12/05/2016 News

Hydrogen station in Münster inaugurated

(left to right) Wolfgang Fritsch-Albert, Chairman of the Board of the Westfalengruppe, NRW Environment Minister Johannes Remmel, Thorsten Herbert, Divisional Head Transport and Infrastructure of the NOW, Mayor Karin Reismann and Heinrich Klingenberg, Vice Chairman of CEP, opened the first hydrogen filling station in Munster
  • Westfalen opens new hydrogen station
  • Nationwide infrastructure expansion is progressing: 24 public hydrogen filling stations already in operation, three in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1,5 million euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP)

Berlin/Münster, 5 December 2016 – Vehicles can now fill up with hydrogen at the Westfalen service station in the Amelsbüren district of Münster: Westfalen continues its collaboration with the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and has taken an important step in their joint development of a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany.

The new hydrogen station is located close to the A1 in the Hansa Business Park, at Kopenhagener Strasse 19 in the industrial estate. The official inauguration ceremony was attended by North Rhine-Westphalia’s Environment Minister Johannes Remmel; the Chairman of the Board of the Westfalen Group, Wolfgang Fritsch-Albert; Thorsten Herbert, Head of Trans-port and Infrastructure at the National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW); and Deputy Chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership, Heinrich Klingenberg.

At the opening ceremony, Johannes Remmel, the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Climate Change, Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection, said: “Nitrogen dioxide pollution is the number one problem in our efforts to keep the air clean – and not just in North Rhine-Westphalia. The results of the latest air quality measurements also show that nitrogen dioxide in the air endangers the health of people in cities in many places, which is why nitrogen pollution must be quickly and effectively reduced. Our goal is emissions-free mobility by 2030. The opening of the hydrogen station in Münster is one step on this path towards finally having clean, emission-free mobility.”

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is promoting the construction and operation of the service station with 1.5 million euros as part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). “The National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology has made a decisive contribution to trialling the interplay of fuel-cell vehicles, hydrogen filling stations, green hydrogen production, and their use by customers in everyday life, to such an extent that we are now at the early stages of commercialising the technology in the transport sector,” said Thorsten Herbert of NOW.

For further information please see the Press Release.

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