With the commissioning of the 50th public hydrogen filling station, the partners H2 MOBILITY, Linde and TOTAL celebrate today an important stage in the development of hydrogen mobility in Germany. In the presence of representatives of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) of the European Union, the Federal Government, the Brandenburg Government and the city of Potsdam, the station in the Horstweg in the southeast of Potsdam was inaugurated.
In addition to a 700-bar dispenser for cars, a device for an optional 350-bar dispenser for bus refueling is also pre-installed at the station. The technology for the new hydrogen plant at the TOTAL petrol station in Potsdam comes from Linde and enables the refueling of around 40 vehicles per day. The owner and operator is the joint venture H2 MOBILITY, in which the companies Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL have joined forces. The first goal of the partners is the operation of 100 stations in seven German conurbations (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich) and along highways and highways until 2019. With the ramp-up of the number of fuel cell vehicles then more 300 hydrogen filling stations are added.
For the construction of the hydrogen station in Potsdam, H2 MOBILITY receives funding from Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) under Grant Agreement No. 671438. The Joint Undertaking will be funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation and Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.
H2 MOBILITY is part of Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME), a flagship project funded by the FCH JU that unites Europe's leading initiatives in hydrogen mobility - in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. Through H2ME, FCH JU is supporting the development of a large-scale H2 filling station infrastructure with the aim of enabling emission-free driving throughout Europe.
In recent years, the development of the nationwide H2 network has been largely driven by the commitment of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), an association of industry representatives from various sectors, which is funded by the German government under the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) , The Confederation is also an associated partner of H2 MOBILITY through NOW GmbH.
Hydrogen e-mobility reduces CO 2 emissions
Environmentally-friendly electromobility with hydrogen does not cause either local pollutants or CO 2 emissions and, thanks to short refueling times and long ranges, offers a high level of ride comfort. Fuel cell vehicles can be refueled in less than five minutes with energy for up to 800 kilometers. Compared to battery-powered cars, H2 vehicles generate their own electricity on board by reacting hydrogen with air in the fuel cell, generating the power needed to power the vehicle.
The expansion of the H2 infrastructure in Germany is progressing well. In recent days, further stations in Dresden, Hasbergen and Ratingen have been completed. Other filling stations are currently under construction and planning, eg in Leipzig, Hamburg, Magdeburg and Erfurt.
Bart Biebuyck, Director FCH JU: "The opening of the 50th hydrogen filling station in Germany shows Germany's leading role in the development of hydrogen infrastructure in Europe. Thanks to the successful cooperation between H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and the flagship project of Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME), the FCH JU, the EU is contributing to this rapid expansion of hydrogen stations in Germany. The findings from the H2ME project we will use to promote the development of the H2 infrastructure in other parts of Europe. "
Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director NOW GmbH: "With every additional hydrogen refueling station, we are getting closer to the goal of clean mobility. In order to achieve the climate goals, the transport sector must focus on electric mobility and propulsion systems as well as electricity-based fuels. Mobility with hydrogen plays a key role here, and with the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), the Federal Government has invested heavily in this area in recent years. We see the successes today. "
Kathrin Schneider, Transport Minister Land Brandenburg: "An important goal of our mobility strategy is the further development and testing of alternative drive systems. However, new mobility technologies can only succeed if the right infrastructure is available. With the opening of the new gas station, we have come a long way today. "
Jann Jakobs, Lord Mayor of Potsdam: "The state capital of Potsdam is part of the federal German map of hydrogen mobility - and thus takes a big step forward for an emissions-free mobility of the future."
Bruno Daude-Lagrave, Managing Director of TOTAL Deutschland GmbH:"TOTAL has been one of the pioneers in the development of hydrogen mobility in Germany since 2002. We work very closely with partners from industry and politics and together with the 50th public hydrogen station have reached a significant milestone on the way to a nationwide H2 infrastructure in Germany. The station in Potsdam is the 18th in the network of TOTAL and an important building block for further hydrogen projects in the region. Thanks to its location near the motorway, it complements the nationwide network for the market introduction of fuel cell passenger cars and also opens up the prospect of building a bus fleet in Potsdam. With further projects at TOTAL stations in Dresden, Leipzig, Magdeburg,
Jens Waldeck, Linde Gas, Head of Central Europe: "Already today, most H2 MOBILITY hydrogen refueling stations work with Linde technology. We are proud to be able to equip the 50th with our proven IC90 technology - as one of the world's largest manufacturers in this field, we have been pioneering the use of hydrogen as industrial gas in a wide variety of applications for more than a hundred years. In 2004, for example, we opened the first public hydrogen refueling station in Germany and are therefore, out of conviction, a founding member and shareholder of H2 MOBILITY. "
Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 MOBILITY: "We are pleased to see more and more hydrogen customers who want electric mobility without restriction, because only hydrogen offers dynamic and clean driving with ranges as usual, with refueling times of less than 5 minutes." The hydrogen refueling network is growing rapidly For two weeks we will start a new station, the number of green dots on our map at www.h2.live will increase rapidly in the next few months, and we can do that thanks to the EU, which promotes us, as here in Potsdam. Anyone who wants can easily follow this via our app H2.LIVE. "