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Hydrospider delivers the first swap container to St.Gallen

Hydrospider has put its first electrolysis system into operation at the Alpiq Gösgen hydroelectric power station. With an output of 2 MW, it is the largest plant in Switzerland for the production of green hydrogen for commercial use in emission-free heavy transport. The first swap container filled with green hydrogen has been transported from Gösgen to St.Gallen and is now being completed the commissioning of a new hydrogen filling station.Together with H2 Energy, Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility as well as logistics and trading partners, Hydrospider is currently establishing a business model that is unique in Europe to promote hydrogen mobility.

Hydrospider, a joint venture between H2 Energy, Alpiq and Linde Gas (PanGas), has set another milestone on the path to more sustainable, emission-free heavy transport in Switzerland. At the over 100-year-old Alpiq Gösgen hydroelectric power plant, the still young company commissioned Switzerland's largest electrolysis plant for the production of green, climate-friendly hydrogen. To separate the water into hydrogen and oxygen, only electricity is used, which is produced locally from 100 percent hydropower.

300 tons of green hydrogen per year

The first swap container filled with 350 kg of hydrogen from the Gösgen production plant has been transported to St. Gallen, where it will be used by AVIA Osterwalder for final tests as part of the commissioning of the first hydrogen filling station in eastern Switzerland. The gas station is scheduled to open in summer 2020. In the future, hydrogen will primarily be used to drive fuel cell electric trucks and cars with zero emissions.

Hydrospider's 2 MW system produces around 300 tonnes of hydrogen per year, which corresponds to the annual consumption of 40 to 50 trucks or around 1,700 passenger cars.

Hydrogen ecosystem unique in Europe

Hydrogen produced with the help of renewable energies forms a central element in the business model for emission-free mobility that Hydrospider is currently establishing together with Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM) and the H2 Mobility Switzerland support association. The business model is based on purely private sector commitment, initiated by H2 Energy. In addition to the production and procurement of green hydrogen by Hydrospider, it includes Hyundai's fuel cell trucks, a dedicated plan to build the necessary refueling infrastructure and the commitment of logistics and transport companies to use fuel cell trucks in the future.

By 2025, 1,600 Hyundai fuel cell electric trucks will be on Swiss roads as part of this unique hydrogen ecosystem alone. Their only emission: water. This makes the sustainable, climate-friendly coupling of the energy and mobility sectors in the heavy transport sector an economic reality.

About Hydrospider

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 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.

You can find further information and the explanatory video u>«Unique hydrogen ecosystem»

Photos: PhotoPulse / Jean-Luc Grossmann

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