The state of Baden-Württemberg is now home to a hydrogen filling station, with new filling technology for enhanced user-friendliness and extended operating range.

OMV Aktiengesellschaft (OMV), one of Austria's largest listed industrial companies, has joined forces with Daimler AG, a global leading producer of premium passenger cars and the global market leader for heavy- and medium-duty trucks and buses, The Linde Group, and the State of Baden-Württemberg, to build Baden-Württemberg's first public hydrogen filling station for emission-free mobility of the future.

The filling station is located on the site of the OMV service station at Stuttgart Airport; it will serve fuel-cell vehicles of the latest generation, such as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL, with 700-bar high-pressure technology. Small-series production of this vehicle is to commence later this year in Germany.

The successful cooperation between the participating companies has been subsidised by the State of Baden-Württemberg. Within the framework of a public-private partnership, the hydrogen station will provide an important impulse for a future supply network for this German federal state, thus supporting the operation of local emission-free electric vehicles on the basis of fuel-cell technology.

$quot;The development of new drive technologies is crucial to Baden-Württemberg's automotive industry and will ensure that it can emerge with renewed strength from the current crisis and participate in the race for international technological leadership,” commented Baden-Württemberg's State Premier Günther H. Oettinger of the joint project.

“By entering the field of hydrogen technology we are protecting natural resources, while at the same time reducing our dependence on the import of fossil fuels. This initiative is a key component of Baden-Württemberg's sustainability strategy: by utilising energy in a future-proof way, we are promoting environmentally friendly and thus sustainable mobility.$quot;

Oettinger revealed the federal state was supporting the project with the sum of €800,000 from the programme $quot;Zukunftsoffensive Baden-Württemberg$quot; (Baden-Württemberg's Campaign for the Future).

The new hydrogen station at Stuttgart Airport incorporates ion-compressor technology developed by Linde. With this new compression process, cars and electric buses powered by fuel cells can be refuelled within a matter of minutes - just like vehicles powered by conventional internal combustion engines - with hydrogen at a pressure of either 350 or 700 bar. The gaseous hydrogen is also supplied by Linde AG.

$quot;As the pioneer of hydrogen technology we have a particular responsibility to press ahead toward hydrogen-based sustainable mobility,$quot; said Dr Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.

$quot;Establishing the infrastructure for this future-oriented energy carrier calls for a concerted effort among the partners involved. We are delighted to have realised a filling-station concept of the latest generation together with OMV. With our newly developed 700-bar technology, vehicles can be refueled rapidly, safely and in a user-friendly manner.$quot;