Düren — The Düren district has been using hydrogen (H2) for a long time. That is why District Administrator Wolfgang Spelthahn is pleased that the first hydrogen filling station in the district can be opened next year.
“We are consistently continuing our innovative path,” said the district administrator. The federal government is funding gas station construction with 1.3-1.4 million euros.
The first H2 filling station will be built in the Düren industrial park “Im Großes Tal 1” and dock with the Shell filling station there. “At the moment, all documents for the approval are being prepared,” said the district administrator. Construction will start in summer 2021, with completion scheduled for the end of the year. The station is built and operated by H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG and is “very conveniently located on the A4 motorway,” as District Administrator Wolfgang Spelthahn emphasized.
Not only cars, but also buses and, in the future, trucks can be refueled at the new station. As is well known, the Düren district will use hydrogen buses as soon as possible. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has already promised a grant of 1.3 million euros for five vehicles. In addition, the district of Düren will start producing green hydrogen in the Brainergy Park in Jülich next year on the basis of solar energy.
“It is important that a start is made now,” says District Administrator Wolfgang Spelthahn. Vehicles and refueling facilities are needed to advance hydrogen technology. The district of Düren is planning four more H2 filling stations across the entire district.
“We work very closely and well with the Düren district, the planning is making good progress,” said Falk Schulte-Wintrop, who is responsible for strategic corporate development at H2 MOBILITY. His company operates 85 hydrogen stations nationwide.
The Düren district itself already uses two H2 cars. In addition, some municipalities such as Nörvenich and Jülich as well as private companies are now driving hydrogen cars. Refueling cars takes between 3 and 5 minutes and buses 10 to 15 minutes. The Düren district will also use H2 trains in the future. “Hydrogen is the future”, emphasized District Administrator Wolfgang Spelthahn, “we will consistently pursue this innovation topic.”