Electrolysers: Hydrogen filling station contract in Hamburg

June 12, 2002, 01:00 CEST

Norsk Hydro Electrolysers AS has signed a contract with Hamburgische Electricitäts-Werke AG (HEW) on the supply of a hydrogen filling station. CUTE (Clean Urban Transport Europe) is a demonstration project on the use of hydrogen as fuel in 27 buses in nine European cities.

Norsk Hydro Electrolysers was chosen by HEW because of its profound knowledge of electrolysers. This is of major importance to guarantee a continuous operation of the hydrogen refueling station in Hamburg for the CUTE-Project. A filling station will be delivered fully assembled in Hamburg in April 2003. The trial period for the use of hydrogen in buses stretches over a three-year period.

The EU-supported CUTE project is the first of this size to demonstrate the use of hydrogen as fuel in the transport sector. Icelandic New Energy Ltd. has also chosen NHEL also to supply a similar hydrogen filling station to the Icelandic ECTOS program. ECTOS is a "sister" program to CUTE. One hydrogen fueling station and three hydrogen buses shall be operated in Reykjavik beginning third quarter 2003.

Hydrogen is a carbon-free energy carrier and may become the fuel of choice in future transport solutions. Electrolysers need only water and electricity to produce hydrogen. A hydrogen filling station can therefore produce hydrogen locally and vehicles can be filled in the same way as at today's gas stations.


  • HEW is part of the third largest German energy-group called "Vattenfall Europe" and supplies industry and businesses in Germany and Europe and around 900,000 households in Hamburg. The employees of HEW AG, who number around 4,125, produced an annual turnover of Euro 2.5 billion (2001). The group has interests in the field of power, gas, district heating, waste management, telecommunications, contracting and consultancy. As a potential user of electrolysers, HEW is concerned with use of hydrogen in a wide variety of systems.
  • Norsk Hydro Electrolysers AS (NHEL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Norsk Hydro ASA. NHEL is a leading supplier of complete hydrogen units for industrial use based on electrolysis of water. In addition to deliveries of more than 300 units for internal use in Hydro, NHEL has sold a further 170 units all over the world.
  • Contact person at NHEL: Michael Dixon, phone +47 35093815 or mobile +47 91755545.

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