Study on Hydrogen Infrastructure for Baden-Württemberg Presented

27 Mar 2013

Study on Hydrogen Infrastructure for Baden-WürttembergThe Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) has completed a survey on ‘Hydrogen infrastructure as a prerequisite for sustainable mobility - development and research needs’. The study was commissioned by the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy of the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

The study highlights the need to build a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure in readiness for the commercial launch of fuel cell electric vehicles from around 2015, in accordance with announcements from the major automotive OEMs. Significant market penetration of hydrogen in the mobility sector is expected from 2025. The study indicates that as early as 2020/21 about 70 to 100 hydrogen refuelling stations would be required just in Baden-Württemberg (the state currently has five of Germany’s fifteen stations).

A key finding is that standardisation of station design and technology would facilitate the development of this infrastructure. Standardisation would have significant benefits in terms of cost, licensing, maintenance and reliability, and is therefore the most important technical recommendation to arise from the study.

The State Government is providing €4 million to an innovation programme to support the development of the refuelling infrastructure.

The study is part of a series for the State’s Agency for Electric Mobility and Fuel Cell Technology, e-mobil BW GmbH, and was supported by the Ministries of Finance and Economy and Transport and Infrastructure.

The complete study is available (in German) to download free of charge from the website of e-mobil BW GmbH as well as from the Ministry of Environment (click here to download PDF).

Source: translated and adapted from Baden-Wü news release


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