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Helen and Vireon enter into a partnership for a hydrogen refueling station at Helsinki Hydrogen Hub

Following Helen Ltd's final investment decision (FID) earlier in April to build Helsinki's inaugural green hydrogen production facility in Vuosaari, Helen and Vireon have signed a letter of intent with the aim of developing an adjacent heavy-duty hydrogen refueling station. This partnership signifies a leap forward in the deployment of sustainable hydrogen fuel solutions, with Vireon set to construct a cutting-edge heavy-duty hydrogen refueling station adjacent to Helen's production facility.
Helen, Vireon and Norwegian Hydrogen

Chief Technology Officer Øystein Tørlen at Norwegian Hydrogen, Vice President, Renewable hydrogen & PtX Tuukka Hartikka at Helen and Project Director Juho-Matti Uuksulainen at Vireon Hydrogen.

Helen's plans for the 3H2 Helsinki Hydrogen Hub project underscore its dedication to green hydrogen production, aimed at serving both the transport sector and industrial users. With an eye on large-scale hydrogen production, the initiative is poised to enhance the flexibility of Helsinki's entire energy system. Notably, the project is designed to harness all waste heat generated during hydrogen production, integrating it into Helen's district heating network, thereby embodying the principles of energy efficiency and flexibility, and reducing CO2 emissions.

A sustainable transport sector, particularly heavy-duty transport, requires multiple zero-emission solutions. Hydrogen enables a carbon-neutral alternative for applications that are challenging to electrify directly. The introduction of new sustainable customer solutions requires collaboration, and we are pleased to initiate this significant partnership with Vireon.
Tuukka Hartikka, Vice President, Renewable hydrogen & PtX at Helen

Located in Vuosaari, the initiative is strategically positioned to leverage its status as one of Finland's major logistics hubs, making it an ideal site for introducing emission-free options in heavy-duty transport. The project is a key component of Vireon's vision to establish Finland’s first hydrogen corridor, stretching from the Helsinki capital area to Tornio via route E75 and connecting Finland to the Nordic hydrogen network. Vireon was recently granted EUR 4.2 million of EU support for constructing green hydrogen refueling stations for heavy-duty transport in Finland.

We are extremely pleased with our collaboration with Helen on the 3H2 project, and we will continue to plan the project together. We look to partner with various logistics partners, and I invite all those interested in the possibilities of hydrogen in heavy-duty transportation to contact me directly.
Juho-Matti Uuksulainen, Project Director at Vireon

Illustration: Virkkunen & Co architects

The refueling station, slated for operation by 2027, aims to meet the EU's AFIR target standards, contributing significantly to Finland's environmental targets and supporting the nation's transition to sustainable energy solutions. Helen aims to commence the supply of green hydrogen produced entirely from renewable energy sources in the Vuosaari production facility by 2026, marking a significant milestone in the country's green transition.

The production and refueling of hydrogen go hand in hand, and we can’t wait to offer green hydrogen from Helen’s production facility for our customers in Finland. Vireon has large ambitions to build an extensive hydrogen refueling network throughout Finland and the Nordics, and our cooperation with Helen plays an important role in realizing our plans.
Per Øyvind Voie, Managing Director of Vireon

An informational event on green hydrogen production and emissions-free road transport, hosted by Vireon and Helen, is scheduled for May. The event will be open to the public, providing further insights into the Vuosaari project and the broader implications for Finland's sustainable transport and energy landscapes.

About Helen

Helen Ltd helps to make everyday life a little easier for over 560,000 customers in Finland. In addition to heat, cooling and electricity, we offer solutions for regional and renewable energy and electric transport. We are developing a smarter, carbon-neutral energy system that enables everyone to produce, use and save energy with respect for the environment. We aim to achieve 100% carbon neutrality in our energy production by 2030. Let’s join forces and turn the opportunities of a new energy era into reality.

About Vireon

Vireon, established in 2023 by Norwegian Hydrogen AS, is a leader in the Nordic hydrogen refueling sector, focusing on heavy-duty transport. Operating across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, the company is actively expanding its network to facilitate zero-emission solutions for trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles.

Backed by strong owners with high ambitions, and with a worldwide partner network, Vireon works to enable zero emissions for trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles.

Active projects span across the Nordics, and Vireon is continually exploring opportunities to expand its refueling network even further.

In 2023 Enova granted support to Vireon for four hydrogen refueling stations across Norway, marking a significant leap in establishing Norway’s first comprehensive hydrogen refueling corridor for heavy-duty transport.

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