Linde and Air Liquide are two of six companies taking part in an industry initiative to develop a network of hydrogen refueling stations for fuel cell electric vehicles in Germany.

The current partners in the H2Mobility initiative (Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, and Total) are working on implementing a business model to build up a nationwide hydrogen refueling station network in Germany.

The objective of this initiative is to prepare for the planned series launch of fuel cell electric vehicles and build up a hydrogen refueling station network infrastructure. In September 2009, the cross-industry H2 Mobility initiative already joined forces to develop scenarios to build up a hydrogen supply infrastructure in Germany within the scope of a study.

Based on this study, H2Mobility assessed the probable success of potentially building up this infrastructure and developed various business models along with an implementation road map in a second phase in 2011. Beyond the six partners, seven associated partners from the automotive industry (BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Intelligent Energy, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen) as well as the National Organisation of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) as interface to Germany’s federal government are also involved.

In the currently launched third phase of preparations initiative partners are negotiating the foundation of a joint corporate entity to implement the business model and invest in building up the infrastructure.