The fuel cell drive could affect the mobility of the future, say many experts. By the middle of the year, there should be 100 hydrogen filling stations in Germany, according to the H2-Mobility consortium, to which the Linde, Air Liquide, Shell groups with the subsidiary Total and OMV belong. The second hydrogen filling station is now being put into operation in Lower Franconia.
Hydrogen filling station opens in Biebelried
There are currently 81 H2 filling stations across Germany, including 17 in Bavaria. In Lower Franconia, in addition to the new gas station near Biebelried, there has been a hydrogen filling station on the A3 near Geiselwind since 2015.
However, the market for hydrogen-powered cars is currently still manageable. There are currently only 750 fuel cell-powered cars in Germany. Toyota and Hyundai each have a standard model, Daimler a small test series, BMW wants to follow suit with three SUV models. The production of hydrogen is still very complex. Many manufacturers and suppliers face the problem that they want to invest in the development of electric cars at the same time.
100 hydrogen filling stations by mid-2020
According to the H2 Mobility consortium, the future 100 H2 filling stations could supply 6 million vehicles. With hydrogen, a range of up to 700 kilometers is already possible in cars. Hydrogen could also be an alternative drive for buses and trucks.
H2 Press Release Below
Biebelried, January 10, 2020 | The hydrogen infrastructure in Germany continues to grow: the latest H2 filling station went into operation on January 10, 2020 in Biebelried – electric vehicles with fuel cells can now be refueled at the TOTAL station in Würzburger Straße 55 in Biebelried. The joint venture H2 MOBILITY built the filling station together with its consortium partners TOTAL and Linde. The total number of public H2 filling stations thus increases to over 80 in Germany, including 17 in Bavaria.
Hydrogen mobility is a powerful form of electromobility. On board the vehicle, a fuel cell generates electrical current to drive the vehicle through the reaction of hydrogen with oxygen from the air. Refueling is similar to that of natural gas vehicles. Energy can be filled for more than 500 kilometers in just five minutes. In addition to cars, hydrogen is also suitable as an energy source for e-mobility in the commercial vehicle sector. Since hydrogen can be generated from water using renewable electricity using electrolysis, it is also the central link between the energy and transport transition.
The hydrogen filling station in Biebelried was built by H2 MOBILITY, a joint venture between Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL, which has set itself the goal of shortly reaching the 100 filling station mark in Germany. This would be an important step towards the nationwide supply of hydrogen and the market launch of hydrogen vehicles. The H2 station is state of the art, which is provided by Linde. The system holds around 200 kilograms of hydrogen – this amount is enough to fill 40 to 50 vehicles.
TOTAL Germany has been involved in research and pilot projects to build up the hydrogen infrastructure since 2002. There are currently 22 H2 filling stations in the TOTAL network, further projects in Rastatt, Erfurt, Neuruppin and Hamburg are about to be completed or are under construction. Another is planned in Saarbrücken.
“In my view, hydrogen is a key raw material that is essential to achieve our climate goals. With a national hydrogen strategy, the federal government will therefore set the course for Germany to become number 1 in the world with this technology. ” Anja Weisgerber, Member of the German Bundestag, spokeswoman for environmental and climate policy of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. “The time for hydrogen and the technologies required for it is ripe.”
Barbara Becker, Member of the Bavarian State Parliament: “Hydrogen is an important component for the energy transition in the transport sector. To enable the use of sustainable, alternative drive technologies in everyday life, the corresponding infrastructure must be expanded. The hydrogen filling station at the Biebelried transport hub is a very important contribution to the region. ”
“Hydrogen mobility offers the chance of high-performance electromobility with advantages for long-distance passenger cars and above all for commercial vehicles,” said Bruno Daude-Lagrave, Managing Director of TOTAL Deutschland GmbH. “However, the transformation of mobility to more environmentally friendly solutions is not an easy task – we are therefore pleased about the political support for more technology diversity in electromobility, which we are proactively promoting with the network expansion in Germany.”
Nikolas Iwan, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG: “Hydrogen plays a crucial role in the turnaround in traffic. Long range, short refueling time and zero local emissions are the decisive criteria. H2 MOBILITY Germany is building the necessary infrastructure for this. ”
The H2 petrol station near the Biebelried motorway junction is located directly at a central traffic junction: the busy A3 between Frankfurt and Nuremberg and the north-south connection A7.
The hydrogen station in Biebelried is funded by the European Commission in the trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T CEF) in the Connecting Hydrogen Refueling Stations (COHRS) project.
About H2 MOBILITY
H 2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for the nationwide establishment of a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany primarily to supply cars with fuel cell drives (700 bar technology). The first goal by mid-2020 is to operate 100 stations in seven German metropolitan areas (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich) as well as along trunk roads and highways. H2 MOBILITY takes on all tasks – planning, construction, operation and marketing – which are necessary for successful network expansion and operation.
The shareholders of H 2 MOBILITY are Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL. BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen as well as NOW GmbH National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology advise H 2 MOBILITY as associated partners.