Air Liquide opens hydrogen refueling station in Düsseldorf, Germany
- Clean mobility
Air Liquide is opening a new hydrogen refueling station in the south of Düsseldorf, capital of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the west of the country.
The hydrogen infrastructure in Germany keeps growing. The new station in Düsseldorf is the 71st public hydrogen refueling station in Germany and the 11th one invested by Air Liquide in the country since 2012. In total, 26 stations throughout Germany are today equipped with Air Liquide hydrogen technology.
The hydrogen station was built as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP). Construction and operation of the facility have been partially funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) through the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The H2 MOBILITY Deutschland joint venture, where Air Liquide is one of six shareholders, will expand the existing hydrogen station network in Germany to up to 400. Around the turn of the year 2019/2020, the number of 100 stations will be reached.
In a highly industrialized and populated region like North Rhine-Westphalia, hydrogen is a sustainable solution for both industry and mobility.
About Air Liquide in Germany
The Air Liquide Group has been active in Germany for more than 100 years. Today, 4,500 employees work here to supply 100,000 customers and serve more than 200,000 patients. Air Liquide offers innovative solutions — gas, equipment and services — throughout Germany for a wide variety of industries, from automotive, healthcare, aeronautics, metallurgy and metal fabrication to the chemical and agri-food industries. Air Liquide in Germany is the number one supplier of air gases to large industrial and electronics customers.
Air Liquide’s commitment to hydrogen energy
In the past 50 years, Air Liquide has developed unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users, thus contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular. Air Liquide has designed and installed more than 120 stations around the world to date. Hydrogen is an alternative to meet the challenge of clean transportation and thus contributes to the improvement of air quality. Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to produce electricity, emitting only water. It does not generate any pollution at the point of use: zero greenhouse gases, zero particles and zero noise. Hydrogen provides a concrete response to the challenges posed by sustainable mobility and local pollution in urban areas.