A TOTAL hydrogen station was commissioned in Karlsruhe adding further impetus to the building of an eco-friendly refueling infrastructure using hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure approved grants of €970,000 euros for the facility under its National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). This station – the eleventh in the TOTAL network and the tenth in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg – features an innovative concept: hydrogen is produced on-site through electrolysis, using the electricity generated by a solar array.
Fuel-cell vehicles feature key advantages including long ranges exceeding 400 kilometers, and refueling times of under five minutes. Operating a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle generates no local pollutants or CO2 emissions – which is why most leading carmakers are working on this technology. Daimler, investor behind the facility in Karlsruhe, will soon be unveiling its latest generation of fuel cell vehicles based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The station will be operated by H2 MOBILITY, joint venture formed by the industry partners Daimler, Air Liquide, Linde, Shell, OMV and TOTAL in order to expand the nationwide hydrogen infrastructure to as many as 400 stations by 2023. Germany’s hydrogen gas station network currently has 33 locations.
Norbert Barthle, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said: “Our support for the ramp-up of alternative drives is technology-agnostic. We want to be at the forefront of shaping the development. Each new hydrogen filling station takes us one step further in building a nationwide charging infrastructure. This helps us bring more clean vehicles onto our roads and ensure more mobility with fewer emissions.”
Source: TOTAL/Daimler/Linde/Air Liquide/OMV