Iceland Opens World's First Hydrogen Fuel Station

April 28, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies (Shell, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) announced the opening of what is claimed to be the world's first hydrogen fuel station located in Iceland to provide vehicles with clean energy instead of fossil fuels. The station, run by the Royal Dutch/Shell oil company, will be used to fuel three DaimlerChrysler buses in Reykjavik under a project partly funded by the European Union.

Iceland wants other vehicles, including cars and boats, to use hydrogen fuel, which only emits water. Fossil fuels produce poisonous fumes, including carbon dioxide, which is blamed for global warming. Iceland plans to test the buses for two years and aims to rely fully on renewable sources of energy, like geothermal or hydropower, by 2030. The total cost of the project, including the three buses, is about €7 million.