Danish Gov't Backs Hydrogen Economy Future

Funding for research and development in the energy industry will be ramped up to $160 million annually under the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Strategy as part of a broader effort to use cleaner power.

Published: 23-Jan-2007

The Danish government has unveiled a range of initiatives designed to establish a hydrogen economy, releasing funding worth almost $200 million (£101 million).

With $33 million in annual financial support included for the development of fuel cells and plans for a tax break on all hydrogen cars, the government has committed to a clean energy programme expected to deliver results by 2025.

Funding for research and development in the energy industry will be ramped up to $160 million annually under the National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Strategy as part of a broader effort to use cleaner power.

Among the key objectives of the plan is the delivery of hydrogen infrastructure in Scandinavia by 2012, with the Danish Energy Authority building on goals first set out in the 2005 National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Strategy.

Hydrogen Link, which combines experts from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation with developers from companies, such as H2 Logic, has helped set the funding in motion by piloting a series of hydrogen filling stations.

Now, two years after the network of scientists and researchers from companies and public sector agencies was set up, the government is set to double the annual funding for fuel cells.

In a statement, Hydrogen Link welcomed the "active and positive dialogue with Danish politicians concerning securing public support for hydrogen for transport".

"It is therefore with great pleasure to see that hydrogen cars are now free of all taxes and that the intensions of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell strategy can be achieved," the organisation added.

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