A joint venture between Uno-X Hydrogen and NEL ASA has started its H2 refuelling station rollout after it announced plans to build the world’s first station powered by surplus renewable energy.

The revolutionary new station will be built with an on-site supply of H2 from solar energy, and will be co-located with Powerhouse Kjørbo – an energy-positive office building in Sandvika, Norway.

Powerhouse Kjørbo uses solar panels that can supply upward of 200,000 kWh per year – twice the amount of the entire building’s annual energy consumption.

The NOK 25m ($3m) contract to supply the station was awarded to NEL, with Jon André Løkke, CEO of NEL, stating, “The project will take advantage of NEL’s unique technology solution, where excess solar power is converted directly into low-cost H2 fuel at the H2 refuelling station and dispensed into H2 cars.”

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World first

Løkke went on to say, “We are excited to build a H2 refuelling station at Powerhouse Kjørbo, enabling fuel cell electric vehicles to fill H2 produced locally by the energy-positive office building. This will be the world’s first H2 station with such an integrated solution, and represents an innovative example of the role H2 can play in grid balancing and utilisation of renewable energy.”

This will be the world’s first H2 station with such an integrated solution, and represents an innovative example of the role H2 can play in grid balancing and utilisation of renewable energy

Roger Hertzenburg, CEO of Uno-X Hydrogen AS, also signified, “Uno-X Hydrogen wishes to contribute to the green shift within the transport sector by providing renewable, zero-emission H2 fuel to our customers. This H2 refuelling station marks the start of our planned network of minimum 20 stations in Norway by 2020.”

Previously unveiled by gasworld last month, the Uno-X Hydrogen AS is a collaboration between Norwegian companies NEL ASA and Uno-X, with plans to rollout a minimum of 20 H2 refuelling stations throughout the Scandinavian country, to allow FCEVs to operate between all the major cities in Norway.

Uno-X is the main brand of the joint venture, with NEL providing all the technology for H2 production. Ownership is 51% and 49% respectively.