Alpiq and H2 Energy (H2E) are planning Switzerland’s first plant for the production of hydrogen in commercial operation. From the end of 2019, hydrogen for the first 50 of a total of 1,600 fuel cell trucks will be produced at the Gösgen hydroelectric power station using hydroelectric power.
Through its joint venture with H2E, Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, Hyundai has committed to supplying a total of 1,600 fuel cell-powered heavy trucks to Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility from 2019 to 2025 – 600 more than originally announced in a memorandum of understanding signed in 2018 between H2E and Hyundai. The Swiss company H2E specialises in the production and supply of renewable hydrogen and have turned to Alpiq for cooperation on the commercial production of hydrogen with hydroelectric power.
At the beginning of July 2019, Hydrospider, in which Alpiq and H2E each hold a 50 per cent stake, submitted a planning application for a 2 MW production plant. The relevant application has now been published by the municipality of Niedergösgen. The hydrogen production plant is to be built on the left bank of the Aare Canal. Hydrospider wants to produce the hydrogen required for the fuel cell trucks in Gösgen with electricity from 100 per cent hydropower.