Linde and TOTAL jointly inaugurated another new public hydrogen (H2) filling station in Germany at Cologne/Bonn Airport today.

The station is an important building block for further H2 projects in North Rhine-Westphalia for the operation of passenger car fleets and, in future, for buses as well.

The new H2 station in Cologne is one of the 50 first H2 filling stations to be built in Germany as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and subsidised by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure via its National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Technology (NIP).

The stations will be operated by the H2 Mobility joint venture, in which Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL have joined forces to build a network of as many as 400 service stations by 2023. The filling station at Cologne/Bonn Airport can store up to 370kg of H2, which can fuel around 90 vehicles. In addition to the 700-bar fuel pump for cars, equipment for an optional 350-bar fuel pump for bus refuelling is preinstalled. This also opens up the prospect of establishing a fleet of H2 buses at the airport and in the region.

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Source: Linde Group

Bernd Eulitz, a member of the Linde AG Executive Board, said, “The progress in the construction of a nationwide H2 infrastructure is reflected in the multiple openings we are seeing. Our investment in this project reflects our continued confidence in the development of a H2 society. Beyond this, as a place of intersection between private transport, public transport, and air transport, Cologne/Bonn has a special symbolic significance.”

“TOTAL Deutschland has been continuously involved in pilot projects to develop the hydrogen infrastructure for 15 years,” explains Bruno Daude-Lagrave, Managing Director of TOTAL Deutschland GmbH, “One in every three public H2 filling stations in Germany today is at a TOTAL service station. Together with our H2 Mobility partners, we are creating the foundations for a nationwide H2 supply and thus for the market launch of H2 vehicles. With H2 vehicles, we achieve all the advantages of electric mobility, combined with long ranges and short refuelling times. A H2 vehicle can be fuelled with enough energy for more than 500 kilometres in under five minutes.”

Managing Director of H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG., Nikolas Iwan, added, “The expansion of the H2 infrastructure is gaining momentum. Only yesterday, stations opened in Bremen and Bad Rappenau, and another will follow tomorrow on Kreillerstrasse in Munich. 100 stations should ensure an unconditional basic supply, independent of vehicle numbers.”