Slovenia already contemplates hydrogen corridors and infrastructure guidelines have already been developed for them. The amount of investment is relative, but at first glance, of course, high. A hydrogen charging station costs more than a million euros, which is, for example, double that of an ultra-powerful electric charging station, and in principle we need more of these on motorways than hydrogen charging stations. The hydrogen service station, which would be close to the connections of the central motorway, could count on European investment funds.
Among the important strategic questions, there is also the dilemma of how to obtain hydrogen and from where. Local production is the most efficient, since possible transportation affects the price of hydrogen. In production, Europe strives to use so-called "green" electricity, because only then does hydrogen make sense as an environmentally friendly fuel. At least for now, there is also a middle path.
The first service station with compressed hydrogen in Slovenia is located at the Lesce gas station. Currently, the hydrogen service station project is still a demonstration project, so the main objective of its operation is to gain experience in the construction of the necessary infrastructure for the public supply of hydrogen in road traffic. The partners thus contribute to establishing a learning environment for the whole country and thus create a legislative framework for the further construction and expansion of new technologies. The installation of the service station, valued at just under half a million euros, is co-financed with funds from the European Regional Development Fund.