Snowploughs and snow groomers are one of the main types of equipment responsible for greenhouse gas emissions from ski resort operations. These vehicles are already available in their hydrogen versions. The challenge is to now deploy the necessary infrastructure to enable these new-generation vehicles to be refueled with hydrogen.

Hydrogen for mobility in mountain areas

Steps are under way to meet the carbon neutrality target for ski resorts set for 2037. 52% of the carbon footprint of a day of skiing is linked to transport for accessing the resort, and 17% to infrastructure, equipment and services relating to tourist activities1.

Hydrogen solutions now offer the same properties as combustion engine solutions in terms of length of autonomy and power. To optimise the use of hydrogen, it is essential to offer H2 refueling solutions close to ski resorts.

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Multi-purpose hydrogen stations

HRS can support the development of an ecosystem via a comprehensive offering including a hydrogen dispensing solution compatible with all types of hydrogen vehicles: snowploughs, snow groomers, snowmobiles, as well as urban vehicles at the resort: buses, tractors, commercial vehicles, wastecollection trucks…
The objective: to build a multi-mobility hydrogen ecosystem.

HRS hydrogen dispenser at the H2 Energy Observer Village – © MDGVE
A Hyundai NEXO sets the first 6-hour endurance record under extreme conditions at an altitude of 2200 m at the International Record Centre for Decarbonised Vehicles in Val Thorens

Hydrogen performs even better at altitude

In mountainous areas, fuel cell electric vehicles (hydrogen) offer the advantage of recycling the heat produced naturally by their fuel cell to maintain their performance at altitude.

HRS is also a partner to the first endurance record under extreme conditions set by a fuel cell electric vehicle. The Hyundai NEXO completed 190 laps of the ice circuit at Val Thorens in 6 hours, at an altitude of 2200 m with a single charge.

Advantages of hydrogen for collective mobility