Hydrogen: first motorway filling station in Switzerland

In Grauholz Sud, near Bern, it will be possible to purchase strictly green H2 from May 2023 thanks to SOCAR Energy

Hydrogen: In Grauholz Sud near Bern, the company SOCAR Energy Switzerland will build the first hydrogen filling station on a Swiss motorway
In Grauholz Sud near Bern, the company SOCAR Energy Switzerland will build the first hydrogen filling station on a Swiss motorway

The company SOCAR Energy Switzerland will build the first hydrogen filling station on a Swiss motorway: it will take place in Grauholz Sud, near Bern.
The company operates service stations, tankers and product storage tanks, as well as various businesses in the oil, gas and aviation markets.
SOCAR's headquarters in Zurich and its wholly owned subsidiaries in the federal government employ around 800 people, who are set to make an important contribution to the creation of a nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations that promote sustainable mobility.
Construction is scheduled to start on Monday 13 February and the plant should be operational by the end of May 2023.
The station will be a major novelty on a Swiss motorway and the first of its kind operated by SOCAR.

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“The Grauholz Sud hydrogen filling station will be an important pillar of the hydrogen supply for road traffic in Switzerland in the future”, he claims Edgar BachmannCEO SOCAR Energy Switzerland.
“Hydrogen technology provides the necessary elements for a sustainable reduction of CO2 emissions from road traffic. SOCAR's first hydrogen refueling station makes a significant contribution to sustainable mobility and thus to the energy transition."
SOCAR Energy Switzerland is a subsidiary of SOCAR (whose acronym in English is “State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic”), the national state-owned oil and gas company of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which has more than 80.000 employees at its headquarters in Baku, the country's capital.

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600 kg of fuel per day for a capacity of 700 bar (cars) and 350 bar (trucks)

From the end of May 2023, the Grauholz Sud filling station on the motorway between Bern and Zurich is expected to supply private cars and trucks with hydrogen, with a tank capacity of 700 bar and 350 bar respectively.
The filling station will supply up to 600 kg of hydrogen per day.
SOCAR will also sell only green hydrogen, thanks to a facility whose opening ceremony is scheduled for June.

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In the context of the energy transition, sustainably produced hydrogen is an important solution to reduce emissions from road transport and ensure its carbon neutrality.
It is also an indispensable component to achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
Since 2018, SOCAR Energy Switzerland is a member of Swiss H2 Mobility Association and, together with other private sector companies, promotes the creation of a network of hydrogen filling stations throughout Switzerland.
In January 2021, this innovative project was awarded by theFederal Office of Energy (FOE) with the "Watt d'or" award in the category "Energy-efficient mobility", an award that rewards the best achievements in the field of energy.
The creation of a network of hydrogen refueling stations will make it possible in the future to use this gas in a sustainable form as fuel for both private transport and heavy traffic.

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According to the SFOE, 2022 hydrogen-powered cars were put into circulation in 66, compared to 27 in 2019.
However, it will be hydrogen trucks that will benefit the most from the new filling station.
To date, there are 47 trucks in daily use.

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“We are convinced that hydrogen will soon play a central role in the energy mix. SOCAR intends to open more hydrogen filling stations in the coming years. We are currently working on a similar project for our Fuchsberg North and South petrol station on the A3 motorway near Wollerau”, he claims Edgar Bachmann.

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