Germany Trade and Invest: Is Germany Heading for a Hydrogen-fuelled Future?
A filling station for hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles in Berlin is just one of the latest additions to a network which is set to number 50 by the end of the year. This means Germany will be the first country with a basic hydrogen filling station network – one that will stretch from the North Sea to the Alps.
By 2023, the aim is for there to be around 400 stations with a station at least every 90 kilometers on Germany's autobahn network between densely populated areas and at least 10 stations in each metropolitan region. In 2013, the six industrial partners in the H2 Mobility initiative agreed to create the country-wide network for an estimated investment of EUR 350 million ($397 million).
“The successful commercialization of electric mobility is not only a matter of producing innovative cars,” says Stefan Di Bitonto, electromobility expert at Germany Trade & Invest. “Whether we’re talking about batteries or fuel cells, the density and accessibility of the relevant infrastructure will prove decisive. In Germany, industry and government are laying the foundations for the wide-scale adoption of hydrogen-powered transportation.”
Other projects around Germany are also pushing the development of hydrogen technologies. For example, the city of Hamburg is testing fuel-cell powered busses on one of its bus routes with support from the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology and the Electromobility Model Regions program. The ZSW Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg and Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden are just two of the many research institutions in Germany working on hydrogen as fuel source.
Heiko Staubitz, energy market expert at Germany Trade & Invest: “R&D is progressing rapidly in Germany and major innovations are being made in both the transportation and stationary fields. Germany is set to become a world leader in hydrogen technology.”
Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment promotion agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization advises foreign companies looking to expand their business activities in the German market. It provides information on foreign trade to German companies that seek to enter foreign markets.
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