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.