Daimler, Linde to invest €20M in 20 new H2 fueling stations in Germany, 13 by end of 2015; green hydrogen
Daimler and The Linde Group are partnering with oil and gas companies TOTAL, OMV, Avia and Hoyer this year to build 20 new hydrogen fueling stations in Germany, with 13 to be completed by the end of 2015. Daimler and Linde are each investing around €10 million for ten fueling stations each. The ‘H2 Mobility’ initiative, of which Daimler, Linde, TOTAL and OMV are also part, agreed last year on a detailed plan of action to expand the hydrogen fueling network to around 400 stations by 2023. (Earlier post.)
Linde already secures half of the hydrogen for existing Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) hydrogen fueling stations from “green” sources, and it will power the 20 new stations with fully regenerative hydrogen. The gas is obtained from crude glycerol—a by-product of biodiesel production—at a dedicated pilot plant at Linde’s gases center in Leuna. (Earlier post.) The plant reprocesses, pyrolyzes and reforms raw glycerol to produce hydrogen.
Linde also has other sustainable sources at its disposal such as bio-gas and water electrolysis using wind-generated electricity, as part of the H2BER project.
Linde notes that the production of hydrogen from raw glycerol or biogas has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 50 - 80% compared to conventional hydrogen production processes, once it has been brought onto an industrial scale.
The first of the Daimler- and Linde-initiated public fueling stations for fuel-cell vehicles was officially opened 29 September at a TOTAL multi-energy fueling station on Jafféstraße in Berlin-Charlottenburg. The following locations have been earmarked for additional stations by the end of 2015:
TOTAL: Geiselwind, Bavaria, on the A3; Fellbach, Stuttgart region; Ulm; Karlsruhe; Neuruppin, Brandenburg, on the A24; Cologne-Bonn Airport; and Berlin city center (upgrade of the existing fueling station at Holzmarktstraße).
OMV: Greater Munich area; Greater Nuremberg area; and Greater Stuttgart area.
Hoyer: Leipzig, in the vicinity of the A14
Negotiations on the details and construction of the remaining seven refueling locations with additional partners are at an advanced stage. The National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) is supporting the project as part of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology National Innovation Programme (NIP).
There is no question that fuel-cell technology is reaching maturity. From 2017, we are planning to bring competitively priced fuel-cell vehicles to market. So now is the time to build a nationwide fueling infrastructure. The aim is to enable motorists to reach any destination in Germany in their hydrogen-fueled vehicles. This initiative is a huge step forward on the journey to a truly nationwide H2 network.—Professor Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research & Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler AG
From 2017, Daimler AG plans to bring mass-produced competitively priced fuel-cell electric vehicles to market. To speed up technology optimisation and minimise investment costs, the company formed an alliance with Ford and Nissan at the start of 2013 for the joint development of a drive concept. Experts reckon that in 2018, well over ten thousand fuel-cell vehicles will populate European roads.
By the end of 2015, the number of H2 fueling stations in Germany is set to reach 50 with the support of the Federal Ministry for Transport along with partner companies and organizations.