H2 Mobility opens new station in Esslingen with Shell, Air Liquide

H2 Mobility opens new station in Esslingen with Shell, Air Liquide

NEWS FUELING LBST report says 64 new hydrogen stations worldwide in 2017 T he 10th annual assessment by H2stations.org, a website of Ludwig-Bölkow-...

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LBST report says 64 new hydrogen stations worldwide in 2017


he 10th annual assessment by H2stations.org, a website of Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) and TÜV SÜD in Germany, reports that a total of 64 stations were opened worldwide in the past year. The German public hydrogen refueling infrastructure – which added 24 stations in 2017 – is now the second largest globally, with 45 public stations, ahead of the US (40 stations), and only surpassed by Japan with 91 public stations. At the end of 2017, there were 56 hydrogen stations in Germany, 45 of which are publicly accessible (or with prior notice). The German public refueling network has doubled in the past year [FCB, March 2017, p13], and by 2019, it is expected to grow to 100 stations – the planning process has already started for 31 dedicated locations. In terms of the number of hydrogen stations per inhabitant, Germany ranks fourth behind Denmark, Norway, and Japan, closely followed by Austria. In Europe, national networks have already been complemented by seamless hydrogen corridors from Norway to northern Italy [see the News Feature in July 2016], and from western Switzerland to Vienna. These have been consolidated with an additional 36 publicly accessible hydrogen stations, with Norway, the UK and France each opening three stations, and two in Austria. Japan expanded its hydrogen station network strongly in 2015 and 2016, and has continued at a slightly slower rate in 2017, with 11 new stations. In the US, five new public stations have opened, all in California. LBST says that 139 hydrogen stations are currently in operation in Europe, 118 in Asia, 68 in North America, one in South America, and one in Australia. A new member in the hydrogen community is the United Arab Emirates, with one private station in Dubai [see also page 11]. Of the 328 hydrogen stations worldwide, 227 can be used just like a conventional retail filling station, and another 24 if you make an appointment. The other stations are dedicated to refueling of buses or fleet customers. The H2stations.org website uses interactive global maps to list all hydrogen refueling stations in operation, planned, or already shut down, 8

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including a summary on recent changes. It currently contains detailed information on about 800 stations. The basic information is free to access, while professional users can license more detailed information, regular reports on new developments, and individual analyses. The sister website H2mobility.org offers an overview of all hydrogen vehicles, extensive specialist information, and a guide to standards and regulations. H2stations.org: www.H2stations.org H2Mobility, Hydrogen Vehicles: www.H2mobility.org Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik: www.lbst.de/index_e TÜV SÜD, Hydrogen Technology & Fuel Cells: www.tuv-sud.com/fuelcell

H2 Mobility opens new station in Esslingen with Shell, Air Liquide


2 Mobility Deutschland and its shareholders Shell and Air Liquide recently inaugurated the first hydrogen refueling station in Wendlingen, in the Esslingen district near Stuttgart. The station is the 12th in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, and offers another refueling option on the important route between BadenWürttemberg and Bavaria. The new hydrogen station is owned and operated by the joint venture H2 Mobility, which is building a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. Its location at the filling station on Heinrich-Otto-Strasse is directly by the Wendlingen exit of the Bundesautobahn (BAB) 8 motorway across southern Germany. The technology for the state-of-the-art station has been supplied by French-based Air Liquide. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is supporting the construction of the first 50 hydrogen refueling stations in Germany, via the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) [see also pages 2/3 and 5], which has invested around E700 000 (US$860 000) in the construction of the facility in Wendlingen. H2 Mobility intends to build as many as 400 hydrogen stations in Germany by 2023 [FCB, October 2013, p6]. The foundations for the expansion of Germany’s hydrogen infrastructure have been laid by the Clean Energy Partnership demonstration project, which has established common standards and norms to help establish the market and systems compatibility for hydrogen and fuel cell mobility [see the CEP feature in June 2011].

‘Germany is on the way to becoming a trailblazer in matters of hydrogen-based electromobility, and we are in the process of building the backbone of the hydrogen infrastructure with the first 100 stations nationwide, regardless of vehicle numbers,’ says Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH. ‘Our priority is to build stations where customers [will] need them, and to operate these stations reliably.’ The H2 Mobility joint venture was established in 2015 by Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell [see also page 1] and Total to expand the hydrogen infrastructure throughout Germany, with BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Volkswagen and NOW GmbH advising as associated partners. Last autumn H2 Mobility announced 19 new sites for hydrogen refueling stations in Germany [October 2017, p7, and February 2018, p7], and subsequently opened stations in Munich [November 2017, p8] and at Cologne Bonn Airport [November 2017, p10]. The status of all the German hydrogen stations, operational and planned, can be tracked via the H2.LIVE app [June 2017, p13, and see the above item]. H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH: www.h2-mobility.de/en and www.h2.live NOW GmbH, National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology: www.now-gmbh.de/en National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology: http://tinyurl.com/nip-h2fc-tech Clean Energy Partnership: www.cleanenergypartnership.de/en Shell Deutschland, Wasserstoff: http://tinyurl.com/shell-wasserstoff [in German] Shell Global, Hydrogen: http://tinyurl.com/shell-h2 Air Liquide Deutschland GmbH: www.airliquide.com/germany Air Liquide, Hydrogen Energy: http://tinyurl.com/hydrogen-energy-airliquide

High V.LO-City adds PitPoint hydrogen station in Delfzijl


itPoint Clean Fuels and QBuzz have inaugurated a new hydrogen refueling station in the Netherlands, at Delfzijl in the northern province of Groningen. The station, part of the EU-supported High V.LO-City project, will serve two fuel cell buses running between Delfzijl and Assen. The Delfzijl station has been built and will be operated by PitPoint [FCB, January 2018, p9]; it is the company’s second hydrogen

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