Thursday, 22 November 2018

New Hydrogen Station in Munich

Source: Clean Energy Partnership, 21st November 2018

  • Linde and Shell put seventh H2 station in Bavaria into operation 
  • Fuel-cell vehicles can now refuel at the service station on Verdistrasse 
  • Funding provided by Germany's Federal Government

Munich, 21 November 2018 – Drivers of electric cars with fuel-cell technology are now able to refuel at more and more filling stations: Linde and Shell today opened the third hydrogen (H2) station in the city of Munich - around 300,000 inhabitants live within easy reach. This is the seventh H2 station in Bavaria.

The Shell service station on Verdistrasse is located near the Munich West motorway junction, one kilometre from the A8 slip road. It is one of the first filling stations to be built nationwide as part of the Clean Energy Partnership and with support from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The Verdistrasse H2 station was funded by the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The owner of the new hydrogen filling station at the Shell service station is Linde; the hydrogen facility is operated by the joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland.

For the filling station technology, Linde is using a new generation of its proprietary cryogenic pump, which converts the liquid hydrogen stored into a gaseous state compressed to 900 bar. This advanced technology is also exported to the USA, Japan and China. It allows for refuelling up to 200 cars a day. The capacity of the liquid tanks can be increased from the current 400 kg to 800 kg if required.

The hydrogen station is state of the art. It features intuitive operation by the driver; refuelling is similar to that of conventional vehicles and takes three to five minutes.

Hydrogen-powered e-mobility reduces CO2 emissions

Hydrogen provides a way to expand the range of fuels available in the transport sector in a climate-friendly way, as hydrogen produced with renewable energy can help to significantly reduce climate-damaging CO2 emissions. The operation of an H2-powered fuel cell vehicle causes no local pollutants or carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The range of these vehicles is between 500 and 800 kilometres per tank of fuel.

To turn electromobility with hydrogen into a success story requires both an attractive range of fuel cell vehicles and, at the same time, a corresponding supply infrastructure. The expansion of the corresponding filling station network is progressing well. There are currently 53 H2 filling stations in Germany; by the end of 2019 there will be 100 stations across the nation.

The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) demonstration project laid the foundation for the expansion of the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany by defining common standards and norms.

Comments on the opening of the Munich Verdistrasse H2 station by the parties involved:

Stephanie Jacobs, Environment and Health Officer of the City of Munich:

"We all need clean air to breathe and an intact environment. So private transport should be converted to zero-emission or low-emission vehicles as quickly as possible, especially in growing metropolises – which is why the City of Munich is supporting the conversion of the Munich taxi fleet to e-taxis and fuel-cell vehicles. By opening this hydrogen filling station, you are making an important contribution to the expansion of the infrastructure, which is still too slow for fuel-cell vehicles at the moment, and are thereby keeping Munich liveable and lovable."

Dr. Christian Bruch, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG:

"Hydrogen technology plays a decisive role in the successful spread of electromobility. High ranges, short refuelling times and good on-site storage capability are essential criteria for an increased use of hydrogen. Linde technologies are used at all key points in the H2 value chain and ensure high efficiency."

Thomas Zengerly, Chairman of the Board of Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH:

"Hydrogen technology is a promising technology and H2 a fuel for clean mobility. We expect that from the 2020s, this alternative drive will play an increasingly important role in markets such as Germany, England, the Benelux countries, the USA and Japan. We at Shell are on course."

Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH:

"Germany is on its way to becoming a trailblazer in matters of hydrogen-powered electromobility. We are currently building the backbone of the hydrogen infrastructure with the first 100 stations in urban centres as well as along trunk roads and motorways. We will expand according to demand."

Thomas Bystry, Shell Project Manager and Chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership:

"Hydrogen has the potential to make a major contribution to the energy revolution as a fuel and storage medium. The Clean Energy Partnership partners are working toward the market activation of hydrogen mobility out of conviction, and making the best possible use of synergies in the process."


Linde AG
Thomas Schaefer, +49 (0)89 7446-2464,

Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH
Axel Pommeränke, +49 (0)40 6324 5290,

H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH
Sybille Riepe, +49 (0)170 58 70 317,

Clean Energy Partnership (CEP)
Kristin Bube & Nina­Antonia Siebach (be: public relations GmbH),
+49 (0)40 238 05 87 95,