Uno-X Hydrogen AS, a Nel ASA (Nel) joint venture, has been awarded a grant of NOK 24m (€2.47m) from the Norwegian public enterprise Enova SF, for four hydrogen fuelling stations.

The joint venture – owned by Uno-X, Nel and Praxair – will expand the Norwegian hydrogen network with new refuelling stations to enable fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to operate between all major cities in Norway.

“We are very happy to announce the Uno-X Hydrogen has been awarded NOK 24 million from Enova for establishing four additional hydrogen fuelling stations in Norway. This will help to ensure an initial network of fuelling stations in the south of Norway,” said John André Løkke, CEO of Nel.

“The support is also a positive signal from the government recognising hydrogen as an important zero-emission fuel for the Norwegian transport sector.”

The stations will be deployed in cities like Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Kristiansand, along with corresponding corridor locations.

“Uno-X Hydrogen is grateful for Enova’s support, and hope hydrogen infrastructure will be high on Enova’s agenda in the years to come. After a final internal and external process, we look forward to establishing another four hydrogen stations in Norway,” said Roger Hertzenberg, CEO of Uno-X Hydrogen.

Enova SF is a Norwegian public enterprise is responsible for the promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy.

In 2017, Enova issued a support programme to support establishment of hydrogen infrastructure, as well as support for fleet users to purchase hydrogen vehicles and stations.

“Uno-X Hydrogen is a strong believer in hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicles as the most user-friendly zero-emission solution in Norway. Our goal is to provide the necessary infrastructure – securing our customers several zero-emission alternatives to choose from, and to meet the demand for hydrogen fuel in convenient way at the lowest possible cost for the consumer,” Hertzenberg continued.