Eco-friendly electromobility using hydrogen causes no local pollutants or CO2 emissions
As part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), Air Liquide, H2 Mobility and Total have joined hands to take an important step in developing Germany’s nationwide hydrogen (H2) infrastructure, by jointly opening the region’s first hydrogen station, in Ingolstadt. Drivers of fuel-cell vehicles can now refuel at eight H2 stations in Bavaria, closing another major gap in the H2 network.
Directly on the A9 motorway, the new hydrogen facility at the Total fuel service station is owned and operated by H2 Mobility, a joint venture between the CEP partner companies Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, and Total. Operating 100 stations in seven German metropolitan areas is the partners’ primary goaland along motorways and highways by 2019, with another 300 hydrogen stations to follow as the vehicle numbers are ramped up.
As part of Germany’s National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, H2 Mobility thus continues the long standing commitment of the Clean Energy Partnership, which is involved in the construction of the first 50 service stations. Air Liquide brings about the technology for the new hydrogen facility, allowing for refueling about 40 vehicles per day. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with around 700,000 euros under the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) funded the Ingolstadt station.
As a result of short refueling times and long ranges, Eco-friendly electromobility using hydrogen causes no local pollutants or CO2 emissions, offering a high level of driving convenience.
Thomas Strauß, Director Service Stations at Total Germany, said “At Total, we’ve been committed to hydrogen mobility for over 15 years, and hydrogen – the fuel for the eco-friendly electromobility of the future – can already be found at 15 of our filling stations. This makes us our industry’s leading protagonist in the development of H2 mobility in Germany. Especially in the metropolitan areas of Southern Germany and along the main transport routes in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, we already offer a very dense network of filling stations in collaboration with our partners at H2 Mobility.”
Hydrogen has notably the potential to efficiently decarbonize the transport sector which is one of the major source of pollution in our cities, but it requires a dedicated infrastructure to achieve this goal,” said Pierre-Etienne Franc, Vice-President, Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit, Air Liquide. “Air Liquide is proud to contribute, together with the key private and public players, to the building of the biggest hydrogen infrastructure in Europe, and thus enable the deployment of FCEVs on the territory.”
Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director H2 Mobility, said “In 2017, we already built the most hydrogen refueling stations worldwide, in Germany. We will continue this commitment in 2018 and in doing so create the conditions required for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered mobility.” PWKD07032018