Air Liquide and TOTAL have opened a new hydrogen (H2) filling station in Hirschberg an der Bergstrasse.

Situated directly on the A5 motorway, on the grounds of the TOTAL Hirschberg motorway service station, It is the 14th public H2 station in Baden-Württemberg and Germany’s fourth H2 station at a motorway service area.

The new station in Hirschberg is one of Germany’s 50 first H2 filling stations, built as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure via its National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel-cell Technology (NIP). The BMVI subsidised the construction and operation of the H2 station on Goldbeckstrasse with around €900,000 ($1.1m).

“We need to face the challenges of energy transition now. And H2 is today one of our best solutions to achieve the objecties of the Paris Agreement.”

Markus Schewitza, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies GmbH’s Managing Director

Markus Schewitza, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies GmbH’s Managing Director, said, “We need to face the challenges of energy transition now. And H2 is today one of our best solutions to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.”

“H2 has notably the potential to efficiently decarbonize the transport sector which is one of the major source of pollution in our cities, but it requires a dedicated infrastructure to achieve this goal.”

“Air Liquide is proud to contribute, together with the key private and public players, to the building of the biggest H2 infrastructure in Europe, and thus enable the deployment of FCEVs on the territory.”

TOTAL Deutschland GmbH’s Managing Director, Bruno Daude-Lagrave, added, “For 15 years now, TOTAL has been involved in pilot projects for developing the H2 infrastructure in Germany. The new station in Hirschberg is a further step towards a nationwide H2 supply network and hence towards the market introduction of H2 vehicles.”

As 2017 draws to a close, Germany’s H2 filling station network comprises 43 stations, 12 of them equipped with Air Liquide technology, 14 of them at TOTAL stations. The joint venture, H2 MOBILITY, in which both Air Liquide and TOTAL are shareholders, will operate the H2 station in Hirschberg.

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Source: National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology