Hydrogen at the double! is the motto in the city of Karlsruhe. With new stations the hydrogen infrastructure is growing further to 33 locations in total.
Joint venture H2 MOBILITY, comprising six industrial enterprises (Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, Total) is launching the next stage of the process aimed at expanding the nationwide hydrogen refueling network to a total of 400 stations. After the opening of stations in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt in June 2017, Daimler, Shell and Linde have one month later commissioned two more hydrogen stations in Sindelfingen and Pforzheim. In September 2017 the latest station was opened in Karlsruhe. In total, 33 hydrogen refueling stations are set up.Other locations include Fellbach near Stuttgart, Geiselwind service station in Franconia and two stations in Berlin. The existing hydrogen refueling network reaches six million people in the Berlin, Hamburg, Rhine/Ruhr, Stuttgart and Munich regions.
Around two million euros for hydrogen infrastructure
Ensuring the success of hydrogen mobility requires the simultaneous provision of an attractive range of fuel-cell vehicles as well as the necessary fuelling infrastructure. The current hydrogen refuelling station in Germany are sponsored by the German government via its National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). Altogether, the German government contributed 1.8 million euros to the construction of the two new stations. By 2018, the plan is to have 100 filling stations. The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) demonstration project laid the foundations for the expansion of Germany’s hydrogen infrastructure by establishing common standards and norms.
Stations with new technologies
The two latest hydrogen stations in Baden-Württemberg feature state-of-the-art technology and an intuitive fuelling experience for drivers, similar to refuelling conventional vehicles. The refuelling process takes between three and five minutes to complete. Sindelfingen and Pforzheim each have the capacity to serve 40 hydrogen-powered cars per day from now on.
Environmental friendly driving
A hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle emits no local pollutants or carbon dioxide (CO2). A number of manufacturers already offer such vehicles, with an operating range of between 500 and 700 kilometres. Daimler AG will present its latest generation of vehicles based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC later this year.
Our new fuel-cell vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC is on the starting block. Of course, if it is to be a real alternative for customers, a comprehensive H2 service station network is needed. Together with our partner H2 Mobility, we are working intensively on expanding the network. Zero-emissions, long-range mobility will soon be a reality in Germany.
Hydrogen plays an important role in the debate on how Germany can achieve its climate goals. It is one of the options for extending the fuel supply in the transport sector in a climate-friendly manner, because climate-damaging CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced by using hydrogen generated produced with renewable energy.
More information: h2-mobility.de