When: 17 September, 2015

The HIT2Corridors project , proudly announces the inaugurations of the project’s hydrogen refueling stations. The inaugurations take place in Stockholm 17 September, in Helsinki 14 October and Gothenburg 21 October. The HIT2Corridors project follows the HIT project in developing the necessary hydrogen refuelling station network along key Trans European Network for Transport corridors EN T corridors in Europe. As in HIT the project focuses on three key activities:

1 National implementation studies and plans

New national implementation plans for HRS will be written for Belgium, Finland and Poland. Riga (Latvia) will draft implementation plan for hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) for its region. These new plans will build upon experiences from developing similar plans for Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands and France in the HIT project. In this way, a collective learning process will deliver better and more harmonised plans for the future. The new plans will also gain experience from the Germany NOW program, the UK H2-Mobility program and the Norwegian HyNor program: all three already well advanced in national hydrogen network planning. In HIT-2-Corridors complementing business case studies will be drafted to propel further progress for first-mover regions in Sweden.

2 Infrastructure realisation / HRS deployment

Three new HRS will be deployed along two TEN-T core network corridors: Scandinavian-Mediterranean and North Sea-Baltic. All HRS have different characteristics and specific innovative elements. These new HRS fill essential missing links between the existing HRS along these two corridors. Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland will be interlinked by two new HRS in Gothenburg and Stockholm. A new HRS in Finland will link Sweden and Finland to the Baltic States. The plans for HRS in Riga will extend the link via Finland towards Poland. The launch of the stations is taking place in Stockholm 17 September, 2015 in Helsinki 14 October, 2015  and Gothenburg 26 October, 2015.

3 Strategic corridor analyses and plans

Hydrogen as a transport fuel has the highest potential for rapid fuelling infrastructure deployment along the TEN-T network. However, rapid deployment is only possible if we at the same time can create a fast expanding customer demand for FCEVs.

These studies will offer important insights and a toolbox for HRS planning for policymakers and infrastructure managers at an early stage of European wide HRS network development, facilitating fact-based and educated planning at EU, national and regional level. Targeted studies will facilitate further market driven roll out of a European HRS network with accompanying initial fuel cell electric vehicle fleets. The Dutch ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment will coordinate this specific activity.

  • HRS network operation and business model: This sub-activity looks at the HRS owner perspective. The result will be a comprehensive handbook on HRS corridor deployment issues.
  • Customer demand management: Starting from the customer perspective – provide a toolbox of options for strengthening customer demand.
  • Hydrogen corridors integration: Seen from the role of cities and regions, an overview of effective measures and lessons-learned for HRS integration in core corridors will be developed.

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