H2 Mobility Deutschland and its shareholders Shell and Air Liquide have jointly opened a hydrogen station in Hannover-Laatzen, bringing the total amount of stations in Germany to 64.
The facility at the Shell service station on Karlsruher Straße 12 is directly next to the Hannover Messe convention grounds and marks the fifth station in Lower Saxony.
Other stations can be found nearby in Wolfsburg, Osnabrück, Kassel, Bremen, Stuhr and Hamburg.
The state-of-the-art hydrogen station uses refuelling similar to that of conventional vehicles and takes three to five minutes.
The facility has a capacity of around 200 kilograms of hydrogen – enough to refuel 40 to 50 vehicles a day.
Markus Schewitza, Managing Director Air Liquide Advanced Technologies, said hydrogen is one of the best solutions for achieving the targets of the Paris climate change agreement.
He continued, “It has the potential to decarbonise the transport sector, one of the major sources of pollution in our cities.”
“Air Liquide is proud to be involved in the development of Europe’s largest hydrogen infrastructure and thereby create the conditions for the roll-out of fuel-cell vehicles in Germany.”
Lorenz Jung, Head of Network at H2 Mobility Deutschland, added, “Germany is a pioneer in hydrogen-powered electromobility!”
“We are currently building the backbone of hydrogen mobility with the first 100 stations in seven major German metropolitan regions and along the most heavily frequented trunk roads and motorways. As we continue to expand, we will increasingly go where the demand is.”
Thomas Zengerly, Chairman of the Board of Shell Deutschland Oil, commented, “Hydrogen is a promising proposition. We expect that, starting in the 2020s, this alternative drive will play an increasingly important role in markets such as Germany, England, the Benelux countries, the USA and Japan. At Shell, we are right on course.”
The hydrogen station in Hannover-Laatzen is funded by the European Commission through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) in the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project.