The Parliamentary Secretary of State to the Federal Transport Minister, Katherina Reiche, refueled a fuel cell vehicle for the first time at the ‘Green Hydrogen Hub’ (H2BER) of the TOTAL multi-energy station. H2BER’s operating principle is based on applying hydrogen produced from wind power and solar energy, which supports cross-system networking of renewable energy from the electricity, heating and gas markets right through to the transport sector
“After seven years of research and development, applications in the transport sector are extensively suitable for everyday use and market-ready. It is now a matter of introducing this technology to the market. A basic requirement for this is to build a network of fueling stations covering the most significant population areas and connecting them with each other. In the context of our program we will build hydrogen stations on 50 sites by the end of next year, so that precisely such a network is established across Germany,” said Reiche.
By 2016, the H2BER partners –Total Deutschland, Linde, McPhy Energy, Enertrag and 2G Energy– will invest more than €10 million, with a further €5 million in public funding from the federal government, coordinated by the National Organization of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. The initiative is not only supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport but also by the industry, associated in the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), Europe’s largest demonstration project for hydrogen and cell fuel technology.
The hydrogen will be produced on site in a McPhy 45-bar pressure electrolyzer, which will be operated by Enertrag. Linde is responsible for the whole hydrogen handling process from production in the electrolyzer to the dispenser. 2G has installed a block heat power plant which is operated using the energy sources and can convert the hydrogen into electricity and heat. Finally, Total operates two H2 dispensers at the site, one for cars and one for buses.
Source: Clean Energy Partnership