TOTAL Opens its Tenth Hydrogen Filling Station in Rostock Germany
TOTAL Opens its Tenth Hydrogen Filling Station in Rostock Germany
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, May 30, 2017
  • Cooperation with H2 MOBILITY for environmentally friendly mobility
  • Pioneer for hydrogen mobility in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Funding by the Federal Government amounting to almost 700,000 euros

TOTAL Deutschland GmbH has started its tenth station of this kind with the opening of the hydrogen station at the Ticino street in Rostock.The multi-energy filling station, which will also offer charging columns for battery-powered electric vehicles in addition to conventional fuels and hydrogen, is also the first public hydrogen storage station in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and also the first one to be developed in cooperation between TOTAL and the H2 MOBILITY consortium. H2 MOBILITY plans to build a network with 100 filling stations in Germany in the first phase by the end of 2018, thus creating the basis for the market introduction of environmentally friendly electric vehicles with hydrogen fuel cell propulsion.

In the H2 MOBILITY consortium, companies such as Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, Shell, OMV and TOTAL have joined forces to create a nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations as vehicle manufacturers, technology and gas suppliers as well as infrastructure operators. Other automotive manufacturers are associated partners of H2 MOBILITY. The demonstration project Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) laid the foundation for the expansion of hydrogen stations in Germany and thus also for this new station.

"TOTAL Germany has been working on the research and testing of pilot plants for hydrogen infrastructure for 15 years. This is why we are delighted to see that the construction of a petrol station network is now proceeding rapidly and soon further vehicles are coming into the market ", explained the CEO of TOTAL Deutschland GmbH, Bruno Daude-Lagrave, on Friday. "Hydrogen makes it possible to operate electric vehicles that have high reach during short refueling times - a form of mobility and autonomy that our customers value so much today."

In addition to the construction and operation of filling stations, TOTAL is also involved in the issue of the generation of hydrogen from renewable energy to ensure that this form of electric mobility also brings real environmental benefits. For example, TOTAL has been a partner in the world's first hybrid power plant since 2011, where hydrogen from water is produced from peak wind turbine power. Hydro mobility also creates a link between the energy sector and the transport sector.

"In recent years, hydrogen stations and vehicles have proved their everyday suitability," confirms Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co.KG. "With the establishment of a comprehensive, reliable infrastructure, we are now creating a prerequisite for successful market launch of fuel cell vehicles."

Hydrogen as a stream-based fuel for use in fuel cell vehicles is a major contributor to achieving the greenhouse gas emissions targets. The central challenge in the coming years is the need to set up a refueling infrastructure as required. "In this way we are now a step further. Each additional hydrogen station is also a decision for the future market success. To help companies invest in a sustainable mobility system, the policy develops appropriate framework conditions to make the economic risk more predictable, "says Thorsten Herbert, Head of Transportation and Infrastructure at the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW). "Within the framework of H2 MOBILITY, the industry has decided to build up to 400 hydrogen filling stations in the coming years. The first 50 of these will be publicly funded under the National Hydrogen Fuel Cell (NIP). "

As a representative of the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ullrich Buchta from the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitization emphasized: "With more than 70 percent of the electricity generated in the country from renewable energies, we have a good foundation for the necessary linkage of transport and energy sector and ultimately a Sustainable mobility strategy. In addition to the use of battery-driven electric vehicles, the production and use of electricity-based fuels based on renewable energies is also necessary in order to achieve the set climate protection targets in the transport sector. The commissioning of this first multi-energy filling station is thus a signal to all the competitors in the country, the opportunities for innovation and added value resulting from this system change. "

Technology supplier for the hydrogen station is Nel Hydrogen Solutions, a division of NEL ASA. Over the last ten years, the hydrogen technology company, which has been listed on the stock exchange, has built numerous hydrogen filling stations throughout Europe. "The new generation H2Station®, which we have installed for TOTAL in Rostock, is the result of extensive field tests in different environments. It includes innovative, in-house developed solutions that guarantee top performance according to the latest international standards for petrol stations, "says Bjørn Simonsen, vice president for market development and public relations.

In the future, charging stations for battery-powered electric vehicles will be completed at the petrol station on the Ticino road, and the entire hydrogen storage station will be supplied with regenerative electricity. To this end, the WIND-projekt GmbH partner company will also be building a battery buffer store, which will be connected directly to a wind farm in the nearby municipality of Dummerstorf, just outside the gates of the Hansestadt. For the first time in the North East, electric vehicles can always be charged with "green" electricity. The approval procedure for the wind park planned by WIND-projekt GmbH and equipped with new pilot wind turbines from Nordex is nearing completion.

The Hydrogen Reservoir in Rostock was subsidized by the federal government with almost 700,000 euros in the National Innovation Program (NIP), in which the Federal Government is providing a total of 20 million euros for the construction of the hydrogen filling station network. TOTAL currently operates hydrogen storage stations in Berlin (four stations), Hamburg, Munich, Ulm, Stuttgart-Fellbach and Geiselwind. Further stations in Cologne and Karlsruhe are being prepared for construction and projects in Hamburg, Neuruppin, Leipzig and Ingolstadt.