The Linde Group, via its Scandinavian business branch AGA, is to build its first hydrogen refuelling station in Sweden at Arlanda airport, just outside Stockholm.

The new station, which will be the country’s largest so far, coincides with the announcement that serial-produced Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) are to be introduced by many leading car manufacturers.

The ‘green’ hydrogen will be produced by electrolysers running on renewable electricity from hydro-power in AGA’s new production plant in Sandviken, some 180km north of Stockholm.

The station’s core components, based on Linde’s proprietary ionic compressor technology, are designed and assembled in Linde’s recently inaugurated small–serial manufacturing facility in Vienna, Austria. The Arlanda station will be a ‘full size’ unit with a maximum capacity of 180 fillings per day; normal refuelling at a pressure of 700 bar will take only about three minutes.

The station will be operated by AGA and is envisaged to become part of a larger network with links to similar infrastructure initiatives in Norway, Denmark and Germany.

“We are convinced that hydrogen-fuelled zero-emission vehicles with a range of more than 500km between refuellings will be an important factor in reaching Sweden’s goal of fossil-free transportation by 2030,” said Roger Andersson, responsible for development at AGA, Clean Energy.

“With this high-throughput station we lay the foundation for a broader hydrogen infrastructure in this country and in Europe.”

Operational

Built with contribution from the EU, the facility is planned to go in operation in September 2015 and will be located next to a recently acquired biogas station.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of hydrogen plants and a pioneer in the hydrogen mobility sector, Linde covers the entire technology spectrum required to successfully use the gas as an energy source – from hydrogen generation to refuelling.