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The Swiss rely on hydrogen mobility

The largest hydrogen production plant in Switzerland is currently being planned near the Gösgen hydropower plant (Solothurn). Using electricity from hydropower, it is initially expected to generate fuel for 50 fuel cell trucks.

23 Aug. 2019
Photo: Alpiq

The plant is being built and operated by Hydrospider AG, which is owned in equal shares by Swiss electricity producer and energy service provider Alpiq and hydrogen expert H2 Energy . It is to be built by Alpiq on the left bank of the Aare Canal, near the Gösgen hydropower plant (Solothurn). One of the five Swiss nuclear power stations, in which Alpiq also holds a stake, is just two kilometers away.

According to the parties involved, this is the first Swiss hydrogen production plant on a commercial scale. Commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2019. The 2-MW plant will produce the hydrogen for the first 50 of a total of 1,600 fuel cell electric trucks that will roll on Swiss roads by 2025. These commercial vehicles are manufactured by Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, a joint venture between Hyundai Motors and H2 Energy.