Fürth—Drivers of electric cars powered by fuel cells can refuel at more and more petrol stations: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and its shareholders Shell and Air Liquide today jointly opened the first hydrogen (H2) filling station in Fürth.
There are now 68 H2 filling stations in Germany, and by the end of 2019 there will be 100 stations.
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 800 kilometers and refuel in just three minutes.
Bavaria with 14 stations front-runner
The hydrogen supply network in Germany is becoming ever denser. H2 petrol stations in Bavaria – with a total of 14 at the top of the federal states – are already available, for example, in Munich, Nuremberg, Ingolstadt, Regensburg and Geiselwind, as well as in Erlangen and Würzburg. In the vicinity of the Nuremberg metropolitan area alone, a total of eight hydrogen filling stations are being built, with Berg and Bayreuth just opened.
The new location at the Shell petrol station Hans-Vogel-Straße 55 is located on the motorway exit Fürth-Poppenreuth the A73. The filling station technology comes from the gas and technology company Air Liquide. Owner of the stations is the joint venture H2 MOBILITY, which builds the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany.
The hydrogen station is state of the art. Their operation 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 40 to 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 Fürth was funded by the European Commission through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) in the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project.
At the opening of the H2 station, the participants commented:
Dr. Thomas Zengerly, Chief Executive Officer, Shell Germany Oil
“Hydrogen technology is a promising technology. We assume that this alternative drive from the twenties in markets such as Germany, England, Benelux, the United States and Japan plays an increasingly important role. We at Shell are on track. “
Markus Schewitza, Managing Director Air Liquide Advanced Technologies GmbH:
“Hydrogen is one of the best solutions to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. It has the potential to decarbonise the transport sector, one of the main sources of pollution in our cities. Air Liquide is proud to be involved in establishing the largest hydrogen infrastructure in Europe and thus creating the conditions for the roll-out of fuel cell vehicles in Germany. “
Lorenz Jung, Head of Network at H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH:
“H2 MOBILITY continues to expand the hydrogen filling station network in Germany: this year, on average, we open H2 stations every two weeks. The technology is ready for the market. Korea and Japan are already preparing for the mass market. We look forward to more and more customers who want emission-free driving with familiar ranges and refueling times. “
Dr. Thomas Jung, Lord Mayor of the city of Fürth
“Clean on the road thanks to the fuel cell – and in addition with large ranges. Therefore, I expressly welcome the establishment of a hydrogen filling station on the Fürth urban area. This form of e-mobility is a real alternative to expensive battery production. “
About H2 MOBILITY
H 2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for the development of a hydrogen infrastructure for the supply of fuel cell powered vehicles (700 bar technology) in Germany. The first target until 2019 is the operation of 100 stations in seven German metropolitan areas (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich) as well as along highways and highways. With the ramp-up of vehicle numbers, up to 400 hydrogen stations are to ensure nationwide coverage. The H2 MOBILITY takes on all the tasks – planning, construction, operation and marketing – which are necessary for successful grid expansion and operation.
Shareholders of H 2 MOBILITY are Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL. BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen as well as the NOW GmbH National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology advise H 2 MOBILITY as associated partners.
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