Berlin— Owners of hydrogen (H2) cars can now refuel in two other regions: In Neuruppin and Saarbrücken, the partners TOTAL, Air Liquide, Linde and H2 MOBILITY have opened H2 filling stations.
The station in Saarbrücken is the first in its state and was built by H2 MOBILITY. With the station in Neuruppin built by TOTAL and operated by H2 MOBILITY, a total of 92 hydrogen filling stations are now available in Germany.
The refueling process in hydrogen vehicles is intuitive and comparable to refueling with natural gas. With only three to five minutes of refueling time, ranges of 500 to 700 kilometers are possible. In order to be able to refuel with hydrogen in Germany, you need the H2 MOBILITY Card, which can easily be ordered online at www.h2.live .
On board the H2 vehicle, a fuel cell generates electricity from the hydrogen, which then drives an electric motor without producing any harmful emissions. Since hydrogen can be generated by electrolysis from water with renewable electricity, it is considered to be the central link between the energy and transport transition. In addition to being used in cars, the light molecule is also suitable as an energy carrier for e-mobility in the commercial vehicle sector.
TOTAL Germany has been involved in research and pilot projects to build the hydrogen infrastructure since 2002. Hydrogen vehicles can currently refuel at 24 stations in the TOTAL network in this country. The next hydrogen filling station is currently being built in Freiburg.
SAARBRÜCKEN: The newest H2 filling station is also the first in Saarland and is located at the TOTAL station Burbacher Str. 50 in Saarbrücken. It was put into optimization mode on March 30th, 2021 – a standard process during commissioning. The H2 filling station is now regularly available for refueling hydrogen cars at 700 bar. The technology comes from the systems and gas manufacturer Air Liquide. The H2 filling station in Saarbrücken can easily be expanded with 350 bar technology for refueling commercial vehicles such as buses. The filling station is located directly on the A620 and will in future be an important location factor for hydrogen mobility not only for the city of Saarbrücken and Saarland; it also closes the gap far away from the hydrogen centers Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
NEURUPPIN : In December 2020, the hydrogen station at the truck stop on the B167 near Neuruppin was put into optimization mode. The system was built by TOTAL. The H2 station is operated by the joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland. The filling station is equipped with Ionic compressor technology from Linde.
Hydrogen is billed in kilograms. One kilogram is enough for a journey of around 100 kilometers and currently costs 9.50 euros throughout Germany. This means that the fuel costs are comparable to those of conventional vehicles. With its close proximity to the A24, the station is an important link for journeys between Hamburg and Berlin. The hydrogen filling stations in Saarbrücken and Neuruppin were funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (BMVI) in the National Innovation Program (NIP).
H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for the nationwide development of a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. The first goal is the operation of 100 hydrogen stations in seven German metropolitan areas (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich) as well as along the connecting highways and motorways. At all stations, cars and light commercial vehicles (small vans) can refuel with 700 bar and a requirement of 5 kg (sometimes up to 8 kg) of hydrogen. From 2021, further stations will be built where there is demand for commercial vehicles and a public filling station makes sense for a growing network of filling stations for cars. H2 MOBILITY also takes on all tasks on behalf of third parties – planning, construction,
H2 MOBILITY shareholders are Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL. BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen as well as the NOW GmbH National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology advise H2 MOBILITY as an associated partner.
More information: h2.live