First hydrogen filling station opens in Bremen, Germany
First hydrogen filling station opens in Bremen, Germany
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, October 16, 2017
  • Bremen H2 station forms an important bridge in the north German hydrogen network
  • Daimler, Shell and Linde reconfirm their commitment to clean fuel
  • Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) subsidises the filling station with EUR 900,000  

Bremen, 16 October 2017 – Today Daimler, Shell and Linde inaugurated the city of Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station. Drivers of emission-free fuel-cell cars now have a refuelling option on the important route between Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia. By creating this important hub, the partner companies have taken another step towards a nationwide H2 supply network.

The new site at Osterholzer Heerstraße 222 is located directly on the Sebaldsbrück motorway exit and the Bremen interchange, and is also near the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, one of Daimler AG’s largest car plants in the world. This is where the new generation of Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell vehicles is to be produced; in September, Daimler had presented pre-production vehicles to the public at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The GLC F-CELL is the first vehicle to combine innovative fuel-cell and battery technology in a purely electric plug-in hybrid.

Daimler is the developer of the hydrogen station, which is integrated into a Shell service station. The innovative H2 filling station technology comes from the technology company Linde. The three companies are partners in the joint venture H2 Mobility, which is building a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. The hydrogen station in Bremen is state-of-the-art and offer drivers an intuitive fuelling experience similar to that of conventional vehicles. The refuelling process takes three to five minutes to complete.

Hydrogen plays an important role in the debate on how Germany can achieve its climate goals. It is one of the options for extending the fuel supply in the transport sector in a climate-friendly manner; climate-damaging CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced by using hydrogen produced with renewable energy. A hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle does not emit any local pollutants or carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and has an operating range of up to 700 kilometres. 

Turning hydrogen mobility into a success story will require an attractive range of fuel-cell vehicles and, simultaneously, the necessary refuelling infrastructure. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is therefore supporting the construction of the country’s first 50 hydrogen filling stations via its National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), and has invested around 900,000 euros in the construction of the facility in Bremen.  

The foundations for the expansion of Germany’s hydrogen infrastructure were laid by the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) demonstration project, which established common standards and norms.  

Outlook
The expansion of the nationwide H2 network is progressing well, with several sites officially opening in October: on 16 October, the H2 filling stations in Bad Rappenau and Bremen, on 17 October the inauguration of the Cologne/Bonn site, and on 18 October the CEP partners are opening a H2 filling station in Munich. This brings the total number of filling stations in the German H2 network to 41.  

Additional hydrogen stations are also currently in the pipeline or under construction in northern Germany, too. For example, other facilities at Shell filling stations will follow in the Diepholz district of Stuhr-Grossmackenstedt, in the Laatzen district of Hannover, and in Kassel. The plan is to have 100 stations in Germany by 2018. In total, the joint venture H2 Mobility aims to set up as many as 400 service stations in Germany by 2023.  

Numerous guests at the opening

Many representatives from politics and business attended the opening of the H2 filling station in Bremen:  

Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister for Traffic and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI): “Emissions-free, quiet, and highly efficient – hydrogen is one of the energy carriers of the future. With electromobility, we need drivers to have the basic confidence that they can fill up anytime, anywhere, which is why the BMVI supports the establishment of a refuelling infrastructure for hydrogen/fuel-cell electric cars. This is an important key to the market penetration of this technology. The new hydrogen filling station in Bremen is a step in the right direction.”  

Dr. Joachim Lohse, Senator for the Environment, Construction and Transport of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen: “The creation of alternative concepts to conventional combustion engines is very important to us. Bremen, with the ‘future driver’ Daimler, as well as our participation in the Bremer Straßenbahn AG, has ideal conditions to be a pioneer in the development of innovative mobility as a city and technology hub. We are banking specifically on the networking of know-how at the Bremen site. And that of course includes the technology of the fuel cell, which will be used at Bremen’s Daimler plant in the future.”  

Peter Theurer, manager of the Mercedes-Benz plant Bremen, Daimler AG: “At the IAA, Mercedes-Benz unveiled pre-production models of the new GLC F-CELL. We are delighted that this electric vehicle, the world's first with fuel-cell and battery propulsion, will be built in Bremen. Our team is already in the starting gate. Together with our partners at H2 Mobility, we are also working intensively on establishing and expanding the nationwide network of H2 filling stations, and can therefore offer our customers a real alternative for emissions-free mobility in Germany in future.”   Oliver Bishop, General Manager Shell Hydrogen: “Hydrogen technology is a promising technology, and H2 is a fuel of the future. We expect that this alternative drive will come to play an increasingly large role in markets like Germany, England, Benelux and the US from the 2020s. We at Shell are well on track for it.”  

Olaf Reckenhofer, responsible for the Central Europe gases business at Linde: “Three-quarters of all public hydrogen filling stations in Germany use Linde technology. The Bremen site is of particular significance – after all, the first commercial Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell vehicle will soon be coming off the production line nearby. We are therefore particularly pleased to be realising this filling station in partnership with Daimler and Shell.