Kolding Municipality has entered a cooperation agreement: Five hydrogen cars and a hydrogen station
Kolding’s first hydrogen station was inaugurated on March 3 of 2016. At the same time Hyundai, Blue Kolding and Kolding Municipality sends five new hydrogen cars on the streets, which will support the ambition to reduce CO2 emissions within the municipality.
The station was built by the Danish Hydrogen Fuel, a consortium of OK, Strandmøllen and H2 Logic, which by the end of 2016 will expand the Danish network of hydrogen stations by up to 5 stations, so that Denmark will have a total of 11 stations across the country. The station in Kolding is currently the 9th in Denmark.
In Kolding Municipality, we would like to be a frontrunner in testing new technologies – including those transport – and I think we have an important role to create the opportunities necessary for citizens’ and businesses’ ability to drive green. Six months ago, we signed the cooperation agreement on five hydrogen cars and the establishment of a hydrogen station in Kolding. Now we see the result and it will be interesting to follow the development in the coming years, said Mayor of Kolding, Jørn Pedersen, at the inauguration.
Up until now, the focus has primarily been on electric vehicles in Kolding Municipality, but hydrogen technology has some clear advantages, which Kolding Municipality would like to test. One major advantage is that hydrogen cars can drive longer on a full tank in comparison to electric cars, which provides the Municipality’s employees with more flexibility and mobility.
Easy and simple refueling
It is no different to refuel hydrogen than regular fuel – just like regular fuel you enter a pipe in the car’s tank opening, and after approximately three minutes you are ready to go. You can drive up to 600 kilometers before you need to refuel again.
Refueling is standardized according to international guidelines and among all vehicle manufacturers. This means that all hydrogen vehicles can be refueled in the same way regardless of brand, size, manufacturer etc.
Within the hydrogen car the hydrogen is converted into electricity in a fuel cell, which uses the energy twice as well as engines in conventional cars, with water as the only exhaust. The hydrogen is produced by electrolysis from renewable energy including wind power, which Denmark produces a high amount of.
The hydrogen station is established with support from the Danish Energy Agency, H2DK and EU project HyFIVE under FCH JU.