The German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and several industrial companies have signed a joint Letter of Intent to expand the network of hydrogen filling stations in Germany. Guided by the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), the signatories are investing more than EUR 40 million (USD 50.7 million) to expand the country’s network of hydrogen filling stations from currently 15 to 50, by 2015.
This will serve as a market-relevant testing of innovative filling-station technology and ensure a needs-driven supply for the 5,000 fuel cell vehicles that are expected to be on the road in Germany at that time. The expansion plan focuses on the country’s metropolitan regions and the creation of corridors connecting these metropolitan regions.
The Letter of Intent was signed by Federal Minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer and representatives of the companies Air Liquide, Air Products, Daimler, Linde and Total Germany. The federal government’s own NOW GmbH (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology) will coordinate the construction of the filling stations.
(This article compiled using information from a Daimler AG press release)