26.04.2018

‘Take five’ – strong stimulus for hydrogen mobility in the Nuremberg metropolitan region

The Nuremberg metropolitan region will receive five more hydrogen stations at a single stroke: four (Bayreuth, Biebelried, Fürth and Schnelldorf) will be built as part of H2 MOBILITY’s regular network planning, while a fifth location – Erlangen – has successfully prevailed in the second appeal to regions, with 20 declarations of intent to purchase hydrogen cars and an integrated concept for hydrogen generation and storage. This means that hydrogen pioneers in the region will soon be able to refuel at a total of eight locations in Nuremberg and the surrounding area.

H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG issued its second appeal to regions to apply for a hydrogen filling station. At least 15 signed LOIs (Letter of Intent) for the purchase of a hydrogen-powered vehicle were considered a prerequisite. In all, more than 400 LOIs were submitted by companies and individuals from 13 regions.

In accordance with the network plans, the Nuremberg metropolitan region will also get four other stations in addition to Erlangen – in Bayreuth, Biebelried, Fürth and Schnelldorf. The stations will be integrated into existing TOTAL, Shell and OMV service stations. The technology comes from the plant and gas manufacturers Air Liquide and Linde. H2 MOBILITY is already building a station in Berg near Hof, and hydrogen filling stations have already opened in Nuremberg, Langwasser and Geiselwind. This means that the alternative fuel hydrogen will be available at eight locations in and around Nuremberg.

Investment costs for the hydrogen infrastructure are still high. For this reason, H2 MOBILITY is receiving funding for the construction projects in the metropolitan region both from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), and from the European projects COHRS (Connecting Hydrogen Refuelling Stations) and H2ME (Hydrogen Mobility Europe), which is funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU, Grant Agreement No. 671438).