Daimler, Shell and Linde have now commissioned two more hydrogen (H2) stations in Sindelfingen and Pforzheim, following the opening of stations in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt back in June.
This brings the number of fuelling options for emission-free fuel-cell cars in Baden-Württemberg to nine, making the federal state Germany’s leading H2 region. The openings are another step in the partners’ efforts towards establishing a nationwide H2 supply network.
The new sites are located at Shell service stations at key intersection points for traffic routes in southwestern Germany. Daimler is the builder of the two H2 stations; their innovative H2 filling technology comes from the technology company Linde. All three companies are partners in the H2 Mobility joint venture, which is working to expand the H2 infrastructure in Germany.
Germany currently has a total of 32 H2 refuelling stations in operation, sponsored by the German government via its National Innovation Programme for H2 and fuel cell technology (NIP).
Altogether, the German government contributed €1.8m ($2.1m) to the construction of the two new stations. The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) demonstration project laid the foundations for the expansion of Germany’s H2 infrastructure by establishing common standards and norms. By 2018, the plan is to have 100 filling stations.
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