Air Liquide today inaugurated a new hydrogen (H2) station in Frechen near Cologne on the site of an existing filling station of Mundorf Tank, thereby achieving another milestone in the construction of a nationwide filling station network. The station was built as part of the SWARM (*) project and partly funded by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership to support the development of hydrogen energy applications.
As a member of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) * and founding partner of the joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland **, Air Liquide is one of the key players in building up a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany.
Frechen is the tenth hydrogen filling station that Air Liquide has invested in Germany since 2012, after Düsseldorf-Höherweg, Offenbach am Main, Kamen, Limburg an der Lahn, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Bad Rappenau, Wolfsburg, Koblenz and Hirschberg. In addition, six other stations nationwide have Air Liquide hydrogen technology. The Group has already built around 100 H2 stations worldwide.
The hydrogen station in Frechen, located directly at the interchange Köln-West (A1 / A4), is state-of-the-art. Their operation is intuitive and the refueling process is similar to conventional vehicles: fuel cell vehicle drivers can refuel in just three to five minutes, with the average range of refueled vehicles exceeding 500 km.
Electromobility with hydrogen locally causes neither pollutants nor CO2 emissions. 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 car.
The expansion of the H2 infrastructure in Germany is progressing well. All in all, the network now comprises 51 stations nationwide, eight of them in North Rhine-Westphalia. The joint venture H2 MOBILITY, which will also take over operation of the facility in Frechen, will expand this existing network to up to 400 stations. By 2019, there are already 100 stations to flank the market introduction of fuel cell vehicles.
Markus Schewitza, Managing Director Air Liquide Advanced Technologies GmbH:
"We now have to face the challenges of the energy transition . And hydrogen is one of our best solutions today for achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. In particular, hydrogen has the potential to efficiently decarbonise the transport sector, one of the main sources of pollution in our cities. However, this requires a special infrastructure. Air Liquide is proud to be part of other major private and public key players in building the largest hydrogen infrastructure in Europe, thereby creating the conditions for the roll-out of fuel cell vehicles in Germany. "
Enrique Girón, SWARM Project Manager, European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking:
"I am very pleased to see here today the result of the great efforts of the SWARM consortium and congratulate the partners on the great success they have achieved with the opening of this hydrogen refueling station to have. Projects such as SWARM show the potential of hydrogen-powered road transport as a pan-European answer to the need for viable and competitive alternatives to fossil fuels. With each new hydrogen station being commissioned, we are expanding the infrastructure in Europe and eliminating the remaining precompetitive barriers to roll out this environmentally friendly transportation technology. "
Stefan Leuchten, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia:
"In the transport sector in particular, considerable efforts are still needed to reach the Paris climate protection goals. We see hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles as an important component of future, climate-friendly mobility. A decisive factor for the market ramp-up of this technology is the development of a nationwide infrastructure for refueling the vehicles. Therefore, we welcome the opening of the hydrogen refueling station here in Frechen. "
Susanne Stupp, mayor of the city of Frechen:
"We all know the climate and environmental problems of our time. The pollution increases, it does not stop even cheeky. Climate change is palpable, and we have witnessed an accumulation of extreme weather events in our country for some time now. In Frechen we have already long ago taken up the problem of climate change. For example, we regularly participate in European Mobility Week, and over the past few months we have put in place all sorts of measures that are good for our climate and people's health: for example, we have commissioned electric charging stations for e-cars and pedelecs. The e-bikes have also experienced a veritable boom in recent years.
Fabio Mundorf, Managing Director of Mundorf Mineralölhandels GmbH and Co. KG:
"I am pleased to be here today for the opening and congratulate Air Liquide for opening the hydrogen filling station at our location here in Frechen. It's an honor to drive this new tank technology forward. We are happy about the cooperation and are looking forward to the next projects. "
(*) SWARM: Small 4-Wheel Fuel Cell Passenger Vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal Transport, funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking of the Seventh Research Framework Program of the European Union (FP7-2007-2013) under grant agreement number 303485.
* Air Liquide, member of the Clean Energy Partnership
Air Liquide has been a member of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) since 2011. With its "50-petrol station program" funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), the CEP launched the development and operation of a nationwide H2 refueling infrastructure for cars in Germany. Air Liquide contributed ten stations.
Today, the partners of CEP - Air Liquide, Audi, BMW, Daimler, H2 Mobility, Honda, Hyundai, Linde, OMV, Shell, Total, Toyota and Westphalia - are working on the market establishment and system capability of hydrogen and hydrogen mobility as part of a sustainable energy transition fuel cell. The industrial partnership opens up new modes of transport, accelerates sectoral coupling and develops market entry models for an emerging hydrogen economy.
** Air Liquide, Partner H2 MOBILITY Germany
In 2015, Air Liquide and its partners Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total founded the joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG. Mission: Development of a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure for the supply of fuel cell powered cars in Germany. In other words: a mobile future with short refueling time, high ranges, clean and quiet. H2 MOBILITY works closely with the automotive industry: BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen are involved as associated partners.
H2 MOBILITY will expand the existing H2 filling station network in Germany to up to 400 stations. Intermediate target is the operation of 100 stations in seven German metropolitan areas as well as along the connecting highways and highways until 2019. With the ramp-up of vehicle numbers then follow another 300.