New hydrogen fuel station to open in Gothenburg, SwedenOctober 8, 2015
New fueling station scheduled to open on October 26 of this year
Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, now has its own hydrogen fuel station, which is expected to begin public service on October 26 of this year. The fueling station has been developed by PowerCell Sweden, Hydrogen Sweden, Sweco AB, and Oy Woikoski. These companies have worked together to bring new technology to the country and help develop a hydrogen infrastructure. This infrastructure is needed in order for fuel cell vehicles to find success, but very few of these vehicles have been released in the country.
Fueling station may help Sweden become a more attractive market for fuel cell vehicles
The new station is the first permanent hydrogen station of its kind in Gothenburg. The new fueling station will provide access to hydrogen to those that need it. Expanding the country’s hydrogen infrastructure may ensure that it becomes a prominent clean transportation market. These is no guarantee that an expansive infrastructure will secure the success of fuel cell vehicles, however, as these vehicles still have significant challenges, such as their high cost.
Fuel cells are beginning to gain some momentum in Europe
Hydrogen Sweden, as well as other companies, want to see hydrogen fuel become a more prominent focus for the European Union. The EU has been showing very strong support for various forms of renewable energy, but fuel cells have received relatively little attention. This is largely due to the high cost associated with fuel cell technology when compared to other forms of clean power. Finding ways to reduce the cost of fuel cells, as well as make them more efficient, could ensure that these energy systems obtain more support in Europe.
Automakers have big plans for fuel cell vehicles
Fuel cells have been used in various industries in the past, but they have recently become quite prominent in the auto industry. Several of the world’s leading automakers have announced plans to launch fuel cell vehicles in the near future. Europe will be one of the markets that these vehicles are expected to find success. As such, automakers have been investing in the expansion of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure alongside several other companies.