In partnership with BMW, TOTAL has begun building the first public hydrogen filling station in the city of Munich, Germany. (Munich Airport—28 km/17 miles northeast of the city—has had a hydrogen filling station since 1999.)
Located in Detmoldstraße, not far from BMW Group’s Research and Innovation Center, the station features an underground storage tank for liquid hydrogen—the first such in a hydrogen filling station in Germany. Other stations, such as the one at Munich Airport, use an aboveground storage tank for liquid hydrogen.
The hydrogen filling station will be visibly indistinguishable from a conventional gasoline station. As well as hydrogen, the new filling station will also offer gasoline and diesel fuel and is scheduled to go on stream at the end of the year.
This marks a significant advance in the integration of hydrogen as a future fuel into the day-to-day refuelling infrastructure.—Daniel Le Breton, Director Transport and Energy of the TOTAL Group
BMW Group and TOTAL are working together to promote hydrogen as an energy source for road traffic. The two companies signed an agreement in May 2006 which will see TOTAL setting up and operating three hydrogen filling stations in Europe by the end of 2007. (Earlier post.)
BMW is currently developing a 7 Series vehicle with a hydrogen combustion engine to production standards. (Earlier post.)
In March, the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) opened Berlin’s second hydrogen filling station. The new station, integrated into a newly-built TOTAL service station, provides both liquid (LH2) and gaseous (CGH2) hydrogen for vehicles. (Earlier post.)