Drivers of fuel-cell cars now have a refuelling option on the route between Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia.
The new site at Osterholzer Heerstraße 222 is located directly on the Sebaldsbrück motorway exit and the Bremen interchange, and is also near the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, one of Daimler AG’s largest car plants in the world. This is where the new generation of Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell vehicles is to be produced. The GLC F-CELL is the first vehicle to combine fuel-cell and battery technology in a purely electric plug-in hybrid.
Daimler is the developer of the hydrogen station, which is integrated into a Shell service station. The innovative H2 filling station technology comes from the technology company Linde. The three companies are partners in the joint venture H2 Mobility, which is building a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. The hydrogen station in Bremen is state-of-the-art and offer drivers an intuitive fuelling experience similar to that of conventional vehicles. The refuelling process takes three to five minutes to complete.
Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is supporting the construction of the country’s first 50 hydrogen filling stations via its National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), and has invested around 900,000 euros in the construction of the facility in Bremen.
The foundations for the expansion of Germany’s hydrogen infrastructure were laid by the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) demonstration project, which established common standards and norms.
The expansion of the nationwide H2 network is progressing well, with several sites officially opening in October: on 16 October, the H2 filling stations in Bad Rappenau and Bremen, on 17 October the inauguration of the Cologne/Bonn site, and on 18 October the CEP partners are opening a H2 filling station in Munich. This brings the total number of filling stations in the German H2 network to 41.
Additional hydrogen stations are also currently in the pipeline or under construction in northern Germany, too. For example, other facilities at Shell filling stations will follow in the Diepholz district of Stuhr-Grossmackenstedt, in the Laatzen district of Hannover, and in Kassel. The plan is to have 100 stations in Germany by 2018. In total, the joint venture H2 Mobility aims to set up as many as 400 service stations in Germany by 2023.