US-based Proton OnSite has been chosen to install an on-site hydrogen generator at one of the first hydrogen fuel cell stations in Germany’s new nationwide H2Mobility refueling network.
Proton OnSite won a competitive application process to install a C-Series proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer in the new station in Hamburg, Germany as part of the overall solution being provided by H2 Logic. The PEM electrolyzer will be partially powered by renewable energy sources and is expected to be in operation in late summer or early Fall.
The station is owned and operated by a major European infrastructure provider and is part of a planned 50 station network in the country by 2015, as part of the previously announced €350-million (US$485-million) H2Mobility Germany initiative. The fueling station will be fueling a variety of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV).
This is the second U.S.-made Proton OnSite hydrogen generator to be delivered for vehicle fueling in Germany. In 2012, a Proton electrolyzer was installed at Fraunhofer ISE’s solar-powered refueling station in Freiburg as part of Baden-Württemberg's Environment Ministry’s hydrogen refueling project.
The refueler is a collaboration between the qualified teams at Proton OnSite and Denmark-based H2 Logic, manufacturer of H2Station CAR-100 hydrogen refueling stations.
The electrolyzer in Hamburg will use the same C-Series electrolyzer platform as the SunHydro commercial fueling station in Wallingford, Connecticut, which opened in October 2010. Proton OnSite estimates that the station has dispensed more than 8,000 kg of hydrogen, and completed more than 2,000 fills, resulting in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being driven more than 50,000 miles (31,000 miles) since its launch in October 2010 through January 2014. More than 95% of the fills were 700 bar/10000 psi H70 “fast fills” of three minutes or less using SAE TIR J2601 and OEM fill protocols.
Proton OnSite has also installed C-Series electrolyzers in refueling stations in Flint, Michigan, Emeryville, California and multiple locations in Hawaii and internationally.