New Hydrogen Refuelling Station at Kassel Connects North and South
June 18, 2018, Kassel-Lohfelden – H2 Mobility Deutschland and its shareholders Shell and Air Liquide have today jointly opened the first hydrogen (in short H2) refuelling station in the Kassel district – the fifth in the state of Hesse. With the refuelling station at Shell SVG Autohof Lohfelden, the partners are taking a further step towards a comprehensive H2 supply network in Germany.
The service station is located directly by the Kassel-Mitte intersection of federal motorways 7 and 49, and close to motorways 44 and 38. This now provides drivers of zero-emission fuel-cell vehicles with an additional refuelling opportunity on the important north-south axis between Frankfurt and Hanover as well.
The principal and operator of the new H2 refuelling station is the joint venture H2 Mobility, which is establishing a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. The Shell SVG Autohof is owned by SVG Hessen. The refuelling station technology comes from gas and technology company Air Liquide. The hydrogen refuelling station conforms to the state of the art. Self-service operation by drivers is intuitive; refuelling is similar to conventional vehicles and takes three to five minutes. The facility holds around 200 kg of hydrogen – enough to refuel 40 to 50 vehicles a day.
Investment costs for the hydrogen infrastructure are still high. For this reason, construction projects are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) and by the European Commission. The new hydrogen refuelling station at Kassel is part of the European project COHRS (Connecting Hydrogen Refuelling Stations).