Saxony-Anhalt’s First Hydrogen Service Station Opens in Magdeburg
Saxony-Anhalt’s First Hydrogen Service Station Opens in Magdeburg
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, November 22, 2018
  • H2 MOBILITY, Air Liquide and TOTAL open new H2 station in Magdeburg in the presence of Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt. 
  • Site enhances eco-friendly mobility in East Germany. 
  • Capacity to refuel up to 40 vehicles per day. 
  • EU funding within the scope of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project. 

Fuel cell vehicles can now also be refuelled in Saxony-Anhalt. In the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Reiner Haseloff, the partners H2 MOBILITY, Air Liquide and TOTAL today opened the first hydrogen (H2) service station in the federal state at TOTAL Autohof Glindenberger Weg in Magdeburg. Shortly after the inauguration of Germany's 50th hydrogen service station in Potsdam in September, the first two H2 stations in Saxony – Dresden and Leipzig – were connected to the hydrogen network. The new hydrogen service station in Magdeburg and other projects, including those at TOTAL service stations in Erfurt and Neuruppin, will soon enable environmentally friendly electromobility with hydrogen throughout Eastern Germany. 

The technology for the new hydrogen facility at the TOTAL truck stop in Magdeburg is produced by Air Liquide and has the capacity for refuelling up to 40 vehicles per day.  Located directly on the A2 highway, the filling station closes a gap between Berlin and the Hannover area. The facility is owned and operated by H2 MOBILITY, a joint venture formed by the companies Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, and TOTAL. The partners’ primary goal is to operate 100 stations in seven German metropolitan areas and along motorways and highways by the end of 2019. Another 300 hydrogen service stations will follow as the vehicle numbers are ramped up.

For the establishment of the hydrogen service station in Magdeburg, H2 MOBILITY has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) under grant agreement No 671438. The Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.

H2 MOBILITY is part of the FCH JU-funded Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME), a flagship project bringing together Europe’s leading initiatives in hydrogen mobility – in Germany, France, the UK and Scandinavia. Through H2ME, FCH JU is supporting the roll-out of a large-scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, aimed at enabling Europe-wide emission-free driving.

Electromobility with Hydrogen Lowers CO2 Emissions

Eco-friendly electromobility using hydrogen causes no local pollutants or CO2 emissions and, thanks to short refuelling times and long ranges, offers a high level of driving convenience. Fuel-cell vehicles can be refuelled in under five minutes with enough fuel for a reach of up to 800 kilometers.

The TOTAL truck stop in Magdeburg is part of the Industrial and Commercial Park Mittelelbe consisting of more than 50 companies. IGP GmbH, the main owner of the 50-hectare business park, is planning hydrogen projects on site. From 2021, as part of the GreenInG project developed with the Fraunhofer Institute Magdeburg, "green" hydrogen for a variety of applications is to be generated from local renewable energy sources such as biomass, sun and wind by electrolysis and stored in two gas networks. 

Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt: "With the opening of the first hydrogen service station today, Saxony-Anhalt is already setting standards for tomorrow's mobility. Creativity can solve technical problems. Modern thinking determines the image of our federal state in all areas, of which we can be proud".

Thomas Strauß, Director Service Stations, TOTAL Deutschland GmbH: "Since 2002, we have been continuously involved in pilot projects to develop hydrogen mobility in Germany. The station in Magdeburg is the 20th hydrogen station at a TOTAL site, meaning that one in every three public hydrogen stations in Germany is located at a TOTAL service station. Together with the H2 MOBILITY partners, we are creating the foundations for a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany - and thus for the market launch of fuel cell vehicles. In Eastern Germany, we have made good headway in the last three months: After new openings at  TOTAL service stations in Potsdam, Dresden and Leipzig, we can now close another important gap in Magdeburg."

Markus Schewitza, Managing Director, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies GmbH: "This new hydrogen station, like the more than 50 already in operation throughout Germany, shows the determination of all the industrial and public partners involved in H2 MOBILITY Deutschland. Thanks to this partnership, hydrogen energy can be deployed largely, ensuring a shift to a cleaner energy for transportation. The hydrogen station infrastructure in place already makes it possible to link the entire territory. Air Liquide is involved in the development of hydrogen for more than 50 years. Today, we are convinced that hydrogen is indispensable if we want to succeed in the energy transition." 

Nikolas Iwan, CEO, H2 MOBILITY: "We are delighted that hydrogen mobility is now also possible in Magdeburg: Unrestricted electromobility with long range and short refuelling time! In the coming months, another hydrogen service station in Saxony-Anhalt will follow in Halle (Saale)."