Slovenia opens its first hydrogen fuel station

September 18, 2013 0 By Stephen Vagus

First hydrogen fuel station in Slovenia is now open

Slovenia has launched its very first hydrogen fuel station this week. The country has been showing a strong interest in clean transportation in recent years in order to cut down on emissions and comply with overarching environmental regulations coming from the European Union. Electric vehicles have been gaining some momentum in Slovenia and the country believes that supporting hydrogen fuel can add further inertia to the interest that consumers are showing in clean transportation.

Station currently in demonstration phase

The country’s first hydrogen fuel station is currently in its demonstration phase. During this phase, the station will be used to showcase the fueling technology it is equipped with. It will also serve as a benchmark for future hydrogen fuel stations that are expected to be built in the country in the near future. The station is located at a site owned by PETROL, which will be managing the system to some degree. The station itself cost approximately $500,000, the majority of which was provided by the European Union.

Hydrogen Fuel StationsStation will help highlight the challenges facing hydrogen fuel

The station was designed with education in mind. It will help developers and fuel companies better understand the work required in developing a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure. PETROL is only one of the companies interested in such an endeavor, but many of its counterparts lack experience when it comes to hydrogen fuel and transportation. The station is expected to help draw attention to several of the challenges that exist in the realm of hydrogen fuel.

Consumers show concern regarding hydrogen transportation

Hydrogen fuel has won a great deal of support from the global auto industry, but consumers have been wary of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Though these vehicles are not readily available currently, many people have expressed concerns regarding the cost of these vehicles, due to the high cost of fuel cell technology. Furthermore, there are very few operational hydrogen fuel stations in the world today, which could be a problematic issue for those interested in hydrogen-powered vehicles.