Prague's first public hydrogen fueling station opens in Barrandov

According to the Czech Ministry of Culture, the country plans to establish 40 hydrogen fueling stations across the country by 2030. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 11.03.2023 15:00:00 (updated on 11.03.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Prague's first hydrogen fueling station was ceremoniously unveiled yesterday in Barrandov by local officials including Czech Transport Minister Martin Kupka. It's just the second hydrogen fueling station in the country, following a station that opened in Ostrava last year.

According to Kupka, the country plans to establish 12 hydrogen stations across the country by 2025 and 40 by 2030. The Czech Republic currently has CZK 6 billion reserved for investing in alternative fuel infrastructure, and that number will increase greatly by the end of the decade.

Prague's new hydrogen station in Barrandov is operated by ORLEN Benzina, part of the Unipetrol group, and the company plans to establish a total of 28 stations over the next eight years. They next plan to open a hydrogen station in Litvínov later this year.

“The ORLEN Group’s first hydrogen refuelling station in the Czech Republic has already been opened, following a similar facility launched last year in Kraków," ORLEN CEO Daniel Obajtek states in a press release. "This marks a significant step forward in our efforts to develop hydrogen infrastructure in Central Europe and establish ourselves as a leader in zero-emission transport.

"Our ultimate ambition is to build over 100 refuelling stations in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia by the end of this decade, positioning our network as a crucial component of hydrogen transport corridors throughout Europe. In doing so, we hope to play a significant role in the region's efforts towards achieving climate neutrality."

According to ORLEN, refueling a car with hydrogen takes about 3-5 minutes, which is significantly faster than recharging an electric vehicle. The hydrogen at their new station runs CZK 278 per kilogram; a car can drive about 100 kilometers on one kilogram of hydrogen, and current models can hold about 5-6 kilograms of hydrogen.

Efforts to improve the Czech Republic's alternative fuel infrastructure align with the latest drafts of EU clean fuel regulations, which stipulate that a hydrogen refueling station must be built at least every 200 kilometers of major (TEN-T) roads.

The first station in Prague will service a small number of customers for now. There are currently about 10 hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai vehicles in the country, as well as a hydrogen-powered truck driven by logistics company Zásilkovna.

Hyundai also retails a new hydrogen-powered car, and Prague's public transport authority DPP plans to begin test drives with a hydrogen-powered bus later this spring. According to the Czech Transport Ministry, an expected 50,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles will be driving in the country by 2030.

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