As the first public hydrogen refueling station by ORLEN opens in Czech Republic’s capital Prague, the country now has two refueling stations to date. Local authorities, including Czech Transport Minister Martin Kupka, ceremoniously launched the hydrogen filling station in Barrandov.
ORLEN, a subsidiary of Unipetrol, operates the recently established hydrogen refueling station in Barrandov. This station will supply ecologically friendly gasoline for Czech vehicles, trucks, and buses. The station has two dispensers, each with a specifically constructed gun nose and a pressure of 700 bar for automobiles and 350 bar for bigger vehicles. The Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic provided financial support for this excellent infrastructure under the Sectoral Operational Plan Transport.
According to a news statement from ORLEN CEO Daniel Obajtek, the launch of the company’s most recently created station marks a significant step forward in the company’s plans to expand H2 infrastructure across Central Europe and position ORLEN as a pioneer in zero-emission transport. Later this year, they want to install a hydrogen station in Litvnov, Pozna, and Katowice.
Czech Transport Minister Martin Kupka, tweeted â€œToday we opened a hydrogen filling station for cars, trucks, and buses in Barrandov×¡. We supported its construction from the Operational Program Transport 2. I consider it crucial that the path to emission-free mobility is as technologically neutral as possible and open to innovation.â€
Refueling an automobile with hydrogen, according to ORLEN, takes roughly 3-5 minutes, which is substantially faster than charging an electric vehicle.
The hydrogen at the new station costs CZK 278 per kilogram; a car can go around 100 kilometers on one kilogram of hydrogen, and contemporary models can carry approximately 5-6 kilos of hydrogen.
The development of hydrogen fuel infrastructure is a critical component of the ORLEN Group’s Hydrogen Strategy and a key component of the ORLEN2030 plan. According to ORLEN’s strategy, up to 50% of the hydrogen produced by the firm would be low or zero-emission, with the ultimate objective of reaching 80% by 2030 and beyond.
As the first public hydrogen refueling station by ORLEN opens in Czech Republic’s capital Prague, this is a step forward in one of the long-standing goals of the country.
The Czech Republic presently has CZK 6 billion set aside for investments in alternative fuel infrastructure, which will more than double by the end of the decade. The nation intends to build 12 hydrogen stations by 2025, with a total of 40 by 2030.