H2 MOBILITY Shell and Air Liquide Open Germany’s 64th Hydrogen (H2) Filling Station in Hannover-Laatzen

By April 1, 2019 4   min read  (787 words)

April 1, 2019 |

Laatzen hydrogen station

Hanover— 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 have jointly opened a hydrogen (H2) filling station in Hannover-Laatzen – the fifth in Lower Saxony. The hydrogen supply network in Germany is thus becoming increasingly dense.

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.

The network of stations where fuel cell vehicles can fill up with hydrogen is becoming ever denser. There are now 64 H2 petrol stations in Germany and 100 by the end of 2019. Nearby H2 petrol stations can be found in Wolfsburg and Osnabrück, as well as in Kassel, Bremen, Stuhr and Hamburg.

Laatzen hydrogen station2The location at the Shell gas station Karlsruher Straße 12 is located directly at the fair and near the motorway junction Hannover-Süd. He is a link, for example, for journeys on the routes from Hamburg to Hesse and southern Germany or from Berlin to North Rhine-Westphalia.

The client is H2 MOBILITY, a joint venture that builds a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. The filling station technology comes from the gas and technology company Air Liquide.

The hydrogen station in Hannover-Laatzen is the state of the art  facility. The 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 increase the supply of fuel in the transport sector in a climate-friendly way, because hydrogen, especially when generated with renewable energy, can significantly reduce harmful CO2 emissions.

The hydrogen station in Hannover-Laatzen is being 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 H2-Station Hannover-Laatzen the participants commented:

 Olaf Lies, Lower Saxony Minister for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection

“Lower Saxony has been pursuing a consistent hydrogen strategy for a long time and is committed to ensuring that hydrogen is used as an energy carrier in a wide variety of sectors; also in mobility. If we want to achieve our climate protection goals, emission-free mobility will become more and more important. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells occupy a secure place alongside battery-powered electric vehicles. The change from hot to cold burners can only succeed if the charging infrastructure is available. In this respect, I am pleased about another hydrogen filling station in the Hannover area. We have the technology and the know-how to harness hydrogen for ourselves. We should take advantage of these opportunities. ”

Thomas Zengerly, Spokesman of Shell Germany Oil GmbH:

“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:

“Germany is a pioneer in electromobility with hydrogen! We are currently building the backbone for hydrogen mobility with the first 100 stations in seven major German metropolitan areas and along the busiest highways and motorways. As we continue to expand, we are increasingly focusing on demand. ”


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) and along highways and highways. With the ramp-up of vehicle numbers, up to 400 hydrogen stations are to ensure nationwide coverage. The H 2 MOBILITY is responsible, for example, for network planning, approval, procurement, construction 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 are advising H 2 MOBILITY as associated partners.

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