Innovative hydrogen refuelling station directly at Wuppertal-North motorway junction
Federal government funds facility with €670,000 through the NIP innovation programme
Up to 400 H2 refuelling stations by the year 2023
Wuppertal, Hamburg, Munich – A milestone for hydrogen mobility: Today at the Shell refuelling station in Schmiedestraße in Wuppertal, the first standard H2 Mobility Station was opened. It is a model for the company’s further expansion of the German hydrogen refuelling station network. Initially 100, but soon up to 400 such refuelling stations will be created nationwide by 2023.
It is first and foremost in discussing how Germany can achieve its climate goals that hydrogen, or H2, plays a huge role. It represents one of the possibilities for extending the range of fuels in the transport sector in a climate-friendly way, because with the help of hydrogen generated with renewable energy, harmful CO2 emissions can be substantially reduced.
Operating a fuel cell vehicle driven with H2 causes neither CO2 nor environmentally and health damaging nitrogen oxides (NOx), or particulate matter emissions. In order for hydrogen mobility to become the success story in the energy changeover in road transport however, both the requisite fuel cell vehicles as well as the appropriate infrastructure are equally necessary. In the past this chicken-egg dilemma was considered one of the obstacles to introducing hydrogen as a fuel. Without enough H2 vehicles on the road, no refuelling stations. And vice versa: without hydrogen refuelling stations – no vehicles. In order to solve this problem, H2 Mobility was launched – a joint venture of AirLiquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total. Up to 400 hydrogen refuelling stations will be scheduled, constructed and operated by 2023.
The first hydrogen stations have already been operating for several years now. Shell started operation of the world’s largest H2 refuelling station in Berlin in 2011 and runs facilities in Hamburg as well. Initially however, research and development was at the forefront of the operation. In total there are currently 20 completed hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany, funded through the federal government through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The federal government has also participated in the construction of a hydrogen refuelling station in Schmiedstrasse with funding totalling €670,000, thus contributing to the 50 station programme of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP).
Station in Wuppertal is a model for North-Rhine Westphalia and Germany
Since the construction of the first H2 stations, hydrogen technology has dramatically advanced, as demonstrated by the stations constructed by the technology company Linde in Wuppertal. They now consist mostly of standardised components for storage, compression and refuelling. They will be adapted to the basic layouts of the station on site in a space-saving and flexible way.
The new station in Wuppertal serves as a model for the planned H2 extension of further existing stations. Three quarters of the H2 refuelling stations in Germany are currently equipped with Linde technology.
The Shell refuelling station Wuppertal-Schmiedestrasse is conveniently located close to the motorways A1, A43 and A46. It improves logistics in the metropolitan region of Rhine-Ruhr and at the same time services long-haul traffic. More Shell stations under H2 Mobility will appear later this year in Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Bremen.
The driver can use the pump of a hydrogen system as easily as a petrol or diesel pump. The fuel cell car is refuelled smoothly in around four minutes.
State Secretary emphasises the importance for the energy changeover in transport
The opening of the station saw high-level visitors to Wuppertal, among them Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure; Horst Becker, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW); Stijn van Els, Chairman of the Board, Shell Deutschland Oil; Dr. Mathias Kranz, Head of Application Technology, Linde; and Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 Mobility Germany.
Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure:
“Electric mobility with fuel cells represents clean mobility, fast refuelling and long range. So that the vehicles can get on the road now, we need a large H2 refuelling station network in Germany – in the metropolitan regions, along the motorways and also across the country. The establishment of H2 mobility stations in conventional refuelling stations is an important step for hydrogen mobility. There is a nationwide basic network with the “50 refuelling station programme”, and we will fund its setting-up in the amount of 28 million euro.”