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Friday Fallback Spotlight Story: Germany’s 87th Hydrogen Station Opens at the Airport in Hamburg

By December 4, 2020 3   min read  (440 words)

December 4, 2020 |

Germanys 87th Hydrogen Station Opens at the Airport in Hamburg

This week we feature a story from last week that many news outlets missed as the 87th Hydrogen station opened at the Airport in Hamburg

Drivers of fuel cell vehicles can fill up at more and more filling stations: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and its shareholders Shell and Air Liquide have now put another hydrogen (H2) station into operation in Hamburg.

The network of H2 filling stations continues to grow, in Germany there are currently 87 H2 stations, 6 of them in Hamburg. In addition to the Hanseatic city, the expansion focuses on the metropolitan regions of Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart Rhine / Ruhr and Rhine / Main as well as the important connecting roads.

shell hydrogen station germanyIn Hamburg, the Shell filling station on “Weg beim Jäger” in the immediate vicinity of the airport is an optimal addition: After there are already hydrogen filling stations in the west, south, east and in the city, the new station in the north of Hamburg closes a geographical gap in the urban network.

H2 MOBILITY Germany is responsible for the construction and operations and is significantly driving the expansion of the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. Preferred locations are petrol stations owned by the shareholders, including Shell.

With the additional station, Shell confirms its commitment to the hydrogen business. The company aims to become a leading provider of green hydrogen for industrial and transportation customers. The goal is to achieve 100 MW electrolyzer capacity in the Rhineland refinery by 2025, and the company is also investigating other H2 projects.

The filling station technology at the new H2 filling station comes from the gases and technology company Air Liquide. The plant holds around 200 kilograms of hydrogen and is state-of-the-art. A second foundation for a further high tank has already been structurally prepared to double / expand the storage capacity. If an extension is to be implemented at a later point in time, only a few “steps” are necessary, so to speak.

Hydrogen is used to refuel electric vehicles with fuel cells. The advantages are: no noise, no pollutants, but the same use, speed and range as for cars with gasoline or diesel engines. Hydrogen vehicles have ranges of 500 to 700 kilometers and refuel in just three to five minutes . Hydrogen thus offers the opportunity to expand the fuel supply in the transport sector in a climate-friendly manner, because with the help of hydrogen, especially when it is generated with renewable energy, climate-damaging CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced.

For the construction of the hydrogen station in Hamburg, H2 MOBILITY received funding of almost € 950,000 from the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

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