German Government and Industry Partners to Build a Network of 50 Hydrogen Refuelling Stations

20 Jun 2012

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Today, Federal Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer together with industry partners Daimler, Linde, Air Products, Air Liquide and Total laid the foundation for a nationwide network of hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany.

A letter of intent signed by the partners will see Germany’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure expanded from the current 14 stations to a total of 50 sites by 2015, as research and development projects under the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme (NIP).

DE50 BMVBS 3The funding amounts to €20 million and the stations will be built in metropolitan areas and corridors that connect the areas together. Air Products will supply SmartFuel hydrogen stations for the project. Announcing the move today, Ramsauer outlined the benefits of fuel cell vehicles and said that a hydrogen station network covering the main urban areas is necessary to facilitate the launch of fuel cell vehicles in 2015. This will cement Germany’s position as a lead market for the technology, which has received on-going support from the federal government.

Ramsauer stated that these stations will constitute the basis for a wider, needs-based infrastructure for fuelling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles throughout the country.

Reference (in German): German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development

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