ISTANBUL, 26 November 2012 – The International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO-ICHET) today inaugurated Turkey’s first hydrogen refuelling station. The facility, known as Golden Horn, is the world’s first hydrogen refuelling station to cater for both marine and land vehicles.
The inauguration was witnessed by Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of the Greater Municipality of Istanbul. During his public address, Topbaş said he believed that the widespread use of hydrogen energy technologies was inevitable.
Golden Horn is based on a grid-powered electrolyser, and can produce up to 65 kg of hydrogen each day and store up to 100 kg. It can supply both land and sea vehicles, and can refuel the equivalent of 20 cars with a range of 390 km for a 3.25 kg tank.
As UNIDO’s International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies prepares to close down at the end of 2012, UNIDO-ICHET Director James Wetherilt expressed his belief that in the future the centre “will be seen as one that stimulated industry, universities, public authorities and governments alike, both in Turkey and the rest of the world, to understand the need to invest in hydrogen technologies in the manufacturing, domestic, policy and energy sectors”.
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