H2-Stations

H2 MOBILITY’s roadmap provides for the establishment of the first 100 hydrogen stations by 2018/2019  unconditionally and irrespective of the number of fuel cell vehicles on the road. The goal is to set up ten stations in each of six German metropolitan areas (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich) as well as ensuring hydrogen corridors along motorways.

The second phase of the project will be aligned with the numbers of fuel cell vehicles registered. A total of 400 hydrogen refuelling stations are to ensure nationwide coverage across Germany by 2023, and pave the way for an electric mobility future.

Find out where you already can refuel your car on Clean Energy Partnership’s website. You can also use the free app “H2 Tankstellen” in the app or google play store. Fur further information please see H2.LIVE.

Hydrogen infrastructure

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With its current 30 (June 2017) public hydrogen refuelling stations, Germany is clearly the trailblazer in Europe in terms of hydrogen infrastructure. The further development of the infrastructure in Germany has now taken shape with the establishment of H2 MOBILITY, although the idea of the company in fact goes back to September 2009 and the project “GermanHy”. A study that took into account factors like resource availability, energy efficiency, costs, CO2 reduction potential and import dependence, looked at the prospects of providing hydrogen as a fuel by 2050, and a hydrogen roadmap was produced.

The study provided evidence that the alternative fuel has a vast potential. Hydrogen could cover up to 40% of the demand for energy in Germany’s transport sector by 2050. This does, however, presuppose that the refuelling station infrastructure is rolled out rapidly in metropolitan areas and along main transport axes.

To this end, H2 MOBILITY will establish and operate the first 100 hydrogen refuelling stations by 2018/2019 unconditionally and irrespective of vehicle numbers. Specifically, this will mean putting in place up to ten stations in each of six major metropolitan areas in Germany (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich) and establishing hydrogen corridors along motorways. The second project phase will be aligned with the number of fuel cell vehicles on the road. By 2023, a total of 400 refuelling stations should provide nationwide coverage across Germany.

Generating hydrogen from renewable energy is both an ecological and an economic goal. Sustainably generated H2 makes mobility independent of imported fossil fuels like gas or coal. And electrolysis offers a chance to decouple the generation of green power that depends on natural factors from customer demand for that power. Hydrogen can act as an intermediate store for energy, which can be turned into electricity using fuel cells as needed.

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.

Our first H2 MOBILITY hydrogen station will be in Wuppertal’s Schmiedestrasse.

First H2 Mobility hydrogen station in Wuppertal

Our first H2 MOBILITY hydrogen station is conveniently located close to the motorways A1, A43 and A46. It improves logistics in the metropolitan region of Rhine-Ruhr and at the same time services long-haul traffic. More Shell stations under H2 Mobility will appear later this year in Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Bremen.

Construction and design of the station are incumbent on Linde.