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Shell Hydrogen opens hydrogen station in Iceland

Shell Hydrogen has opened the first hydrogen station under its brand in Reykjavík, Iceland. The station will be used to refuel three DaimlerChrysler fuel- cell buses that will be operated commercially on the streets of Reykjavík by Strætó bs., the local bus company. Private hydrogen vehicles are expected to travel the streets of Iceland in the future. Icelandic authorities have already issued all necessary permits for the station to operate on a commercial basis.

The Icelandic government is promoting utilization of renewable energy resources in harmony with the environment, such as hydrogen as a fuel. All of Iceland’s electricity is already generated renewably from hydroelectric and geothermal sources. Norsk Hydro supplied the machinery for the station to produce hydrogen from water by electrolysis.

Shell Hydrogen and Norsk Hydro are partners in Icelandic New Energy Ltd, a company established in 1999 to pursue this vision.

The hydrogen station is a part of ECTOS (ecological city transport system), a project supported by the European Union to research the socio-economic and environmental implications of changing the energy base of a modern society.

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