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Hydrogen ecosystem for zero-emission mobility wins Watt d’Or 2021

Big honor for H2 Energy, Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, Hydrospider and

The H2 Mobility Switzerland support association: The hydrogen ecosystem for emission-free mobility launched by these partners received the renowned Swiss energy prize Watt d’Or 2021 in the “Energy-efficient mobility” category from the Federal Office of Energy.

Hydrospider, Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility and the H2 Mobility Switzerland support association are currently establishing a hydrogen ecosystem for emission-free mobility that is unique in Europe on the initiative of the hydrogen pioneer H2 Energy. By 2025, 1,600 Hyundai fuel cell electric commercial vehicles will be on Swiss roads. With the emission-free hydrogen cycle, the private sector initiative makes a significant contribution to the decarbonization of heavy transport. Green hydrogen is produced exclusively using electricity from renewable energies (water, sun, wind) - and is therefore climate-friendly and practically emission-free. The greenhouse gas emissions caused by heavy traffic are greatly reduced: over a distance of around 80,000 km per year, a fuel cell electric commercial vehicle saves 70 to 75 tons of CO2 annually.

Watt d’Or: Golden reward and great incentive for the next steps«The Watt d’Or is a great honor for us. The snow globe will have a place of honor with us,” says Rolf Huber, shareholder of H2 Energy Holding and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hydrospider and Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility. «The BFE award is the golden reward for the courage, persistence and commitment that everyone involved in this pioneering project demonstrated. In this partnership, numerous important companies across sectors are working hand in hand to make a contribution to the decarbonization of transport, especially heavy transport, based on green hydrogen. The Watt d’Or is proof that we are on the right path and a great incentive to take the next steps.»

2020: A year of milestonesThe business model, based on private initiative, was launched in 2018 and really took off in 2020. At the beginning of October 2020, the first Xcient Fuel Cell Trucks from Hyundai were handed over to customers at the Lucerne Museum of Transport and have since proven their practical suitability. Hydrospider supplies the fuel. The first Hydrospider production system with an output of 2 MW was put into operation at the Alpiq Gösgen hydroelectric power plant in spring 2020.

Members of the H2 Mobility Switzerland support association use the trucks in daily logistics operations and ensure the development of a nationwide refueling infrastructure. At the beginning of July 2020, the new Avia Osterwalder hydrogen filling station was opened in St. Gallen, complementing the Coop filling station in Hunzenschwil, followed by the Agrola hydrogen filling station in Zofingen in mid-October. A further five filling stations are currently being planned or some are about to be put into operation.

The partners of this cross-sector hydrogen ecosystem

H2 Energy Holding AG, is a business innovator for renewable energies.

H2 Energy consists of experienced entrepreneurs and proven technology experts. H2 Energy was founded in August 2014 with the aim of stopping climate change and making renewable hydrogen a cornerstone of the energy system. At the beginning of December 2020, Trafigura, a leading global raw materials trader, invested in H2 Energy.

Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility AG, a joint venture of Hyundai and H2 Energy.

Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility AG is a partnership between Hyundai Motor Company, Korea, and the Swiss hydrogen pioneer H2 Energy and is based in Switzerland. Their goal is to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly future. It also offers emission-free commercial vehicles with fuel cell drives in a pay-per-use model.

Hydrospider AG, a joint venture between Alpiq, H2 Energy and Linde/PanGas.

Hydrospider ensures the production, procurement and logistics of green hydrogen from CO2-free production. Hydrospider was created at the beginning of 2019 from a cooperation between the Swiss hydrogen pioneer H2 Energy and Alpiq, a leading Swiss electricity producer and energy service provider. Both companies each hold 45% of the shares in Hydrospider AG. The remaining 10% is held by Linde Aktiengesellschaft from Germany. Linde is a world-leading industrial gases and engineering company that is active in more than 100 countries - in Switzerland under the name PanGas.

H2 Mobility Switzerland Support Association.

The support association H2 Mobility Switzerland aims to create a comprehensive network of hydrogen Build gas stations. Agrola AG, AVIA Association, Coop, Coop Mineraloel AG, fenaco Genossenschaft, Migrol AG and the Migros Cooperative Association founded the association in May 2018 as a joint platform to specifically promote and accelerate the development of hydrogen mobility in Switzerland. In addition to the founding members, the association includes the following other members: Camion Transport AG, Chr. Cavegn AG, Emil Frey Group, Emmi Schweiz AG, F. Murpf AG, Galliker AG, Gebrüder Weiss AG, G. Leclerc Transport AG, Schöni Transport AG, Shell New Fuels, Socar Energy Switzerland, Streck Transport AG, Tamoil SA, Von Bergen SA.

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