21.11.2018

Saxony-Anhalt’s First Hydrogen Service Station Opens in Magdeburg

  • H2 MOBILITY, Air Liquide und TOTAL open new H2 station in Magdeburg in the presence of Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt
  • Site enhances eco-friendly mobility in East Germany
  • Capacity to refuel up to 40 vehicles per day
  • EU funding within the scope of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project
v.l.n.r.: Dr. Ludger Hellenthal (Industrie- und Gewerbepark Mittelelbe), Reiner Haseloff (Ministerpräsident Sachsen-Anhalt), Thomas Strauß (TOTAL Deutschland), Markus Schewitza (Air Liquide), Lorenz Jung (H2 MOBILITY)

Fuel cell vehicles can now also be refuelled in Saxony-Anhalt. In the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Reiner Haseloff, the partners H2 MOBILITY, Air Liquide and TOTAL today opened the first hydrogen (H2) service station in the federal state at TOTAL Autohof Glindenberger Weg in Magdeburg. Shortly after the inauguration of Germany's 50th hydrogen service station in Potsdam in September, the first two H2 stations in Saxony – Dresden and Leipzig – were connected to the hydrogen network. The new hydrogen service station in Magdeburg and other projects, including those at TOTAL service stations in Erfurt and Neuruppin, will soon enable environmentally friendly electromobility with hydrogen throughout Eastern Germany.

The technology for the new hydrogen facility at the TOTAL truck stop in Magdeburg is produced by Linde and has the capacity for refuelling up to 40 vehicles per day. Located directly on the A2 highway, the filling station closes a gap between Berlin and the Hannover area. The facility is owned and operated by H2 MOBILITY, a joint venture formed by the companies Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, and TOTAL. The partners’ primary goal is to operate 100 stations in seven German metropolitan areas and along motorways and highways by the end of 2019. Another 300 hydrogen service stations will follow as the vehicle numbers are ramped up.

For the establishment of the hydrogen service station in Magdeburg, H2 MOBILITY has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) under grant agreement No 671438. The Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.

H2 MOBILITY is part of the FCH JU-funded Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME), a flagship project bringing together Europe’s leading initiatives in hydrogen mobility – in Germany, France, the UK and Scandinavia. Through H2ME, FCH JU is supporting the roll-out of a large-scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, aimed at enabling Europe-wide emission-free driving.

Electromobility with Hydrogen Lowers CO2 Emissions

Eco-friendly electromobility using hydrogen causes no local pollutants or CO2 emissions and, thanks to short refuelling times and long ranges, offers a high level of driving convenience. Fuel-cell vehicles can be refuelled in under five minutes with enough fuel for a reach of up to 800 kilometers.

The TOTAL truck stop in Magdeburg is part of the Industrial and Commercial Park Mittelelbe consisting of more than 50 companies. IGP GmbH, the main owner of the 50-hectare business park, is planning hydrogen projects on site. From 2021, as part of the GreenInG project developed with the Fraunhofer Institute Magdeburg, "green" hydrogen for a variety of applications is to be generated from local renewable energy sources such as biomass, sun and wind by electrolysis and stored in two gas networks.