Most of you are all probably aware of electric vehicles, but are you familiar with hydrogen vehicles?
Hydrogen vehicles can drive 600 km per charge with a short filling time of 5 minutes. They also perform well as their energy conversion efficiency is 2 times higher than that of internal combustion engine vehicles. The reason why hydrogen vehicles are gaining so much attention is that they are eco-friendly vehicles, which do not emit exhaust gas when driving and also filter particulate matter in the air.
To promote more hydrogen vehicles, we’d need more stations, right? Here’s some good news! Incheon Airport, which aims to become an eco-friendly airport as well as a transport hub, recently began operating hydrogen stations. In this post, we will introduce you Incheon Airport’s hydrogen stations and how they’re built!
Hydrogen vehicles with great advantage, but not enough infrastructure?
Commercialized hydrogen vehicles produce electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen filled in the vehicle and oxygen in the air and rotates the motor with this electricity. Even though they are not distributed as rapidly as electric vehicles due to a technical difficulty to produce hydrogen vehicles, hydrogen vehicles have such great advantages that they will become more often commercialized in the future.
The most important thing to realizing the hydrogen economy is infrastructure. Germany, known as a strong automotive powerhouse, also ramps up its efforts to expand hydrogen infrastructure and is planning to push ahead with a second project by 2025 to develop technology and increase infrastructure. Then, how is Korea building hydrogen infrastructure?
The government also announced a plan to establish hydrogen infrastructure in 2019 in an effort to spread hydrogen vehicles. By 2022, it is planning to provide 16,000 hydrogen vehicles and build 310 hydrogen stations. However, there are only 50 hydrogen stations, which call for an expansion of infrastructure.
In this situation, hydrogen stations in Incheon Airport, which connects Korea and the world, are expected to promote and contribute to the Korean hydrogen economy. Now, let’s take a look at where Incheon Airport’s hydrogen stations are and how you can access them!
Hydrogen station in Incheon Airport Terminal 1—the beginning of airport hydrogen infrastructure
Incheon Airport built hydrogen stations to support hydrogen infrastructure and began operating them on January 4, 2021. The project to build and operate hydrogen stations in Incheon Airport is a private-sector supporting project led by the Ministry of Environment to promote and spread hydrogen vehicles in Korea, and it is considered an achievement from collaboration between the government agency, Incheon International Airport Corporation, and private sector partners.
A hydrogen station in Terminal 1 located in Haneul Garden (3212, Unseo-dong) provides refueling services to shuttle buses in the airport as well as passenger cars visiting the airport.
The hydrogen station is open all year round from 8 AM to 10 PM on weekdays and 8 AM to 8 PM on weekends. It can refuel 25 kg (equivalent 5 passenger cars) in an hour and up to 60 cars in a day.
Building on the hydrogen station in Terminal 1, Incheon Airport is making a lot of efforts to expand hydrogen infrastructure. In June, there will be another one in Terminal 2. Let’s take a look at how it will look like!
Hydrogen station exclusively for buses in Incheon Airport Terminal 2
A hydrogen station in Terminal 2, which will open in June, is designed exclusively for buses. Compared to electric buses which takes 70 minutes to fully charge, it takes only 15 minutes to hydrogen buses to be charged, which is very promising!
With the hydrogen station in Terminal 2, Incheon Airport will have the largest hydrogen infrastructure with two stations, which can refuel up to 100 vehicles in a day: 60 passenger cars and 40 buses.
With this hydrogen infrastructure, the airport will introduce hydrogen shuttle buses to reduce emission gases. Since hydrogen shuttle buses will be provided in routes with no variability based on stable refueling infrastructure, they are expected to play an important role in the future of commercial hydrogen vehicles.
Incheon Airport uses hydrogen infrastructure widely and move toward a low-carbon eco-friendly airport, which promotes hydrogen technology as well as eco-friendliness in hydrogen fuels.
So far, we looked at hydrogen stations in Incheon Airport. We are excited about changes brought by hydrogen vehicles in the future. We hope you use Incheon Airport’s hydrogen stations and show your continued support for Incheon Airport’s goal of becoming an eco-friendly airport with hydrogen vehicles!