Socar inaugurates first filling station for hydrogen on highway


Zurich/Ittigen BE – Socar Energy has opened the first filling station for green hydrogen on a Swiss highway. It is located at the Grauholz Süd service area on the A1 freeway in Ittigen. These dispensers are intended to mark the starting point for the development of a nationwide network.

Filling station operator Socar Energy Switzerland has inaugurated its first hydrogen filling station in Grauholz Süd on the A1 between Bern and Zurich. It is also the first in Switzerland to be located on a highway.

According to a media release, only green hydrogen is sold in Grauholz South. As it says, the filling station can provide up to 600 kilograms of green hydrogen per day. This corresponds to around 1650 liters of gasoline.

Representatives of the company and the government agencies involved were present at the official event. According to the information, the guests of honor included Christoph Neuhaus, cantonal councillor of the canton of Berne and head of the Berne Construction and Transport Directorate, and Jürg Röthlisberger, director of the Federal Roads Office.

At the inauguration, Edgar Bachmann, CEO of Socar Energy Switzerland, which belongs to Azerbaijan’s state oil company, had described hydrogen technology as an important element in reducing CO2 emissions from road transport. As he said, Socar’s first hydrogen refueling station “makes a significant contribution to sustainable mobility and thus to the energy transition.” ce/mm