Our journey towards a totally emission-free society

Oazer’s Founder and main owner, Boh Westerlund, has worked with various types of electric vehicles for over 45 years. In 2009 he formed Hybricon AB, which put Sweden’s first plug in hybrids on the streets and then converted a fleet of 12 meter city buses from diesel to pure electric power.

The company Oazer AB was founded in 2016. What started as a “separate hydrogen filling station” has developed into a complete concept with modular scalable and semi-mobile filling stations adapted to the subarctic and arctic climate.

In 2018, Oazer launched its demo station in Umeå and it has been in operation since then.

A pure circle

Hydrogen as an energy carrier is perhaps the most important step in our transition to a sustainable society. A sustainable society no longer depends on ‘climate neutrality’ and ‘fossil freedom’. It requires ZERO EMISSIONS!

The work with renewable energy sources and emission-free transport systems is important – and not only from an environmental perspective. When organisations such as the EU, states, municipalities and the business community work together to develop new global systems, innovation is promoted and sustainable growth and new jobs are created. Unlike the battery industry, the hydrogen industry will not give rise to new mining activity. Almost all the equipment used can be made from recycled materials and the end product – hydrogen – is made from water and electricity generated by solar, wind and hydropower. The water can be safely returned to the environment, creating a clean cycle, which leads to a circular economy. In fact even the air that passes through the fuel cells is filtered from, for example, road particles – which further contributes to a cleaner environment.

Distribution of pure hydrogen

Oazer specialises in distributing totally pure hydrogen for hydrogen-fuel cell electric vehicles (FC-EV) and establishing Hydrogen Refueling Stations (HRS) for hydrogen fuel. The company’s primary focus is on northern Sweden and the northern Nordic countries. We realised very early on that there was a complete vacuum in the northern Nordic region that needed to be filled in order for vehicles to be able to run on hydrogen in our subarctic and arctic climates.

An important part of the ‘hydrogen society’ is the heavy transport sector, where hydrogen stored under high pressure (or in liquid form) is already used abroad to refuel vehicles, which can then be driven in exactly the same way and with the same range as internal combustion engine vehicles (running on gasoline & diesel). The fact that behavioural patterns for vehicle use do not need to change when switching to hydrogen is an important socio-technological factor, and a considerable advantage for rapid conversion to zero emissions. Trains, ships and now even aircraft have begun to switch to hydrogen electric power, and many other types of conversions are underway.

Keeling curve

Climate change is complex, but is perhaps best illustrated with the so-called Keeling Curve that shows what the global increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere looks like over time. It is largely the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere that has led to average global temperatures rising, with severe weather changes we have never seen before appearing as a consequence. (This curve is now commonly known as the ‘Greta’s curve’, as the young environmentalist Greta Tunberg often uses it to illustrate her mantra: “Do not listen to me. Listen to science”).