Copenhagen gets its first hydrogen station for EVs  

2009.11.25
Copenhagen has acquired its first hydrogen station for EVs, where the municipality's fleet of eight new hydrogen powered cars will tank up
The Danish capital has acquired its first hydrogen station for EVs (electric vehicles), where the municipality's fleet of eight new hydrogen powered cars will tank up, writes professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer). The hydrogen station has been supplied by Danish hydrogen technology firm H2 Logic, and has been sited in the Sydhavnen area of the city at an existing petrol station. It has the capacity to refuel 5-10 vehicles per day, depending on size.
 
Hydrogen is supplied from a central production facility where renewable energy is used to electrolyze water into the two fundamental constituents of H2O – hydrogen and oxygen. At the station, the hydrogen is initially being pressurised to 350 bar*. In the course of 2010 this will be raised to 700 bar in order to increase the range of the vehicles from 195 km to 250 km.
 
Copenhagen municipality's hydrogen vehicles comprise two vans and six cars, which can run purely on battery power for short trips, but have hydrogen fuel cells which can continuously recharge the batteries to give the vehicles a much larger range, as well as the advantage of rapid refuelling with hydrogen which takes no longer than refuelling with petrol or diesel.
 
* 1 bar is 1000 hPa, which is close to the standard atmospheric pressure of 1013 hPa

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