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German hydrogen refuelling station begins construction, with plans for future local production

Construction has begun on the Düsseldorf-Höherweg (HyLight3) project, a hydrogen filling station capable of providing two tonnes per day.

Being developed by H2 Mobility Germany, Stadtwerke Düsseldorf and transport operator Rheinbahn, the station will be capable of fueling up to 100 fuel cell-powered buses or trucks a day at 350 and 700 bar.

To support the project, Stadtwerke Düsseldorf will invest in an electrolyser to locally produce hydrogen from 2026 and deliver via pipeline to the station in Düsseldorf. Rheinbahm also has plans to purchase 20 fuel cell buses to convert its fleet to zero-emissions, with 10 already delivered.

H2 View understands HyLight3 will be funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) with €3m ($3.2m) as part of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Phase 2 (NIP2).

It hasn’t been stated when the station will be operational, however Düsseldorf is aiming to become climate neutral in the transport sector by 2035 and the purchased electrolyser is expected to start producing hydrogen in 2026.

Frank Fronzke, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at H2 Mobility Germany, claimed the partnership will have an “accelerating effect on the realisation of the transport transition.”

“Thanks to our patented refuelling technology, high-performance refuelling of several buses and trucks in a row is possible at three dispensers at the same time,” he said.

Michael Richarz, Rheinbahn Board Member, added the station will allow the operator to refuel its first 20 hydrogen buses in the immediate vicinity of its Lierenfeld depot.


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