Germany Agrees Action Plan For Hydrogen Refuelling Network

01 Oct 2013

H2mobility

The six partners in the H2 Mobility initiative – Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total – have set up upon a specific action plan for the construction of a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network for fuel cell powered electric vehicles. By the year 2023 the current network of 15 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) in Germany shall be expanded to about 400, with an initial intention to install 100 HRS over the next 4 years, establishing a demand for fuel cell electric vehicles. An agreement in principle has been signed by representatives of all the partners involved.

In addition to plans for a nationwide HRS network, the agreement includes for the procurement and distribution of the necessary hydrogen and a request for support to the German Federal Government. Following the foundation of a joint venture (subject to necessary regulatory approvals), gradual expansion of the national HRS network will commence in 2014. This means that a hydrogen supply suitable for everyday use shall be created not only for densely populated areas and main traffic arteries, but also for rural areas. The objective is to offer a HRS at least every 90 km of motorway between densely populated areas. According to this plan in metropolitan areas, drivers of fuel cell vehicles will have at least ten HRS available each from 2023. The H2 Mobility initiative expects that a total investment of around €350 million will be required for this infrastructure project.

Fuel cell powered electric vehicles can make a considerable contribution to establishing Germany as the lead market for sustainable mobility solutions and efficient technologies. This innovative technology also offers great potential for strengthening Germany as an industrial location. The challenges associated with such a system change aimed at a zero-emission transport sector were already addressed at a very early stage with the formation of the inter-industry H2 Mobility initiative in Berlin in 2009.

Thomas Pfützenreuter, Managing Director of AIR LIQUIDE Deutschland GmbH said: "The signature of this agreement is a decisive step towards the construction of a network of hydrogen stations in Germany. Air Liquide is proud to take an active part in the German “H2Mobility” initiative which aims to substantially contribute to the national ambitious objectives for electro-mobility. As an expert of the entire hydrogen energy chain including production and hydrogen filling stations, Air Liquide is actively involved in allowing the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source. Hydrogen energy is an innovative solution that offers a response in the short-term to the challenges of sustainable mobility thus contributing to the preservation of the environment."

Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: "Hydrogen is the most common element in the Universe. However, filling stations for this environmentally friendly alternative fuel are still scarce. The “H2 Mobility” initiative wants to change this. By 2023 there should be more hydrogen filling stations in Germany, than there are conventional petrol stations along the Autobahns today. With this, we create step by step a comprehensive infrastructure for the everyday use of fuel cell technology."

Professor Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Reitzle, Chief Executive Officer of Linde AG: "Linde has been a pioneer in the further development of hydrogen technology for many years. Especially with respect to the series production of hydrogen refuelling stations, we have achieved major advances over the last few years. The time is now right to roll out this environmentally friendly technology on a nationwide basis."

Dr. Gerhard Roiss, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV AG: "Achieving the EU's Energy Roadmap goals will only be possible with innovative new technologies. Hydrogen is set to also play a key role in the way we get around in the future. Setting up the infrastructure for hydrogen filling stations is our contribution to a future of emission-free motoring."

Peter Blauwhoff, Chief Executive Officer German Shell Holding: "Shell already operates a network of hydrogen filling stations based on the very latest technology in Germany and California – including the world's largest H2filling station in Berlin. Following the foundation of the joint venture, Shell will play a significant role in the development of the future H2 retail station networkin Germany. Hydrogen is an important component for the mobility of the future."

Hans-Christian Gützkow, Chairman of TOTAL Germany: "Out of the 15 hydrogen refuelling stations existing in Germany today, we already run five – another TOTAL multi-energy-station will start running nearby Berlin’s future airport until the end of the year. We will continue contributing to the infrastructure’s expansion. TOTAL reinforces its pioneering role whilst building up the hydrogen network in Germany and in terms of research when it comes to produce green hydrogen from renewable sources."

     

Source: Daimler

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