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A milestone for Hydrospider



Switzerland's first plant for the production of hydrogen in commercial operation is planned for the Gösgen hydroelectric power station. The 2 MW system is to be built by Hydrospider AG (Hydrospider), in which Alpiq and H2 Energy have equal shares. The corresponding building application was published today. Alpiq and H2 Energy plan to use hydroelectric power to produce the hydrogen for around 50 fuel cell electric trucks from the end of 2019.

Fuel cell electric trucks move quietly. Their ranges and payloads are comparable to diesel trucks. Since they only emit water vapor, they are environmentally friendly and produce no CO2 emissions. Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks therefore play a major role in the decarbonization of heavy transport, provided the hydrogen is produced from renewable energy sources. This is exactly what Hydrospider aims to do with the planned largest hydrogen production facility in Switzerland, which is to be built at the Alpiq Gösgen hydroelectric power station.


At the beginning of July 2019, Hydrospider, which is owned 50 percent by Alpiq and H2 Energy, submitted a building application for a 2 MW production plant. The corresponding request was published today by the municipality of Niedergösgen. The hydrogen production plant is to be built on the left bank of the Aare Canal. Commissioning is planned for the end of the year. With their commitment to the first commercial-scale production facility, Alpiq and H2 Energy underline their key role in the introduction of hydrogen electromobility in Switzerland.


Hydrospider wants to produce climate-friendly hydrogen for the first 50 of a total of 1,600 fuel cell trucks in Gösgen using electricity from 100 percent hydropower. Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, a joint venture between Hyundai Motors and H2 Energy, will bring this to Swiss roads by 2025.


Further information about Alpiq can be found at www.alpiq.com

Further information about H2 Energy can be found at www.h2energy.ch< /a>


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