Air Liquide, H2 Mobility and Total have taken an important step in developing Germany’s nationwide hydrogen (H2) infrastructure as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP).
The partners jointly opened the region’s first H2 station in Ingolstadt. This closes another major gap in the H2 network; drivers of fuel cell vehicles can now refuel at eight H2 stations in Bavaria.
The new H2 facility at the Total gas station on Manchinger Straße – directly on the A9 motorway – is owned and operated by H2 Mobility, a joint venture between the CEP partner companies Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, and Total. The partners’ primary goal is to operate 100 stations in seven German metropolitan areas (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich) and along motorways and highways by 2019. Another 300 H2 fuelling stations will follow as the vehicle numbers are ramped up.
H2 Mobility thus continues the longstanding commitment of the CEP, which is involved in the construction of the first 50 service stations as part of Germany’s National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. The CEP partners also took an important step towards establishing an H2 infrastructure in the market by defining norms and standards. The technology for the new H2 facility comes from Air Liquide and allows for refuelling about 40 vehicles per day. The Ingolstadt station was funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with around €700,000 under the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).
Pierre-Etienne Franc, Vice-President of Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit at Air Liquide, 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 decarbonise 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.”