New hydrogen station strengthens supply on Rhine Valley motorway

New hydrogen station strengthens supply on Rhine Valley motorway

The hydrogen infrastructure in Germany continues to grow: at the TOTAL filling station “KarlsruherStraße” in Rastatt/Baden-Württemberg the fueling of hydrogen is now also possible. The joint venture H2 MOBILITY has built the filling station together with its partners TOTAL and Linde. There is now a total of 83 public hydrogen filling stations in Germany, of which 23 are at TOTAL stations and 14 in Baden-Württemberg.

“Hydrogen plays an important role in the transformation of the mobility sector. High range, short refueling time and zero local emissions are the decisive criteria,” commented Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director at H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG.

“Since 2002 TOTAL Deutschland has been involved in research and pilot projects to develop the hydrogen infrastructure. Other TOTAL projects in Neuruppin, Erfurt and Hamburg are reaching completion or are under construction. Other projects in Saarbrücken and Freiburg are in the planning process. By building the network, we want to send a clear signal to the market, together with our partners,” said Jan Petersen, Director Mobility & New Energies, who leads the infrastructure expansion for alternative mobility concepts at TOTAL Deutschland.

The filling station in Rastatt, which is equipped with Linde’s highly efficient Ionic Compressor technology, offers a second refueling possibility for hydrogen vehicles in the Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden area. Its location at KarlsruherStraße 16, not far from the A5 motorway, also strengthens the hydrogen supply along the highly frequented north-south traffic axis in the Rhine Valley. It has a capacity of around 200 kilograms of hydrogen – enough to refuel 40 to 50 vehicles a day.

The facility was built by H2 MOBILITY, a joint venture of Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL, which has set itself the goal of reaching the mark of 100 filling stations in Germany shortly. This would mark an important step towards the nationwide supply of hydrogen as well as the market launch of hydrogen vehicles. It is supported by the European Commission in the trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T CEF) in the Connecting Hydrogen Refueling Stations project (COHRS).

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