Drivers of electric cars with fuel cells can refill at more and more filling stations: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and its shareholders Shell and Air Liquide today opened the first hydrogen (H2) filling station in Mönchengladbach – the 75th in Germany.
Hydrogen is used to refuel electric vehicles with fuel cells. Your advantages: No noise, no pollutants, but same use, speed, and range as cars with gasoline or diesel engine. Hydrogen vehicles have ranges of 500 to 750 kilometers and refuel in just three to five minutes.
North Rhine-Westphalia with 17 stations is front-runner
The hydrogen supply network in Germany is becoming ever denser. H2 petrol stations in North Rhine-Westphalia are already available, for example, in Düsseldorf, Cologne, Duisburg, and Aachen, as well as in Bonn and Wesseling. Overall, North Rhine-Westphalia is currently in the lead of the federal states with a total of 17 H2 stations, followed by Bavaria (16) and Baden-Württemberg (12).
The new location at the Shell petrol station Odenkirchener Straße 160 in the district of Rheydt is located on the federal highway B230 and near the motorways A61, A44 and A46. The filling station technology comes from the gas and technology company Air Liquide. The owner of the stations is the joint venture H2 MOBILITY, which builds the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany.
The operation of the pump by the driver is intuitive; Refueling is similar to conventional vehicles and is completed in three to five minutes. The plant holds around 200 kilograms of hydrogen – enough to refuel 50 vehicles a day.
E-mobility with hydrogen reduces CO2 emissions
Hydrogen offers the opportunity to expand the supply of fuel in the transport sector in a climate-friendly way. Hydrogen, especially when generated with renewable energy, can significantly reduce climate-damaging CO2 emissions.
The hydrogen station in Mönchengladbach is funded by the European Commission through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) in the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project.
Sybille Riepe, H2 Mobility Germany; Markus Schewitza, Managing Director Air Liquide Advanced Technogies; Christian Lugt, tenant shell filling station Odenkirchener road; and Erden Yildizdal, Toyota Europe – during the first refueling of a vehicle at the new hydrogen filling station. (Left to right)