Car manufacturer Daimler and technology company The Linde Group
are pressing ahead with the development of infrastructure for
hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles, the companies said on
Over the coming three years, the two companies plan to
construct an additional 20 hydrogen filling stations in
Germany, thereby ensuring a supply of hydrogen produced purely
from renewable resources for the steadily increasing number of
The initiative links in with the existing H2 Mobility and
Clean Energy Partnership infrastructure projects, which are being subsidised
by the National Innovation Programme for hydrogen and fuel-cell
This places Germany at the international forefront of
hydrogen infrastructure development, the companies said.
The initiative that Linde and Daimler are embarking upon
involves investment running into the tens of millions, and is
set to more than triple the number of public hydrogen
refuelling points in Germany, they said.
The new stations will be located in the current hydrogen
centers of Stuttgart, Berlin and Hamburg, as well as along two
new continuous north-south and east-west axes. The aim is to
use existing sites belonging to different petroleum companies
that are strategically located in the traffic network.
This will make it possible to drive anywhere in Germany with
a fuel-cell-powered vehicle for the first time. One of the
focal points for the infrastructure's extension will be in
Baden-Württemberg, where, 125 years after the invention of
the motor car, the stage is being set for its reinvention.
"Together with the fuel cell, hydrogen is set to be of
fundamental importance to the expansion of electromobility," said
Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, CEO of Linde.
"We are delighted to be able to play such an instrumental
role in shaping this development together with Daimler,
he continued. We see ourselves as providing an impetus
for existing initiatives, such as H2 Mobility and the Clean
Energy Partnership (CEP), and wish to support the
commercialisation of hydrogen vehicles as best we can.
By systematically developing hydrogen technology, Germany can assume a
pioneering role in this field and establish itself as the
industry leader as we move towards emission-free mobility."
Construction and commissioning of
the new filling stations will start in 2012. Other partners
from the petroleum, power supply or automotive industries, for
instance, are welcome to become involved in the joint
initiative, the companies noted.