Mission Hydrogen Infrastructure
In recent years hydrogen refuelling stations and vehicles have proved that they are suitable for everyday use. The first automobile manufacturers are already going into series production with their fuel cell models, and more are planning to follow suit over the next few years. A nationwide network of refuelling stations must now be put in place if hydrogen is to be successfully introduced as a fuel – and that is our mission!
In 2014, six industrial partners, Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL got together to found the joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG. Its mission: the swift, efficient development of the hydrogen infrastructure needed for fuel cell vehicles, in order to provide nationwide coverage.
A common goal
Six industrial partners from the gas, oil and automobile industry, Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL have joined forces. By focusing our formidable capacities, we are pushing for the swifter introduction of national and international standards, ensuring that funding is used more effectively, and thus making a major contribution to decoupling mobility from CO2 emissions. So that progress dovetails as closely as possible with the automobile industry, BMW, Honda, Intelligent Energy, Toyota and Volkswagen are on board as associated partners. NOW, the German National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, advises us on political issues.
H2 MOBILITY receives funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) within the framework of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), as well as from the European Commission through the second phase of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) as part of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) Project, and the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T CEF) as part of the Connecting Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (COHRS) Project.
By the end of the first development phase, which is to run until 2018, Germany should already have the world’s densest hydrogen refuelling network with a total of some 100 stations. We, H2 MOBILITY, will operate the stations. Up to ten hydrogen refuelling stations will be established to provide coverage in Germany’s largest metropolitan areas (Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, the Rhine-Ruhr region and Stuttgart). More are to be installed along trunk roads and motorways to ensure nationwide coverage right up to the regions bordering on Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark.
In the course of a second development phase that will take us up to the end of 2023, we plan to operate up to 400 hydrogen refuelling stations. The second phase will, however, be tied to the number of fuel cell vehicles on the roads.
H2 MOBILITY hydrogen refuelling stations
The founding of H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co.KG marks the first time that a private company has coordinated, planned, built and operated hydrogen stations for an entire country. Wherever possible the hydrogen stations are to be integrated into existing conventional filling stations. The stations are compact and require little space. They consist for the most part of standardised components for hydrogen storage, compression and the pumps themselves, which operate at a pressure of 700 bar. Only four to eight weeks construction time is needed. We are also responsible for network planning and hydrogen sourcing. The aim is to source as much hydrogen as possible from renewable energy, and to sell this across Germany.