Technology company The Linde Group and OMV today officially opened a new hydrogen fueling station in Innsbruck. The H2 station with the capacity to fuel six vehicles per hour is located on one of Europe’s key transit routes and will make the journey from Germany to Italy feasible for fuel-cell vehicles.
Austria’s second public hydrogen fueling station bridges the existing H2 hubs in Munich and Bolzano. It was built as part of the EU-funded HyFIVE (Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles) project, which aims to equip a number of cities across Europe (London, Copenhagen, Stuttgart, Munich, Innsbruck, Bolzano) for the upcoming commercialization of fuel-cell vehicles.
The Innsbruck fueling station is equipped with Linde’s proprietary 700-bar IC90 ionic compressor, which combines the advantages of low energy consumption, low maintenance and a small footprint.
In order to meet rising demand for H2 infrastructure, Linde has been running the world’s first small-series production facility for hydrogen fueling stations at its research and development centre in Vienna since last year.
Also in Vienna, OMV has been operating Austria’s first public hydrogen fueling station since 2012. Further stations are being planned in partnership with Linde for the greater urban areas of Linz, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
Linde has set up approximately 90 hydrogen fueling stations in 15 countries and successfully completed more than one million refueling operations.