Hydrogen production to start at Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in Iceland

Hellisheidi geothermal power plant, Iceland (source: ThinkGeoEnergy)
Alexander Richter 31 Jul 2018

Icelandic geothermal power utility ON Power has announced it will start the experimental production of hydrogen at its Hellisheidi geothermal power plant, near Reykjavik in Iceland. The project is a European research project in collaboration with Icelandic companies Orkan and Iceland New Energy.

Reported locally, Icelandic geothermal power utility ON Power has announced that it will start the experi­mental producti­on of hydrogen in the com­ing weeks. An electrolyte has been purchased and it is being instal­led in an area near the Hell­is­heidi geothermal power plant. It is expected that the sale to cars will beg­in in October.

The installati­on of the hydrogen stati­on is part of a Europe­an research proj­ect that ON Power participa­tes in with two ot­her Icelandic comp­anies; Orkan, ow­ned by Skelj­ung (Icelandic gas station operator), and Icelandic New Energy. Orkan opened two hydrogen dispensers earlier this sum­mer. For now imported hydrogen will be used un­til hydrogen will be started from the new stati­on.

The producti­on capacity of the electrolyte is high compared with the cars in use. Increa­sed use is expected in the near fut­ure, including hydrogen-pow­ered buses.