On 17 October 2012, OMV opened the first public hydrogen filling station at Shuttleworthstraße in Vienna’s 21st district. OMV says this latest development therefore signifies a further step towards sustainability and emission-free mobility. Hydrogen vehicles operate without producing on-road emissions, because only water vapor comes out of the exhaust.
Traditional combustion does not take place in such vehicles; instead there is an exchange of electrons. In the process, hydrogen reacts with oxygen and a fuel cell converts the energy directly into electrical power. Hydrogen vehicles with fuel cells that have 4 kilos in their tanks have a range of more than 400 kilometers – an enormous advantage over battery-driven electric cars.
Capable of filling fuel cell and other hydrogen fuelled vehicles with gaseous hydrogen at 5,000psi and 10,000psi pressures, the single-pump facility was opened by OMV Director Dr. Gerhard Roiss and economics Minister Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner.
OMV CEO Dr. Gerhard Roiss, comments: “Thanks to OMV, this emission-free fuel of the future is available in Austria now, and is building a bridge to Europe’s climate targets.”
(This article primarily compiled using information from an OMV press release)