Germany has gained further momentum in establishing a hydrogen (H2) economy after industry partners The Linde Group, Daimler and OMV Deutschland opened the country’s 22nd public H2 filling station.
The new H2 station, which features Linde’s IC90 ionic compressor as well as its compact, 700 bar refuelling technology, is located in Metzingen, southwest Germany.
The opening of the new filling station continues the longstanding cooperation between the companies as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and marks another step towards a nationwide H2 infrastructure.
The partnership trio constructed the first public H2 filling station in Baden-Württemberg at Stuttgart airport in 2009, with the region now featuring eight stations in total after this latest addition.
Within the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), Daimler and Linde are contributing a total investment volume of around €20m ($22.4m).
The Federal Ministry of Transport is also contributing financially to infrastructure developments in Germany, sponsoring around €28m ($31.4m) to establish 50 H2 filling stations across the country. The infrastructure build-up has been timed to coincide with the planned market surge of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).
Ministerial Director Helmfried Meinel of the Baden- Württemberg Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Energy, who attended the station’s inauguration ceremony, emphasised, “H2 and fuel cell-based technology opens up great opportunities for protecting the environment and the climate, and is an important element in ensuring the success of the transition to renewables. I firmly believe that hydrogen is the storage medium of the future, across multiple sectors.”
The CEP is an alliance of twenty leading companies and has set itself the goal of establishing H2 as the ‘fuel of the future.’ In addition to Linde, Daimler and OMV, the association also consists of Air Liquide, BMW, Bohlen & Doyen, EnBW, Ford, GM/Opel, H2 Mobility, Hamburger Hochbahn, Honda, Hyundai, Shell, Siemens, Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen SSB, Total, Toyota, Volkswagen and Westfalen as its partners for the ground-breaking future project as well as technology, oil and utility companies, most German car manufacturers and two leading public transport companies.