The TOTAL Multi-Energy fuelling station in Detmoldstrasse, Munich, opened its doors to drivers of hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars. Equipped with innovative refueling technology from Linde, the station is now home to the only public hydrogen fuelling service in the Bavarian state capital.
Linde was commissioned by TOTAL and BMW, which will be the station’s main user, to install its high-pressure cryogenic hydrogen pumps (or cryopumps) at this site. The technology was developed in-house by Linde and is designed to directly compress cryogenic liquid hydrogen stored at -253 degrees Celsius. “We are harnessing our expertise in cryogenic gases to reduce the amount of energy and storage space required at an integrated multi-energy station,” explained Andreas Opfermann, Head of Technology & Innovation at Linde.
Fuel-cell drive technology enables electric cars to be driven over long distances with short refueling windows and zero tailpipe emissions. Under the umbrella of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), the new H2 fueling station will, for instance, supply demo fuel-cell cars based on the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo.
With Linde’s technology, the station can offer two different fueling technologies at separate pumps. Drivers can choose between industry-standard 700 bar compressed gaseous hydrogen (at -40 degrees Celsius) and cryo-compressed hydrogen at -233 degrees Celsius (pressurized at up to 300 bars). This last technique is suited to the pressurized cryogenic tanks in BMW fuel-cell cars.