Clara Arctic Energy ehf was founded in Iceland in October 2020 and is owned by Clara Energy ltd in the UK and Stálsmiðjan-Framtak ehf in Iceland.
The first major Hydrogen project in Iceland was prepared- and managed by Iceland New Energy in 2001. Icelandic New Energy was set up as a public-private partnership to build a strong entity, owned, operated and managed by Icelandic Public parties and foreign corporations strategically involved in Hydrogen. Jón Björn Skúlason has been at the helm since the very first day and is going strong to get a mission accomplished. The aim in the beginning was to concentrate efforts to set up R&D and demonstration projects. The first project was a Hydrogen refueling station and 3 fuel cell buses operated under the Ectos project.
Team members and stakeholders in Clara Arctic Energy have been involved in most major Hydrogen projects in Iceland, ever since. Stalsmidjan-Framtak ehf did install, build, operate and service the first refueling station and Jon Hanson did head the service and maintenance part the next decade. Gunnar Þór Jónsson started working on service and maintenance of the Daimler fuel cell buses under Ræsir and later, with Hallmar Halldórs and his venture Icelandic Hydrogen, they serviced all fuel cell vehicles from different OEM's in Iceland until 2012.
Team members did participate in a maritime project whereby they did design, commission and install a hybrid battery / fuel cell system on a Whale Watching Ship (Elding). Difficult project but gained valuable experience as was the case with many of the projects with limited financing at times.
Team members participated in other projects and ventures as well, both in Iceland and abroad. From building PEM electrolysers and gas generators, to gas separation units to gas dryers, from designing Hydrogen refueling station and maritime applications to work with Type IV cylinder manufacturer, from doing marketing and sale to business development for years.
During all this time, there has been strong belief in the superior properties of the Hydrogen to one day play a major role in the future global energy sectors and energy related applications.