HydRe was founded at the beginning of 2022 as a Flexens spin-off company to develop a network of hydrogen refuelling stations for heavy transport in Northern Europe. In November, the HydRe team applied for a Finnish Energy Authority investment grant. As a result, HydRe was granted about 800,000 euros for its project in Lieto, where the startup intends to build Finland’s first hydrogen refuelling station.
THE PLAN: A BOOST IN HYDROGEN REFUELLING
The Lieto station is scheduled to open by 2024. The startup’s ambition does not end there: By 2025, seven additional hydrogen refuelling stations will be finalised, growing to about fifty stations by 2030. Most of the planned stations are intended for Finland, but not all.
As the interest in hydrogen snowballs, hydrogen refuelling stations become increasingly necessary. HydRe’s stations will supply locally produced hydrogen to both light and heavy vehicles. The intention is to decarbonise heavy road transport and increase local energy security.
Flexens also sees the production and use of green hydrogen and its derivatives as crucial for the renewable energy transition:
BUILT ON A CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP
The hydrogen for the Lieto station will be produced nearby: In 2022, HydRe signed a Letter of Intent with Green North Energy. Green North Energy is a hydrogen producer meant to kick-start the green hydrogen market of Southwestern Finland from the coastal town of Naantali.
In November 2021, Flexens became a shareholder in Green North Energy, a then newly founded subsidiary of the engineering and consulting firm Elomatic. The Lieto project is thus built on a lasting partnership with Flexens at its core.
Berndt Schalin, Flexens Oy Ab, email@example.com, +358 (0) 408 429 469
Juho-Matti Uuksulainen, HydRe, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 (0) 40 352 1864,
Flexens Oy Ab is a project developer and investor implementing critical technologies needed to enable societies to run 100 % renewable energy sources. Flexens was founded in 2018 to capitalise on the skills and capabilities created in building the world-leading RES testbed and demo platform, Smart Energy Åland, capturing the rapidly growing demand for renewable energy systems.
HydRe is a hydrogen mobility startup founded in 2022. The company will build and operate a network of hydrogen refuelling stations in Finland and Northern Europe. HydRe is launched by three renewable hydrogen and gas professionals and as a spin-out company by the Finnish energy project developer and investor Flexens. The goal for the startup is to build a hydrogen refuelling station network of 8 stations by 2025 and 50 stations by 2030. In 2030, HydRe aims to reduce 680 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions by delivering clean hydrogen to customers.