Friday, 15 December 2017

Germany: New Hydrogen Station in Hirschberg

Source: NOW GmbH, 14th December 2017
  • Air Liquide and TOTAL open new hydrogen filling station in Hirschberg an der Bergstrasse
  • Around EUR 900,000 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)
  • Another important milestone in the establishment of a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany
  • H2 MOBILITY Germany will operate the station

Berlin/Hirschberg a.d. Bergstra├če, 14 December 2017 – Emissions-free hydrogen-based electromobility continues to pick up speed: Air Liquide and TOTAL have opened a new hydrogen filling station in Hirschberg an der Bergstrasse. Thus, as 2017 draws to a close, Germany’s hydrogen filling station network comprises 43 stations, 12 of them equipped with Air Liquide technology, 14 of them at TOTAL stations. The joint venture, H2 MOBILITY, in which both Air Liquide and TOTAL are shareholders, will operate the hydrogen station in Hirschberg.

The Air Liquide filling station is conveniently situated directly on the A5 motorway, on the grounds of the TOTAL Hirschberg motorway service station. It is the 14th public hydrogen filling station in Baden-W├╝rttemberg and Germany’s fourth H2 station at a motorway service area. Drivers of fuel-cell vehicles can refuel in just three to five minutes. The average range of a fully refuelled vehicle is 500 km.

The new H2 station in Hirschberg is one of Germany’s 50 first hydrogen filling stations, built as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure via its National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel-cell Technology (NIP). The BMVI subsidised the construction and operation of the H2 station on Goldbeckstrasse with around EUR 900,000.

Thorsten Herbert, Head of Transportation and Infrastructure at the National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH):
“Mobility must become cleaner, so the transport sector will increasingly have to focus on electric mobility and propulsion systems, as well as electricity-based fuels. Hydrogen and fuel cell technology play a key role in this. The decisive factor for commercial success, however, is the development of a refuelling infrastructure that meets drivers’ needs. Every additional hydrogen filling station takes us a little closer to this goal.”

Markus Schewitza, Managing Director AIR LIQUIDE Advanced Technologies GmbH:
"We need to face the challenges of energy transition now. And hydrogen is today one of our best solutions to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Hydrogen has notably the potential to efficiently decarbonize the transport sector which is one of the major source of pollution in our cities, but it requires a dedicated infrastructure to achieve this goal. Air Liquide is proud to contribute, together with the key private and public players, to the building of the biggest hydrogen infrastructure in Europe, and thus enable the deployment of FCEVs on the territory."

Bruno Daude-Lagrave, Managing Director TOTAL Deutschland GmbH:
“For 15 years now, TOTAL has been involved in pilot projects for developing the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. The new station in Hirschberg is a further step towards a nationwide hydrogen supply network and hence towards the market introduction of hydrogen vehicles. Fuel-cell vehicles combine environmentally friendly electric mobility with long ranges and short refuelling times. For instance, in under five minutes a hydrogen car can be filled with energy that will fuel it for more than 500 kilometres.”

Thomas Bystry, Chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP):
“We are delighted that the expansion of the H2 infrastructure is proceeding with great strides. The Clean Energy Partnership partners have laid the foundations for the establishment of hydrogen and fuel cells in the market. We started out as true pioneers, but now our vision has become a reality and shows just how much the CEP partner companies have achieved together. We will continue to work together as a strong team to promote an integrated hydrogen economy.”

Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG.:
“In the past, lack of infrastructure was considered one of the main barriers to the introduction of hydrogen as a fuel. Which is why H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, a joint venture between Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total, took on the task of setting up and operating the first 100 hydrogen stations separately from the market ramp-up of vehicles.”

About Air Liquide

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health. With approximately 65,000 employees in 80 countries, Air Liquide serves more than 3 million customers and patients. In the hydrogen sector, Air Liquide is a pioneer with decades of experience. The Group's area of activity encompasses the entire hydrogen energy chain – from production, storage and distribution to a wide range of applications. In the area of hydrogen infrastructure, Air Liquide has a worldwide footprint comprising more than 75 H2 filling stations and is continuously advancing the market penetration of the eco-friendly technology.


TOTAL is a global, integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and a major player in solar energy with SunPower and Total Solar. Our 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative, and accessible to as many people as possible. In Germany, TOTAL has the country’s third-largest filling station network, with around 1,200 stations and offers a wide range of energy and mobility services, with the sale of heating oil and liquefied gas, lubricants, aviation and bunker fuels, bitumen, and special products for industry. The Group also operates one of Europe’s most state-of-the-art plants for crude oil processing, the TOTAL refinery in Leuna. The group's activities in Germany also include the distribution of SunPower natural gas and solar solutions, as well as the chemicals segment, with everything from petrochemical products to special applications for the automotive and aerospace industries. TOTAL employs more than 3,000 people in Germany.,

About H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG is lead-managing the nationwide expansion of Germany’s hydrogen infrastructure. The first 100 H2 service stations are being built in metropolitan areas and along trunk roads and motorways, irrespective of how the market develops. Another 300 H2 filling stations are planned by 2023, depending on the market ramp-up of fuel-cell vehicles. The H2.LIVE app can be used to follow the growth of the filling-station network.,

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