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Fifteen New Hydrogen Refuelling Stations in 2008, Worldwide

1207_01_hydrogenford_bpMunich. In 2008, 15 new hydrogen refuelling stations opened worldwide, increasing the total number to 175. This is the result of an annual assessment by H2stations.org, a website of the hydrogen and fuel-cell internet portal of TÜV SÜD and Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST). Another 108 refuelling stations are currently in the planning stage.

In their hydrogen and fuel-cell portal, TÜV SÜD and LBST offer extensive information and services for interested members of the public and professional users. “The H2stations.org website features interactive maps showing all hydrogen refuelling stations currently in operation or planning worldwide”, says Matthias Altmann, Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik. “In 2008, the map of Germany showed a total of 21 hydrogen refuelling stations, with another 12 stations to be added by 2010.”Throughout Europe – including Germany – the number of refuelling stations increased by seven to its present number of 49, and rose by eight in North America to total 84. “The global increase in the number of hydrogen refuelling stations can be regarded as an indication that the industry is preparing for the market launch of vehicles powered by hydrogen or fuel cells”, says Altmann

In addition to H2stations.org, the hydrogen and fuel-cell internet portal also includes the H2mobility.org website, which offers an overview of hydrogen vehicles, the HyWeb.de newsletter, in-depth technical information and a guide through standards and regulations. “The internet-based database is updated on an ongoing basis and free for non-commercial use”, explains LBST expert Altmann. “We also offer more in-depth data and targeted data analysis for our commercial clients.” TÜV SÜD’s and LBST’s shared hydrogen and fuel-cell internet portal can be found at www.netinform.de/H2

Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST) specializes in energy and environmental consultancy. The renowned experts support their international clients from industry, the financial sector, politics and professional associations in all issues arising within the context of technology, strategy and sustainability. LBST’s comprehensive expertise is based on two decades of continuous experience by an interdisciplinary team. The international service group TÜV SÜD has held a 47-per-cent stake in Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik since 2006. The common goal of the companies is the safe and cost-effective application of renewable energy carriers.

Further information about Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik and TÜV SÜD can be found on the Internet at www.lbst.de or www.tuev-sued.de respectively.

May 7, 2009 - 8:36 PM
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  • John

    May 10, 2009 | 6:33 PM

    I think it’s shameful that we are spending so much money on components of the stimulas plan that are wasteful while we are cutting “Hydrogen R&D”. Only $ 25B would pay for 20,000 Hydrogen Fuel Stations in the reach of every major city in the US. Couple this with Solar and Wind Hydrogen Generation and local distribution and we have a plan.

    I disagree with Chu’s decision to remove Hydrogen R&D out of the 2010 budget, but if the US isn’t aggressive with a hydrogen technology plan, other countries will lead. Instead of buying oil from other countries we will be buying hydrogen, hydrogen technology, and related products in the future. Shortly fuel cells will cost less due to low cost replacement catylsts (removal of platinum/paladium precisous metals) and we should be making use of all energy sources as we diversify.

    Centralized power and a new smart grid is very important, but adding decentralized power generation is also key to our energy independence. As we install more Wind and Solar farms we will need to Store and Move energy short-term without a smart grid and that equates to using Hydrogen Generators local to the installations. By producing decentralized power with today’s Solar and Wind Hydrogen technology, we will over time, diversify our sources and remove transportation costs out of the cost equation. This Hydrogen could be then delivered to local distribution stations or stored for use in fuel cells for stationary and mobile applications. You just shouldn’t plan massive Solar and Wind expansion projects without this kind of storage and distribution plan component. Hydrogenics (HYGS) is one of the key companies supplying these Hydrogen Generators and Fuel Cells, now involved in several like projects outside of the US. Today’s technology for today’s decentralized power.