Germany’s 83rd hydrogen station was officially opened yesterday in Rastatt, Baden-Württemberg, as the country moves closer to its goal of 100 stations.
With a capacity of around 200kg of hydrogen – enough to refuel 40 to 50 vehicles a day, the station was built by joint venture H2 Mobility together with its partners Total and Linde.
Equipped with Linde’s highly efficient ionic compressor technology, the station offers a second refuelling possibility for hydrogen vehicles in the Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden area.
“Hydrogen plays an important role in the transformation of the mobility sector. High range, short refuelling time and zero local emissions are the decisive criteria,” Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 Mobility Deutschland, said.
Commenting on Germany’s expanding hydrogen network, Jan Petersen, Director Mobility & New Energies, who leads the infrastructure expansion for alternative mobility concepts at Total Deutschland, said, “By expanding the hydrogen network, we are jointly creating the basis for technological diversity in electromobility in Germany.”
“Hydrogen mobility offers the opportunity for high-performance electromobility with considerable advantages for passenger cars over long distances, but especially for commercial vehicles.”
“Since 2002 Total Deutschland has been involved in research and pilot projects to develop the hydrogen infrastructure.”
“Other Total projects in Neuruppin, Erfurt and Hamburg are reaching completion or are under construction. Other projects in Saarbrücken and Freiburg are in the planning process.”
“By building the network, we want to send a clear signal to the market, together with our partners.”
There are now a total of 83 public hydrogen stations in Germany, 23 of which are at Total stations and 14 in Baden- Württemberg.