Refueling with hydrogen on a Swiss highway is a reality

On Friday 9 June, the SOCAR company inaugurated a service area entirely dedicated to the "green H2" at Grauholz Süd

Refueling with hydrogen: filling station
The first hydrogen filling station on a Swiss highway, launched by the Azerbaijani state oil company, was inaugurated on 9 June 2023 with great fanfare in Grauholz Süd

On Friday 9 June 2023 SOCAR Energy Switzerland inaugurated the first green hydrogen filling station on a Swiss motorway, located in Grauholz Süd near Bern.
This milestone marks the commitment of the Swiss branch of the Azerbaijan State Oil Company to develop a nationwide network of “H2” filling stations, promoting the sustainable mobility and reducing CO2 emissions.
The official event was attended by representatives of the company and the government departments involved.
Among the guests of honor were Christoph Neuhaus, Government Councilor of the Canton of Bern and Director of the Office of Construction and Public Transport (Bau- und Verkehrsdirektion Kanton Bern), Jürg Röthlisberger, Director ofFederal Roads Office (FEDRO) as well as Edgar BachmannCEO TO PUNCH.

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Hydrogen supply: Grauholz Süd
SOCAR Energy Switzerland has built the first hydrogen filling station on a Swiss motorway in Grauholz Süd near Bern on previously vacant land

Up to 600 kilograms of delivery per day, which is equivalent to approximately 1650 liters of petrol

The Grauholz Süd filling station, strategically located on the motorway between Bern and Zurich, will be equipped with dedicated hydrogen dispensers for fuel cell cars and trucks.
The filling station will be able to supply up to 600 kilograms of green hydrogen per day, which is equivalent to approximately 1.650 liters of petrol.
SOCAR says it is committed to promoting ecological solutions and to exclusively sell green hydrogen at the station.
It is one of the cleanest forms of hydrogen, produced by electrolysis powered by renewable energy.
It is carbon free and good fortechnology.
Green hydrogen is expected to increase in the future, especially in the transport sector.

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In the ever-changing landscape of sustainable mobility, tech of hydrogen stands out as a promising solution for a greener future.
Not only is it electric and emission-free by nature, but it also offers many benefits for reshaping our transportation systems.
As with refueling with gasoline, hydrogen vehicles typically take just three to five minutes to recharge.
Thanks to long ranges, savings on fuel costs and short refueling times, hydrogen vehicles are moving towards a sustainable future.

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Hydrogen refueling: Jürg Röthlisberger, Marco Rupp, Fuad Isgandarov and Edgar Bachmann
From left to right, Jürg Röthlisberger, Director of the Federal Roads Office of the Swiss Confederation (FEDRO), Marco Rupp, President of the Ittigen City Council, Fuad Isgandarov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Bern, and Edgar Bachmann, CEO SOCAR Energy Switzerland GmbH, inaugurated the first hydrogen refueling station on a Swiss highway on 9 June 2023 in Grauholz Süd

Edgar Bachmann: “A significant contribution to sustainable mobility and thus to the energy transition”

“Hydrogen technology provides the necessary elements for a sustainable reduction of CO2 emissions from road traffic”Said Edgar Bachmann, CEO of SOCAR.
“Our first hydrogen filling station on a Swiss highway will make a significant contribution to sustainable mobility and thus to the energy transition”

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Hydrogen supply: 600 kg per day
The SOCAR Energy filling station in Grauholz Süd in Switzerland will be able to supply up to 600 kg of green hydrogen per day, which is equivalent to around 1.650 liters of ordinary petrol