Development of a hydrogen refuelling station network

Development of a hydrogen refuelling station network for fuel cell vehicles in Germany

Within the term of the NIP, which concludes in its current form in 2016, 50 hydrogen refuelling stations will be established in the metropolitan regions of Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich as well as along the connecting highways. This basic supply network is necessary to support the commencement of sales of the first fuel cell vehicles.

NOW is coordinating the 50 Hydrogen Refuelling Stations for Germany programme and is accompanying the realisation of all stations within the scope of a carefully monitored process.

The interactive map depicts the programme’s current state of progress.

H2 MOBILITY – Industry partners working on the development of a hydrogen refuelling station network for fuel cell vehicles in Germany

The development of a fuel cell infrastructure is taking shape: the six companies Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total as well as other associated partners have established the joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co.KG. Its primary task is the establishment of a nationwide infrastructure for hydrogen mobility.

In September 2009, while still a cross-industry initiative, the companies commenced developing scenarios to build up a hydrogen supply infrastructure across Germany. During a second phase, the prospects for success were evaluated and various business models were developed along with a roadmap for implementation. H2 MOBILITY was inscribed in the commercial register as a single company in February 2015.

The H2 MOBILITY roadmap specifies that the first 100 refuelling stations be constructed by 2018 – unconditionally and irrespective of the actual number of vehicle sales. The goal is to develop up to 10 stations in each of the six urban regions of Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich along with so-called hydrogen corridors along the connecting highways. The second project phase will orient itself on the number of fuel cell vehicle registrations. 400 hydrogen refuelling station are to ensure the development of a complete national hydrogen infrastructure network in Germany by 2023.

For these potential 400 hydrogen refuelling stations, H2 MOBILITY will take on all operational tasks including network planning, authorisation, procurement, construction and operation of the stations incl. payment systems and knowledge management along with H2 sourcing, which is to use the highest possible amount of renewable resources for the production of hydrogen as a source of energy.

The initiative is accompanied by the associated partners, which include BMW, Honda, Intelligent Energy, Toyota and Volkswagen as well as the National Organisation of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW). Support for the majority of the first 100 stations will, among others, come from the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology and the European Commission in the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, respectively.