Swiss energy company Alpiq and Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy have revealed plans for Switzerland’s first commercial hydrogen production plant.
Located at the Gösgen hydropower plant, Alpiq and H2 Energy plan to use hydropower to produce hydrogen for use in commercial operations, namely heavy-duty hydrogen trucks from Hyundai Motor Company.
Hyundai and H2 Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2018 to provide 1,600 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks and an adequate supply chain for renewable hydrogen over a five-year period beginning in 2019.
An application for a 2MW hydrogen production system, to be built on the left bank of the Aare Canal, was submitted at the beginning of July (2019) by Hydrospider, a joint venture company owned equally by Alpiq and H2 Energy. Construction is due to start at the end of the year.
Nel ASA division Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser received a $3m purchase order for the 2MW containerised proton PEM electrolyser from Hydrospider earlier this year.
Speaking at the time, David Bow, Senior Vice-President of Nel, said, “Hydrospider will be producing and delivering green hydrogen for the Hyundai heavy-duty hydrogen trucks in the required quantity and quality. It is a great pleasure working with H2 Energy, whose core values around clean energy and decarbonisation align so closely with ours.”
H2 Energy is working together with various partners to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen stations and corresponding supply chain in Switzerland.
The company’s target is to develop solutions for application of renewable hydrogen in the maritime, rail, stationary sectors, in addition to hydrogen‐powered commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses.
H2 Energy is focusing on producing only renewable energy-based hydrogen to contribute to the decarbonisation of various sectors.