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Hydrogen and electric fast charging points, as well as conventional fuels at the filling station

  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s first hydrogen station, n° 10 for TOTAL
  • Direct connection to a local wind farm nearby, through buffer battery storage
  • Groundbreaking ceremony with Energy Minister Christian Pegel
  • The German government supports the facility with an investment of almost EUR 700,000 through the NIP (National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology – NIP)

From spring 2017, you will be able to charge or refuel your electric vehicle, be it fuel cell-powered or battery driven at the TOTAL filling station at 98 Tessiner Strasse in Rostock. Today (Friday), the groundbreaking ceremony for the conversion of the site to a TOTAL multi-energy filling station took place, and was attended by Christian Pegel, Energy Minister for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. A 3-in-1 electric fast charging point with a combined charging system (CCS), CHAdeMO and a 2-way charging system will offer all of the standard connections for charging electric cars. From spring 2017, those who rely on hydrogen as an energy source will also be able to easily refuel their electric vehicles in just three minutes.

The power for the charging points in conjunction with an innovative buffer battery storage, is provided directly by wind turbines (WT), just outside of the Hanseatic city of Rostock at nearby located Dummerstorf. The commissioning of the two wind turbines (WT) which are to be integrated into the project, and which each have a capacity of 2.4 MW, is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. Over the coming months, the Nordex 117 WT will be manufactured in Rostock, and then installed and fitted with a 20 kV distribution line. The power line is the direct connection between the WT and the transformer station with buffer battery storage and grid connection to the TOTAL multi-energy filling station.

The partners realise for the very first time a direct connection between the wind farm and the service-station, under the direction of WIND-projekt GmbH. This makes it possible, on the one hand, to use green wind energy from the region for low-emission mobility, and on the other hand to ensure the electricity requirement for the whole plant is met. Due to the hydrogen storage and the compressed pressure level, energy is also required at the pump. During refuelling, the compressor station provides hydrogen gas at the required pressure of 700 bar.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Christian Pegel, Energy Minister for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said: "We appreciate the fact that the different participants in this energy revolution are working together to produce innovative products with which to convince the population to change over to alternative vehicles. The State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a pioneer when it comes renewable energy – and the project partners demonstrate how flexibly and intelligently renewable energy can be used in the field of mobility in the future!"

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) supports the establishment and operation of the hydrogen filling station as part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The first step of the market launch of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles in Germany is supported by the construction of 50 hydrogen filling stations. The NIP is coordinated by the National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).

As Dr Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director of NOW pointed out: "In recent years, as part of NIP, industry, politics and science have tested the technology and interaction of the different sectors for fuel cell vehicles, and refuelling with hydrogen under everyday conditions. The hydrogen filling station on Tessiner Strasse in Rostock is part of the nationwide expansion of a hydrogen infrastructure, and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport to the tune of around 700,000 euros. The government and the industry wanted to configure the initiated process in the marketing phase."

Future model for sustainable mobility and decentralised energy supply. The TOTAL multi-energy filling station in Rostock is another milestone in the nationwide introduction of electromobility. With the direct use of green electricity, Germany can achieve its ambitious climate targets. For example, the hydrogen for the filling station in Rostock is also produced from renewable sources. A dedicated facility is able to obtain green hydrogen from a peak capacity of wind energy, by means of water-based electrolysis.

Whether stored in batteries or in hydrogen, the use of regenerative energy as fuel is already technically possible. The benefits for the environment and quality of life are twofold. Both battery-powered vehicles and electric cars with fuel cells are emission-free and quiet. Alternative drive systems also contribute to grid stability – on the one hand as a means of storage for renewable energy, and on the other with their great load transfer potential.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s first hydrogen station; TOTAL’s 10th hydrogen station.
The new hydrogen pump in Rostock is part of the EUR 20 million BMVI programme to fund 50 hydrogen filling stations. With H2 MOBILITY, structures have been built in Germany with which to construct a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure with up to 400 stations, and which can be efficiently and sustainably operated from a single source. The construction of a nationwide H2 infrastructure is accompanied by the planned market acceleration of fuel cell vehicles by European and Japanese manufacturers.

3-in-1 electric quick charger with green energy

A special feature of the project is the battery buffer. With a gross capacity of 45 kWh, this provides a charging/unloading capacity of 40 kW (3-phase, 230V/400V) with an integrated energy management system. To date, approximately 50 electric charging stations have been installed in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, including seven in Rostock/Warnemünde alone. Stadtwerke Rostock will operate the two multi-energy electric charging points at the TOTAL multi-energy filling station.

The groundbreaking ceremony was a high-level visit. Guests included Guillaume Laroque, Director of Filling Stations for TOTAL Germany, Carlo Schmidt, CEO of WIND-projekt GmbH; Nikolas Ivan, CEO of H2 MOBILITY Germany, and Jörg Hempel, Managing Director of Nordex Germany.