Sandvik awarded Sandviken Municipality’s 2014 environmental prize

Sandvik Materials Technology has been awarded Sandviken Municipality's 2014 environmental prize for its fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen gas pilot project.

"Sandvik and Sandvik Materials Technology show that they, in their capacity as a world-leading company, assume responsibility for our environment and act as forerunners in the creation of a sustainable society. They take responsibility for environmental issues and play a leading role in the development of our region. Through the research conducted at Sandvik, the project has made a major contribution to the evolution of environmentally friendly fuel cell technology," wrote Sandviken Municipality in its commendation.

"Thanks to the level of commitment shown and the ability to explain technology, combined with inquisitive and undaunted company management, Sandvik and Sandviken have taken a giant step toward a better future using technology that will make fossil fuels a thing of the past," continued the Municipality's commendation.

"It's a fantastic achievement. It is also in line with Sandvik Materials Technology's mission to apply our unique expertise in materials technology to make industrial processes safer and more efficient, yielding greater output while consuming less resources," says Sandvik Materials Technology's President Petra Einarsson.

Sandvik will donate the prize money of 10,000 SEK to "Water aid," and international charity organization that changes lives by improving access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation.

Lena Berg, Head of Communications and Strategy at Sandvik Materials Technology, accepting the prize at Sandviken City Council together with Mats W Lundberg, Researcher and Specialist in fuel-cell technology, Daniel Roos, Project Manager of the fuel cell project and Jörgen Westlinder, Head of Section for coated strip products.

About the project with fuel cell vehicles

From September 15 to October 17, Sandvik and the Municipality of Sandviken coordinated a joint pilot project to bring fuel cell vehicles to our community. The pilot included two fuel cell passenger cars along with a mobile hydrogen refueling station and a forklift truck located at Sandvik's industrial facility in Sandviken.

The project was a good opportunity to get Sweden talking about a technology few people in our country seem to know about, despite its growing use worldwide. The idea was to showcase this technology and give as many people as possible the chance to form an opinion on fuel cells. And, naturally, we hope to see an increased use of this technology in the long run.