Two stations in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden link north and south transport routes
Hydrogen has gained another foothold in the German transport network with the opening of two new fuelling stations, connecting networks in the country’s north and south.
Joint venture H2 Mobility Deutschland, with partners Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde and Shell, officially opened two stations in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. The state of Hesse now has five such stations, and move takes Germany another step closer to a nationwide supply network.
The new sites, supported by 1.6 million euros in government investment, are both conveniently located directly on the A661 and A66 motorways at key points of intersection for drives moving north and south through Germany. . Both stations have the capacity to serve 40 FCEVs every day.
H2 Mobility commissioned the new hydrogen station in Frankfurt’s Hanauer Landstrasse 334, while the Wiesbaden’s Borsigstrasse 1 is owned by Daimler. Air Liquide and Linde supplied the H2 handling technology, and both stations are located on Shell forecourts.
Even as its automakers push for battery-electric vehicles, the German government is supporting multiple routes to decarbonisation via the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). Germany now has a total of 30 hydrogen refuelling stations, rising to 100 stations by 2018. 27 stations are in the pipeline or under construction. H2 Mobility and its partner companies are due to unveil filling stations in Kassel, Bremen and Wendlingen. And more are planned for the Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Munich areas later in the year.
Daimler’s director of fuel cells Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck commented that: “Everything is in place for the market launch of electric vehicles with fuel cell. Today the technology is ready for series production and the H2 refuelling station network is constantly expanding. Thanks in great part to the concrete action plan put together by our H2 Mobility Joint Venture, hydrogen is on track to become an increasingly viable option for everyday mobility. This year we are taking the next step to long-distance e-mobility in the premium segment with the world premiere of our latest model based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC. ‘