Hydrogen & Fuel Cells
- Category: Hydrogen & Fuel Cells
29 Jun 2009
- Published on Monday, 29 June 2009 13:04
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Austrian oil and gas giant OMV Aktiengesellschaft and its German partners, the Linde Group and Daimler AG, have officially opened the first publicly-accessible hydrogen filling station in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Subsidized by the State of Baden-Württemberg, the hydrogen filling station project will serve the latest fuel-cell vehicles, such as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL, with 700-bar high-pressure technology. Small-series production of this vehicle is expected to begin later this year in Germany.
The new hydrogen station is located in close proximity to the Stuttgart Airport and to the research and development centers of Daimler AG. It also incorporates Linde’s patented ion-compressor technology, which can refuel cars and electric buses powered by fuel cells with hydrogen within a few minutes at a pressure of either 350 or 700 bar. Linde will also supply the gaseous hydrogen for the station.
Hydrogen can be used as an emission-free alternative to fuel for vehicles since operation with hydrogen produces only electrical energy with water vapor. Thus, no hydrocarbons, sulfur oxides, or even carbon dioxide are generated, making the vehicle emission-free. Germany is the European pioneer of hydrogen technology, with nearly 30 hydrogen stations in the country, in which seven, including that in Baden-Württemberg, are integrated into public filling-station operations.
The hydrogen station is the first of its kind in Baden-Württemberg and will support the operation of local emission-free electric vehicles on the basis of fuel-cell technology. “The development of new drive technologies is crucial to Baden-Württemberg's automotive industry and will ensure that it can emerge with renewed strength from the current crisis and participate in the race for international technological leadership. By entering the field of hydrogen technology we are protecting natural resources, while at the same time reducing our dependence on the import of fossil fuels,” said Baden-Württemberg's State Premier Günther H. Oettinger. The state provided the project €800,000 from the program “Zukunftsoffensive Baden-Württemberg” or Baden-Württemberg's Campaign for the Future.
OMV Aktiengesellschaft is the largest listed industrial company in Austria and the leading energy group in the European Growth Belt, with oil and gas reserves of approximately 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The company operates around 400 filling stations in Germany. Its headquarters is located in Vienna, Austria.
The Linde Group is the largest manufacturer of hydrogen facilities in the world. The company distributes filling stations in 15 countries and has reported revenue of €12.7 billion in 2008. Linde AG is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with supporting headquarters functions in Surrey, England.
Daimler AG is a leading manufacturer of premium passenger cars, heavy- and medium-duty trucks and buses. Its businesses include Mercedes-Benz cars and vans, Daimler trucks and buses, and Daimler Financial Services. The company also developed the first fuel-cell vehicle in 1994 and owns the largest fuel-cell fleets in the world, with more than 100 test vehicles and around 4.4 million kilometers covered. The company’s headquarters is located in Stuttgart, Germany.
- Natassia Y. Laforteza