling stations within the NHC project as well as to the port and certain sea transports.
When hydrogen is produced using fossil-free power sources, such as hydropower or wind power, the hydrogen would also be fossil free. Hydrogen can be stored and used in different types of applications. The use of hydrogen in for example a fuel cell system, produces no emissions other than water vapor.
“We see great interest from municipalities and local industries to join the NHC project for emission free transport. About thirty hydrogen refueling stations are planned to be established in Sweden in the coming years, eight of which are supported by the project”, says Pawel Seremak, project manager NHC.
The new production facility means that renewable electricity will be converted into green hydrogen, which can then be used locally or distributed where the hydrogen is needed.
“We maintain that renewable hydrogen will be critical if we are to achieve carbon-free transport within the near future. This project will increase the potential for this development by contributing to the transition to a fossil-free transport sector on land and at sea,” Per Rosenqvist, CEO, Statkraft Hydrogen Sweden AB, said.
Sweden’s goal is to reduce emissions from domestic transport by 70 per cent by 2030. According to the Fossil-Free Sweden Hydrogen Gas Strategy, published in January 2021, the hydrogen projects that are planned in Sweden will achieve a reduction of just over 30 per cent of Sweden’s total national carbon emissions.
To achieve its climate goals, the EU is investing heavily in hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles. The Nordic hydrogen corridor is part of the Connecting Europe Facility for Transport, which is the funding instrument to realize European transport infrastructure policy.
The city of Trelleborg is the first municipality to sign an agreement for a hydrogen refueling station and is expected to be operational in 2022. The three municipalities Uddevalla, Markaryd and Linköping have signed a letter of intent for a total of three refueling stations and a fleet of emission-free fuel cell vehicles of various types.
The NHC project is led by the organization Hydrogen Sweden. Partners in the project are the Norwegian energy group Statkraft, the Danish hydrogen company Everfuel, and the car manufacturers Hyundai and Toyota.
Pawel Seremak, project manager, Nordic Hydrogen Corridor +46 70-820 64 17, email@example.com
Read more about Nordic Hydrogen Corridor: http://www.nordichydrogenpartnership.com/nhc/