Thanks for giving us five minutes of your time. Could you begin by telling us a little about Hydrogen Sweden?
Hydrogen Sweden is a public-private partnership with the mission to facilitate the introduction of hydrogen as an energy carrier in Sweden. Our members and financiers are found within industry, academia, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local, regional and national government. It’s an NGO that’s been active since 2006 and we have been running 85+ projects and studies through the years.
And what are we interrupting in your schedule today?
I’m trying to get the first five fuel cell buses into the Swedish market and finding the location for the next eight hydrogen refuelling stations. Just an ordinary day!
Have you seen a particular uplift in membership and activity in more recent years?
Yes! We have had a steady growth of number of members during the years, but it’s an increasing interest now, that’s clear.
Why are you so excited about the potential of hydrogen in the clean energy transition?
The amount of energy you can store over such a long time is amazing. Also the number of different applications where we already see and will see hydrogen being used is also fascinating.
“There are many good examples from Scandinavian and even wider Nordic actors today to talk about and show what you can do”
Do you think Sweden and wider Scandinavia is quietly taking a lead in the development of the hydrogen economy?
There are many good examples from Scandinavian and even wider Nordic actors today to talk about and show what you can do. I’m sure we will see a number of cooperations on a global arena with some of these actors.
How many hydrogen filling stations are there in Sweden at present?
Five, where four are up running and one is temporarily out of order, but it will hopefully be back in operation later this summer.
Are there any targets in place to grow this by?
We are currently running an EU-funded project called Nordic Hydrogen Corridor, where we will build additionally eight more, within the two coming years.
It’s clearly an exciting time, and thank you indeed for yours. One final question – what’s next on the agenda for Hydrogen Sweden?
Now we will participate in the Swedish politician week during the first week in July. It’s an interesting concept where very many politicians from local to national level, as well as people from the authorities, the business sector, cities and regions and many more, spend one week in a small city at an island.
There are more than 4,000 events and 45,000 participants during that week, so it’s a lot of interesting things going on and you get the chance to meet a lot of important people at a limited space and time. Our focus is that Sweden needs a hydrogen strategy!