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Daimler and Linde Group to construct 20 more hydrogen filling stations in Germany

Daimler and The Linde Group are pressing ahead with the development of an infrastructure for hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles. Over the coming three years, the two companies plan to construct an additional 20 hydrogen filling stations in Germany.

The initiative links in with the existing H2 Mobility and Clean Energy Partnership infrastructure projects, which are being subsidized by the National Innovation Programme for hydrogen and fuel-cell technology (NIP). This places Germany at the international forefront of hydrogen infrastructure development.

The new Daimler-Linde initiative will more than triple the number of public hydrogen refuelling points in Germany. The new stations will be located in the current hydrogen centers of Stuttgart, Berlin and Hamburg as well as along two new continuous north-south and east-west axes. The aim is to use existing sites belonging to different petroleum companies that are strategically located in the traffic network. This will make it possible to drive anywhere in Germany with a fuel-cell-powered vehicle for the first time.

Construction and commissioning of the new filling stations will start in 2012. The two companies are inviting other partners from the petroleum, power supply or automotive industries to become involved in the joint initiative.

Comments

Davemart

With electricity at $0.30kwh and ludicrous attempts to provide power by putting solar where the sun don't shine and wind turbines where it ain't windy, together with plans to close their 45GWe of nuclear plants, it is not surprising that German companies are going the fossil fuel route and avoiding the chaos which is the German electricity industry.
They can simply use NG to produce hydrogen, and lie about their CO2 emissions, which they are rather good at, as the renewables mob are expert at all forms of false accounting and chicanery.

kelly

7 filling stations per year nationally spell token.

baldwincng

With 900 CNG filling stations in Germany, makes much more sense to run vehicles directly on natural gas if they are designed for gas (smaller engine, turbo, supercharger, low CO2)

http://www.ngvaeurope.eu/european-ngv-statistics

The NGVs like the Passat Ecofuel can also run on petrol if they are going in an area with no CNG. There is no point in H2 vehicles unless there is a surplus of nuclear/renewables and there clearly is not going to be that in Germany for a very long time.

SJC

NG dual fuel is the way to go for trucks and cars. No range worries and you use cleaner, less expensive fuel.

Jer

Hard call.
Hate Germany for getting rid of nuclear. Love Germany for pushing ahead with hydrogen-based range-extending infrastructure. What to do?

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