BERLIN based organisation driving towards cleaner fuels has taken another step towards friendly mobility.

Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), which is one of the largest hydrogen demonstration projects in the world, has opened its second hydrogen service station.

The hydrogen system, which is integrated into a newly erected conventional TOTAL service station, provides a basis for emission-free transport in the capital. Hydrogen buses and automobiles of various kinds can be fuelled here with liquid (LH2) or gaseous (CGH2) hydrogen. The service station provides a platform for the European hydrogen project HyFLEET:CUTE, which will also be started in Berlin with a fleet of some 14 hydrogen buses used by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).

'The opening of the service station at the Heerstraße is a new highlight of the commitment to hydrogen in Berlin made by TOTAL in 2002,' the managing director of TOTAL Deutschland GmbH, Thierry Pflimlin, emphasised. 'With this service station we place special emphasis on the development of hydrogen-powered public transport. This service station thus plays an important role in the continued development of the CEP and opens up perspectives for further hydrogen activities in Berlin.'

'The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe is the largest municipal public transport company in Germany and the mobility provider in Berlin. Particularly in the German capital, we are active in the tension field between the demands of users, environmental considerations and high expectations for profitability. Using hydrogen to power our buses would satisfy all these criteria. We are pleased to be a member of the Clean Energy Partnership and to work together with competent partners from throughout Europe on the development of the engine of the future,' says Andreas Sturmowski, chairman of the board of directors of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).

Since November 2004, the date of the opening of the first CEP hydrogen service station at the Messedamm in Berlin, the demonstration project of the CEP has been carrying out sophisticated everyday operations without problems. A great deal of progress has been made since then. The experiences of customers, technicians and operators will be evaluated in 2007 and presented to the public.