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Vireon granted €9.2 million from EU to pioneer green hydrogen infrastructure in Finland and Denmark.

Vireon, a fully owned subsidiary of Norwegian Hydrogen and the leading hydrogen refueling company in the Nordics, has secured a pivotal EU grant of €9.2 million (NOK 106 million) to spearhead the construction of green hydrogen production and refueling stations for heavy-duty vehicles across Finland and Denmark. This marks a groundbreaking step in Vireon's mission to drive the transition to a decarbonized transportation network throughout Europe.

This is the second EU grant for Norwegian Hydrogen in a short time. Earlier this year, Norwegian Hydrogen was awarded a €9 million grant from the Clean Hydrogen Partnership for the development of an integrated green hydrogen value chain at the Port of Hirtshals in Denmark.

I'm deeply proud of our team's double success in securing EU grants totaling NOK 210 million for our hydrogen projects. This achievement not only fuels our passion and efforts towards a sustainable future, but also reinforces our leading position in the green energy transition.
Jens Berge, CEO of Norwegian Hydrogen

The ambitious project aims to build and deploy a 5 MW electrolyzer and a network of green hydrogen refueling stations stretching from Northern Finland via Sweden and Denmark to continental Europe, establishing a vital corridor for zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles.

The grant will enable the construction of a total of seven refueling stations in Finland and Denmark, ensuring widespread accessibility for both passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles. In Finland, four strategically located stations will be built in Tornio, Liminka, Jyväskylä, and the greater Helsinki area. Additionally, three refueling stations will be established in Denmark, located in northern Jutland, Vejle, and Padborg, as integral components of this transnational project.

This is a huge milestone for Vireon. Several OEMs have confirmed that they will deliver hydrogen trucks from 2025 onwards, and Vireon is both willing and able to build the refueling stations needed to get those trucks on the Nordic roads. I hope this news will make all Nordic transportation companies interested in hydrogen mobility reach out.
Per Øyvind Voie, Managing Director of Vireon.

The funding is a testament to the confidence in Norwegian Hydrogen and Vireons’ commitment to advancing green hydrogen infrastructure and technology. The project aims not only to reduce carbon emissions but also to serve as a catalyst for the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles across the region.

Supported by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), an instrumental EU funding mechanism, this project aligns with the European Green Deal's goals. The CEF is dedicated to enhancing sustainable and interconnected trans-European networks in transport, energy, and digital services. By addressing critical infrastructure needs, CEF investments are key to Europe's decarbonization efforts, aiming for a sustainable future by 2030 and 2050.

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, with active projects and grants received in all countries, the company is actively expanding its network to facilitate zero-emission solutions for trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles. Vireon is backed by strong owners with high ambitions and with a worldwide partner network.

Grant and funding body

Vireon Hydrogen Oy, a subsidiary of Vireon AS, is the sole beneficiary of the grant. The company expects to sign the Grant Agreement within the next two months.

The grant is given under the CEF-T-2021-AFIFGEN-WORKS-ZE program for Zero Emissions infrastructure.

About CEF - Connecting Europe Facility

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument in delivering the European Green Deal and an important enabler towards the Union’s decarbonization objectives for 2030 and 2050. It supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services. CEF investments fill the missing links in Europe's energy, transport and digital backbone.

The CEF benefits people across all Member States, as it makes travel easier and more sustainable, it enhances Europe’s energy security while enabling wider use of renewables, and it facilitates cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens.

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