Ruter hydrogen buse  was nominated as one out of four candidates for the 2014 Transnova Prize .

Transnova prize was awarded for the very first time at the occasion of the  Transnova conference on sustainble transport on 12 March 2014. The CHIC project did not win the award, but the nomination is a recognition of the work done to ensure that renewable energy will drive all public transport in the future.  Asko and Scania Group won the Transnova Price, for the use of Norwegian produced bioethanol in heavy transport.

Testing out  new environmental technology

Transnova supports projects that contribute to sustainable mobility. Ruter pilot project with buses running on hydrogen and fuel cell technology, is one of these projects. “Ruter takes the challenge to phase out fossil fuels very seriously. We already running on different renewable fuels and test out other possible solutions for the future”, says project manager for hydrogen bus project Pernille Aga .

 Hydrogen Bus: one out of four nominees

The  prize was awarded to the project that best supports Transnova purpose : ” Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector ” and that best complies with Transnova values ??to be ” solid , committed and in front .” Hydrogen buses were one of the four nominees.

Good for the city and good for the climate

In Oslo and Akershus, five buses run on hydrogen, with water vapor as the only emission ! Since the buses are electric, they also make little noise. Buses run in regular service on the lines between Oppegård and Oslo. Aim of the project is to gain experience with hydrogen bus operation and further development of the technology, in order to consider hydrogen technology as an option in future bus contracts.

Facts about hydrogen project

The Norwegian part of CHIC  is funded by the City of Oslo , Akershus County Council , the FCH-JU and Transnova ,  in collaboration with the environmental organization Zero.

In Oslo and Akershus the buses are running without harmful emissions, hydrogen being produced locally from renewable electricity at the hydrogen refueling station Rosenholmveien.

Source: Ruter (Norwegian)