North Rhine-Westphalia’s ninth and tenth stations were opened in Leverkusen and Essen. The new hydrogen station in Leverkusen was built using technology supplied by Air Liquide. Its location, the Shell filling station at Karl-Krekeler-Strasse 2, is conveniently located near the Leverkusen motorway junction, just 500 metres from the A3 slip road.
The network of stations where fuel cell vehicles can fuel with hydrogen is becoming ever denser. There are currently 62 hydrogen stations in Germany and there are to be 100 stations by the end of 2019.
Markus Schewitza, Managing Director of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies, said, “Hydrogen is one of the best solutions for achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. It has the potential to decarbonise the transport sector, one of the major sources of pollution in our cities.”
“Air Liquide is proud to contribute to the building of the biggest hydrogen infrastructure in Europe, and thus enable the roll-out of fuel-cell vehicles in Germany.”
Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 Mobility Deutschland, added, “Germany is on its way to becoming a pioneer in electromobility with hydrogen. We are currently building the backbone of the hydrogen infrastructure with the first 100 stations in metropolitan areas as well as along connecting arterial roads and motorways. The details of the expansion are determined by the demand.
The hydrogen station in Leverkusen is funded by the European Commission through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) in the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project.