The network of H2 refuelling stations across Germany has taken another stride forward after The Linde Group, Daimler AG and Total officially inaugurated the first station in the German city of Ulm.
In a combined effort with the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), the companies jointly hosted the official opening of the H2 fuel pump today in the Southern city.
This latest inauguration marks another step towards the nationwide rollout of a H2 supply network, as to date, 21 stations have been completed in Germany. Funded as research and development projects by the German federal government through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), these existing stations serve almost six million people in the metropolitan areas of Berlin, Hamburg, the Rhine, Stuttgart and Munich.
Under the NIP expansion programme, Linde and Daimler will utilise their technologies in a further 20 new H2 stations throughout Germany, representing a total investment of almost €20m ($22m).
Dr. Dieter Prangenberg, responsible for the Southern sales region at the Tier One corporation, declared, “In arithmetical terms, the H2 fuelling capacity currently installed in Germany can already accommodate more than 8,000 fuel cell vehicles. Three quarters of German H2 service stations are equipped with Linde technology, as is the one in Ulm.”
The informational video below explains the process behind Linde’s H2 refulleing technology;