A new hydrogen (H2) station inaugurated today in Rostock, Germany, has claimed a world first.

The site is the first H2 station to gain approval from the Public-Private Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) in accordance with the latest 2016 version of the SAE J2601 standard, meaning it matches the same refuelling experience as found at typical gasoline stations.

At the new site in Germany, fuel cell vehicle (FCV) users will experience the same fast and reliable fuelling as other drivers.

Dedicated H2 technology infrastructure company Nel ASA delivered the station for petroleum refining company TOTAL.

Bjørn Simonsen, Vice-President for Market Development and Public Relations, explaining, “The latest generation H2Station® is the result of extensive field-testing of our technology in all environments. It includes innovative, in-house developed solutions, which ensure top performance, according to the latest international standards for fuelling stations.”

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It is understood that the SAE J2601 standard will be a common requirement for automakers and H2 stations going forward.

The Rostock station adds to the growing H2 fuelling network being deployed by H2MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co.KG in a joint venture between Air Liquide, Linde, Daimler, OMV, Shell and Total. The action plan for H2MOBILITY envisages a Germany-wide network of H2 fuelling station from 2023.

Norway-based Nel is currently manufacturing two more stations for the scheme. Both are expected to be delivered later this year.