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A portable micro filling station for hydrogen

The race to develop the car of the future, a green car, has intensified and the days of the combustion engine appear to be numbered. As a result, hydrogen and fuel cells have long been a matter of prime interest for Metacon AB and its owner Kurt Dahlberg. He has succeeded in producing a micro filling station for hydrogen, intended to be used locally for test operations in cold climates, in cooperation with Alf Sundström and Cartest AB.

The station is based on a model used on the Japanese market and many of the parts are sourced there. The most important part is the so called dispenser which fills the car. It was originally designed for rescue vehicles on highways. - This is the first outside Japan, I have assumed their prototype and then made my own solutions to get it together, says Kurt Dahlberg. He has spent the last couple of years trying to convince Alf Sundström that hydrogen is the future and worthy of investment. Alf says he was skeptical at first but was open to new ideas and new thinking. – Recognizing the need and business potential, changing my mind was not difficult, he says.

Hydrogen stations are available in stationary form in three other places in Sweden, Malmö, Göteborg and Stockholm. Dahlberg and Sundström have in a short time managed to build a hydrogen filling station which

Alf Sundström. Kurt Dahlberg. Photo: Johan Fjellström

is small, mobile and easily placed on a trailer for quick relocation. This is quite an achievement for our local entrepeneurs. – If someone had said to me that we would have a complete and functional mini refuelling station within six months, I would not have believed them. A mixture of perseverance, determination and pig-headedness have led to our success. I now eagerly anticipate where our team will take us in the future, says Sundström. Their goal for the foreseeable future is to develop a permanent hydrogen refuelling station, which will be powered by methane gas. Arjeplogs Shire has said they are willing to assist in the venture by supplying fuel (sewage) to the biogas plant. - I have no answers but I strongly believe in this. Fuel cells are the future. The hydrogen is refueled in a few minutes and five kg of gas takes the car 505-700 km and the only emission produced is water vapor, says Kurt.

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