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GP JOULE Receives First of Five Nexo Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

By April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019

  • First hydrogen car registered in Nordfrieslan
  • eFarm project will build two public hydrogen filling stations in Husum and Niebüll

Reußenköge — As the initiator of the eFarm hydrogen mobility project in Nordfriesland, GP JOULE produces green hydrogen from renewable energies. This now drives the first of five fuel cell cars in the corporate fleet.

It is the dawn of a new era: André Steinau, Head of GP JOULE and responsible for the hydrogen projects at the North Frisian company, has today received a brand new hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo, the first of five such vehicles to join the GP JOULE fleet be recorded. Together with around 60 battery-powered electric cars in the fleet, the Schleswig-Holstein innovation company is underscoring its claim to make environment-friendly and climate-friendly mobility possible for everyone. And what’s special about it is that the hydrogen that drives fuel cell cars, buses or trucks will in the future come from renewable sources in the region.

The eFarm project demonstrates in an impressive way how to build a complete value chain from the decentralized generation of green electricity, its conversion into green hydrogen on site with the resulting waste heat and the subsequent provision of green fuel for mobility: This is Germany’s largest model project for green hydrogen mobility builds a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure. From the generation of hydrogen from wind power to PEM electrolysers developed and manufactured in Schleswig-Holstein to the climate-friendly use of fleets without emissions and emissions – GP JOULE creates the prerequisites for developing completely new sustainable value chains with locally produced energy.

From now on, GP JOULE will be using hydrogen. CEO Ove Petersen (right) and André Steinau (left), responsible for the company’s hydrogen projects, inaugurate the brand new hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo at its headquarters in Reußenköge, where the group has long been using its own PEM electrolyzer green hydrogen renewable energy produced.

The Hyundai Nexo will be the first of the company’s five vehicles to be powered by locally produced, renewable energy using the eFarm project, which will build two public hydrogen filling stations in Husum and Niebüll. In addition to their climate and environmental friendliness, the fuel cell vehicles are also convincing behind the wheel in practice and when looking into the wallet: with more than 600 km range of a tank filling for around 50 euros and a constantly growing infrastructure of hydrogen filling stations, they are an ideal replacement for fossil fuel vehicles. “Hydrogen is the energy source of the future for many forms of mobility and applications. As an energy source, it represents the interface between climate-neutral electricity generation and green mobility. Our aim is to produce cheap hydrogen from wind energy and thus contribute to ending the fossil age of mobility, “explains Ove Petersen. This applies to cars as well as buses, trucks and, in particular, rail vehicles.

Even though battery-powered cars are often the best alternative to the classic combustion engine, especially for shorter distances, especially in urban areas, as well as for drivers whose vehicles have longer service lives, the use of green hydrogen means just in a wind power-strong region like North Friesland a step into the networked future of green mobility. “By integrating fuel cell cars into our fleet, we want to show both individuals and businesses that green mobility from local power is easy, economical and environmentally friendly. The use of hydrogen-powered vehicles in our own corporate fleet underlines the importance of the eFarm project and how easy it can be

The potential of hydrogen vehicles has also increasingly recognized companies and the federal government. Thus, the Federal Government supports the purchase of hydrogen-powered vehicles for both private and business customers. As part of the eFarm project, in future, in the future, two scheduled public transport buses in Nordfriesland will be powered by green hydrogen and their tanks filled with green fuel from the district at the two gas stations in Husum and Niebüll. With this, Nordfriesland is developing into a pioneer in the production of green energy and its transformation into affordable, climate-friendly mobility. Many companies in the region have already signaled

This motivates the creators at GP JOULE all the more to continue this development for Schleswig-Holstein with great dedication and conviction – and André Steinau is already curious what his sons will say about the car of the future.

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