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RWE and Westfalen Group forming JV to supply green hydrogen for vehicles; focus on heavy-duty; up to 70 stations

In Germany, RWE and the Westfalen Group will work together to supply green hydrogen for hydrogen-powered vehicles. Through a joint venture, RWE and Westfalen aim to develop a hydrogen fuel station infrastructure in Germany for heavy commercial vehicles in particular. Up to 70 hydrogen fuel stations will be in place by 2030, depending on how the market develops.


Hydrogen can play a crucial part in significantly reducing carbon emissions in heavy goods transportation. The collaborative arrangement with the Westfalen Group is therefore ground-breaking. RWE will supply the green hydrogen from its electrolyser infrastructure in Lingen, and the Westfalen Group will take care of setting up and operating the fuel station infrastructure. Working together in this way will be our contribution towards getting hydrogen-powered transportation swiftly onto the roads.

—Sopna Sury, COO Hydrogen RWE Generation

The partnership will initially have a regional focus on North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. The expansion will be coordinated with logistics firms in the respective regions. The first locations will be close to logistics centres, which offer the best conditions for the economically efficient operation of hydrogen fuel stations, and the plan is to follow these with locations along autobahns.

The first public hydrogen fuel station under the joint venture will be installed in front of the grounds of RWE’s Emsland gas-fired power station. Starting in 2024, goods vehicles, buses, refuse vehicles, small trucks and passenger vehicles will be able to refuel with green hydrogen there. The facility, run by Westfalen, will also include a trailer filling station to enable tankers to deliver green hydrogen to other customers in the region.

The green hydrogen for the fuel station and filling station will initially be generated in a 14-megawatt pilot electrolyzer which RWE is currently constructing on the site of the Emsland gas-fired power station.

The Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport is funding the construction of the hydrogen filling station in Lingen with more than €6 million as part of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme. The funding directive is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).

Provided that antitrust reviews of the planned cooperation are positive, RWE and Westfalen plan to establish their joint venture before the end of this year.



H2 filling stations are now coming to Germany after all.
It's just hilarious why in the media and politics some important topics like H2 are always discussed for too long and usually rated badly at first.

Incidentally, I miss the reference to pure H2 for fuel cells and less pure H2 for combustion in the ICE or the building heating in the text.

Hope it works worldwide with the H2 and there will be less mines and soil destruction because less BEV materials are needed.

Thanks all!


Depends on the material needed; if Li, mn, Co, etc., perhaps...while Na and S would be less destructive to the land; but, can't be worse than continuing to mine for oil and natural gas to reform H2.

Roger Pham

".... can't be worse than continuing to mine for oil and natural gas to reform H2."
You missed the word "green" in the title of this article: "RWE and Westfalen Group forming JV to supply green hydrogen for vehicles; focus on heavy-duty; up to 70 stations"
"Green" means NOT using fossil fuel to make green hydrogen.

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