Shell, which opened its first hydrogen fueling station in Germany in 2011, has signed a declaration of intent with its H2 Mobility Germany joint venture partners (Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV and Total) and Germany’s federal transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt. The initiative will begin in 2016 and will lead to hydrogen fueling pumps being available at around 400 retail sites across the country by 2023.
“Hydrogen-fueled electric vehicles could play a key part in a low-carbon, low-emission, future,” said Oliver Bishop, General Manager of Hydrogen at Shell. “It will take technical innovation and bold policies to transform the global energy system into a progressively cleaner, less carbon-intensive one. H2 Mobility Germany shows what we can achieve through private-public close collaboration. The next step is for consumers to embrace this opportunity and consider buying hydrogen vehicles as they become available.”
Shell currently operates three hydrogen stations in Germany, including one in Berlin and two in Hamburg. It anticipates the first four new fueling points will be installed at existing retail sites in Frankfurt, Wuppertal, Geisingen and Wendingen.
The company has another two demonstration hydrogen filling stations in Los Angeles that allow them to evaluate a range of technologies, drive down costs and better understand consumer behavior. Shell is also assessing the potential for more stations in the USA, UK, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.