Drivers of fuel-cell powered electric cars can now refuel at a hydrogen (H2) station in Herten: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and its shareholder Linde today opened the Herten H2 station with Cay Süberkrüb, District Administrator of Recklinghausen District, and Fred Toplak, Mayor of the City of Herten, in attendance. It is the fifth in the Ruhr region, and further increases the density of Germany’s network of hydrogen filling stations.

Located directly at the h2herten user centre at the Marie-Curie-Str./Albert-Einstein Allee crossing, the site is close to the A2 and the Recklinghausen junction, and therefore also near the A43. A total of 15 hydrogen filling stations are already up and running in NRW, including in Wuppertal, Düsseldorf, Essen and Münster. During the “NRW Hydrogen Week” from 23 June to 28 June, additional stations in Aachen, Siegen and Duisburg will celebrate their opening ceremonies as well.

The owner/developer of the Herten H2 station is H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, a joint venture tasked with establishing the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany.

The station in Herten is state-of-the-art, and driver-side operation of the filling facilities is intuitive: the process is similar to refuelling conventional vehicles and takes three to five minutes. It uses Linde’s IC90 ionic compressor, which compresses gaseous hydrogen to up to 900 bar in 5 steps.

The hydrogen station in Herten is funded by the European Commission through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) as part of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project.