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Germany: 84th Hydrogen Refueling Station Opens

By March 2, 2020 5   min read  (756 words)

March 2, 2020 |

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The hydrogen refueling station on the premises of ESWE Verkehr was opened last week.

There is agreement among many experts in the fields of transport and energy: Hydrogen is one of the most sustainable energy sources. That is why ESWE Verkehr and  Mainzer Mobilitat want to rely on this form of energy when hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses. 

The hydrogen filling station on the premises of the mobility service provider of the state capital Wiesbaden was opened last week.

H2 Bus Rhein Main 2The fuel for future traffic will be supplied from the Mainz energy park to the Wiesbaden hydrogen filling station. It is produced using environmentally friendly hydrogen as an energy store. The long-term goal is the completely emission-free electric drive so that a large part of local public transport is carried out in Mainz and Wiesbaden without polluting the environment and humans.

The funding from the federal states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate amounting to just over two million euros made it possible to build the shared hydrogen filling station on the ESWE Verkehr premises. What is special is that it is supplied with “green” hydrogen from the Mainz energy park. Wind turbines are primarily responsible for electricity production there. It is the world’s largest “power-to-gas” plant of its kind that produces hydrogen. Representatives of the funding agencies from Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse were also present at the opening ceremony of the petrol station.

The Rhineland-Palatinate Minister of Environment and Energy, Ulrike Höfken, emphasizes: “With the overall system from ‘wind turbine to bus wheel’, transport companies are paving the way for local transport based on sustainable energy generation in our cities. It protects the climate, ensures cleaner air and protects against noise. “

In addition to funding from Rhineland-Palatinate, Hessen also supported the ambitious energy project with financial resources. The Hessian Minister of State Tarek Al-Wazir, responsible for energy, transport, economy, and housing, said on behalf of the country: “This project is further evidence of Hesse’s pioneering role in the transport and energy transition. It shows how closely the two are related – especially in Hessen, where global, continental and national traffic routes intersect. Climate-friendly mobility is, therefore, an existential task for our state. “

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The Mainz Department of Transport Katrin Eder praises the cross-federal state cooperation: “The hydrogen project shows again the good cooperation between Mainz and Wiesbaden: After the ‘green environmental zone’, the Klimprax project, the hydrogen buses, and the petrol station opened here are another milestone in the joint efforts to get the air in our cities cleaner and to tackle climate change and its consequences with all efforts. The hydrogen project here is so exemplary because here wind power from Mainz-Hechtsheim operates emission-free local transport. An outstanding example of cross-sectoral climate protection. In the next few years, we will endeavor in Mainz to offer an additional hydrogen filling station on-site, because we hope

Dr. Tobias Brosze, Deputy Chairman of the Mainzer Stadtwerke, is certain: “The opening of the hydrogen filling station on the ESWE Verkehr site with ‘green’ hydrogen from the Mainzer Stadtwerke is a beacon project on the way to a new era in the energy sector in the Rhine-Main area. Green hydrogen – produced with electricity from renewable energies – can be used as an energy source, as a fuel for mobility, as a raw material in the chemical industry and for low-emission production processes. For a successful energy transition, C02-free hydrogen is required in the full range of its possibilities in the medium to long term. ”

The managing director of ESWE Verkehr, Jörg Gerhard, is delighted that the next stage has been reached: “In the corporate goals, we have stated: ‘Our vision – zero emissions’. With the opening of the hydrogen filling station, we are getting a step closer to the goal of zero-emission local public transport in Wiesbaden. Together with our Mainz colleagues, we as the mobility service provider will reach the next stop on this journey. ”

On the Rhine-Hessian side, Jochen Erlhof, Managing Director of Mainz Mobility, assesses the future of fuel cell technology as follows: “I see great advantages of the technology for use in public transport. However, I believe that we must be open to technology on the way to CO2-free local transport. I can well imagine that the fuel cell and battery will be optimally combined in a bus in a few years’ time.

The Linde company was commissioned with the construction of the hydrogen filling station; the infrastructure comes from Infraserv. The one-year-long fuel cell buses from Mainz Mobility and ESWE Verkehr have a range of around 300 kilometers.

 

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