Air Liquide, H2 MOBILITY and TOTAL yesterday inaugurated the first hydrogen (H2) filling station in Saxony, Germany.

Located in Dresden, it is one of the first 50 H2 service stations in Germany. The new facility was built by H2 MOBILITY at the TOTAL service station, with support from the European Union, and technology is produced by Air Liquide. It has the refuelling capacity for up to 40 vehicles per day.

The primary goal of the joint venture H2 MOBILITY, formed by the companies Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, and TOTAL, is to operate 100 stations in metropolitan areas in Germany and along motorways and highways by 2019. Another 300 H2 filling stations will follow as the vehicle numbers are ramped up.

“We need to face the challenges of energy transition now and H2 is today one of our best solutions to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement,” said Markus Schewitza, Managing Director of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies.

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“H2 has notably the potential to efficiently decarbonise the transport sector which is one of the major sources of pollution in our cities, but it requires a dedicated infrastructure to achieve this goal.”

“Air Liquide is proud to contribute, together with the key private and public players, to the building of the biggest H2 infrastructure in Europe, and thus enable the deployment of FCEVs on the territory.”

Nikolas Iwan, CEO of H2 MOBILITY, added, “H2 offers an electromobility solution without restrictions: dynamic acceleration, short refuelling times and ranges comparable to conventional cars.”

“We are delighted that more and more H2 pioneers are taking advantage of our fast-growing service station network. There will be 100 stations by the end of 2019! Anyone who wishes, can follow our progress via our app H2.LIVE.”