Israel opens first hydrogen fuel station

Israel opens first hydrogen fuel station

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sonol hydrogen truck

A hydrogen truck at a Sonol station

Sonol, an organization that operates common petroleum-based gasoline stations in Israel, has opened the nation’s first hydrogen gasoline station within the Haifa Bay. The world is seeing increasingly hydrogen energy breakthroughs and nations close by like Saudi Arabia are investing in hydrogen fuel.

Sonol is Israel’s third largest fuel station chain. Israel’s Ministry of Energy recognized a gasoline port close to Haifa as one in every of its financial growth tasks in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sonol received this tender and labored with Germany’s H2 Mobility on this undertaking. Sonol has additionally collaborated with Bazam petrochemical refining and the car vendor Colmobile to convey hydrogen powered vans to this port metropolis.

The Hydrogen station is constructed near northern Israel’s Kibbutz Yagur, six miles from the Bazan oil refineries at Haifa Bay. The similar Sonol station gives common gasoline pumps and recharging stations for electrical automobiles. It will quickly begin producing photo voltaic vitality on the roof to be self-sufficient for its upkeep wants. 

The estimated $3.3 million hydrogen undertaking is a partnership between Sonol, Bazan, a hydrogen producer and and automobile importer Colmobil, which has equipped the primary three hydrogen vans.

The transportation sector is answerable for about 20% of Israel’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Advantages of hydrogen gasoline

As transport gasoline, hydrogen has a number of benefits in comparison with conventional fossil fuels and electrical batteries. Its mass vitality density is extraordinarily excessive which is why it’s used to energy gasoline cells in spacecraft. When it’s burned, it produces solely water vapor with just about no dangerous air air pollution and no carbon dioxide. It might be produced from water utilizing inexperienced vitality sources or present in natural geological deposits. This makes it a wonderful gasoline to fight local weather change.

Filling is quicker than charging: The time required to fill gasoline tanks for Hydrogen gasoline cells is far shorter than the time required to cost batteries 

Hydrogen’s quantity density is comparatively low which suggests it wants a big gasoline tank in comparison with gasoline or diesel gasoline. This is why a number of the earliest adoption of hydrogen as a transport gasoline might be in giant industrial automobiles such because the Hyundai Xcient vans which might be fuelled on the Haifa port. This Hydrogen station will assist Israel sustain with different nations within the adoption of this promising new fuel.

Hyundai enters the hydrogen market within the Middle East

Hyundai is bringing its hydrogen gasoline cell truck Xcient to Israel, its first market within the Middle East. The goal is to kind a hydrogen worth chain in Israel. Hyundai’s plan align with Israel’s goal to slash nationwide greenhouse fuel emissions by 27 per cent by 2030 and by 85 per cent by 2050, relative to 2015 emission ranges.

“We are thrilled to assist the Israel authorities’s robust dedication to constructing a sustainable future,” mentioned Mark Freymueller, a VP at Hyundai. “Establishing the primary hydrogen infrastructure in Israel in shut collaboration with the nation’s key gamers marks a major milestone in our efforts to construct a sustainable hydrogen worth chain around the globe.”

Haifa Bay is notoriously polluted. Israel vitality and chemical infrastructure for business operates on this space side-by-side with a rising residential metropolis. We met lately with Ecoocean’s Andreas Weil, who based Israel’s most influential marine safety NGO. He wonders why in most developed nations such ports are stored removed from cities however in Israel they sit side-by-side. Development in additional ecological areas is sweet however possibly it’s time to begin transferring gasoline operations additional away from metropolis facilities. 

Karin Kloosterman contributed to this report

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