09/13/2016 News

OMV opens hydrogen filling station in Asten near Linz

  • OMV now operates the third hydrogen filling station in Austria
  • Hydrogen set to play also a role in the fuel mix of the future
  • Important step in readying major European traffic routes for renewable energy on the road

Robert Seeber, member of the Federal Council, Karl Kollingbaum, Mayor of the Borough of Asten, and Wilfried Gepp, Manager of the OMV filling station business in Austria, opened the OMV hydrogen filling station in Asten, near Linz in Upper Austria today. OMV thereby now operates the third hydrogen filling station in Austria. OMV, the international, integrated oil and gas company, headquartered in Vienna, has therefore taken another key step towards readying major European traffic routes for hydrogen on the road. The new filling station is situated directly on the Westautobahn A1 – one of Europe’s most important traffic axes. Officially opened today, the OMV
station enhances Austria’s connection to a Europe-wide hydrogen filling station network for vehicles powered by fuel cells.

The issue of hydrogen on the road is one of the future scenarios for OMV and the company already has extensive experience in producing hydrogen. The Schwechat Refinery can already produce around 50,000 tonnes of hydrogen a year; this is enough to power Vienna’s fleet of  850,000 vehicles for a half year. “We assume that the fuel mix at the filling stations of the future will be far more diverse. Fossil fuels will continue to play an important role. But it is also clear to us that we will research future energies such as hydrogen. The availability of this element is practically unlimited and it is low in emissions”, says Wilfried Gepp, OMV.

The construction and operation of the Asten hydrogen filling station is part of the EU-subsidized project COHRS (Connecting Hydrogen Refuelling Stations), which OMV is realizing together with German partner H2 MOBILITY. A total of 20 stations should make the most important European corridors accessible for hydrogen refueling, three of them will be in Austria: Alongside Asten near
Linz (Upper Austria), there will be Graz (Styria) and Wiener Neudorf (Lower Austria). COHRS is subsidized by the European Union through the financing instrument “Connecting Europe Facility” (CEF) and involves construction and operations, as well as research for technical solutions, customer acceptance and business models.

For further information please see the Press Release.

For more information on COHRS please see www.cohrs-project.eu.

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