"Hydrogen highway" between Oslo and Stavanger
Norway's Minister of Transport and Communication, Torild Skogsholm, announced Friday that some NOK 50 million is earmarked for testing alternative fuels and environmentally friendly technology. About NOK 30 million of this will go to the Hydro-led HyNor project - which wants to build a hydrogen highway between the cities of Oslo and Stavanger.
The Research Council of Norway, on behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Communication, has granted a total of NOK 48.6 million to a series of projects and the testing of hydrogen and biological fuels.
"Since 2001, we have tripled funds allotted by the Ministry of Transport and Communication's budget towards alternative fuels and environmentally friendly technology," said Skogsholm.
"Norway will be a trendsetter in using such technology, and it's a great pleasure to have received so many exciting and solid applications. This includes the comprehensive HyNor project, which I have great hopes for."
Oslo-Stavanger on hydrogen
A total NOK 30.2 million is set aside to the HyNor project, a national development endeavor to utilize hydrogen in the Norwegian transport sector. The project's ambition is to build a hydrogen highway between Oslo and Stavanger, develop hydrogen-powered vehicles and establish hydrogen filling stations, between now and 2008.
"We're very pleased," stated HyNor project leader, Christopher Kloed, from Hydro. "We're now finally beginning to see the contours of the hydrogen highway from Stavanger to Oslo and have come a significant step closer to realizing Norway's first hydrogen filling station."
Hydrogen filling station in Porsgrunn
Some NOK 16.2 million of the means earmarked for HyNor is Hydro's project to establish a hydrogen fillling station in the industrial area of Grenland in Porsgrunn. The filling station may be located in close proximity to Hydro's research park there, and could utilize surplus hydrogen manufactured by established industry in the area.
"Some pieces still need to fall in place before shovels can hit the ground, but we have every reason to celebrate today," said Kloed.