An important stage in the development of hydrogen (H2) mobility in has been celebrated in Germany with the commissioning of the 50th public H2 station.

Partners H2 MOBILITY, Linde and TOTAL inaugurated the station in the presence of representatives from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the European Union, the Federal Government, the Brandenburg Government and the city of Potsdam.

The station, located in Horstweg, southeast of Potsdam, has a 700-bar dispenser for cars, and a device for an optional 350-bar dispenser for bus refuelling, pre-installed. It received funding from the FCH JU.

Linde has provided the technology for the new H2 station at the TOTAL petrol station and enables the refuelling of around 40 vehicles per day.

The owner and operator is the joint venture H2 MOBILITY, in which the companies Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL have joined forces. The first goal of the partners is the operation of 100 stations in seven German conurbations (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich) and along highways and highways until 2019.

Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU’s Director, said, “The opening of the 50th H2 filling station in Germany shows Germany’s leading role in the development of H2 infrastructure in Europe. Thanks to the successful cooperation between H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and the flagship project of Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME), the FCH JU, the EU is contributing to this rapid expansion of H2 stations in Germany. The findings from the H2ME project we will use to promote the development of the H2 infrastructure in other parts of Europe.”

Kathrin Schneider, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Planning of the Land of Brandenburg, added, “An important goal of our mobility strategy is the further development and testing of alternative drive systems. However, new mobility technologies can only succeed if the right infrastructure is available. With the opening of the new gas station, we have come a long way today.”

Jens Waldeck, Linde Gas, Head of Central Europe, commented, “Already today, most H2 MOBILITY H2 refuelling stations work with Linde technology. We are proud to be able to equip the 50th with our proven IC90 technology - as one of the world’s largest manufacturers in this field, we have been pioneering the use of H2 as industrial gas in a wide variety of applications for more than a hundred years. In 2004, for example, we opened the first public H2 refuelling station in Germany and are therefore, out of conviction, a founding member and shareholder of H2 MOBILITY.”