Berlin/Kamen,-- Air Liquide has made an important step forward in the expansion of the nationwide hydrogen (H2) infrastructure within the framework of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), with today‘s completion of the first public H2 filling station in Kamen, North Rhine-Westphalia in the Ruhr area.
The new Air Liquide station at Schattweg was implemented as part of the Clean Energy Partnership, Europe's largest demonstration project on hydrogen mobility. Construction and operation were subsidised by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with over 800,000 EUR. The H2 station is currently undergoing final internal tests; Regular operation will commence in approximately four weeks.
By 2018/19 around 100 hydrogen filling stations are to be built to accompany the market introduction of fuel cell vehicles in Germany. The focus is on supplying the metropolitan regions, as well as the connecting motorways. With its locations in Dusseldorf, Wuppertal, Munster and Kamen, North Rhine-Westphalia now has four public refuelling stations for hydrogen. Air Liquide plans to build further filling stations in North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as in Baden-Wurttemberg, Hesse, Lower Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate.
Located near the Kamen Crossing (A1/A2), the new Air Liquide filling station has a daily capacity of 200 kg of hydrogen and can fuel up to 40 fuel cell vehicles per day. The refuelling process takes only three to five minutes, the average range of the refueled vehicles is 500 km.
Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary for the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure on the occasion of the completion of construction: "Electric mobility with fuel cell technology combines clean mobility with a wide range of travel and fast refuelling. In order to get these vehicles on the road, we need a large hydrogen filling station network in Germany – in the metropolises, along the motorways and also in the areas in between. The establishment of H2 Mobility stations in conventional filling stations is an important step for hydrogen mobility. With the '50 filling station program', a basic nationwide network is being set up, which will be funded by 28 million EUR., 800,000 of which goes towards the new H2 station in Kamen. "
"With the funding of the NIP, the standardisation of the technologies systems will be advanced as part of the nationwide construction of 50 H2 filling stations and a further development of the quality controls will be made possible by ongoing daily testing," explains Thorsten Herbert from the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Organisation. "The NIP has thus contributed significantly to the obtained market maturity of the technology."
Dr. Guenther Horzetzky, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Industry, SME and Handicrafts of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia: "The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia has been supporting the establishment and expansion of alternative fuel sources for many years. Therefore, we strive to ensure that hydrogen mobility is an integral part of traffic on North Rhine-Westphalian roads. With it, we can help keep the air clean and promote low-emission mobility. Innovations in drive technology and the expansion of infrastructure make transport in NRW safe and secure for our companies.“
Hermann Hupe, mayor of the city of Kamen: "I welcome the construction of the Air Liquide hydrogen station in Kamen, as it can be integrated perfectly into the climate protection concept of the city. Through this offering, our city becomes one of the pioneering cities in NRW, so I'm looking forward to it. I am convinced that with the hydrogen filling stations we can contribute to climate protection and are on the right path towards sustainable mobility against the backdrop of the energy demand."
Antoine Mazas, Managing Director of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies GmbH: "The transport sector is responsible for a large share of carbon dioxide and particles emissions. Reducing vehicles’ carbon footprint is a necessity to make our cities a better place to live in. Hydrogen is a key enabler for the transition to a low carbon society. The Clean Energy Partnership is an example of successful collaboration between industrial players and public authorities which enables the large-scale deployment of Hydrogen Energy in Germany. Air Liquide offers his expertise and technologies to support this nationwide energy transition."
Currently, about 25 hydrogen filling stations have been completed in Germany. These have been promoted as research and development projects by the federal government through the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The existing filling stations already supply the metropolitan regions of Berlin, Hamburg, Rhine / Ruhr, Stuttgart and Munich. With the service stations currently in operation, more than 6 million people are already being reached.
The construction of a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany goes hand in hand with the planned market launch of fuel cell vehicles from various manufacturers. The Kamen site is part of the expansion plan launched in 2012, which will expand the German H2 network to a total of 50 locations. The development of these hydrogen filling stations is promoted by the federal government through the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.