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H2 Mobility opens new hydrogen station in Germany

H2 Mobility Deutschland and its shareholders Shell and Air Liquide have jointly inaugurated the first hydrogen station in the Esslingen district – the twelfth in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg.



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This new opening signifies the latest step taken by the partners towards a nationwide hydrogen supply network in Germany. The station is located on an important route between Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria – the two German Southern regions.

The new H2 station is owned and operated by the joint venture H2 Mobility, which is building a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. Its location at the filling station on Heinrich-Otto-Straße is directly by the Wendlingen exit of the BAB 8 motorway. The technology for the filling station comes from the gas and technology company Air Liquide.

A hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle emits no local pollutants or carbon dioxide (CO2), and has an operating range of between 500 and 700 kilometres.

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is therefore supporting the construction of the first 50 hydrogen filling stations via the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), and has invested around 700,000 euros in the construction of the facility in Wendlingen.

“Hydrogen technology is a promising technology, and H2 is a fuel of the future. We expect that, from the 2020s, this alternative drive will come to play an increasingly important role in markets such as Germany, Britain, Benelux and the United States. At Shell, we are on target,” says Thomas Bystry, Shell project manager and Chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership.

In 2016, Niklas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 Mobility, explained to PetrolPlaza how they planned to reach the target of 400 hydrogen sites by 2023, which would make Germany the leading world player in the hydrogen fuelling sector.

 

 

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