New hydrogen filling station in Cologne

Cologne, 17 October 2017 – The expansion of the nationwide hydrogen filling station network for environmentally friendly fuel-cell vehicles continues. Today, Linde and Total jointly inaugurated another new public hydrogen filling station in Germany, at Cologne/Bonn Airport. The station is an important building block for further hydrogen projects in North Rhine-Westphalia, for the operation of passenger car fleets and, in future, for buses as well.

The new H2 station in Cologne is one of the 50 first hydrogen filling stations to be built in Germany as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and subsidised by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure via its National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel-cell Technology (NIP). The expansion of the nationwide H2 network is progressing well, with several sites officially opening in October: on 16 October, the H2 filling stations in Bad Rappenau and Bremen, on 17 October the inauguration of the Cologne/Bonn site, and on 18 October the CEP partners are opening a H2 filling station in Munich. This brings the total number of filling stations in the German H2 network to 41.

The stations will be operated by the H2 Mobility joint venture, in which Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL have joined forces to build a network of as many as 400 service stations by 2023. The filling station at Cologne/Bonn Airport can store up to 370 kg of hydrogen, which can fuel around 90 vehicles. In addition to the 700-bar fuel pump for cars, equipment for an optional 350-bar fuel pump for bus refuelling is pre-installed. This also opens up the prospect of establishing a fleet of H2 buses at the airport and in the region.

Thorsten Herbert, Head of Traffic and Infrastructure at NOW, said: "The construction of charging and refuelling infrastructures for vehicles with alternative drive systems featuring batteries and fuel cells is an important prerequisite for accelerating the market ramp-up of such vehicles in Germany. This is imperative for achieving the sector’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector. Compared to conventional infrastructure such as power generation and roads, investment in the alternative infrastructure is much lower. "

Bernd Eulitz, a Member of the Linde AG Executive Board, says: “The progress in the construction of a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure is reflected in the multiple openings we are seeing. Our investment in this project reflects our continued confidence in the development of a hydrogen society. Beyond this, as a place of intersection between private transport, public transport, and air transport, Cologne/Bonn has a special symbolic significance.”

“TOTAL Deutschland has been continuously involved in pilot projects to develop the hydrogen infrastructure for 15 years,” says Bruno Daude-Lagrave, Managing Director of TOTAL Deutschland GmbH. “One in every three public hydrogen filling stations in Germany today is at a TOTAL service station. Together with our H2 Mobility partners, we are creating the foundations for a nationwide hydrogen supply and thus for the market launch of hydrogen vehicles. With hydrogen vehicles, we achieve all the advantages of electric mobility, combined with long ranges and short refuelling times. A hydrogen vehicle can be fuelled with enough energy for more than 500 kilometres in under five minutes.” Unlike battery-powered cars, hydrogen vehicles generate their own electricity on board by reacting hydrogen with air in the fuel-cell, thereby creating the electricity to power the car.

“The expansion of the hydrogen infrastructure is gaining momentum. Only yesterday, stations opened in Bremen and Bad Rappenau, and another will follow tomorrow on Kreillerstrasse in Munich.100 stations should ensure an unconditional basic supply, independent of vehicle numbers. Anyone interested can track the growth of the filling-station network using the H2.LIVE app. The station at Cologne-Bonn Airport closes an important gap on the north- south axis, and we look forward to taking over its operation,” says Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG.

Michael Garvens, Chairman & CEO of Cologne/Bonn Airport, says: “Innovative drive technologies are already a mainstream topic at our airport. Most of our vehicle fleet is already electric, and we also have a fuel-cell vehicle in our fleet. As an innovative airport, we are delighted to be the location for the first public hydrogen filling station in Cologne – and to be able to refuel our own vehicle at the H2 pump as well.”