The Norwegian plan to establish “The Hydrogen Road” from Stavanger to Oslo in 2009 is now extended to include a plan for a Scandinavian network of hydrogen stations which aims to establish a network of hydrogen stations across the south-west of Scandinavia by 2012.
“Hydrogen fuelled vehicles, with nothing but water coming out of the exhaust pipe, will be on Scandinavian roads by 2012,” said Ulf Hafseld, Project Manager of HyNor and Business Development Manager, Norsk Hydro.
The newly-formed Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership (SHPP), which comprises the three hydrogen networking bodies HyNor (Norway), Hydrogen Link (Denmark) and HyFuture (Sweden) recently had its inaugural meeting in Copenhagen.
The three organisations each represent a network of actors from industry, local government, universities and other organisations in their respective countries.
SHHP’s vision is to make the Scandinavian region one of the first regions in Europe where hydrogen is commercially available and used in a network of refuelling stations.
The formation of the partnership is a move to strengthen the ability of Scandinavian entrepreneurs and enterprises to take advantage of this emerging technology, as well as to contribute to attaining a more sustainable society.
The newly-formed partnership also took the opportunity to declare its intention to qualify as one of the European Commissions Hydrogen Lighthouse Projects.
These super-sized demonstration projects are planned to be cornerstones in the EC-strategy for preparing the market for hydrogen as an energy carrier, in particular as vehicle fuel.
Scandinavia is in a strong position to add value and play an active part in implementing this strategy.
In light of the European Commissions significant commitment to hydrogen, the time has come for Scandinavia to face up to the challenge of gradually introducing the zero-emission transport systems of tomorrow, said Hafseld.
The initial focus will be on the south/south East of Norway, the Swedish west coast and Denmark, however it is expected that additional regions in Scandinavia will be included as the partnership evolves.
Strategic alliances will be established with other international regions, countries and initiatives.