Lower Saxony has been officially added to the German hydrogen (H2) map as Air Liquide officially inaugurated its latest H2 filling station in Wolfsburg earlier this week.
In the presence of Dr Bernd Althusmann, Minister of Economics, Labour, Transport and Digitisation of the State of Lower Saxony, and Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the Tier One company officially opened the station, which has been in operation since August.
The first in this German federal state, the station is one of 50 filling stations to be built all over Germany as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and with funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).
After Mülheim an der Ruhr, Wolfsburg is the second H2 station in Germany that Air Liquide has built in cooperation with Orlen Deutschland/Star-Tankstellen. Its operation will be handled by the joint venture H2 Mobility. Volkswagan, a CEP partner based in Wolfsburg, provided support for the opening of the station.
The expansion of the H2 infrastructure in Germany is progressing well. The network already comprises 43 stations, and another 33 filling stations are currently under construction and in planning. By 2018/19, the plan is to have 100 stations in place to support the market launch of fuel cell vehicles. In total, the joint venture H2 Mobility plans to build as many as 400 filling stations in Germany.
Frédéric Minaud, Managing Director Air Liquide Advanced Technologies GmbH, said, “H2 offers a number of benefits for clean transportation. It does not generate any pollution at its point of use: zero greenhouse gases, zero particles, and zero noise. H2 brings a concrete response to the challenges of sustainable mobility and local pollution in urban areas, and contributes to improving air quality in our cities.”
“Air Liquide is committed to the deployment of h2 energy, especially for transportation, for more than 20 years. We are delighted to inaugurate the first h2 station installed in the Federal State of Lower Saxony, thus contributing to the construction of the widest network of h2 stations in Europe.”