Turkey’s First Hydrogen Refuelling Station Inaugurated in Istanbul

03 Dec 2012

UNIDO-ICHET hydrogen station

The first hydrogen refuelling station in Turkey was inaugurated on Monday, 26 November 2012, in Istanbul, with the refuelling and test-driving of a Hyundai ix35 fuel cell car and a fuel cell boat designed by students from Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi (below). The refuelling station is located at Golden Horn, the historic inlet of the Bosphorus strait.

Initiated in 2009 by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization - International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (UNIDO-ICHET) and Istanbul Greater Municipality (İBB), the Golden Horn refuelling station has been manufactured by Hydrogenics. It uses a Hydrogenics electrolyser powered by grid electricity to generate hydrogen on site, producing 65 kg hydrogen daily with a storage capacity of up to 100 kg. It is able to supply both land (at 350 bar) and sea (at 200 bar) applications.

Fuel cell boat in Turkey

Commenting on the opening, Daryl Wilson, Hydrogenics President and CEO, said, "We are very pleased to see the high level of interest shown by the Turkish government in hydrogen technology as a future fuel”.

UNIDO-ICHET was founded in Istanbul in 2004 and supported by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. ICHET seeks to initiate projects in the developing world that establish or enhance hydrogen production from indigenous – and preferably renewable – energy resources so that hydrogen can take a more important role in the satisfaction of local energy needs. Additional information about ICHET and UNIDO can be found at: www.unido-ichet.org.

Sources: UNIDO-ICHET and Hydrogenics news releases

Images courtesy of UNIDO-ICHET

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