Germany Reaches 50 H2 Filling Stations

| Germany: Potsdam

The launch of the 50th public hydrogen service station has been celebrated by H2 MOBILITY, a company formed by Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL to advance hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Germany. Located in Potsdam and with a refueling time of under 5 minutes, the station has capacity to refuel up to 40 vehicles per day and a facility for future refuelling of hydrogen buses.

Linde and TOTAL celebrated this important stage in the development of hydrogen mobility in Germany. In the presence of representatives of the European Union’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the German federal government, the government of the federal state of Brandenburg and the city of Potsdam, the station in Horstweg in the southeast of Potsdam was ceremoniously inaugurated. Alongside a 700-bar pump for cars, a facility for an optional 350-bar pump for filling up buses has been preliminarily installed at the station.

The technology for the new hydrogen facility at the TOTAL service station in Potsdam is produced by Linde. The facility is owned and operated by H2 MOBILITY. The partners’ primary goal is to operate 100 stations in seven German metropolitan areas (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich) and along motorways and highways by 2019. Another 300 hydrogen fuelling stations will follow as the vehicle numbers are ramped up.

For the establishment of the hydrogen station in Potsdam, H2 MOBILITY has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) under grant agreement No 671438. The Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.

H2 MOBILITY is part of the FCH JU-funded Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME), a flagship project bringing together Europe’s leading initiatives in hydrogen mobility — in Germany, France, the UK and Scandinavia. Through H2ME, FCH JU is supporting the roll-out of a large scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, aimed at enabling Europe-wide emission-free driving.

Nikolas Iwan, CEO H2 MOBILITY: “The hydrogen service station network is growing rapidly. Every two weeks we are opening a new station; the number of green dots on our map at will be growing fast over the next few months. This is also possible thanks to the EU funding us, as it does here in Potsdam.”

Bart Biebuyck, Director of the FCH JU, said “The opening of the 50th hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) in Germany demonstrates Germany’s leading role in the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure in Europe. Thanks to the successful cooperation between H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and FCH JU’s flagship project, Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME), the EU contributes to this fast-paced roll-out of hydrogen stations in Germany. Learnings from H2ME will be used to accelerate the HRS infrastructure deployment in other parts of Europe as well.’

In the past years, the development of Germany’s H2 network had advanced significantly thanks to the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), an association of industrial representatives of diverse sectors funded by the German government within the scope of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel-cell Technology (NIP). Within the framework of the NOW GmbH, the federal government is also an associated partner of H2 MOBILITY.

E-Mobility with Hydrogen Lowers CO2-Emissions

Eco-friendly electromobility using hydrogen causes no local pollutants or CO2 emissions and, thanks to short refuelling times and long ranges, offers a high level of driving convenience. Fuel-cell vehicles can be refuelled in under five minutes with enough fuel for a reach of up to 800 kilometres. Compared to battery-powered cars, hydrogen vehicles generate their own electricity on board by a reacting of hydrogen with air in the fuel cell, which generates the power needed to propel the car.

Good headway is being made in the development of the H2 infrastructure in Germany. Over the past few days, further stations have been completed in Dresden, Hasbergen and Ratingen. More service stations are currently under construction and/or at the planning stage, e.g. in Leipzig, Hamburg, Magdeburg, and Erfurt.

“TOTAL has been a pioneer in the development of hydrogen mobility in Germany since 2002″, said Bruno Daude-Lagrave,  CEO TOTAL Deutschland GmbH. “In this context, we work very closely with partners from industry and politics and, with the opening of the 50th public hydrogen station, jointly attained a significant milestone on the road to a nationwide H2 infrastructure in Germany. The station in Potsdam is the 18th within the network of TOTAL and an important element for further hydrogen projects in the region. Owing to its location close to the highway, the station completes the nationwide network for the market launch of fuel cell vehicles and moreover gives the perspective for the development of a bus fleet in Potsdam. With further projects at TOTAL stations in Dresden, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Erfurt and Neuruppin, we will soon be facilitating the use of hydrogen-powered electromobility in all of Eastern Germany.”

Sources: Total and H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

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