A public-access hydrogen station will be opening at Oslo Airport, in cooperation with Akershus County Authority, which is providing financial support for the project; HYOP, which will own and operate the new facility, and Lillestrøm Centre of Expertise. Oslo Airport purchased its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2014, and it is used on a daily basis by Airport Patrol.
“It’s exciting to be able to offer hydrogen at our airport. We want to facilitate use of zero-emission vehicles locally, in the ground transportation service, and for external users,” commented Tom Erling Moen, Environmental Manager at Oslo Airport. “We will be phasing out use of fossil fuels in our own vehicles, which means that we have to test different technological solutions such as bio-fuel, electricity and hydrogen.”
Solveig Schytz, head of the Committee for Planning, Economic Development and Environment in Akershus County Authority, said: “We are working diligently and with a long-term perspective towards zero emissions. Norway leads the world when it comes to electric cars, with incentives such as free parking in downtown areas, no fees and permission to drive in the mass transit lane in most places. All of these incentives also apply to hydrogen cars. As a regional authority, we see that electric cars have been a success for us, but we also have to facilitate use of other zero-emission technologies.”
“Working alongside Oslo Airport has been very exciting, where we are looking into the possibility of using hydrogen both for Oslo Airport, but also for everyone who uses the airport,” said Ulf Hafseld, general manager of HYOP. “The station will have a very exciting location, which will also give us a more northerly station in relation to Oslo, which means that people can drive further north on hydrogen than was previously the case.”
Source: Oslo Airport